15 January 2020 06:33
Tottenham Hotspur ensured safe passage to the Emirates FA Cup fourth round with a 2-1 win in their replay against Middlesborough. Boro keeper Tomas Mejias gifted Spurs their opener when his pass was picked off by an onrushing Giovanni Lo Celso and buried into the bottom corner with just two minutes played. Erik Lamela then produced an impressive slaloming run before finishing with the outside of his left boot before Jonathan Woodgate's side set up a nervy finish when George Saville pulled one back late on. But Jose Mourinho maintained his record of never having lost in the third round of the Emirates FA Cup and set up an all-Premier-League tie at Southampton in the next round. Fellow top flight outfit Newcastle ended Rochdale's memorable cup run at St James' Park with a convincing 4-1 victory.
The Dale didn't give themselves the best start when Eoghan O'Connell turned Matt Ritchie's low cross into his own net but Newcastle soon found their ryhthmn to run out worthy winners. Two further strikes from Matty Longstaff and Miguel Almiron gave the Toon a three-goal advantage at half time before Joelinton added a fourth and M.J Williams grabbed a late consolation for the visitors. Newcastle now face a fourth round home tie against more lower league opposition in Oxford United. It will be Shrewsbury Town who welcome Liverpool to New Meadow in the next round after a last-minute winner saw them edge past Bristol City 1-0. The Shrews made the fourth round in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1983-84, and it came courtesy of a low-drilled Aaron Pierre strike with just a minute to spare.
Elsewhere Coventry City overcame fellow League One rivals Bristol Rovers with a comfortable 3-0 win to set up a home clash against Birmingham City in the next round. Callum O'Hare picked out Maxime Biamou with a lovely through ball to open the scoring after just four minutes before Josh Pask sandwiched a strike between a second Biamou goal to round things off. And goals from Lucas Boye and Jordan Obita saw Reading move past Blackpool 2-0 with their fourth round opponents yet to be decided from the replay between Carlisle and Cardiff City. Meanwhile Prenton Park was waterlogged meaning that Tranmere Rovers' home replay against Watford has been rescheduled for Thursday 23 January. The winners of that fixture will face Manchester United or Wolves in the fourth round. Click to allow notifications from RTÉ