Monday, January 09, 2006

Favourite Football Weekend

This weekend was FA Cup 3rd round weekend again which, for the 2nd year running I believe saw no Premiership clubs drawn against each other paving the way for many a giantkilling act. No lower league teams won on Saturday but at one stage Scunthorpe were leading Man City and Millwall led Everton. Luton also led European Champions Liverpool 3-1 but Liverpool pulled back to win 5-3 including a spectacular 60 yard effort from Xabi Alonso. Nuneaton Borough of the division below the conference grabbed a deserved draw against Premiership Middlesborough and Torquay drew with Steve Bruce's (boo) poor Birmingham team.

Sunday however was a day of shocks. To begin with Clyde beat Celtic but that's in Scotland so no-one's really bothered. Fulham then lost to League 2 Leyton Orient. That'll teach them to drop Brian McBride. In another shock Sunderland beat Northwich 3-0 to record their first win ever! Only joking Sunderland fans maybe you're saving it for a big cup run (remember 1992?). Burton Albion then drew 0-0 with the mighty Manchester United not unlike last year at this stage when Exeter City held them to a draw. Leicester City then came from 2-0 down to beat Spurs 3-2 thanks to a very offside looking last minute winner.

West Ham beat Norwich again for the 2nd year running but they have swapped divisions since they last played each other. Maybe the replays will bring more upsets.

Finally a word to the brave and mighty Huddersfield Town who went to the best team in the world hoping to earn respect. After dominating the first three minutes we were out played for much of the rest of the first half and let in a sloppy goal. However with great defending from the Clarke brothers we got back into it with a goal from Gary Taylor Fletcher and a shock looked on the cards. Then just eight minutes from time Robben ran down the wing and Gudjohnsen scored. So unlucky but so not disgraced. Well done lads. One paper even said that Jose Mourinho said he wouldn't be worried about a trip to the Galpharm for the replay as he could bring back Terry and Lampard but he was obviously forgeting that town would have captain Worthington and legend Booth back in the team! Boothy Boothy Boothy!


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