MANCHESTER ENGLAND - JANUARY 15: Yaya Toure of Manchester City celebrates scoring his team's third goal with team mates Edin Dzeko and Carlos Tevez (R) during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers at the City of Manchester Stadium on January 15 2011 in Manchester England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Manchester City, Wolves, Stoke All Through To FA Cup Fourth Round

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FA Cup Replays, Review: Manchester City, Wolves, Stoke City Through After Perfect Day For Premier League

Cardiff City was through to have the best chance of Tuesday's three underdogs, but after Jonathan Walters' extra time brace at Cardiff City Stadium, the Bluebirds are out, having lost their FA Cup third round replay to Stoke City, 2-0. That result, on top of wins by Manchester City and Wolverhampton, capped a perfect day for the Premier League, with all three clubs advancing by multi-goal margins.

For Stoke, that margin will be deceiving, as the visitors rarely threatened their hosts through regulation. That changed two minutes into extra time when Walters, one of ten bench options brought into Tony Pulis's starting XI, headed the Potters in front. Three minutes before the final whistle, Walters slammed home a right-footed shot to complete his brace, sending Stoke City to the Molineux next weekend to face Wolverhampton.

Wolves got a landslide victory over visiting Doncaster Rovers, opening the scoring through Steven Fletcher in the fifth minute. Goals would follow from Mjuanji Bia, Kevin Doyle, Matthew Jarvis and David Jones, all after the hour mark. While Doncaster provided more of the pressure through the first hour, Wolves created almost all of the changes, easing past their second tier opponents with a 5-0 win.

And in the day's main event, Sven Goran Eriksson can be proud of his team's performance upon his return to City of Manchester Stadium, though that was not enough to stop Manchester City from posting a 4-2 victory. Goals by Carlos Tévez, Patrick Vieira, Adam Johnson and Aleksandar Kolarov see the Citizens into the fourth round, where they'll visit League One's Notts County.

FA Cup third round replays conclude tomorrow at Elland Road when Arsenal visits Leeds United. The clubs drew 1-1 in their first match, last weekend, with Wednesday's winner getting Huddersfield Town at home.


FA Cup Replay: Stoke City Goes Up On Cardiff City In Second Minute Of Extra Time

After a scoreless first half that let most onlookers ruing another 30 minutes of football, Stoke City and Jon Walters have started extra time with a bang. Whereas the Potters had failed to convert a corner to open the last period, this time Walters puts his side in front, heading in the match's first goal.

Despite only one player from Saturday's match with Bolton making today's starting lineup, Stoke has held their own in Wales against Premier League aspirant Cardiff City, yet the absence of the likes of Kenwyne Jones and Mathew Etherington has left the Potters with a lack of cutting edge. Stoke still has set pieces, however, and in the 92nd minute, Walters redirected Michael Tonge's corner into the upper-left corner of Tom Heaton's goal, putting Stoke on track for the fourth round.

There, the winner of today's match will face Wolverhampton Wanderers, Mick McCarthy's side 5-0 winners over Doncaster Rovers earlier today. Now approaching the end of extra time's first 15 minutes, Stoke looks set to make it a perfect day for Premier League sides, holding on to their 1-0 lead.


FA Cup Replays: Manchester City And Wolves Advance, Cardiff City And Stoke City Going To Extra Time

Leicester City may be going out, but not without a fight, having forced their way through the Manchester City defense and given their hosts a scare. No such drama at the Molineux, though, where Wolves continued their landslide before full time. In Cardiff, full time was not enough time, with the Bluebirds and Stoke City set for extra time.

Manchester City 4-2 Leicester City - Although we sounded a not of skepticism regarding Leicester's ability to break through a defensive-minded City, the Foxes pulled within one near the 81st minute, though not without controversy. Lloyd Dyer appeared to me offside when Yuki Abe played him the ball, when when the flag stayed down, Leicester had their second goal. The pursuit to the equalizer ended, however, when Aleksandr Kolarov restored Manchester City's two goal lead, sealing the match with a goal from 20-yards out. Manchester City will go to Notts County next weekend in fourth round action.

