What a weekend of FA Cup football that was? It pretty much had the lot, didn’t it?)
Upsets, thrashings, red cards, VAR nonsense and even pitch invasions.
Shame it had to end really…
THE KNEE-LY MAN
It was inevitable that after a very difficult week for Brighton’s Glenn Murray he would come on against Middlesbrough and score a late winner.
And so it was that Muzza was in the right place at the right time for the ball to bang off his knee and send the Seagulls through to the next round.
That, for the record, is the third goal he’s scored this season with his knee.
There can be fewer more prolific patellas in the modern game.
Much gnashing of teeth on Saturday when West Ham’s Arthur Masuaku was sent off for spitting against Wigan.
On BT Sport, pundit Dean Saunders was properly disgusted and maintained that when he was playing he would rather have had his leg broken in a potentially career-ending tackle and spend nine months out of the game than be spat at by an opponent.
Funny but I know what I’d rather have.
THE WAITING GAME
In the time it took Craig Pawson to consult the VAR and award Liverpool a penalty in their FA Cup game against West Brom on Saturday evening, I not only managed to make a cup of tea and squeeze in a trip to the loo but I also managed to redecorate the living room and grow a full beard too.
And they said VAR wouldn’t interrupt the flow of the game.
Anybody know why Chelsea are looking for a striker – any striker! – during the transfer window?
Just look at Michy Batshuayi. The bloke can’t stop scoring.
Another two goals yesterday took him into double figures for the season despite starting only 11 games this term.
And get a load of this. He’s now been at Chelsea for 18 months and in that time he averages more than a goal for every 90 minutes he’s spent on the pitch.
Yeah, but that Ashley Barnes…
In the aftermath of Manchester City’s win in Cardiff, Pep Guardiola complained again about referees failing to protect his players after Joe Bennett put Leroy Sane out for up to a month.
Not that Bluebirds boss Neil Warnock cared.
“He’s in England, isn’t he? What do you expect?” he said.
“I suppose when you’re like that, you want everything to be nice and pretty, but you don’t get that in England.”
Or Wales for that matter Neil.