Jan. 7 (Bloomberg) -- Swindon, which plays in the fourth division of English soccer, upset Premier League club Wigan 2-1 in the third round of the F.A. Cup, while Newcastle scored late to defeat Blackburn.
Paul Benson’s 76th minute goal gave Swindon the home win over Wigan. Jonas Gutierrez’s goal in stoppage time lifted Newcastle to the 2-1 win in the day’s only all-Premier League matchup, as the top-flight teams entered the competition.
“When you beat a Premier League club at home it’s a very special day for the club,” Swindon manager Paolo Di Canio said on the club’s website. “It is an amazing day for everyone.”
Stoke, last season’s runner-up to Manchester City, Tottenham, Everton, Aston Villa and Fulham were among the top-division clubs advancing, while Wolverhampton, Bolton and Queens Park Rangers all tied lower-division teams to force replays of their matches.
Wrexham was the only one of the four teams from below the top four leagues to avoid defeat, drawing 1-1 at Brighton to gain a replay. Tamworth lost 2-0 at Everton, Fleetwood Town was a 5-1 loser to Blackpool and Salisbury fell 3-1 at Sheffield United in other results involving non-league teams.
League One Stevenage scored a second straight third-round upset by defeating Reading of the Championship 1-0. Stevenage beat Newcastle 3-1 in the third same round last year.
Stoke scored twice in the second half to advance past Gillingham 3-1, while Clint Dempsey’s hat trick led Fulham over League One leader Charlton 4-0.
Tottenham defeated Cheltenham 3-0, Aston Villa beat Bristol Rovers 3-1, Norwich beat Burnley 4-1, Swansea won 4-2 at Barnsley and West Brom beat Cardiff by the same score as Simon Cox scored three times.
QPR earned a replay as an 89th-minute goal from Heidar Helguson gave it a 1-1 tie with MK Dons. Bolton drew 2-2 with League Two Macclesfield and Wolves and Birmingham finished goalless.
Championships clubs Southampton, Hull, Middlesbrough, Derby and Watford all advanced, along with League Two leader Crawley Town and Notts County. Dagenham & Redbridge and Millwall finished goalless, as did Nottingham Forest and Leicester. fourth-tier Gillingham, setting up replays.
Manchester City opens its title defense against record 11-time F.A. Cup winner Manchester United, Portsmouth visits Chelsea, West Ham is at Sheffield Wednesday and Peterborough plays Sunderland in tomorrow’s matches. The third round then concludes in two days as Arsenal hosts Leeds.
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