Newport, Barnet, Oldham produce classic FA Cup shocks

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The FA Cup delivered two big shocks in the third round on Sunday as Premier League team Fulham was humiliated by fourth-tier Oldham and non-league side Barnet beat Sheffield United despite a gap of 84 places in English soccer's pyramid.

Newport had led for the majority of the game following Jamille Matt's towering early header, but Rachid Ghezzal had struck a spectacular equaliser for the away side eight minutes from the end.

Padraig Amond was the match victor for the Exiles, scoring a late penalty not long after Rachid Ghezzai had equalised for the Foxes.

But there was one final twist when Albrighton blatantly handled while trying to block a cross, and Newport's top scorer Amond stepped up to secure their first FA Cup win over a top-flight team since January 1964. He faced a few of my penalties in training so I was hoping he wouldn't remember.

Woking's adventure ended in disappointment, however, as the sixth-tier club, the lowest-ranked survivors, succumbed 2-0 at home to Premier League Watford.

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There seemed little chance of an upset alongside the River Thames when Denis Odoi gave Fulham the lead in the second half but Sam Surridge equalised from the penalty spot.

Oldham Athletic have won an FA Cup tie away from home against Premier League opposition for the first time since they beat Everton 1-0 in January 2008.

Claudio Ranieri's Fulham reign has got off to a hard start and it got worse for the former Leicester boss at the hands of Pete Wild's Oldham. "I am the most proud man in Oldham, I can't believe it". Sheffield United are third in the Championship.

Victory was particularly sweet for Currie whose uncle Tony was an England worldwide and was so revered as a player at Sheffield United that a stand at the club's Bramall Lane home is named in his honour.

The other City scorers were Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden, Gabriel Jesus, Riyad Mahrez and Nicolas Otamendi, while there was also an own-goal by Semi Ajayi.