Saturday 21 May 2016
Fa Cup Review

FA Cup Review 2011

The 2010/11 FA Cup provided fans across the country with a number of thrills, spills, upsets and goals with ended with big spending Manchester City winning their first major trophy in 35 years. Below you will find a review of each round (starting from the third) all the way up to Final.

Third Round - Stevenage shock Newcastle

The FA Cup Third Round dished up two massive giant killings as Newcastle and Derby both fell victim to lower league teams. Stevenage ran out a deserved 3-1 winners against Newcastle whilst Conference side Crawley Town stunned Derby with a 2-1 victory at the Broadfield Stadium.

From the moment the third round draw was made the one game on everybody's lips was the titanic clash between the heavyweights Manchester United and Liverpool. Unfortunately the game didn't quite live up to the hype as a controversial Ryan Giggs penalty early on followed by Steven Gerrards sending off halfway through the first half ultimately killed the game off.

Another controversial penalty was awarded at the Emirates Stadium, which was duely dispatched by Arsenal's captain Cesc Fabregas as he saved his sides blushes to take Leeds United to a replay at Elland Road. Goals from Samir Nasri, Bacary Sagna and Robin van Persie gave the Gunners a convincing 3-1 win in the return fixture. Chelsea began their quest for a third successive FA Cup in style with an emphatic 7-0 win against sorry Ipswich.

Fourth Round - Everton stun Chelsea on penalties

All hopes of a third consecutive FA Cup win for Chelsea disappeared when they were beaten in their FA Cup Fourth Round replay against Everton at Stamford Bridge. The game went into extra time as neither side was able to make the break through in normal time. Frank Lampard's goal in the 103rd minute looked to have won it for the home side, but with just two minutes remaining Leighton Baines snatched a dramatic equaliser to take the game into penalties. Everton won 4-3 after Anelka and Ashley Cole both missed from the spot. This was remarkably Chelsea's seventh penalty shoot-out failure in their last eight attempts.

Elsewhere Crawley Town continued their dream run with a win at Torquay, Manchester United recovered from a goal down to beat Southampton and Arsenal scrapped past Huddersfield. Manchester City also progressed to the fifth round after an emphatic 5-0 win against Notts County.

Fifth Round - Manchester United end Crawley Town's magical run

Despite a brilliant battling perfomance against a strong Manchester United team Crawley Town's magical FA Cup run came to an end at Old Trafford. Wes Brown socred the only goal of the game, although Crawley nearly snatched a draw late on when David Hunt and Matt Tubs went close.

League One outfit Leyton Orient took Arsenal to a FA Cup Fifth Round replay thanks to an 89th equaliser from Jonathan Tehoue. The Gunners recovered at the Emirates running out 5-0 winners.

Quarter-Finals - Manchester United cruise past Arsenal

Manchester United comfortably beat Premier League title contenders Arsenal 2-0 at Old Trafford courtesy of goals from Fabio Da Silva and Wayne Rooney. The defeat meant Arsenal had now crashed of three major competitions in just two weeks.

Bolton beat Birmingham in a thriller at the Reebok Stadium. With the game hanging in the balance at 2-2 Bolton's Lee Chung-Yong nodded in the winner to seal his club's passage into the FA Cup semi-finals.

Semi-Finals - Man City stun Man United whilst Stoke thrash Bolton

Yaya Toure scored the only goal of what was a fiery semi-final between the Manchester clubs. Toure's goal shortly after the interval sends City into their first FA Cup Final in 30 years.

In the other semi-final Stoke City ruthlessly tore apart a below-par Bolton Wanderers. Goals from Matthew Etherington, Robert Huth, Kenwyne Jones and a brace from Jon Walters gave the Potters a deserved 5-0 victory. Stoke's match with Man City on 14th May will be their first ever appearance in the FA Cup Final.

FA Cup Final - Toure strike sinks Stoke

Yaya Toure's late left-footed strike won Man City the famous trophy for the first time since 1969. Man City full deserved the win as a lacklustre Stoke rarely threatened. Toure, who also scored the winner against Manchester United in the semi-finals, scored with 16 minutes left to play to cap off a fantastic week for the Manchester club, after they also guaranteed automatic promotion to the Champions League last Tuesday.