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8 January 2018

Brentford news

The Bees’ run in the Emirates FA Cup came to an end at the first hurdle after a 1-0 defeat at home to League Two side Notts County on Saturday. Jon Stead curled home the only goal midway through a second-half which saw Brentford twice strike the post and force Magpies goalkeeper Ross Fitzsimons into a number of fine saves.

The game was notable for three first appearances with Emiliano Marcondes making his full debut, Alan Judge making a return after 21 months out, and Lewis Macleod making his first start since October 2016.

Sky Bet Championship news

After parting company with Carlos Carvalhal last month, Jos Luhukay was unveiled as Sheffield Wednesday’s new manager on Friday night. The Dutch manager’s last job was with Bundesliga side VfB Stuttgart back in 2016.

World Football news

Notts County were not the only fourth tier club to cause an upset in this weekend’s Emirates FA Cup Third Round. Coventry City’s 2-1 win over Premier League Stoke City earned The Sky Blues a place in Round Four and saw Mark Hughes tenure in The Potteries come to an end after nearly five years. Fellow League Two sides Newport County, Mansfield Town, Stevenage, Carlisle United, and Yeovil Town are also in the hat for the last 32.

Sunday afternoon saw another upset at The City Ground as Nottingham Forest beat Arsenal 4-2: Eric Lichaj scored twice with the other two goals coming from the penalty spot. Sky Bet League One high-flyers Shrewsbury Town will get a second go at West Ham United after a 0-0 draw while Fleetwood United also held Leicester City by the same score to set up a replay at The King Power Stadium.

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