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FA Cup 3rd-Round Standout Stats: Historic Wins and End of Scoring Droughts

ROCHDALE, ENGLAND - JANUARY 4:  Scott Hogan of Rochdale AFC celebrates his goal during the Budweiser FA Cup third round match between Rochdale and Leeds United at Spotland Stadium on January 4, 2014 in Rochdale, England.  (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
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Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistJanuary 5, 2014

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: 

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: 

 

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:

The loss marked the first time since 1999 that the Villains lost to a team from the third tier of English football or below: 

 

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: 

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: 

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: 

 

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: 

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: 

 

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: 

 

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