Five managers who have inspired FA Cup fourth round shocks

Simon Lillicrap by Simon Lillicrap / 27 January 2017, 11:41

The FA Cup once again graces us this weekend with the competition heating up as we enter the fourth round. Sutton United will be hoping to cause an upset as they host Leeds and they could take inspiration from this list as we look back at the best FA Cup fourth round shocks in the 21st Century.

Chelsea 2-4 Bradford

League One Bradford have had a good record in the cups in recent years reaching the League Cup final in 2013, but this shock in 2015 goes down as one of the best in recent history. The Bantams travelled to the Premier League leaders and no one batted an eyelid as the home side went 2-0 up through Gary Cahill and Ramires.

Phil Parkinson's troops then pulled a goal back before half time through Jon Stead, before a staggering second half performance saw three goals in the last 20 minutes to come away as 4-2 winners. A stunned Jose Mourinho stated that it was a 'disgrace’ in his post-match interview. This win also ended Chelsea’s chances of winning the quadruple, something no side in England has achieved before.

Manchester City 0-2 Middlesbrough

On the same weekend in 2015 the magic of the FA Cup was in full effect as Championship side Middlesbrough travelled to the Etihad to take on big spenders Manchester City. A team featuring Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Vincent Kompany were out-battled and out-thought by a determined Middlesbrough side.

Patrick Bamford opened the scoring before a heap of chances were missed by the visitors. Lee Tomlin struck the post for Boro, before Frank Lampard did the same for the hosts. Kike added the second but it wasn’t just the result that shocked people it was the sheer dominance of Aitor Karanka's Middlesbrough, and in all honestly it could have been more.

Norwich City 0-1 Luton Town

Premier League Norwich City hosted Conference side Luton Town in what looked to be an easy passage through to the fifth round for the hosts - there were 85 places between the two in the football pyramid at kick off.

Both sides had future Premier League stars up front. The Canaries started the game with Harry Kane leading the line and Luton had Andre Gray to provide firepower. Some heroic defending from Luton provided the platform for a few attacks and it was Scott Rendell who scored the winner for Paul Buckle's men with ten minutes remaining. This was the first time a top-flight side had lost to a non-league side in the competition since Sutton United beat Coventry in 1989.

Oldham 3-2 Liverpool

The best Liverpool side in recent years featuring the deadly trio of Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling visited Boundary Park in 2013 to face a struggling League One side. Paul Dickov's Oldham had lost seven of their last eight league games at the time meanwhile Liverpool were close to the top of the Premier League.

Oldham’s physicality was too much for Liverpool to deal with. The towering 6ft 6in Matt Smith caused havoc, scoring either side of a Suarez equaliser to put Oldham 2-1 up at the break. A Reece Wabara header then put the hosts 3-1 up before a Joe Allen volley led to a nervy final ten minutes. The Latics held on however to provide one of the great FA Cup shocks.

Cambridge 0-0 Manchester United

In the same weekend as Bradford and Middlesbrough (2015) pulled off their respective shocks mid-table League Two side Cambridge United, whose squad was put together for nothing, got a plum draw as they hosted Manchester United in the fourth round.

This Man United side, managed by Louis Van Gaal, had cost £180 million to put together and featured global superstars Radamel Falcao, Angel Di Maria and Robin Van Persie. Marouane Fellaini also played.

A battling game saw few chances for either side, barring a couple of excellent saves from Cambridge ‘keeper Chris Dunn. The roar from the Cambridge fans was deafening at the final whistle and they were rewarded with a trip to Old Trafford. Richard Money's men may have lost the replay 3-0 but this game will live long in the memory of any U’s fan.

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