The magic of the Cup

It was a night of classic cup drama last night in the FA fourth round replays, with two Premier League sides being knocked out by lower league opposition who are in grave financial trouble. Crystal Palace of the Championship beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-1 at Selhurst Park, while lowly Notts County, who currently play in League Two knocked out Wigan Athletic away from home. Impressive stuff indeed.

Palace, who are in administration with debts of £32million, won thanks to a hat-trick scored in only six minutes from Danny Butterfield, a full-back playing up front for the evening, while County put in the best performance ever from a club threatened with a winding-up petition from the HMRC.

‘It was a great night and I'm pleased for everyone connected to the club,’ said Palace boss Neil Warnock. ‘You can see what we've got here: a small number of lads and a great spirit. We've got a big day against Villa to look forward to now, and it's a great opportunity.

‘Transfer deadline day was a long day for me. I think Fulham offered £30,000 for three of our academy players, and Chelsea came in for some too. That's disgusting. And everybody knows that Clyne almost went to Wolves yesterday, and I was disappointed with the offer we accepted for him. But he turned them down and the money we would have got for him we'll get from this Cup run now.’

Caretaker County boss Dave Kevan was keeping his feet on the ground, despite having a record of six wins and two draws in the league to go along with this famous cup victory, and doesn’t appear to be angling for the job full-time.

‘If the investment gets sorted out I'm pretty sure there will be a new manager in here soon,’ he said. ‘All I do is train and concentrate on the football.’

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