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West Ham and Brentford Bow Out of FA Cup, Eastleigh’s Dream Ends

January 17, 2024 9:22 am

In a thrilling series of third-round replays in the FA Cup, Premier League outfits West Ham United and Brentford exited the competition. Meanwhile, the fairy tale run of fifth-tier Eastleigh was halted, dashing hopes of a dream clash against Manchester United.

West Ham’s FA Cup journey concluded in dismay at the hands of Bristol City. A blunder from defender Konstantinos Mavropanos gifted the Championship side an early lead, a misfortune compounded by Said Benrahma’s ejection in the second half. The early goal and numerical disadvantage proved too much for the Hammers, who couldn’t find their way back into the game. Follow your favourite Premier League team with attractive football betting odds from Nextbet. 

Brentford, in an all-Premier League encounter, succumbed to Wolverhampton Wanderers in a gripping match that extended into extra time. The game, knotted at 2-2 after regular time, saw its decisive moment when Brazil’s Matheus Cunha converted a penalty in the first half of extra time. Wolves, seizing the victory, now brace for a local derby against West Bromwich Albion in their next FA Cup encounter.

Among the top-flight teams in action, Luton Town showcased resilience by overturning a deficit against Bolton, clinching a 2-1 victory. Goals from Tahith Chong and Chiedozie Ogbene scripted a comeback that kept their FA Cup aspirations alive.

In contrast, Eastleigh, the National League contender, saw its aspirations of hosting Manchester United dissolve. The team’s commendable run was halted by Newport County, which emerged victorious with a 3-1 scoreline. Despite the defeat, Eastleigh’s journey in the competition remains a testament to the unpredictable and enchanting nature of the FA Cup. Get the latest updates from the Premier League only on Nextbet Sports