You get one or two upsets in the FA Cup in each round but today was a special day for the underdogs with the top three clubs in the Premier League Chelsea, Manchester City and Southampton all losing at home.
Bradford City after shock 4-2 win at Stamford Bridge
And when you take into account 4th placed Manchester United could only draw 0-0 at Cambridge United last night and 6th placed Tottenham lost 2-1 at home to Leicester City – Newcastle’s conquerors in the last round and bottom of the Premier League it’s been quite a round in the FA Cup.
Tottenham were leading with an early goal but Leicester City came back with a couple of goals in the last eight minutes with the winner coming in stoppage time from Schlupp to get a shock win.
Man City missed their chances with Boro goalkeeper Mejias Osorio in great form and City also were not given what looked like an obvious penalty, but credit to Middlesbrough, who scored two goals in the second half to get a very famous win.
Chelsea were winning 2-0 at home to Bradford City after 38 minutes and seeming to stroll through the game and looked very comfortable, but the Blues again showed how suspect they are becoming by conceding three goals in the last fifteen minutes of the game, to give Bradford City a very famous 4-2 victory – and congratulations to the Bantams.
Jose Mourinho was not too happy after the game and called the defeat an embarrassment, but he was magnanimous in defeat this time, and said the small team’s attitude and belief is really special in England in the Cup competitions.
Jose congratulated Bradford City on what was a great victory for their club – and it was only the second time in 17 years that Chelsea have not reached the 5th round of the FA Cup.
And Alan Pardew continued his winning ways at Crystal Palace with a 3-2 win at Southampton, for his fourth win in his first four games as the Palace manager, and the third time in succession they have come from behind to win the game.
Palace were 3-2 up at the half and there were no second half goals in the game.
Pardew’s now won two cup games at Crystal Palace in less than four weeks – and he didn’t too many more than that in four years at Newcastle, although that’s stretching it – just a little bit.
Let’s say he didn’t do well in the Cups while at Newcastle.
Alan played quite a strong team at the Saints today – and with John Carver making a seven changes for the FA Cup game at Leicester earlier this month, it’s fairly obvious the coach at Newcastle is under instructions that the Premier League is all important.
And the Cups are not.
But we already knew that – and didn’t really need any more evidence, but that’s something the new coach will need to come to grips with, before he agrees to join the Mike Ashley led Newcastle.
Ashley makes it very difficult for a coach to be successful on Tyneside, and that’s not good at all – it’s supposed to be the other way round.
As we write this – after 74 minutes it’s no score in the Liverpool Bolton game at Anfield, and that could end up as yet another upset today.
And Sunderland drew with Fulham at the Stadium of Light and again failed to score.
Update – the final result at Anfield was a 0-0 draw.
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