The Giant Killers

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GIANT KILLERS

 

2014

Aston Villa 1-2 Sheffield United

Third round: Saturday January 4th 2014

Attendance: 24,038

Scorers: {Villa} Niklas Helenius {75}: {United} Jamie Murphy {20}, Ryan Flynn {81}

Ranked at the time:93

Villa: 13:Jed Steer, 14:Antonio Luna, 24:Aleksandar Tonev, [9:Niklas Helenius -60], 15:Ashley Westwood, 6:Ciaran Clark, 34:Matthew Lowton, 7:Leandro Bacuna, 16:Fabian Delph, 20:Christian Benteke, 12:Marc Albrighton, 10:Andreas Weimann ;Manager: Paul Lambert

United: 25:George Long, 29:Tony McMahon, 6:Matt Hill, 14:Stephen McGinn, 15:Neil Collins, 5:Harry Maguire, 7:Ryan Flynn, 8:Michael Doyle, 9:Chris Porter [32: Terry Kennedy -90+1], 11:Jose Baxter [17:Conor Coady -80], 23:Jamie Murphy [12: Shaun Miller -90+2], Manager: Nigel Clough  

Nottingham Forest 5-0 West Ham United 

Third round: Sunday January 5th 2014

Attendance: 14,397

Scorers: Abdoun {12-pen}, Patterson {61, 71, 79}, Reid {90}

Ranked at the time:497

With a League cup semi final against Manchester City laying in wait a few days after this tie, a huge injury crisis and a position three points adrift of safety in the Premier League relegation zone, Sam Allerdyce might have been forgiven for fielding a very weak team at Nottingham Forest, and for an hour he probably would have got away with a single goal defeat that the traveling Hammers fans may have been able to accept. But, a goal down in the fifty-fifth minute he took off two of the few experienced players he had and threw on yet two more virtually untried youngsters from his under 21 team. The results were catastrophic as the inexperienced Hammers were torn to shreds by a Forest team pushing hard for promotion to the Premier League. Allerdyce had been warned before making the changes by a Forest team that could easily have already been four or five up and created a host of other chances in the final half hour that were squandered. Still, five was good enough for the Forest fans. For West Ham, the humiliation of the whole sorry affair being played out in front of a live Sunday lunchtime TV audience, for hat-trick hero, Jamie Patterson, the humiliation of having a pink ball to take home.  

Forest: 1:Karl Darlow, 18:Gonzalo Jara, 2:Eric Lichaj {3: Dan Harding -58}, 10:Henri Lansbury, 16:Jamaal Lascelles, 25:Jack Hobbs, 39:Djamel Abdoun, 6:Guy Moussi, 15:Greg Halford {31:Simon Cox -75}, 11:Andy Reid, 21:Jamie Patterson {27: Matt Derbyshire -83}  Manager: Billy Davies

United: 13:Adrian, 7:Matt Jarvis, 23:Stewart Downing {36: Blair Turgott -64}, 27:Daniel Potts, 18:Alou Diarra {44: Reece Burke -55}, 39:Callum Driver, 31:Danny Whitehead, 35:Sebastian Lletget, 11:Modibo Miaga, 15:Ravel Morrison, 34:George Moncur {41: Matthias Fannimo -55} Manager: Sam Allerdyce

 

Wigan Athletic 2-1 Crystal Palace

Fourth round: Saturday January 25th 2014

Attendance: 9,542

Scorers: {Athletic} Ben Watson {36}, James McClean {78} : {Palace} Aaron Wilbraham {69}

Ranked at the time:705

{See Cardiff City vs Wigan Athletic below}

Athletic: 26:Ali Al Habsi, 24:James Perch, 22:Jean Beaujesour, 16:James McArthur {sub: 7:Chris McCann-80}, 17:Emmerson Boyce, 25:Leon Barnett, 15:Callum McManaman {sub: 32:Marc-Antoinne Fortune-74}, 8:Ben Watson, 29:Nicky Maynard {sub: 19:Nick Powell-74}, 18:Roger Espinoza, 11:James McClean, Manager:Uwe Rosler

