Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

FA Cup Review

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

FA Cup Review

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A late Alex Rae equaliser denied Third Division Kidderminster the chance to cause the shock of the FA Cup third round against Premiership side Wolves.

Substitute John Williams was set to be the Harriers hero when he scored from close range in the 77th minute following Graham Ward's corner - just three minutes after coming on.

However, former Sunderland star Rae was Wolves' saviour and scored his seventh of the season with a minute to go at Aggborough.

Kidderminster will have to console themselves with thoughts of a lucrative replay at Molineux.

Gillingham did eliminate Premiership opponents as the Kent side came from behind to beat Charlton 3-2.

The Addicks led after 35 seconds at Priestfield when Ian Cox turned Paul Konchesky's cross into his own net.

But quickfire goals from Tommy Johnson and Mamady Sidibe (17 & 19) turned the tie around, and a 34th-minute strike from Paul Smith put the Gills through, though they had to hang on at the end when Carlton Cole pulled one back in the 90th minute.

Conference side Telford are also in the hat for the last 32 after beating First Division Crewe 1-0 at Gresty Road. Veteran striker Lee Mills scored the early winner for the Shropshire side, who reached the fifth round in 1985 before losing to eventual winners Everton.

Second Division Blackpool were denied a replay as Portsmouth's Yakubu Ayegbeni scored a late winner at Fratton Park to seal a 2-1 win after Scott Taylor's equaliser. Frederic Kanoute shrugged off his club-versus-country worries with a hat-trick to book Tottenham's passage with a 3-0 win over Crystal Palace.

The France-born striker is wanted by Mali - for whom he qualifies by parentage - for the African Nations Cup later this month and he scored with a well-worked finish in the 15th minute to demonstrate why Spurs boss David Pleat is equally keen to keep him in north London. …

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