The magic of the cup lives on. Some have questioned whether the FA Cup still had a sparkle to it, but the fourth round of the competition this weekend has proved that it is still the most incredible competition in English football.
Friday night’s shock set the tone as League 2 side Cambridge United held Manchester United to a 0-0 draw, forcing a replay at Old Trafford.
But Saturday’s round of fixtures went one better as Chelsea, Manchester City, Tottenham and Southampton were all eliminated from the FA Cup at home.
Here are some of the best pictures from a thrilling days action:
Chelsea 2–4 Bradford City
Premier League leaders Chelsea lost their first home game of the season to League One outfit Bradford City, despite going ahead 2-0 in front of their own fans. Bradford are 49 places lower than Chelsea in the English football pyramid but you wouldn’t have known as they produced what was arguably the biggest shock in FA Cup history by coming from two goals down away from home to win 4-2.
Manchester City 0–2 Middlesbrough
An shock of equal proportions was seen in Manchester as the reigning Premier League champions lost at home to Championship side Middlesbrough. City dominated the first half but some incredible defending kept Boro in the game, before they went on to win it with two second-half strikes, leaving the home fans in disbelief.
Blackburn Rovers 3–1 Swansea City
Another Championship side that overcame Premier League opposition were Blackburn Rovers, who progressed to the fifth round with a 3-1 win against a Swansea team that ended the game with nine men. The Swans poor run continues but Blackburn will be delighted with the result.
Tottenham Hotspur 1–2 Leicester City
Leicester City gained revenge for their home defeat against Spurs on Boxing Day by knocking the eight-time winners out at White Hart Lane. An early Andros Townsend penalty looked set to send Tottenham through but two goals in seven minutes at the death ensured Leicester remained in the hat for the fifth round draw.
Southampton 2–3 Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace’s jaw dropping revival under Alan Pardew continued at Southampton as they came from behind twice to win the game 3-2. The Saints currently sit in third in the Premier League but their hopes of an FA Cup run are gone as the high flying Eagles soared on.
Liverpool 0–0 Bolton Wanderers
Liverpool were held at home by Championship outfit Bolton and will face a tricky replay at the Macron Stadium now. The Reds produced several chances but an inspired defensive display from Bolton keeps them in the competition for now.