A Weekend Of Shocks And Surprises In The FA Cup

The FA Cup took centre stage this past weekend and there was no shortage of upsets and surprises in the third round.

Premier League high-flyers Liverpool couldn't find a way past Plymouth at Anfield and must replay at Home Park while Bournemouth and Stoke were knocked out of the competition by lower league opposition.

Team of the Week

Speroni (Crystal Palace)

On the day he set a record for the number of appearances by a Crystal Palace goalkeeper (389), Julian Speroni was kept busy by League One side Bolton Wanderers at the Macron Stadium. He was called into action several times as Palace had to settle for a draw at the Macron Stadium.

Meyler (Hull City)

Although normally a midfielder, David Meyler was asked to play in defence by new Hull City boss Macro Silva and he turned in a sound performance as they beat Swansea 2-0.

Britos (Watford)

Watford's defence has been leaky of late but Miguel Britos was a stand-out performer as they ended a five game run without a win with a 2-0 success against Burton Albion.

Bradley and Songo'o (Plymouth)

While Liverpool attracted some criticism for fielding a youthful side against League Two Plymouth, maybe the bigger story was the Pilgrims keeping a clean sheet at Anfield.

Defenders Sonny Bradley and Yann Songo'o had busy afternoons for Plymouth as they blocked, tackled and cleared everything that they came their way to earn a replay at Home Park.

Ramsey (Arsenal)

Influential Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey had to step up to the plate as Arsenal looked vulnerable against a determined Preston North End side at Deepdale. He scored a goal and also helped set up Olivier Giroud's late winner against the Championship side.

Silva (Manchester City)

Manchester City strolled through what many predicted to be a potentially difficult tie against West Ham at the London Stadium last Friday. At the heart of that was David Silva who was in stellar form, scoring a goal and involved heavily in a 5-0 win.

Pearson (Preston)

Preston North End's highly regarded midfielder Ben Pearson gave an eye-catching performance as Arsenal were made to work hard for a win at Deepdale. He was at the heart of everything for Preston who took a surprise early lead against the Premier League side before succumbing late on.

Pedro (Chelsea)

He's not one of the headline grabbers at Chelsea these days but Pedro was a stand-out performer in the unusual role of wing-back as he scored twice against Peterborough.

Musa (Leicester)

Ahmed Musa may not have set the world alight as some predicted when he joined Leicester but he weighed in with two fine goals that saw off Everton at Goodison Park.

Robinson (Lincoln)

Championship side Ipswich were made to fight all the way by Lincoln of League Two in Saturday's third round tie.

Mick McCarthy's men were twice behind against their lower league opponents to goals from striker Theo Robinson. Lincoln hadn't reached the fourth round since 1976 but appeared to be on course for an upset before Tom Lawrence made it 2-2 with only four minutes remaining. Robinson, who has also represented Jamaica, joined Lincoln on a free in October from Port Vale.

Posted: Monday, 9th January 2017
Author: Mark Taylor

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