FA Cup Results: Analysis for Arsenal vs. Tottenham Hotspur, and All the Matches

Alex LivieFeatured ColumnistJanuary 4, 2014

FA Cup Results: Analysis for Arsenal vs. Tottenham Hotspur, and All the Matches

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    The FA Cup has reached the third round, which pits some Goliaths against the Davids.

    Manchester City opened the action with a trip to Blackburn Rovers.

    The North London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur is arguably the highlight.

    There are six games on Sunday, including Manchester United's clash with Swansea.

    Keep tuning in over the course of the weekend as we update the games.

    All stats courtesy of whoscored.com, unless otherwise stated.

Manchester United 1-2 Swansea City

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    Manchester United suffered their fifth home loss of the season as Swansea knocked David Moyes' team out of the FA Cup on Sunday evening.

    Wilfried Bony's 90th-minute winner sealed victory for the Swans, who deserved to progress after putting in a fine display at Old Trafford.

    United were down to 10 men by that point, after substitute Fabio was sent off for a reckless tackle just minutes after coming off the bench.

    Wayne Routledge put Swansea ahead early on with a composed finish, before Javier Hernandez pounced to level the match at 1-1.

    The tie appeared to be heading for a replay when Routledge broke down the left in the dying minutes. His flighted cross was met emphatically by Bony, who powered a bullet header past Anders Lindegaard.

    Match Stats

    Shots: 7-10

    Shots on Target: 2-3 

    Corners: 4-2

    Fouls: 7-12

    Possession: 49-51 percent

Liverpool 2-0 Oldham Athletic

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    Liverpool eased into the fourth round with a 2-0 win over Oldham Athletic.

    It was a potential banana skin for the Reds, as they fell to Oldham 12 months ago and for the opening 45 minutes they were matched by the League One side.

    However, the Reds improved after the break and Iago Aspas netted his first goal in Reds colours when turning home a low ball into the box.

    The game was made safe eight minutes from time when a shot from Raheem Sterling was deflected into his own net by James Tarkowski.

    The one sour note for Liverpool was the injury to Daniel Agger, who limped off with 10 minutes remaining.

    Match Stats

    Shots: 17-6

    Shots on Target: 4-3

    Corners: 13-3

    Fouls: 8-6

    Possession: 54-46 percent

Derby County 0-2 Chelsea

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    Chelsea were made to work hard before ultimately easing into the fourth round with a 2-0 win at Derby County.

    Jose Mourinho elected to shuffle his pack and it took time for his side to stamp their authority on the contest.

    Samuel Eto’o wasted an excellent chance after being played in on goal, as he took an age and allowed Andre Wisdom to make the interception, while Ramires fired a shot against a post just before half-time.

    The breakthrough came on 66 minutes from John Obi Mikel. The midfielder does not score very often, but he took his chance like a polished striker—as he headed Willian’s free-kick beyond Lee Grant.

    The game was put beyond Derby on 71 minutes, with Oscar lashing home a powerful strike that proved too hot for Grant to handle.

    Match Stats

    Shots: 16-17

    Shots on Target: 4-3

    Corners: 7-7

    Fouls: 8-8

    Possession: 48-52 percent

Nottingham Forest 5-0 West Ham United

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    West Ham United’s season lurched yet further with a crushing 5-0 defeat at the hands of Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup.

    The Hammers, who are fighting a relegation battle in the league, were second best throughout, and fell behind on 12 minutes.

    Jamie Paterson drew a foul from George Moncur in the box and Djamel Abdou produced a sublime Panenca penalty.

    Paterson was a constant threat and he put the game beyond the Hammers with a brace of goals in six second-half minutes. And he capped a superb display by completing his hat-trick with an unerring low finish 11 minutes from time.

    Icing was put on the Forest cake in injury-time, as Andy Reid swept home from 12 yards.

    Match Stats

    Shots: 22-12

    Shots on Target: 11-5

    Corners: 1-10

    Fouls: 7-4

    Possession: 61-39 percent

Sunday's Results

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    Nottingham Forest 5-0 West Ham United

    Sunderland 3-1 Carlisle United 

    Derby County 0-2 Chelsea 

    Liverpool 2-0 Oldham Athletic 

    Port Vale 2-2 Plymouth Argyle

    Manchester United 1-2 Swansea City 

Arsenal 2-0 Tottenham

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    Goals from Santi Cazorla and Tomas Rosicky gave Arsenal a comfortable derby victory over arch-rivals Tottenham in Saturday's late kick-off, as Spurs were somewhat outclassed at the Emirates Stadium.

    The visitors enjoyed good spells at the start of both halves but were otherwise second best for most of the contest, with Cazorla lashing home on the stroke of half-time after a smart throughball from Serge Gnabry to break the deadlock, before Rosicky wrapped up the points after robbing Danny Rose and chipping the ball over Hugo Lloris.

    Tim Sherwood, managing in his first north London derby, struggled to inspire his side into a response—with Emmanuel Adebayor effectively shackled for much of the contest.

    There was some slight concern for the Gunners, however, as Theo Walcott—who had impressed as the side's striker—was stretchered off late on with a knee injury. Walcott seemed to make a "2-0" gesture towards the away fans as he left the pitch, an act that may see him charged by the FA.

    Wenger said, per Eurosport:

    The doctors said to me that the coins had been raining over his (Walcott's) head and they had to protect him, maybe that is why he did that. Yes (the coins came before the gesture) that is what I have been told.

    After that, what he did is not offensive. You look for every single incident, I can understand that, but it is an action that didn't offend anybody.

    I have seen the pictures after the game and it does not even look aggressive, he is smiling.

