Good afternoon, everybody, and apologies for the delay in getting this up. A mixture of crashing laptop (twice!) and screaming child. Anyway, it’s FA Cup Third Round Day, so let’s quickly bring you up to date. Last night, Exeter City and Liverpool drew 2-2 at St James Park, and in this lunchtime’s match Wycombe Wanderers have been held to a 1-1 draw at home by Aston Villa.
So, where do we fancy an upset today, then? Well, from a personal perspective, I wouldn’t much want to be a Bolton Wanderers supporter today. Mired at the bottom of the Championship, a gazillion squillion pounds in debt, and this afternoon away against the only non-league team left in the competition, Eastleigh. And not only THAT, but Eastleigh are well-placed in the National League, having lost just once since the 10th October… nah, I wouldn’t much like the look of that, myself. Elsewhere, Wolves have been in decent form of late and my fancy an upset at West Ham United, and Bournemouth may have one eye on the Premier League this afternoon, but would a failure on their part to beat Birmingham City be much of a shock? Probably not.
Oh, it’s three o’clock already. Kick off time!
In lieu of anything of any great interest having happened elsewhere thus far, here’s a news story from lunchtime. Sounds like an argument that Micah Richards can’t win, to me.
We have a goal! Phew, thought that might never happen. Peterborough United 1-0 Preston North End after seven minutes, Samuelson the scorer.
(In Spain, by the way, Lionel Messi has scored for Barcelona against Granada, a team which, I am choosing to believe, is entirely made up of present and former members of the Coronation Street cast, with Tony Wilson in goal.)
*Sigh* Franchise lead at Northampton, thanks to an own goal from Ryyyyyyyyyyan Cresswell. I’m presuming that Northampton supporters don’t treat that as a local derby.
Peter “What would you be if you weren’t a professional footballer? A virgin” Crouch gives Stoke City the lead at Doncaster Rovers, (I always associate that interview question and answer with him now.)
Oh, HELLO. It’s Arsenal 0-1 Sunderland at The Emirates Stadium, a goal after seventeen minutes from Lens. In focus today, then? Eh? Lads?
A goal in another all Premier League match, this time at Carrow Road. Manuel Pellegrini has had the luxury of picking a strong team for Manchester City at Norwich City, and Sergio Aguero has given them the lead there.
Lionel Messi has slipped the ball passed Albert Tatlock – ask your parents, or more likely your grandparents – to give Barcelona a 2-0 lead against Granada.
Nottingham Forest lead Queens Park Rangers, in a match that sounds like a top division match from the past, by a goal to win. Ward the scorer.
Cupset goal update! It’s all square at The Keepmoat Stadium, where Nathan Tyson has leveled things up for Doncaster Rovers against Stoke City.
The lord giveth, the lord taketh away. It’s now Arsenal 1-1 Sunderland, an equaliser for Arsenal Kevin, no sorry, Sol, no sorry, Joel Campbell.
Three more goals – firstly, a surprise that might not be that much of a surprise, as Colchester United have taken the lead against Charlton Athletic, one of our crisis clubs du jour, whilst Crystal Palace lead at Southampton. Elsewhere, Manchester City have doubled their lead at Norwich with a goal from Iheanacho.
It took them just over half an hour, but they got their in the end. Thirty-one minutes in, and Arouna Koné has given Everton the lead against Dagenham and Redbridge.
Ten minutes to half-time, and there’s been a goal at the Riverside Stadium. Middlesbrough – now red hot favourites to get promoted to the Premier League at the end of this season – have scored through Fabbrini to lead Burnley – who were in the Premier League last season, not that anyone can remember this – by a goal to nil.
Another surprise Championship vs League One goal – Mantom has given Walsall the lead at Griffin Park, against Brentford.
Goal at St Andrews, and it is Birmingham City 1-0 Bournemouth. Goal after thirty-nine minutes from Michael Morrison. (See? Told you that this could be a surprise result that might not be a surprise, really)
It’s all going horribly wrong for Charlton Athletic today, they’re now two-nil down at Colchester United, whilst a Robert Snodgrass penalty has given Hull City the lead against Brighton & Hove Albion.
