FA Cup and Premier League: 10 speaking factors from the weekend


1) Barkley receives the Goodison pariah treatment Ross Barkley would have acknowledged what sort of reception awaited him at Goodison Park: the sort rained down on previous Everton escapees which includes Wayne Rooney and Joleon Lescott. Goodison won’t be a good deal longer for this world, with the modern day proposal being a new stadium for 2023, however for now it keeps antique‑common threat to the ones who have transgressed the Evertonian code. Barkley’s crime a few of the trustworthy is to have left Goodison on a cut-fee switch to Chelsea inside the January transfer window of final yr after running down his agreement. As he left the sector after being substituted within the 65th minute, he answered to the hail of jeers by way of applauding all aspects of the stadium. To Barkley’s credit score, he has made himself a everyday underneath Maurizio Sarri but like so many other Chelsea players at Goodison – and this season – he’s wasted via the Neapolitan’s rigid wondering. John Brewin

2) Nuno’s Wolves cross from electricity to electricity Wolves enthusiasts had been singing “Nuno’s the Special One” for some time however their chant carried particular pertinence on Saturday, as their Portuguese supervisor helped their team to outclass Manchester United. The hosts had been sharper and shrewder at Molineux, a properly‑honed unit towards an extravagant mishmash. Ole Gunnar Solskjær did no longer appear to realize what to do. He waited too lengthy to make changes even though several of his players regarded off the pace, mainly in midfield, in which, whilst the going were given tough, captain Paul Pogba went missing. Perform like this once more and United will be ridiculed by means of Barcelona inside the Champions League and fail to climb back into the Premier League’s pinnacle four. “Man United, in April and May, we continually find our shape,” said Solskjær, who is in tune with the club’s wonderful beyond but desires to do extra inside the coming week to prove he merits to remain as manager next season. Paul Doyle

three) Brighton must do it the hard manner Brighton could have cried foul if they had not reached the closing 4 of the FA Cup at Millwall’s fee. Chris Hughton felt they ought to have had a penalty inside the first 1/2, argued that Alex Pearce’s opener for Millwall have to had been ruled out and was aggrieved whilst Jürgen Locadia had a purpose disallowed for an incorrect offside selection towards Martín Montoya within the final minute of greater time. VAR would in all likelihood have come to Brighton’s aid on all 3 activities but the generation isn’t always getting used at grounds not inside the Premier League. “It’s no longer honest,” Hughton said. “If I’m a group that benefited from it in one recreation, then I don’t assume it’s truthful at the groups that don’t benefit from it.” Brighton advanced after triumphing on penalties however the inconsistency labored towards Swansea of their defeat via Manchester City. Jacob Steinberg

4) Swansea’s James attracting admirers

Pep Guardiola chuckled and raised his eyebrows as he described the speed with which the Swansea winger Daniel James soared away from Nicolás Otamendi. The 21‑12 months‑old’s 80-yard dance downfield towards Brentford sparked Swansea to victory within the fifth spherical and, towards Manchester City, the Wales global once more relished centre stage, best this time the defenders he decreased to all fours were Premier League champions. The Championship facet in the end wilted but they’ve laid down a marker for the relaxation of the season. “When I first came right here, David Silva instructed me that at Swansea they continually play suitable, and that this group continually want to play. And we saw that.” As for James, who become set to join Leeds in January for a rate growing to £10m handiest for Swansea to pull the plug at the 11th hour, attractive performances consisting of these could begin a bidding struggle. Ben Fisher

five) Maddison excels in unexpected function Brendan Rodgers has now not but been at Leicester for three weeks however suffice to mention he turned into now not surprised whilst James Maddison struck with an inch-best loose-kick. The supervisor recalled occasions at the education ground on Friday. “He had 4 free-kicks like that during succession in which he bent it into the top corner. Top-degree gamers can do this, locate the pinnacle corner. That’s his electricity, his approach, whether or not it’s a through-bypass to Jamie Vardy or a loose-kick. It’s not with the aid of twist of fate.” If Maddison’s efforts have been all the extra admirable as contamination stored him up on Friday night time, he also showed his adaptability. Gareth Southgate referred to the fact England do not use a No 10 to provide an explanation for Maddison’s omission from his squad, however neither did Leicester in the rejig after Harry Maguire’s fourth-minute crimson card. Maddison excelled at finding space while cutting infield from a brand new function on the left. Richard Jolly

