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Papa John's Trophy: Round Three review

13 January 2021

Just eight teams remain in the Papa John's Trophy as Round Three produced some shock scorelines, incredible comebacks and some sensational goals. Here are five things you may have missed.

2019 champions bow-out after five-star Peterborugh performance

After winning the Trophy in 2019 and progressing to the 2020 Final, Portsmouth looked to be the team to beat in this campaign.

But Darren Ferguson's side blew them out the water. An outstanding performace saw them put five past Kenny Jackett's side. 



An incredible late goal from Ellis Harrison did provide some consolation though.


Black Cats look to book another Final place. 

The side Portsmouth defeated in that 2019 Final look to have their eyes on another Wembley appearance. 

Port Vale stood in Sunderland's way for a place in the Quarter-FInals. 

And a solid performance from Lee Johnson's side saw them through 2-0.


Hull-born hero comes back to haunt his former club

When Fleetwood went 2-0 up in the second half at the KCOM stadium, a place in the Quarter-Finals looked to be secure. 

But Grant McCann's side showed real guts, scoring two goals in as many minutes, as the tie looked to be heading to penalties. 

Step up former Leeds-man Lewie Coyle. The defender, who signed for his home-town club from Fleetwood last summer, scored an absolute screamer in injury-time to send the Tigers through. 



The battle of the University cities

They are two of the biggest rivals in the world when it comes to academia, and there was little to split Oxford United and Cambridge United. 

It was clear that it was going to take something special to settle this one.

Step up Robert Hall. An incredible free-kick from the Oxford forward in the the 74th minute was enough to book Karl Robinson's side a place in the Quarter-Finals.


2018 champions fly through

Lincoln City and in red-hot form in the league.

Michael Appleton's men top Sky Bet League One, and that form shone through as the brushed aside Accrington Stanley. 

22 shots on goal saw them seal a sensational 4-0 win over John Coleman's side. 



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