Shock for Aston Villa as Sheffield United dump them out of tournament.
Cardiff City’s Norwegian manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. AFP
Cardiff City’s Norwegian manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. AFP

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer launched his reign as Cardiff manager with FA Cup victory at Newcastle as his substitutes did the trick.

The Magpies were leading through Papiss Cisse’s 61st-minute strike when the Norwegian sent on Craig Noone and Fraizer Campbell, and the pair combined to turn the tie around.

Noone hammered an unstoppable 73rd-minute shot past keeper Rob Elliot within seconds of his arrival to level, and then Campbell took advantage of some dreadful marking to head home the winner from Peter Whittingham’s corner seven minutes later.

Hatem Ben Arfa had earlier been denied by both the post and the bar and although former Sunderland frontman Campbell too struck an upright at 1-0, the Magpies were made to pay for not making the most of the wealth of possession they enjoyed before Noone’s intervention in front of a largely horrified crowd of 31,166.

Solskjaer will now get down to work in earnest with Premier League survival his main focus, but also with a fourth round tie to which to look forward, while opposite number Alan Pardew will reflect upon another early exit from a competition in which he has won just one game in his three years on Tyneside.

Aston Villa were dumped out of the FA Cup by third-tier side Sheffield United in the biggest shock of the third round on Saturday.

Villa’s humbling came days after manager Paul Lambert branded the cup as a “distraction,” but rather than making wholesale changes, it was still a strong side that lost 2-1.

Southampton squeezed into the fourth round by beating Burley 4-3, while holder Wigan, which was relegated from the Premier League after winning the cup in May, was held to 3-3 by M.K. Dons.

In all-Premier League encounters, Crystal Palace won 2-0 at West Bromwich Albion, and Arsenal hosted Tottenham in the late game.

Published: January 4, 2014 04:00 AM

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