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FA Cup 3rd round results – 4th round schedule

EPL Clubs Man Utd, Man City, Liverpool, Spurs, Chelsea reach FA Cup fourth round

Manchester City 4-1 Burnley

Man City goals: Sergio Aguero 56, Sergio Aguero 58, Leroy Sane 71, Bernardo Silva 82
Burnley goal: Ashley Barnes 25

The FA Cup third-round clash between Manchester and Burnley took place in a fantastic atmosphere at the Etihad Stadium, helped along by 8,000 Bristol City fans. No away team has brought a larger group of supporters to this stadium. Manchester City’s superstar striker Sergio “Kun” Aguero scored twice within two minutes to help Premier League leaders Manchester City fight back to beat Burnley and go through to the FA Cup fourth round. John Stones’ mistake let in Ashley Barnes score the match's opening goal to give Burnley a surprise lead. But an aggressive Aguero leveled from a quickly-taken free-kick, added another and made it 2-1 in the 58th minute. Sané slid in for a ninth goal of the season. He then became the provider, picking out the sub Bernardo Silva, who made it 4-1, eight minutes from time. Leroy Sane caught David Silva's pass and added the third before Bernardo Silva slotted the fourth into the net making the final score 4-1 and thereby putting Man City through to the FA Cup Fourth Round.

Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side are competing in the Champions League, FA Cup, Carabao Cup, and England Premier League this season. City's FA Cup win against Burnley increased their domestic unbeaten run to 26 games this campaign and their hopes of winning 4 trophies this season alive. It is 32 games and 258 days since City were last beaten in the EPL League or either domestic cup by Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal side in their FA Cup semi-final on 23 April 2017. That Arsenal victory ensured Man City boss Pep Guardiola would end his first season in English football without a trophy in the first campaign Pep had not won silverware in his impressive managerial career. To date, Man City remains in all four competitions with a strong chance of completing an unprecedented quadruple. As well as being in the running for round four of the FA Cup, City are 15 points clear at the top of the Premier League, in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup and the Last 16 of the UEFA Champions League. Guardiola said after the Emirates FA Cup Third Round victory that it was "an honor" to have Argentinean Kun in his side. Reportedly Aguero was unhappy at City before Christmas because of his lack of opportunities in big games, but after the victory against Burnley, his manager was obviously proud of him.

"Both goals were amazing - the finishing and the assists. The first one was clever and quick, and the second one was a magnificent assist, then the dribbling and good finishing,” said Guardiola. "I have to say is an honor to have Sergio under my command. "He is the kind of player who always wants to play, so I can understand that sometimes he is sad when he doesn't play, but I want him to be happy." Aguero has scored 11 goals in 8 FA Cup appearances at Man City’s home ground Etihad Stadium. With Gabriel Jesus out for up to two months, Aguero is City's only in form forward right now. And Kun may face a heavy workload in City’s busy schedule after taking his goal tally to 18 goals for the current campaign and drawing level with Raheem Sterling as Manchester City’s leading goal scorer. Aguero had a quiet first half, slowed down by Burnley's men, but was unstoppable in the second half due to his alertness, speed, and composure in front of goal. At half-time, Burnley's hopes of a first competitive away victory against City in 55 years were looking like a possibility. City looked dangerous when Barnes sent his shot past Claudio Bravo after running clear. Guardiola's side had not managed a shot on target and were struggling to find any way through Sean Dyche’s Burnley side’s tough defense. Dyche obviously was unhappy at how quickly Man City took the free-kick that led to their equalizer. Clarets boss Sean Dyche was angry that Gundogan was able to take the free-kick that led to Aguero's opener before his players were ready. "I am bound to be aggrieved by that because I think sometimes in football the rule might be the rule, but there is a common-sense moment, especially from experienced referees," Dyche said. "So I am bound to be aggrieved by that, but the next minute and a half was my biggest gripe. We looked a bit punch-drunk, we didn't clear our lines on two occasions, our shape went a little bit and teams like this have the power to almost smell that moment."

