FA Cup third-round roundup: Burnley shocked by Championship Huddersfield | FA Cup


Matty Pearson was Burnley’s nemesis once again as his late header saw Huddersfield come from behind to dump the Premier League side out of the FA Cup with a 2-1 win at Turf Moor.

Pearson, whose extra-time goal gave Accrington Stanley a League Cup win over Burnley in 2016, headed in for the Championship club four minutes from time after Josh Koroma had cancelled out Jay Rodriguez’s first-half goal.

It means the Terriers are into the fourth round for the first time since 2018, while relegation-threatened Burnley are left to wonder if this will again be a league fixture next season.
The Clarets were without manager Sean Dyche – absent with Covid-19 – and without a spark against the Terriers, who made seven changes to the side that drew 0-0 with Blackburn last weekend but who were able to boss the second half.

This is the 100th anniversary of Huddersfield’s only FA Cup success – a run which began with a 2-2 draw at Turf Moor – and though a repeat would be beyond a fairy-tale, this was a fine start.

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League Two Hartlepool United also provided an early shock on third-round Saturday with a 2-1 win over Championship Blackpool. Keshi Anderson gave Blackpool an eighth-minute lead but David Ferguson equalised just after half-time and on the hour mark teenager Joe Grey scored the winner.

League Two Mansfield Town were pipped at the death after a brave fightback in a 3-2 home defeat by Middlesbrough.

The visitors were in command with two goals in the first 14 minutes. But Stags dominated the second half and thought they had forced extra time when Rhys Oates levelled after 85 minutes only to be undone by a John-Joe O’Toole own goal in stoppage time.

And in a pair of all-Championship ties, Coventry were 1-0 winners over Derby, while Fulham needed extra time for victory by the same scoreline over Bristol City.



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