This weekend’s action in the FA Cup probably did not have the headline fixtures that the fifth-round draw has thrown up, but it did have its fair share of drama and heroes to go with it. So here is a look at the five heroes from the weekend in the FA Cup.
With Manchester City staring down the barrel of a shock exit at the hands of Watford, certain players needed to stand up and be counted, and Sergio Aguero did just that by scoring a terrific hat-trick as City turned things around at the Etihad Stadium to book their place in the fifth-round. They also maintained their 100% domestic record at home as a result.
An upset? You could argue that as Wigan Athletic, the holders, knocked out Crystal Palace at the DW Stadium. Having been pegged-back by the Eagles, James McLean surged forward and his low shot found its way into the back of the net. This was after Mclean had provided Ben Watson a neat cut back for the opening goal.
Oscar put in a terrific display against Stoke City, full of trickery, threat and terrific ability all round. His free-kick outfoxed the otherwise excellent Asmir Begovic in the Stoke goal to give to ultimately be the difference between the two sides. Where it not for the woodwork, it could have been more for the Brazilian.
Swansea are not having the best of times in the league, but in the cup they seem to be doing well thanks to Wilfried Bony. They trailed Birmingham City 1-0 until Bony’s introduction, who then came up with a brace to make sure the Swans avoided a banana skin and booked their place in round five.
A difficult game for Hull City against Southend who threatened to knock out the Premier League side. And with Hull missing their two new high-profile strikers in Shane Long and Nikica Jelavic, Fryatt stepped up and got both goals in the second half to ensure their passage into the next round.
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