FA Cup (also known as the Football Association Challenge Cup)
Cracking goals, memorable debuts, cheeky hints and makeshift changing rooms – there was plenty to digest on a busy day of FA Cup fourth-round action.
Saturday’s eight matches offered plenty of much-needed entertainment and saw five Premier League sides progress, after Wolves had managed to avoid an almighty upset at non-league Chorley on Friday.
But what else went on? BBC Sport takes a look.
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Bissouma and Grimes stake claims for goal of the round
We were not short of goals during Saturday’s bumper day of FA Cup fourth-round action, the day’s eight ties delivering 25 goals.
Among them were some outstanding finishes, especially from Brighton’s Yves Bissouma and Swansea City’s Matt Grimes.
Bissouma sent a stunning strike from approaching 30 yards into the top corner to break the deadlock against League One Blackpool, as the Seagulls progressed with a 2-1 win, while Grimes made it 2-0 to the Swans during their 5-1 thrashing of Nottingham Forest from a similar distance.
Who did it best? Decide for yourself below.
Two days, two games, one debut goal
It’s been a rather busy couple of days for West Ham’s Oladapo Afolayan.
The 23-year-old forward scored on his Hammers debut against Doncaster Rovers, completing a comfortable 4-0 win for David Moyes’ side just eight minutes after his 70th-minute introduction.
That achievement is all the more impressive given he played played 63 minutes for the club’s under-23s against Tottenham on Friday afternoon.
“When I came off [against Tottenham] I got told I was in the squad for today. I just had to go home and prepare,” said Afolayan. “All I can do is come in every day and work hard and pray I get opportunities and take them.”
The Hammers have had a rollercoaster run against sides from a lower division in the FA Cup, alternating between winning and losing in their previous seven such ties before Saturday. Their reward for a first fifth-round appearance in five seasons will be a meeting with either Liverpool or Manchester United.
Balogun’s hint as holders exit
Arsenal’s FA Cup defence was ended by fellow Premier League side Southampton in Saturday’s early kick-off, as Gabriel’s first-half own goal ended a 508-minute run without conceding.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta named two goalkeepers on his substitutes’ bench at St Mary’s, leaving no room for promising 19-year-old forward Folarin Balogun, who instead scored a hat-trick for their under-23s in a 5-0 win over Brighton on Friday night.
Balogun has scored seven goals in his past seven Premier League 2 games, and has two goals in five substitute appearances for the first team this season, but his contract is set to expire at the end of the season.
Soon after the cup exit on Saturday, the England youth international shared a clip of one of his finishes on social media, accompanied by a facepalm emoji, to perhaps remind Arteta of what he offers…
information source: kysports