Sunday’s F.A. Cup review

Yesterday saw another five F.A, Cup third round ties played, including three of the Premier League’s top 4 teams.

The big shock of the afternoon was at Anfield, where League Two team Plymouth Argyle held a young Liverpool team to a goalless draw. Even with Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, throwing on first team regulars, Sturridge, Allana and Firmino, in the second half couldn’t stop the League Two team earning a reply.

Over at an empty Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff opened the scoring early against visitors Fulham, when an Anthony Pilkington free kick was deflected past the Fulham keeper. Stefan Johansen equalized moments later, but it was left to 16-year-old Ryan Sessegnon to give the Londoners the lead just before halftime to give them a 1-2 lead that they failed to increase in the second half.

Up in the North East, Premier League side Middlesbrough made it into the fourth round draw, despite playing the last 30 mins with 10 men against championship side Sheffield Wednesday. With all the action coming in the second half, it took until the 58th minute for Leadbitter to open the scoring, only for Daniel Ayala to get sent off moments later. But even with a man down, Middlesbrough were too strong and further goals from Nedredo and an injury time strike from De Roon gave them a 3-0 win.

High off the back of their midweek victory against Chelsea, Tottenham rested Alli, Kane and Eriksen for the visit of Aston Villa. With Villa looking to slow the game down and frustrate, Tottenham struggled to find any rhythm and left it late before making sure they were in the next round draw. It took a goal from Welsh international defender Ben Davies, with his first for the club, to give Tottenham the lead. This was doubled 10 minutes later when Sissako found Heung-min Son who converted the chance from 12 yards out.

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