A rather drab 3rd Round of the FA Cup was spiced up today by the elimination of Manchester United at home to Swansea City, along with West Ham’s 5-0 embarrassment at Nottingham Forest
The magic of the FA Cup wasn’t quite on its full display this weekend, with the fixture list having fewer David vs. Goliath ties and more Slight Goliath vs. Goliath ones. In all there were, 5 all Premier League ties in this year’s 3rd Round, with the results of them below.
Norwich vs. Fulham 1-1 (Replay at Craven Cottage)
Newcastle vs. Cardiff 1-2
West Brom. vs. Crystal Palace 0-2
Arsenal vs. Tottenham 2-0
Manchester United vs. Swansea City 1-2
As you can see, it was quite an advantageous weekend for the visitors, as 3 out of the 4 winners were playing on the road. Obviously, the standout result from the bunch is United’s home dismissal against Swansea, which was spurred by Fabio’s late red card for United, which reduced them to 10 men and allowed Wilfried Bony a free header on 88 minutes to record Swansea’s first ever win at Old Trafford in 11 tries. Also of note is Arsenal’s 2-0 triumph over Spurs at the Emirates which marked Tim Sherwood’s first defeat as Tottenham boss and saw Theo Walcott stretched off due to injury, although judging by the title picture above, he still seemed in good spirits. Lastly, Cardiff sprung the shock on Newcastle at St. James’ Park in Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s first game at the helm following Malky Mackay’s termination.
Sides from the Championship also entered the cup fray at this stage with mixed results, as you can see below.
|Barnsley||Coventry 1: 2|
|Bolton||Blackpool 2: 1|
|Brighton||Reading 1: 0|
|Bristol City||Watford 1: 1|
|Doncaster||Stevenage 2: 3|
|Everton||QPR 4: 0|
|Grimsby||Huddersfield 2: 3|
|Ipswich||Preston 1: 1|
|Macclesfield Town||Sheffield Wed. 1:1|
|Middlesbrough||Hull City 0:2|
|Nottingham||West Ham United||5: 0|
|Stoke City||Leicester 2:1|
|Derby Chelsea 0:2|
It was a bit of a mixed bag for the 2nd tier sides in truth, from the highs of Blackburn’s home draw against Man City and Nottingham’s 5-0 demolition of the Hammers, to the lows of Leeds’ defeat at Rochdale and Millwall’s 4-1 hammering at Roots Hall courtesy of Southend United.
That even goes without mentioning Sheffield Wednesday’s escapades, as the Championship strugglers blew a lead at currently flat-broke non-league Macclesfield to set up a tricky replay at Hillsborough. Lastly, I would be remiss if I were to forget current cup holders Wigan, as they began their cup defense with a bumbling 3-3 home draw to MK Dons after blowing leads of 2-0 and 3-2 at the DW.
The remaining scores from the weekend’s action are displayed below.
*NOTE: Charlton Athletic vs. Oxford, AFC Bournemouth vs. Burton Albion, and Crawley Town vs. Bristol Rovers were all called off due to rainfall accumulation.
|Sunderland||Carlisle United 3-1|
|Port Vale||Plymouth Argyle||2-2|
|Aston Villa||Sheffield United||1 : 2|
|Kidderminster||Peterborough||0 : 0|
That wraps it up for the FA Cup scores from the weekend, with the last of the standout results being Sheffield United’s stunning 2-1 giant killing at Villa Park, further complicating Paul Lambert’s already disappointing season in charge of the Villains. Also worthy of recognition is the effort put forth by non-league Kidderminster Harriers, who achieved a draw at home against League 1 Peterborough, forcing a replay at London Road.
Lastly, a salute on my behalf to Grimsby Town, who went out in heartbreaking fashion at the weekend to Huddersfield Town at home. The non-leaguers battled brilliantly for all 90 minutes, leading 2-1 for a large portion of the match before losing it late, so cruelly to an own goal by Aswad Thomas, who had the ball go through his legs and in, ending an otherwise tremendous cup run.
Here’s to you, Grimsby Town..