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The Giant Killers

Every F A cup slaying since 1888

The Giant Killers of


Oxford United

Third Round, Sunday, January 10th 2016: 11,673

3-2 vs Swansea City

Scorers: Liam Sercombe {45 pen}, Kemar Roofe {49, 59}

Swansea City: Jefferson Montero {23}, Bafetimbi Gomis {66}

Ranked at the time 53

Oxford: 1:Sam Slocombe, 2:George Baldock, 5:johnny Mullins, 6:Jake Wright, 3:Joe Skarz, 11:Alex MacDonald {replaced by 15:Callum O'Dowda-71}, 8:Liam Sercombe, 18:John Lundstram, 28:Chris Maguire, 20:Ryan Taylor {replaced by 10:Danny Hylton-80}, 4:Kemar Roofe {replaced by 9:Patrick Hoban-80}. Manager: Michael Appleton

Swansea: 13:Kristoffer Nordfelt, 32:Liam Shephard, 27:Kyle Bartley, 2:Jordi Amat, 14:Franck Tabanou {replaced by 35:Stephen Kingsley-60}, 24:Jack Cork, 21:Matt Grimes {replaced by 58:Modou Barrow-76}, 11:Marvin Emnes, 8:Jonjo Shelvey, 20:Jefferson Montero, 18:Bafetimbi Gomis. Manager:Alan Curtis


Fifth Round, Saturday February 20th 2016, Att-19,566

3-1 vs West Bromwich Albion

Scorers: Paul McShane {59}, Michael Hector {72} Lucas Piazon {90 +3}

West Bromwich Albion: Darren Fletcher {54}

A clash of two teams who really had little else to play for as both seemed to have enough of a cushion over their respective relegation zones to ensure they could both make a solid pitch at a cup run. No surprises that both sides fielded as strong a side as they could but few pundits were tipping it to be a classic with Reading having failed to score in their two previous games while Albion had followed up a fortuitous penalty shoot-out victory at Peterborough in the previous round with a freakish victory where they surrendered a whopping thirty-four shots on their goal yet somehow managed to secure a single goal win. It was just five years since Reading's last giant killing act, also against West Brom but such is the speed of change in 21st Century squads that the Royals could field none of that day's starting eleven in the current side. Reading were the better side in a poor first half but their giant killing hopes looked to be disappearing when Darren Fletcher opened the scoring for Albion. The home side's response was both excellent and exquisite. Paul McShane made up for a poor first half miss by levelling against his former employers, heading in from a free kick before Michael Hector proved that Albion hadn't learned any lessons, doing exactly the same with eighteen minutes remaining. Albion did press to try and save their cup run and should have equalised twice before being finally undone in stoppage time when the Brazilian, Lucas Piazon slotted home the clincher with his first, and only touch of the ball after coming on as a time wasting sub. A bad day for Albion turned unsavory when a dejected Chris Brunt made his way towards his own fans to offer up his shirt by way of apology for their cup exit when he was hit in the face by a coin thrown from the Albion fans. A furious Brunt had to be restrained while a section of the traveling support singled out the culprit and handed him over to the stewards.

Reading: 26:Ali Al Habsi, 2:Chris Gunter, 5:Paul McShane, 35:Jake Cooper, 11:Jordan Obita, 9:Hal Robson-Kanu, 6:Oliver Norwood, 8:Michael Hector, 21:Stephen Quinn {replaced by 17:Lucas Piazon-90+3}, 10:Deniss Rakels {replaced by 20:Ola John-59}, 31: Simo Cox {replaced by 7:Matej Vydra-59}. Manager: Brian McDermott

Albion: 1:Ben Foster, 4:James Chester, 6:Jonny Evans, 3:Jonas Olsson, 11:Chris Brunt, 29:Stephane Sessegnon, 24:Darren Fletcher, 30:Sandro {replaced by 20:Alex Pritchard-82}, 14:James McLean {replaced by 10:Victor Anichebe-82}, 18:Saido Berahino, 33:Salomon Rondon: Manager:Tony Pulis

Footnotes and might have beens

Three teams overcame sides three divisions above them in the First Round of the cup. Seventh tier Chesham United won 1-0 away at fourth tier Bristol Rovers, eighth tier Northwich Victoria won a replay 2-1 at fifth tier Boreham Wood to be the only side from their level to reach the Second Round and seventh tier Salford City beat former cup winners, fourth tier Notts County 2-0.

Champions, Chelsea faced two banana skins but overcame both comfortably, 2-0 against third tier Scunthorpe and 5-1 at second tier Milton Keynes on their way to the quarter finals

Surprise Champions elect, Leicester bowed out of the competition in an all Premier League tie in round three.