FA Cup round-up: Bell strike quietens Pompey chimes
Sunday 03 January 2010
On a day short on FA Cup Third Round shocks, Coventry City of the Championship inflicted further pain on financially beleaguered Portsmouth when they held the Premier's bottom club to a 1-1 draw at Fratton Park. The Sky Blues led thanks to David Bell's 20-yard shot, but Kevin-Prince Boateng levelled on the stroke of half-time with a far post header. Pompey, whose players' wages have been delayed for the third time this season, may be glad of their share of the replay's gate money.
A sizeable section of the 11,214 crowd demonstrated outside the ground after the match. "No one at the club is happy with the situation," manager Avram Grant said. "My job and the players' job is to do things on the pitch. Eighty per cent of the questions I have been asked since I came haven't been about the football. But what can I do?"
Fulham's Bobby Zamora scored the goal that saw the Premiership side beat League One Swindon Town 1-0 at Craven Cottage. The Robins' goalkeeper David Lucas later saved Andy Johnson's penalty.
Trailing Hull City 1-0 at half-time, Wigan Athletic sent on Charles N'Zogbia as a second-half substitute and he turned the tie, scoring twice as Roberto Martinez's side won 4-1.
Of three League One play-off hopefuls facing Championship clubs, only Millwall forced a replay, Kris Commons left-foot shot earning Derby County a second chance after Lewis Grabban put the Lions ahead. It ended 1-1. But Huddersfield Town lost 2-0 to the Championship's second-placed side West Bromwich Albion and Jon Parkin scored a hat-trick as managerless Preston North End crushed Colchester United 7-0 at Deepdale.
Championship leaders Newcastle United's 410-mile trip to strugglers Plymouth Argyle ended in a 0-0 draw and Dany N'Guessan's late winner saw Leicester City beat Swansea City 2-1. Calvin Andrew's strike saw Crystal Palace, whose players' wages are also delayed but will be paid next week, said manager Neil Warnock, beat Sheffield Wednesday 2-1. Blackpool had Ian Evatt and Rob Edwards sent off as Ipswich Town also won 2-1. Paul Hayes scored as Scunthorpe United beat Barnsley 1-0, Ricky Lambert's 20th goal for League One Southampton saw them defeat Luton Town of the Conference 1-0 and League One Brighton won 1-0 at League Two Torquay.
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