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The Giant Killers

Every F A cup slaying since 1888

The Giant Killers of


Leeds United

Third Round, Sunday, January 3rd 2010, Old Trafford, Manchester, Attendance: 74,526

1-0 @ Manchester United

Scorer: Jermaine Beckford {19}

Ranked at the time: 19

Manchester United;

On match day: 2nd in Premier League [top flight]

Final placing: 2nd

Form: Won two of the last five home games

Pedigree: Reigning World Champions

Champions League Semi finalists in each of the last three years, winning in 2008

Reigning triple League Champions, 11 titles in 18 years without finishing outside the top three.

F A Cup quarter finalists in six consecutive seasons, winners in 2004.

Reigning League Cup holders.

Team named at 45% of full strength. Missing six first team regulars. Estimated League place without these six players: 9th in Premier League. 

Leeds United

On match day: Top of League One [third tier]

Final placing: 2nd [Promoted]

Form: 15 games unbeaten in all competitions, 7 unbeaten away

League places difference: 43

Team named: Missing two first choice defenders

Liverpool 1-2 Reading {After Extra Time}

Third round replay: Wednesday January 13th 2010

Attendance: 31,063

Scorers: {Liverpool} Ryan Bertrand {o.g. 45} {Reading} Gylfi Sigurdsson {90 + 4} Shane Long {100}

Ranked at the time: 198

Today: Outside the top 100

{image left: Shane Long scores the winner}

{See Reading vs Burnley below}

Liverpool: 1:Diego Cavelieri, 5:Daniel Agger, 22:Imeliano Insua, 23:Jamie Carragher, 27: Philipp Degen {cautioned} {replaced by 37: Martin Skirtel 91}, 4:Alberto Aquilani, 8:Stephen Gerrard {replaced by 19:Ryan Babel 46}, 15:Yossi Benayoun, 21:Levia Lucas, 9:fernando Torres {replaced by 24:David Ngog 29}: Manager:Rafael Benitez

Reading: 1:Adam Federici, 5:Matthew Mills {cautioned}, 16:Ivar Ingimarsson {cautioned}, 24:Ryan Bertrand, 4:Kalifa Cisse {replaced by 34:Brian Howard 59}, 6:Brynjar Gunnarsson {cautioned}, 11:Jobi McAnuff, 20:Jem Karacan {cautioned-replaced by 9:Shane Long 81}, 25:Gylfi Sigurdsson, 18:Simon Church, 23:Grzegorz Rasiak {replaced by 14:Jimmy Kebe 65}: Manager:Brian McDermott

Reading 1-0 Burnley

Fourth round: Saturday January 23rd 2010

Attendance: 12,910

Scorer: Gylfi Sigurdsson {87}

Ranked at the time: 435

Championship strugglers, Reading looked to have blown their chance of beating Liverpool when they were pegged back in the first game at the Madjeski Stadium in front of the live ITV cameras. They were back for the replay at Anfield but against a Liverpool side desperate to silence their critics after a string of below average performances left them sitting outside the European qualification places and dumped out of the Champions League. Manager, Rafa Benitez was taking no chances and fielded his strongest side, including star names Fernando Torres and Stephen Gerrard and when the latter created the opportunity right on half time that went in off Reading defender, Ryan Bertrand, on loan from Chelsea, the tie looked done and dusted. Under caretaker manager, Bryan McDermott, The Royals came out for the second half determined not to go down fighting but still found themselves penned in for large periods of the second half, despite the fact the Reds were now missing their twin talismen of Torres and Gerrard, the former having limped off halfway through the first half and the latter also having to drop out injured at half time. Reading did start to see more of the ball in the last quarter of the game but their chance looked to have gone when Jobi McAnuff danced through the entire Liverpool half only to fluff his shot wide and miss what would have been a goal of the season contender. As the game moved into injury time Liverpool still looked a nervy outfit and Anfield was rocked when Reading's final attack of the game resulted in a soft penalty award from a challenge by Banayoun on Sigurdsson, which the latter kept his nerve to strike home and force extra time. ITV viewers were told the news would have to wait as a resurgent Reading had the audacity to take the lead in front of the Kop when Shane Long nodded Gunnarson's cross into the net. Liverpool huffed and puffed but the lack of spirit for which the side were often criticised remained and Reading had won at Anfield for the first time while Benitez got the dreaded vote of confidence. Reading already knew that top flight strugglers, Burnley lay in wait for a visit to the Madjeski in round four, though this time the live TV cameras were those of the FA themselves for a lunchtime kick off on fourth round day. The tie had a bit of history as the sides had met in the Championship play-offs semi final the previous year and the scale of Burnley's victory was measured in the contrasting fortunes of the two sides. While Reading were now faced with the very real prospect of relegation to League One, Burnley were fighting for survival among the elite. Reading dominated for long spells but seemed destined to be dragged back to Turf Moor for a replay until Gylfi Sigurdsson latched on to a late long ball to stroke the only goal of the game. Round five saw Reading take on promotion chasing West Bromwich Albion and required a replay and extra time to settle a five goal thriller and book a quarter final at the Madjeski against Aston Villa. The Villains were lying seventh in the top flight and were embroiled in a four horse race for the coveted fourth European Champions League spot but in three previous years under the guidance of their manager, Martin O'Neill they had never won a game in March. The March hoodoo had already started for Villa at Wembley of all places where they had lost the previous week's League cup final and they were easily second best in the first half against the Royals. The Sunday lunchtime live television audience were reminded before kick off that Reading's previous semi final had been back in 1927 but by half time they had one foot back there again as Shane Long had deservedly given them a two goal lead. The Madjeski was buzzing while the suspended Jobi McAnuff commented to ITV that he wasn't sure if he could watch the second half. If he did he probably regretted it after twelve minutes as a rampant Villa turned the game on its head, getting back into it after just seventy seconds, levelling five minutes later and taking the lead another six minutes after that. Reading recovered from their shell shock and came close to an equaliser on a couple of occasions but the tie was put beyond them by a last minute Villa penalty.

