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Padraig Whelan·29 January 2023

🏆 Wrexham and Blades play out Hollywood classic; Liverpool out of FA Cup

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There were three FA Cup fixtures to enjoy from the fourth round on Sunday. This was went down.

Wrexham’s dream lives on after an epic

Scorers: Jones 50′, O’Connor 61′, Mullin 85′; McBurnie 2′, Norwood 65′, Egan 90+5′

Wrexham and Sheffield United played out an FA Cup tie for the ages and will do it all again after a breathless 3-3 thriller at a rocking Racecourse Ground on Sunday evening.

With the eyes of the world watching and A-list acting star Ryan Reynolds in the stands, the fairytale got off to the worst possible start when Oli McBurnie thumped a near post header from a corner in with just 62 seconds on the clock.

The underdogs had a half-hearted penalty appeal waved away before Tommy Doyle came close to doubling the Blades’ lead, only to be denied by a strong save.

Five minutes after half-time, the scriptwriters got the goal they wanted as James Jones scooped home with one of the scrappiest finishes of his career to level – not that the nature of it will have concerned him or the packed Racecourse Ground.

Eleven minutes later they incredibly turned the game on its head to spark Hollywood scenes around the ground as another poorly defended United corner resulted in Thomas O’Connor reacting fastest to turn home the loose ball.

That euphoria didn’t last long as a loose ball in their own box shortly afterwards was pounced upon by Oliver Norwood to find the far corner.

The incredible drama continued when Daniel Jebbison was sent for the visitors, shown a straight red card for an apparent off-the-ball incident, although television replays suggested that the teenager had committed no offence.

Wrexham then came so closer to taking the lead seconds after the Blades got away with a handball in the area, only for Ollie Palmer to crash his strike against the crossbar but with five minutes left, they did hit the front for a goal that saw them become the first non-league team ever to score three or more goals in four straight ties in the FA Cup proper.

United’s defence was caught napping, allowing Wrexham’s top scorer Paul Mullin to get the ball out from under his feet and squeeze in for a goal that looked set to see his side claim another huge scalp over a side 70 places above them in the football pyramid.

But on 95 minutes, they were cruelly denied as the Blades ensured they would bring them back to Bramall Lane after John Egan steered in at the back post for a goal his side will feel was earned after the earlier red card.

It can only be hoped the replay produces similar scenes.

Mitoma wonder goal eliminates FA Cup holders

Scorers: Dunk 39′, Mitoma 91+2′; Elliot 31′

Liverpool will not defend their FA Cup crown as a last minute beauty from Kaoru Mitoma sent them crashing out at Brighton.

In a frantic opening 15 minutes, both sides had shots cleared off the line, with Mo Salah first to be denied before Trent Alexander-Arnold kept the hosts at bay with his perfect position to keep out Evan Ferguson.

Salah then spurned another big chance after being threaded through by a delightful Harvey Elliott pass but he dragged wide when he seemed set to score.

However, those roles were reversed on the half hour mark as Salah turned provider for Elliott and the teenager succeeded where the Egyptian had failed, squeezed his strike past Jason Steele for his second goal in as many rounds.

But the lead didn’t last long as Brighton levelled in fortuitous fashion as a Tariq Lamptey strike from range took a huge deflection off Lewis Dunk, which wrongfooted Alisson and spun into the net.

In the second half, Brighton came closest to taking the lead but Alisson pulled off a huge close range block to keep out Solly March when he looked set to score after a perfect delivery from Mitoma.

In the closing stages, Fabinho was lucky to avoid a red card for a nasty challenge from behind to the Achilles of the impressive Ferguson before the Seagulls won it in style when Mitoma produced a sublime flick and volley at the far post to send his side into the hat for the next round.

Stoke see off Stevenage

Scorers: Brown 3′, Laurent 73′, Baker (PEN) 80′; Reid 70′

Stoke City avoided an FA Cup upset of their own by seeing off a spirited Stevenage effort to return to the fifth round.

After Steve Evans’ side’s giant-killing efforts against Aston Villa last time, they got off to the worst possible start here as there were just three minutes on the clock when Jacob Brown was left unmarked in the area from a corner and he buried from close range.

Will Smallbone came close to a second before half-time but his effort was met with a fantastic save from Taye Ashby-Hammond and that seemed even more important when Jamie Reid ignited hopes of another shock by levelling with 20 minutes left on the clock.

But t joy was short-lived though as Josh Laurent quickly put the Potters back in the box seat with an unstoppable effort from 25 yards which was followed up by a Lewis Baker penalty to see Alex Neil’s side march into round five.

Monday’s fixture

  1. Derby v West Ham