Ledley's Talking Points: Promising Teenagers, Dramatic Turnarounds and the Magic of the Cup
7 Talking Points
Spurs were held to a 2-2 draw in the FA Cup after some late drama at Spotland Stadium on Sunday. The same result the boys had earned against Juventus at the Allianz Stadium earlier in the week, but this time against League One’s bottom side Rochdale. It was a frustrating afternoon for Spurs, but a fairytale ending for Dale. That’s the magic of the FA Cup.
Chelsea brushed Hull City aside with a 4-0 victory in the FA Cup on Saturday, with Willian putting in a top performance to impress Conte ahead of the blues’ tie against Barcelona, but 17-year-old centre-back Ethan Ampadu also impressed. The fact that Conte trusts the Welsh teenager at the back speaks volumes, and he put in a confident and composed performance.
Leicester City have appeared in the FA Cup final four times in their history, but have never won at the last hurdle. After beating Sheffield United at the weekend they’re now just two games away from reaching that grand stage again, but Chelsea now stand in their way. It’s likely they would also have to beat at least one of the Manchester clubs to lift the trophy, but the 2016/17 season will tell you anything is possible.
Sunderland suffered their 16th defeat of the season as Brentford eased t a 2-0 win at the Stadium of Light. “We never looked like we had that belief we were going to score,” said Chris Coleman, which has been a season-long problem for his side. Only four teams have scored fewer goals than the Black Cats in the Championship this season, while only Burton have conceded more.
Fulham ended Aston Villa’s seven match unbeaten run with a 2-0 victory at Craven Cottage. Ryan Sessegnon and Floyd Ayite both netted to extend Fulham’s home record to seven successive wins, while Aston Villa drop points for the first time in 2018 and drop out of the automatic promotion places after Cardiff won against Boro.
Plymouth were bottom of League One after eight straight defeats in October. But Argyle’s season has been dramatically turned around, with 10 wins in their last 14 games – a run which has only seen one defeat since November. As a result they’re now just one point outside the play-off places and looking for their second promotion in as many seasons.
Wycombe moved into second place in League Two after their 2-0 win over Cheltenham on Saturday, to make it 22 points from a possible 24 in 2018. Adebayo Akinfenwa made the scoresheet for the 15th time this season, showing that the Beast still has it at 35.
The Legends scored 59 points this weekend, finishing outside the top 30 in a tough week. Jermaine Jenas bagged 14 points, while Peter Crouch grabbed 12 and Ledley, Paul Robinson and Robbie Keane all got 11.
Top 6 Selected Wins
Rangers (won 5-3)
Swindon (won 3-2)
Cardiff (won 1-0)
Top 6 Selected Draws
Birmingham 0-1 Millwall
Fulham 2-0 Aston Villa
Sunderland 0-2 Brentford
Oxford 0-1 Plymouth Argyle
Morecambe 1-1 Forest Green
Hibs 2-0 Aberdeen
Forfar 5-1 Stranraer
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