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By Sam Lyon

1940: So I make that wrap-up o'clock. Make sure you're back with me tomorrow when the likes of Man City, Fulham, Leyton Orient and Arsenal are involved in the FA Cup, while West Brom and Wolves face off in their Premier League west-country derby. Oh yeah - and there's also the FA Cup quarter-final draw at around 1600 GMT. Nice. Before then, why not get involved on the 606 phone-in on Radio 5 Live - or just settle in for a spot of the Football League Show from 2350 on BBC One and online? You know you want to. See ya!

Anon via text: "Proof if proof where needed that Man Utd need a major shake up in summer. Quality lacking, especially in midfield."

Chief football writer Phil McNulty reports:
"Crawley may depart from Old Trafford defeated but they take all credit. Steve Evans' side played with real dash and spirit and only the woodwork denied them at the end. If some of Sir Alex Ferguson's undercard hoped to use this as a chance to impress they failed miserably."

Michael Da Silva reports:
"Birmingham march into the last eight of the FA Cup with plenty to spare. Sheffield Wednesday perhaps deserved a goal for pure effort in the second half but the gulf in class was significant, and the cup double dream is still on for the Blues."

Saj Chowdhury reports:
"Stoke had it won in the first half. Brighton? There's always promotion, eh?"

Everton win 4-3 on penalties

David Ornstein reports:
"Chelsea's season takes another turn for the worse, their FA Cup dream obliterated by the boot of Phil Neville. But take nothing away from Everton, the never-say-die Toffees breathing new life into their troubled season with a fine win."

1925: Joining us for the first time today? Let our match reporters catch you up on what you missed...

Man-of-the-match Pablo Mills: "It's a bit disappointing. We could have made keeper work more. The lads put in a great shift. But if we're going to go out then this is the best place. From the chairman to the staff to the management, it's been first class."

GhamKun on Twitter: "Absolutely shocking from ManUtd and that's coming from a fan. Crawley Town though performed with great FA Cup determination."

1918: By the way, take a look at our stats page. Crawley - at Old Trafford - enjoyed 53% of the possession. Unbelievable. How long and hard will Richard Brodie rue that late missed chance, though, huh? Oh what might have been.

1915: The question on everyone's lips - who got Wayne Rooney's shirt? David Hunt, take a bow son.

manse79 on Twitter: "Have to salute Crawley there. There are 12-15 Premier League teams that would have been proud of that performance."

Mossbird on Twitter: "Phew. That was a bit too close really. Bit rich walking off to "Glory Glory Man Utd" - no glory there..."

Full time
1909: FULL-TIME Man Utd 1-0 Crawley Town

1909: And now Man Utd are wasting time...

1908: And now Kyle McFadzean gets on the end of David Hunt's cross - his header flying wide. Man Utd have been hanging on against non-league Crawley for well over half an hour here. Unbelievable.

Someone has struck the woodwork
1906: So close!! Crawley substitute Richard Brodie gets on the end of a corner, flicked on at the near post by a Man Utd defender, and loops a header goalwards - only to watch on in agony as it crashes back off Anders Lindegaard's crossbar. What a story that would've been.

1905: We'll have four minutes of added time.

Yellow card
1903: A sign of Man Utd's growing frustration as Wayne Rooney goes in clumsily - and unnecessarily - on David Hunt, the England frontman quite rightly booked as a result. Petulance from Rooney.

Chief football writer Phil McNulty at Old Trafford: "Crawley doing themselves massive credit here - unlike one or two of Manchester United's shadow squad. The Conference side have created the better chances in the second half and have shown great fitness levels."

1901: We've had 87 minutes - it's all Crawley Town - can they snatch a dramatic equaliser?

1859: Crawley are still putting the hard yakka in at Old Trafford - fair play to them. United as an attacking force are almost non-existent now. Wowzers.

1857: Into the 83rd minute, and it's another Crawley free-kick 30 yards out... Matthew Tubbs stings it over the bar.

1855: Last throw of the dice from Crawley manager Steve Evans - Simon Rusk on for Ben Smith.

1853: Crawley free-kick 25 yards out, perfect for the left-footer, Dean Howell over it... big build-up... wasted over the bar, with the left-back slipping as he took it too. Oops.

funtimeharesy on Twitter: "Crawley Town, even if you lose, you are really genuinely entertaining me right now!"

1850: Crawley are the better side at Old Trafford right now. Seriously.

1848: What a spell Crawley are enjoying right now - and Matthew Tubbs almost pulls of a most spectacular equaliser after Jamie Cook's cross causes havoc in the United box, Tubbs' overhead kick deflecting off Wes Brown and over from eight yards. To add insult to injury, no corner is given.

Chief football writer Phil McNulty at Old Trafford: "Tempting fate - and a wonder goal here - but Manchester United's Bebe looks a very ordinary player. Old Trafford woken from its slumbers as David Hunt wastes Crawley's best chance."

1846: Chance of the night for Crawley, chance of the night... Richard Brodie breaks down the left and his cross is met in the middle by David Hunt unmarked - but the midfielder, with his wrong foot, can only volley wide unmarked. What a moment that could've been.

1843: A change apiece as we enter the final 20 minutes - Darren Fletcher coming on for Fabio da Silva for United, Jamie Cook replacing Willie Gibson for Crawley. Cook, apparently, took time out from being a footballer in an attempt to establish himself as a professional golfer only recently. The FA Cup doesn't half throw up some lovely tales.

1840: Man Utd build patiently but when the ball is fed to Darron Gibson on the edge of the box, his touch lets him down - and the Man Utd crowd show the first few signs of frustration as a result. They assumed this game would've been wrapped up by now.

1837: Crawley Town change - Craig McAllister off and reported big-money signing Richard Brodie on in his place.

cjhopkins07 on Twitter: "To be fair I've seen Champions League teams go to Old Trafford and give United less of a game."

1835: Wayne Rooney has a go at goal for - I think - the first time in the match, but his right-foot effort is well over.

1833: Approaching an hour gone at Old Trafford and still there's just the one goal in it. Who would've bet on that before kick-off? Crawley are surely going to run out of huff soon, though...?

1829: Second Man Utd substitution - Chris Smalling on for Rafael da Silva.

