Premier League and FA Cup grades: Alan Smith's verdict
Last Updated: 13/03/17 2:39pm
Premier League Daily guest Alan Smith has given his verdict on the weekend performances in the Premier League and FA Cup.
Liverpool came from behind to beat Burnley on Nissan Super Sunday, while Bournemouth edged a five-goal thriller against West Ham and Everton comfortably saw off West Brom on Saturday.
Hull City also secured a precious three points against Swansea to aid their relegation fight.
Smith has provided his report card on each of those teams, plus the Premier League sides in FA Cup quarter-final action...
Premier League and FA Cup results
|Premier League||FA Cup|
|Bournemouth 3-2 West Ham||Arsenal 5-0 Lincoln|
|Everton 3-0 West Brom||Boro 0-2 Man City|
|Hull City 2-1 Swansea||Tottenham 6-0 Millwall|
|Liverpool 2-1 Burnley||Chelsea v Man Utd (Monday)|
Everton - A+
Everton are playing really well at the moment. They lost to Spurs but there's no shame in that and in Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley, they have two players in great form.
Ronald Koeman has them playing with loads of energy, with youngsters like Tom Davies and Ademola Lookman coming through into the first team.
It could have been a tricky game against West Brom but it was a very good performance.
Bournemouth - A
It was a big win for them over West Ham and they needed it. They will be hoping they can use that as a springboard to pick up a few more points.
What is concerning is they still conceded a couple of goals and that has been a theme for them this season. Going forward, though, they have plenty to offer in Josh King and Ryan Fraser.
Hull City - A
It was an important win for Hull against a resurgent Swansea team under Paul Clement.
Fernando Llorente's withdrawal worked in their favour and for Oumar Niasse to come off the bench and do what he did, that's a manager's dream.
They have key home games to come but under Marco Silva you give them a real fighting chance.
Liverpool - B+
It might be an old cliche but it's important to learn how to win ugly. To be able to dig out results from tough fixtures is an important asset and Liverpool showed they maybe have that now.
Jurgen Klopp will be pleased with the victory even if it wasn't the most free-flowing performance.
Burnley - B+
They dominated possession for key spells at Anfield and created a few chances at the end to get something.
Given their away record this season, it was a really good performance by Sean Dyche's side. He will be able to take something from the defeat and move forward.
Swansea - C+
Llorente's substitution was a big turning point for Swansea, he is so key for them and to lose him significantly hurt their chances.
Taking that into account, the performance was not too bad but it was still a disappointing result.
West Ham - C
There seems to be a bit of uncertainty gathering around West Ham again after the co-chairman's statement.
It is a bit of a worrying situation but there's no threat of relegation and they are in that middle zone of the Premier League. It's a season of consolidation in their new stadium and they will already be looking to next year.
This was a disappointing performance and a poor result.
West Brom - C
They caught Everton at just the wrong time but will still be disappointed with the way they conceded twice just before the interval.
You don't go to Goodison expecting a win but Tony Pulis would have been hoping for something.
It's Arsenal at home up next and he will want a much better display defensively from his side. They are normally quite reliable with some good pros at the back.
Tottenham - A+
Considering the blow of losing Harry Kane early on, it was a good performance against a Millwall side that had beaten three Premier League teams en route to the quarter-finals.
To score six times in any game is impressive and Mauricio Pochettino will hope Heung-Min Son and Vincent Janssen take confidence from their goals. Replacing Kane will not be easy.
Manchester City - A-
They have exciting players in attacking areas and Pep Guardiola is able to rotate them now. He has so many choices and the likes of David Silva, Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne and Leroy Sane are benefiting from the extra rest afforded to them.
They were really good on the day at the Riverside and they will be a serious threat in the semi-finals.
Arsenal - B+
Arsenal just overwhelmed Lincoln eventually. It took some time but once Theo Walcott got that opening goal they didn't look back and you really didn't want it to turn into a cricket score.
It was a no-win situation for the Gunners and they just did what they had to do.
Middlesbrough - C-
They have been strong defensively this season so to concede so early against a very good team like Manchester City was a hammer blow.
It was a free hit at home against a quality side but the performance was disappointing and the pressure continues to build on Aitor Karanka.