English Premiership


2015-01-03 20:35
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London - Tony Pulis's West Bromwich Albion tenure began with a 7-0 demolition of non-league Gateshead in the FA Cup third round on Saturday, while Leicester City eliminated managerless Newcastle United.

Pulis was appointed as West Brom's new head coach on New Year's Day following Alan Irvine's sacking and he watched his new charges cruise into round four, with Saido Berahino scoring four times.

The England Under-21 striker, who has been linked with Liverpool, opened the scoring in the 42nd minute at The Hawthorns before Victor Anichebe added a second with a solo goal in first-half injury time.

Berahino produced two classy finishes early in the second period to complete his hat-trick, with Chris Brunt and James Morrison adding two more goals before Berahino struck again to take his tally for the season to 13.

"Saido Berahino is a very talented boy," Pulis said. "There is always going to be transfer speculation and you can see why. He has great pace, great balance and scores goals.

"But when I came in here the chairman had not received any offer for him and we will try our damnedest to try and improve him."

While West Brom began their new era in confident fashion, Newcastle made a forgettable start to life without Alan Pardew, who had been confirmed as Crystal Palace's new manager earlier in the day.

With Newcastle coaches John Carver and Steve Stone deputising in the dug-out, Leicester prevailed in the day's only all-Premier League tie courtesy of a 39th-minute header by Argentine striker Leonardo Ulloa.

Swansea City joined Leicester in the fourth round after a 6-2 romp at fourth-tier Tranmere Rovers.

Bafetimbi Gomis claimed a brace for Garry Monk's visitors, while Nathan Dyer, Tom Carroll, full debutant Mo Barrow and Wayne Routledge also found the net.

Blyth Spartans of the seventh-tier Northern Premier League looked poised to record the day's biggest upset after going 2-0 up at home to second-tier Birmingham City thanks to a double from captain Robbie Dale.

The scoreline even attracted the attention of former Portugal and Real Madrid great Luis Figo, who began to follow Blyth's official Twitter account via his @LuisFigo page.

But three goals in six minutes turned the tie on its head, with Lee Novak reducing the arrears in the 52nd minute before Wes Thomas claimed a quick-fire brace to give Birmingham a 3-2 win.

"I am exceptionally proud of the lads. We played some good stuff on a boggy pitch and we were very close to winning the game," said Blyth manager Tom Wade.

"We just hope that we can get more fans through the gates now."

The day's biggest upset came at third-division Rochdale, who beat two-time cup-winners Nottingham Forest of the Championship 1-0 thanks to a 12th-minute spot-kick by Peter Vincenti.

Meanwhile, Derby County, currently third in the Championship, needed an injury-time penalty by Chris Martin to see off fifth-tier Southport 1-0.

Holders Arsenal host Hull City on Sunday in a repeat of last season's final, which the north London club won 3-2 to end a nine-year trophy drought, and there are three other repeats of former finals in the third round.

Sunderland host Leeds United (1973) on Sunday, with Tottenham Hotspur visiting Burnley (1962) the following day.

Meanwhile, Liverpool visit fourth-tier AFC Wimbledon on Monday in a match that recalls the original Wimbledon's shock success in the 1988 final.

Premier League co-leaders Chelsea and Manchester City both enter the competition against second-tier opposition on Sunday, with Chelsea hosting Watford and City entertaining Sheffield Wednesday.

Palace travel to fifth-tier Dover Athletic for their first game since Pardew was appointed manager.

Manchester United visit third-tier Yeovil Town, while the fourth and final all-Premier League fixture sees Everton host West Ham United on Tuesday.

Collated English FA Cup results on Saturday:

Third round

Barnsley 0 Middlesbrough 2 (Vossen 48, Ayala 84)

Blyth Spartans 2 (Dale 35, 41) Birmingham 3 (Novak 52, Thomas 55, 58)

Bolton 1 (Clough 76) Wigan 0

Brentford 0 Brighton 2 (Dunk 88, O'Grady 90)

Cambridge 2 (Simpson 27, Donaldson 66) Luton 1 (Harriman 74)

Charlton 1 (Gudmundsson 55) Blackburn 2 (Taylor 4, 59)

Derby 1 (Martin 90-pen) Southport 0

Doncaster 1 (McCullough 50) Bristol City 1 (Smith 75)

Fulham 0 Wolves 0

Huddersfield 0 Reading 1 (Blackman 69)

Leicester 1 (Ulloa 39) Newcastle 0

Millwall 3 (McDonald 36, Fuller 66, 83) Bradford 3 (Knott 6, 76, Nelson 70-og)

Preston 2 (Gallagher 71, 84) Norwich 0

Rochdale 1 (Vincenti 12-pen) Nottingham Forest 0

Rotherham 1 (Brindley 10) Bournemouth 5 (MacDonald 44, Stanislas 58, Fraser 63, Kermorgant 67, 71)

Tranmere 2 (Power 70, Stockton 83) Swansea 6 (Dyer 34, Carroll 49, Barrow 58, Gomis 77, 90, Routledge 85)

West Brom 7 (Berahino 42, 46, 53, 90, Anichebe 45+1, Brunt 55, Morrison 79) Gateshead 0

Played on Friday

Third round

Cardiff 3 (Ralls 34, Harris 53, Jones 60) Colchester 1 (Sears 74)

Second round

Milton Keynes Dons 0 Chesterfield 1 (Roberts 43)

Playing on Sunday

Third round

Arsenal v Hull
Aston Villa v Blackpool
Chelsea v Watford
Dover v Crystal Palace
Manchester City v Sheffield Wednesday
QPR v Sheffield United
Southampton v Ipswich
Stoke v Wrexham
Sunderland v Leeds
Yeovil v Manchester United

Playing on Monday

Third round

AFC Wimbledon v Liverpool
Burnley v Tottenham

Playing on Tuesday

Third round

Everton v West Ham

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