Coventry City, whose Premiership form has slumped alarmingly, conjured up memories of their lone FA Cup triumph with a remarkable 3-2 victory over Tottenham in the Coca-Cola Cup third round last night.
Highfield Road may not be quite like Wembley Stadium but Coventry produced a match that for excitement rivalled their Cup final success over the London club eight years ago. They looked to be heading out of the tournament when Dave Busst put Spurs 2-0 ahead by turning the ball into his own net from a cross by Chris Armstrong, who had scored Tottenham's first after two minutes.
The match turned on a 55th-minute penalty while Spurs were down to 10 men, with Dean Austin off having a cut stitched. "The physio's room was locked and it took about six minutes for somebody to find the key and get Deano stitched," Gerry Francis, Tottenham's manager, said. "With hindsight, I should have sent on a substitute but I didn't know it was going to take that long."
Peter Ndlovu scored from the spot to launch the Sky Blue revival. Busst made amends for his earlier error by heading in the equaliser from a cross by John Salako, who then scored Coventry's winner after the Spurs goalkeeper, Ian Walker, had palmed away Dion Dublin's header.
Millwall face the possibility of having The Den closed after a spectator ran on to the pitch and threatened Sheffield Wednesday's goalkeeper, Kevin Pressman, during the Premiership side's 2-0 victory. Millwall are under suspended threat of ground closure after a pitch invasion during a match against Derby 17 months ago. Wednesday dominated the match, with Mark Pembridge and Guy Whittingham scoring.
It was not a night for the giant-killers. As well as the defeat of Millwall, winners at Everton in a second-round replay, York City, who put out Mancheser United, lost to Queen's Park Rangers at Loftus Road.
York must have had visions of more glory when Paul Barnes, who scored twice in their 3-0 victory at Old Trafford, put them ahead in the 10th minute after Scott Jordan's cross had unsettled the QPR defence, but this time their hopes soon faded. Trevor Sinclair, put clear by his player- manager, Ray Wilkins, scored the 24th-minute equaliser, Andy Impey put Rangers ahead shortly after the interval and then Paul Atkin, a York substitute, scored an own goal after a Wilkins free-kick had caused the Second Division side's defence problems.
Neil Shipperley finished a break inspired by Matt Le Tissier 11 minutes from time to put Southampton into the last 16 with a 2-1 victory over West Ham.
Dundee fans can once again watch their side in a major final after a 15-year wait. They earned a place in the Scottish Coca-Cola Cup decider against Aberdeen when Neil McCann scored in the 88th minute to give them a 2-1 victory over Airdrie.Reuse content