Top 10 conclusions FA Cup third round weekend
1. One fan took Newcastle’s FA Cup knockout a bit too literally. Just ask Stevenage defender Scott Laird.
2. Lee Hughes: FA Cup giantkiller. Sounds like there should be a custodial sentence attached.
3. Kenny Dalglish will reflect that 30secs might be the shortest lived period of euphoria in the history of managerial returns.
4. But their were some more impressive club debuts. Like Leicester’s Sol Bamba, whose first touch for the club was a debut goal against Manchester City. Or Sheffield United fan Kyle Walker who marked his Aston Villa debut with a goal against the Blades. And don’t forget young Andros Townsend, who bagged a goal on his Spurs debut.
5. Ian Holloway might find himself very down in the dumps before too long if he keeps taking well-known chants to heart. His response to Southampton fans singing “Premier League – you’re having a laugh” was laughable in itself.
6. Sacking a manager called Roy on the eve of your third round tie will not help. Just ask Liverpool and Ipswich.
7. The performances of the promoted Premier League sides emphasises once against where the FA Cup now sits on the list of priorities – all knocked out by lower league opposition.
8. Theo Walcott seems to be living evidence against karma. Despite admitting he had dived to try and get a penalty against Leeds, he still won a spot-kick for a separate incident to give Arsenal a late Get Out Of Jail Free card.
9. Hopefully Liverpool fans on the hunt for a new scapegoat won’t be taking Howard Webb to court.
10. Probably even Cardiff City-supporting officers at South Wales Police wouldn’t have minded a Stoke City winner in their match. Oh well, overtime all round!