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    Bournemouth miss the chance to cap a glorious few years with a shot at the F.A. Cup as League One Millwall beat them 3-0

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    Bournemouth’s hopes of capping a glorious few years with an F.A. Cup triumph went up in flames in the Big Smoke as they lost 3-0 at The Den against League One Millwall in the Emirates F.A. Cup.

    With a talented squad that includes the likes Jack Wilshere, a fit-again Callum Wilson, Harry Arter, Jordan Ibe, Ryan Fraser and Nathan Ake they had a real chance to extend their superb four years which has included back-to-back promotions to the Premier League with a run to the final. But boss Eddie Howe changed the entire eleven as they put in a disjointed display, with goals from Steve Morison, Shaun Cummings and Shane Ferguson dumping them out of the cup.
    Howe will come in for criticism, but defended his actions with the tough Premier League schedule in mind. Speaking about the result he said: ‘’In hindsight with the result, yes, but though I haven't been forced, my hands are tied a little bit.
    "We are so stretched, the Premier League is such a demanding league, we feel we need our best players available for selection.’’

    But Howe concedes the Cherries, 9th in the Premier League, are disappointed with the result.

    "It's a really difficult one. We'd love to win the FA Cup, we'd love to go as far as we can. Previous years I have made changes and we have gone on some good runs. This is the first time we've suffered in the cup and it disappoints me immensely.
    "The majority of those players have played in the Premier League, but not together at the same time and that is the thing that has cost us."

    Bournemouth weren’t the only Premier League victims of the third round as West Brom lost 2-1 at the Hawthorns against Derby, whilst Wolves dumped Stoke out with a 2-0 win at the Britannia. Manchester United beat Reading 4-0 as Wayne Rooney became Manchester United’s joint all-time goalscorer equalling Sir Bobby Charlton’s 249 goals and Oliver Giroud scored late to secure Arsenal’s passage into round four with a 2-1 win against Preston. Championship Ipswich rescued a late 2-2 draw with non-league Lincoln City thanks to Ryan Lawrence’s 86th minute equaliser, whilst League One Oxford United dumped Championship Rotherham out with a 3-2 win at The New York Stadium

    Full results:

    Manchester United 4-0 Reading

    Accrington Stanley 2-1 Luton Town

    Barrow 0-2 Rochdale

    Birmingham City 1-1 Newcastle United

    Blackpool 0-0 Barnsley

    Bolton Wanderers 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Brentford 5-1 Eastleigh

    Brighton and Hove Albion 2-0 Milton Keynes Dons

    Bristol City 0-0 Fleetwood Town

    Everton 1-2 Leicester City

    Huddersfield Town 4-0 Port Vale

    Hull City 2-0 Swansea City

    Ipswich Town 2-2 Lincoln City

    Millwall 3-0 AFC Bournemouth

    Norwich City 2-2 Southampton

    Queens Park Rangers 1-2 Blackburn Rovers

    Rotherham United 2-3 Oxford United

    Stoke City 0-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers

    Sunderland 0-0 Burnley

    Sutton United 0-0 AFC Wimbledon

    Watford 2-0 Burton Albion

    West Bromwich Albion 1-2 Derby County

    Wigan Athletic 2-0 Nottingham Forest

    Wycombe Wanderers 2-1 Stourbridge

    Preston North End 1-2 Arsenal  

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