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Bob Ballard at Watford
"Birmingham got their Premiership scalp at last"
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Tony Adamson at Hillsborough
"Sheffield Wednesday looked like a struggling team"
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Steve Lee at Selhurst Park
"Wimbledon's win was strangely devoid of passion"
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Peter Slater at Sunderland
"Portsmouth never looked like threatening an upset"
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Steve Wilson at Norwich
"Coventry managed an away win at last"
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Jimmy Armfield at Crewe
"Bradford won an entertaining tie"
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Saturday, 11 December, 1999, 19:45 GMT
Blue revenge at Watford

Gary Rowett celebrates Birmingham's winner at Watford


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Watford 0-1 Birmingham City

Birmingham handed Watford a long hard winter, by leaving the Hornets with only Premiership survival to fight for.

The Midlanders would probably still prefer to be in Watford's position, having lost to them on penalties in last season's first division play-offs.

But at least Gary Rowett's superb header midway through the second half gave them some revenge for that St Andrew's night.

The defeat left Watford without a win in 12 matches, and it is hard to call this an upset.

Because despite the Hornets' higher status in the league, there was little to choose between two sides who may meet again next season.


Crewe 2-1 Bradford

Dean Saunders came off the bench to score the winner at Gresty Road.


Neil Sorvel and Stuart McCall battle away at Gresty Road
Robbie Blake had given Bradford the lead in the 53rd minute after keeper Jason Kearton had flapped at Peter Beagrie's cross.

Colin Little levelled for Crewe after racing into the box to nod home Shaun Smith's deep cross after 75 minutes.

But substitutes Lee Sharpe and Saunders combined on 83 minutes when the former England international played the ball across goal for the Welsh striker to fire home.

Bradford's Jamie Lawrence was fortunate to remain on the pitch after he floored Smith with a swinging arm.

Referee Alan Wilkie let the midfielder off with a yellow card much to the anger of the home fans.


Norwich 1-3 Coventry

Norwich goalkeeper Andy Marshall had a nightmare as Coventry recorded their first away win of the season.

The former England Under-21 star made two dreadful second-half blunders for the visitors' first two goals to undo battling Norwich's good work

The ball was wet and the pitch was greasy - but that provided little excuse for the way Marshall let tame efforts from Noel Whelan and substitute Cedric Roussel slip through his fingers.

The Canaries equalised in between the two goals through Chris Llewellyn's deflected goal.

But Coventry's place in round four was confirmed in the 84th minute when substitute John Eustace capped a promising second-half display by scoring his first goal for the Sky Blues.


Sheff Wed 1-0 Bristol City

Andy Booth scored a vital strike for Wednesday despite breaking his nose at Liverpool last week.

But the match then ended on a sour note for the Owls when young substitute Alan Quinn was sent off 60 minutes after coming on for shoving his shoulder into the face of Shaun Taylor.

Just 11,644 were there, 4,000 of whom were City fans.

Booth's winner came in the 24th minute as keeper Pavel Srnicek, back in the side after sitting out the last four games, played the ball out wide to Wim Jonk.

The Dutch star then floated in a cross for Booth to outjump his marker and plant a header in the bottom left corner for only his third goal of the season.


Sunderland 1-0 Portsmouth

Sunderland went through thanks to Gavin McCann's first-half strike.

But the visitors competed throughout, despite the 40th-minute dismissal of Greek midfielder Michael Panopoulos for a bad challenge on Stefan Schwarz, and the sacking of manager Alan Ball this week.

Niall Quinn found himself with a bloody nose in the first minute after challenging for a high ball with Jason Cundy.

But his side escaped such an embarrassment with McCann's powerful run and neat finish on 24 minutes breaking the deadlock in a match which Sunderland controlled without hitting top form.


Wimbledon 1-0 Barnsley

Barnsley boss Dave Bassett's return to the club where he enjoyed such success was spoilt by Carl Cort's 34th-minute winner.

A low home crowd of just 4,505 turned up to watch Cort slam home Marcus Gayle's wonderfully timed cross.

Cort should have made put the match beyond Barnsley immediately after the break - but he managed to put two headers wide from close range.

And although Barnsley stepped it up in the second half they failed to make a real impression.


