Cut-priced tickets but, as average attendances for the FA Cup third round were the highest in 34 years, 20,000 fans stayed away.
The 31,166 attendance said everything we need to know about Alan Pardew´s lack of ambition.
He doesn´t want European football, has no concerns about the League Cup ... and now he doesn´t have the FA Cup to worry about.
Another season finished as early as the first week in January!
Some 548,907 fans watched a total of 29 ties over the weekend, with three more left to play because of postponements, giving an average of 18,297 - the highest for this stage of the competition since the 1979/80 season.
Manchester United's game against Swansea, which saw the Wales side record a first ever win at Old Trafford through a late goal from Wilfried Bony, had the highest gate with 73,190.
There were 59,476 supporters to watch the north London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham at the Emirates Stadium, while 44,103 were at Anfield where Liverpool beat Oldham and Chelsea's visit to Derby attracted a sell-out 32,110 crowd.