Sekou Mara’s first brace in English football fired Southampton to a 3-0 FA Cup replay victory over Watford last night and a fifth-round meeting with Liverpool.
Mara smashed two strikes into the near post to score his fourth and fifth goals of the season.
Che Adams added gloss to the victory to take Saints to a 24th game undefeated and set up potentially Jurgen Klopp’s last FA Cup tie before he leaves the Reds in the summer.
Coventry will host National League South Maidstone in the fifth round after Callum O’Hare netted a brace in a 4-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday.
The fourth-round replay signalled the third meeting between the sides in 17 days, the first of which was marred by racist abuse directed at Sky Blues midfielder Kasey Palmer.
Palmer wasted no time in opening the scoring against the Owls before Mark Robins’ men were pegged back by Bailey Cadamarteri’s strike inside 10 minutes.
But three goals in eight second-half minutes, including two from O’Hare and one from Haji Wright, means Coventry will host Maidstone, the lowest-ranked side left in the competition.
The Stones became the first club from outside the top five tiers of English football to reach the FA Cup fifth round since Blyth Spartans in 1978 when they beat Ipswich 2-1 at Portman Road in one of the great recent cup upsets.
In last night’s other FA Cup replay, extra-time goals from Crysencio Summerville and Georginio Rutter helped secure Leeds a 4-1 victory at Plymouth and trip to Premier League opposition in either Chelsea or Aston Villa.
Wilfried Gnonto’s 66th-minute strike had put the visitors ahead on a wet and windy night at Home Park but the lead lasted just 12 minutes before Brendan Galloway equalised.
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