Beckford hat-trick gives ex-Owl Pearson a cup boost

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former Sheffield Wednesday captain Nigel Pearson got some long awaited cheer when his Leicester City team picked up only their second home win in six attempts last night in their FA Cup third round replay with Nottingham Forest.

Jermaine Beckford completed a scintillating hat-trick to send Leicester through to the fourth round of the cup in a comprehensive humbling of their east midlands rivals.

George Boateng set the tone for a dire night for Forest, clipping into his own net following a goalmouth scramble, before Leicester took control of their own destiny through the mercurial Beckford.

Darius Henderson, who left Sheffield United last summer, grabbed a hat-trick as Millwall finally found their goalscoring touch to see off Dagenham in their replay.

Top scorer Henderson scored for the first time since November and Tottenham loanee Harry Kane grabbed his first goals for the club as they dispatched their League Two opponents at the second attempt.

A first minute goal by Sheffield’s Kevin Davies set Bolton Wanderers on their way against Macclesfield at the Reebok Stadium.

Martin Petrov doubled the home side’s lead after 26 minutes to set up a fourth round tie with Swansea in Lancashire.

Mark Hughes recorded his first win as Queens Park Rangers manager. Danny Gabbidon scored the only goal of the match against MK Dons at Loftus Road in the 73rd minute.