FA Cup round two: Woking earn replay as Crewe peg back nine-man Blackburn

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The best of Sunday’s FA Cup ties came at Ewood Park, where League One’s Blackburn Rovers made a storming start and were three goals up on League Two’s Crewe Alexandra inside 20 minutes. But then Rekeem Harper, the Blackburn midfielder, was sent off at the same time as conceding a penalty – Chris Porter converted – and then, just before the hour, Elliott Bennett was also dismissed. Eddie Nolan soon cut the deficit to one before Porter drew Crewe level, but despite a two-man advantage, they could not force a win; the sides will contest a replay on 12 December.

There remains the possibility of a shock following events at the Laithwaite Community Stadium, home to Woking – a name etched into FA Cup mythology after Tim Buzaglo’s hat-trick helped eliminate West Bromwich Albion in 1991. This time, the hosts fell behind to League One’s Peterborough United and spurned the chance to equalise when Jonathan Bond saved Chez Isaac’s penalty, but with just six minutes remaining, Joe Ward earned them a trip to London Road.

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