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The Giant Killers

Every F A cup slaying since 1888

Third round: January 3rd 2009

Attendance: 5,367

Scorers: Michael Nelson {49}, David Foley {76}

Ranked at the time: 177

Mid table third tier Hartlepool went into the game on the back of two Christmas hammerings and had parted company with manager Danny Wilson in mid December with Chris Turner picking the team on a caretaker basis. Tony Pullis meanwhile brought a makeshift Stoke side to Victoria Road, making seven changes from the side that had lost their most recent fixture at West Ham where team mates Ricardo Fuller and Andy O'Brien had sensationally come to blows with the former being sent off for his trouble. In a game moved to a 1 O'Clock kick off on police advice to avoid clashing with the nearby Middlesbrough versus Barrow tie there seemed little to worry Pullis as his side set about Pool in a solid professional manner with Sonko hitting the woodwork in the first five minutes. Pool survived the first half, despite losing two players through injury and in the second period the game was transformed when Michael Neson climbed above Sonko to head home Matty Robson's free kick {image left}. Stoke rarely threatened after that and it was no surprise when David Foley's long range effort won the tie fourteen minutes from time.

Hartlepool United: 21:Arran Lee-Barrett, 15:Anthony Sweeney, 5:Michael Nelson, 6:Sam Collins, 3:Richie Humphries, 8:Richie Jones, 7:Gary Liddle:, 12:Ben Clark, 19:Matty Robson, 18:Michael MacKay, 10:Joel Porter: Subs:2:Jamie McCunnie {on for Sweeney-17}, 17:David Foley {on for MacKay-33}, 11:Andy Monkhouse {on for Jones-90} Not used: Budtz, Power, Rowell, Tait

Stoke City: 1:Steve Simonsen, 21:Andrew Davies, 17:Ryan Shawcross,33:Ibu Sonko, 31:Carl Dickinson, 8:Tom Soares, 4:Seyi Olofinjana, 6:Glenn Whelan, 23:Michael Tonge, 24:Rory Delap, 15:Vincent Pericard, Subs:7: Liam Lawrence {on for Soares-54}, 12:Dave Kitson {on for Olofinjana-54}, 28:Andy Wilkinson {on for Davies-71}, Not used:Sorensen, Higginbottom, Diao, Abdoulaye Faye

Torquay United 1-0 Blackpool

Third round: January 3rd 2009

Attendance: 3,654

Scorer: Matt Green {32}

Ranked at the time: 127

Torquay were one of a record eight non lague sides taking their chance in the third round when they took on Championship Blackpool in the battle of the seasiders. The visitors were without the services of six loan players who had all returned to their clubs the previous day and arrived at Plainmoor under the guidance of caretaker Tony Parkes after Simon Grayson had left Bloomfield Road to take charge at Leeds the previous week. Torquay were the better side in the first half and took a deserved lead when Green picked up Steve Wood's long ball to fire past Rachubka {image right}. Blackpool were better in the second half but looked every bit a side who hadn't won in five attempts. Despite it being a huge cup upset for a team three divisions lower than their opponents it was perhaps a little sad that Torquay's efforts faded into the background on a day when two top flight sides were also sent crashing.

Torquay United: 20:Scott Bevan, 7:Lee Mansell, 4:Steve Woods, 16:Lee Hodges, 3:Kevin Nicholson, 15:Wayne Carlisle, 11:Nicky Wroe, 14:Chris Hargreaves, 10:Roscoe D'Sane, 8:Tim Sills, 17:Matt Green: Subs:12:Tyrone Thompson {on for D'Sane-90}, 9:Elliot Benyon {on for Green-90}: Not used:Robertson, Stevens, Adams, Ellis, Plummer

Blackpool: 1:Paul Rachubka, 2:Danny Coid, 6:Ian Evatt, 25:Shaun Barker, 37:Ian Harte, 10:Stuart Green, 4:Keith Southern, 14:David Fox, 11:David Vaughan, 23:Daniel Nardiello, 27:Ben Burgess, Subs:16:Claus Bech Jorgensen {on for Green-71}, 33:Dominic Morella {on for Nardiello-76}

