England FA Cup — 27 January 2013

Luton Town celebrate their 1-0 win at NorwichAs usual the FA Cup fourth round produced a few surprise results.

The biggest shock of the day was non-league Luton Town winning 1-0 at Norwich’s Carrow Road.

The Canaries have been on a poor run of form of late and the Hatters took advantage.

The game was a very even affair and the goal arrived on 80 minutes. JJ O’Donnell got free down the wing and found substitute striker Scott Rendell, who fired home after getting to the ball before Elliott Bennett.

The victory was the first time that a non-league club have won at a top flight team in 27 years and Luton will be hoping to cause yet another shock in the fifth round.

Another shock came at Loftus Road, as League One MK Dons defeated Premier League QPR 4-2. The visitors took the lead in the fourth minute. Shaun Williams’ corner was put past his own keeper by Armand Traore.

QPR took control of the contest, but didn’t really threaten the Dons goal. The Hoops were made to pay for their profligacy in front of goal when Ryan Lowe slotted home five minutes before the break. The Dons were three goals up ten minutes later. Lowe broke the offside trap and pulled the ball back for substitute Ryan Harley to score from close-range.

It got even worse for the home side in the 56th minute, midfielder Darren Potter curling home a superb effort. QPR got a goal back in the 83rd minute, striker Jay Bothroyd heading home from a Bobby Zamora tee-up.

On-loan Fabio Da Silva scored an injury-time goal, but it proved to be just a consolation on a day that saw the Hoops truly embarrassed by their lower league opponents. This maybe not rank quite as extraordinary as Luton’s victory, but QPR boss Harry Redknapp will still be furious at his teams display.

Can Luton continue their progress in the FA Cup?


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