Yellow card
1828: Ah shame... Sergio Torres breaks from midfield but is just unable to set Matthew Tubbs free, and then the Crawley midfielder catches Rafael da Silva late and goes into the referee's book.

1825: Fine spell of possession from Crawley, with Ben Smith, Dannie Bulman and Craig McAllister all involved - and United are having to do some defending at the start of this half.

Chief football writer Phil McNulty at Old Trafford: "Interesting to see how Crawley cope with Wayne Rooney after his introduction. Anderson had been struggling with a knock from very early on - Rooney is already dropping deep and finding space."

1822: The hosts break up the other end, though, Wayne Rooney setting Gabriel Obertan clear on the left - Pablo Mills back to clear the United winger's cross well under pressure from Javier Hernandez.

1821: Crawley right back into their stride at the start of the half, and another fine Dean Howell ball in from the left forces another rushed clearance from the United defence.

1819: Manchester United kick off the second half, Man Utd 1-0 Crawley.

1815: Guess who's out warming up? Only Wayne Rooney. The England frontman is coming on for Anderson, apparently - a dear diary moment for every single Crawley Town player in the second half, then.

Adam_Clatworthy on Twitter: "Amazing half-time score considering the difference between the clubs, and Crawley don't look out of it."

Tim, Witney via text: "I think I've seen another game this week where one team dominated possession but only led 1-0 at HT.. 2-1 Crawley then!"

mattharding007 on Twitter: "Well done Crawley so far but Utd playing in second gear. Gibson and Rafael excellent, Obertan and Bebe yet to convince..."

Half time
1805: HALF-TIME Man Utd 1-0 Crawley
Chief football writer Phil McNulty's HT snap-shot:
"Manchester United's lead may be narrow but this has been comfortable. Crawley spending lots of time chasing possession - a tiring business that could tell even more as the game progresses."

1802: The half-time whistle goes at Old Trafford.

1758: Dean Howell has sent a couple of decent crosses in from the left for Crawley tonight - but his latest one eludes the onrushing Matthew Tubbs when had it found him he would've had a clean shot on goal.

Chief football writer Phil McNulty at Old Trafford: "Wes Brown's goal will frustrate Crawley boss Steve Evans on every level. He had watched his side cope comfortably up until very slack defending saw the deadlock broken. Crawley fans appear undaunted though."

1754: Good save from Michel Kuipers as the Dutchman gets down to beat away Gabriel Obertan's shot. Crawley hanging on for half-time.

1752: For the first time in the match, United are starting to string the chances together - though Pablo Mills is unlucky to have a corner given against him when he holds off Javier Hernandez in the area, the last touch was definitely off the Mexican. The set-piece comes to nothing in the end anyway, though.

1750: Oh that's another stunning pass from Darron Gibson, the Irishman setting Fabio da Silva clear in the box with a perfectly weighted pass, the Brazilian prodding wide when he should have at least hit the target. Gibson's looking very much the part today.

1749: No sign of that goal deflating Crawley's enthusiasm just yet, and the visitors continue to buzz about the hosts nicely.

1746: That goal, by the way, is Wes Brown's first since October 2008 - and only his fifth ever. Which is nice.

Man Utd goal: The hosts lead - but you can hardly say it's been one-way traffic. Either way, it's an excellent goal, Darron Gibson working a short corner routine and then swinging in a delightful cross that Wes Brown flicks expertly into the far corner.

1744: GOALFLASH Man Utd 1-0 Crawley (Brown)

1743: A superb pass from Darron Gibson falls perfectly for Javier Hernandez inside the Crawley box - but the Mexican opts to take a touch instead of shoot first time and Crawley are able to clear.

1739: Crawley are really settling into this match now - and they're even fashioning the odd half-chance. The latest sees Craig McAllister flick a header goalwards from a ball in from deep, his effort easily held by United keeper Anders Lindegaard.

1735: Crawley frontman Matthew Tubbs - scorer of 25 goals in 26 games this season - is, understandably, looking a touch isolated up front on his own - but even he is putting a shift in to pressure, hassle and harry United at every turn. Excellent first 20 minutes to this match from the visitors.

1731: Just over 15 minutes gone and Crawley are holding their own. 0-0.

1729: Close. Bebe threads a lovely ball through for Javier Hernandez to run on to... only for the official to raise his flag on the right touchline. Lovely bending run from Hernandez, but better defending from Crawley - stepping up as a backline to catch their man offside.

1726: Have a go son, why not? Matthew Tubbs's knock-down sits up nicely 25 yards out from the Man Utd goal and Crawley midfielder Ben Smith tries his luck with looping long-ranger... that only narrowly drifts past Anders Lindegaard's far post. Decent effort.

1725: Fabio da Silva gets in behind the Crawley defence on the left and has plenty of support in the box from his Man Utd team-mates - his cut-back is weak, though, and David Hunt is able to clear. Man Utd already dominating possession almost entirely.

1722: Crawley Town will have to do a lot of this tonight I suspect - chase-ball. Man Utd already stroking the ball around comfortably, though the visitors are so far holding their shape well.

1719: Good pace to the game early on - and Crawley Town are not here just to sit there and look pretty. Plenty of effervescence about the visitors, as you'd expect.

1718: After Crawley burst at the first opportunity - a cross from the left is easily cut out - Man Utd earn a couple of corners in quick succession, Town defender David Hunt defending the first well and then Bebe seeing his cross on the back of the second fly across goal.

1716: We are up and running on the biggest day of many of these Crawley players lives.

1714: Here come the players, then - what an arena and atmosphere for Crawley's players to sample, this is. And with 9,000 away fans apparently in attendance, they needn't feel alone out there. Still, they couldn't... could they...?

Chief football writer Phil McNulty at Old Trafford:
"Manchester United make nine changes from the side that beat Manchester City last weekend. Only John O'Shea and Anderson survive - and Wayne Rooney is on the bench should they need his inspiration. Bebe makes a rare start. Good news for Crawley in that their captain Pablo Mills, who was rested for Tuesday's draw against Wrexham, does return to the starting XI. But they are without his midfield colleague, Scott Neilson, because of a foot injury, while John Dempster and Josh Simpson are cup-tied."

