FA Cup Weekend in 20 Pictures: Bust-Ups, Giant-Killing and Pressure at the Top
The third round of the FA Cup did not disappoint—with 58 teams in action over the weekend, we saw Premier League sides defeated, non-league outfits earning replays and goals galore.
We looked back at the action and picked out 20 of the best images from the third round. Read on to relive the drama all over again.
Frustration Affects Rovers at Ewood Park
Blackburn's Grant Hanley (left) and Chris Taylor evoked the spirit of David Batty and Graeme Le Saux when they faced Manchester City at Ewood Park on Saturday.
The teammates' on-field bust-up came soon after Alvaro Negredo's 45th-minute strike for the visitors.
Manchester City Face Third-Round Replay
Manuel Pellegrini's plans for a warm-weather training break in Abu Dhabi are scuppered after his Manchester City side draw 1-1 with Blackburn Rovers.
The Citizens face a third-round replay at the Etihad on January 15.
FA Cup 1, Lambert 0
Clarke on Target Against Tykes
Leon Clarke celebrates scoring in the 89th minute, as League One's Coventry City beat Championship side Barnsley 2-1.
Tangerine Cup Dream over
Blackpool's Neal Bishop reflects on his side's 2-1 defeat at the hands of Bolton Wanderers at the Reebok Stadium.
Former Liverpool player David Ngog opened the scoring for the home side after just 10 minutes, before Tom Barkhuizen brought things level on the stroke of half-time. Jermaine Beckford sealed the win for Bolton with a strike in the 51st minute.
League One Strugglers See off Doncaster
The joy is evident on the faces of these Stevenage Borough players, who beat Doncaster Rovers 3-2 at the Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday.
Currently mired at the bottom of League One, Boro have drawn Everton in the FA Cup fourth round, as reported in the Guardian.
Toffees Put Four Past QPR
Julio Cesar made his first appearance of the season for Queens Park Rangers in Saturday's third-round tie against Everton.
Brazil's No. 1 will be keen to forget the experience, as his side were beaten by four goals to nil by the Premier League team.
Grimsby Crash out in Five-Goal Thriller
Grimsby Town were denied a third-round replay against Huddersfield Town after losing 3-2 at Blundell Park. The game looked set to end 2-2, before Aswad Thomas scored an unfortunate own-goal in the dying moments.
Despite the scoreline, mascot "Mighty Mariner" remained cheerful, and ever-so slightly terrifying.
Spoils Even at Aggborough
Conference Premier side Kidderminster Harriers held Peterborough United to a 0-0 draw on Saturday, to earn a replay and perhaps a place in the fourth round.
According to BBC Sport, the replay will take place on January 14 at Posh's London Road. The winner will face a trip to the Stadium of Light to take on Sunderland.
Silkmen Keep Dream Alive
Macclesfield Town are the lowest-ranked club left in this year's FA Cup. The Silkmen kept themselves in contention for a place in the fourth round with a 1-1 draw against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.
The winner of the January 14 replay between the Conference and Championship sides will face an away tie against Rochdale in the next stage of the competition.
Is This Seat Taken?
A Middlesbrough fan watches as his side are beaten 2-0 by Hull City at the Riverside Stadium.
Goals from Aaron McLean and Nick Proschwitz saw off Aitor Karanka's side to give the visitors the win.
Perfect Start for Solskjaer
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer got his Cardiff City career off on the right foot, with a 2-1 FA Cup win against Newcastle.
The new Bluebirds manager saw his side trailing 1-0, following a 62nd-minute goal from Papiss Cisse. However, strikes from Craig Noone and Fraizer Campbell saw the visiting side run out as winners—ending a run of four games without victory.
It was the first time Cardiff have defeated the Magpies at Newcastle in 51 years (h/t BBC Sport).
Managerless Lions Mauled by Shrimpers
Michael Timlin celebrates, muddily, after Southend destroyed Millwall 4-1 in the FA Cup third round. The Shrimpers beat last season's semi-finalists thanks to goals from Barry Corr, Will Atkinson, Michael Timlin and Ryan Leonard.
Millwall caretaker manager Neil Harris said afterwards (via Skysports.com), "The boys let themselves down today, we weren't good enough and all four goals were a shambles."
Theo, What's the Score?
Spurs Make a "Donation" to the Walcott Cause
Theo Walcott was pelted with coins by the Spurs support after said gesture...
Pressure Mounts as Hammers Hit for Five
West Ham were dumped out of the FA Cup on Sunday, following a 5-0 defeat against Nottingham Forest.
His hand forced by a growing injury list, Sam Allardyce fielded a youthful side at the City Ground. The Hammers, whose starting line-up included three debutantes, were undone by goals from Djamel Abdoun, Andy Reid and a hat-trick from Jamie Paterson.
Allardyce spoke to Skysports.com about possible repercussions from the club's co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan:
There might be, who knows? It's their decision, not mine.
I'm not saying it won't happen unless I start to get results. I have got to get results, I know that.
But I made them (Gold and Sullivan) aware of what would happen today because I'm not in the position to go and do these things without telling everybody internally what is planned for the next few games.
Nottingham Forest's Jamie Paterson was on target three times in 14 minutes in Sunday's 5-0 win against West Ham. We're not sure, but the 22-year-old looks rather happy about his efforts...
Forest's reward is a fourth-round home tie against the winner of a January 14 replay between Ipswich Town and Preston North End.
Chelsea Cruise into the Fourth Round
Jose Mourinho looked like a lonely figure at Sunday's FA Cup fixture against Derby County. However, the Portuguese manager saw his side run out as 2-0 winners, thanks to strikes from John Obi Mikel and Oscar.
Chelsea will meet fellow Premier League side Stoke City in the fourth round, in a home tie at Stamford Bridge.
Fabio Sees Red in Four-Minute Cameo
Manchester United's dismal display against Swansea at Old Trafford was not helped by the dismissal of Fabio in the 79th minute.
The Brazilian had been substituted onto the pitch in the place of Rio Ferdinand just four minutes earlier.
Bony Sends Manchester United out
Swansea striker Wilfried Bony heads home a cross from Wayne Routledge to send Manchester United crashing out of the FA Cup.
Bony's 90th-minute strike ended a run of seven games without a win for Michael Laudrup's side, who will face Birmingham City, Bristol Rovers or Crawley Town in the next round of the competition.
The win was Swansea's first-ever victory at Old Trafford.