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The Biggest Winners and Losers From the FA Cup Third Round

Monday 9th January 2017
One competition that offers teams from the lowest cadre of English football the opportunity to play for some prestige is the FA Cup. This year, the 32 teams who successfully negotiated the third round will progress to the next stage - where more hostility awaits. Briefly, we take a look at some of the biggest winners and losers from round three.

West Ham vs Manchester City

Manchester City was among the biggest winners of the third round; the Citizens were rampant against West Ham in the first fixture of the weekend. Pep Guardiola's men soundly thrashed their Premier League counterparts at the London stadium by a 5-0 scoreline.
Goals from Yaya Toure, David Silva, Sergio Aguero, John Stones and an own goal from Harvard Nordtveit ensured that Slaven Bilić's men were embarrassed out of the competition in mediocre style.

Manchester United vs Reading

Jose Mourinho's side have finally gotten into gear this season with eight wins in a row, the Red Devils are currently enjoying their best run of form in eight years. In the FA Cup third round fixture against Championship side Reading, Manchester United showed their superiority, as they pumped four goals past Jaap Stam's group at Old Trafford.
Wayne Rooney found the net for the opener to become a joint top scorer in Manchester United history, alongside Sir Bobby Charlton. Anthony Martial got the second and Marcos Rashford completed the rout with a brace – a big win for United and a heavy defeat for Reading.

Millwall vs AFC Bournemouth

One of the shocking results from the FA Cup round three was Millwall's defeat of Bournemouth. The underdogs from League One were clinical against their opponents from the Premier League, and more than deserved their victory.


Millwall certainly showed Bournemouth how to defend a three-goal lead, as they kept a clean sheet against a side doing considerably well in the Premier League.

Eddie Howe's men are humbled out of the competition in their first game by a lowly opposition, which must be bitterly disappointing for their fans, as they could've made a real run at getting far in this tournament.

Huddersfield Town vs Port Vale

Huddersfield Town progressed to the FA Cup Fourth round and did so in spectacular fashion, beating League One side Port Vale 4-0 at the John Smith's Stadium. The 4th placed Championship team made no mistakes in brushing aside Vale, as they booked a place in the hat for the draw which takes place later today. An emphatic victory for David Wagner's side.

Brentford vs Eastleigh

There was plenty of goals (6) to watch when Brentford locked horns with Eastleigh. In this case, however, Brentford were the ones doing the scoring – The Bees were 3-nil up inside the first 23 minutes, showing their huge superiority over their opponents from the National League.

Eastleigh, though,  managed to keep a clean sheet in the second half, but the damage had already been done in the first half – it ended 5-1 in favour of the 14th placed Championship side.

Chelsea vs Peterborough

The Premier League leaders were also big winners in the FA Cup Third round, condemning their lowly opponents from League One to a 4-1 defeat. The result was never in doubt. Chelsea was 2-0 up at half time, despite missing a host of chances.

Peterborough ensured that Chelsea didn't keep a clean sheet, but it was still a heavy defeat for The Posh .

Middlesbrough vs Sheffield Wednesday

Boro also picked up a comfortable victory to leap into the fourth round. Aitor Karanka's men did a clean job as they ensured there was no Premier League upset on their end – Middlesbrough scored three and kept a clean sheet at home to Sheffield Wednesday at the Riverside Stadium.
Kingsley Ukpai

Kingsley is a football aficionado who craves to read, watch, play and write about the greatest team sport ever known to man. If you're talking football he'll be keen to listen to what you have to say. Loves to play Fantasy Football too.

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