Preston make Chelsea sweat

LONDON - Chelsea captain John Terry has admitted it was hard for the FA Cup holders against Championship (second division) club Preston North End, but was happy that they managed a win over the Championship side.

LONDON - Chelsea captain John Terry has admitted it was hard for the FA Cup holders against Championship (second division) club Preston North End, but was happy that they managed a win over the Championship side.

They won the match 2-0 on Saturday to booka place in the fifth round of the tournament.

Third tier Leeds, on the other hand, drew 2-all with Tottenham Hotspur, thanks to Jermaine Beckford's last-gasp penalty.

Burnley were the day's Premier League fall guys, losing 1-0 to Championship side Reading, while Wigan Athletic escaped humiliation by the skin of their teeth, drawing 2-2 at League Two (fourth tier) Notts County after trailing 2-0.

Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers needed a late equaliser to draw 2-2 at home to Championship side Crystal Palace and Fulham had some tricky moments before winning 3-1 at the lowest-placed survivors, Accrington Stanley.

League Cup finalists Aston Villa had to work hard to advance with a 3-2 defeat of third-tier Brighton and Hove Albion at Villa Park, while Birmingham City stretched their unbeaten run in all competitions to 15 with an impressive 2-1 win at Everton.

In another all top-flight clash, hard-up Portsmouth guaranteed some welcome income with a 2-1 home win over Sunderland.

Five-time winners Chelsea took the lead when Nicolas Anelka shot powerfully past goalkeeper Andy Lonergan in the 36th minute before doubling their advantage when Daniel Sturridge finished from close range two minutes after the restart.

Leeds attempted to shock eight-time Cup winners Tottenham as they had done 11-time winners Manchester United in the third round.

Championship strugglers Reading did manage a repeat performance. After beating Liverpool in a replay at Anfield in the previous round, an 88th-minute goal from Gylfi Sigurdsson dumped Burnley out of the competition.

West Bromwich Albion beat fellow Championship side Newcastle United 4-2 at the Hawthorns while Bolton Wanderers beat Championship team Sheffield United 2-0 at the Reebok Stadium. - Reuters

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