FA Cup third round weekend in numbers
15 – QPR have now gone 15 games without a win in the FA Cup. Neil Warnock will be happy to concentrate on the league, but it remains a dreadful record
0 – It might have been touch and go for a fair while, but Arsenal have still not lost to lower league opposition under Arsene Wenger
35 – Roy Hodgson’s win percentage in the Premier League under Roy Hodgson, who (like an old, sad dog) was put out of his misery on Saturday morning. Dalglish was good first time round, and Liverpool fans will pray history can be repeated.
1 – On Saturday, Diomansy Kamara scored his first hat-trick in English football. Whilst never consistent enough, he has given Mark Hughes some respite in the absence of Zamora and Dembele
74 – Places in the league ladder that Newcastle are above Stevenage. The Boro’ fully deserved their win, which was soured after an ugly post-match incident.. Alan Pardew will hope that this is a mere blip in what has otherwise been a promising start to his Newcastle reign
3 – The number of North East clubs knocked out of the FA Cup this weekend, leaving none remaining. In fact, if you include Hull and Scunthorpe in this list, their record read: played five, lost five, scored six, conceded 15. A dreary day all round.
3 – Also the number of games Steven Gerrard will now miss for Liverpool. Kenny’s look of resigned acceptance hinted that an appeal will not follow. Gerrard will now miss the Merseyside derby next weekend. A baptism of fire for returning hero Dalglish.
5 – Number of Premier League teams knocked out the competition. Four more face replays. With the fourth round draw made, all-Premier League ties mean the most that the fifth round will contain is 11 from the top division.
82 – Minutes that York City of the Blue Square Premier managed to hold out away at Premier League Bolton Wanderers without conceding a goal
41 – Number of seconds it took Sol Bamba to score in English football, with his first touch. Surely no-one has ever scored a quicker debut goal?
9 – The number of teams that knocked out a higher division side. So congratulations to Brighton, Sheffield Wednesday, Burton Albion, Leyton Orient, Reading, Southampton, Stevenage Borough, Notts County and Torquay United.
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