FA Cup round-up: Gerrard double sees Liverpool overcome Wimbledon test

first_img1 Liverpool managed to overcome the pre-match hype as two goals from Steven Gerrard helped see off spirited League Two side AFC Wimbledon to book their place in the FA Cup fourth round.The captain, in his first game since announcing he will leave the Reds at the end of the season, headed in after just ten minutes to put the Reds in front.But, despite a strong start, Liverpool soon began to struggle under pressure from the positive hosts, and, after a handful of well-worked chances, Wimbledon netted a deserved equaliser through Adebayo Akinfenwa’s close-range finish.Hoping to rekindle the spirit of their famous 1988 FA Cup final victory over the Reds, Wimbledon posed a very real threat for Brenden Rodgers’ side, with Simon Mignolet earlier denying Sean Grigg with a superb point-blank save and Matt Tubbs also going close following a route-one move.But, as the hosts began to tire after the break, their dreams of causing another huge upset were shattered when Gerrard stepped up to curl a trademark free-kick into the back of the net to put the Reds back ahead on the hour mark.Liverpool had a host of chances to increase the deficit in the second-half, but Philippe Coutinho and Lazar Markovic both shot straight at goalkeeper James Shea, while Rickie Lambert, who struggled on his own up front, also wasted a number of opportunities.Their wastefulness almost cost them as Wimbledon again went close from a late corner, but the Reds managed to hold on to set up a home tie against Bolton in the next stage.Elsewhere, Sam Vokes’ second-half strike rescued a third round replay for Burnley, as the Premier League strugglers hit back to secure a 1-1 draw with Tottenham.It was a drab encounter at Turf Moor, with fans witnessing a dreadfully poor opening half as neither team managed to register a single effort on goal.The teams improved after the break, though, and Spurs finally got the breakthrough on 52 minutes when Nacer Chadli found the net with a powerful strike from Ben Davies’ cross.But the visitors failed to put their other chances away, which allowed Vokes – in his second game since returning from a long-term injury – to level, the forward meeting a Kieran Trippier cross with a clinical sidefooted finish.The sides will now meet again at White Hart Lane to decide who will face fellow top flight outfit Leicester City in the next round. Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard celebrates his winning goal against AFC Wimbledon last_img

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