Palace: 1:Julian Speroni, 3:Adrian Mariappa, 4:Jonathan Parr {sub: 21:Deam Moxey-46}, 12:Stuart O'Keefe, 5:Paddy McCarthy, 21:Damien Delaney, 13:Jason Puncheon, 31:Adlene Guedioura, 30:Cameron Jerome {sub: 16:Dwight Gayle-66}, 29:Maroune Chamakh {sub: 18:Aaron Wilbraham-66}, 46:Barry Bannon, Manager:Tony Pulis

 

Fulham 0-1 Sheffield United

Fourth round replay: Tuesday February 4th 2014 {After Extra Time}

Attendance: 10,139

Scorer: Shaun Miller {120}

Ranked at the time:98

Fulham: 13:David Stockdale, 46:Josh Passley, 35:Fernando Amorebieta, 28:Scott Parker {7:Steve Sidwell-69}, 5:Brede Hangeland, 33:Dan Burn, 8:Pajtim Kasami, 43:Muamer Tankovic, 20:Hugo Radallega {24:Ashkan Dejagah-59}, 32:Clint Dempsey, 11:Alexander Kacaniklic {16:Damien Duff-59}, Manager Rene Meulensteen

United: 1:Mark Howard, 4:John Brayford, 3:Bob Harris, {Matt Hill-90} 14:Stephen McGinn, 5:Harry Maguire, 15:Neil Collins, 7:Ryan Flynn, 17:Conor Coady, 9:Chris Porter, {11:Jose Baxter-75}, 21:Stefan Scougall, {12: Shaun Miller-97}, 23:Jamie Murphy, Manager: Nigel Clough  

Cardiff City 1-2 Wigan Athletic

Fifth round: Saturday February 15th 2014

Attendance: 17,153 

Scorers: {City} Fraizer Campbell {27} :{Athletic} Chris McCann {18}, Ben Watson {40}

Ranked at the time:740

{See Manchester City vs Wigan Athletic below}

Athletic: 26:Ali Al Habsi, 24:James Perch, 22:Jean Beaujesour, 7:Chris McCann, 21:Ivan Ramis, 17:Emmerson Boyce, 8:Ben Watson {sub: 4:Josh McEachran-58}, 18:Roger Espinoza, 14:Jordi Gomez, 15:Callum McManaman {Sub: 11:James McLean-67}, 32:Marc-Antoinne Fortune. Manager: Uwe Rosler    

City: 1:David Marshall, 28:Kevin Theophile-Catherine, 3:Andrew Taylor, 15:Magnus Wolff Eikrem {Sub: 13:Kim Bo-Kyung-78}, 4:Steven Caulker, 27:Cala, 29:Matts Moller Daehli, 8:Gary Medvel {sub: 19:Don Cowie-half time}, 10:Fraizer Campbell, 3:Jo Inge Berget {Sub: 16:Craig Noone-61}, 36:Wilfred Zaha. Manager:Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

 

