Leeds United beat Accrington Stanley 3-1 to clinch a place in the FA Cup fifth round for the first time in seven years, as Leicester City also avoided a shock with a 1-0 win over Walsall on Saturday.
Jack Harrison’s stunning long-range strike calmed Leeds’ nerves against the League One side at Wham Stadium. Jesse Marsch’s men must fight for survival in the Premier League, but they are starting to click as an attacking force with the return of Patrick Bamford and Luis Sinisterra from injury to complement new signing Georginio Rutter.
“I’m confident this group will come together,” Marsch said.
“Really happy with the team, with the progress we’re making. I think we’re ready for some big challenges now.”
Bamford’s brilliant reverse pass saw Junior Firpo double the visitors’ lead just after the hour mark.
Two minutes later, Sinisterra tapped in Harrison’s cross to end the tie as a game.
But there was a moment to savor for Stanley when 18-year-old Leslie Adekoya pulled a goal back nine minutes from time.
Iheanacho saves Leicester
Leicester were pushed even closer by League Two Walsall, but were saved by FA Cup specialist Kelechi Iheanacho.
The Nigerian has scored more goals in the league than any other player since his debut in 2016.
Iheanacho’s 17th goal in 23 FA Cup appearances had a fortune as his strike from the edge of the box produced a poor deflection for the lone goal 23 minutes from time.
Romain Perraud, the full-back, scored twice as Southampton deflected a late rally from Blackpool to go 2-1 up.
Fulham are the only Premier League side to have failed to win so far on Saturday after being held 1-1 by Sunderland at Craven Cottage.
Jack Clarke put the visitors ahead early on against a much changed Fulham team.
But Tom Cairney’s equalizer on the hour prompted a replay.
Four other ties must be replayed to find a winner, including Championship leader Burnley’s duel with Ipswich after a 0–0 draw at Portman Road.
Harry Kane can only leave as Tottenham’s all-time top goalscorer later on Saturday when the Spurs visit Preston.
Manchester United are also in action against Championship opposition, as Erik ten Hag’s men host Reading.
Manchester City were the first team in round five after beating Arsenal 1-0 in a Premier League top two game on Friday night.
Liverpool travel to Brighton in Sunday’s tie.
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