Manchester City 0-3 Nottingham Forest

Third round: January 3rd 2009

Attendance: 31,869

Scorers: Nathan Tyson {38}, Robert Earnshaw {42}, Joe Garner {75}

Ranked at the time: 212

Manchester City went into this tie as the richest club in the world and with a seemingly bottomless pot of cash with which they were being inked with just about every in form player in Europe. So far their big money Brazillians had failed to spark the team into a side that looked like challenging the top four and insead City had spent Christmas in the bottom three. It was a day which started with great optimism for City fans as new signing Wayne Bridge was paraded in front of the fans before taking his place in the stands beside City's two best players, Robinho and the injured Stephen Ireland. When Shaun Wright-Phillips was then forced out of the game early on City began to look a very disjointed side and they were stunned by two quick goals before the interval. Firstly Micah Richards failed to deal with a long ball and managed only to tee it up for a stunning strike for Nathan Tyson and worse followed four minutes later when Worse followed minutes later when Pablo Zabaleta was easily disposessed near his own goal before Matt Thornhill saw his off target shot directed into goal by Robert Earnshaw. City left to a chorus of boos at the break and their second half performance did little to suggest a fightback was on as yet more comedy defending saw them fall further behind. This time it was the experienced German Didi Hamaan who inexplicably fired a throw in straight to the unmarked Joe Garner on the edge of the City penalty area for an opportunity the youngster made no mistake with. That was the cue for the home fans to start streaming out of Eastlands with many making their feelings know to the under fire manager Hughes on the way. Forest fans were a little more direct as they taunted the Welshman with chants of sacked in the morning.

Manchester City: 1:Joe Hart, 5:Pablo Zabaleta, 2:Micah Richards, 22:Richard Dunne, 3:Michael Ball, 11:Elano, 19:Gelson Fernandes, 33:Vincent Kompany, 8:Shaun Wright-Phillips, 20:Felipe Caicedo, 28:Daniel Sturridge Subs:12:Darius Vassell {on for Wright-Phillips-24}, 21:Dietmar Hamann {on for Fernandes-60}, 14:Jo {on for Caicedo-70}

Nottingham Forest: 1:Paul Smith, 5:Wes Morgan, 6:Ian Breckin, 7:James Perch, 4:Luke Chambers, 11:Paul Anderson, 8:Lewis McGugan, 15:Chris Cohen, 26:Matt Thornhill, 9:Nathan Tyson, 10:Robert Earnshaw, Subs:2:kelvin Wilson {on for Perch-17}, 16:Joe Garner {on for Earnshaw-73}, 14:Arron Davies {on for Tyson-81}

Portsmouth 0-2 Swansea City

Fourth round: January 24th 2009

Attendance: 17,357

Scorers: Nathan Dyer {26}, Jason Scotland {45-pen}

Ranked at the time:367

(image-Scotland is congratulated after scoring while Portsmouth's Sol Campbell and David Nugent contemplate a cupset)

Since winning the cup the previous May the cup holders had endured a difficult eight months which had seen their manager, Harry Redknapp, move to Tottenham and the clubs powerhouse midfield ripped to bits in the transfer market. New manager Tony Adams was left with a side which contained just three of the team that had started the cup final the previous May, with three others on the substitutes bench. Their errative league form, which saw them involved in one of the most wide open relegation battles in living memory saw them as great candidates for a cup upset against a Swansea side who went into the game as the form team in the second tier. Konstantopoulos was in masterful form to keep out the Pompey forward line before Nathan Dyer, a player on loan from Portsmouth's bitter rivals Southampton latched on to Jason Scotland's great through ball to fire the Swans into the lead. The tie was sealed right on half time in controversial circumstances when Gomez was brought down by Belhaj right on the edge of the penalty area. The Pompey players showed no complaint when referee Andre Mariner blew for a foul but were incensed when he signalled a penalty instead of the expected free kick. Jason Scotland calmly waited for the outcry to die before giving Swansea a clear lead at the interval. In the second half Pompey piled forward but were always liable to be caught on the break with Jason Scotland being denied a great chance to wrap things up when forcing a good save from James. At the other end though it was siege time as Konstantopoulos produced fine saves from Davis, Pennant, making his debut on loan from Liverpool, and Kabul, although he dropped the ball right at the feet of Kanu and was relieved to see the cup winning scorer fail to react quickly enough to prod the ball home. When he was beatn his woodwork came to the rescue as Peter Crouch struck the foot of a post late on.

