FA Cup third round: the best and the worst

From Di Canio's tears to Ben Arfa's beauty… it's the best and the worst of the third round

The FA Cup has provided us with thrills and spills all weekend long. Sportsmail's Matt Barlow casts his eye over what will live long in the memory and what we'll want to forget…

5 HEROES

PAOLO di CANIO: Italian passion revives an English institution. Hands up who thought he would cut it as a manager. Honestly.

PAUL BENSON: OK, so it hit him. He was offside. And it was only Wigan reserves. But try telling that to the rest of Swindon.

Cup hero: Paul Benson celebrates his winner

Cup hero: Paul Benson celebrates his winner

JOSE VEIGA: Late save by the Cape Verde islander denied Ivan Klasnic, earned Macclesfield a replay and ensured Arnaud Mendy's sweet strike counted for something.

HATEM BEN ARFA: It was gone midnight before it got on to ITV's highlights show but it was worth waiting up for a goal described by Newcastle manager Alan Pardew as the greatest ever.

ADRIAN CIESLEWICZ: Born in Poland, raised in the Faroe Islands and secured Wrexham a replay in Wales with an equaliser at Brighton.

Globetrotter: Adrian Cieslewicz earned Wrexham a replay

Globetrotter: Adrian Cieslewicz earned Wrexham a replay

5 VILLAINS

DAVID MARTIN: Perhaps a hero at Loftus Road but the MK Dons keeper's 88th-minute howler gifted Heidar Helguson an equaliser.

DANNY WEBB: Not quite what the son of Chelsea FA Cup winner Dave Webb hoped for as he scored an own goal during Salisbury's 3-1 defeat at Sheffield United.

PAUL SCALLY: Gillingham's chairman stirred up the wrong kind of pre-match rivalry with an attack on former manager Tony Pulis and banned him from parts of the Priestfield Stadium.

Banned: Gillingham chairman Paul Scally is not a fan of Tony Pulis

Banned: Gillingham chairman Paul Scally is not a fan of Tony Pulis

STEPHEN PEARSON: Celebrated last week's permanent transfer from Derby to Bristol City with a red card at Crawley.

COLIN DOYLE: A superb double save in added time means another episode of Birmingham and Wolves. Don't even think about it, ESPN.

3 HAT-TRICKS

Clint Dempsey (Fulham) Matt Phillips (Blackpool) Simon Cox (WBA)

Hat-trick hero: Blackpool's Matt Phillips

Hat-trick hero: Blackpool's Matt Phillips

BAD CROWD

Are West Bromwich Albion fans losing their boing Fewer than 13,000 turned up to see them beat Cardiff.

GOOD CROWD

A full house at Spurs. Cheltenham have never played in front of a bigger crowd in their 125-year history and their 5,000 fans were not deterred by a resounding defeat.