The Giant Killers

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GIANT KILLERS

 

2013

Brighton & Hove Albion 2-0 Newcastle United

Third round: Saturday January 5th 2013

Attendance: 21,740

Scorers: Andrea Orlandi {33}, Will Hoskins {87}

Ranked at the time:591

A repeat of a fourth round cupset from the previous year as Brighton showed that lightening does strike twice, even if Newcastle were by now regarded as easily the Premier League's softest of targets. The Magpies hadn't won an away cup tie in six years and had been the victims of cupset exits in each of the previous two seasons. Add to that a shocking run of League form that had seen them win just twice in fifteen games and a squad horribly depleted by injury and the blow of losing their top scorer, Demba Ba to Chelsea in the transfer market in the week leading up to the tie and there was good reason why the bookies made Brighton favourites to win on the day. Gus Poyet's Brighton were on the fringes of the promotion play-offs and fielded a side containing Wayne Bridge, who had won every domestic honour in the game at Chelsea. Bridge himself laid on the opening goal as his cross was miscontrolled by Orlandi whose excellent second touch found the net [image above]. Newcastle rang the changes in the second half to try and give their huge travelling faithful something to cheer but the day went from bad to worse when Shola Ameobi was harshly given a second yellow card. The Magpies briefly threatened to set up a grandstand finish as they began applying pressure going into the last quarter but it was short lived as Brighton enjoyed the greater share of the closing stages and deservedly sealed the victory three minutes from the end through substitute Will Hoskins. Brighton's reward in round four was a home tie with Arsenal in a tie where the Seagulls came from behind twice only to be denied a replay in the dying minutes.

Albion:16:Casper Ankergren, 3:Gordon Greer, 6:Adam El-Abd, 28:Wayne Bridge, 4:Dean Hammond {replaced by 8:Andrew Crofts [83]}, 11:Andrea Orlandi {replaced by 25:Kazenga Lua Lua [60]}, 18:Gary Dicker, 21:David Lopez, 26:Liam Bridcutt, 9:Ashley Barnes, 12:Craig Mackail-Smith {replaced by 7:Will Hoskins [70]}

United: 21:Rob Elliot, 3:Davide Santon, 6:Mike Williamson, 14:James Perch {replaced by 36:Paul Dummett [46]} , 34:James Tavernier, 8:Vurnon Anita, 20:Gael Brigirimana, 25:Gabriel Obertan {replaced by 22:Sylvian Marveaux [70]}, 39:Mehdi Abedi {replaced by 30:Niall Ranger [46]}, 23:Shola Ameobi [sent off 62], 28;Sammy Ameobi

 

Luton Town 1-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Third round: Saturday January 5th 2013

Attendance: 9.638

Scorer: Alex Lawless {46}

Ranked at the time: 142

Town: 1:Mark Tyler, 2:Lathaniel Rowe-Turner, 3:Greg Taylor, 6:Janos Kovacs, 25:Ronnie Henry, 7:Alex Lawless, 14:Arnaud Mendy, J J O'Donnell {replaced by 13:Stuart Fleetwood [77]), 24:Jonathan Smith, 9:Jon Shaw, 27:Andre Gray {replaced by 10:Scott Rendell [90]}

Wanderers: 13:Carl Ikeme, 11:Stephen Ward, 14:Roger Johnson, 16:Christophe Berra, 32:Kevin Foley {replaced by 26:David Davis [75]} , 8:Karl Henry, 10:Bakary Sako, 24:Jamie O'Hara, 27:Anthony Forde {replaced by 7:Slawomir Pezko [67]}, 9:Sylvian Ebanks-Blake, 29:Kevin Doyle {replaced by 35:Jake Cassidy [68]
 
 

Third round: Saturday January 5th 2013

Attendance: 3,165

Scorers:  {Macclesfield} Matthew Barnes-Horner {85,86 pen}: {Cardiff} Nat Jarvis {57}

