Top 10 conclusions FA Cup fourth round weekend 29-30 January
1. OTP is wondering just how many Get Out Of Jail Free last-gasp FA Cup penalty cards Arsene Wenger has up his sleeve. Cesc Fabregas’ late spotkick saw the Gunners past Huddersfield just as he had earned a replay against Leeds in the previous round.
2. Saddest sight of the weekend: Michael Owen’s post-match interview. Visibly moved and seemingly stunned that he had played a game of football, never mind scored a goal.
3. Shane Long’s late winner for Reading was the second most painful sucker punch Stevenage have felt at the end of an FA Cup tie this season.
4. And it was a weekend for late heartbreak. As well as Huddersfield and Stevenage, Swansea succumbed to Leyton Orient in the 88th minute. Defender Alan Tate is the mug of the week for his spectacular shinned own goal.
5. Tottenham’s players should know better than to put in a performance like that so close to the transfer deadline.
6. Crawley will be relieved to have a tie they can play without pundits pontificating whether or not they are the underdogs. OK, they’ve had some decent investment – I’m not sure they deserve quite such a hard time on that basis.
7. After all, Manchester City will testify that all the investment in the world doesn’t necessarily help you in the FA Cup.
8. Next time the non-league outfit do decide to splash out, they might want to purchase a penalty taker.
9. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s spotlight moment against Manchester United was well timed ahead of transfer deadline day. He certainly impressed for Southampton.
9. David Bentley hasn’t lost his eye for the spectacular while sitting on the sidelines at Tottenham.
10. Never mind the wheeling and dealing, the busiest man in football today will be Notts County’s groundsman.