Goals from Daniel Agger and Dirk Kuyt saw Liverpool get revenge for last season’s FA Cup at Old Trafford as they beat Manchester United 2-1 at Anfield. Elsewhere Chelsea beat QPR and Newcastle were shocked by Brighton.
While the clash at Anfield got all the headlines this week, the biggest story took place on the coast as Brighton boss Gus Poyet once again haunted Newcastle in the FA Cup.
Puyot cored two goals for Chelsea in the 2000 semi-final against Toon as the Blues went on to lift the trophy and today he saw his side stun the Premier League high-fliers to reach the last 16 for the second year running.
Newcastle have not looked the same since Demba Ba left on international duty and Alan Pardew must be counting the days until he returns.
Back at Anfield, it has been a memorable couple of days for Liverpool fans. On Wednesday they knocked the blue half of Manchester out of the Carling Cup and today they beat the red side of Manchester. Park Ji-Sung had cancelled out Daniel Agger’s headed opener in the first half, and the tie looked to be heading towards a replay at Old Trafford until Dirk Kuyt made it 2-1 three minutes from time, latching on to an Andy Carroll flick to beat David de Gea at his near post. Who would have thought that before the end of January that both Manchester clubs would be out of the Champions League, Carling Cup and FA Cup?
In a tense atmosphere at Loftus Road, Earlier, Juan Mata’s penalty not long after the hour mark was enough to see Chelsea beta neighbours Queens Park Rangers. Before the game both teams declines the usual pre-match handshake after worries that none of the QPR players would shake the hand of Terry.
In other F.A. Cup ties on Saturday, Bolton continued its recent resurgence beating Swansea 2-1; Stoke won 2-0 at Derby County, and West Brom’s poor home form continued as they lost 2-1 to Norwich City.