Ranked at the time:30

Town: 1:Lance Cronin, 5:Nat Brown, 22:Craig Braham-Barrett, 31:Carl Martin {replaced by 11:Peter Winn 66}, 34:Pablo Mills, 8:Kieran Murtagh, 17:Sam Wedgbury, 18:Charlie Henry {replaced by 7:Jack MacKreth 61}, 19:John Paul Kissock, 9:Matthew Barnes-Homer, 10:Amari Morgan-Smith  

City: 32:Joe Lewis, 2:Kevin McNaughton {replaced by 40:Luke Coulson}, 31:Ben Nugent, 35:Adedeji Oshilaja, 4:Filip Kiss {replaced by 45:Theo Wharton 72}, 19:Kadeem Harris {replaced by 38:Tommy O'Sullivan 64}, 21:Joe Rails, 37:Stephen McPhail, 42:Declan John, 9:Etien Velikonja, 33:Nat Jarvis
 
Sunderland 0-2 Bolton Wanderers

Third round replay: Wednesday January 16th 2013

Attendance: 17,505

Scorers:  Marvin Sordell {64-pen, 73}

Ranked at the time:352 A tie in which Bolton, relegated from the top flight the previous season, looked to have blown when they let a two-goal lead slip at New Burnden in the first game. The replay was a case of Sunderland blowing their big chance when a full strength team squandered a host of chances before Darren Pratley was brought down in the penalty area in Bolton's first meaningful attack. The resulting penalty was slotted home by Marvin Sordell. Ten minutes later and Sunderland were finished off by a second Sordell goal. A disappointed Sunderland boss, Martin O'Neill was laft lamenting his team's erratic form while Dougie Freedman looked forward to a home tie against Premier League Everton, which the Trotters ultimately lost to a last minute goal.  

Sunderland: 22:Simon Mignolet, 2:Phil Bardsley, 12:Matthew Kilgallon, 19:Titus Bramble, 8:Craig Gardner, 14:Jack Colback {replaced by 6:Lee Cattermole - 76}, 15:David Vaughan, 21:Adam Johnson {replaced by 7:Sebastian Larsson - 71}, 23:James McLean, 28 Stephane Sessegnon, 10:Connor Wickham {replaced by 9:frazier Campbell -71} 

Wanderers: 24:Andy Lonergan, 2:Tyrone Mears, 3:Marcos Alonso, 12:Zat Knight, 18:Sam Ricketts, 7:Chris Eagles, 20:Jay Spearing, 21:Darren Pratley, 25:Josh Vela [replaced by 22 Stuart Holden - 74}, 17:Benik Afobe {replaced by 27: Cung-Yong Lee - 70}, 19:Marvin Sordell [replaced by 14:Kevin Davies - 85}
   
 
Millwall 2-1 Aston Villa

Fourth round: Friday January 26th 2013

Attendance: 15,007

Scorers: {Millwall} Danny Shittu {27}, John Marquis {89}, {Villa} Darren Bent {22}

Ranked at the time: 677

The much forseen end to a terrible week of a terrible season for Aston Villa as they followed up on a shock defeat to League Two, Bradford in the League Cup Semi Final with another poor performance in the F A Cup. Sadly, as so often has been the case with Millwall, it would be events in the stands that would overshadow their evening as fans hurled bottles onto the pitch when the linesman flagged for a foul against the hosts. On the field the side had shown great determination to come from behind and kick off a stunning Fourth Round of cupsets, which saw the Lions themselves face the danger of being a victim in round five with a trip to Non League Luton. They crusied through that tie though and then saw off Championship rivals, Blackburn to book a trip to Wembley for a semi final clash with Premier League Wigan.   

