Posted by sean on January 8, 2005 at 6:20 pm in Football with No Comments

Unsurprisingly Leeds were beaten by Birmingham, although they lost 3-0 it certainly wasn’t an embarrassing defeat by any means.

From listening to the game over the Internet it appeared Leeds had the better of the chances, it’s just a shame they couldn’t convert them. I suppose that is where the difference between Championship and Premiership sides really does show.

The only criticism I have for Leeds is in the defender Michael Duberry and the manager Kevin Blackwell for playing him! Duberry has just returned to Leeds from a loan spell at Stoke. Prior to going to Stoke he was a terrible defender and it was obvious today nothing had changed. Hopefully he will never, ever play for Leeds again!

Still, looking at the positives, now there is no more cup football Leeds can solely concentrate on the league and making the play offs, something that is a strong possibility.

One of the major aspects of The FA Cup is “upsets” – small clubs knocking out massive teams. There weren’t any major fallouts this year.

Scunthorpe certainly gave Chelsea a scare by taking the lead early on. It wasn’t until the second half when the Londoners took the lead.

League One side Oldham managed to beat Premiership opposition Manchester City 1-0 which must have surprised a lot of supporters (although Man City are almost as unpredictable as Leeds!).

The best result was for the conference team Exeter who travelled to Manchester United’sOld Trafford. Alex Ferguson acted like an arrogant tosser as usual and fielded a very weakened squad. He strongly underestimated Exeter though and the game finished 0-0. I bet he’ll put out a better team in the replay!

One final note, Sheffield United beat Aston Villa 3-1. This may have surprised a lot of people, no more so than the person who controls the scoreboard at Bramill Lane. Take a look at this screen capture of the score board – can you spot the obvious error?

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