FA Cup Third Round Review

If this year’s FA Cup Third Round has proved anything, it has proved that the supposed gap between the Premier League and the rest is nowhere near as great as many people would have you believe. Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, Everton and Birmingham City all fell to lower division opposition, whilst others such as Liverpool, Fulham and Derby County could do no more than force replays against teams that one might have thought that they would have brushed aside. Even a couple of the Premier League teams that did get through got massive slices of luck. Elsewhere, there’s still a non-league team in the draw after Swansea City could only draw at home against Conference South side Havant & Waterlooville, and Cambridge United led for a large part of their match against Wolverhampton Wanderers before losing to two late goals. First up, then, the giants that were slain. Everton made a mockery of their top six place in the Premier League in losing 1-0 at home to Oldham Athletic. Manager David Moyes was widely criticised for picking a weakened team for the match, to which he responded by saying, “It wasn’t a vastly weakened team at all. I felt it was strong. I would have expected the team I put out to have been good enough to win.”, all of which leads one to question why he doesn’t play...

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