Man United and West Ham feature in pick of FA Cup 3rd round shocks
Nick Murphy | 4 January 2018
Do you remember these shocks?
The FA Cup is a competition synonymous with famous giant killers stories.
Who could forget Ronnie Radford’s goal against Newcastle United in 1972, or Sutton United knocking out holders Coventry City at Gander Green Lane in 1989?
They’re just two of the famous stories that make third round weekend one of the most memorable in the calendar.
The Coral News Team have picked out the biggest results from the third round stage over the past decade.
Nottingham Forest 5-0 West Ham United, 2013-14
Sam Allardyce played the kids for West Ham’s visit to Nottingham Forest. It was a decision which proved to be a huge mistake. The Hammers were second best from the off and went behind on 12 minutes as a result of Djamel Abdoun’s penalty.
Forest were dominant throughout but didn’t add to their tally until the 65th minute. Jamie Paterson fired in from the angle to make it 2-0. The 23-year-old then scored two more in quick succession to complete a 14-minute hat-trick. Winston Reid’s own goal finished off a woeful afternoon for the Londoners in the East Midlands.
Stevenage 3-1 Newcastle United, 2010-11
Stevenage famously held Newcastle to a 1-1 draw at home in the 1997-1998 FA Cup. They went one better in 2011 as the Borough breezed past the Toon Army 3-1.
After a first-half dominated by the visitors, Stevenage took control early in the second-half. Mike Williamson scored an own goal to make it 1-0 before Michael Bostwick lashed home a strike off the post. United pulled one back in injury time, but the League Two side restored their two-goal lead a minute later through Peter Winn.
Liverpool 1-2 Reading, 2009-2010
After being held 1-1 by Reading in the initial tie, Liverpool were expected to make light work of their Berkshire visitors in the replay at Anfield. But things did not go to plan for Rafael Benitez’s side.
Despite dominating for large periods, the Reds only had the lead courtesy of Ryan Bertrand’s own goal from Steven Gerrard’s cross. Reading fashioned plenty of opportunities of their own and got their reward in the most dramatic fashion.
With 94 minutes gone, Yossi Benayoun brought down Shane Long in the box to gift the Royals a penalty. Gylfi Sigurdsson tucked the spot-kick away to send the game to extra-time.
As the game entered its 110th minute, Reading struck again. Brynjar Gunnarsson’s cross was nodded home by Long as the visitors put out the seven-time winners.
Manchester United 0-1 Leeds, 2009-10
Leeds sprung a huge shock at Old Trafford to knock out three-time reigning Premier League champions Manchester United. It was the first meeting between the two sides since 2004.
A tight game was decided by Jermaine Beckford’s 19th-minute goal. The striker latched onto a long-ball over the top before tapping it past Tomasz Kuszczak for a shock 1-0 lead. Simon Grayson’s side held on for 70 minutes to ensure United were on the wrong end of their biggest upset in the FA Cup since they were knocked out by Bournemouth in 1984.
Everton 0-1 Oldham, 2007-08
Gary McDonald was the hero as League One Oldham Athletic dumped Premier League Everton out in the third round at Goodison Park. David Moyes’ men started brighter but were soon on the back foot against an adventurous Latics side.
With the first-half petering out to a 0-0 draw, McDonald struck. The Scotsman picked the ball up 30-yards-out before unleashing a shot which flew over Stefan Wessels and into the back of the net. Yakubu almost levelled things up for the Toffees late in the second-half, but his strike cannoned off the bar and away to safety.
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