In a season, that started late due to the ongoing Covid situation, this year’s FA Cup third round got under way, pretty much as per usual.
Marine, Chorley and Stockport are three sides from Non-League football and have done brilliantly to get this far.
At time of writing, Lancastrians Chorley shocked the footballing world with a 2-0 win against Championship side Derby.
Upon further reflection, it can be argued that this result for Chorley, isn’t that much of a shock due to The Rams’ first team squad being depleted . This has been due to a Covid outbreak in the East Midlands side first team.
The fourth round and fifth round draw, will be taking place later on today. Manchester United who are one of the most successful teams in the FA Cup , put their name into the hat for round four with a hard-fought 1-0 win against Championship play-off chasing Watford.
Despite The Hornets having plenty of good moments in the game, Watford weren’t able to fashion too many good chances and can arguably see this as a chance lost in getting to round four.
Holders Arsenal, beat Newcastle 2-0, to carry on their recent good form. The Gunners left it late, and they need Extra Time to get through.
Andy Carrol had a great chance in normal time for The Magpies , but the striker missed a chance, which can only be described as a sitter.
West Brom, are still yet to win under new Head Coach Sam Allardyce, after his West Brom side were beaten on penalties by League one side Blackpool.
Fellow Premier League strugglers Sheffield United won for the first time in six months, after they beat League two side Bristol Rovers 3-2.
There’s plenty more action to commence later today, with matches including Marine vs Tottenham, Newport vs Brighton and Manchester City vs Birmingham.
Here at ayyazmalik.com, we will be providing a round up of today’s matches this evening. See you then!