2015/16 FA Cup 3rd Round Review

Watford 1 v 0 Newcastle United

This win makes it all-square in head-to-head FA Cup meetings between the two sides at two wins apiece. Newcastle have now failed to win in their last five FA Cup ties and have only won three Cup matches in the last 10 seasons. Watford’s last four FA Cup exits have been 4th Round, 3rd Round, 4th Round and 3rd Round, so it’ll be interesting to see if they can break that sequence by making the 5th Round for the first time in nine years.

West Ham United 1 v 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers

This third FA Cup meeting between these former winners went the same way as the previous two with a West Ham win. It’s the third successive season Wolves has been eliminated in the 3rd Round and is the sixth successive Cup tie the club has failed to win.

Hartlepool United 1 v 2 Derby County

Hartlepool went oh so close to causing an upset and maintaining their 100% FA Cup record over Derby, but in the end the Championship side prevailed. The defeat also means that Hartlepool just failed to match their best ever Cup run of reaching the 4th Round.

Colchester United 2 v 1 Charlton Athletic

This minor shock sees Colchester avenge their defeat in the only previous FA Cup meeting between these two sides 32 years ago. The victory takes Colchester into the 4th Round for the first time in 10 seasons, whilst Charlton are eliminated at the 3rd Round stage for the third successive time.

Peterborough United 2 v 0 Preston North End

This first ever FA Cup meeting between these two sides resulted in another minor shock resulting in The Posh making it to the 4th Round for the first time in eight years. With an opportunity of making the last 16 for the first time since 1986.

Arsenal 3 v 1 Sunderland

The historic FA Cup hat-trick is still on as Arsenal came from behind to progress to the 4th Round for the 20th successive time, the current longest streak of 3rd Round successes. The result also means it is now four wins apiece in head-to0head FA Cup ties between the two sides.

Birmingham City 1 v 2 AFC Bournemouth

Despite this being collectively the 220th season the two clubs had competed in the FA Cup it was actually the first time they had met in the competition. Both sides had made the 4th Round in each of the last two seasons, but it is the Premiership side who now make that a hat-trick. However, the Cherries have not been in the last 16 since 1989.

Sheffield Wednesday 2 v 1 Fulham

This was the fifth FA Cup meeting between the two sides and the fifth one to take place in the 3rd Round. This result now means The Owls are up three wins to two in head-to-head encounters. It’ll be the first time in eight seasons that Fulham won’t be appearing in the 4th Round.

Brentford 0 v 1 Walsall

Probably the biggest surprising result of the Third Round so far and the 1-0 scoreline has some kind of karma associated with it as that has been the scoreline in each of the three previous FA Cup meetings between the two sides, but always in the past with Brentford running out as the victors. Walsall now have the chance of equalling their best ever FA Cup run of reaching the 5th Round last achieved 13 years ago. For Brentford it is their third successive exit in the 3rd Round.

Manchester United 1 v 0 Sheffield United

Despite making hard work of seeing off a team from two divisions lower in the league hierarchy, Manchester United now have a four to one win ratio against Sheffield United in head-to-head FA Cup encounters. Although they have been a third tier side for each of the last five seasons, this defeat for The Blades means it is their worst Cup run during that time.

Everton 2 v 0 Dagenham and Redbridge

This first ever FA Cup encounter between the two sides went comfortably in the way of the Premier League side. The defeat for The Daggers means the club fell one round short of equalling their best ever Cup run.

Southampton 1 v 2 Crystal Palace

For the second successive season Palace knock Southampton out of the FA Cup. This was the seventh meeting between the two clubs in the competition and Palace has now won five of them. The club’s last three FA Cup exits have been 3rd Round, 4th Round and 5th Round so they will be looking to try to at least continue that upward trend.

Nottingham Forest 1 v 0 Queen’s Park Rangers

This is the one result that probably could have been predicted by anyone. Forest had beaten QPR in each of their three FA Cup meetings in the past, Rangers have never won at the City Ground in any competition, and the R’s recent FA Cup record is abysmal with only four wins in the last 19 seasons.

Doncaster Rovers 1 v 2 Stoke City

Premiership side Stoke City made it one FA Cup win apiece in ties between the two sides with this tight win. The club has now made the 4th Round in each of the last seven seasons. For Doncaster, it is their third successive exit in the 3rd Round.

Leeds United 2 v 0 Rotherham United

This two-nil win reflects the fact that Leeds are now two-nil up in FA Cup meetings between the two clubs. The result sees the West Yorkshire club into the 4th Round for the first time in three years, whereas Rotherham has now not gone beyond this stage of the competition for 14 years.

Middlesbrough 1 v 2 Burnley

Burnley came from behind to maintain their perfect record against Boro in the FA Cup with three wins out of three, and make it to the 4th Round for the first time in five years in the process. Boro now have the makings of an FA Cup trend having now gone out in the 5th Round, then 3rd Round, then 5th Round and 3rd Round in the last four seasons.

Norwich City 0 v 3 Manchester City

The biggest margin of victory in the Third Round so far sees Manchester City extend their lead over Norwich to three wins to one in head-to-head Cup ties. The defeat means Norwich has now exited the competition in the 3rd Round in each of the last three seasons.

Hull City 1 v 0 Brighton and Hove Albion

This win for Hull means they have levelled the head-to-head Cup score between the two sides to two wins apiece.

Oxford United 3 v 2 Swansea City

The shock of the Round so far sees Oxford United not only level their head-to-head meetings with Swansea City in the FA Cup, but also make it into the 4th Round of the competition for the first time this Century.

Chelsea 2 v 0 Scunthorpe United

Chelsea make it to the 4th Round of the FA Cup for the 18th successive time as they make it two FA Cup wins out of two against Scunthorpe United who equal their best Cup run in the last six years.

Cardiff City 0 v 1 Shrewsbury Town

This first ever FA Cup meeting between these two sides ended in a cup upset that sees Shrewsbury into the 4th Round for the first time since 2003. The club now has an opportunity to make the 5th Round where they haven’t appeared since 1991.

Newport County 1 v 2 Blackburn Rovers

Another first ever meeting in the FA Cup went, this time, the way of the higher league side, but The Exiles did set a new personal best in the competition since re-forming by reaching the 3rd Round.

Bristol City 0 v 1 West Bromwich Albion (after 1-1 draw)

The Baggies make it three FA Cup wins out of three over Bristol City with this tight win at Ashton Gate following a replay where West Brom equalised in the last five seconds of the match.

Milton Keynes Dons 3 v 0 Northampton Town (after 2-2 draw)

This win for Milton Keynes Dons means the club are just one round away from equalling the club’s best ever Cup run to the 5th Round, with just the small matter of Chelsea to overcome in Round Four.

Portsmouth 2 v 1 Ipswich Town (after 2-2 draw)

It’s three wins out of three for Pompey over Ipswich Town in the FA Cup to compound their opponent’s current abysmal record in the competition, being knocked out in the 3rd Round for the sixth successive season.

Aston Villa 2 v 0 Wycombe Wanderers (after 1-1 draw)

Aston Villa made hard work of it, but two late goals sees them through in the Cup with Wycombe having to console themselves of equalling their best Cup run in the last 15 years.

Bolton Wanderers 3 v 2 Eastleigh (after 1-1 draw)

The last Non-League club in the competition Eastleigh finally succumbed to Championship side Bolton Wanderers after two well contested matches. The Spitfires can be proud of setting a new personal best for the club by reaching the 3rd Round for the first time in the club’s history after 39 FA Cup campaigns.

Reading 5 v 2 Huddersfield Town (after 2-2 draw)

Reading beat Huddersfield in the FA Cup for the second successive season and the third time out of three FA Cup meetings. Huddersfield had led 2-0 in the replay, but then went down to 10 men opening the door for Reading to turn the tie around.

Yeovil Town 1 v 1 Carlisle United (after 2-2 draw) – Carlisle won 5-4 on penalties

Owing to a woefully missed penalty in injury time in the replay by Yeovil Town, it is Carlisle United who win this first ever FA Cup tie between these two clubs, to make it to the Fourth Round of the competition for the first time in 19 years.

Bradford City 0 v 0 Bury (after 0-0 draw) – Bury won 4-2 on penalties

After 210 minutes of open play without a goal it is The Shakers that finally triumphed on penalties not only making it two FA Cup wins to one against their opponents, but also progressing to the 4th Round for the first time since 2008.

Leicester City 0 v 2 Tottenham Hotspur (after 2-2 draw)

Tottenham Hotspur beat Leicester City for the 8th time in 11 FA Cup meetings.

Liverpool 3 v 0 Exeter City (after 2-2 draw)

Despite eventually going down to the Premier League side, The Grecians can hold their heads up high having had their equal best FA Cup run for 35 years, especially after having gone the last five seasons without a single victory.

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One thought on “2015/16 FA Cup 3rd Round Review”

  1. “Cardiff City 0 v 1 Shrewsbury Town – This first ever FA Cup meeting”… Shrewsbury Town have faced Cardiff City many times in the Welsh Cup. The first being in 1924. In 1976-77 the Welsh Cup Final was between Cardiff City and Shrewsbury Town.

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