Southampton, knocked out holders Arsenal with a 1-0 win against The Gunners. South Coast club Southampton, who last won the FA Cup in 1976, were full value for their win against an Arsenal side who have been in good form of late.
The visitors were missing star forward Pierre Aymerick Aubameyang due to personal reasons, just couldn’t live with the home side’s attack intent in the first half. The Saints were full value for their win, and for visitors Arsenal this was their first loss in seven, and the first time they have conceded in over 500 minutes of football.
A trip to Molineux against Wolves awaits for Ralph Hassenhutl’s men, where they will fancy their chances. Wanderers, who have been struggling in the league, edged out non-league Chorley who put up a spirited showing in their fourth round game on Friday night.
The Midland club, have now addressed one of their weaknesses in a key area, by signing striker Jose Willian from Spanish side Real Sociedad. So maybe Southampton, won’t have it all their own way in this one.
Elsewhere in the Saturday games there were big wins for West Ham and Swansea City respectively. Premier League side West Ham, who have been impressive this year, and find themselves in seventh, faced a Doncaster Rovers team who are chasing promotion in League One.
Rovers were always going to be up against it, especially how well the East London side have played this season. Any chances of an upset were quickly dispelled as early goals from Pablo Fornals and Andriy Yarmolenko, helped the home side to a 4-0.
The other high scoring game of the day was between Swansea and Nottingham Forest. The Swans, who are flying high in the Championship, took their confidence into this one, and were simply too good for their Championships visitors as they steam rolled them 5-1.
Goals from Liam Cullen and Matt Grimes, effectively ended this game as a contest. The shock of the day was at Oakwell where midtable Barnsley defeated runaway Championship leaders Norwich 1-0.
To end my round up, the final game of the evening saw League two Cheltenham take on Premier League giants Manchester City. The League two side, looked set to cause an all mighty upset after they took the lead through Alfie May.
Town, battled really hard and kept out their illustrious opponents until 81 minutes. Phil Foden, who had some chances earlier in the game, finding the equaliser. Goals from Gabriel Jesus (84) and Ferran Torres (90+4) added further gloss on the scoreline, that arguably flattered the visitors.
Manchester City, will play Swansea in the next round. That’s my FA Cup round up, Sunday’s games will also be covered here on ayyazmalik.com.