LONDON: Not even an FA Cup match towards fourth-tier opposition might present any respite for Mark Hughes.
The beleaguered Stoke Metropolis supervisor was condemned to at least one final humiliation, a 2-1 loss to Coventry Metropolis within the third spherical of the world’s oldest knockout competitors, earlier than getting fired on Saturday.
Stoke dropped into the Premier League’s relegation zone this week after a run of simply two wins of their final 12 matches. It was shocking that Hughes made it to the Coventry match, given the importance of a house loss at Newcastle United within the league on Monday.
“I’m not naive,” Hughes stated after the loss on the Ricoh Area, “and I understand individuals will speak about my place.” Three hours later, he was out.
Elsewhere, the 25 ties provided solely crumbs for the romantics in search of Cup magic though second tier Norwich Metropolis did maintain champions Chelsea to a zero-zero draw.
Prime-flight Bournemouth wanted a late Steve Prepare dinner objective to attract 2-2 at house to League One leaders and 2013 Cup winners Wigan Athletic and Leicester Metropolis drew zero-zero at third-tier Fleetwood City who struck the publish in stoppage-time.
Runaway Premier League leaders Manchester Metropolis maintained their pursuit of an unprecedented 4 trophies, Sergio Aguero scoring twice as they got here from a aim right down to beat Burnley four-1.
A number of golf equipment within the thick of the Premier League relegation battle survived potential banana skins.
Alan Pardew loved his first win as West Bromwich Albion supervisor as his workforce beat fourth-tier Exeter Metropolis 2-zero, Southampton overcame Championship Fulham 1-zero and backside membership Swansea Metropolis held on for a worthy zero-zero draw at free-scoring Championship leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Newcastle United scored 3 times in 9 minutes — Ayoze Perez with two — to see off League Two leaders Luton City, Huddersfield City beat Bolton Wanderers 2-1 whereas fellow prime-flight aspect Watford made mild of a poor current run to beat second-tier excessive-fliers Bristol Metropolis.
Seven-occasions Cup winners Aston Villa, fifth within the Championship, misplaced three-1 at house to 3rd-tier Peterborough United whereas Brentford, additionally from the second tier, have been humbled by fourth-tier Notts County with Jon Stead scoring the winner.
In a north-east derby, Middlesbrough deepened Sunderland’s gloom with a 2-zero victory on the Riverside Stadium.
Coventry have fallen on onerous occasions since profitable the FA Cup in a basic 1987 last towards Tottenham Hotspur and now reside in League Two — their first time at that degree because the Nineteen Fifties — after a spell having to play their house matches in Northampton because of a stadium row.
Jordan Willis put the underdogs forward within the twenty fourth minute together with his first objective in a yr.
Willis conceded a 52nd minute penalty with a foul on Ramadan Sobhi and Charlie Adam stepped as much as equalise.
However Coventry proper-again Jack Grimmer weaved his means by means of Stoke’s defence and aspect-footed previous Jack Butland within the 67th minute.
Supervisor Mark Robins stated he would love to attract his previous membership Manchester United in spherical 4.
“For us it’s sensible, we’re within the fourth-spherical draw. Hopefully, we’ll get an enormous membership away from residence — United away can be good,” he stated.
Revealed in Daybreak, January eighth, 2018
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