Get up to speed with everything you need to know from the third round of the Emirates FA Cup
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The world’s most magical cup competition was at it again over the weekend, with shocks, surprises and more making it one to remember.
While most Premier League clubs safely made it through to the fourth-round pot, Leicester City, Huddersfield Town and Fulham were all high-profile casualties against lower-league opposition.
Want to catch up on the biggest talking points? Read on for our round-up of the action…
1. Result of the weekend
Newport County 2-1 Leicester City
A whopping 74 places separate League Two Newport and Premier League big boys Leicester, but the FA Cup cares little for such gulfs in stature. Sunday’s drama-filled clash at Rodney Parade looked set for a replay after the Foxes clawed themselves back into the tie, before a late penalty from Pádraig Amond sent the Welsh club through. Never change, FA Cup. Never change.
2. Goal of the weekend
Andy Barcham (AFC Wimbledon) v Fleetwood Town
One of the games of the weekend also produced the goal of the weekend, thanks to Andy Barcham’s stunner against Fleetwood. With his back to goal and a defender clambering all over him, the striker flicked the ball up before turning and fizzing a volley into the top corner. Beautiful.
3. Performance of the weekend
Joe Willock (Arsenal) v Blackpool
Rewind to 12 months ago and 19-year-old forward Joe Willock was part of an Arsenal side that was humiliated 4-2 by Nottingham Forest in the third round of the FA Cup. On Saturday however, the electric-heeled teenager bagged himself a brace as the Gunners eased past Blackpool. His last Premier League appearance came back in April 2018, but on the evidence of this lively display, Unai Emery should be giving him another chance very soon indeed.
4. Manager of the weekend
Pete Wild (Oldham Athletic)
Oldham’s caretaker manager masterminded one of the biggest shocks of the weekend, as the League Two club defeated Premier League side Fulham 2-1 at Craven Cottage. What’s more, Wild is a lifelong Oldham supporter and has been working at the club for over a decade. Talk about a fairy tale story.
5. Brain freeze of the weekend
Andrew Fox (Grimsby Town) v Crystal Palace
If you’re a League Two club taking on a Premier League team, it’s probably best you keep all 11 of your players on the pitch. Grimsby defender Andrew Fox obviously didn’t get the memo at Selhurst Park on Saturday. With just a couple of minutes played, Fox earned himself a straight red card by lunging recklessly into Andros Townsend. It took a late goal from Jordan Ayew to eventually send the hosts through, but it was always going to be an uphill struggle for Grimsby after losing a man so early.
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