Liverpool 1 – Reading 2 (FA Cup third round replay, January 13, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Liverpool’s wretched form continued in a dire first half with Reading, the Reds managing to take the lead on the stroke of halftime when Ryan Bertrand turned a Gerrard cross into his own net. Reading came back into the game, with Jobi McAnuff nearly scoring a wonder solo goal, the Royals finally got their reward three minutes into injury time when Benayoun tripped Long and Gylfi Sigurdsson finished from the spot to send the replay to extra time. Ten minutes into first half injury time Reading delivered the knock out blow, Shane Long heading home after excellent work from Brynjar Gunnarsson to leave Liverpool boss Benitez teetering on the brink at Anfield.
Newcastle 3 – Plymouth 0 (FA Cup third round replay, January 13, 2010) Peter Lovenkrands scored a hat-trick as Newcastle easily outclassed Plymouth to reach the FA Cup fourth round. Jonas Gutierrez sprinted down the left and cut the ball back for the Danish striker to fire into the net. Lovenkrands made it 2-0 before halftime with a near-post header, and put the result beyond doubt with a low shot which Romain Larrieu should have saved.