    Match Stats

    Shots: 14-13

    Shots on Target: 5-3

    Corners: 6-8

    Fouls: 7-10

    Possession: 46%-54%

Blackburn Rovers 1-1 Manchester City

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    Manchester City let a first-half lead slip as they were forced to settle for a replay with Blackburn Rovers in the third round of the FA Cup.

    Alvaro Negredo turned in a knockdown from Edin Dzeko to fire City ahead on the stroke of half-time, but Rovers were rewarded for their perseverance with a leveller in the second half.

    Fingers may be pointed the way of City keeper Costel Pantilimon, as he allowed an effort from Scott Dann to slip through his grasp.

    Rovers keeper Paul Robinson made a string of decent saves, while Jordan Rhodes could have won the match late on for the home side—but his curling effort went narrowly wide.

    City finished the contest with 10 men following the dismissal of Dedryck Boyata for two yellow cards.

    Match Stats

    Goals: 1-1

    Shots: 12-14

    Shots on Target: 3-5

    Corners: 6-8

    Fouls: 6-7

    Possession: 30%-70%

Aston Villa 1-2 Sheffield United

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    Paul Lambert's words came back to haunt him, as his Aston Villa were dumped out of the FA Cup at the hands of Sheffield United. 

    In the lead-up to game, per Sky Sports, Lambert questioned the importance of the FA Cup. If he wanted to ignore it, he now can after his side was beaten 2-1.

    Jamie Murphy put United ahead on 20 minutes, and Villa toiled for long spells.

    Just as the home fans started to get extremely restless, Nicklas Helenius bundled home a loose ball at a corner to draw Villa level on 75 minutes.

    But Villa were on terms for a mere six minutes, as Ryan Flynn crashed home a sweet strike to put United into the fourth round.

    Match Stats

    Shots: 9-8

    Shots on Target: 2-5

    Corners: 8-1

    Fouls: 12-11

    Possession: 62-38 percent

Newcastle United 1-2 Cardiff City

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    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer kicked off his tenure as Cardiff City manager in style, as his side battled back to beat Newcastle United 2-1 at St James' Park.

    Solskjaer saw his side come under pressure early, with Hatem Ben Arfa lashing a shot against a post.

    Ben Arfa struck the crossbar at the start of the second half but, just as Newcastle looked like they may be frustrated, they edged ahead on 62 minutes.

    Papiss Cisse has struggled for goals this term, but he was on hand to bundle home after Moussa Sissoko had been denied what would have been a superb solo effort. 

    Substiture Craig Noone drew Cardiff level on 73 minutes, and the match was turned on its head 10 minutes from time as fellow sub Fraizer Campbell nodded home a Peter Whittingham corner to put the visitors into Round 4.


Everton 4-0 Queens Park Rangers

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    Everton sidestepped a potential banana skin by claiming a 4-0 win over Queens Park Rangers.

    Championship promotion-chasers QPR carry a threat, but Everton proved too good on Merseyside.

    Ross Barkley may well have added a few extra pounds to his transfer value with the opening goal on 34 minutes. Cutting in from the left, Barkley created space with a drop of the shoulder and slipped the ball onto his right foot before firing the ball into the corner.

    Nikica Jelavic has been heavily linked with a move to the R's in January, and he may well have gone a long way to persuading Harry Redknapp to make the deal with the second goal on 44 minutes. 

    The forward pinched the ball off Karl Henry, took a touch and promptly lashed the ball home.

    Jelavic put the game beyond QPR on 68 minutes, with the striker on hand to slot home from close range following excellent work from Bryan Oviedo.

    Seamus Coleman added a fourth to highlight Everton's superiority.

Norwich City 1-1 Fulham

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    Norwich City and Fulham will have to do it all over again after playing out a 1-1 draw at Carrow Road.

    Fulham took the lead on 40 minutes. A cross into the box looked set to be claimed by Mark Bunn, but Darren Bent climbed high to score—with his goal coming minutes after having a shot saved by the Norwich keeper.

    Robert Snodgrass drew Norwich level minutes before the break, with his goal enough to force a replay.

West Bromwich Albion 0-2 Crystal Palace

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    Crystal Palace may be struggling in the Premier League, but they can at least contemplate a cup run after beating West Bromwich Albion 2-0 at the Hawthorns.

    Dwight Gayle opened the scoring with a strike on 23 minutes.

    The home side dominated the second half, but could not convert its superiority into goals. Marouane Chamakh netted late on to seal the win.

Saturday's Results

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    Blackburn Rovers 1-1 Manchester City

    Aston Villa 1-2 Sheffield United

    Barnsley 1-2 Coventry City

    Bolton Wanderers 2-1 Blackpool

    Brighton and Hove Albion 1-0 Reading

    Bristol City 1-1 Watford

    Doncaster Rovers 2-3 Stevenage

    Everton 4-0 Queens Park Rangers

    Grimsby Town 2-3 Huddersfield Town

    Ipswich Town 1-1 Preston North End

    Kidderminster Harriers 0-0 Peterborough United

    Macclesfield Town 1-1 Sheffield Wednesday

    Middlesbrough 0-2 Hull City

    Newcastle United 1-2 Cardiff City

    Norwich City 1-1 Fulham

    Rochdale 2-0 Leeds United

    Southampton 4-3 Burnley

    Southend United 4-1 Millwall

    Stoke City 2-1 Leicester City

    West Bromwich Albion 0-2 Crystal Palace

    Wigan Athletic 3-3 Milton Keynes Dons

    Yeovil Town 4-0 Leyton Orient

    Arsenal 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur