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By Caroline Cheese

1817: Righto, I'm off. You've all been marvellous as ever. You'll be treated to appearances from the likes of Chris Bevan, Sam Lyon and Paul Fletcher as I rest my weary text-commentating fingers for the next few weeks. Sighs of relief all round, I'm sure. Fletch is in the chair tomorrow for Wigan-Liverpool. Don't forget MOTD2 at 2225 GMT on BBC One. Bye.

1815: Meanwhile, Everton boss David Moyes says he is still trying to extend Landon Donovan's loan spell from the MLS but is not all that hopeful.

Chelsea assistant coach Ray Wilkins: "The opposition in an FA Cup semi-final is always going to be extremely tough and no doubt Villa will be tough. They beat us at Villa Park but that was a while ago, and if you see the way we defended today... we must commend our guys for the way they defended against set-plays."

1810: And those semi-finals will be played on 10 and 11 April at Wembley. I can't wait already.

Semi-final two: Fulham/Spurs v Portsmouth

Semi-final one: Aston Villa v Chelsea

1807: Oh. There's some chat first. Stay tuned though...

1805: Here we go then. David Ginola and Jason Cundy have the arduous task of picking two balls each.

1803: FA Cup semi-final draw is coming up. I'm not lying. Couple of minutes away I reckon.

Chelsea skipper John Terry: "I thought we played well, bounced back from a disappointing result and performance last week. We needed to show the fans how much that defeat [to Manchester City] hurt."

1756: Super win for Everton and they're up to eighth, leaving sorry Hull in the bottom three.

1755: FULL-TIME Everton 5-1 Hull

1754: Don't forget the semi-final draw is coming up shortly.

1753: Solid win for Chelsea against a determined but toothless Stoke. For the fifth time in six years the FA Cup semi-finals will be an all-Premier League affair. It is the first time since 2003 that only one of the 'Big Four' has made it to the last-four stage (none of them made it in 2008).

1752: FULL-TIME Chelsea 2-0 Stoke

Everton goal: They've gone goal crazy at Goodison. Johnny Heitinga finds Landon Donovan on the right and the American winger lays the ball back for Jack Rodwell to make it five. This is a record-equalling sixth straight home win in the Premier League for Everton. It's not just a win, it's a spanking.

1748: GOALFLASH Everton 5-1 Hull (Rodwell)

Everton goal: Leighton Baines's cross from the left flicks off Kamil Zayatte and reaches Landon Donovan at the far post and he hammers a half-volley into the opposite corner. Emphatic, I think you call that, and quite a way to sign off if this is indeed his last home game for Everton.

1743: GOALFLASH Everton 4-1 Hull (Donovan)

From gunner-zp on 606: "There's been some unbelievable misses this weekend, Bendtner's jinxed everyone."

1739: Frank Lampard is furious with himself as his heavy touch takes him away from goal. He tries to redeem himself with a cross for Didier Drogba but Thomas Sorensen collects easily. Eleven minutes remaining.

1735: Landon Donovan provides a lovely ball for Yakubu. It's on a plate for the Nigerian striker but he stabs it over the bar. Shocker.

1732: Landon Donovan comes on for Everton in what could be his last home game before he heads back to the MLS. The Toffees haven't given up hope of extending his stay though.

Chelsea goal: The one-man wall that is Andy Wilkinson does his best to keep the ball out, but he can't stop John Terry's header hitting the back of the net. Terry celebrates by running to the home fans and pointing exuberantly to his captain's armband. Think he enjoyed that one.

1727: GOALFLASH Chelsea 2-0 Stoke (Terry)

1726: Chelsea so close - twice. Brilliant work by Didier Drogba, holding the ball up and clipping the ball across for Nicolas Anelka, whose header is cleared off the line by. Alex's header from the corner is blocked by Wilkinson and behind for another corner, but wait...

1723: Jozy Altidore comes on to spice up the Hull frontline, replacing Jimmy Bullard.

1720: Double change by Stoke, still trailing 1-0 at Chelsea and not looking very dangerous either. Liam Lawrence on for Tuncay, Dave Kitson on for Mamady Sidibe.

