The FA Cup has a rich history of shocks, controversies, goals and of course, the famous, cup upsets. The 3rd round of the competition certainly lived up to its name this past weekend.
Shocks and goals came thick and fast on the opening day of the FA Cup 3rd round with many teams earning a spot in round four and their name in the draw.
The first game of the 3rd round was an interesting tie; Blackburn Rovers vs Manchester City at Ewood Park. The game ended 1-1 with Blackburn earning a replay. Many games ended in a draw which resulted in replays. A total number of eight matches ended in a draw, earning a replay and their name in the draw for round four. Holders Wigan Athletic were held by League 1 opponents MK Dons in a 3-3 draw at the DW Stadium.
One of the biggest shocks in the 3rd round was Aston Villa vs Sheffield United. The match ended with Sheffield United coming out victorious 2-1. Goals from Ryan Flynn and Jamie Murphy sent the team from Brammal Lane into the next round. A solitary goal from Nicklas Helenius wasn't enough for Aston Villa as they went crashing out of the competition.
Another talking point of the 3rd round was the first game of new Cardiff City boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. They were up against Newcastle United at St James' Park. After going 1-0 down, Solskjaer brought on Craig Noone and Fraizer Campbell and they made an instant impact. 2 late goals from Noone and Campbell saw Cardiff through and gave Solskjaer his first win as the new manager.
Undoubtedly the biggest tie of the round saw a North London derby unfold. The game wasn't short of talking points as Arsenal came out as 2-0 winners. But the biggest talking point of the tie was Theo Walcott's gesture towards the Tottenham fans that left football fans divided.
A full list of the teams who made it to round 4 on the first day of the 3rd round of the FA Cup are: Sheffield United, Coventry, Bolton, Brighton, Stevenage, Everton, Huddersfield, Hull, Cardiff, Rochdale, Southampton, Southend, Stoke, Crystal Palace, Yeovil and Arsenal.
The second round of fixtures of the FA Cup 3rd round also threw up some interesting ties. With the biggest shock being Championship side Nottingham Forest overcoming Premier League opposition West Ham 5 goals to nil.
Another shock from Sunday's fixtures was Swansea's victory over Manchester United. With the game all but destined for a replay, Wilfred Bony scored a dramatic late winner to send the Welsh club into the next round.
Wins for Sunderland, Chelsea, Liverpool and Swansea saw passage into the 4th round draw of the FA Cup. With Port Vale and Plymouth succumbing to a 2-2 draw. 2 fixtures are yet to be played: Crawley vs Bristol Rovers and Charlton vs Oxford United.
The full draw for the 4th round is as follows:
Sunderland v Kidderminster or Peterborough
Bolton v Cardiff
Southampton v Yeovil
Huddersfield v Charlton or Oxford
Port Vale or Plymouth v Brighton
Nottingham Forest v Ipswich or Preston
Southend v Hull
Rochdale v Macclesfield or Sheffield Wednesday
Arsenal v Coventry
Stevenage v Everton
Wigan or MK Dons v Crystal Palace
Chelsea v Stoke
Blackburn or Manchester City v Bristol City or Watford
Bournemouth or Burton v Liverpool
Birmingham, Bristol Rovers or Crawley v Swansea
Sheffield United v Norwich or Fulham
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