FA Cup Third Round Replays: Favourites progress


There were no such shocks in the FA Cup replays last night as the favourites in all ties safely secured their passage to the fourth round.

QPR endured a nervy evening against MK Dons at Loftus Road in Mark Hughes' first home game in charge.

The hosts eventually prevailed by a 1-0 score line but it took a 73rd minute Danny Gabbidon header to overcome Karl Robinson's opposition. The goal was the Welshman's first in seven years.

In an even game, Dons forwards Jabo Ibehre and Charlie MacDonald could and maybe should have scored, but Robinson can take heart from running the Barclays Premier League side so close over two games.

Robinson said: "We can walk away from here with immense pride, I thought there were times when we showed an awful lot of class."

Mark Hughes and the R's fans can breathe a big sigh of relief as they now go into the fourth round with the prospect of facing west London rivals Chelsea, whom they beat earlier in the season in the corresponding Barclays Premier League fixture.

Bolton Wanderers, also prevailed over their Football League visitors in Macclesfield Town. The Trotters won 2-0 and got off to a flyer when Kevin Davies netted his first since November inside the first minute.

Owen Coyle's side doubled their advantage on 26 minutes when Martin Petrov collected Tuncay's pass to strike from 20 yards.

Gary Simpson's Macclesfield could have capitulated but put in a gritty second-half performance, though they couldn't beat the flame haired Adam Bogdan in the Bolton goal.

Bolton can now enjoy a fourth round home tie with Swansea.

In the all Championship tie at the King Power Stadium, it was Leicester City who swept away their opponents Nottingham Forest.

The score ended 4-0 to the hosts but it really could have been more. Nigel Pearson's side were the better from the off and took the lead through a George Boateng own goal on seven minutes.

After this goal, the night truly belonged to Jermaine Beckford, who went on to strike a hat-trick, and show the Foxes' fans some of the form that earned him his summer move to the East Midlands.

Steve Cotterill's Forest can now concentrate on survival in the Championship. Leicester go on to face third round giant killers Swindon Town in the fourth round.

And finally, Millwall avenged their demons from the weekend drubbing from Birmingham to inflict some damage on League Two outfit Dagenham & Redbridge.

The Lions won 5-0 and some clinical finishing from both Darius Henderson and Tottenham loanee Harry Kane sealed the tie.

Henderson struck a hat-trick and Kane bagged a brace as Kenny Jackett's side march on to face Southampton at the Den.

There are two remaining third round replay's tonight as Wolves host Birmingham and non-League Wrexham welcome Brighton to Wales in the delayed fixture from yesterday.

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