ElliotDX_Sims on Twitter: "The Crawley manager thought United might have been taking it seriously. Looking at their team, that's a 'no'."

Alex, Plymouth via text: "With players like Shearer and Torres, Crawley could be going places. What a strange transfer window."

1709: And while I'm sure you'll hear the phrase "Magic of the Cup" bandied about a fair bit this weekend, just as it is every season, I was interested to learn this week that Crawley Town are not exactly everyone's flavour of the month. Their presence in round five of the world's finest domestic Cup competition has, in fact, created something of an unofficial furore. Interesting as far as background goes... but not something I'll be holding against the XI players out on the fieldby any stretch. Feel free to chat among yourselves, though.

1705: Crawley physio Mark Stein has been speaking to BBC Sport ahead of this tie - you might want to check out what he said. "We've beaten three League sides [Swindon, Derby and Torquay] already and the club deserves a great tie. "To be honest it's unbelievable, it just gets better and better. Hopefully we can go there and do alright."

BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Selhurst Park: "Crystal Palace boss Dougie Freedman just about the last man off the pitch, clapping the home fans after his team's 1-0 win over Sheffield United. A crucial win for the Eagles, but it really heaps the pressure on the Blades."

Lee in Hinckley via text: "In response to Will @ 1652, FA Cup rule 15a: 'Each team participating in a match shall represent the full available strength of each competing club'. That the rule is ignored by the FA is a different thing altogether."

OptaJoe on Twitter: "The last three non-league teams to play against Manchester United in the FA Cup have earned a replay. Dreamers."

Chief football writer Phil McNulty at Old Trafford:
"The M6 was awash with Crawley colours and coaches as 9,000 fans made their way from Sussex to Old Trafford for a fifth-round tie containing all the elements that make the FA Cup so special. Manchester United's line-up may not have a familiar look, but this will take none of the gloss off a very special day for this ambitious Conference club."

Football League Macca: "Big win for Forest as they hold off Cardiff 2-1 to go second. QPR's draw at Preston means Forest close the gap to five points with a game in hand. Leeds and Norwich finished 2-2, while Swansea are up to third after a 3-0 win against Doncaster. Very useful victories for Palace, Boro and Pompey at the bottom."

Anon via text: "RE: 1652 - 'Anon's Bubble' sounds like an inadequate prog-rock band."

1655: MAN UTD v CRAWLEY (1715)
Man Utd:
Lindegaard, Rafael Da Silva, Brown, O'Shea, Fabio Da Silva, Carrick, Anderson, Gibson, Bebe, Hernandez, Obertan. Subs: Kuszczak, Rooney, Smalling, Fletcher, King, Pogba, Tunnicliffe.
Crawley Town: Kuipers, Hunt, Mills, McFadzean, Howell, Gibson, Smith, Bulman, Torres, Tubbs, McAllister. Subs: Shearer, Rusk, Rents, Wilson, Cook, Napper, Brodie.
Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)

Full time
1653: FULL-TIME Birmingham 3-0 Sheff Wed

1652: FULL-TIME Stoke 3-0 Brighton

Will, Sheffield via text: "The rules are different for the FA Cup - you don't have to field the strongest XI. Sorry to burst Anon's bubble."

Football League Macca: "Swansea are home and dry as Luke Moore Moore Moore puts them 3-0 ahead against Doncaster. Middlesbrough's Leroy Lita has restored their lead at Millwall - 3-2 now. Kanu has put Pompey ahead against Barnsley. Oh, Jay Simpson has got Hull on level terms at Ipswich. Danny Cadamarteri has done likewise for Huddersfield at Bournemouth. Oxford are enjoying a good day as they go 3-0 up at Morecambe and within a whisker of the play-offs. Exeter are enjoying a similarly tidy day at Charlton."

1645: Penalty appeals this time at St Andrew's as the ball appears to hit Jean Beausejour on the hand in the box, referee Anthony Taylor waves the Sheffield Wednesday players away, though.

BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Selhurst Park: "A simply stunning strike from Darren Ambrose, as his 25-yard volley puts Crystal Palace in front at Selhurst Park and heaps the relegation worries on struggling Sheffield United."

1640: Into the last 10 minutes in the Birmingham 3-0 Sheff Weds and Stoke 3-0 Brighton games... and the Premier League teams are as comfortable as the scorelines suggest.

Football League Macca: "Norwich did have their noses in front at Leeds but sub Davide Somma has made it 2-2 with his first kick of the game. Hameur Bouazza has also made it 2-2 for Millwall against Boro. Bournemouth have gone in front in the big L1 game. A big L1 goal for Bristol Rovers as they lead against Oldham. Macclesfield have gone from 1-0 down to 4-1 up at relegation rivals Stockport."

1632: Man Utd XI v Crawley: Lindegaard, Rafael, O'Shea, Brown, Fabio, Gibson, Carrick, Anderson, Bebe, Hernandez, Obertan.
Subs: Rooney, Smalling, Fletcher, Kuszczak, King, Pogba, Tunnicliffe.

1631: With both three goals to the good, it's all very comfortable for Stoke and Birmingham against Brighton and Sheff Weds, respectively. Into the last 20 minutes, both Premier League sides are taking the opportunity to work on their keep-ball games.

Football League Macca: "Rob Earnshaw is not celebrating but the Forest fans certainly are as he restores their lead against his old club Cardiff. Twenty minutes to go. Forest 2-1 Cardiff."

Anon via text: "Ten changes for Manchester Utd. I wonder if the FA will try to fine Sir Alex like they did Blackpool?"

Football League Macca: "All change. Cardiff's 2,500 fans at the City Ground are making themselves heard as they level against Forest. Preston have not had much to shout about recently but they have pegged back leaders QPR at 1-1. Two goals in four minutes have given Middlesbrough a 2-1 lead against Millwall, Ipswich's good run continues as they lead against Hull, while Reading have levelled against Watford."

Manchester United
make nine changes for their FA Cup fifth-round match against Crawley, Anderson and John O'Shea the only survivors from the team that beat Man City 2-1 last week. Wayne Rooney starts on a youthful-looking bench.

1619: Penalty appeals from Brighton at the Britannia Stadium as Elliott Bennett has his run into the area checked by Robert Huth, but referee Howard Webb is having none of it. Still, some encouragement for Gus Poyet's men, there.

BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Selhurst Park: "Palace 0-0 Blades. Into the second half and no goals so far. Fair to say these teams are lacking in confidence and self-belief."

Birmingham goal: That is surely game, set and match for Sheffield Wednesday, Blues midfielder David Murphy on hand to lash home from inside the box after the visitors failed to deal with Keith Fahey's fine, whipped corner.

1613: Birmingham 3-0 Sheff Wed (Murphy)

1611: Brighton, 3-0 down at the Britannia, are not laying down tools just yet and Ashley Barnes has just stung the palms of Thomas Sorensen in the Stoke goal with a decent effort from range.

Jamesy via text: "In the Britannia now, steak pies are nothing compared to ours in Brighton. Stoke to go 7-0 up and Seagulls to win 7-8 . You heard it here first."

misterturtles on Twitter: "No Cupsets yet... So can only mean a 5-0 victory for Crawley later!"

1605: Back up and running in our two 1500 FA Cup kick-offs... I think. I can't say for sure as I can't see anything. Oh no, yep, we're definitely back under way in both. Lovely.

dandelacour on Twitter: "Stoke and Birmingham both showing the gulf in class between the English leagues. Not a very good day for Cupset fans."

Clwyd in Cumbria via text: "Phil Neville - top bloke, top player and now top penalty taker! Up the Toffees."

Everton's match-winner at Chelsea, captain Phil Neville, tells BBC Radio 5 live: "I knew I was going to score, I knew where the ball was going to go - and that's half the battle. We've been practising [penalties] all week. The manager just told us to hit them as hard as possible. My biggest worry is that there was a big divot in the penalty spot. Petr Cech looks really big, but luckily he dived the wrong way. Out of the two ties with Chelsea, I think we just deserved to go through. This could be the springboard for us. We've set the standard today and we must not drop below that. There is still plenty to play for in the league if we pull our socks up."

Football League Macca: "Swansea are looking good for a home win as Ashley Williams put them 2-0 up against Doncaster. At Leeds, Norwich levelled just before the HT whistle through Henri Lansbury. MK Dons are into the L1 play-off slots as they lead at Hartlepool, while Wycombe are trailing at home to lowly L2 side Accrington."

Half time
1554: HALF-TIME Birmingham 2-0 Sheff Wed
Michael Da Silva HT snapshot:
"Wednesday trudge off at half time having paid the price for some terrible defending. The Owls have shown endeavour as the half has gone on, but it could be 4-0 and this is Birmingham's to lose. Massive ask for the visitors."

Half time
1551: HALF-TIME Stoke 3-0 Brighton
Saj Chowdhury's HT snap-shot:
"Two errors of judgement by keeper Peter Brezovan made Brighton's task tough, though there was still hope of a 'cupset'. And then Shawcross added a third. Any comeback now would top those of West Ham and Newcastle."

1548: The half-time whistles blow at the Britannia Stadium and St Andrew's.

Stoke goal: It's been coming... Ryan Shawcross makes it three for the hosts with a header, nodding home Jon Walters' near-post flick-on from Jermaine Pennant's excellent corner. Brighton being taught a bit of a lesson, here.

1543: GOALFLASH Stoke 3-0 Brighton (Shawcross)

Football League Macca: "There's no stopping Forest at the moment - there's definitely no stopping Wes Morgan when he's on the move. The head of the big defender has powered them in front against Cardiff and into second in the table. Leaders QPR are also in front at basement boys Preston. Reading are trailing at home to Watford. In L1, Peterboro are losing at home to Tranmere, while in one of those L2 six-pointers Stockport and Macclesfield have a goal each."

1538: Clarification to that Chelsea shoot-out record at 1515 - I'm led to believe that does not include the 2009 Community Shield win over Man Utd on penalties. If you count that, it's seven shoot-out defeats in eight. We think.

BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Selhurst Park: "Two good chances for both Crystal Palace and Sheffield United but between them these two struggling teams have mustered just six goals in their last six games. Definitely very edgy at Selhurst Park."

1536: Cameron Jerome has fluffed his lines with an awful miss for Birmingham from three yards out. Jerome couldn't redirect Lee Bowyer's cut-back and the ball trickles wide of the post. That should have been three for the hosts.

1533: Almost 3-0 to Stoke against Brighton, the Premier League outfit impressing against their League One opponents. This time Ryan Shawcross misses with a header close in from Jermaine Pennant's whipped cross.

1529: Worrying scenes for Alexander Hleb at St Andrew's, the Birmingham midfielder stretchered off the field with an inflatable protection around his leg - that looks serious. It was a late tackle from James O'Connor that caused the injury. David Bentley is his replacement.

Football League Macca: "Some big goals going in. Scott Sinclair has his 19th of the season as Swansea are beating Doncaster. Luciano Becchio is not far behind, he has 14 and Leeds have their 58th league goal of the season as they lead Norwich. Neil Harris has got his first Championship goal of the season as Millwall lead Boro. Colchester are sniffing around L1 promotion and are beating Walsall, while L2 leaders Chesterfield are winning at Lincoln and Gillingham are ahead against promo rivals Bury."

Stoke goal: It's all going the Premier League side's way this afternoon, Marc Wilson playing a great one-two with Jermaine Pennant before crossing into the area for Jon Walters to nod in. Keeper Peter Brezovan, again, should have done better.

1522: GOALFLASH Stoke 2-0 Brighton (Walters)

Birmingham goal: Obafemi Martins capitalises on some questionable Owls defending to score his first goal in the blue of Birmingham. Michael Morrison misses a header at the back for Wednesday and Martins, one-on-one with Nicky Weaver, shifts the ball onto his left foot and slots it home. Birmingham cruising.

1518: GOALFLASH Birmingham 2-0 Sheff Wed (Martins)

Stoke goal: You'd have had good money on this, I'm sure... a long throw from Rory Delap is poorly dealt with by Brighton keeper Peter Brezovan and Stoke's big striker John Carew is on hand to nudge the ball over the line.

1516: GOALFLASH Stoke 1-0 Brighton (Carew)

Full time
Phil Neville keeps his nerve to slam home the decisive spot-kick and send Everton through to the FA Cup fifth-round,
Someone has won a penalty
where they will host Championship side Reading. By the way, apparently that is Chelsea's SEVENTH penalty shoot-out defeat in a row. Wowzers.

