Try telling Newcastle or Ipswich fans that the magic of the FA Cup is alive and kicking.
Stevenage caused the shock of the round to knock out Alan Pardew’s Newcastle 3-1.
At the final whistle, defender Scott Laird must have thought Joey Barton was still in his vicinity as he celebrated a famous win; it must have come as a shock to learn that the fist which had just landed on his jaw came from a supporter of his own club instead. It soured an otherwise wonderful day for the Hertfordshire side.
Ipswich must have fancied their chances when they bowled up at Stamford Bridge – their confidence such that they didn’t even need a manager for the game.
They’ll now be really excited about their impending visit to The Emirates for the second leg of their Carling Cup semi-final.
That said, Arsenal were anything but impressive in their own tie, as Leeds came within a minute of emulating last season’s heroics at Old Trafford before Ben Parker opted to pull back Theo Walcott in the area and hope no-one would notice, allowing Cesc Fabregas to cancel out Robert Snodgrass’s earlier spot-kick. Walcott later admitted to diving a few seconds earlier in an attempt to win a penalty. An honest cheat.
Speaking of diving, Dimitar Berbatov ensured that Kenny Dalglish’s return as Liverpool manager was a lively affair. It took just 30 seconds for the Bulgarian to win the penalty that settled the tie.
Now that Liverpool fans have got what they finally wanted – Kenny Dalglish back in charge – it remains to be seen just what he can do with an average bunch of players plus Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard. Never mind that his last managerial experience was over a decade ago – King Kenny is back.