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Ledley's Talking Points: Hunting For Strikers, More Cupsets and Late Comebacks

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Liverpool seem to have formed the unhealthy habit of selling their best players when they are playing at their best, and after putting an end to a previously unstoppable looking Man City’s unbeaten run just two weeks ago, they now find themselves in a different situation after back to back defeats to Swansea and West Brom. The big money move could at the very least be a distraction or at most be putting a dent in morale. Liverpool have now exited the FA Cup in the fourth-round for the third season running under Jürgen Klopp. 

Newport only preserved their status as a Football League club with a win on the final day of last season, but they weren’t too far from toppling Spurs in the FA Cup 4th round, with Harry Kane’s 82nd-minute equaliser saving embarrassment. A win would have perhaps been the club’s greatest ever achievement, but a money-making replay at Wembley is not a bad prize for the Exiles.

Swansea were also held to a replay by League Two opposition, with John Stead scoring his sixth goal in as many games to make the score 1-1 in the second half, and keep his record of scoring in every round of the FA Cup intact. Magpies boss Kevin Nolan was understandably proud of his sides’ fight: "I think we showed them a bit too much respect in the first half, but we rattled them early doors in the second half, which was magnificent."

Batshuayi has now scored double figures this season despite only starting 11 games, and his record shows he has scored more than one goal every 90 minutes since joining Chelsea 18 months ago. The Belgian has been tipped for a loan move away from Chelsea despite his record, with Conte looking desperate to sign a striker since Morata’s absence. The reality is he might have a worthy one right under his nose.

Coventry fans haven’t had much to cheer about in recent years, with the club plummeting down to League Two and cost-cutting leading to protests about the owners. But the skyblues have made it through to the fifth round of the FA Cup after victory against MK Dons, and will be hoping to face some Premier League opposition with the draw taking place tonight.

Wimbledon condemned Bradford City to their fifth straight defeat in all competitions, toppling the play-off chasers 4-0 on Saturday at Valley Parade. Bantams boss Stuart McCall was given a ‘vote of confidence’ by the board in mid-week, but recent history tells us what that could mean. The Dons are now four points above the League One relegation zone.

Swindon came from 3-1 down with 11 minutes to play, to beat Crewe 4-3 in a thrilling game at County Ground. Only goal difference separates Swindon from the play-off places in League Two, while Crewe find themselves just three point clear of the drop zone.

Ledley's Legends

The Legends scored a poor 50 points this time out, finishing outside the top 30 in the weekly league table. Ledley and Robbie Keane both bagged 14 points, while Peter Crouch was the only other player to break 10 points.

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Stats

Top 6 Selected Wins 

Blackburn (1-1)
Fulham (won 3-1)
Rangers (won 2-1)
Macclesfield (1-1)
Swindon (won 4-3)
Wolves (won 1-0)

Top 6 Selected Draws

Brentford 0-1 Norwich
Wrexham 2-2 Tranmere
Port Vale 2-2 Colchester
Gillingham 2-1 Fleetwood
Oldham 1-2 Plymouth Argyle
Pompey 0-1 Shrewsbury

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AFC Wimbledon (4-0)

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