Saturday’s third round of the FA Cup saw several upsets as Premier League clubs struggled against lower-league opposition. Nottingham Forest and Bournemouth were both eliminated from the competition, while Leicester City narrowly defeated Gillingham and Southampton came from behind to beat Crystal Palace 2-1.
Burnley and Preston both secured victories, with Burnley defeating Bournemouth 4-2 and Preston beating Huddersfield 3-1. Reading also emerged victorious with a 2-0 win against Watford, and Fulham secured a win as well. The match between Forest Green and Birmingham was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane scored the only goal of the game as his team defeated third-tier Portsmouth. Kane now has 265 goals for Tottenham, just one behind the club’s all-time record scorer, Jimmy Greaves. Later on Saturday, Liverpool will face off against Wolves, and on Sunday, Manchester City will host Chelsea.
Manchester United won 3-1 against Everton on Friday in another all-Premier League clash, adding pressure on manager Frank Lampard. The FA Cup has a long history of upsets and surprises, and this year’s third round was no exception. It is always exciting to see lower-league clubs take on and sometimes defeat more established teams, and this weekend’s matches did not disappoint in that regard