1514: SCORED Chelsea 3-4 Everton (Neville)

1514: MISSED Chelsea 3-3 Everton (A Cole)
Fired left-footed high, wide and not very handsome by Ashley Cole.

1513: SCORED Chelsea 3-3 Everton (Heitinga)

1512: SCORED Chelsea 3-2 Everton (Essien)

1511: SCORED Chelsea 2-2 Everton (Arteta)

1510: SAVED Chelsea 2-1 Everton (Anelka)
Nicolas Anelka's casual spot-kick is kept out to his right by Tim Howard and we're back on terms in the shoot-out.

1510: SCORED Chelsea 2-1 Everton (Jagielka)

1509: SCORED Chelsea 2-0 Everton (Drogba)

1508: SAVED Chelsea 1-0 Everton (Baines)
What irony. Leighton Baines steps up and sees his accurate spot-kick brilliantly saved to his left by Petr Cech.

1508: SCORED Chelsea 1-0 Everton (Lampard)

1507: Penalties at Stamford Bridge... Chelsea up first...

Birmingham goal: It's a simple finish and perfect start to their fifth-round tie for Birmingham against League One's Sheffield Wednesday, Jean Beausejour side-footing home a neat goal from Lee Bowyer's set-up.

1507: GOALFLASH Birmingham 1-0 Sheff Wed (Beausejour)

1506: We're up and running in both our 1500 FA Cup kick-offs, by the way. At Stamford Bridge... the penalties will be taken in front of the Everton fans, apparently.

StanSP on Twitter: "That what the FA Cup is all about Sam!!"

1504: Unbelievable. Everton were 75 seconds away from an FA Cup exit, and up steps Leighton Baines to rescue their campaign - and, arguably, their season? Penalties to come, though, and it's up for grabs for both sides...

Full time
1503: FULL-TIME Chelsea 1-1 Everton PENALTIES

1502: There will be one added minute, but this is heading for penalties at Stamford Bridge...

BBC Radio 5 Live
Former England manager Graham Taylor on BBC Radio 5 live: "Bill Kenwright [Everton chairman] is almost shedding tears of joy."

Everton goal: Stunning - and no less than Everton deserve. Leighton Baines steps up and curls an unstoppable free-kick left-footed over the wall and right into the top corner to send the visiting faithful ballistic. What a finish.

1500: GOALFLASH Chelsea 1-1 Everton (Baines)

1459: This is a real chance, though... Everton free-kick, 22 yards out, Leighton Baines over it...

1456: Into the last five minutes of extra-time at Stamford Bridge, and despite Marouane Fellaini being deposited up front now as a target for the long ball, Everton are showing few signs of a late rally.

Yellow card
1454: Everton's frustration - and exhaustion I'll wager - starting to show and Mikel Arteta has his name taken for a clumsy foul on Michael Essien. This looks Chelsea's for the taking now and no mistake.

1453: Chelsea substitution - Yuri Zhirkov making his first appearance since November as a late replacement for Salomon Kalou.

Michael Da Silva reports:
"Sheffield Wednesday go into this 5th round match with Birmingham still seeking their first win under new boss Gary Megson. Alex McLeish's side have already proved their cup pedigree this season, earning a trip to Wembley later this month to contest the Carling Cup final. St Andrew's remains something of a fortress but, with nothing to lose, can the Owls spring a surprise?"

1451: STOKE v BRIGHTON (1500)
Saj Chowdhury reports:
"Brighton are enjoying good times at the moment. Riding high in League One while they will finally move into a new stadium in the summer - it will be the only ground to have 100% padded seats! Nice. So victory for the 1983 runners-up would constitute a shock, but not a major one. Stoke made their first quarter-final appearance for the first time in 38 years last season. They'll be hoping, that like buses, another one comes along."

BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Selhurst Park:
"Fourth from bottom Crystal Palace host third from bottom Sheffield United in the Championship. One win between them all year, two of the poorest scoring records in the Championship. I'm expecting desperation."

BenLongthorne on Twitter: "As a neutral having sat through both legs of the Chelsea v Everton tie I feel robbed that I may not get a penalty shootout!"

1449: I'm not saying Everton are a spent force here, but it's Chelsea back on to the front foot at the start of the second added period. Looking for a second goal that would put this FA Cup fourth-round replay to bed, the hosts.

1447: Chelsea get the second half of extra-time up and running, Chelsea 1-0 Everton.

Michael Da Silva reports:
"So Birmingham boss Alex McLeish has made a whopping eight changes from the team beaten in midweek by Newcastle. Ben Foster, Craig Gardner, David Bentley and Nikola Zigic all warm the bench while Obafemi Martins gets the chance to impress from the start. Just the two changes for Sheffield Wednesday, with Daniel Jones and Neil Mellor coming in for Gary Madine and Giles Coke - who saw red in Tuesday's 3-0 defeat to Tranmere."

1445: STOKE v BRIGHTON (1500)
Saj Chowdhury reports:
"Stoke's Matthew Etherington has passed a late fitness test on his back injury to take his place in the starting line-up. Dean Whitehead, Kenwyne Jones and Ricardo Fuller start from the bench. Brighton's Chris Wood and Matt Sparrow fail to make the squad having recently suffered injuries. Wood was part of a three-pronged attack with Glenn Murray and Ashley Barnes, who form the pairing up front today."

1444: EXTRA-TIME HALF-TIME Chelsea 1-0 Everton

1443: This is a very tall order for Everton, now, with the Toffees looking very, very tired.

Chelsea goal: Finally the breakthrough, 14 minutes into extra time. Frank Lampard, as he so often has been in his career, is in the right place at the right time to latch on to Nicolas Anelka's half-cleared cross and lash low into the corner from the angle, eight yards out.

1441: GOALFLASH Chelsea 1-0 Everton (Lampard)

1440: ...and it's half-cleared to Frank Lampard, whose first effort is blocked and second screwed wide from the edge of the area.

1439: Corner to Chelsea...

