FA Cup upsets while holders City advance

Third-tier Rochdale's Aaron Wilbraham has helped his side draw 1-1 with Newcastle in the FA Cup

English Premier League sides Brighton & Hove Albion and Aston Villa have suffered shock defeats as they tumbled out to Championship opposition in the third round of the FA Cup.

Holders Manchester City begun their assault on another trophy with a 4-1 victory over fourth-tier Port Vale but Manchester United and Wolverhampton Wanderers face an unwanted replay after drawing 0-0 at Molineux on Saturday.

Forty-year-old substitute Aaron Wilbraham was the hero for third-tier Rochdale as they secured a replay at St James' Park thanks to a 1-1 draw at Spotland with Newcastle United.

League One side Tranmere Rovers produced a brilliant fightback as they came from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 at Watford.

Leicester City, second in the Premier League and in League Cup semi-final action next week, beat Wigan Athletic 2-0 while Bournemouth beat Luton Town 4-0.

Last season's beaten semi-finalists Brighton, who rested the likes of Socceroos duo Mat Ryan and Aaron Mooy, went down 1-0 at home to Massimo Luongo's Sheffield Wednesday while Aston Villa lost 2-1 at Fulham.

As has become customary in the FA Cup, Watford and Villa made wholesale changes to their starting line-ups, one less than Southampton who avoid an upset as they beat Huddersfield 2-0 to reach round four.

Goals from Oleksandr Zinchenko, Sergio Aguero, Taylor Harwood-Bellis and Phil Foden made it a routine day for City, although Tom Pope provided one of the day's memorable moments when he equalised for a Vale side sitting 74 places lower in the standings.

Vale manager John Askey said his team were "fantastic".

"I was worried before the games that teams have come here and got annihilated," he said.

"When our goal went in you started to dream a little bit."

Manchester United, like City, made multiple changes to their XI in a tie at Wolves that never caught fire.

United failed to land a single attempt on target although Marcus Rashford struck the bar before Matt Doherty had a goal ruled out for Wolves.

Despite the mounting fixture pile-up, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said he was happy with the draw.

"I'm happier to be in the replay than going out, it's a tough place to come," he said.

Other Premier League victors on Saturday were Norwich City and Burnley, over Preston North End and Peterborough United respectively.