/FA Cup review: Joe Willock stars in comfortable Arsenal win, Newcastle leave it late against Blackburn,

FA Cup review: Joe Willock stars in comfortable Arsenal win, Newcastle leave it late against Blackburn,


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All the action from Saturday’s 5.30pm kick-offs in the FA Cup third round

A breathless day of FA Cup third round action concluded with five fixtures all kicking off at 5.30pm.

Teenager Joe Willock scored a brace in Arsenal’s 3-0 victory at Blackpool, while Crystal Palace required a late Jordan Ayew goal to scrape past ten-man Grimsby Town.

Joe Willock was the star at Bloomfield Road

Joe Willock was the star at Bloomfield Road

However there was no such joy for Newcastle, who were held to a 1-1 draw by Championship side Blackburn, or Huddersfield as they were knocked out by Bristol City.

Here, talkSPORT rounds up all the action from Saturday’s later games.

Blackpool 0-3 Arsenal

A journey that began with a Blackpool protester sitting on top of their bus ended with Arsenal comfortably booking their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Joe Willock, one of two teenagers in the Gunners’ starting line-up, scored twice in the first half and Alex Iwobi added a third in the 82nd minute to secure a 3-0 victory.

Crystal Palace 1-0 Grimsby Town

Crystal Palace escaped embarrassment after Jordan Ayew produced a late winner to end 10-man Grimsby’s defiance in their FA Cup third-round tie at Selhurst Park.

Ayew nodded home Jeffrey Schlupp’s free-kick in the 87th minute as the Premier League club finally broke the deadlock amid relentless one-way traffic.

Jordan Ayew finally ended Grimsby’s resistance

Jordan Ayew finally ended Grimsby’s resistance

Grimsby defended for virtually the entire game after Andrew Fox was shown a red card in the second minute for a studs up tackle on Andros Townsend that referee Martin Atkinson viewed as a booking only to be over-ruled by the VAR.

Newcastle 1-1 Blackburn Rovers

Matt Ritchie got Newcastle out of jail as his late penalty secured an FA Cup third-round replay against Sky Bet Championship Blackburn.

The midfielder struck from 12 yards with six minutes remaining to secure a 1-1 draw just when it looked as though Bradley Dack’s 56th-minute header had condemned the Premier League Magpies to a seventh third-round exit of Mike Ashley’s controversial 12-year ownership.

Newcastle needed a late penalty to force a replay with Blackburn

Newcastle needed a late penalty to force a replay with Blackburn

Bristol City 1-0 Huddersfield Town

Bristol City added to Huddersfield’s Premier League troubles by knocking them out of the FA Cup with a 1-0 win at Ashton Gate.

A third-round tie low on quality was settled by Josh Brownhill’s 72nd-minute strike, the midfielder dispatching his fourth goal of the season after twisting and turning in a congested penalty area.

Norwich City 0-1 Portsmouth

Portsmouth substitute Andre Green struck deep into injury time to earn the League One leaders a dramatic 1-0 FA Cup third-round win over Championship high-flyers Norwich at Carrow Road.

Green had two bites of the cherry from just inside the box after Pompey had caught the hosts on the break and took the second one to sink a home side who had to play 75 minutes with just 10 men after the early dismissal of Grant Hanley.

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