Reading: 1:Adam Federici, 5:Matthew Mills {cautioned}, 16:Ivar Ingimarsson {cautioned}, 24:Ryan Bertrand, 40:Andy Griffin, 6:Brynjar Gunnarsson {replaced by 14:Jimmy Kebe 75},11:Jobi McAnuff, 20:Jem Karacan, 25:Gylfi Sigurdsson, 18:Simon Church {replaced by 9:Shane Long 74}, 23:Grzegorz Rasiak {replaced by 36 Gunnar Thorvaldsson 83}: Manager: Brian McDermott

Burnley: 12:Brian Jensen, 2:Graham Alexander, 4:Michael Duff, 14:Tyrone Mears, 15:David Edgar, 7:Kevin McDonald, 8:Joey Gudjonsson {replaced by 10:Robbie Blake 85}, 11:Wade Elliott, 16:Chris McCann {cautioned}, 33:Chris Eagles {cautioned}, 30:Steven Thompson {replaced by 16:Martin Patterson 46}: Manager:Brian Laws

Wigan Athletic 0-2 Notts County

Fourth round replay: Tuesday 2nd February 2010

Attendance: 5,519

Scorers: Stephen Hunt {75}, Gary Caldwell {o.g. 78}

Ranked at the time:30

Wigan: 29:Vladimir Stojkovic, 5:Gary Caldwell, 7:Paul Scharner, 17:Emmerson Boyce [replaced by 20:Hugo Radallega 86], 19:Titus Bramble, 31:Maynor Figueroa, 10:Jason Koumas [replaced by 14:Charles N'Zogbia 61], 15:Jordi Gomez, 16:Scott Sinclair, 27:Mohamed Diame [replaced 24:James McCarthy 61], 9:Jason Scotland: Manager:Roberto Martinez

Notts: 23:Kasper Schmeichel, 4:Mike Edwards, 6:John Thompson, 17:Jamie Clapham, 18:Stephen Hunt, 8:Ricky Ravenhill, 10:Neal Bishop, 11:Ben Davies [replaced by 7:Matthew Hamshaw 90 + 1], 21:Johnnie Jackson, 9:Lee Hughes [replaced by 19:Luke Rodgers 73], 20:Craig Westcarr [replaced by 15:Karl Hawley 73]: Manager:Steve Cotterill

Crystal Palace 3-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Fourth round replay: Tuesday 2nd February 2010

Attendance: 10,282

Scorers: {Crystal} Danny Butterfield {62, 65. 68}:{Wolverhampton} Carl Henry {90}

Ranked at the time: 395

In the week when Crystal Palace went into administration and suffered a ten point penalty that left them sitting perilously close to the Championship relegation zone this was an unexpected delight for their fans against a Wolves side who rarely offered a serious challenge. After a goalless hour in which Palace had squandered several chances, the game suddenly exploded when emergency striker Danny Butterfield completed a hat-trick in just six devastating minutes. Starting with a close range header that had a fair suspicion of offside about it, Butterfield followed up with goals from his left foot and then right foot as Wolves simply capitulated. A Carl Henry consolation took some of the shine off the result but by then Palace fans were already thinking about how their travel plans for a live televised fifth round trip to high flying Aston Villa. 

Crystal: 1:Julian Speroni, 2:Nathanial Clyne, 3:Clint Hill, 17:Matthew Lawrence, 20:Danny Butterfield [replaced by 21:Kieran Djilali 88], 24:Claude Davis, 4:Shaun Derry, 7:Darren Ambrose, 8:Neil Danns, 10:Nick Carle [replaced by 28:James Comley 83], 19:Alan lee [replaced by 18:Calvin Andrew 74]: Manager: Neil Warnock

Wolverhampton: 1:Wayne Hennessey, 5:Richard Stearman, 6:Jody Craddock, 16:Christophe Berra, 23:Ronald Zubar, 27:Michael Mancienne [replaced by 14:David Jones 76], 32:Kevin Foley, 8:Karl Henry, 20:Nenad Milijas, 25:Geoffrey Mujangi Bia [replaced by 9:Sylvian Ebanks-Blake 59], 18:Sam Vokes [replaced by 19:Chris Iwelumo 58]: Manager: Mick McCarthey