FA CUP ROUND-UP: Norwich overcome Covid outbreak to down Coventry as Wycombe net four against Preston and Bournemouth run riot to reach the fourth round
- Tim Krul and Adam Idah were missing for Norwich after returning positive tests
- However, Kenny McLean and Jordan Hugill made sure the Canaries progressed
- Lyle Taylor’s superb goal saw Nottingham Forest beat Cardiff at the City Ground
- Luton also went through after beating Reading in another all-Championship tie
Goalkeeper Tim Krul and forward Adam Idah returned positive virus tests and were therefore absent against the Sky Blues, who are managed by former Canary Mark Robins.
The tie hinged on two early strikes as McLean fired home from close range after a through ball from Todd Cantwell on six minutes before Hugill doubled the hosts’ advantage with a header just 80 seconds later to settle the contest.
The Norwich players celebrate after Kenny McLean put the hosts ahead against Coventry
Lyle Taylor’s superb early strike proved the difference against Cardiff at the City Ground
A brilliant third-minute strike from Lyle Taylor was enough to separate Nottingham Forest and Cardiff at the City Ground.
The former Charlton marksman found the back of the net with a cushioned volley that beat the desperate dive of former team-mate Dillon Phillips, who was making his debut for Neil Harris’ men after joining the Addicks in October last year.
The third and final all-Championship kick-off at midday saw Luton and promotion-chasing Reading go head-to-head.
George Moncur celebrates after scoring what turned out to be Luton’s winner against Reading
The Royals were unable to net any of their 18 shots at Kenilworth Road, with the hosts taking the spoils thanks to George Moncur’s strike on the half-hour mark.
James Bree’s cross found the midfielder in the box and Moncur found the bottom right-hand corner of Luke Southwell’s goal.
Wycombe and Preston met in yet another all-Championship tie at 3pm and it was Gareth Ainsworth’s side that ran the show despite their inferior position in the league table.
Fred Onyedinma and Joe Jacobson gave the Wanderers a two-goal lead after just nine minutes before Josh Knight made it three midway through the first period.
Wycombe netted four past Championship opposition Preston to reach the fourth round
Danish striker Emil Riis scored just before the break for the visitors but Alex Samuel netted a fourth at Adams Park for a resounding win for the relegation-threatened Wycombe.
Bournemouth cruised past League Two Oldham with a 4-1 victory at the Vitality Stadium as Joshua King netted a second half brace after David Brooks gave the Cherries an early lead.
Championship side Blackburn were knocked out by League One Doncaster after a strike from 20-year-old midfielder Taylor Richards.
Second-tier Sheffield Wednesday advanced to the next round against Exeter, with goals from Adam Reach and Calum Paterson to take their unbeaten run to five matches.
Joshua King scored a brace as Bournemouth cruised into the fourth round against Oldham