Two goals in just over a minute at Hillsborough, where it’s now Sheffield Wednesday 1-1 Fulham. Bannan giving Wednesday the lead, and Moussa Dembele equalising for Fulham. Talking of equalisers, lucky Premier League underdogs Bournemouth didn’t take long to claw back onto equal terms at Birmingham, their goal coming from Lee Tomlin. Troy Deeney has given Watford a 1-0 lead against Newcastle United at Vicarage Road, Burnley have equalised in stoppage time at the end of the first half against Middlesbrough, and Leeds United lead in the Steve Evans Derby against Rotherham United at Elland Road.
Its half-time just about now, so I’m off for a cold shower and a mug of Deep Heat. Back in fifteen minute for more FA Cup frolics.
Annnnnnd, we’re back. Here’s something. My wife bought some chocolate and chilli shower gel last week and I swear to God that it is the worst thing that I have ever smelt. Like a cross between mud and diarrhoea. There’s a bottle of mango shower gel in the bathroom, but I suspect I have to use the other one up first. Dilemmas. dilemmas.
Here’s the half-time scores in full, by the way:
Arsenal 1-1 Sunderland
Birmingham 1-1 Bournemouth
Brentford 0-1 Walsall
Bury 0-0 Bradford
Colchester 2-0 Charlton
Doncaster 1-1 Stoke
Eastleigh 0-0 Bolton
Everton 1-0 Dag & Red
Hartlepool 0-0 Derby
Huddersfield 0-0 Reading
Hull 1-0 Brighton
Ipswich 0-0 Portsmouth
Leeds 1-0 Rotherham
Middlesbrough 1-1 Burnley
Northampton 0-1 Milton Keynes Dons
Norwich 0-2 Man City
Nottm Forest 1-0 QPR
Peterborough 1-0 Preston
Sheff Wed 1-1 Fulham
Southampton 0-1 Crystal Palace
Watford 1-0 Newcastle
West Brom 0-0 Bristol City
West Ham 0-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers
The first FA Cup goal of the second half comes at Sixfields, where Northampton Town have levelled things up at 1-1 against South Buckinghamshire. There’s also an equaliser at St Mary’s, where Romeu has scored for Southampton against Crystal Palace.
Oh, Bolton Wanderers. Five minutes played in the second half and Eastleigh of the National League lead them by a goal to nil. Even worse for them, it’s an own goal from Dorian Dervite.
Elsewhere, Peterborough United now lead Preston North End by two goals to nil, whilst there have been two goals in a couple of minutes at Portman Road. Ipswich Town took the lead against League Two side Portsmouth, but an equaliser followed for Pompey through Kyle Bennett.
Meanwhile, a goal from Jonathan Walters means that Stoke City have retaken the lead against Doncaster Rovers. (If Mark Hughes is playing an under-strength team this afternoon, by the way, I think we’re entitled to call them “Diet Stoke”)
There’s been another goal at Sixfields, where Northampton Town have come from behind to lead the Sith by two goals to one. Meanwhile, replacing Albert Tatlock in goal with Eddie Yates hasn’t done Granada much good. Barcelona now lead by three to nil and Lionel “Most Inappropriate Man Of All-Time To Have A Sleeve Tattoo” Messi has gone and done a hat-trick.
In further Cupset news, Hartlepool United now lead Derby County by a goal to nil, whilst elsewhere Huddersfield Town have taken the lead against Reading.
Well, the fun didn’t last to long for Hartlepool United. Five minutes after they took the lead against Derby County, the Championship side have pegged them back to one apiece with a goal from Brian, sorry, JACOB Butterfield.
Two further goals from Premier League clubs. It took them a while, but West Bromwich Albion finally have the lead against Bristol City thanks to a goal from Saido Berahino (remember him?), whilst Crystal Palace have retaken the lead at Southampton thanks to a goal from Wilfrid Zaha.