1437: Cracking defender from Phil Jagielka, the Everton man tracking Didier Drogba's run into the box well, refusing to commit himself, and then blocking the Ivorian's attempted cross excellently. Still, this match is very flat in the first added period, I have to say.

1435: Very quiet start to extra-time at Stamford Bridge. Have Everton settled for penalties?

1433: Everton's third and final change - Johnny Heitinga on to replace Leon Osman.

1430: I'm not one to, you know, deflect attention from a heinous error or owt - but, unlike the official Chelsea mascot bless 'em, I did at least get the full-time score right. Anyway...

1429: I can only think I was getting my Marouanes (Chamakh/ Fellaini) mixed up, by the way. I know, I know... unforgiveable... I shall receive 40 lashes upon completion of my shift, promise.

1428: Right then, with Nicolas Anelka finally on for Chelsea in place of Florent Malouda, extra-time gets up and running at Stamford Bridge.

Football League Macca: "The Championship menu looks particularly appealing this week. Where to start? How about the bottom v top tie between Preston and QPR? Or maybe second-placed Cardiff visiting Forest, lying fourth and still unbeaten at home? Maybe in-form Leeds (6th) hosting in-form Norwich (3rd)? Plenty more besides."

Football League Macca: "While leaders Brighton are off on Cup duty, the focus is on second v third in L1. Bournemouth could, theoretically, go top. They'd need to hammer Huddersfield, a team they've failed to beat in their previous 16 league meetings, by eight goals mind. However, if the Terriers were to win by seven goals they'd replace the Cherries in second spot."

Football League Macca: "The soggy weather has deprived us of 2nd v 3rd in L2, so a win for leaders Chesterfield at Lincoln will see them go eight points clear. There's a couple of cracking relegation scraps at the bottom, where it's supertight: Hereford (20th) v Burton (22nd) and Stockport (23rd) v Macclesfield (21st)."

1426: As the players at Stamford Bridge grab a well-earned drink - and as I correct Marouane Fellaini's nationality from Moroccan to Belgian (ahem) - let's hear again from Football League Macca shall we?

1425: STOKE v BRIGHTON (1500)
Sorensen, Wilson, Shawcross, Huth, Pugh, Pennant, Whelan, Delap, Etherington, Walters, Carew. Subs: Nash, Higginbotham, Collins, Jones, Fuller, Whitehead, Wilkinson.
Brighton: Brezovan, Calderon, Elphick, Greer, Painter, Bennett, Bridcutt, Battipiedi, Dicker, Murray, Barnes. Subs: Ankergren, Baz, Holroyd, Sandaza, Taricco, Caskey, Dunk.
Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)

1423: FT: Chelsea 0-0 Everton EXTRA-TIME TO BE PLAYED

1423: ...cleared by Didier Drogba.

1422: Into the 93rd minute... and Everton have a corner...

BBC Radio 5 Live
Former England manager Graham Taylor on BBC Radio 5 live: "Amazing. It's been all Chelsea in the last quarter, and then in the last two minutes Everton could have nicked it."

1420: We'll have three added minutes...

1419: Drama! Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini thinks he's won it in the last minute after Petr Cech can only parry Leighton Baines's dipping long-ranger - but the Belgian was a fraction offside and the 'goal' is ruled out. Drama drama drama...

1417: Into the last couple of minutes at Stamford Bridge and it's Chelsea making the late surge for a winner. If only they weren't trying to walk it into the net, they might fare a little better too. Everton happy to play on the break.

Doyle, Carr, Johnson, Murphy, Parnaby, Fahey, Bowyer, Hleb, Beausejour, Jerome, Martins. Subs: Foster, Larsson, Gardner, Phillips, Bentley, Zigic, Mutch.
Sheff Wed: Weaver, Spurr, Michael Morrison, Reda Johnson, Reynolds, Teale, O'Connor, Osbourne, Jones, Clinton Morrison, Mellor. Subs: Jameson, Hinds, Heffernan, Potter, Beevers, Sedgwick, Palmer.
Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)

1413: Do either of these sides actually want to win this? Florent Malouda gets in behind the Everton defence in the box, the ball eventually falling to Frank Lampard, who has just the keeper to beat - but the midfielder goes for the audacious lob instead of power and dinks it well over the bar. Dum de dum.

1411: Almost an immediate impact from the Toffees substitute, but Victor Anichebe just fails to get on the end of a fine cross into the box from Diniyar Bilyaletdinov.

1410: Everton change - Victor Anichebe on for Jermaine Beckford. Into the last 10 minutes of normal time, with extra-time and penalties firmly in the reckoning here...

1407: Deary me - I guess that underlines, again, why John Terry is a centre-half not a centre forward. The Chelsea captain does well to make up ground and get on the end of Didier Drogba's cross, but instead of pulling the trigger with just the keeper to beat, he opts to clip a cross in that Everton are able to clear. Moments later Frank Lampard lets fly from range, but his effort zips past the post.

1405: I wonder what Reading - who will travel to the winners of this match in the next round - are making of today's encounter? Not much on offer to unduly worry them so far, I'd say.

1404: Better from Everton as they at least work Petr Cech on the back of another decent move, Seamus Coleman beating Ashley Cole to Diniyar Bilyaletdinov's cross but seeing his downward header saved by the Chelsea keeper.

baddar88 on Twitter: "Must be frustrating being an Everton fan. Got into great positions countless times, but aren't even working Cech."

1359: Everton substitute as we enter the last 20 minutes of normal time, Diniyar Bilyaletdinov replacing Tim Cahill.

1356: And now Chelsea midfielder Ramires has a pop from outside the area, his low shot drifting just wide. FYI - that was Chelsea's 10th effort on goal compared to Everton's three, apparently. Which tells you something about the Toffees' failure so far to turn their good play into clear chances.

1355: Save! Lovely move from Chelsea, Salomon Kalou laying in Ramires who crosses for Frank Lampard to poke goalwards - Tim Howard saving brilliantly at point-blank range with his legs. From the resulting corner, Branislav Ivanovic prods at goal unmarked, but it hits his own player in Kalou and flies away. Couple of great chances.

1353: As with much of the first half, Everton completely dominating possession at Stamford Bridge. Now can they add a clinical finish to their build-up play?

Yellow card
1350: Third Everton yellow card of the half, Sylvain Distin going into the book for a late trip on Branislav Ivanovic.

