FA Cup Review: Southampton leave it late to beat Norwich

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There were just three FA Cup ties on Wednesday, with Liverpool, Southampton and Newcastle United heading through to the fourth round.

 

LONG LEAVES IT LATE

A sparse crowd at St Mary's had little to cheer for most of the FA Cup third round replay between Southampton and Norwich City.

There was much more entertainment in the 2-2 draw at Carrow Road, but it was the Saints fans who went home happy thanks to an injury-time goal.

Sam McQueen got the ball into the box and Shane Long was on hand to bundle in the cross and book a fourth-round tie against Arsenal.

RITCHIE AT THE DOUBLE FOR NEWCASTLE

It was much more comfortable for Newcastle United, who cruised through by winning 3-1 at home against fellow Championship side Birmingham City.

Matt Ritchie got Rafa Benitez's side up and running in the ninth minute from the penalty spot, after goalkeeper Adam Legzdins brought down Yoan Gouffran.

Gouffran made it 2-0 before half-time and, although David Cotterill got one back for the visitors, Ritchie struck again in injury-time, with Oxford United visiting St James' Park in round four.

LUCAS EDGES LIVERPOOL THROUGH

Jurgen Klopp named the youngest ever Liverpool starting XI for their home cup tie against Plymouth Argyle - but in the replay it was one of his senior professionals who made the difference.

Lucas Leiva had not scored since September 2010 but showed a poacher's instinct to get away from his marker and head home a left-wing corner from fellow Brazilian Philippe Coutinho.

Liverpool had plenty of possession but failed to score a second to make it more comfortable, with Luke McCormick saving a late Divock Origi penalty to keep Plymouth in the hunt.

But chances were at a premium for the hosts, with Jake Jervis' speculative strike against the post the closest Plymouth came to scoring a famous goal at a packed Home Park.