Gallagher inspires Preston win

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Published: Saturday 3rd January 2015 by The News Editor

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Paul Gallagher was the hero for Preston as the Sky Bet League One side booked their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup at the expense of Championship outfit Norwich.

North End striker Gallagher struck twice in the final 19 minutes as the two-time winners recorded a 2-0 victory.

Meanwhile, Nottingham Forest’s miserable run continued as Peter Vincenti’s 12th-minute penalty earned Rochdale a 1-0 victory at Spotland.

It looked like Millwall would go the same way against Bradford at The Den but Ricardo Fuller’s second goal of the game in the 83rd minute made it 3-3 to earn a replay.

Having led through Billy Knott’s early goal, visitors Bradford found themselves behind when Scott McDonald and Fuller scored for Millwall.

But a Sid Nelson own goal drew Bradford level four minutes later and Knott thought he had provided the winner in the 76th minute, only for Fuller to have the final say.

Wigan are struggling badly in the Championship and could find no solace in the FA Cup.

The Latics won the trophy in 2013 and reached the semi-finals last season but went down 1-0 to local rivals Bolton thanks to Zach Clough’s goal 14 minutes from time.

Chris Hughton’s debut as Brighton manager was a happy one with very late goals from Lewis Dunk and Chris O’Grady earning a 2-0 win at Brentford.

Championship leaders Bournemouth trailed Rotherham early on after Richard Brindley struck in the 10th minute but roared back to win 5-1 with goals from Shaun MacDonald, Junior Stanislas, Ryan Fraser and two from Yann Kermorgant.

Cambridge won the all-League Two tie against Luton 2-1.

Robbie Simpson put away the rebound after his penalty was saved before Ryan Donaldson made it 2-0, and Michael Harriman’s 74th-minute goal turned out to be a consolation.

Nick Blackman’s goal led Reading to a 1-0 win at Huddersfield, while the matches between Doncaster and Bristol City and Fulham and Wolves will be decided by replays.

The latter was goalless, while at the Keepmoat Stadium Matt Smith cancelled out Luke McCullough’s opener to earn City a 1-1 draw.

The start of Barnsley’s clash with Middlesbrough was delayed by fears over a gas leak, and it was the visitors who emerged triumphant 2-0 thanks to goals from Jelle Vossen and Daniel Ayala despite having Adam Clayton sent off.

A first-half floodlight failure at Charlton delayed matters against Blackburn, who eventually ran out 2-1 winners.

Chris Taylor put Rovers ahead in the fourth minute and scored the winner in the 59th minute after Charlton, who also had Yoni Buyens sent off, had levelled through Johann Berg Gudmundsson.

Published: Saturday 3rd January 2015 by The News Editor

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