Charlton 2-1 Swindon

This clash at The Valley saw all the goals in the second half.

Swindon keeper Steve Mildenhall failed to hold onto Shaun Newton's powerfully hit shot and Andy Hunt was on hand to prod the loose ball into the net.

Within six minutes Swindon were level when the home defence failed to cut out a ball down the centre and Ty Gooden ran through to beat Dean Kiely in the home goal.

Charlton battled back and retook the lead on 61 minutes, courtesy of the inspirational Mark Kinsella, who controlled a Steve Brown free-kick before hammering home from the edge of the area.


Grimsby 3-2 Stockport

An injury time goal from Bradley Allen gave the Mariners a dramatic win.

The substitute crashed home at the far post from Kevin Donovan's cross.

Grimsby had looked dead and buried when Ian Moore put County 2-1 ahead in the 81st minute.

But Steve Livingstone grabbed his second of the game a minute from time to give Grimsby a lifeline.

It was Livingstone who had opened the scoring on 35 minutes only for Alan Bailey to level on 63.


West Brom 2-2 Blackburn

West Brom twice came from from behind with all the goals coming after half-time - three of them in a five-minute spell.

In the 65th minute, Per Frandsen's powerful shot took a wicked deflection to fly past an unlucky Chris Adamson.

Albion equalised immediately when James Quinn fed Lee Hughes to score.

Then it was up the other end as Nathan Blake restored the lead with 20 minutes to go.

Substitute Mickey Evans had the last say when he pounced on a parried shot by Hughes with ten minutes remaining.


Fulham 2-2 Luton

Matthew Spring's 82nd-minute goal earned Luton a replay at Kenilworth Road on Tuesday week.

Spring burst through the midfield and let fly from 25-yards.

Luton had taken the lead in the sixth minute when Matt Taylor shot at namesake Maik in the Fulham goal and Liam George poked the rebound into an unguarded net.

It took Fulham just five minutes to level the scores with Geoff Horsfield unmarked as he nodded the ball into the net.

Before half-time Barry Hayles beat the off-side trap to race clear and square the ball for Sean Davis to drive home.

The Londoners continued to press but the Luton defence became more organised.

Luton got their reward with Spring's equaliser, although the second half offered other chances which could have won them the tie.


QPR 1-1 Torquay United

Torquay goalkeeper Neville Southall put in a man-of-the-match performance to keep the score at 1-0 and allow the West Countrymen to equalise eight minutes from time.

Rangers conceded a free kick, 25 yards out and Torquay midfielder Mick O'Brien promptly curled it round the wall and into the corner of the net.

QPR had taken the lead on nine minutes when Rob Steiner ghosted past Lee Russell and crossed low to the far post for the unmarked Stuart Wardley.


Walsall 1-1 Gillingham

Vince Bartram's brilliant goalkeeping earned Gillingham a replay.

It took a penalty to beat the former Wolves goalkeeper who had a memorable return to the West Midlands.

Mark Robins' spot kick gave him no chance in the 75th minute.

The Gills had led from the the 27th, when Nicky Southall's speculative shot from outside the box deflected off home defender Adrian Viveash and went in.


Wigan 0-1 Wolves

Carl Robinson ended Wigan's cup run with a powerful header deep into injury time.

Visiting keeper Roy Carroll had looked unbeatable until Robinson struck from a Paul Simpson corner.

The second division leaders had dominated the second half with Wolves keeper Michael Oakes bringing off two outstanding saves.


Preston 2-1 Oldham

Jon Macken scored against Oldham for the second time in eight days as Preston went through.

Macken has scored three against Oldham this season, the latest after six minutes, when he scrambled in David Eyres' corner in the goal area.

Preston's second came straight after Mark Hotte was sent off for fouling Bjarki Gunnlaugsson in the 69th minute.

Graham Alexander crashed in the penalty before Neil Adams got a consolation after an error by keeper Teuvo Moilanen five minutes from time.

In the closing minutes Paul Rickers narrowly missed out with a header.


Reading 1-1 Plymouth

Chris Hargreaves scored eight minutes from the end to earn Plymouth a replay

The Royals had scored in the first half when Graeme Murty's low cross ran on to Scottish striker Jim McIntyre.

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