Liverpool rode their luck to a draw with Wolves, while Nottingham Forest and Bournemouth were eliminated on a day of surprises in the third round. Premier League high-flyers Newcastle were shocked when they lost to Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup.
Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney, the Hollywood actors who co-own Wrexham, led the social media celebrations following their non-league team’s surprise 4-3 victory at second-tier Coventry on an exciting afternoon of FA Cup action elsewhere.
On Saturday, however, it was Wednesday, who finished second in League One, who took the show by beating Newcastle, who finished third in the Premier League, 2-1 at Hillsborough.
After Josh Windass’s double stuns the Magpies, Eddie Howe’s team went 15 games unbeaten, but Wednesday has now gone 10 games unbeaten.
When Dennis Adeniran’s close-range ball was deflected across by Windass, who appeared to be in an offside position, in the 52nd minute, Wednesday took the lead.
After being sent through by Michael Smith, Windass coolly converted his second goal 13 minutes later.
Bruno Guimaraes scored a close-range goal in the 68th minute for Newcastle, but Chris Wood missed a golden chance to make it 2-2 by shooting over from 10 yards out.
“For us, it was a disappointing outcome. We are aware that we are not the Premier League’s deepest team,” Howe stated.
At Anfield, Liverpool had a difficult week that began with a Premier League loss to Brentford and ended with a lucky 2-2 draw against Wolves.
Goncalo Guedes scored Wolves’ first goal in the 26th minute after intercepting Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker’s pass.
Mohamed Salah’s deft finish in the 52nd minute gave Liverpool the lead, and Darwin Nunez equalized on the stroke of halftime with a superb volley past Matija Sarkic.
However, Hwang Hee-chan’s composed effort in the 57th minute gave the Reds a chance to recover after the Dutch forward Cody Gakpo’s debut after joining from PSV Eindhoven.
It could have been worse for Liverpool had Toti’s goal been disallowed for offside in the final minutes, but the Reds made it to the second round.
Jurgen Klopp, the manager of Liverpool, stated, “The first goal should not happen, but we all know how frequently Ali saves our backsides.”
Regarding their disallowed goal, I’m uncertain. We have one picture that may appear off-side, but I can understand why they are upset about it.”
Julen Lopetegui, who also claimed that Salah’s strike should have been ruled out, was furious with the decision.
“I’m sorry, we have seen it; the offside does not exist. It is impractical. He stated, “The decision is incorrect.”
“Then, before Toti touched the ball, Mohamed Salah was offside, giving him an advantage.”
Sam Dalby, Elliot Lee, Thomas O’Connor, and Paul Mullin scored for Wrexham in their 4-1 victory over Coventry in the National League’s “Great Chapter.”
Wrexham reached the fourth round for the first time since 2000, despite a late fightback from 10-man Coventry. This prompted Reynolds to post a celebratory Instagram post filled with profanity.
Phil Parkinson, the manager of Wrexham, stated, “It’s a great chapter in the story of Wrexham since the new owners have come in, and I’m sure they will be overjoyed with what they have seen today.”
After his team’s midweek victory over Southampton, which lifted them out of the Premier League relegation zone, Forest manager Steve Cooper selected a completely different starting lineup for the game at Blackpool.
Marvin Ekpiteta, Ian Poveda, CJ Hamilton, and Jerry Yates scored the goals for the Championship team, which prevailed 4-1 at Bloomfield Road.
Anass Zaroury and Manuel Benson scored two goals each to put Championship leaders Burnley on track for a 4-2 victory over Bournemouth.
With his goal in the 50th minute of Tottenham’s 1-0 victory over Portsmouth, Harry Kane moved closer to becoming Tottenham’s all-time leading scorer.
Kane has 265 goals for Spurs, just one goal behind Jimmy Greaves, the club’s all-time record scorer, with four goals in four matches since missing the penalty against France that sent England out of the World Cup.