Non-league duo Lincoln City and Sutton United both caused big upsets to reach the fifth round of the FA Cup at the weekend.
Danny Cowley’s Lincoln, who got the better of Championship side Ipswich in round three, came from behind to defeat second tier leaders Brighton 3-1 at Sincil Bank, with goals from Alan Power and Theo Robinson, as well as an own goal from Fikayo Tomori, securing a memorable win for the Imps.
They are joined in the last 16 by fellow National League outfit Sutton, who avenged an FA Cup fourth round defeat to Leeds United back in 1970 with a wonderful 1-0 success over Garry Monk’s men on Sunday.
It’s not just these two that cause big upsets though, as Oxford United comfortably swept aside Championship high-flyers Newcastle 3-0 at the Kassam Stadium, while there were excellent victories for Millwall and Fulham on Sunday, beating Premier League duo Watford and Hull respectively.
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool suffered a third successive defeat by going down 2-1 at home to Wolves on Saturday, but the other five of the Premier League’s top six made it through to round five, with only Tottenham coming close to an upset as they needed a last-gasp Son Heung-min goal to edge past League Two outfit Wycombe 4-3 at White Hart Lane.
So, in what was a thrilling weekend of cup football, many took to social media to express their views on the matches, and unsurprisingly it was Lincoln and Sutton who came in for the greatest credit on Twitter…
— Gaz Kirkby (@gazkirkby) January 29, 2017
— Dave Rooke (@RedWimp) January 29, 2017
— Liam J. Richner (@LiamJRichner) January 29, 2017
— Tony McDowell (@mcdowell_tony) January 28, 2017
— Terry (@TMacReturns) January 29, 2017
— Lee Fergusson (@LeeFergusson) January 28, 2017
— James Robertson (@jrillo) January 29, 2017
While Liverpool and Leeds fans reacted with disappointment as their side’s exited the competition with laboured displays against Wolves and Sutton respectively…
— Mattski (@scaredangryman) January 28, 2017
Well that was embarrassing #lufc, need a big performance Wednesday or no point in putting the side we did out today
— Shaun Moffat (@Smoffatlufc) January 29, 2017
For the first time in a while I'm speechless on #LFC performance. Senior players need to start earning their salaries on Tuesday.
— Kevin Hughes (@nklilbot) January 28, 2017
I think there is a case to refund all #lufc fans who travelled to Sutton that was a woeful performance
— Michael dowling (@Michaeldowlin14) January 29, 2017
Elsewhere, Oxford caused a big upset by knocking out Newcastle, with U’s fans thrilled but Magpies supporters frustrated after a 3-0 win for Michael Appleton’s men…
What a performance that was!! #oufc
— Dom Gurden (@Dom_Gurden) January 28, 2017
That win from the mighty yellows' is easily the performance of the day! Fair play to those who travelled to. Onwards & upwards lads #OUFC
— Steve Harris (@Bomberharris77) January 21, 2017
— Minty (@minty_9) January 28, 2017
Absolute disgrace of a team Rafa put out yesterday , an insult to fans who went and an insult to Oxford . The FA cup is dead #NUFC
— The Reverend Ween (@IcedWeen) January 29, 2017
While on Sunday, League One side Millwall beat Walter Mazzarri’s Watford to the delight of many Lions supporters…
— Steve Sallis (@stevensallis) January 29, 2017
Absolutely class, proud of the boys. What a performance, what a win #Millwall
— Mike (@mikeymfc9) January 29, 2017
— GloryHornet (@GloryHornet) January 29, 2017