I thought I would have a look at some of last biggest shocks from last yearÂ’s competition.
Chelsea 2 -4 Bradford City
When Chelsea were 2-0 up through Gary Cahill and Ramires in the 4th round at Stamford Bridge the odds of League 1 Bradford winning would of been sky high but Bradford did upset the odds and scored 4 unanswered goals by Jon Stead, former Chelsea player Felipe Morais, Andy Halliday and Mark Yeates in a unbelievable comeback
Jose Mourinho said he was Â‘embarrassedÂ’ and it was a Â‘disgraceÂ’ but even he couldnÂ’t argue what The Bantams had achieved and they went onto the 6th round losing to Reading in a replay eventually.
Manchester City 0-2 Middlesbrough
In another 4th round tie this time at The Eithad, Championship side Middlesbrough upset the then current Premier League champions Man City 2-0
Boros goals came through on loan Chelsea man Patrick Bamford and Spaniard Kike added the 2nd late on as Man City went out to a Championship side for the 2nd year in a row
There had been arguments City werenÂ’t taking the competition seriously they only returned from a 5 day trip to Abu Dhabi the night before and if this did effect them Aitor KarankaÂ’s side certainly did take full advantage of it
Hartlepool 1- 2 Blyth Spartans
In this North East derby and 2nd round tie Blyth Spartans who were 3 divisions and 65 places below the League 2 side came from behind to earn a spectacular win at Victoria Park
Jonathan Franks had put Hartlepool in front 30 minutes in but second half goals from Stephen Turnbull and then corner shop worker and now Blackpool player Jarrett Rivers won the tie for the Spartans in the 90th minute
The result cost then Hartlepool manager Paul Murray his job as he was sacked the day after and as for the Spartans they went onto play Birmingham in the next round and they did go 2-0 up in this tie but sadly for them Birmingham came back to win 3-2 and end the Northumberland sides cup run
Southport 2- 0 Dagenham and Redbridge
These 2 sides were both struggling in there league seasons both near the bottom end of the table but it was Conference side Southport who put this too one side to dispose of League 2 Dagenham
Goals from John Marsden and Danny Hattersley earned them a convincing 2-0 win at Haig Avenue in a replay
The antics of Â‘The SandgroundersÂ’ in round 3 also got plaudits as Championship Derby cruelly scored a 90th minute winner at Pride Park to end SouthportÂ’s dreams.
Cambridge United 0 0 Man United
When League 2 Cambridge United drew giants Manchester United everyone thought it would be a walk over for United but that did not turn out to be as a starting 11 which cost not one penny held a Man United side worth 180 million to a 0-0 draw at The Abbey Stadium to earn a 4th round replay
You couldnÂ’t say they didnÂ’t deserve it either holding a side with Angel Di Maria, Radamel Falcao and David De Gea and having some chances of their own
The replay ended 3-0 to the Red Devils but The UÂ’s cant of been too upset as they earned the respect and money they wanted from the tie overall.
So what will the Â‘magic of the cupÂ’ bring around this year will there be any similar shocks or will it be straightforward for the bigger sides?
Source : DSG