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Saturday FA Cup Round up

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!

Rangers, within Range of title after Old Firm win

Rangers, took a massive step towards winning this year’s Scottish Premier League, with a battling 1-0 win over arch-rivals Celtic, which opens up a 19 point lead at the top of the Scottish Premier League (all be I having played three games more).

The Gers have been in sensational form this year, domestically and in Europe.

In fact the 2-0 defeat in quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup against St Mirren, has been the sole blemish in what has been a relentless season of excellence.

Steven Gerrard’s side coming into this game, have conceded just five goals in 22 games this season.

Not to downplay the impact the Gers have had at the other end of the table (56 goals scored before Celtic game) , but in a game like Saturday’s early game, their water-tight defence proved crucial here.

It was more to the performance of goalkeeper Alan McGregor, who made several world class saves, most notably the save from Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths, whose effort he tipped on the post.

The Hoops, had the better of the first half, and McGregor was called upon many times in the first half, as The Bhoys knowing that they needed to win this game, started the game the better.

Rangers, who have stormed to the top of the table, playing scintillating football along the way, have struggled in recent games, but unlike games of previous seasons, have been able to grind out results.

Saturday’s game against Celtic was a fitting example of that. This win for Rangers, sees the Ibrox outfit open up what appears to be a 19 point unassailable lead and arguably looks to have stopped their arch rivals winning their 10th domestic title in a row.

Rangers are quite the party poopers.