Five talking points from the EFL and FA Cup weekend, including Cambridge's upset on Tyneside

After a thrilling round of FA Cup ties and further action in the EFL, pundit Gab Sutton has his say on the action from the weekend.

The third round of the FA Cup promises thrills, upsets and plenty of drama - as always, it delivered just that this weekend, and with further EFL games taking place, there's plenty to discuss.

From Cambridge's unlikely ginatkilling at Newcastle to Tranmere's thumping of Scunthorpe, engross yourself in five major talking points from this week's action.

Cambridge fly the EFL flag

Cambridge vs Newcastle United, FA Cup third round

Joe Ironside's second-half goal saw Cambridge United defeat the richest club in world soccer in the third round of the FA Cup, at St James' Park.

The U's required goalkeeping heroics from Dimitar Mitov to secure their passage to the next round, but the victory was no less than they deserved for a spirited, gallant display on Tyneside.

Mark Bonner has worked wonders for the CB5 outfit, leading them to promotion in his first full season in charge and into mid-table in League One on top of this fairy tale.

Shrewsbury and Morecambe led in their respective ties at Liverpool and Tottenham and deserve immense credit for their contributions to the magic of the cup, while Nottingham Forest knocked out Arsenal to continue their incredible resurgence under Steve Cooper.

Outside the EFL, National League North side Kidderminster Harriers came from behind to beat Championship opposition in Reading, setting up a glamour tie with West Ham.

'Lochness Drogba' strikes again

Ross Stewart celebrates scoring his side's third of the game

It seems hard to argue against Ross Stewart being the best striker in League One.

The Scot earned the praise of opposing manager Gareth Ainsworth after Sunderland's 3-3 draw at Wycombe, where Stewart bagged a brace for Lee Johnson's side.

The 6ft 2in forward has a gangly build but can also gain an extra few inches in the air through his excellent spring, in which he has an uncanny ability to almost hover at key moments.

On top of that, Stewart is incredibly hardworking and highly mobile, which means he is more than just a target man slumped up top; he can also slot in key passes as well as bag the old-fashioned headers.

With exquisite link-up play and ruthless finishing, Stewart looks every inch good enough to ply his trade in the Championship.

Whittaker starts well

Morgan Whittaker has shone for Lincoln since his loan move from Swansea City

Lincoln have had troubles up top this season, with Tom Hopper spending a fair portion on the sidelines and Southampton loanee Dan N'Lundulu unable to live up to his initial billing.

N'Lundulu has since left, and been replaced by Morgan Whittaker, another loanee, this time from Swansea.

The left-footed forward, who can either play up top or cut inside from the right, brings bags of pace, excellent movement and is capable of a convincing finish, too, as he showed in the 2-0 victory over Oxford.

If Whittaker can keep up those standards, then perhaps Lincoln can look forward to a second half of the season much brighter than the first.

Tranmere hit four

Micky Mellon, Tranmere Rovers manager

Tranmere are the seventh-lowest goalscorers in League Two, but also second in the table. Work that one out…

Clearly, Rovers rely heavily on a consistent, stable, water-tight defence but, after a 4-0 thumping of Scunthorpe, there is hope that Micky Mellon's side can start to get things right at the sharp end too.

Charlie Jolley and Elliott Nevitt are two talented young forwards who both got on the scoresheet last time out, while winger Josh McPake - on loan from Rangers - looks ready to make an impact at Prenton Park, having impressed at Harrogate last season.

The Wirral outfit now have six straight league wins to their name and look prime candidates for promotion.

Crawley creeping up

Crawley Town's Tom Nichols celebrates scoring

After an eye-catching run of three straight wins, Crawley Town are now a mere four points off the play-offs with two games in hand on seventh-placed Newport.

The Red Devils have shown their credentials, too, not only by convincingly beating Colchester 3-1 in Sussex, but also defeating promotion contenders Leyton Orient and Northampton on their own turf.

Creative forward Tom Nichols and nippy finisher Ashley Nadesan have linked up very nicely in recent weeks. Joel Lynch and Tony Craig have added much-needed experience at the back for John Yems' side, while George Francomb has relished a central midfield role.

Mansfield, one point better off, are considered contenders for a top-seven berth - so why not Crawley?

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