Cambridge and Kidderminster committed major murders in the FA Cup this weekend.
The PA news agency takes a look at five things we’ve learned from action.
FA Cup is still magic
The magic and romance of the Cup is alive and well. Cambridge topped the list of headline makers with a resounding win at Newcastle on Saturday. For the visitors, who finished 16th in League One, it proved to be a famous afternoon as they booked a place in the fairy tale in the fourth round, with goalkeeper Dimitar Mitov making a fine save to maintain the lead given to them. . by Joe Ironside. Elsewhere, non-league Kidderminster came from behind to dump Reading, Huddersfield won at Burnley and Nottingham Forest knocked out Arsenal. National League leaders Chesterfield scored at European champions Chelsea, while Morecambe and Shrewsbury led Tottenham and Liverpool respectively.
Cade Gordon makes an impact
At 17 years and 96 days, Gordon became Liverpool’s youngest ever goalscorer in the competition when he swung a brilliant equalizer in front of Kopp in a 4–1 victory. Gordon stepped into Mohamed Salah’s position on the right side of Liverpool’s front three. A challenging prospect, perhaps, but one liked by the confident and direct forward. The goal was a memorable moment for the highly-rated player, who was described as a “fire in his shoes” by Liverpool assistant manager Pep Legenders.
Arsenal’s trophy expected to rest on League Cup
Arsenal’s only chance for silverware now is in the Carabao Cup when a late strike from Luis Graban stunned Mikel Arteta’s side as Nottingham Forest knocked the Gunners out of the competition again. Arsenal, 14-time winners, produced a disgruntled performance it got what it deserved, with Forrest more than matching the visitors to continue their upward curve under Steve Cooper. Four years earlier, managerless Forrest defeated the Gunners 4–2 in the third round as Arsene Wenger’s reign came to a dismal conclusion. Without European football and the momentum in the Premier League title race, it now puts heavy pressure on Arsenal’s League Cup semi-final against Liverpool.
Take the Chelsea Cup Seriously
With the tie against Chesterfield in between the Carabao Cup semi-final games, and a busy Christmas schedule behind, Thomas Tuchel would have been forgiven for resting many of his star players. However, despite being ranked 91 between the two teams in the football pyramid, the Chelsea boss held the National League leaders in high regard by fielding a side that included Hakim Ziyech, Christian Pulisic, Timo Werner, Romelu Lukaku, Matteo Kovacic, Callum Hudson Were. -Odoi and Saul Nigge, showing how seriously they take the competition.
Newcastle need a striker
With Callum Wilson injured, it fell to Alain Saint-Maximin to lead the line against Cambridge. But the Frenchman isn’t a natural replacement—even if he’s enjoyed an independent role midway through under predecessor Steve Bruce. Jacob Murphy and Ryan Fraser also carried the spell but Mitov was in good form and Newcastle didn’t really look like getting back in the game. Yasser Al-Rumayun, Amanda Staveli and Mehrdad Ghodousi were all watching from the directors’ box and would have noted that bringing in a striker this month should now be a priority.