From optajoe on Twitter: "Hull City have conceded six own goals this season, at least twice as many as any other PL team. Mishaps."

1718: Just slotting Mikel Arteta into my England team alongside Charles N'Zogbia.

1716: It has gone down as an own goal by Richard Garcia. The Dubious Goals Committee might be called into action though. Arteta's cross looked like it might have dropped in anyway, and Garcia was standing on the line when it came off him.

Everton goal: Oopsy daisy. Mikel Arteta crosses from the byeline on the left, Bo Myhill stretches and misses, and the ball comes off Richard Garcia's head and in for what I think will go down as an own goal. It will definitely go down as a calamity for Hull.

1711: GOALFLASH Everton 3-1 Hull

1710: Victor Anichebe taps in for Everton, but there was an offside somewhere in the build-up.

1708: Branislav Ivanovic flings a throw even Rory Delap would be proud of and the ball comes out to Frank Lampard, who blazes over wastefully.

1707: And the second half at Everton is under way, with the hosts leading Hull 2-1.

1705: Back up and running at Stamford Bridge where Chelsea lead Stoke 1-0. Semi-final draw to follow this game. Anyone ever headed to a rocky part of the beach just to practice their golf swing? Like Jamie Redknapp?

1701: Anyone out there ever stuck their suit on and headed down to the beach for a bit of keepy-uppy? Like Jamie Redknapp?

1656: To those of you asking how many of Frank Lampard's goals have been deflections, I don't know. Didn't want you to think I was ignoring you.

1650: HALF-TIME Everton 2-1 Hull

1649: HALF-TIME Chelsea 1-0 Stoke

1647: Paulo Ferreira whips over a lovely cross from the left for Didier Drogba, whose first-time effort is heading for the bottom corner until Thomas Sorensen claws it around the post. Good save.

1645: Everton midfielder Leon Osman has picked up a knock so Jack Rodwell will replace him. Stoke are making a change at Stamford Bridge too, Danny Pugh replacing Glenn Whelan, who appears to have a hamstring problem.

1642: Salomon Kalou's injury brings Joe Cole off the bench to warm up. He's gets a huge cheer from the Chelsea fans, who seem to be keen for the midfielder to stay at Stamford Bridge.

Everton goal: Victor Anichebe with the ball in from the right but that goal is all about Stephen Pienaar, who opts against taking on the shot and backheels it for Mikel Arteta to slot in his and Everton's second.

1640: GOALFLASH Everton 2-1 Hull (Arteta)

From optajoe on Twitter: "Everton have failed to score three of their six penalties in the league this season, the joint-most with Portsmouth."

Chelsea goal: Moments after a bad miss by Nicolas Anelka, Chelsea go ahead. The ball bounces around in the box from a corner before John Terry calmly lays it back to Frank Lampard, whose thumping shot from the edge of the box takes a slight deflection off Abdoulaye Faye before beating Thomas Sorensen.

1636: GOALFLASH Chelsea 1-0 Stoke (Lampard)

Hull goal: And how Hull make the Yak pay for his carelessness. A free-kick is only-half cleared and 19-year-old Tom Cairney meets it with a stunning finish into the far corner.

1633: GOALFLASH Everton 1-1 Hull (Cairney)

Someone has won a penalty
1630: The flesh for those bones: Lee Mason points to the spot after Yakubu is sent flying by Kamil Zayatte's clumsy tackle, but his penalty is awful - scuffed and easily saved by Bo Myhill.

1630: MISSED PENALTY Everton (Yakubu)


1629: And there is Nicolas Anelka, playing in Paulo Ferreira on the left. Dangerous low ball in which is only half-cleared to Branislav Ivanovic, whose piledriver is deflected over.

BBC Sport's Stuart Roach tweeting from the Madejski Stadium: "Martin O'Neill: 'I was quite pleased to only be 2-0 down at half-time but I didn't need to say much. The players knew we were second best.'"

