Gillingham’s Elliott List was the hero of the FA cup third round as the League One club produced Saturday’s biggest shock, condemning Cardiff City to a humiliating early exit from the competition.
Steve Lovell’s side took time out from their relegation battle to register the kind of giantkilling upset that will be long remembered at a club who last beat top-flight opposition 15 years ago.
The other upset – though it was hardly the biggest surprise – was with Bristol City, mid-table in the Championship, beating Huddersfield, the Premier League’s bottom club. Newcastle left it late to equalise at home to Blackburn.
Lovell said of Gillingham’s win: “It means everything to the club. It’s as big as it can get for us. They are a very good side and we knew we had to be at our best. Elliott took his goal really well. He’s a great young player, a great prospect.
“They gave everything and ran their legs off. It’s a great win for us. This is then first time I’ve played against a Premier League club, so it is my best day as a manager, but next week we play Burton so we have to switch on to that. Maybe a cup run can help us in the league. I’m just happy we are in the hat.”