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Tuesday, October 12, 1999 Published at 22:00 GMT 23:00 UK

Sport: Football

Birmingham crush 10-man Magpies

Newcastle's Steve Harper earned himself a red card for tripping

Birmingham 2-0 Newcastle United

First division Birmingham have ended Newcastle's cup dreams with a deserved win at St Andrews, after Magpies goalkeeper Steve Harper was shown the red card for tripping.

The BBC's Ron Jones: "A very ordinary Newcastle side indeed"
The tie started badly for Newcastle and just got worse as an Alan Shearer penalty attempt was brilliantly saved by Birmingham keeper Ian Bennett on four minutes.

The tie meandered along for most of the rest of the first half, before suddenly exploding into life as Harper was sent off for tripping Andy Johnson.

Martin O'Connor did not make the same mistake as Shearer and blasted the penalty into the back of the Newcastle net.

The dispirited Magpies underperformed throughout, making basic defensive errors and coming perilously close to only having nine men after some rash challenges.

The only bright spot was a Gary Speed strike that hit a post.

It took a fantastic Darren Purse header from a corner into the top right of the goal to put the visitors out of their misery and add yet another ignominious defeat to Newcastle's early season list.

Wimbledon 3-2 Sunderland (1-1 after normal time)

Carl Cort grabbed a hat-trick as Wimbledon fought back from behind to knock out Sunderland after extra time.

Danny Dichio put Sunderland ahead, but Cort hit back within two minutes.

The tie drifted into extra time and came alive when Cort fired home twice in quick succession to complete his hat-trick in front of just 4,790 fans.

His brace effectively killed off Sunderland's challenge, with Kevin Ball's last-gasp strike no more than a consolation.

Arsenal 2-1 Preston

Stefan Malz's first goal since joining Arsenal has helped see off a spirited Preston outfit at Highbury.

[ image: Sunderland's Danielle Dichio tries to get the better of Ben Thatcher]
Sunderland's Danielle Dichio tries to get the better of Ben Thatcher
The German midfielder's bouncing volley from just inside the area after 61 minutes found its way through a crowd of players into the net.

That restored the Gunners lead after Jon Macken's mis-hit volley looped over David Seaman to cancel out Kanu's fine individual opening strike.

Matthew Upson almost made it 3-1, but his goalbound header cannoned of the omnipresent Kanu.

Bradford 2-3 Barnsley

Barnsley have stunned Bradford with a clinical display of catch-up football to book their place in the last 16 of the Worthington Cup.

The BBC's Peter Slater: "The great Premiership adventure has taken a wrong turning for Bradford City"
Lee Mills put the Bantams ahead, but the Tykes hit back when Mike Sheron touched in his eighth of the season.

Craig Morgan squeezed in their second and Eric Tinkler put Barnsley 3-1 up from the penalty spot.

David Wetherall pulled one back, but it was never going to be enough and the Bantams' season is now showing all the signs of falling apart.

Tranmere 2-0 Oxford United

Tranmere have booked their place in the fourth round with victory at Prenton Park.

The BBC's Alan Biggs reports from: "Not the most memorable of matches"
Rovers deserved their comfortable win, but had to rely on goalkeeper Joe Murphy, who saved a penalty from Matt Murphy on the stroke of half time.

Steve Yates put Tranmere in front with a deflected shot on 58 minutes.

Then Oxford keeper Andre Arendse fumbled Tony Grant's shot as Rovers put the tie beyond doubt. Oxford had Paul Tait sent off to complete a miserable night.

West Brom 1-2 Fulham

Stan Collymore scored the winner to silence his critics at West Brom as Fulham booked a date with Tottenham or Crewe in the next round.

The BBC John Roeder reports from the Hawthorns: "It was always an entertaining match"
Former Albion striker Paul Peschisolido opened the scoring for the Cottagers on his return to The Hawthorns, only for Lee Hughes to equalise.

Fulham were in more trouble when Barry Hayles was sent off.

But on-loan Collymore had the final say with the match-winning goal.

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