BBC 5 live summariser Graham Taylor: "I'm very impressed by the work Nicolas Anelka is putting in. He's not just sticking by Didier Drogba, he's getting out to both flanks, working hard to receive the ball and create scoring opportunities."

1625: Stoke win a throw - despite the ball coming off Ricardo Fuller - but this time, it's an easy one for Frank Lampard to head away. Controversy averted.

Everton goal: Yakubu swings over a cross from the left and Nicky Barmby has been left for dead by Mikel Arteta, whose volleyed finish hits the ground before going in at the far post. He celebrates with a Bebeto-style rocking-of-an-imaginary-baby.

1618: GOALFLASH Everton 1-0 Hull (Arteta)

1615: So close by Stoke. The visiting fans give Rory Delap's second long throw an appropriately dramatic build-up. Hilario gets a punch on it but only to Dean Whitehead, who smashes a shot past the flapping keeper but not Jon Obi Mikel on the line.

Someone has struck the woodwork
1613: George Boateng gives the ball away in midfield and Leon Osman feeds Yakubu, whose flick with the outside of his boot pings back off the foot of the post.

BBC Sport's Stuart Roach tweeting from the Madejski Stadium: "Reading manager Brian McDermott: 'If you are going to lose a game that is how you lose it, especially in the FA Cup.'"

1610: Chance for Stoke. Ricardo Fuller's cross-shot is met at the far post by Mamady Sidibe, but Alex slides in to block the shot.

1606: Nick Barmby plays a ball over the top for Richard Garcia, who makes a mockery of the Everton offside trap. He tries to chip the ball over Tim Howard, but the keeper saves. Good start by Hull though.

1605: First throw-in for Rory Delap. Robert Huth heads goalwards and Mamady Sidibe easily beats Hilario in the air but gets too much on his header and the ball ends up on the roof of the net.

1603: All the early pressure from Chelsea and there's a shout for a penalty as a Frank Lampard corner hits Robert Huth on the arm. Ball to hand scenario.

1601: Away we go at Stamford Bridge and Goodison Park. John Terry getting a few boos from the visiting fans, and the Chelsea supporters respond with bigger cheers. Bored of the Terry story yet? Thought so...

1554: 'Joe Cole For England' reads one young scamp's banner in the Stamford Bridge crowd. Said scamp might have considered 'Joe Cole For Chelsea'. Cole, linked with a summer move to Manchester United in one of today's papers, is on the bench.

From Robin, Villa fan, via text: "March hoodoo-tastic ! I laugh in the face of the March hoodoo... hahaha."

1549: So on to Chelsea v Stoke, or Hilario v Delap if you prefer. Chelsea have not lost an FA Cup tie at home in seven years.

Aston Villa's hat-trick hero John Carew: "We struggled in the first half and the gaffer gave us some serious words at half-time. Ashley Young's goal was really important for us and from then on I had a great feeling that we were going to win."

1546: Some thoughts from Phil Brown ahead of Hull's match at Everton: "I've got footballers out there. So if it turns out to be a game of football we could surprise people."

1544: TEAM NEWS Everton v Hull
Tim Cahill again misses out for Everton with a calf problem while a thigh injury sidelines top scorer Louis Saha. Both Phil Jagielka (thigh) and Leon Osman (foot) have been passed fit for the David Moyes' side. Jack Rodwell drops to the bench. Hull are handed a huge boost with the return of Jimmy Bullard for the first time in 2010. The influential midfielder has been out since injuring his knee against Aston Villa in December. Craig Fagan serves a one-game ban so Amr Zaki will play up front on his own. Injuries rule out Anthony Gardner, Stephen Hunt and Andy Dawson so Kamil Zayatte, Nick Barmby, Richard Garcia and Kevin Kilbane all return to the starting line-up.

1543: TEAM NEWS Chelsea v Stoke
Ricardo Carvalho fails a late fitness test on his hamstring injury, so Alex comes in to partner John Terry at the heart of the Chelsea defence. With Michael Ballack and Juliano Belletti suspended, manager Carlo Ancelotti opts for an attacking 4-3-3 formation, with Salomon Kalou up front alongside Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka. Stoke boss Tony Pulis makes two changes, bringing Daniel Collins and Tuncay in for Ryan Shawcross (ban) and Danny Pugh, with Danny Higginbotham and Matthew Etherington again unavailable through injury.

