Bolton rally to end Eastleigh's FA Cup dreams

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Non-League Eastleigh's FA Cup dream died in dramatic circumstances as Sky Bet Championship Bolton edged a five-goal thriller to book their place in the fourth round.

The National League outfit took a dream 11th-minute lead in their third round replay at the Macron Stadium when Joe Partington sent a travelling contingent of more than 500 into raptures.

Gary Madine levelled for the home side six minutes before the break and when Dean Moxey made it 2-1 four minutes later, Neil Lennon's men looked to be on their way.

However, in a remarkable end to the first half, Kaid Mohamed levelled in stoppage time and it took a 57th-minute winner from Darren Pratley, whose 87th minute equaliser in the first game had spared Bolton's blushes, to secure a home tie with Leeds.

Barclays Premier League duo Aston Villa and West Brom both negotiated their way into the fourth round against lower league opposition, although neither found the task straightforward.

Remi Garde's men needed a 75th-minute Ciaran Clark header and a second goal from midfielder Idrissa Gana - his first for the club - at the death to see off League Two Wycombe 2-0 at Villa Park, while Salomon Rondon's lone strike was enough to put the Baggies through in a tight encounter at Championship Bristol City.

Villa's reward his a home tie with Manchester City, while West Brom will entertain League One Peterborough.

There was an upset at Fratton Park, where League Two Portsmouth took a 2-0 first-half lead over Championship promotion contenders Ipswich courtesy of Gary Roberts' penalty and a Marc McNulty header, and then managed to hang on to win 2-1 after Town, who later had defender Piotr Malarczyk sent off for a second bookable offence, pulled one back through Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

Pompey will face Premier League Bournemouth in the fourth round, while MK Dons will also entertain top-flight opposition - in their case Chelsea - after disposing of League Two Northampton 3-0.

More than 7,000 Cobblers fans made the trip to Stadium mk, but penalties from Ben Reeves and Simon Church either side of Josh Murphy's strike eased the Championship side to victory.

The comeback of the night came at the Madejski Stadium in an all-championship clash between Reading and Huddersfield with Matej Vydra's hat-trick cancelling out and then overhaulling the 2-0 lead into which the Terriers raced after just 15 minutes. Reading's reward is a home tie with League One Walsall.

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