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Saturday, January 21, 2012

FA Cup round-up: Hughes grabs first win as QPR boss

There were no upsets in the FA Cup third round replays as both QPR and Bolton made it through to the fourth round against lower league opposition.

But QPR were made to work hard for their first win under new boss Mark Hughes, not taking the lead against Mk Dons until Danny Gabbidon’s bullet header in the 72nd minute.

They eventually ran out 1-0 winners and could have won by more if not for the form of Dons’ goalkeeper David Martin who pulled off a string of saves. QPR now face a fourth round tie against west London neighbours Chelsea.

Things were slightly easier for Bolton, who won 2-0 against Macclesfield, with Kevin Davies putting the Premier League side in front after just one minute.

And a 26th minute strike from Martin Petrov was enough to put Owen Coyle’s side through to face Swansea in the next round with a comfortable victory.

Leicester piled the pressure on Steve Cotterill at Nottingham Forest as they ran out easy 4-0 winners.

George Boateng scored an own goal after just seven minutes, setting the tone for the night, before Jermaine Beckford helped himself to a hat-trick, setting up a home game against Swindon.

Millwall made amends for their 6-0 defeat against Birmingham at the weekend by running riot against neighbour Dagenham And Redbridge, winning 5-0, their biggest cup win in 32 years. They now play Championship league leaders Southampton.

Darius Henderson hit a hat-trick for the Lions while on-loan Tottenham youngster Harry Kane bagged a brace.

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