When there are heroes, there usually tends to be villains and the third round of the FA Cup this weekend was no exception. In a competition that is renowned for its shocks, magic and traditions, here are the villains of the cup at this early stage of the competition.
Fabio Da Silva
With the scores level between Manchester United and Swansea, Rio Ferdinand picked up an injury which meant he had to be substituted, meaning Fabio got a chance to show he was reliable, and a chance to impress. He did neither as he made an incredibly rash challenge on Jose Canas, less than five minutes after he had taken to the field.
One can understand putting a side that isn’t completely full strength when you have got such a big week coming up for your side in the form of a cup semi-final, and a big league game at the weekend. But Allardyce didn’t seem to do anything to at least keep the scoreline respectable as the Hammers were put to the sword by Nottingham Forest. A total disaster indeed.
With all the furore surrounding diving at the moment – especially coming out of Jose Mourinho’s mouth, you’d think Ramires would know better than trying to con the referee into giving him a penalty against Derby County. The best thing was the Chelsea midfielder’s reaction, which struck as if he was adamant he was tripped. He might need to look at the replay.
It looks as if his comments in the week in the FA Cup came back to bite him on the backside. Even though his side are precariously positioned in the Premier League – six points above the relegation zone – you’d think he’d want to carry on the momentum gained from his side’s win against Sunderland in the Premier League in the Cup. Not so, as League One’s Sheffield United dumped them out of the competition at Villa Park.
Harsh? Maybe, but you really shouldn’t hesitate on the halfway line with a side pressing you – which is precisely what the Tottenham left-back did as Tomasz Rosicky dispossessed him and put the game beyond doubt and put Arsenal through to the fourth round.
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