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FA Cup Fourth Round: Standout Stats: Arsenal, Everton Star; Aguero Powers City

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero, left, celebrates with teammates after scoring the third of his 3 goals past Watford's goalkeeper Jonathan Bond during their English FA Cup fourth round soccer match at The City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester, England, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
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Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistJanuary 26, 2014

If you were looking for giant killings and unexpected results in the FA Cup fourth round this weekend, you were robbed of drama. 

Watford and Kidderminster did threaten their respective English Premier League opponents, but they failed to deliver the final result on the road. 

The lone match where a team from a lower league beat an EPL club came from the DW Stadium as holders Wigan defeated Crystal Palace, 2-1. 

Despite the lack of upsets, there were some standout stats from the fourth round proper of the prestigious cup competition. 

 

Arsenal and EvertonModels of Consistency

Arsenal and Everton had the two most dominant victories of the fourth round as both the Gunners and Toffees won their matches by a 4-0 scoreline. 

By beating up on lower-league sides Coventry City and Stevenage, the Gunners and Toffees became the only two clubs to reach the final 16 of the competition for four years running: 

 

Steven Naismith: Road Warrior

By scoring twice in the first half against League One side Stevenage at Broadhall Way, Steven Naismith made some history for the Toffees. 

With his goals in the fifth and 32nd minutes, Naismith became the first Everton player since Ibrahima Bakayoko in 1999 to score two away goals in an FA Cup tie for the club: 

 

Kun Delivers Once Again for City

The shock of the fourth round could have come from the Etihad Stadium as Manchester City were down two goals to Championship side Watford in the first half. 

The lead by the Hornets would not last as Sergio Aguero powered City back with a second-half hat-trick that put him at the 25-goal mark in all competitions this season. 

By scoring in the FA Cup fourth round, Aguero also extended his goalscoring streak to seven consecutive appearances: 

 

Sturridge Loves the FA Cup

One player who enjoys scoring in the FA Cup is Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool, who scored in the 60th minute in the Reds' 2-0 win over Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon.

Sturridge's goal was his 10th in 14 FA Cup appearances for Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool: 

 

Bony Finally Living Up to His Potential

It has taken Swansea City forward Wilfried Bony quite some time to get adjusted to the English game since his move from Vitesse Arnhem over the summer. 

The Ivorian scored twice in the Swans' 2-1 road win over Birmingham City at St. Andrew's Stadium, and in the process, he scored his sixth goal in five matches for Michael Laudrup's side: 

 

Arsenal Debutant Makes History

Gedion Zelalem may have not made a contribution on the pitch as a substitute in Arsenal's thumping of Coventry City on Friday, but he did make some history.

Zelalem became the first player born after Arsene Wenger took over as manager to feature for the Gunners: 

 

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