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Middlesbrough 1-1 Spurs, and the 15-match streak Jose Mourinho will be desperate to end

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 16:10, 5 January 2020

The 2019/20 FA Cup third round continued on Sunday afternoon with nine games kicking off early in the afternoon.

Of those showdowns, four saw a Premier League side feature, including eight-time winners Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Crystal Palace and Sheffield United.

They were all hoping not to join Aston Villa and Brighton and Hove Albion as early departees.

So, how did the games play out?

Middlesbrough 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur

The match summed up in one stat: José Mourinho has now failed to keep a clean sheet in 15 consecutive away matches.

What does this mean for the FA Cup? Middlesbrough’s dream of reaching the fourth round for a third successive year remains intact. Spurs last suffered a third round exit in 2014.

Man of the match? Ashley Fletcher. His goal put Boro in front, ultimately earning Jonathan Woodgate’s men a well-deserved replay.

Spare a thought for… Spurs. Another game in an already busy fixture program.

Chelsea 2-0 Nottingham Forest

The match summed up in one stat: Callum Hudosn-Odoi has been directly involved in 11 goals across 13 starts for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

What does this mean for the FA Cup? Chelsea stretch their record of not being eliminated in the FA Cup 3rd round to 22 seasons. Forest, meanwhile, have now progressed beyond round three in just one of the past four editions.

Man of the match? Callum Hudson-Odoi. The youngster scored the opener and created no fewer than five chances for his teammates.

Spare a thought for… Jordan Smith. Today saw the 25-year-old Forest goalkeeper make his first appearance of the season.

Sheffield Utd 2-1 Fylde

The match summed up in one stat: Leon Clarke scored his first goal for Sheffield United since a 3-1 win over Derby County on Boxing Day 2018.

What does this mean for the FA Cup? Sheffield United prevented back-to-back third round eliminations at the hands of non-league opposition.

Man of the match? Luke Freeman. The 27-year-old played an instrumental role in both of Sheffield United’s goals.

Spare a thought for… Fylde. The non-League side’s dream of reaching the FA Cup fourth round came to an end.

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Crystal Palace 0-1 Derby County

The match summed up in one stat: Crystal Palace were unbeaten in 12 home FA Cup matches against sides from a lower division before today.

What does this mean for the FA Cup? Derby have now escaped the FA Cup third round in five of their last six campaigns. This is the second time in three seasons Palace have been eliminated at this stage.

Man of the match? Chris Martin. The veteran marksman scored the all-important winning goal.

Spare a thought for… Max Meyer. Signed to great fanfare in August 2018, the four-time Germany international hasn’t truly established himself at Selhurst Park and was taken off after suffering an injury midway through the first half.

Other results

Charlton Athletic 0-1 West Bromwich Albion

Crewe Alexandra 1-3 Barnsley

Queens Park Rangers 5-1 Swansea City

Bristol Rovers 2-2 Coventry City

Burton Albion 2-4 Northampton Town