Shocks aplenty as Sunderland, Newcastle and Blackpool all succumb to lower opposition in the 3rd round of the greatest cup competition. Alan Pardew put the Magpies defeat purely down to fatigue; an excuse that doesn’t hold much weight given the quality and depth of their squad compared to their hosts. Manchester City will be hoping to avoid a potential banana skin this afternoon, when Mancini faces his former boss, Sven Goran-Eriksson.
In the papers this morning there have been a mixed bag of stories that includes Samir Nasri looks set to extend Arsenal contract; Kenny Dalglish calling for unity, while Spurs are keen to take Beckham on a permanent basis.
Dalglish calls for unity – Sky Sports
Johnson launches attack on ‘clown’ Merson – Guardian
Walcott apologises for diving – Daily Telegraph
Spurs keen to take Beckham permanently – Daily Telegraph
Football advisor Kia drives into Toon – People