Top three in the Premier League OUT of the FA Cup!
Today, Premier League leaders Chelsea (first), Manchester City (second) and Southampton (third) all lost in the 4th round of the FA Cup! Tottenham also lost 2-1 to Leicester and Swansea lost to Blackburn 3-1 to complete an afternoon of misery and embarrassment for our top clubs.
A lot of pundits have criticised Manchester United following their 0-0 draw with Cambridge United last night, however, that result looks respectable now as Man United are the highest ranked team left in the competition!
Let’s start off with the team at the top of the Premier League losing to the team 7th… in League 1! Bradford City performed one of the biggest upsets in football history, as they won 4-2! at Stamford Bridge!
Chelsea were cruising after goals from Gary Cahill and a well worked goal from Ramires put Chelsea 2-0 up before Stead scored what looked like a consolation goal on 41 minutes to make it 2-1 to the Blues at the break.
Perhaps Chelsea were a bit too casual in the second half so you’d think Chelsea would wake up when Morais scored to make the scores 2-2, but they didn’t so they were punished when Halliday made it 3-2 to Bradford with 7 minutes of normal time to go. They found out they would have to play 7 more as added time- more than enough for Bradford’s Yeates to make it 4-2.
Bradford sail on to the fifth round as I go on to Manchester City’s loss to Middlesbrough.
City had only lost 4 times at home this season and were, understandably, full of confidence. Following what was quite a boring first half, City fell asleep, especially Joe Hart and Fernando as Patrick Bamford (on loan from Chelsea) capitalised on a mistake from the two players and slid in and got a nick on it from a yard out, to make it 1-0 to Middlesbrough.
Middlesbrough held on until the dream became even more unreal as Garcia Martinez made it two for the team in red as they march straight into the 5th round.
Alan Pardew has started off well in the job as Palace manager and he carried on that way winning 3-2 at the St.Mary’s, home of Southampton.
Southampton striker Graziano Pelle got the Saints off to a good start scoring after 9 minutes but the lead didn’t last too long when Marouanne Chamakh scored two minutes later. The tables turned once again as Palace defender, Scott Dann scored an unfortunate own goal.
Former Arsenal striker, Yaya Sanago scored for Crystal Palace after 21 minutes to make it 2-2. 18 minutes later Chamakh scored again for Pardew’s men to make it 3-2 to the Eagles at half time. By comparison, the second half was quite tame, with the game finishing Southampton 2-3 Crystal Palace.
In the other matches Liverpool drew 0-0 with Bolton and Sunderland drew 0-0 with Fulham. Blackburn beat Swansea 3-1 and Leicester City beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1.
Could this open up a gap for Manchester United to win a trophy this year after a trophy-less season last time out?
Dylan, YJA Football Correspondent (Primary)
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