FA Cup third round: Rochdale hold Newcastle

Burnley ease past Peterborough, Millwall stride into fourth round, Birmingham and Hull leave it late

Last Updated: 04/01/20 3:32pm

Aaron Wilbraham fires Rochdale level as Newcastle were held
Aaron Wilbraham fires Rochdale level as Newcastle were held

Forty-year-old Aaron Wilbraham struck late to snatch a richly-deserved draw for League One Rochdale in their FA Cup third-round clash with Newcastle at the Crown Oil Arena.

Wilbraham combined with fellow substitute Luke Matheson, 23 years his junior, to equalise in the 79th minute after Miguel Almiron had put the Premier League side in front.

Wilbraham celebrates his strike at the age of 40 against Steve Bruce's side
Wilbraham celebrates his strike at the age of 40 against Steve Bruce’s side

Burnley 4-2 Peterborough

Jay Rodriguez scored twice as Burnley responded to a poor run in the Premier League with a 4-2 victory over Peterborough in the third round of the FA Cup at a sparsely-attended Turf Moor.

The Posh, who have not beaten a top-flight side in the FA Cup since 1965, were three down inside 25 minutes through goals from Rodriguez, Erik Pieters and Jeff Hendrick.

Ivan Toney seized on a defensive mistake to pull one back before half-time with his 17th of the campaign, but Rodriguez’s second all but clinched the tie for Burnley even though teenage substitute Ricky Jade-Jones pulled one back for Posh late on.

Millwall 3-0 Newport

Sky Bet Championship challengers Millwall eased into the FA Cup fourth round with a comfortable 3-0 win over League Two strugglers Newport at The Den.

There were 54 places between the two teams at kick-off, in their first meeting since 1985, and the Lions were the better side throughout, despite the visitors’ spirited start to the second half.

A first-half strike from Matt Smith put the hosts in charge and second-half goals from Connor Mahoney and Tom Bradshaw sealed the victory for Gary Rowett’s side.

Birmingham 2-1 Blackburn

Jeremie Bela spared the blushes of team-mate Ivan Sunjic as 10-man Birmingham grabbed a late winner to beat Blackburn 2-1.

Bela punished a goalkeeping mistake by Jayson Leutwiler to score a breakaway goal in the last minute after Sunjic had been sent off less than two minutes after coming off the bench.

The Croatian midfielder received his marching orders for bringing down Sam Gallagher in the penalty area in the 60th minute, having replaced Gary Gardner in the 58th minute.

Adam Armstrong equalised from the spot in the 61st minute to cancel out Dan Crowley’s first goal for Blues four minutes into the game.

But the final result hardly seemed a fair reflection as Rovers dominated the second half, only for former Blues loan striker Gallagher to waste two good chances after Stewart Downing missed another, while goalkeeper Lee Camp allowed a routine punt from Derrick Williams to slip through his fingers.

Bristol City 1-1 Shrewsbury

Sean Goss scored a second-half equaliser to earn League One Shrewsbury an FA Cup third-round replay following a deserved 1-1 draw at Championship side Bristol City.

The hosts took the lead against the run of play on the half hour when Niclas Eliasson’s far-post cross from the left was headed back across goal and into the net by Famara Diedhiou.

But impressive Shrewsbury were back in it three minutes after the interval, Goss guiding a perfectly-placed shot from the edge of the box past goalkeeper Niki Maenpaa after a Diedhiou clearance had fallen into his path.

Rotherham 2-3 Hull City

Tom Eaves scored a hat-trick as Hull reached the FA Cup fourth round with a 3-2 win against 10-man Rotherham.

Hull took the lead in the 16th minute with Dan Batty bursting into the box and cutting the ball back for Eaves to score, but Rotherham were level five minutes later thanks to Michael Smith’s powerful finish from Chiedozie Ogbene’s centre.

The home side were reduced to 10 men in the 24th minute when Adam Thompson was given a straight red card for hacking Keane Lewis-Potter but the Millers stunned Hull two minutes before half-time when Kyle Vassell fired a thunderbolt from the edge of the box.

But the visitors’ pressure paid off in the 66th minute with Eaves on hand to head in from Herbie Kane’s cross. And Rotherham’s resistance lasted until the second minute of added time, when Eaves was again on hand to punish them with a towering header and send the Tigers through.

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