Football, bloody hell. The FA Cup magic is well and truly back.
It was a fantastic day of action in the 3pm kick offs of the FA Cup fourth round this afternoon as Manchester City and Chelsea BOTH crashed out to lower league opposition.
League One Bradford stunned Chelsea at Stamford Bridge with a 4-2 victory while Middlesbrough defeated the reigning Premier League champions at the Etihad Stadium 2-0.
A 3-2 Crystal Palace victory over Southampton meant that the top three of the Premier League all lost at home, crashing out of the competition.
The day started with a flurry of goals in the fixture at St Mary’s Stadium. Southampton and Palace traded goals in an exhilarating opening 20 minutes, first the Saints went ahead through Graziano Pelle before Marouane Chamakh equalised.
A Scott Dann own goal put Southampton back ahead but Yaya Sanogo swiftly levelled before Chamakh for the second time put Palace ahead five minutes before half-time. They held on for the win.
The real drama was at Manchester City and Chelsea, though.
Patrick Bamford opened the scoring against Manchester City, the on-loan Chelsea striker capitalising on lax City defending to send 5,000 Boro fans into a frenzy.
It got better for the travellers as Kike scored a late second to send Manuel Pellegrini’s side packing. Over at Stamford Bridge, things weren’t much better for Premier League royalty.
It all started so well. Gary Cahill and Ramires were the first-half scorers for Chelsea, who looked comfortable before Jon Stead pulled one back before the interval. The Bantams took heart and put up a superb fight in the second half, with former-Chelsea academy player Filipe Morais equalising on 75 minutes.
That wasn’t it though. Mourinho said it would be a ‘disgrace’ if Chelsea lost, and they went 3-2 down with 10 minutes to play, Andy Halliday the hero for Bradford. Mark Yeates sealed the remarkable win deep in stoppage time, slotting the ball past Petr Cech.
At White Hart Lane, it was defeat for Spurs against Leicester.
An Andros Townsend penalty put Spurs ahead half-way through the opening 45, but Michel Vorm was keeping Tottenham in the game - an equaliser was inevitable.
And they got it on 84 minutes, when Leonardo Ulloa levelled for the Foxes but the drama wasn’t finished there either. Jeffrey Schlupp scored the goal that sends Leicester into the next round deep into stoppage time.
Darren Bent and Will Hughes sent Derby County into the fourth round against Chesterfield, while a Victor Anichebe double put Tony Pulis’s men into the next round at Birmingham’s expense.
Reading snatched a late winner against Cardiff through Hal Robson-Kanu, while Preston and Sheffield United will do it all again after a 1-1 draw.
Sunderland and Fulham played out a dour 0-0 draw that was only notable for Jack Rodwell’s red card. They go to a replay.
The 3pm scores...
Chelsea 2-4 Bradford
Manchester City 0-2 Middlesbrough
Tottenham 1-2 Leicester
Southampton 2-3 Crystal Palace
Birmingham 1-2 West Brom
Sunderland 0-0 Fulham
Derby 2-0 Chesterfield
Cardiff 1-2 Reading
Preston 1-1 Sheffield United
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