Manchester City 1-2 Wigan Athletic

Quarter Final: Sunday March 9th 2014

Attendance: 46,824 

Scorers: {City} Samir Nasri {68}: {Athletic} Jordi Gomez {27}, James Perch {47}

Ranked at the time:342

When one top flight manager claimed that the cup was an annoyance to their Premier League campaign, a local newspaper asked over 5,000 Wigan fans if they would swap relegation for their great day out at Wembley the previous May when they won the cup. Not a single fan said they would rather have stayed up. The price for relegation though was the break up of that cup winning side with only four of the eleven that started at Wembley taking the field to face Crystal Palace,one of the sides that replaced them in the top flight. Their Wembley winning goalscorer, Ben Watson was also in the starting eleven and he yet again found the cup to his liking by breaking the deadlock. On a day bereft of cup shocks elsewhere, the cup holders ensured this minor upset got the headlines as they progressed to round five where another of the promoted sides, Cardiff were waiting. 1,500 Wigan fans formed part of a hugely disappointing crowd for what was the only Saturday afternoon kick off of the weekend. Watson yet again was on hand to score what proved the winner and ensure the Latics had recorded the best ever defence of the trophy by a team from outside the top flight and left them just one game away from yet another Wembley appearance. The draw appeared to be a cruel mistress as the Latics missed the other two lower division sides left in the hat to get the toughest tie on offer, a trip to title chasing Manchester City. For the City fans there was celebration as soon as the draw was made as it meant the revenge they so craved for their defeat at Wembley last year. For the Wigan players though there was a special mission to get back to Wembley as their cup final hero, not to mention cup run hero this season, Watson, had suffered a double leg fracture a few days after their fifth round victory at Cardiff. The expectation at Eastland's was huge as their manager, Manuel Pellegrini laid out his intentions for City to become the first club ever to win the domestic and European grand slam. Phase one, the League cup, was secured the previous Sunday and the buoyant City fans offered a warm welcome to their former hero, Uwe Rosler before the game. His team however were a little less welcome. Over forty thousand City fans were stunned to silence by a poor first half display, capped by Jordi Gomez's penalty after City's weak link, Martin Demichelis needlessly felled Fortune. Wigan fans expected a tough second half but it got off to a dream start when a lacklustre City back line allowed McArthur's cross to find James Perch to lash home from close range. City had already been two goals down once before in this cup run, coming back to beat Watford 4-2 in the fourth round so nobody was planning their trip to Wembley just yet, especially as City had destroyed most Premier League visitors to Eastlands this season. twenty-two minutes remained when City started a fightback as Nasri's shot found the net after going through the legs of a suspiciously offside looking Lescott. Scott Carson and his defenders were battered in the time that remained as City hit the post and also saw Dzecko denied a tap in from barely a yard out by a fantastic last gasp Emerson Boyce challenge. City's grand slam challenge and revenge mission was ended after six minutes of stoppage time as the Wigan fans planned a return to Wembley to face Arsenal with many pundits pointing out to those who saw the cup as a distraction that Wigan's league form had improved with the cup run to take them just one place outside the promotion play-offs on goal difference. Wigan's semi final opponents were overwhelming favourites to win the cup, despite a dip in form that saw them drop from title contenders to fifth and in serious danger of not even qualifying for the Champions League next season. The semi final at Wembley proved a dour affair, not least due to Wigan's failure to sell their allocation of tickets, meaning that this was surely the first time a cup semi final had been played in front of a less than capacity crowd for over a century. Even so, the Latics took the lead through a 63rd minute Jordi Gomes penalty and they were just nine minutes away from a history making return trip to the cup final before Arsenal forced the equaliser that ultimately booked them a cup final place via a penalty shoot-out.

City: 30 Costel Pantilimon, 2:Micah Richards, 22:Gael Clichy, 42:Yaya Toure {sub: 21:David Silva -53}, 26:Martin Demichelis, 6:Joleon Lescott, 15:Jesus Navas {sub: 10:Edin Dzeko -53}, 14:Javi Garcia, 16:Sergio Aguerro, 9:Alvaro Negredo {sub:7:James Milner -53}, 8:Samir Nasri Manager: Manuel Pellegrini 

Athletic: 1:Scott Carson, 24:James Perch, 3:Stephen Crainey, 7:Chris McCann {sub: 25:Leon Barnett -45}, 21:Ivan Ramis, 17:Emmerson Boyce, 15:Callum McManaman  {Sub: 11:James McLean-58}, 16: James McArthur, 32:Marc-Antoinne Fortune {sub:18:Roger Espinoza -66}, 14:Jordi Gomez. Manager: Uwe Rosler