As the FA Cup third round kicked off this weekend at Ewood Park, we knew to expect some historic victories by teams in the lower tiers of English football.
However, we did not expect the multitude of scoring droughts to be ended across England.
From the monumental wins by Rochdale and Sheffield United to the goalscoring of Nikica Jelavic and Nathaniel Clyne, here are your standout stats from the FA Cup third round.
The Spotland Stunner
One of the most unexpected wins of the weekend came from League Two side Rochdale, who took down Leeds United, 2-0, at Spotland Stadium.
The victory by Keith Hill's side secured advancement to the fourth round for the first time since 2003:
League 2 club Rochdale upsets Leeds 2-0 to reach the FA Cup 4th Round for the first time since 2003.— Paul Carr (@PCarrESPN) January 4, 2014
The scorer of the first goal, Scott Hogan, continued his solid run of form by netting his fifth goal in his last four home games in all competitions:
5 - Scott Hogan has scored five goals in his last four home games in all competitions for Rochdale. Hulk.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 4, 2014
Blades Slash Villa's Cup Dreams
While Rochdale recorded a historic win at home, Sheffield United did the same on the road at Villa Park.
By defeating Aston Villa 2-1, the League One side earned their first win at the stadium since January 29, 1966:
Sheffield United beat Aston Villa at Villa Park for the first time since January 29th 1966 in a 2-0 win.— Squawka Football (@Squawka) January 4, 2014
The loss marked the first time since 1999 that the Villains lost to a team from the third tier of English football or below:
1 - Aston Villa have not lost to a side from the third tier or below in the FA Cup since 1999 (2-0 at home to Fulham). Prospect.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 4, 2014
Scoring Droughts End in Style
Three major scoring droughts were broken on Saturday as Nikica Jelavic, Nathaniel Clyne and Scott Dann finally broke through for their respective clubs.
Jelavic, who has been relegated to the bench at Everton, scored a brace in the Toffees' 4-0 win over Queens Park Rangers, which marked the first time he scored in 294 days:
Nikica Jelavic scored a brace in Everton's 4-0 win over QPR. The last time he found the net was 294 days ago. pic.twitter.com/O4Yv5VGZC6— Squawka Football (@Squawka) January 4, 2014
Clyne scored a stunning goal for Southampton in their 4-3 win over Burnley. The Saints defender last scored 469 days ago against Aston Villa:
Southampton's Nathaniel Clyne scores his first club goal in 469 days. His last goal came against Aston Villa in a 4-1 win on Sept 22nd 2012.— Squawka Football (@Squawka) January 4, 2014
By scoring in the 55th minute against Manchester City to clinch a replay, Blackburn's Scott Dann stopped his terrible scoring run, which had lasted 42 hours and nine minutes of playing time:
Scott Dann: Until his goal against Manchester City, Dann had gone 42 hours and 9 mins in the Championship and FA Cup without a goal #BRFC— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) January 4, 2014
Beckford's Unique Feat
Jermaine Beckford has been a vagabond of English football in recent years, but that has not stopped him from scoring in the third round of the FA Cup.
With his 50th-minute winner in Bolton's 2-1 win over Blackpool, Beckford continued his stellar third-round form, which has seen him score for five different clubs in the last five seasons:
5 - Jermaine Beckford has scored in the third round of the #FACup for a different club in each of the last five seasons. Expert.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 4, 2014
Beckford has scored for Leeds United, Everton, Leicester City, Huddersfield Town and Bolton during the streak.
Arsenal's North London Triumph
In the marquee showdown of third-round play, Arsenal trumped Tottenham 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium.
The victory marked the 10th time that the Gunners defeated their North London rival in a domestic cup competition:
Arsenal claimed their 10th win over Spurs in domestic cup competitions with a 2-0 victory.— Squawka Football (@Squawka) January 4, 2014
West Ham Fail to Flatten Forest
Sunday was not a good day to be a fan of West Ham United as the Hammers fell 5-0 to Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.
The five-goal defeat was the worst loss in this stage of the competition for the Hammers since 1926:
5 - This is West Ham's biggest Third Round defeat in the FA Cup since 1926 (5-0 v Tottenham). History.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 5, 2014
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