I’m getting sick of people who say that the FA Cup is dead or dying. All you had to do was watch the Tottenham Hotspur against Leeds United match on Saturday and you would have walked away convinced that the tournament is very much alive and kicking.
In a tremendously exciting game, Leeds United held their own against an almost full-strength Tottenham side. The football was good from both sides with Leeds having plenty of chances to score, while Tottenham came close on many occasions. But at the end of the day, the game ended 2-2 with an injury time penalty kick from Jermaine Beckford to force a replay at Elland Road, which Leeds United players and supporters will fancy their chances of beating the mighty Spurs.
By scoring both goals for Leeds United, Beckford increased his chances that even more Premier League clubs will be trying to sign him before the January transfer window closes the week after next.
Fair play to Leeds United, Tottenham Hotspur and both sets of supporters who created an incredible atmosphere at White Hart Lane.
In the earlier game, I watched Reading’s 1-0 victory against Burnley in a game that didn’t come alive until the second half. But Reading were deserving of their win and will now enter the pot for the fifth round of the tournament.
Watching Accrington Stanley against Fulham was a joy to watch especially seeing how well the Lancashire club battled and how the game looked like it was in slow-motion at times on the wet, muddy pitch. Near the end of the game, Fulham maintained complete control against the tired legs of Stanley, and ended up 3-1 winners.