Wolverhampton 5-0 Doncaster Rovers - David Jones added a goal one minute before the whistle blew to send Doncaster out. Wolves will host the winning of Cardiff and Stoke.

Cardiff City 0-0 Stoke City - Full time has mercifully come in a drab match. The squads have used all their substitutes to little avail, neither team deserving more than they have. Thirty minutes of extra time before penalty kicks, should nobody score.


FA Cup Replays: Wolves Running Away From Doncaster, Manchester City Still In Control

Between our last post and the 75 minute mark of today's matches, Wolves have doubled their lead and look on track for the fourth round. Elsewhere, Manchester City has given Leicester City little reason to think the visitors can get back in their match, while we're still even in Wales.

Manchester City 3-1 Leicester City - Leicester is chasing but continuously running into a City wall, the Citizens bunkered in their deep, compact formation. Having rarely threatened Joe Hart beyond the first half penalty kick, Leicester looks unlikely to get two against a Manchester City side playing very single-minded football.

Wolverhampton 4-0 Doncaster Rovers - Moments after our last update, Kevin Doyle beat Neil Sullivan near-post to give Wolves a 3-0 lead. Just before the 75 minute mark, Matt Jarvis has added to the landslide, streaking in on Sullivan before beating the `keeper low for Wolves' fourth goal.

Cardiff City 0-0 Stoke City - The match in Cardiff has opened up, with Dave Jones' bringing on Michael Chopra giving the Bluebirds a needed edge. However, heading into the last quarter hour, this match still looks likely to end even.


FA Cup Replays: Manchester City, Wolves Hold Leads Through Early Part Of Second Halves

Two Premier League sides continue to hold home leads in today's FA Cup third round replays, with the other coming close to taking a lead in Wales. Still, though 15 minutes of the second halves, only Wolves have found the scoresheet, now looking safe bets to reach the fourth round.

Manchester City 3-1 Leicester City - The Citizens have retreated into the deep, compact, ready-to-counter crouch - the position they've sat in through much of the Premier League campaign. The tactic almost produced a fourth goal early in the half and eventually created a penalty kick when Carlos Tévez was brought down by Jack Hobbs. Chris Weale, however, saved the ensuing spot kick, keeping Leicester within two.

Wolverhampton 2-0 Doncaster Rovers - Geoffrey Mujangi Bia, making a rare appearance, converted a cross from Ronald Zubar, beating Neil Sullivan for his first Wolves goal. The goal comes after a strong opening to the second half from Doncaster, but in a turn that mimics the first half's play, it was Wolves that produced the better change.

Cardiff City 0-0 Stoke City - Stoke almost claimed a goal within minutes of kick-off, nearly converting a corner kick. Since, the match has settling back into the muted action that defined the first half.


FA Cup Replays, Halftime: Manchester City In Control, Wolves Leading, Stoke Surviving

Leicester City's penalty kick goal near the quarter-hour mark was ultimately a wake up call for Manchester City, who know look like the world's most expensive side playing a lower division club. Elsewhere, Wolves are holding on to their early lead while Stoke City is making little headway against Cardiff City. For that matter, the Championship side is making little progress, either.

Manchester City 3-1 Leicester City - Goals from Patrick Vieira and Adam Johnson within 77 seconds of each other have given the Citizens a firm grasp on this match. Leicester has lost their goal scorer (Franck Moussa coming on for Paul Gallagher) and have also lost their edge, stunned after City's 37th minute explosion.

Wolverhampton 1-0 Doncaster Rovers - While they've been second best, Doncaster has not lacked ambition, though their best chance on Marcus Hanhemann may have been in the fourth minute. Shortly after forcing a save from the Wolves `keeper, Doncaster gave up Steven Fletcher's goal, giving up plenty of opportunities for a second through the half.

Cardiff City 0-0 Stoke City - The Bluebirds' early advantages have settled into an even and uneventful match. Stoke has a completely second choice side on the pitch, one that may grind this to penalties.


