Football: Blades cut down QPR, Pardew starts Palace rule with win, Black Cats purr

Crystal Palace's Scott Dann (right) scores his side's second goal against Dover Athletic in the FA Cup third round. -- PHOTO: ACTION IMAGES
Crystal Palace's Scott Dann (right) scores his side's second goal against Dover Athletic in the FA Cup third round. -- PHOTO: ACTION IMAGES

LONDON (AFP) - Third-tier Sheffield United confirmed their remarkable cup pedigree by eliminating Premier League Queens Park Rangers from the FA Cup with a 3-0 third-round victory at Loftus Road on Sunday.

Nigel Clough's League One side, who reached last season's semi-finals and face Tottenham Hotspur in the last four of this season's League Cup, won via a Marc McNulty goal and a second-half brace from Jamal Campbell-Ryce.

QPR, whose manager, Harry Redknapp, made seven changes to his starting XI, become the second top-flight team to be knocked out following Newcastle's 0-1 loss at Leicester on Saturday.

Alan Pardew made a winning start to life as manager of Crystal Palace, who won 4-0 at non-league Dover Athletic thanks to a first-half double by centre-back Scott Dann and goals from Dwight Gayle and Kevin Doyle.

Pardew was appointed Palace manager on Saturday after leaving Newcastle.

Meanwhile, Sunderland repeated their victory over Leeds United in the 1973 final with an identical 1-0 win against the Championship club at the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland, whose 1973 win was one of the biggest upsets in the competition's history, prevailed courtesy of a drilled 33rd-minute effort by Dutch left-back Patrick van Aanholt.

Holders Arsenal enter the competition later on Sunday when they host Hull City in a repeat of last season's final, which Arsene Wenger's side won 3-2.

Premier League co-leaders Chelsea and Manchester City both face home games against second-tier clubs, with Chelsea hosting Watford and City tackling Sheffield United, while Manchester United visit third-tier Yeovil Town.

Tottenham Hotspur travel to Burnley on Monday in a repeat of the 1962 final, which Spurs won, and Liverpool visit third-tier AFC Wimbledon for a tie that recalls the original Wimbledon's shock victory in the 1988 final.