6) McDonald we could rip at Ranieri The word “refreshingly honest interview” is generally a protracted manner from being correct with regards to the musings of a player within the matchday programme. Fulham – and more in particular, the midfielder Kevin McDonald – bucked the trend right here. McDonald turned into no fan of Claudio Ranieri, the club’s former supervisor, who iced over him out, but what approximately this? “His style of play didn’t match the players he had,” McDonald said. “We have been all a piece harassed about what he desired. The gamers were going out every now and then not definitely sure what they were supposed to be doing. We had been sort of winging it.” McDonald stated Ranieri gave him “no reason” for the manner he treated him. “Maybe he didn’t like me as someone.” Fulham continued a 3rd defeat in 3 under Scott Parker towards Liverpool however for McDonald – and others – the feeling is at least extra high-quality. David Hytner

7) Hernández turns the game for West Ham The joys of Javier Hernández were properly documented over the years; he can rating desires within the 18-backyard box and little else. Some managers have end up annoyed with his limitations, meaning he struggled to be a everyday at Manchester United and now West Ham. Considering set-portions are West Ham’s maximum consistent method of scoring, it’s far pretty beneficial to have the person with the fastest reactions in the capital sniffing across the vicinity every time the ball is lobbed into it. Not only did he rating crucial goals in usual fashion, taking his tally to fifty two within the Premier League (all from in the field), however his electricity in the final 0.33 changed the dynamic of the sport for the hosts who struggled to get going in opposition to Huddersfield. Now it is up to his manager and teammates to give him the opportunities to grow to be a focal point. Will Unwin


eight) Everton take benefit of Wenger-esque Chelsea Everton have been as negative inside the first 1/2 at Goodison as Chelsea have been in the second. “We have been lucky to get off at 0-0 at half of time to be honest,” Séamus Coleman admitted. “It become terrible from us in the first 1/2,” Gylfi Sigurdsson agreed. “The second 1/2 turned into absolutely one-of-a-kind and it had to be. We commenced to win a lot extra second balls.” The mystery for Everton changed into truly upping the intensity when they stopped admiring Chelsea and realised they had been there for the taking. How Maurizio Sarri can produce the equal effect in his players is an awful lot extra difficult to exercise session. Chelsea have been not able to benefit any gain from having the first-class player on the sphere in Eden Hazard, or the most fluent runner in Pedro. Instead of overtaking Arsenal, Sarri’s side now appear to be turning into them, or at least they resemble a overdue-Wenger version: appealing to observe but too without problems disregarded. Paul Wilson

9) Modest Gracia enjoys the moment Javi Gracia’s developing recognition as a supervisor become underlined in this victory in opposition to Crystal Palace. As properly as making wise selections, together with the only to introduce Andre Gray from the bench to allow the striker’s winning aim with absolutely his first touch, the Spaniard has assembled a talented and hard‑operating group of players who should but pass all the manner on this year’s competition. The assembly with Wolves may be Watford’s seventh FA Cup semi-final and, having failed to reach the final on every occasion aside from in 1984 underneath Graham Taylor, Gracia turned into typically modest in his assessment of their chances. “It’s some thing special, it’s some thing extraordinary,” Gracia stated. “We will enjoy the semi-final. I think in this moment all of the supporters might be very happy with our gamers and it’s a great moment for us.” Ed Aarons

10) Late goals display resilience of Benítez’s boys Rafa Benítez has moulded his Newcastle aspect into one of the most committed and resilient within the league. This team cannot compete with that of the Kevin Keegan era for style however the lovers do not thoughts: they preserve their manager in fantastically excessive regard for growing a facet which has misplaced simplest two times of their beyond 8 games, no matter the shortage of funding. The attitude turned into proved of their comeback win against Everton and then strengthened on Saturday once they scored a goal in damage-time in each halves. The first arrived thanks to a counterattack from a corner while many other teams would had been satisfied just to clean the ball at that degree. Instead Newcastle fought to get down the other quit and earned a loose-kick which Salomón Rondón curled into the top nook. Matt Ritchie smashed inside the second to equalise moments earlier than the final whistle, a testomony to the battling features so as to keep them up.