Premier League sides Bournemouth and Nottingham Forest became the first top flight teams to be beaten by lower level clubs in the FA Cup this season. The two clubs are also currently struggling to stay afloat in the Premier League. Both teams were thumped by Championship sides.
Burnley take bite out of Cherries
Bournemouth were beaten at home to Burnley in a six-goal thriller. Manuel Benson opened the scoring for the away team less than six minutes into the match. The Cherries were able to level the scoreline in the 12th minute with a Ryan Christie goal; however, Burnley added two more strikes before the halftime break.
The PA announcer for the hosts asked for the crowd to welcome their players back onto the pitch for the start of the second half. However, instead of applause, Bournemouth fans groaned and booed the team. Nevertheless, Dominic Solanke gave the home crowd some hope with a goal just three minutes into the half.
Benson, however, put an end to any desires of a comeback for the Cherries. Ashley Barnes played a perfect through ball into Benson’s path and the winger emphatically finished with a strong shot. The game in the rain on the South Coast ended with a 4-2 scoreline in Burnley’s favor.
Blackpool chop down Forest
Perhaps even more of a shock was Blackpool’s thrashing of Nottingham Forest. The Tangerines are currently in 22nd place in the second division. However, they managed to beat Forest 4-1 in northwest England. Marvin Ekpiteta put Blackpool ahead early in match. Although that was the only goal of the first half, the hosts scored three consecutive scores in the second period.
Ian Poveda-Ocampo, C.J. Hamilton, and Jerry Yates all mounted misery onto the traveling Forest team. Ryan Yates added a late consolation goal for the visitors, but it was too late.
The Premier League side entered the match on a high. After all, they recently picked up a point against Chelsea and beat fellow relegation fighters Southampton. Nevertheless, Forest was thoroughly dominated by the Championship team.
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