Burnley became the first Premier League casualty in this season’s FA Cup as they lost 2-1 at home to Huddersfield.
Matty Pearson’s late header saw the Terriers come from behind to beat Sean Dyche’s struggling side.
The return of the FA Cup sees a return of dodgy dances on the pitch!Getty But we’ll forgive the Terriers this time!Getty
Pearson, whose extra-time goal gave Accrington Stanley a League Cup win over Burnley in 2016, headed in for the Championship club four minutes from time after Josh Koroma had cancelled out Jay Rodriguez’s first-half goal.
It means the Terriers are into the fourth round for the first time since 2018, while relegation-threatened Burnley are left to wonder if this will again be a league fixture next season.
The Clarets were without manager Dyche – absent with COVID-19 – and without a spark against the Terriers, who made seven changes to the side that drew 0-0 with Blackburn last weekend but who were able to boss the second half.
This is the 100th anniversary of Huddersfield’s only FA Cup success – a run which began with a 2-2 draw at Turf Moor – and though a repeat would be beyond a fairy-tale, this was a fine start.
It looked like it would be an easy afternoon for Burnley when Rodriguez put them in frontGetty But it proved to be Huddersfield’s day, with Pearson getting the winnerGetty
There was nearly a shock for Chris Wilder’s Middlesbrough, who just about saw off League Two Mansfield.
The Championship outfit were in command with two strikes in the first 14 minutes – the goals scored by Uche Ikpeazu and Caolan Boyd-Munce.
But Stags dominated the second half and thought they had forced extra time when Rhys Oates levelled after 85 minutes only to be undone by a John-Joe O’Toole own goal in stoppage time.
Elsewhere in the early Saturday Cup kick-offs, Crystal Palace avoided joining Burnley in the top-flight exit club as they came from behind to win 2-1 at Millwall.
League Two Hartlepool won 2-1 at home to Championship side Blackpool, Fulham beat fellow Championship side Bristol City 1-0 after extra-time and Wayne Rooney’s Derby County lost 1-0 at Coventry.
This Cupset will go under the radar but Hartlepool deserve huge credit for beating a team two divisions above themGetty
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