1348: Up the other end now and a free-kick to Everton - delivered by Leighton Baines, flicked on by the head of Leon Osman, saved comfortably by Petr Cech.

BBC Radio 5 Live
Former England manager Graham Taylor on BBC Radio 5 live: "There's some edge to this game - and you feel it might spill over at some point. I think that's because both teams are having the kind of runs they are not used to, they're certainly not producing the results they usually expect."

1345: That's another well worked free-kick from Chelsea - and Frank Lampard should do better, the midfielder picked out in acres of space by Didier Drogba's cross but the England man heading over from 12 yards out.

Yellow card
1343: Another booking - the yellow card is getting a fair airing today - as Seamus Coleman is penalised for a late tackle on Branislav Ivanovic. A few players walking the red card tightrope now.

1341: How much space? Frank Lampard rolls a corner into Didier Drogba's feet inside the Everton box but the Ivorian - completely unmarked - sees his first-time effort blocked well by Phil Neville.

Yellow card
1340: Another booking, Leighton Baines having his name taken this time for a clumsy ankle tap on Ramires. Replays showed Phil Dowd got that right too - he's having a good game the Staffordshire official.

1337: Close! Didier Drogba swings in a free-kick from deep - it just eludes the head of Salomon Kalou six yards out - but still it looks like it might creep in until Tim Howard gets across to smother it. Good keeping from the Toffees stopper there.

1334: The second half gets under way, Chelsea 0-0 Everton.

1333: Here come the players for the second half, then. Michael Essien is on for John Mikel Obi.

1330: Plenty of chat on all today's other matches coming up after this match, by the way, but for now it's back to Stamford Bridge...

Golfer and Nottingham Forest fan Lee Westwood on Twitter: "Off to the fortress that is the City Ground to watch Crdiff get a footballing clinic!"

1327: Love it. It's a game of opinions guys and gals!

philarundell on Twitter: "Stonewall penalty."

nigelandre on Twitter: "Blatant dive."

Half time
1322: HALF-TIME Chelsea 0-0 Everton
David Ornstein's HT snap-shot:
"Everton served notice of their threat with a vibrant start but lacked a cutting edge in the final third - will that prove their Achilles heel once more? Chelsea grew in confidence and came closest to scoring, but it's honours even at the beak. Anyone for penalties?"

1318: And that's pretty much the last action of the half - there goes the whistle.

Yellow card
1316: Controversy. Ramires surges on to a pass into the box and touches it past Tim Howard before throwing himself over on the look-out for a penalty - referee Phil Dowd is having none of it and books the Chelsea midfielder for simulation.

There's no doubt Howard raced off his line and missed the ball - but replays suggest there was no contact on the player and that might just have been an excellent decision by Dowd.

Yellow card
1313: We have our first booking of the game - Florent Malouda for a mis-timed lunge at Seamus Coleman. Few complaints there.

BBC Radio 5 Live
Former England manager Graham Taylor on BBC Radio 5 Live: "Both teams look threatening. It's fairly even, despite the fact Chelsea have had the better chances. But Everton have applied themselves well and, actually, they've probably been more positive when in possession."

1309: Didier Drogba goes for goal 22 yards out... it's deflected over by Phil Neville... Tim Howard comes out to punch the resulting corner away.

1307: End-to-end stuff now as Everton force forward and get themselves a corner... Chelsea are able to clear. Dare I say - we have ourselves a proper Cup tie people!

1304: From the resulting corner Branislav Ivanovic rises to meet the set-piece unmarked, but Leon Osman blocks his header inside the six-yard box and clears. Chelsea upping the tempo.

1303: Chelsea have really settled into this match and an opening goal looks only minutes away - Florent Malouda, only just back on the pitch after being ordered to remove his rings, is set clear in the Everton box by Didier Drogba, but Tim Howard is out well to save at the Frenchman's feet 10 yards out.

1259: Salomon Kalou is starting to cause havoc up front for Chelsea and another typically bustling run from the diminutive livewire ends with him chipping goalwards in an effort to find the onrushing Ramires, but his cross/shot drifts into the side netting.

1257: Finally this match has sparked into life - and it's Chelsea on the front foot now. Salomon Kalou's fine burst down the right ends with him cutting back to Frank Lampard, whose initial effort is blocked before Florent Malouda, on the follow-up, forces a save from Tim Howard with a 16-yard snap-shot. Much better from the hosts.

1254: And now a chance for Everton, Leighton Baines getting clear again down the left and crossing for Jermaine Beckford, attacking the near post well, but John Terry is back to press well and ensure the Toffees frontman fluffs his finish. Chelsea's Didier Drogba, meanwhile, looks a little more comfortable after shaking off that earlier knock.

Someone has struck the woodwork
1251: Out of nowhere - a glorious chance for Chelsea. Frank Lampard whips in a fine free-kick from deep and Phil Jagielka can only deflect it onto his own post trying to clear his lines inside the box. On the follow-up, John Terry has an apparently open goal to prod into - but the Chelsea captain contrives to spoon his effort over on the stretch. Waste.

cerifowler on Twitter: "Come on Everton, take the initiative here 'cause Chelsea definitely aren't."

1247: Nice again from Everton, this time down the left, as Leighton Baines swings in a fine cross and Seamus Coleman nods back into the danger area, only for Maourane Fellaini to give away a needless free-kick.

1246: Hhmm... Didier Drogba looks like he is struggling out there, clutching his right knee. Nicolas Anelka is already up and warming up - could be an enforced early change for the hosts, this.

1244: Real pace from Seamus Coleman as he outstrips Ashley Cole down the Everton right despite a two-yard head-start for the Chelsea full-back - but the Irishman's cross is easily collected by Petr Cech with no-one attacking the near post.

1243: I'm not sure if conditions are making things tricky, but both teams have been guilty of some shoddy passing so far - and it's making for a rather scrappy affair at present.

1239: Chelsea launch their first meaningful attack with Florent Malouda crossing from the left and then Frank Lampard looking to get on the ball in the middle, but a well-organised Everton defence is able to clear.

1236: Chelsea continue to look more sluggish than a university student on a Sunday morning while Everton buzz about them with real intent. Salomon Kalou and Didier Drogba do at least look threatening playing on the shoulder of the visiting defence, mind.