Daily Telegraph's Henry Winter on Twitter: "Best managers earn corn at half-time. Capello v Egypt. O'Neill v Reading. Sorry for Reading but Villa have unfinished business at Wembley."

BBC Sport's Stuart Roach tweeting from the Madejski Stadium: "What a Cup tie. Fantastic comeback by Villa after a wonderful start by Reading. Their Cup dream over but Villa had to find their best to win."

1539: TEAMS Everton v Hull
Everton: Howard, Neville, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Osman, Heitinga, Arteta, Pienaar, Yakubu, Anichebe. Subs: Nash, Hibbert, Yobo, Bilyaletdinov, Donovan, Gosling, Rodwell.
Hull: Myhill, McShane, Mouyokolo, Zayatte, Kilbane, Garcia, Bullard, Boateng, Cairney, Barmby, Zaki. Subs: Duke, Altidore, Geovanni, Ghilas, Vennegoor of Hesselink, Cooper, Olofinjana.

1539: It really is a game of two halves isn't it? I mean, isn't it?! Villa score four second-half goals to book their place in the FA Cup semi-finals - and more importantly, end their March hoodoo.

1537: FULL-TIME Reading 2-4 Aston Villa

Villa goal: John Carew turns well in the box, bamboozling Ivar Ingimarsson, who can only give away a clear penalty. Carew blasts in the penalty for his hat-trick - and Villa can start making plans for a second trip to Wembley.

1534: GOALFLASH Reading 2-4 Aston Villa (Carew pen)


1533: Four minutes of added time at the Mad Stad.

1531: Reading throwing men forward, but Villa holding firm at the moment.

1526: From the free-kick, Brad Friedel scoops Grzegorz Rasiak's header away. Now a corner. It's breathless stuff. Villa clear the ball finally.

Yellow card
1525: Just eight minutes remaining, and Reading are on the break through Jimmy Kebe... his progress is halted by James Milner's cheeky foul. Yellow card.

1521: TEAMS Chelsea v Stoke
Chelsea: Hilario, Ivanovic, Alex, Terry, Paulo Ferreira, Malouda, Mikel, Lampard, Anelka, Drogba, Kalou. Subs: Turnbull, Joe Cole, Deco, Sturridge, Matic, Kakuta, Van Aanholt.
Stoke: Sorensen, Wilkinson, Abdoulaye Faye, Huth, Collins, Whitehead, Whelan, Delap, Tuncay, Sidibe, Fuller. Subs: Simonsen, Lawrence, Kitson, Pugh, Amdy Faye, Davies, Moult.

From Ian from Warwick via text: "At half-time, my Villa supporting neighbour stormed out of the house past my window dragging his poor dog for a walk. Back soon I hope."

1516: What a game. Reading looking very dangerous now. Gylfi Sigurdsson swings over another corner and it creates chaos. Stephen Warnock throws himself in front of Jimmy Kebe's shot.

1515: Grzegorz Rasiak, on for Simon Church a moment ago, gets his first shot away and it's a decent effort on the turn, but handled well by Brad Friedel.

1513: Pressure from Reading now and predictably it comes from a set-piece by Gylfi Sigurdsson. His corner is headed goalwards by Ivar Ingimarsson, but Ashley Young heads off the line.

1510: Emile Heskey races into the area, rides the challenge on the edge of the box, and now he's one on one with the keeper. I know what you're all thinking, and you're right. He can't finish. It's a good save by Adam Federici to be fair, and the rebound comes off Heskey and bounces away to safety.

BBC 5 live summariser Steve Claridge: "It's an incredible turnaround. I really can't believe it. Everything Villa were doing wrong in the first half, Reading are now doing in the second half."

1505: Martin O'Neill will be starting to worry. His team haven't scored in a few minutes.

1501: Brian McDermott responds to the chaos with a substitution, as Brynjar Gunnarsson replaces Brian Howard.

