Martin Keown: New trend: taking the FA Cup seriously… apart from Cardiff
23:55 GMT, 6 January 2013
00:22 GMT, 7 January 2013
It was nice to see a lot of Premier League teams taking the FA Cup seriously, including the champions Manchester City.
Outside the Premier League, though, Malky Mackay made 11 changes to his Cardiff side and it backfired, with Macclesfield knocking them out. Yet Cardiff might not mind.
The Championship leaders have been top before, only to fade — they want promotion this time. So maybe the sacrifice of going out of the Cup is bearable.
Knocked out: Cardiff's chopping and changing caused their downfall
Brighton are bright
A look at the quality in Brighton’s line-up means their win over Newcastle should not have been such a surprise. They have Wayne Bridge, Andrea Orlandi, who was at Swansea, and David Lopez, who has played more than 100 games for Athletic Bilbao.
They are talented. The Newcastle players wanted to come in and make a mark. Instead, they have just been part of a disastrous result.
Spanish style: Andrea Orlandi's finish stole the show against Newcastle
Dickov kops good news
What a weekend for Paul Dickov. When his backroom staff were put on gardening leave it sent out the message that he would likely be next with the team struggling near the bottom of League One.
But his squad responded by posting one of the most impressive wins of the weekend away at Nottingham Forest. It went slightly unnoticed, but Dickov will now be relishing the visit of Liverpool.
what a peformance! Dickov's Oldham stunned Alex McLeish and his new club Nottingham Forest
Ryan passes ever test
Ryan Giggs has been excellent of late and his pass to set up the Manchester United equaliser for Robin van Persie was sublime.
It probably secured him another year at the club. Giggs has been playing back out wide again recently. He doesn’t try to beat people for fun like he used to, he just hits fantastic diagonal balls. He doesn’t expect too much of himself.
Old age no barrier: Giggs once again proved his worth setting up Robin Van Persie for United's equaliser
A right Royals booster
Reading’s win at Crawley could give them the confidence they need to kickstart their Premier League campaign. It could have all gone wrong for Brian McDermott after his side fell behind so early, but they have good spirit at that club and stayed calm.
Going out could have been a major embarrassment and impacted on their chances of survival but they just got on with it and will fancy their chances of reaching the fifth round.
Keeping the faith: Reading went behind after just two minutes to Crawley but knuckled down to win
Gibbs proves his class
I hope Kieran Gibbs got home and watched a re-run of his performance against Swansea. If he did, Gibbs would see just how well he played. The left back is such a good player and can be even better if he continues to perform at this level.
He took the game to Swansea, got a deserved goal, and you can see there is so much more to come from him. In the past he has seemed a little apologetic to be in an Arsenal shirt. He shouldn’t feel like that.
England ambitions: Kieran Gibbs put himself back in the mind of Roy Hodgson