Burnley lost their defensive discipline that had stopped City in the first half to allow Aguero to quickly score a second. Sane and Bernardo Silva added further City goals after the break and City had opportunities to make the final scoreline even more amazing. Pep Guardiola may lead his side to an unprecedented quadruple this term. Sergio Agüero equalized in the 56th minute from Ilkay Gündogan’s quickly taken free-kick, to the chagrin of Burnley boss Sean Dyche and his assistant, Ian Woan, causing the Man City boss Pep Guardiola to go hyper, The Catalan’s passion upon winning a FA Cup fourth-round tie was apparent. During the dispute, Guardiola was told by official Andy Haines to calm down. “I am sorry, I apologize. I didn’t want to lose control. I said: ‘Please leave the referees.’ I have a lot of respect for the way they play – of course, the way they play is completely different than the way we want to play, but they do it perfectly. That’s why football is top. All the managers around the world, especially here, have to do their job. Of course, they have to keep control. If they were offended, I am so sorry,” said Guardiola.

Dyche was asked if he had a falling-out with Guardiola. “Not really,” said Dyche. “You both fight, you both want your teams to win. You’re allowed to show your passion, right?” Guardiola fielded a strong XI with four changes – Claudio Bravo, Danilo, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Gündogan – David Silva, Leroy Sané, Agüero, Fernandinho and Raheem Sterling were among those named to his side. Dyche brought in a quartet - Matt Lowton, Kevin Long, Ashley Westwood and Sam Vokes. Agüero slotted a 19th goal of the campaign –16 in 16 Cup outings – after a wonderful Gündogan back-heel. “His quality in the box is amazing and we need his goals. He’s the kind of player who doesn’t do much in the first half, but, in seconds, he scores two goals,” said Guardiola said about Aguero. “If we want to win something he’s essential for us. But Mendy is injured, Fabian Delph is always with problems – he plays one game, has to rest for the next one and Kyle Walker was not fit. And for this you need the squad.”

“The important thing is to be involved in all competitions. We have to be involved in everything,” added Pep. Burnley hit the road again next weekend, playing Crystal Palace on Saturday. Continuing their winning streak, Manchester City hosted Bristol City in their first leg 2-1 victory of their Carabao Cup semi-final on Tuesday then travel to Anfield to play Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday. On the touchline, Pep Guardiola theatrically congratulated Lee Johnson for his team’s performance in a memorable moment for the Bristol City boss after his side were stunning against giant club Man City as he enjoyed praise from one of the most successful managers in pro football. After going face to face with the runaway Premier League leaders.

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FA Cup third round results
Liverpool 2-1 Everton
Manchester United 2-0 Derby County
Fleetwood Town 0-0 Leicester City
Manchester City 4-1 Burnley
Fulham 0-1 Southampton
Norwich City 0-0 Chelsea
Bournemouth 2-2 Wigan
Aston Villa 1-3 Peterborough
Coventry 2-1 Stoke
Exeter 0-2 West Brom
Fleetwood 0-0 Leicester City
Middlesbrough 2-0 Sunderland
Newcastle 3-1 Luton
Watford 3-0 Bristol City
Wolves 0-0 Swansea
Birmingham 1-0 Buton
Blackburn 0-1 Hull
Bolton 1-2 Huddersfield
Brentford 0-1 Notts County
Cardiff 0-0 Mansfield
Carlisle 0-0 Sheffield Wednesday
Doncaster 0-1 Rochdale
Ipswich 0-1 Sheffield United
Millwall 4-1 Barnsley
QPR 0-1 MK Dons
Stevenage 0-0 Reading
Wycombe 1-5 Preston
Yeovil 2-0 Bradford
Newport County 2-1 Leeds United
Shrewsbury Town 0-0 West Ham United
Nottingham Forest 4-2 Arsenal
Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 AFC Wimbledon
Brighton & Hove Albion 2-1 Crystal Palace

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