Millwall: 1:David Forde, 3:Danny Shittu, 16:Mark Beevers, 25:Adam Smith, 27:Karleigh Osborne, 6:Liam Trotter, 14:James Henry, 15:Liam Feeney, 26:Nadjim Abodou, 9:John Marquis {replaced by 21:Jack Smith - 90}, 20:Andy Keogh {replaced by 22:Dany N'Guessan - 82},  

Villa: 1:Shay Given, 4:Ron Vlaar, 6:Ciaran Clark, 27:Joe Bennett, 30:Eric Lichaj, 34:Matthew Lowton, 10:Charles N'Zogbia, 15:Ashley Westwood, 16:Fabian Delph {replaced by 25:Barry Bannan - 39}, 9:Darren Bent, 26:Andreas Weimann {replaced by 21:Jordan Bowery - 81}
 
 
Queens Park Rangers 2-4 Milton Keynes Dons

Fourth round: Saturday January 27th 2013

Attendance: 17,081

Scorers: {Rangers} Jay Bothroyd {83}, Fabio {90}: {Dons} Armand Traore {own goal 4}, Ryan Lowe {40}, Ryan Harley {50}, Darren Potter {56} 

Ranked at the time: 378

QPR manager Harry Redknapp made nine changes from his struggling League side but still fielded an experienced team including seven full internationals as the bottom of the table R's faced third tier Milton Keynes. It proved to be a hugely embarrassing afternoon, which saw many R's fans heading for the exits with a third of the game remaining as their side slumped four goals behind. Two late goals did little to take the gloss of the Dons first major cup scalp in their history and book a fifth round tie with struggling Championship outfit Barnsley. There the cup hopes died as the Dons went down 1-3. 

Rangers: 1:Robert Green, 3:Armand Traore, 5:Anton Ferdinand, 20:Fabio, 21:Tal Ben Haim, 7:Park Ji-Sung {replaced by 25:Bobby Zamorra - 67}, 14:Esteban Granero, 32: Alejandro Faurlin, 12:Jamie Mackie, 37:Jay Bothroyd, 39:DJ Campbell   

Dons: 1:David Martin, 2:Jon Otsemobor, 3:Dean Lewington, 5:Gary MacKenzie {replaced by 20:Ryan Harley - 20}, 12:Adam Chicksen, 24:Antony Kay, 6:Shaun Williams, 8:Darren Potter, 11:Alan Smith {replaced by 23:Chris Lines - 75}, 9:Dean Bowditch {replaced by 21: Barnidelle Alli - 90}, 14:Ryan Lowe
 
 
Norwich City 0-1 Luton Town

Fourth round: Saturday January 27th 2013

Attendance: 26,521

Scorer: Scott Rendell {80}

Ranked at the time: 7

City: 13:Declan Rudd, 2:Russell Martin, 18:Javier Garrido, 20:Leon Barnett, 24:Ryan Bennett, 8:Jonny Howson, 11:Andrew Surman {replaced by 14:Wes Hoolahan -72}, 15:David Fox, 17:Elliott Bennett {replaced by 12:Anthony Pilkington - 77}, 10:Simeon Jackson, 37 Harry Kane {replaced by 9: Grant Holt - 46}  

Town: 1:Mark Tyler, 2:Lathaniel Rowe-Turner, 3:Greg Taylor, 6:Janos Kovacs, 11:Jake Howells, 25:Ronnie Henry, 7:Alex Lawless, 14:Arnaud Mendy {replaced by 17:J J O'Donnell - 78}, 24:Jonathan Smith, 9:Jon Shaw {replaced by 24:Scott Rendell -74}, 27:Andre Gray {replaced by 13:Stuart Fleetwood - 75} 
 
Leeds United 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Fourth round: Sunday January 28th 2013

Attendance: 29,943

Scorers: {United} Luke Varney {15}, Ross McCormack {50} {Tottenham} Clint Dempsey {58} 

Ranked at the time: 303

Leeds' hopes of promotion to the top flight were fading by the time they faced Champions League contenders, Tottenham in the fourth round of the cup. The visitors ensured that all of their big hitters were on the field and they did dominate large portions of the game but it was Neil Warnock's Peacocks who scored in either half to take control of the tie. Tottenham got back in the game just before the hour when Clint Dempsey headed in Gareth Bale's cross. Leeds weathered the closing secure the cupset but a trip to reigning League Champions, Manchester City in round five ended their cup ambitions. 

