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FA Cup third round: 10 best stats

The FA Cup is back, and the famous old magic is still well and truly alive thanks to some incredible third-round matches.

While all of the Premier League‘s big boys made it through to the fourth round unscathed, there were a few casualties from the top flight, with Leicester’s defeat to Newport and Fulham’s defeat to Oldham being the standout results.

Elsewhere, Barnet of the National League beat high flying Championship side Sheffield United while Accrington knocked out Ipswich.

As usual here at The Football Faithful, we’ve taken a look through the 10 best stats of the weekend’s action.

  • Tottenham’s 7-0 win over Tranmere was their biggest margin of victory in a competitive match since they beat Wigan Athletic 9-1 in the Premier League in November 2009.
  • Manchester United are on their longest winning run in 12 months, with their win over Reading making it five on the bounce under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
  • Josh Magennis is the first player to score an FA Cup hat-trick for Bolton since Dean Holdsworth back in 2001.
  • Callum Hudson-Odoi became the first teenager to provide two assists in a match for Chelsea since Scott Sinclair in October 2007 against Leicester City in the League Cup.
  • Sheffield United have lost a home match in the FA Cup to non-league opposition for the first time since Darlington beat them 1-0 in January 1911
  • At 19y 138d, Joe Willock is the youngest player to score for Arsenal in the FA Cup since January 2010.
  • AFC Wimbledon are into the FA Cup fourth round for the first time since their reformation in 2002.
  • Troy Deeney has three goals in his last two games for Watford, as many as he scored in his previous 26 outings.
  • Newport’s win over Leicester, and Oldhams defeat of Fulham is the first time two top-flight sides have been knocked out of the FA Cup by teams from the fourth tier or below on the same day since 7 January 1989.
  • The 7-0 defeat to Man City was Rotherham’s heaviest ever defeat in the FA Cup.
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