Manchester United and West Ham paid a heavy price for fielding weakened teams in the FA Cup when they were knocked out in the third round on Sunday, while Chelsea and Liverpool advanced relatively comfortably.
Swansea capitalised on the 90th-minute sending-off of substitute Fabio Da Silva by scoring in the last minute through Wilfried Bony in a 2-1 win at United, the latest setback for David Moyes in his turbulent first season with the English champions
West Ham United’s woes intensified as the Premier League club were thrashed 5-0 in the FA Cup third round by second tier Nottingham Forest on Sunday, increasing the heat on manager Sam Allardyce.
Forest’s Jamie Paterson netted a hat-trick in the humiliating rout, but the spotlight was on Allardyce who was accused of waving the white flag by making nine changes to his starting line-up with an eye on the their League Cup semi-final at Manchester City on Wednesday.
Chelsea showed their fellow Londoners how to negotiate a potentially tricky Cup tie in the east Midlands, winning 2-0 at second tier Derby County with second-half goals from John Obi Mikel and Oscar while Sunderland also came through 3-1 against Carlisle.
Liverpool revenged last season’s Cup defeat by Oldham Athletic, winning 2-0 at Anfield with Iago Aspas scoring his first goal for the club.
West HAM undone
West Ham, 19th in the top flight and facing a relegation battle, were undone by a Forest side who scored early in the first half with a cheeky Djamel Abdoun penalty before Paterson netted three times in the second half and Andy Reid added a fifth.
There were rows of empty seats at Forest’s City Ground, but the fans who had made the trip were treated to a comprehensive victory with the wheels set in motion after 12 minutes when Paterson was tripped in the area by George Moncur.
Abdoun finished with an audacious chipped penalty to put the hosts ahead and Paterson doubled the lead after 65 minutes with a low finish across the keeper for the twice European champions.
Paterson, who had not scored since joining Forest from Walsall in the close season, grabbed his second with another first-time low finish after 71 and added his third with a well-taken effort.
Reid poured embarrassment on the visitors with a rifled finish into the top corner in stoppage time.
“Who knows, that’s their decision, not mine,” a beleaguered Allardyce told reporters after the match when asked whether the