Sunderland shattered by lowly Brentford

BY JOHN HUGHES LONDON - Brentford, a lowly London club from the third tier of English football, sprang the biggest shock in round four of the FA Cup last weekend. Dudley "DJ" Campbell, a pacy striker who cost -5,000 from non-League last summer, grabbed both goals as Brentford dumped Premiership

Sunderland out of the famous old competition with a 2-1 home win. Campbell’s dramatic winner came in the last minute.

Colchester, sitting four places above Brentford in League One, are also through to the last 16 after a 3-1 home win over Championship team Derby. All three Colchester goals came in an inspired 15-minute spell either side of half-time.

Arsenal, the Cup-holders, are out, beaten 1-0 at Bolton where Stelios, a Greek international, struck with a diving header six minutes from time, Jay Bothroyd left it even later, his 90th-minute shot earning Charlton a 2-1 home success over Leyton Orient.

Newcastle won unconvincingly 2-0 at Cheltenham, Keiran Richardson’s two goals helped Manchester United to cruise in 3-0 away to Glenn Hoddle’s Wolves, Liverpool squeezed through 2-1 at Portsmouth, Andy Cole’s late strike clinched Manchester City’s 1-0 home win over Lancashire rivals Wigan and two-goal Czech star Milan Baros secured Aston Villa’s 3-1 defeat of visitors Port Vale.

Veteran Teddy Sheringham, 40 in two months’ time, cheekily chipped in a penalty for West Ham’s opening goal in a 4-2 home win over Blackburn. The match was a personal disaster for Blackburn’s Georgian defender Zurab Khizanishvili who conceded the dubious spot-kick before putting through his own goal.

But Chelsea, the runaway Premiership leaders, are one of four Premiership clubs facing a replay next week after they came from behind for a 1-1 draw at Everton, another top-flight team. Middlesbrough drew 1-1 at Coventry and Birmingham trailed at Reading before David Dunn made it 1-1 soon after coming off the bench against a Reading line-up that included only three first-team regulars.

In Scotland, the Premier pacesetters Celtic conceded two goals in the last eight minutes at home as Dundee United stormed back for a 3-3 draw. Paul Hartley scored twice as second-placed Hearts romped to a 4-1 home win over Hibernian in the Edinburgh derby.

* The big match in England this weekend sees Liverpool travel to Chelsea in the Premiership on Sunday. Twenty-four hours earlier Reading, the clear Championship table-toppers, go to Crewe, who are four points adrift at the bottom.

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