KENYA BROWN - Monday, January 9, 2017
Cameron Carter-Vickers made his FA Cup debut in Tottenham's win over Aston Villa, while Brad Guzan started again for Middlesbrough as they eliminated Sheffield Wednesday.
Tottenham 2-0 Aston Villa
Two second half goals helped Tottenham avoid the embarrassment of a replay as they went on to knockout Aston Villa from the cup competition at White Hart Lane.
Carter-Vickers started for Spurs in a three-man back line and had a very strong performance for the entire game.
It was a rough start for the host as they could not create many chances to threaten Aston Villa's goal as the regular starters Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen were rested. However, things would change in the second half.
With Alli coming into the game off the bench, Spurs found their spark and finally scored the first goal of the game in the 71st minute. Georges-Kevin Nkoudou's cross from the left found Ben Davies in the area and he headed his effort past Aston Villa goalkeeper Samuel Johnstone.
Spurs doubled their lead nine minutes later when Son Heung-min one-timed Moussa Sissoko's low cross out of the reach of Johnstone.
Tottenham now await their next opponent in the fourth round of the cup.
Middlesbrough 3-0 Sheffield Wednesday
Three second-half goals did the damage as 10-man Middlesbrough booked their place in the fourth round with a comfortable win over Sheffield Wednesday at the Riverside Stadium.
Grant Leadbitter opened the scoring for the host in the 58th minute when his free kick from outside area beat Joseph Wildsmith.
However, Boro's celebrations would be muted a minute later when Daniel Ayala was shown a red card for bringing down Fernando Forestieri.
Middlesbrough were able to hold on despite being down a man and doubled their lead in the 67th minute when Alvaro Negredo put pressure on Wildsmith as he tried to clear the ball from the area. However, the goalkeeper's attempt was deflected by the Spaniard and ball ended up in the back of the net.
Marten de Roon added a third for Middlesbrough a minute into stoppage time as he blasted in his shot from just inside the area.
It was comfortable win in the end for Boro, but they will look to make improvements before they head into the fourth round.
Danny Williams was in the starting line-up for Reading, but they were dumped out of the tournament by Manchester United after suffering a 4-0 loss at Old Trafford.
Emerson Hyndman started for Bournemouth, but the Cherries suffered a 3-0 loss to League One team Millwall at the Den.
Eric Lichaj started for Nottingham Forest in their 2-0 loss to Wigan Athletic.
Both Jonathan Spector and DeAndre Yedlin were in the starting lineups for their respective teams as Birmingham City and Newcastle United played out a 1-1 tie at St. Andrew's Stadium. The two teams will meet again for a replay of the game at a later date at St. James' Park.
Tim Ream was in the starting line-up for Fulham in their 2-1 win over Cardiff City.