Premier League sides Tottenham and Newcastle made safe passage through to the FA Cup fourth round, while Shrewsbury beat Bristol City to set up a tie with Liverpool.
Decided fourth-round fixtures
- Southampton vs Tottenham
- Reading vs Cardiff/Carlisle
- Coventry vs Birmingham
- Newcastle vs Oxford
- Shrewsbury vs Liverpool
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Shrewsbury defender Pierre’s long-range effort was just off target and home skipper Ollie Norburn’s shot was deflected narrowly wide. Nathan Baker went close with a header for the visitors before Famara Diedhioulifted his shot over the bar when he was sent clear with Murphy to beat.
Shrewsbury striker Daniel Udoh forced a fine save from Daniel Bentley at the other end with a powerful effort from just outside the area. Diedhiou fired wide for City early in the second half before home substitute Callum Lang’s header was well kept out by Bentley.
With extra-time looming, Shrewsbury delivered the knockout blow in the 89th minute as Pierre picked out the bottom corner to allow his side to dream of an even bigger upset.
Following their late victory over Bristol City, Shrewsbury Town have reached the fourth round of the FA Cup in consecutive seasons for the first time since doing so in four in a row between 1980-81 and 1983-84.
Blackpool 0-2 Reading
Championship side Reading beat League One outfit Blackpool 2-0 in a replay to reach the FA Cup fourth round.
Goals from Lucas Boye and Jordan Obita either side of half-time at Bloomfield Road ensured Reading will entertain the victors of the encounter between Carlisle and Cardiff.
Reading took the lead when Jay Spearing failed to clear Garath McCleary’s cross and Boye stabbed home three minutes from half-time.
Blackpool goalkeeper Mark Howard initially kept out Obita’s 82nd-minute header but the Reading man slotted home the rebound to ensure his side progressed to the next round.
Reading have now progressed from 10 of their last 11 FA Cup ties against sides from a lower division, only failing in the third round in 2011-12 against Stevenage
Coventry City 3-0 Bristol Rovers
Coventry ran out comfortable 3-0 winners as they knocked Bristol Rovers out of the FA Cup to set up a fourth-round home tie at St Andrew’s with landlords Birmingham.
Coventry took an early lead when Callum O’Hare threaded a beautifully weighted ball through the Rovers defence, allowing Maxime Biamou to race through and slot past Jordi Van Stappershoef.