Last night saw the final game of the FA Cup Second Round, which means everyone now knows who’ll they have in the next round. The round where all the big boys join the competition. With last night’s 1-0 winners Plymouth Argyle over Newport County after extra-time being one of those teams to face a big name. Yes, Graham Carey’s penalty with eight minutes to go of the game sent his team through to face Liverpool at Anfield.
Plymouth might not have had to go to extra-time if Paul Garita had not taken and missed a first half penalty, in which regular penalty taker Carey may and probably should have taken. Garita wanted it though but the post got in the way. Plymouth were definitely the better team and had the better chances throughout the game, but most of those were just half-chances in what was a scrappy game. Well done to them though and Peterborough United the night before, who themselves are now off to play Chelsea in the 3rd Round after beating Notts County.
Overall the Second Round was excellent in my opinion, with some superb matches. The tie of the round for me though was the one I wanted to get to but couldn’t, Curzon Ashton vs AFC Wimbledon. Heartbreak for Curzon, 3-0 up with ten minutes to go and you lose 3-4, gutted for them. That’s the FA Cup though.
Some other notable games and standouts were Scott Kashket’s hat-trick, which helped his League Two side Wycombe Wanderers thump 10-man Chesterfield a 5-0. They’ll now play Stourbridge at home in a couple of weeks.
Cambridge United of League Two performed very well too, they thrashed Coventry City 4-0 at home with Luke Berry scoring all four goals. He actually got his hat-trick in the first half against a poor Sky Blues outfit. Cambridge’s reward is a home game against Leeds United.
Anyway, here is the full set of fixtures for the FA Cup 3rd Round, including their kick off times whether they’re on TV or not. I’ve not decided which game I’ll get to next so in the meantime I’ve highlighted all the potential games I could get to and as you can see below there are a fair few. A lot I can get to within the hour and then a handful more just over an hour or so away. Where do you think I should go next?
Friday 6th January 2017
West Ham United v Manchester City 19:55
Saturday 7th January 2017
Manchester United v Reading 12:30
Accrington Stanley v Luton Town 15:00
Barrow v Rochdale 15:00
Birmingham City v Newcastle United 15:00
Blackpool v Barnsley 15:00
Bolton Wanderers v Crystal Palace 15:00
Brentford v Eastleigh 15:00
Brighton & Hove Albion v Milton Keynes Dons 15:00
Bristol City v Fleetwood Town 15:00
Everton v Leicester City 15:00
Huddersfield Town v Port Vale 15:00
Hull City v Swansea City 15:00
Ipswich Town v Lincoln City 15:00
Millwall v Bournemouth 15:00
Norwich City v Southampton 15:00
Queens Park Rangers v Blackburn Rovers 15:00
Rotherham United v Oxford United 15:00
Stoke City v Wolverhampton Wanderers 15:00
Sunderland v Burnley 15:00
Sutton United v AFC Wimbledon 15:00
Watford v Burton Albion 15:00
West Bromwich Albion v Derby County 15:00
Wigan Athletic v Nottingham Forest 15:00
Wycombe Wanderers v Stourbridge 15:00
Preston North End v Arsenal 17:30
Sunday 8th January 2017
Cardiff City v Fulham 11:30
Liverpool v Plymouth Argyle 13:30
Chelsea v Peterborough United 15:00
Middlesbrough v Sheffield Wednesday 15:00
Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa 16:00.
Monday 9th January 2017
Cambridge United v Leeds United 19:45