RJ DEMELLO - Thursday, January 8, 2015
Last weekend's FA Cup action saw a lackluster collection of performances by England's yanks, with several narrowly avoiding embarrassing defeat or seeing their cup run come to an end.
Stoke City 3 - 1 Wrexham
The visitors from the fifth division almost managed a shock upset, but the Potters came back late to head to the fourth round.
Geoff Cameron started and played 76 minutes in the victory.
After an uneventful first half Stoke started to apply more pressure in the second, with Cameron getting involved as the defender/midfielder headed over the bar.
Despite this pressure, it was the visitors that took the lead on 73 minutes off of a pretty diving header from Mark Carrington.
It looked as if Wrexham was ready to steal a spot in the next round but in the 80th minute Marko Arnautovic was able to take advantage of a simple rebound to level the score.
Stephen Ireland popped up to give Stoke the lead in the 88th minute and an insurance goal in the 94th to flatter the score-line in the Potters favor.
Stoke will visit third-tier Rochdale in the next round, but next on the fixture list for the club is a trip to the Emirates to take on Arsenal.
Tim Ream started and played 90 minutes in Bolton Wanderers 1-0 win over Wigan Athletic. Bolton will have the pleasure of visiting Liverpool in the fifth round.
Danny Williams started, went 90 minutes, and picked up a yellow card in Reading's 1-0 win against Huddersfield Town. Reading visit fellow Championship club Cardiff in the fifth round.
Eric Lichaj got the start and went the distance for Nottingham Forest in the club's 1-0 defeat against Rochdale.
Brad Guzan got the rest for FA Cup action, only seeing the bench in Aston Villa's 1-0 victory over Blackpool. The Villans will host Bournemouth in the next round in late-January.
Gedion Zelalem made the bench but didn't appear for Arsenal as the London club went on to beat Hull City 2-0. Arsenal visit second-tier team Brighton & Hove Albion in the fifth round.