FA Cup third-round wrap

2015-01-03 21:12

Tony Pulis started his tenure as West Bromwich Albion head coach in perfect fashion as the Baggies cruised to an emphatic 7-0 home victory over non-League Gateshead in the FA Cup third round.

The former Stoke City manager, who was unveiled by the West Brom yesterday, saw his new side struggle for the opening 40 minutes against a determined Gateshead out at the Hawthorns.

However, the hosts weathered the storm and eventually broke the deadlock through Saido Berahino, before summer signing Victor Anichebe doubled their advantage on the stroke of half-time.

Berahino has been linked with the likes of Liverpool and Tottenham in recent times, and the Burundi-born forward showed why his club have slapped a massive price tag on his shoulders by scoring three more goals after the break.

Chris Brunt and James Morrison also got in on the act as Albion showed no mercy to their less-fancied opponents.

Meanwhile, at the King Power Stadium Leicester City eased the pressure on manager Nigel Pearson after clinching a 1-0 victory over managerless Newcastle United.

Argentine striker Leonardo Ulloa bagged the all-important goal on 39 minutes and his strike proved enough to secure passage to the fourth round of the competition with Newcastle unable to muster a response under the stewardship of caretaker manager John Carver.

The only other Premier League team in action today was Swansea, with Garry Monk’s men securing a morale-boosting 6-2 victory at League Two Tranmere.

The Swans claimed the lead after 34 minutes through winger Nathan Dyer, but were unable to add to their advantage in the remaining minutes of the first stanza.

However, the second half produced an impressive amount of goals as on-loan midfielder Tom Carroll doubled the visitors’ lead in the 49th minute, before Gambian forward Modou Barrow struck home on 58 minutes to give the Swans a comfortable lead.

Credit must go to Tranmere, though, as they never gave up the fight and eventually pulled one back in the 70th minute, Max Power slotting home from the left side of the box.

Frenchman Bafétimbi Gomis restored Swansea’s three-goal lead seven minutes later, only for Cole Stockton to head home from a Marcus Holness cross in the 83rd minute.

Any hopes of a memorable comeback were quickly quashed, however, as Wayne Routledge added his name to Swansea’s scoresheet two minutes later.

And the Swans rubbed more salt in the wounds of the hosts as Gomis popped up in injury time to sweep a left-footed effort into the bottom corner, bagging his second goal of the afternoon.

Attention will now turn to tomorrow’s round of fixtures, with Arsenal set to face Hull City in a repeat of last season’s FA Cup final.

Manchester City entertain Sheffield on Wednesday at the Etihad; Manchester United travel to League One Yeovil; and Chelsea welcome Championship side Watford to Stamford Bridge.

Saturday’s FA Cup results:

Barnsley 0-2 Middlesbrough

Blyth Spartans 2-3 Birmingham

Bolton 1-0 Wigan

Brentford 0-2 Brighton

Cambridge 2-1 Luton

Charlton 1-2 Blackburn

Derby 1-0 Southport

Doncaster 1-1 Bristol City

Fulham 0-0 Wolves

Huddersfield 0-1 Reading

Leicester 1-0 Newcastle

Millwall 3-3 Bradford

Preston 2-0 Norwich

Rochdale 1-0 Nottm Forest

Rotherham 1-5 Bournemouth

Tranmere 2-6 Swansea

West Brom 7-0 Gateshead

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