Villa, West Brom advance in FA Cup

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January 20, 2016
Aston Villa's Scott Sinclair (front) shields the ball from Wycombe's Jason McCarthy during the English FA Cup third round match at Villa Park in Birmingham yesterday.

LONDON (AP):

Aston Villa avoided FA Cup embarrassment in this miserable season by overcoming fourth-tier Wycombe at the second attempt, winning a replay 2-0 to reach the fourth round yesterday.

But Villa took 75 minutes to find a breakthrough against a team from England's lowest professional league, with Ciaran Clark heading the Premier League's bottom side in front.

Villa's passage to a January 30 meeting with Manchester City was not secured until Idrissa Gana netted his first goal for the club in the 90th.

West Bromwich Albion also won their third-round replay, with Salomon Rondon scoring early in the second half to clinch a 1-0 win over second-tier Bristol City, and a home match next against fourth-tier Peterborough.

Chelsea discovered their fourth-round opponents after M.K. Dons eliminated Northampton 3-0.

There are no non-league teams remaining in the competition after Eastleigh lost 3-2 at second-tier Bolton.

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