FA Cup: Reading stun West Brom, Everton cruise to easy 2-0 victory
Championship strugglers Reading spiced up an otherwise dull afternoon in the FA Cup fifth round with a shock 3-1 victory over Premier League West Bromwich Albion after Everton cruised to an easy victory against Bournemouth on Saturday.football Updated: Feb 21, 2016 09:57 IST
Championship strugglers Reading spiced up an otherwise dull afternoon in the FA Cup fifth round with a shock 3-1 victory over Premier League West Bromwich Albion after Everton cruised to an easy victory against Bournemouth on Saturday.
Top-flight Watford were also up against Championship opposition in Leeds United and edged a dour game 1-0 to reach the quarter-finals for the first time in nine years.
Everton won 2-0 at Bournemouth, Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku scoring for the visitors after the Toffees’ keeper Joel Robles saved a first-half penalty from Charlie Daniels.
Reading, currently 16th in the second-tier Championship, guaranteed there will be at least one club from outside the Premier League in the last eight as they came from behind to beat West Brom.
They have won only once in the league since the turn of the year but goals from Paul McShane, Michael Hector and Lucas Piazon punished West Brom for a lacklustre display after they had taken the lead through captain Darren Fletcher.
Both McShane, a former West Brom player, and Hector converted headers from free kicks by Oliver Norwood while Piazon’s late effort capped a dismal exit for West Brom.
It only got uglier for Albion after the final whistle when their midfielder Chris Brunt was struck by a coin thrown from an area housing West Brom fans.
“I’ve never seen anything like that in 10 years, it’s disgusting,” Brunt said in a statement. “I hope the police have got hold of him.”
Premier League Watford avoided an upset against former winners Leeds when Scott Wootton’s own goal proved decisive at Vicarage Road.
On Sunday, the standout tie of the round sees Chelsea host Manchester City while Tottenham Hotspur play Crystal Palace in another top-flight duel.