United: 12:Jamie Ashdown, 2:Lee Peltier, 4:Tom Lees, 7:Paul Green, 8:Rudolph Austin, 11:Luke Varney, 14:Aidy White, 17:Michael Brown, 25:Sam Byram, 21:El Hadj Diouf {replaced by 5:Jason Pearce - 90}, 44:Ross McCormack {replaced by 28:Davide Somma - 90}    

Hotspur:24:Brad Friedel, 5:Jan Vertonghen, 16:Kyle Naughton {replaced by 28:Kyle Walker - 66}, 32:Benoit Assou-Ekotto, 33:Steven Caulker, 2:Clint Dempsey, 6:Tom Huddlestone {Replaced by 19:Moussa Dembele - 59} 7:Aaron Lennon, 8:Scott Parker, 11:Gareth Bale, 22:Gylfi Siggurdsson {Replaced by 45: Jonathan Obika - 59}
 
 

Fourth round: Sunday January 27th 2013

Attendance: 10,295

Scorers: {Athletic} Matt Smith {2, 45}, Reece Wabara {48} Liverpool: Louis Suarez {17}, Joe Allen {79} 

Ranked at the time: 82

Athletic: 13:Dean Bouzanis, 3:Jonathan Grounds, 5:Jean Yves-Mvoto, 16:Cliff Byrne, 23:Reece Wabara, 4:James Wesolowski, 7:Lee Croft, 22:Youssouf M'Changama {replaced by 26:Carl Winchester -10}, 10:Robbie Simpson {replaced by 19:Dan Taylor -77}, 14:Matt Smith  {replaced by 29: David Mellor -84}, 20:Jose Baxter

Liverpool: 1:Brad Jones, 16:Sebastian Coates, 37:Martin Skrtel, 47:Andre Wisdom {replaced by 8:Steven Gerrard - 55}, 49:Jack Robinson, 14:Jordan Henderson, 24:Joe Allen, 31:Raheem Sterling {replaced by 33:Jonjo Shelvey -72}, 7:Louis Suarez, 15:Daniel Sturridge, 29:Fabio Borini {replaced by 19:Stuart Dowing -55}      

 
Arsenal 0-1 Blackburn Rovers

Fifth round: Saturday February 16th 2013

Attendance: 60,070

Scorer: Colin Kazim-Richards {72}  

Ranked at the time: 368

The suggestions of crisis and discontent grew ever stronger with this surprise defeat for Arsenal against a Blackburn side showing little sign of making a speedy return to the Premier League.Rovers weathered a storm from the home side who threw everything at them before Colin Kazim-Richards silenced Ashburton Grove with a strike eighteen minutes from time to send Michael Appleton's side through the the quarter finals. The draw was kind to Rovers as they avoided the remaining Premier League big guns to take a trip to fellow Championship club Millwall, where they earned a 0-0 draw. And when the semi finals say them paired with Premier League strugglers, Wigan, Rovers fans could take on very realistic dreams of a first Cup Final appearance since 1960. Unfortunately they took their eye off the ball in their replay and it was Millwall who booked their tickets to Wembley instead.  

Arsenal: 1:Wojciech Szczesny, 5:Thomas Vermaelen, 6:Laurent Koscielny, 17:Nacho Monreal, 2:Abou Diaby, 7:Tomas Rosicky {10:Jack Wilshire -70}, 8:Mikel Arteta, 15:Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain {replaced by 19:Santi Cazorla -70}, 22:Francis Coquelin, 12:Olivier Giroud, 27:Gervinho {replaced by 14:Theo Walcott -70} 

Rovers: 1:Jake Kean, 2:Bradley Orr, 3:martin Olsson, 16:Scott Dann, 31:Grant Hanley, 16:Jason Lowe, 12:Morton Gamst Pedersen,  14:Marcus Olsson {replaced by 35:David Bentley -63}, 17:Lee Williamson, 11:Jordan Rhodes {replaced by David Goodwillie -82}, 39:Colin Kazim-Richards