Top 10 conclusions: FA Cup fourth round weekend

Posted by - January 28, 2013 - Conclusions, FA Cup, Lists

1. The undoubted shock of the round came at the Madejski Stadium, where Premier League side Reading comfortably saw off lower-league opposition in the form of Sheffield United.

2. Norwich City were knocked out at the hands of Ruthless Rendell. There was nothing mysterious about Luton’s progression as they became the first non-league side to knock-out top-flight opposition for almost a quarter of a century.

3. The lengths Harry Redknapp will go to in order to ensure extra funds for transfer deadline day know no limits.

4. One day he was just a humble actor playing Doctor Who, then Matt Smith made it his mission to exterminate Liverpool’s FA Cup ambitions for another year.

5. Life just gets increasingly miserable for Aston Villa. They can console themselves with the thought that defeat to Millwall is marginally less humiliating than defeat to Bradford.

6. Arsenal fans who feared Olivier Giroud was going the way of Andrey Arshavin, Marouane Chamakh and Gervinho, relax: it turns out he’s an FA Cup specialist.

7. Brendan Rodgers criticising pretty much all of his players apart from Stewart Downing? How the tables have turned!

8. Brentford and their star performer, Ross Turnbull, gave Chelsea a right old fright. Nice little money-spinning trip down the road to Stamford Bridge for them.

9. Fulham loanee Marcello ‘Del Boy’ Trotta ensured it was a very west London affair as he grabbed the Bees’ opener.

10. Yesterday was a great day for Manchester City’s doomed 1997 strikeforce, with Paul Dickov defeating Liverpool and Uwe Rosler taking Chelsea to a replay. It’s just a shame that Lee Bradbury isn’t in charge at Leeds.