FA Cup Replays: Leicester Equalizes Against Manchester City, Wolves Still Up

It didn't take long of Leicester to recreate the magic of last weekend, revitalizing hopes that Sven Goran Eriksson can enjoy a fairy tale return to Eastlands. Elsewhere, Cardiff continues to be the better site in Wales while Wolves maintain their lead at the Molineux:

Manchester City 1-1 Leicester City - Almost immediately after were were set to publish out last update, Mark Halsay adjudicated Patrick Vieira to have taken down Lloyd Dyer in the Manchester City area. Near the 20th minute, Paul Gallagher stepped to the spot and beat Joe Hart. Just like that, we have a match, with Leicester having equalized at Eastlands. Unfortunately for Leicester, Gallagher has had to come off with an apparent knee injury.

Wolverhampton 1-0 Doncaster Rovers - A wide open match has seen Doncaster continuously push forward, though Wolves have looked more likely to record the second goal. Doncaster is playing three forwards something that is reportedly giving Wolves trouble.

Cardiff City 0-0 Stoke City - Cardiff has continued to be the better side through the first half hour, and a Stoke City team that hamstring themselves with 10 lineup changes has been further hindered. Danny Higginbotham has to come off injured. Michael Tonge is on.


FA Cup Replays: Manchester City, Wolves Take Early Leads

The three English Premier League sides in action during Tuesday's FA Cup third round replays took differing tacts with their lineups. Stoke City made ten changes, with only Danny Higginbotham surviving from the weekend. Wolves have retained only four players, while Manchester City has changed only four for their visit from Leicester City. Just over a quarter hour into the day's four matches, the fewest changes have yielded the best results.

Manchester City 1-0 Leicester City - Near the 15 minute mark, the captain's put City ahead. Carlos Tévez bowled his way into the Leicester City before unleashed a 16-yard blast. Rocketing into the top of Leicester's net, the Tévez goal gives the hosts an early lead.

Wolverhampton 1-0 Doncaster Rovers - Wolves took an even earlier lead on visiting Doncaster, with Steven Fletcher giving another hint that last year's Burnley form could be within his grasp. The Scottish attacker converted a Steven Hunt cross near the 10 minute mark, giving Wolves a one goal lead.

Cardiff City 0-0 Stoke City - And in the one match where the lower division side was thought to have a good chance, Cardiff City has had the only read chance of the match, with second choice `keeper Thomas Sorensen tested by Daniel Drinkwater within 10 minutes.

As we get set to push out this update, Leicester City has been awarded a penalty. That update, in 15 minutes.


FA Cup Replays: Manchester City, Wolves, Stoke Try To Avoid Further Third Round Slips

The FA Cup takes center stage in England mid-week, with four third round replays seeing Premier League competition try to avoid elimination at the hands of lower division foes. While some would argue pushing their opposition this far is an accomplishment for those underdogs, at least one Cinderella will look to prolong her stay at the ball.

In recent years, Cardiff City has become accustomed to the Cinderella designation, one that started with 2008's FA Cup final. A week-and-a-half ago, the Welsh side was able to get a draw at the Britannia, a notoriously tough place to play. Today, the Bluebirds welcome Stoke City to Wales in a match they'll expect to win.

Also on today's fixture list are ties between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Doncaster Rovers (and the Molineux) as well as the return engagement between Leicester City and Manchester City. One weekend past, Leicester scored in the first minute and found a second half equalizer to force a replay after the 2-2 result at Walkers Stadium. Today, manager Sven Goran Eriksson makes his return to Eastlands, where he guided City to a surprised ninth place finish in 2007-08 before being dismissed.

Tomorrow, the replay garnering the most attention - Leeds United versus Arsenal - will take place at Elland Road, with Leeds hoping to pull off a third round shocker for the second straight tournament. Until then, we have three more chances for Cinderella to stay at the dance, with SB Nation Soccer periodically updating as the dance goes on.

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