Giroud, Boyce, and...? Five heroes from the FA Cup & Premier League this weekend

Olivier Giroud

Arsenal, Cardiff City, Hull City, Sheffield United and Wigan Athletic feature.

It was an incredible weekend for both the Premier League and the FA Cup as there were some eye-catching performances and results in both competitions.

It means that some teams have now lost the opportunity to lift a trophy this season, others are daring to dream and there’s pressure on sides in the title race whilst the relegation battle hots up.

So, here are our five heroes from this weekend in both competitions:

Emerson Boyce

You could pick several players from Wigan Athletic as they continue their love affair with the FA Cup by stunning Manchester City yet again in a repeat of last season’s final at the Etihad Stadium.

Uwe Rosler set the team up brilliantly, Jordi Gomez took a cool penalty, James Perch doubled their lead and a brave backs to the wall effort late on allowed them to survive the City onslaught.

But the big moment was when Boyce somehow managed to prevent Edin Dzeko equalise for the home side from four yards out – an outstanding block.

Olivier Giroud

Arsenal were involved in yet another tough encounter with Everton, and it was 1-1 when Giroud entered proceedings at the hour mark.

He gave the Toffees defence a nightmare for half an hour – though perhaps Mikel Arteta struck the crucial blow from the penalty spot, Giroud made sure the Gunners booked their place in the semi-finals with a quick-fire brace.

Nigel Clough

A hero not just for the weekend – but for the job he has done ever since he took the hot seat at Bramall Lane has been remarkable.

They were in relegation trouble in League One but now his side is looking up, and the weekend’s win over Charlton means that Sheffield United have won nine on the bounce in all competitions, allowing the Blades to dream of an improbable FA Cup triumph. 

Steven Caulker

When your side is in a relegation scrap, you need certain individuals to stand up and be counted, and Caulker did just that. However, you would have got pretty long odds on the Cardiff City defender scoring twice against Fulham in their 3-1 win which keeps their hopes of staying in the top flight very much alive.

David Meyler

Curtis Davies gave Hull City the lead in their cup tie against Sunderland but it Meyler’s goal that probably secured their passage to the semi-finals, and a massive chance for them to win a major trophy.

Not only did he keep his cool to double Hull’s lead in their 3-0 win, but he may have won the prize of best goal celebration this weekend, alluding to his altercation with Alan Pardew from the previous week.

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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