Cup stats and facts
Saturday’s victory over Sheffield United was another chapter in an increasingly rich FA Cup history for Brian McDermott – who is building up a fine portfolio in the world’s oldest cup competition.
Brian is fast becoming one of the club’s most successful ever managers in the cup – whilst this year’s crop of players are also looking to leave their mark…
Brian McDermott now has eight wins to his name in the competition – a total only bettered by three Reading managers since 1871 (Angus Wylie 9, Harry Johnston 9 and Roy Bentley 11). All three of those managers were in charge for at least five FA Cup campaigns. This is Brian’s fourth.
Reading have reached the fifth round just eight times in 142 years – three of those under the tutelage McDermott.
Since Brian took charge, no team in the country has reached the FA Cup fifth round more than the Royals.
The Royals 4-0 win over the Blades was the biggest winning margin in this year’s fourth round.
Seven top flight teams exited the competition in the fourth round this year, whilst our fifth round clash with Manchester United is the only all Premier League tie in the last 16.
Garath McCleary has the joint highest amount of assists in the FA Cup this season – alongside MK Dons defender Dean Lewington.
No Premier League Player has scored more FA Cup goals this season than Noel Hunt.
This weekend’s win was Reading’s fourth in a row in all competitions.