1233: Early sighter from Leon Osman as he tests Petr Cech in the Chelsea goal with a low 20-yarder - the Czech well behind it to save. Decent start this from Everton, the visitors looking like they mean business in the early stages.

1231: Everton get us up and running at Stamford Bridge...

philmac17 on Twitter: "You can talk all you want about cupsets, but I'm telling you there will be four home wins today!"

1228: Just time, then, for a late-order stat attack. To start us off, let me tell you that Chelsea are hoping to become the first club to reach the last 16 of FA Cup in 13 successive seasons. They've not beaten Everton in their previous four meetings but, with only one defeat in their last 26 FA Cup ties since January 2007, the Blues will be confident of advancing today. The omens do not bode well for Everton. They are without an away win against another Premier League team in the FA Cup since 1990 and have not triumphed at Stamford Bridge since 1994, while Chelsea have not been knocked out in the fourth round or earlier since 1998. And while Chelsea hitman Didier Drogba only has two goals since the turn of the year, he has eight in his last 12 against the Toffees. But then when did anyone believe in omens and jinxes? It's all baloney, trust me...

1225: Right then, the players are in the tunnel at a wet and soggy Stamford Bridge. A reminder that this tie has to be settled today - which means extra-time and penalties if needed later. Ooh I love penalties, me.

kirksludge on Twitter: "Jags finally back so Everton to squeak it 1-0; FA cup pretty magic-less these days - will die unless Champions League spot is handed to the winner."

Phil in Brussels via text: "What's wrong with replays? If Crawley get a draw today then Man Utd will have to play outside their comfort zone in the replay - that's entertainment."

Football League Macca: "Away from the battle for the finest domestic Cup comp in the world, the planet's oldest football league continues as per usual. The prize at stake is points not pots. There were 29 games (all traditional 1500 GMT kick offs I may add), but the Rochdale-Southampton and Rotherham-Shrewsbury games have been postponed because of waterlogged pitches."

1221: Now, everyone loves a prediction - and everyone, to a human, loves Mark Lawrenson. The BBC football expert is back this week with Lawro's Predictions - and, for starters, he is going for a 2-1 Chelsea win this early afternoon. You?

bennicholls27 on Twitter: "Fair play to Benoit Assou-Ekotto on Friday Focus. You don't really see that kind of honesty anymore."

Anon via text: "Moyes seeing sense, bringing Jagielka back and starting Beckford. Better."

1217: CHELSEA v EVERTON (1230)
David Ornstein reports:
"Chelsea resume their bid to become the first team in 125 years to win three FA Cups a row - a quest which has assumed particular importance since the Blues' Premier League title defence came off the rails. This is also a highly significant day for Everton, financially stricken and enduring a troubled season in the top flight. Much has changed since these sides met in the 2009 final, but whoever comes out on top will fancy their chances of a timely return to Wembley."

1215: Right, it's Football Focus time folks - refresh this page for coverage if you're in the UK.

Mark Thorne via text: "Everton, Birmingham, Crawley and Notts County to win, 4000/1. Worth a punt!"

TalhaDaji on Twitter: "There's going to be an upset today, I can feel it. Let's just hope its nor Chelsea who lose."

1212: CHELSEA v EVERTON (1230)
David Ornstein reports:
"So Chelsea make three changes from the side which drew at Fulham on Monday. Cup-tied new signing Fernando Torres is replaced by Didier Drogba up front, Paulo Ferreira comes in for the ineligible David Luiz - with Branislav Ivanovic switching to centre-back - John Mikel Obi deputises for Michael Essien and Salomon Kalou is preferred to Nicolas Anelka as Drogba's support. Following Sunday's defeat at Bolton there are three alterations for Everton - Phil Jagielka (centre-back) and Leon Osman (right midfield) are picked ahead of Johnny Heitinga and Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, while Jermaine Beckford is favoured over Victor Anichebe in attack."

rkidd1 on Twitter: "Thank goodness I got work off today. Bring it on! :)"

1207: CHELSEA v EVERTON (1230)
Cech, Ferreira, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole, Ramires, Mikel, Lampard, Kalou, Drogba, Malouda. Subs: Turnbull, Essien, Zhirkov, Bertrand, Anelka, McEachran, Sala.
Everton: Howard, Neville, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Coleman, Arteta, Fellaini, Osman, Cahill, Beckford. Subs: Mucha, Hibbert, Heitinga, Bilyaletdinov, Anichebe, Duffy, Baxter.
Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)

1205: And that means, first up, we have the FA Cup fourth-round replay at Stamford Bridge...

1204: Away from the 'logistical' side of things, the FA Cup has once again thrown some pearlers our way. Here's what's in store...
R4R: Chelsea v Everton (1230)
R5: Birmingham v Sheff Wed (1500)
R5: Stoke v Brighton (1500)
R5: Man Utd v Crawley (1715)

And, as if that wasn't enough, we've got a veritable feast of top-notch fixtures from the Championship, League One and League Two. Football League Macca is your man for all that chat. Jubbly.

Alynch0512 on Twitter: "All I want is replayed matches and semi finals at Wembley to be scrapped, other than that the FA cup has lost no magic."

1201: Anyway, this isn't my forum to dominate - and consider my soapbox put firmly away. I want to hear from you guys. As always, you can Tweet the commentary via the hashtag #BBCFootball, ask me a question direct @sampatricklyon or text me via 81111 (UK).

1158: And, yes, I still believe the FA Cup to be the greatest domestic Cup competition in the world. Just. That said, amid talk of proposals to introduce a seedings system, scrapping replays and so on, I can't help but think the Football Association should just leave well alone - or better still, get back to basics. Saturday matches, 1500 GMT kick-offs, Wembley saved for the final etc, right? I love the fact that the likes of Crawley and Leyton Orient will face-off against the top flight's big guns this weekend alongside the all-Premier League clashes that are Chelsea v Everton and Fulham v Bolton. So why mess with a formula that works? If it aint broke, don't fix it.

1155: From the greatest cup competition in Europe during the week to the greatest domestic Cup competition in the world this weekend. Football - it's the sport that just keeps on giving isn't it?

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