West Ham 1 – Arsenal 2 (FA Cup 3rd round, January 3, 2010) (Longer highlights here.)Â West Ham took the lead in first half injury time, Alessandro Diamanti beat the Arsenal offside trap to latch on to a Kovac through ball and the Italian prodded the ball past the onrushing Lukasz Fabianski and into the bottom right-hand corner. Early in the second half Arsene Wenger brought on Diaby and Nasri as he signalled to his charges to step up their game, and the message was answered in the 78th minute as a classic Gunner pass-pass-pass attack was finished off by Aaron Ramsey. The north Londoners took the advantage three minutes later, Eduardo da Silva beat Upson in the air to get on the end of a Vela cross and plant a stunning header in the top corner from about 12 yards out.
Manchester United 0 – Leeds 1 (FA Cup 3rd round, January 3, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) The FA Cup burst back into life after 18 minutes at Old Trafford when United fell behind to arch-rivals Leeds, Johnny Howson released a sublime 50-yard ball over the top that cut out Wes Brown and fell perfectly for serial-goalscorer Jermaine Beckford at the Whites striker calmly slipped the ball past Kuszczak. (First half highlights here.) United continued to woefully under-perform in the second half, and they were lucky not to fall further behind when Beckford dragged a shot narrowly wide and when Snodgrass cracked a free-kick against the post. Specific mention also has to be made for an unbelievably awful performance from Dimitar Berbatov who was virtually anonymous (yet again).
Mike Phelan’s post match interview, admitting the defeat as a “major blow,” can be heard here.
Chelsea 5 – Watford 0 (FA Cup 3rd round, January 3, 2010) Daniel Sturridge started and finished the scoring as Chelsea produced a five-star showing against their Championship opponents. An own goal from John Eustace, a deflected effort from Florent Malouda and a thunderous finish from Frank Lampard were sandwiched in between Sturridge’s brace as Chelsea dominated from the start.
Tranmere 0 – Wolves 1 (FA Cup 3rd round, January 3, 2010) Wolves showed their Premier League superiority in the 77th minute, Nenad Milijas spotted a massive hole in the Scouse defence and weighed a perfect pass through to Matt Jarvis who slammed his shot past Luke Daniels from about 16 yards.