There’s been a third goal at The Emirates Stadium. Arsenal now lead Sunderand by two goals to one, and it’s Aaron Ramsey who scored. Meanwhile, an equaliser for Bristol City at West Bromwich Albion, with a goal from Jonathan Kodjia.
Seems like it’s all over at the Emirates Stadium. Olivier Giroud makes it Arsenal 3-1 Sunderland. Meanwhile, Burnley now lead Middlesbrough by two to one and Sheffield Wednesday lead Fulham by the same scoreline.
Likewise at Carrow Road, where Kevin de Bruyne has scored a third goal for Manchester City against Norwich City.
Matej Vydra has equalised for Reading at Huddersfield Town. Worth pointing out that Eastleigh are still holding out with their one-nil lead against Bolton Wanderers at the Silverlake Stadium.
Northampton 2-2 in their match now. Elsewhere, a first goal of the match finally at Upton Park, and West Ham United lead Wolverhampton Wanderer by a goal to nil. It’s a first West Ham goal at Jelovic.
CUPSET KLAXON! West Bromwich Albion 1-2 Bristol City, and the goal has come with seven minutes to play from Kieran Agard.
Two more goals, both from teams who have dug themselves out of sticky situations this afternoon. Bournemouth now lead by two goals to one at Birmingham City, and Derby County now lead Hartlepool United by the same score.
MORE CUPSET NEWS! It’s now Ipswich Town 1-2 Portsmouth with five minutes to play, and Portsmouth’s goal has been scored by Connor Chaplin.
Three minutes left to play, and Darren Pratley has equalised for Bolton Wanderers at Eastleigh. CUPSET DENIED.
Meanwhile, Everton now lead Dagenham & Redbridge by two goals to nil, and there’s a cat on the pitch, apparently.
CUPSET also DENIED at Portman Road, where Ipswich have levelled things up against Portsmouth.
Another late possible winner, this time at Huddersfield, where Hal Robson-Kanu has given Reading a two-one lead. Leeds United seem to be home and dry, they now lead Rotherham United by two goals to nil.
CUPSET DENIED! A late, late, late goal at The Hawthorns, where James Morrison has levelled things up for West Bromwich Albion against Bristol City.
The cat on the pitch at Goodison Park was black and white, apparently.
I going to lay my reputation on the line and call this as the latest goal of the three o’clock kick-offs in the FA Cup. A late, late, late penalty kick has given Huddersfield Town a 2-2 draw against Reading. Is it my imagination, or are there a lot of 2-2 draws about today?
Okay, so there was one more goal, but it counted for nowt anyway. A late goal for Charlton pulled one back against Colchester United but it was an irrelevance anyway. The full-time whistle has already gone there and Colchester win by two to one.
Final scores, then:
Arsenal 3-1 Sunderland
Birmingham City 1-2 Bournemouth
Brentford 0-1 Walsall
Colchester United 2-1 Charlton Athletic
Doncaster Rovers 1-2 Stoke City
Eastleigh 1-1 Bolton Wanderers
Everton 2-0 Dagenham & Redbridge
Hartlepool United 1-2 Derby County
Huddersfield Town 2-2 Reading
Hull City 1-0 Brighton & Hove Albion
Ipswich Town 2-2 Portsmouth
Leeds United 2-0 Rotherham United
Middlesbrough 1-2 Burnley
Northampton Town 2-2 The Dark Side
Norwich City 0-3 Manchester City
Nottingham Forest 1-0 Queens Park Rangers
Peterborough United 2-0 Preston North End
Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 Fulham
Southampton 1-2 Crystal Palace
Watford 1-0 Newcastle United
West Bromwich Albion 2-2 Bristol City
West Ham United 1-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers
And that’s your lot. No major surprises, though there were certainly a couple of bigger clubs who will be breathing huge sighs of relief this evening – I’m looking at you, Bolton Wanderers and West Bromwich Albion – so eyes down for a full house tomorrow. Manchester United kick off against Sheffield United at five thirty, we’ll be back with this week’s 200% podcast this evening. Thanks for stopping by!