Portsmouth: 1:David James, 20:Martin Cranie, 23:Sol Campbell, 15:Sylvain Distin, 39:Nadir Belhadj, 10:David Nugent, 22:Richard Hughes, 28:Sean Davis, 30:Armand Traore, 14:Jermaine Pennant, 9:Peter Crouch, Subs:27:Nwankwo Kanu {on for Nugent 46}, 7:Hermann Hreidarsson {on for Traore-46}, 3:Younes Kaboul {on for Hughes-84}, not used:31:Asmir Begovic, 16:Noe Pamarot, 17:John Utaka, 18:Arnold Mvuemba

Swansea City: 36:Dimitrios Konstantopoulos, 22:Angel Rangel, 2:Ashley Williams, 16:Garry Monk, 5:Alan Tate, 7:Leon Britton, 8:Darren Pratley, 24:Joe Allen, 14:Jordi Gomez, 9:Jason Scotland, 31:Nathan Dyer, Subs:18:Gorka Pintado {on for Allen-61}, 11:Mark Gower {on for Dyer-79}, Not used: 1:Dorus De Vries, 10:Andrea Orlandi, 17:Owain Tudor-Jones, 23:Guillern Bauza, 26:Albert Serran


Fourth round replay: February 3rd 2009

Attendance: 6,632

Scorers: {Burnley}: Wade Elliott {45}, Steven Thompson {52}, {88}: {West}: Gianni Zuiverloon {60}

Ranked at the time: 633

{Image right: Burnley celebrate Elliott's opener}

Burnley may well have been in the second tier against top flight Albion but the club's relative positions led many pundits to predict that victory for the Clarets would be no surprise. Promotion chasing Burnley were lying just outside the play-offs and had enjoyed an excellent run in the league cup, beating three Premiership sides along the way before losing in the dying seconds of their semi final against Tottenham. Albion were in the relegation zone and desperately short on confidence, especially after being held to a 2-2 draw in the dying seconds of the metting between the two sides at the Hawthorns, which brought the two teams back to Turf Moor. This was a night when most of the UK was under a blanket of some of the heaviest snow falls for decades but the north west had managed to avoid the worst of the weather to enable the game to go ahead with Albion manager, Tony Mowbray taking the gamble of leaving out six of the Albion side who had secured a vital league victory in their previous game. A disappointing attendance of just over 6,000 die hards turned up to see a largely uneventful first half in which The Clarets took the lead right on the stroke of half time when Wade Elliot volleyed home a long clearance upfield. An early second half strike from Steven Thompson left Albion in tatters but Albion responded to the setback strongly and deserved a goal back through Gianni Zuiverloon on the hour. It set up a nervous last half hour as the Baggies pressed forward in search of an equaliser before Thompson settled matters two minutes from time. Albion fans put on a brave face, stating a feeling of relief that they could concentrate on survival while Clarets fans looked forward to a possible fifth round clash with Arsenal, hoping that a cup run wouldn't scupper their promotion hopes.

Burnley: 12:Brian Jensen, 2:Graham Alexander, 4:Michael Duff, 6:Steven Caldwell, 3:Christian Kalvenes, 7:Kevin McDonald, 11:Wade Elliott, 16:Chris McCann, 20:Robbie Blake, 10:Martin Paterson, 30:Steven Thompson, {Subs}: 8:Joey Gudjonnson {on for McDonald-80}, 19:Jay Rodriguez {on for Paterson-90}, 27:Alex MacDonald {on for Thompson-90}, Not used: Penny, Carlisle, Akinbiyi, Mahon

West Bromwich Albion: 19:Scott Carson, 22:Gianni Zuiverloon, 30:Ryan Donk, 18:Pedro Pele, 4:Marek Cech, 14:Kim Do-Heon, 17:Graham Dorrens, 29:Jay Simpson, 20:Filipe Teixeira, 32:Marc-Antoine Fortune, 9:Roman Bednar, {Subs}:11:Chris Brunt {on for Simpson-36}, 2:Carl Hoefkens {on for Felipe Texieria-57}, Not used: Kiely, Robinson, Koren, Martis, Morrison


Fifth round replay: Tuesday February 24th 2009


Scorer: Leon Best {59}

Ranked at the time: 603

Next year: 2010

Last year:2008

Background image: Joe Garner scores Nottingham Forest's third goals at Manchester city

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