Newcastle the biggest of four Premier League casualties

Saturday, January 8, 2011

LONDON - Newcastle United were the biggest casualties of Saturday’s FA Cup third-round ties, losing 3-1 to Stevenage on a day that saw four Premier League sides crash out.

The League Two side were 73 places below Alan Pardew’s side in the league pyramid, but held their own in the first half, and took the lead early in the second as Stacey Long’s shot was deflected off Mike Williamson.

Michael Bostwick thrashed in a second seven minutes later and, when Cheik Tiote was sent off for a reckless challenge, Newcastle were gone.

Joey Barton struck in injury-time, but Peter Winn made the game safe a minute later.

On a bad day for the North-East, Sunderland, sixth in the Premier League, lost 2-1 to League One side Notts County.

Craig Westcarr put Notts County ahead after eight minutes and Lee Hughes added a second quarter of an hour from time.

Darren Bent converted from the spot after 82 minutes, but Notts County hung on.

“We got exactly what we deserved when we started the game like that,” said manager Steve Bruce.

“We didn’t show any urgency. If you’re not right and not doing the basics properly against any team then you won’t win.”

West Bromwich Albion, who had Jonas Olsson sent off, went out to Reading, Shane Long getting the only goal, while goals from Lee Barnard and Guly do Prado saw Southampton through 2-0 against Blackpool.

Arsenal were a minute from joining the list of the fallen, but Cesc Fabregas scored a controversial penalty to earn a 1-1 draw against Leeds United, who had taken the lead through a 54th-minute Robert Snodgrass penalty.

“It was not exactly the wish I had before the game but it was the second worst wish,” said Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

“It was important to keep the momentum and not to go out today because that would have been a shocker.”

Wolverhampton Wanderers also face a replay after a 2-2 draw against Doncaster Rovers. Nenad Milijas put Wolves ahead after 38 minutes, only for Billy Sharp to level and James Hayter to make it 2-1 before half-time.

Stephen Hunt levelled from the spot 10 minutes into the second half, but George Elokobi was sent off and Wolves were left to hang on.

York City held out for 83 minutes away to Bolton Wanderers before goals from Kevin Davies and Johan Elmander saw the Premier League side through 2-0.

“We have to play on the front foot with a real intensity for the whole duration of a match,” said Bolton boss Owen Coyle.

“Any less then we’re always going to find difficult moments in a game, no matter who we play. We didn’t have enough intensity in the first half.”

Michael Chopra put Cardiff City of the Championship ahead against Stoke City, but Tuncay Sanli capitalised on a Ricardo Fuller flick just before half-time to earn a 1-1 draw and a replay.

Kyle Walker scored on his debut for Aston Villa, beating three men before putting them ahead against Sheffield United, and Marc Albrighton added a second from Ashley Young’s cross before half-time.

Jamie Ward cut the deficit from the penalty spot just after half-time, but although Young was sent off, Stiliyan Petrov made it 3-1.

Louis Saha gave Everton an early lead at Scunthorpe United and it was doubled before half time by Jermaine Beckford’s glancing header.

Michael Collins pulled one back in the first minute of the second half, but Seamus Coleman restored the two-goal advantage after 58 minutes and further goals from Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines made it 5-1.

Mohamed Diame struck after 21 minutes to put Wigan Athletic ahead at Hull City, and Callum McManaman, on his senior debut, added a brilliant second. Nick Barmby pulled one back, Diame got a second and Barmby added his second, but it finished 3-2 to the Premier League side.

Jonathan Spector’s 29th-minute goal gave West Ham United the lead against Barnsley and Frederic Piqionne settled a nervy win late on.

Diomansy Kamara struck a hat-trick as Fulham beat Peterborough 6-2, while Junior Hoilett struck with 13 minutes remaining to give Blackburn Rovers a 1-0 win against QPR.

Non-league Dover’s hopes of springing an upset at Huddersfield disappeared quickly as they fell two behind within 10 minutes, while Matt Derbyshire struck twice as Birmingham City won 4-1 at Millwall.

Burton Albion reached the fourth round for the first time in their history with a 2-1 win over Middlesbrough, while Leyton Orient eliminated Norwich City.

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