Old Boys FA Cup Round-Up
At Ashton Gate, David Nugent was handed a rare start for Pompey who took on Bristol City on Tuesday night in the FA Cup 3rd round. Holders Portsmouth booked their place in the 4th round with a 2-0 win thanks to goals from Peter Crouch and Niko Kranjcar. Nugent was taken off after 66 minutes and replaced by John Utaka due to a hamstring problem.
Former gaffer John Beck, now the assistant manager of Histon, watched on as his new employers fell to a 2-1 defeat at home to Swansea City. Swansea looked to have had the game comfortably wrapped up after goals from Pintado and Buazza on 22 and 38 minutes respectively gave the Welsh outfit a two goal lead. However, Simpson pulled one back for Histon after 84 minutes to ensure a nervy end to the tie but was merely scant consolation.
Preston's next opponents Burnley had to wait till the 120th minute of play to put their names in the hat for the 4th round after beating QPR at Turf Moor in front of a mere 3,760 supporters. Those that were at Turf Moor got their money's worth after witnessing extra-time and a dramatic late winner from youngster Jay Rodriguez. Di Carmine put the visitors ahead before Steve Thompson equalised just six minutes later to send the game into extra-time. Former North End skipper Graham Alexander played the whole match at right full-back for the Clarets.
Brian Stock started in the centre of midfield for Sean O'Driscoll's Doncaster Rovers for the Yorkshire outfits trip to Whaddon Road to take on Cheltenham. The game finished 0-0 draw with Stock being replaced after 71 minutes.
Craig Beattie came on as a 71st minute substitute for West Bromwich Albion's 2-0 win at League One high-fliers Peterborough.
Meanwhile Matthew Hill was an unused substitute for Wolves' 2-0 win over fellow Championship promotion candidates, Birmingham City. Goals from Andy Keogh and Sam Vokes sealed the win