Reading 1 – Liverpool 1 (FA Cup 3rd round, January 2, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Liverpool fell behind at Championship strugglers Reading with yet another set-piece balls-up, Bertrand’s deep free-kick was kept in play by Rasiak on the byline at the back post and Simon Church was perfectly positioned to stab the ball over the line from a yard out. The Reds equalised in the 33rd minute in fortuitous circumstances, Steven Gerrard seeing a cross meant for Kuyt sail into the far corner.
Middlesbrough 0 – Manchester City 1 (FA Cup 3rd round, January 2, 2010) After a generally poor first half (highlights here) at the Riverside, Manchester City broke the deadlock just before the break when Martin Petrov weaved his way upfield after collecting possession in the centre-circle, freeing forgotten-man Benjani Mwaruwari for the Zimbabwean to calmly slip the ball home.
Aston Villa 3 – Blackburn 1 (FA Cup 3rd round, January 2, 2010) Villa went ahead through Nathan Delfouneso’s 12th minute header before Rovers saw David Dunn’s penalty saved by Brad Guzan. Carlos Cuellar’s header made it two before Blackburn were reduced to 10 men when striker El-Hadji Diouf was sent off for a challenge on Habib Beye. Nikola Kalinic pulled one back for Rovers but John Carew’s last-minute penalty secured Villa’s victory.
Sunderland 3 – Barrow 0 (FA Cup 3rd round, January 2, 2010) Sunderland needed 17 minutes to move ahead of non-leaguers Barrow when a cross from the left fell for Steed Malbranque to fire a low left-footed for his first goal of the season. The Black Cats scored a killer second at the start of the second half when striker Fraizer Campbell headed home a Daryl Murphy free-kick from the right. More slack marking from Barrow gifted Sunderland a third, this time allowing Phil Bardsley’s cross from the right to be converted by Fraizer Campbell for his brace.
MK Dons 1 – Burnley 2 (FA Cup 3rd round, January 2, 2010) Graham Alexander snuffed out the MK Dons’ hopes of a giant-killing against Burnley tucking home a 22nd minute penalty for the Clarets. Burnley are cruising against MK Dons at the break as Steven Fletcher latched on to Chris Eagles perfectly-weighed pass to shoot low past home keeper Willy Gueret. The League One hosts managed to set up a nervous ending for Burnley when Dean Morgan pulled a goal back in the 89th minute but the Premier Leaguers hung on to advance.