Villa goal: Remarkable turnaround. Three goals in 10 minutes. Ashley Young waits for Stephen Warnock's overlapping run on the left and his low ball in is turned home brilliantly by John Carew. Clever, flicked finish.

1459: GOALFLASH Reading 2-3 Aston Villa (Carew)

BBC Sport's Stuart Roach tweeting from the Madejski Stadium: "Reading kick off for the third time in six minutes after Villa respond in exactly the way O'Neill would have demanded."

Villa goal: Two goals in six minutes and Martin O'Neill is bouncing around like a small child. Stewart Downing whips over the cross from the right and John Carew heads home.

1454: GOALFLASH Reading 2-2 Aston Villa (Carew)

1452: John Carew tries a cheeky flick from a corner but misses completely. Reading need to batten down the hatches here.

Villa goal: Quite effective fleas they turned out to be, then. Stewart Downing does well on the left. John Carew helps on his cross to Carlos Cuellar, who miscues horribly but it turns out to be a perfect pass for the unmarked Ashley Young, who can't miss at the far post - and doesn't.

1451: GOALFLASH Reading 2-1 Aston Villa (Young)

1448: Martin O'Neill apparently sent his Villa players out four minutes early for the second half - with fleas in their ears I should imagine.

1447: Reading get us under way in the second half. 45 minutes til Wembley.

1441: You know that John Carew goal that was chalked off after Reading's opener? Replays show he was level.

From VillaFour on 606: "O'Neill needs to get the Fonz on. We're definitely lacking a bit of dynamism up front and his pace could be the key."

From SportsDeskLive on Twitter: "Reading on course for second FA Cup semi-final ever. Only previous semi-final in FA Cup was in 1926/1927, losing 3-0 at Cardiff City."

1433: HALF-TIME Reading 2-0 Aston Villa

1431: I know Villa famously can't win in March, but I challenge any of you to say you predicted that scoreline after 43 minutes. Reading are playing some lovely stuff now as we head for half-time.

Reading goal: Reading take advantage of some gaping holes in the Villa defence as Gylfi Sigurdsson finds Jimmy Kebe's galloping run down the right and he squares for Shane Long to sweep the ball in. Clinical goal by the Championship side.

1427: GOALFLASH Reading 2-0 Aston Villa (Long)

Yellow card
1424: Mike Dean's upset about something... He's standing in the centre circle furiously blowing his whistle as he tries to get someone's attention. Ashley Young is the offender, it turns out, and the winger is booked for some chat after Reading give away a free-kick.

From Oli the Gunner, via text: "I know I'm getting ahead of myself here but imagine a Reading v Portsmouth final? Who would you support? The Championship side going for glory, or the soon-to-be Championship side who deserve something to cheer about? Is it possible to have two under dogs in one match!?"

BBC 5 live summariser Steve Claridge: "Carew and Heskey are going to have to start showing a bit more quality. They are giving the ball away too easily."

1416: Chance for 2-0. Gylfi Sigurdsson's effort is blocked and from the rebound Brian Howard volleys over.

BBC Sport's Stuart Roach tweeting from the Madejski Stadium: "Poacher's finish by Shane Long. That's his fifth in his last five games for Reading, either side of a four-match ban."

1413: Villa have the ball in the net through John Carew but the big man is offside. No complaints from the Villa players.

Reading goal: ... Reading score the opener against their Premier League opponents. Matt Mills wins a towering header from Brian Howard's corner and Shane Long is there to nod in from close range.

1411: And Reading almost score from the free-kick. Matt Mills heads it over Brad Friedel and into the danger zone, but Villa scramble the ball out for a corner... from which Jay Tabb's volley is deflected over for another corner from which...

Yellow card
1409: Richard Dunne is the first man in the ref's bad books after what is deemed to be a bodycheck on Jimmy Kebe. Looked a bit harsh to me.

1407: Matt Mills is in the other box now, trying to get his head on a corner - but narrowly failing. Evenly matched so far at the Mad Stad.

