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Sunday, January 3, 1999 Published at 11:18 GMT


Sport: Football

FA Cup highlights

Richard Johnson gave Tottenham an early shock

Coventry were the highest scorers in Saturday's Cup action as they handing out a 7-0 thrashing to Second Division Macclesfield Town.

The Sky Blues marked the tenth anniversary of their third round humiliation against non-league Sutton by overwhelming the visitors after Steve Froggatt put them in front in the 28th minute.


[ image: Darren Huckerby and John Aloisi celebrate]
Darren Huckerby and John Aloisi celebrate
They were three up before the break courtesy of Noel Whelan and an own goal, and striker Darren Huckerby helped himself to a second half hat-trick with George Boateng completing the scoring.

"Some of our defending was bad but that's where we need to learn our lesson. We took the game to them and the way we started was great but we just don't have the finishing touch," said Macclesfield manager Sammy McIlroy.

First Division Watford stunned Tottenham by taking the lead through Richard Johnson just 53 seconds into the match at White Hart Lane.

It sparked an astonishing first half which ended with Spurs 4-2 ahead after goals by Steffen Iversen (2), Darren Anderton and Allan Nielsen, with Peter Kennedy replying for the visitors.

Watford sent on former Spurs striker Ronny Rosenthal in the second period but he could not inspire a comeback and Ruel Fox completed a 5-2 Tottenham win in the 87th minute.

"That's nine goals we've scored in the last two home games and you can see I'm trying to change my image and put a bit of excitement into our side. But if you believe that, you'll believe anything," joked Spurs boss George Graham.


[ image: Steve Guppy completed the scoring]
Steve Guppy completed the scoring
There were plenty of goals at Filbert Street where Leicester put paid to Birmingham City with a 4-2 win.

Martin O'Neill's side were in a comfortable position after goals from Frank Sinclair and Robert Ullathorne in a six-minute spell, but Steve Robinson's half volley gave the visitors hope.

Veteran Tony Cottee extended Leicester's lead and Steve Guppy added another with a curling right-foot strike before Dele Adebola grabbed a late consolation.

Everton have not found goals easy to come by recently but survived a difficult trip to Bristol City thanks to two late goals from £4.5m striker Ibrahima Bakayoko.


[ image: Ibrahima Bakayoko: Destroyer of dreams]
Ibrahima Bakayoko: Destroyer of dreams
The African hammered a 25-yard free-kick through the City wall and then sealed the win after exchanging passes with Tony Grant.

City boss Benny Lennartsson said: "We didn't get the breaks in the second half when we had two or three very good chances."

Newcastle had goalkeeper Shay Given sent off after only 14 minutes against Crystal Palace for handling outside his area.

"There have been so many strange incidents that as a club you have no influence over. It must be a sort of curse on this club. Things are just slipping out of our hands," said boss Ruud Gullit.

"You can see it on the faces of the players. They feel that they are better than the results show, but all the time little accidents happen."

Lee Bradbury headed past replacement Steve Harper within four minutes but Gary Speed levelled early in the second half and England captain Alan Shearer netted after 69 minutes as Newcastle pulled off a 2-1 win.


[ image: Carl Cort: Celebrations were short-lived]
Carl Cort: Celebrations were short-lived
Three players were shown the red card as Wimbledon edged past Second Division Manchester City 1-0.

Goalscorer Carl Cort was sent off after a scuffle with Andy Morrison, the City player accompanying him down the tunnel, but referee Graham Poll afterwards agreed to review his decision.

The Dons were down to nine men when Jason Euell was punished for a second bookable offence six minutes from time.


[ image: Plymouth's Earl Jean gets the better of Derby defender Steve Elliott]
Plymouth's Earl Jean gets the better of Derby defender Steve Elliott
Derby County were invigorated by a trip to the west country as they won 3-0 at Plymouth, with goals from Deon Burton (2) and Stefano Eranio.

But Charlton were left to rue missed early chances as they lost 2-0 to Blackburn in the day's only all-Premiership tie.

Kevin Davies put Rovers in front on the stroke of half-time and Jason Wilcox grabbed the second after 88 minutes after Charlton 'keeper Sasa Ilic was caught out after going upfield for a corner.

"I'm staggered by Ilic's actions. He said he looked at he clock and thought there were only seconds left but in fact with injury time there were six or seven minutes," said manager Alan Curbishley.

Second Division Bournemouth pulled off a mini-upset as Eddie Howe's goal proved enough to beat West Bromwich Albion of Division One.

And there was a thrilling game at the Racecourse Ground where home side Wrexham overcame Scunthorpe United 4-3 with Karl Connolly completing a hat-trick in stoppage time.



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