Peterborough come back from two goals down to earn FA Cup replay against West Bromwich

Third-tier club produce the performance of the day as big guns Arsenal, Spurs and Manchester City march on to fifth round

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 31 January, 2016, 1:42am
UPDATED : Sunday, 31 January, 2016, 1:51am

Third tier Peterborough United produced the performance of the FA Cup fourth round when they twice came from behind in the dying minutes to earn a 2-2 draw at Premier League West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

On a day when the big guns largely extinguished the hopes of the dreaming underdogs, the League One side proved indomitable after Saido Berahino had twice put Albion ahead.

We knew it would be tough but the players showed tremendous character to see it out
Eddie Howe

Peterborough’s heroes were Shaquile Coulthirst, who first equalised in the 79th minute, and Jon Taylor, who answered Berahino’s second goal with just four minutes left to earn his side a lucrative replay at their London Road home.

Portsmouth, a club who have fallen on hard times in the fourth tier of the English game, briefly sniffed a sensation before Premier League Bournemouth battled from behind to win 2-1 thanks to an 83rd-minute Marc Pugh winner.

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe was pleased with the result. “Credit to Portsmouth to how they moved the ball but in the second half we got a grip on the game and came out on top,” he told BBC.

“It was a local derby against a team in good form and we knew it would be tough but the players showed tremendous character to see it out.”

Arsenal maintained their push towards winning the Cup for a third successive year as Alexis Sanchez, back in the starting line-up after injury, scored the winner in a 2-1 victory over Championship side Burnley at the Emirates Stadium.

Some of the other favourites also earned a fifth-round tie with some comfort.

Tottenham Hotspur accounted for third tier Colchester United 4-1 with a double from Nacer Chadli and Manchester City piled further misery on struggling Aston Villa with a 4-0 win, adorned by a hat-trick from teenage prospect Kelechi Iheanacho.

Oxford United, another fourth-tier side, could not repeat their third round giant-killing of Premier League Swansea City as they went down 3-0 at home to Championship Blackburn Rovers.