1404: Much better from Ashley Young, whipping a lovely cross in from the right which Matt Mills does well not to stick into his own net as he slides in in front of Emile Heskey. The ball loops up and is caught by Adam Federici.

1402: What time's the semi-final draw Cheesy? Straight after the Chelsea-Stoke game, readers.

BBC Sport's Stuart Roach tweeting from the Madejski Stadium: "Villa boast an impressive collection of some of England's finest wide players but Reading's mercurial Jimmy Kebe looks intent on making headlines."

1359: Emile Heskey darts down the right and his ball across the box is dangerous. Ashley Young, take note. Neither John Carew nor Stewart Downing can get on the end of it though.

1357: Jimmy Kebe again trying to slip a ball through for Shane Long - but again it's slightly overhit and James Collins shepherds the ball back to Brad Friedel.

1355: Reading have the ball in the net, but ref Mike Dean spotted a push by Simon Church.

1351: There's Michael Parkinson. And there's John Madejski and his crazy hair. Celebrity-spotting over. Ashley Young is seeing plenty of the ball on Villa's right but his delivery has been poor so far.

1346: James Collins trips Shane Long to give Reading an early free-kick. That's cleared but the hosts win the ball back and Jimmy Kebe just overhits his attempt to play in Long. Decent start by the underdogs though.

1345: Villa, in their traditional claret and blue, kick off the third FA Cup quarter-final.

1341: Out they come at the Madejski on a gorgeous day in Berkshire. Good noise.

Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill: "Reading have done exceptionally well in the FA Cup so far, whether it be home or away. To win at Anfield is unbelievable. So they deserve to be here and I think we do too. I'm just looking forward to the game."

1333: Brian McDermott has a picture of him and Rafa on the wall. Not my colleague. Anyway, I'm interested to see how Emile Heskey and John Carew combine up front for Villa. I imagine they're going to be bumping into each other a lot.

1330: Brian McDermott is being interviewed in his house. "His house is a shambles," remarks my colleague. He's got a picture of him and Rafa Benitez on the wall.

BBC Sport's Stuart Roach at the Madejski Stadium: "Villa field their strongest possible side. Agbonlahor out with a stomach virus but O'Neill clearly intent on a swift return to Wembley. Reading go boldly with a 4-4-2. Long returns from suspension to partner Church and Royals fans relieved Sigurdsson has recovered from injury."

1324: TEAMS Reading v Aston Villa
Reading: Federici, Griffin, Mills, Ingimarsson, Bertrand, Kebe, Tabb, Howard, Sigurdsson, Long, Church. Subs: Hamer, Gunnarsson, Matejovsky, Henry, Robson-Kanu, Rasiak, Pearce.
Aston Villa: Friedel, Cuellar, Dunne, Collins, Warnock, Downing, Milner, Petrov, Ashley Young, Carew, Heskey. Subs: Guzan, Luke Young, Sidwell, Albrighton, Delfouneso, Delph, Beye.

From Ade via text: "Re 1308: According to my dodgy maths, 7000 games in 31 days would mean starting a game every 10 mins. Is their squad big enough?"

1313: Reading are in their first FA Cup quarter-final for 83 years. If you were there, why not drop me a text on 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide). Cheaper option: tweet me, or just head over to 606 and share the memories.

1308: So the first of those 7,000 games in March is against Reading, the last non-Prem side standing in the FA Cup. The Royals are quite simply unbeatable under Brian McDermott, who has overseen six wins and a draw since taking over as permanent manager. Oh, and a defeat. Better make that almost unbeatable then.

1305: Matters have got so bad that Villa boss Martin O'Neill has actually asked the Premier League if he can switch some of their games to April. "We have got no midweek games in April at the moment but something like 7,000 in March," O'Neill slightly exaggerated this week. "I've been reminded that we haven't won a game in March since I've been here. We'll now have an opportunity every two and a half days to change that."

1300: Hello there. Is there such a thing as Marchphobia? I'm only asking because Aston Villa have not won a single game in the calendar's third month since 2005 when David O'Leary was in charge. Maybe they should bring him back for all future months of March. I don't think he's busy. Just an idea.

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