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FA Cup PIX: Aguero scores twice in City win, Chelsea held by Norwich

January 07, 2018 12:20 IST

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero celebrates with Oleksandr Zinchenko after scoring their second goal against Burnley at Etihad Stadium in Manchester on Saturday

IMAGE: Manchester City's Sergio Aguero celebrates with Oleksandr Zinchenko after scoring their second goal against Burnley at Etihad Stadium in Manchester on Saturday. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

Fourth-tier Coventry City piled on the misery for Stoke City manager Mark Hughes by pulling off the only genuine upset on a hectic day of FA Cup third-round action on Saturday.

 

Former Cup winners Coventry, now plying their trade in the bottom division of the Football League, revived memories of happier times as Jordan Willis and Jack Grimmer scored the goals in a 2-1 victory at the Ricoh Arena.

Elsewhere, the 25 ties offered only crumbs for the romantics seeking Cup magic although second tier NorwichCity did hold champions Chelsea to a 0-0 draw.

Top-flight Bournemouth needed a late Steve Cook goal to draw 2-2 at home to League One leaders and 2013 Cup winners Wigan Athletic and LeicesterCity drew 0-0 at third-tier FleetwoodTown who struck the post in stoppage-time.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte made nine changes and his side struggled to make clear-cut chances in a dour game at Norwich who created the better opportunities.

Runaway Premier League leaders ManchesterCity maintained their pursuit of an unprecedented four trophies, Sergio Aguero scoring twice as they came from a goal down to beat Burnley 4-1.

Goals by Leroy Sane and Bernardo Silva killed off Burnley who had led at halftime thanks to an Ashley Barnes effort.

Chelsea's Pedro shoots at goal durng their match against Norwich City at Carrow Road at Norwich

IMAGE: Chelsea's Pedro shoots at goal durng their match against Norwich City at Carrow Road at Norwich. Photograph: John Sibley/Action Images via Reuters

Several clubs in the thick of the Premier League relegation battle survived potential banana skins.

Alan Pardew enjoyed his first win as West Bromwich Albion manager as his team beat fourth-tier ExeterCity 2-0, Southampton overcame Championship Fulham 1-0 and bottom club SwanseaCity held on for a worthy 0-0 draw at free-scoring Championship leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Seven-times Cup winners Aston Villa, fifth in the Championship, lost 3-1 at home to third-tier Peterborough United while Brentford, also from the second tier, were humbled by fourth-tier NottsCounty with Jon Stead scoring the winner.

Stoke manager Hughes would have hoped for respite after his side's tumble into the Premier League's relegation zone, but there was none coming in the Midlands clash as they suffered a sixth defeat in the last eight matches.

"It's clearly a difficult time for us. When we make mistakes, they're getting penalised," Hughes said.

"We're all under pressure. I can take the pressure and the focus. I'm not naive and I realise people will talk about my position. But we've got good owners who will make the right decisions for the club."

Coventry City’s Jordan Willis scores their first goal against Stoke City at Ricoh Arena in Coventry

IMAGE: Coventry City’s Jordan Willis scores their first goal against Stoke City at Ricoh Arena in Coventry. Photograph: Carl Recine/Action Images via Reuters

Coventry won the Cup in 1987 but have been on a downward spiral since they were relegated from the top flight in 2001 and are in England's bottom tier for the first time since 1959.

But there are signs of a revival and the mood was, for a change, joyous on Saturday.

Willis headed Coventry in front and although Charlie Adam levelled for Stoke from the penalty spot Grimmer fired home Coventry's winner in the 68th minute.

Manager Mark Robins said he would love to draw his old club Manchester United in round four.

Newcastle United scored three times in nine minutes - Ayoze Perez with two - to see off League Two leaders LutonTown while fellow top-flight side Watford made light of a poor recent run to beat second-tier high-fliers BristolCity who are in League Cup semi-final action against ManchesterCity next week.

In a north-east derby, Middlesbrough deepened Sunderland's gloom with a 2-0 victory at the Riverside Stadium.

FA Cup holders Arsenal face NottinghamForest on Sunday.

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