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Coventry pile misery on Stoke as Man City march on in FA Cup

  • Published at 06:20 am January 7th, 2018
  • Last updated at 06:25 am January 7th, 2018
Coventry pile misery on Stoke as Man City march on in FA Cup
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 Saturday. Former Cup winner 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 Ricoh Arena. Elsewhere, the 25 ties offered only crumbs for the romantics seeking Cup magic although second tier Norwich City did hold champion Chelsea to a 0-0 draw. Top-flight Bournemouth needed a late Steve Cook goal to draw 2-2 at home to League One leader and 2013 Cup winner Wigan Athletic and Leicester City drew 0-0 at third-tier Fleetwood Town 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 leader Manchester City 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. 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 Exeter City 2-0, Southampton overcame Championship Fulham 1-0 and bottom club Swansea City held on for a worthy 0-0 draw at free-scoring Championship leader Wolverhampton Wanderers. Seven-time Cup winner 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 Notts County 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. 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 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 Luton Town while fellow top-flight side Watford made light of a poor recent run to beat second-tier high-flier Bristol City who are in League Cup semi-final action against Man City next week. In a north-east derby, Middlesbrough deepened Sunderland's gloom with a 2-0 victory at Riverside Stadium. FA Cup holder Arsenal face Nottingham Forest Sunday. RESULTS Villa 1 (Davis 8) Peterborough 3 (Marriott 75, 90+3, Tafazolli 83) Birmingham 1 (Gallagher 56) Burton 0 Blackburn 0 Hull 1 (Aina 58) Bolton 1 (Derik 64) Huddersfield 2 (Van la Parra 51, Williams 52) Bournemouth 2 (Mousset 55, Cook 90+2) Wigan 2 (Grigg 4, Hyndman-og 29) Brentford 0 Notts 1 (Stead 65) Cardiff 0 Mansfield 0 Carlisle 0 Wednesday 0 Coventry 2 (Willis 24, Grimmer 68) Stoke 1 (Adam 54-P) Doncaster 0 Rochdale 1 (Andrew 18) Exeter 0 West Brom 2 (Rondon 2, Rodriguez 25) Fleetwood 0 Leicester 0 Fulham 0 Southampton 1 (Ward-Prowse 29) Ipswich 0 Sheffield 1 (Thomas 25) Man City 4 (Aguero 56, 58, Sane 71, Bernardo 82) Burnley 1 (Barnes 25) Middlesbrough 2 (Gestede 10, Braithwaite 42) Sunderland 0 Millwall 4 (O'Brien 35, 56, Thompson 47, Onyedinma 61) Barnsley 1 (Potts 11) Newcastle 3 (Perez 30, 36 Shelvey 39) Luton 1 (Hylton 49) Norwich 0 Chelsea 0 QPR 0 Dons 1 (Cisse 60) Stevenage 0 Reading 0 Watford 3 (Carrillo 37, Deeney 57, Capoue 85) Bristol 0 Wolves 0 Swansea 0 Wycombe 1 (O'Nien 45+1) Preston 5 (Harrop 2, 85, Browne 38, 78-P, Horgan 50) Yeovil 2 (Barnes 61, Green 76) Bradford 0   SUNDAY'S MATCHES Newport v Leeds, Shrewsbury v West Ham, Tottenham v Wimbledon and Forest v Arsenal
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