The FA cup started its 3rd round with the Premier League teams joining the fray to play clubs from the lower divisions. The beauty and romance of the FA Cup stems from the fact that teams who are not part of the League pyramid in England get to face off against big clubs. Often a tie for a team from the conference versus a Premier League team would not only sell out their tickets but due to tv money coming in, it would probably pay for the running of the club for a few years, yes a few years, the FA Cup is more than just football, its a game changer.
The 3rd round saw some really interesting ties and we cover the big teams who tried to make it past without a slip up.
Yeovil 0-2 Manchester United
Yeovil put up a spirited display and were in the game but Manchester United beat the League One thanks to second half goals from Herrera and Di Maria. While Louis Van Gaal would be satisfied with the result, his team were not at their best and have to now deal with injuries to Rafael and Luke Shaw, who both limped off and were substituted at half time.
Manchester City 2-1 Sheffield Wednesday
A shock was on the cards at the Etihad when Sheffield Wednesday took the lead thanks to a 14th minute strike from Nuhiu. The second half substitutes for City, Silva and Nasri helped the team get a foothold of the game and Milner scored in the 66th minute and then won the game in the 90th minute with his second goal.
Chelsea 3-0 Watford
Another club who could not get it started in the first half. Watford held the Premier League giants to a goal less draw at half time before second half substitutions started to get it clicked. Goals from Willian, Remy and Zouma put some gloss on a result but Chelsea were far from their best against Watford.
Arsenal 2-0 Hull City
A replay of the FA Cup final from last season but this time around there were no heroics from Hull City. Arsenal got an early lead thanks to Mertesacker in the 20th minute before surviving a bit of a resilient show by Hull before Alexis Sanchez scored in the 82nd minute to seal a spot into the next round for Arsenal.
AFC Wimbledon 1-2 Liverpool
Plucky League Two side Wimbledon almost got the story of the round as they almost got one over Liverpool. Steven Gerrard opened the scoring but the big lad, Akinfenwa scored the equalizer for the League two side before Gerrard scored a free kick in the 62nd minute to remind Liverpool of what they will miss when he leaves the Reds in the summer.
Burnley 1-1 Tottenham Hotspurs
A replay is on the cards as Tottenham were held to a 1-1 draw by Burnley. Nacer Chadli scored for Spurs but Vokes scored in the 73rd minute. The draw meant that Spurs are now unbeaten in their last 7 games but an extra game is on the cards as they host Burnley in a replay.
Everton 1-1 West Ham United
Everton were seconds away from a 5th consecutive defeat as they were trailing by a Collins goal but Romelu Lukaku scored in the 92nd minute to save the blushes of the home team and provide some relief to Roberto Martinez, who has had a sticky spell with the team. Both teams now will face each other at the Boleyn Ground in a weeks time and West Ham will feel like they still have an advantage even though they conceded a late goal.
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