Following on from Arsenal's 4-0 win over Coventry City on Friday evening (Jan. 25), the FA Cup fourth-round action got back underway on Saturday, with 12 fixtures on the card.
The Premier League big guns ran rampant—no less than nine teams from the English top flight advanced to the next phase of competition—and fans will have been pleased to see that not a single draw was in sight.
Moving into Sunday's matchups, the day's outings provided a number of standout talking points, some of which pose far more positive connotations than others.
|Birmingham City||1-2||Swansea City|
|Bolton Wanderers||0-1||Cardiff City|
|Huddersfield Town||0-1||Charlton Athletic|
|Port Vale||1-3||Brighton & Hove Albion|
|Southend United||0-2||Hull City|
|Wigan Athletic||2-1||Crystal Palace|
|Sheffield United||v||Fulham||1 p.m. GMT/8 a.m. ET|
|Chelsea||v||Stoke City||3:30 p.m. GMT/10:30 a.m. ET|
Manchester City Weather Watford Storm
Having slipped to a 2-0 deficit by half-time at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester City looked at good odds to suffer one of the bigger upsets of Saturday's early action.
However, Manuel Pellegrini will have assuredly been encouraged by the fight shown by his side in the second period—four goals scored in the final 30 minutes to give the Premier League titans a 4-2 win over Watford.
Troy Deeney and Fernando Forestieri's shock goals in the opening third of the match put the Hornets well within sight of a fifth-round berth, but it wasn't to be.
Sergio Aguero hit back with a hat-trick to continue his prolific scoring run since returning from injury, with Aleksandar Kolarov contributing a complimentary fourth to round off a rousing response from the Citizens.
WhoScored.com shows exactly how good Aguero has been in front of goal as of late:
Sergio Agüero: Has scored 10 goals in his last 10 apps for Manchester City, scoring in each of his last 7 matches #MCFC— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) January 25, 2014
Wigan Athletic's Title Defence Withstands Premier League Test
And it was the David to City's Goliath, Wigan Athletic, who also continued their run in the competition thanks to a 2-1 win over top-flight opponents Crystal Palace.
The reigning FA Cup champions famously staged an underdog's victory against City during the 2012-13 rendition of the tournament, and while the bulling wasn't quite as high against the Eagles, the result is no less motivational.
Ben Watson opened the scoring in the first half before James McClean pitched in with the eventual winner, despite Aaron Wilbraham having initially pulled the tie level in the 69th minute.
For now, the Latics' hopes of retaining their much-coveted title linger on.
Bryan Oviedo Suffers Injury Heartbreak
Everton's 4-0 triumph at Stevenage was a fairly rudimentary outing for Roberto Martinez's side, but what looked like a non-threatening fixture did produce one particular area of major concern.
Bryan Oviedo had to be stretchered off with what's suspected to be a broken leg, having gone in for a challenge on the 20-minute mark.
Football Banter have images of the moment Oviedo's World Cup dreams with Costa Rica were put into serious doubt:
Everton later confirmed that the left-sided utility player had been taken to hospital:
Update on Bryan - he's been taken to hospital with a suspected broken leg. Get well soon, Oviedo Baby! #EFC— Everton (@Everton) January 25, 2014
Though the Toffees will be pleased to progress in their FA Cup trials, Oviedo's injury threatens to leave Martinez's squad looking lopsided in terms of cover for Leighton Baines.
Above all, however, the club will merely be wishing that their player recovers in good time.