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Benteke header gives Big Sam his first win, Sunderland bow out of FA Cup to Burnley

Palace will now face Manchester City in the fourth round.

Image: Tim Goode

CHRISTIAN BENTEKE spared Sam Allardyce’s blushes as the Crystal Palace striker came off the bench to inspire a 2-1 win over Bolton in tonight’s FA Cup third round replays.

Palace manager Allardyce had gone five matches without a win since replacing the sacked Alan Pardew just before Christmas.

He was in danger of an embarrassing Cup exit when the struggling Premier League team fell behind to James Henry’s 48th minute goal at Selhurst Park.

But Allardyce sent on Benteke and the switch paid immediate dividends as the former Liverpool striker headed Palace’s 68th minute equaliser.

Benteke completed Palace’s revival with a fierce finish from Andros Townsend’s cross in the 77th minute to set up a home tie with Manchester City in the fourth round.

“Wins grow confidence. There’s no doubt about that. How much confidence we get from this will show on Saturday,” Allardyce said.

Sunderland boss David Moyes, whose side are second bottom of the table, took a different approach, leaving leaving star striker Jermain Defoe on the bench as his team went out with a 2 – 0 defeat to Burnley..

Burnley v Sunderland - Emirates FA Cup - Third Round Replay - Turf Moor Source: Peter Byrne

Burnley went ahead in the 44th minute when Wales forward Sam Vokes struck with a clinical header.

Andre Gray came off the bench to seal Burnley’s win when he slotted in to the far corner in the 83rd minute.

Burnley’s fourth round opponents are second tier Bristol City, who beat Fleetwood 1-0 in their replay at Highbury Stadium thanks to Jamie Paterson’s 17th minute goal.

Tonight’s other FA Cup third round replay results

Wimbledon 1 Sutton United 3

Barnsley 1 Blackpool 2

Fleetwood 0 Bristol City 1

Lincoln City 1 Ipswich 0

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