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Live - FA Cup



FA CUP RESULTS
Bristol Rovers 1-5 West Brom
Middlesbrough 0-2 Cardiff

PREMIER LEAGUE RESULTS
Sunderland 0-1 Everton

Tottenham 4-0 West Ham
Wigan 0-0 Arsenal

GOALFLASHES AND MAJOR INCIDENTS (all times GMT)

606: DEBATE

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By Caroline Cheese

1958: So for the first time since 1908 (we think), only one top-flight side makes it into the FA Cup semi-finals. It's been an incredible weekend. Check out today's highlights on MOTD2 at 2200 GMT on BBC Two. The all-important semi-final draw is tomorrow at 1325 GMT on BBC Two and on the BBC Sport website. Thanks for all your contributions today. I love football. That is all.

1956: It's a very close-run thing for Player of the Day as West Brom's hat-trick hero Ishmael Miller (8.67) edges out Cardiff's Peter Whittingham (8.43). Dunces hats to the entire Middlesbrough team. A more miserable collection of scores I don't think I've ever seen. Still time to make your vote count.

1954: cfhussain (see 1934) has got it spot on if you ask me. As a neutral and after all the incredible scenes we've witnessed this weekend, it's hard not to feel a bit disappointed that Bristol Rovers couldn't quite pull off a Cupset. But West Brom are deserved semi-finalists. No question about that. It was a very professional performance. Middlesbrough could learn an awful lot.

1950: FULL-TIME Bristol Rovers 1-5 West Brom
The scoreline is harsh on Bristol Rovers but West Brom's finishing was brilliant. Hat-trick man Ishmael Miller was a threat the whole game.

1948: The Bristol Rovers fans give it one last blast of Goodnight Irene as they head for the FA Cup exit. It's been a fabulous run from the League One side, but they'll be concentrating on the league from now on.

1944: GOAL Bristol Rovers 1-5 West Brom
Zoltan Gera passes to Ishmael Miller on the edge of the area. The striker takes one touch and arrows it into the corner. Great finish completes a hat-trick for Miller.

1942: Seven minutes remain and Bristol Rovers are looking a bit disconsolate out there.

1941: "Maybe I should be scared of old, middle-aged Phillips then..."
hairybattery on 606

1939: Almost a howler from Dean Kiely in the West Brom goal. He seems to think Lewis Haldane's shot is going well wide but it comes back off the post.

1934: "You have to give credit to WBA. After all that's happened this weekend, they have approached this game perfectly. Do not let the underdog get on top, Boro and Chelsea did, and it cost them dear."
cfhussain on 606

1932: GOAL Bristol Rovers 1-4 West Brom
Jonathan Greening pokes the ball through, it rebounds off Ishmael Miller's leg and substitute Kevin Phillips fires home. Bit harsh on Rovers that.

1931: Bristol Rovers boss Paul Trollope responds to conceding that goal by throwing on striker Richard Walker in place of midfielder David Pipe.

1927: GOAL Bristol Rovers 1-3 West Brom
Craig Hinton inexplicably heads into the path of Ishmael Miller, who manages to poke the ball past Steve Phillips as he's falling to the ground. Looks like the dream might be over for the Pirates.

1925: "I'm not scared of old, middle-aged Phillips!"
hairybattery on 606

1921: Bad news Rovers fans. Championship player of the year Kevin Phillips is coming on to replace Roman Bednar. There go Bednar's hopes of scoring in every round. Zoltan Gera also on, replacing Chris Brunt.

1920: Lovely footwork from Rickie Lampert in the box. He eventually sets up Andrew Williams and his low shot is deflected behind for a corner.

1919: And Lewis Haldane is straight into the action, charging down the left wing. West Brom clear the cross. Still half an hour remaining.

1916: Bristol Rovers make a change with Lewis Haldane replacing Chris Lines.

1912: "Rovers need to mark Miller more closely, he's getting on the end of everything."
Reál_Giant_Terrier on 606

1911: A let-off for Rovers. Robert Koren puts it on a plate for Ishmael Miller but the ex-Manchester City striker blazes over. He should have scored, he could even have passed it back to Koren who had continued his run. Disaster all round.

1907: Steve Phillips flaps at James Morrison's cross but the defender is on the line to save his keeper's blushes with a clearance.

1904: The Rovers fans haven't lost the faith. They're still buzzing as the second half gets under way.

1902: "I've been trying to work out how much you'd have taken from the bookies if you'd got all the results right this weekend. By my calculation, you could probably employ Roman Abramovich as your butler."
nowthennathan on 606

1901: "I think we froze. Cardiff were the better side right through and we didn't perform on the day. We are going to get slaughtered - and rightly so. We have to take it on the chin."
Boro boss Gareth Southgate

1856: "Someone asked for champagne - for what? We have just got through to the next round. We have not done anything yet. All we have done is get through to the semi-finals of the FA Cup. We haven't won it."
Cardiff boss Dave Jones after seeing his side upset Middlesbrough

1855: "I'm watching the Rovers-West Brom game, and I'm enjoying this FA Cup so much this season I don't even care that United got knocked out! My money's on Pompey or Barnsley to win it, and I think this game'll be edged by West Brom."
flamefox1989 on 606

1852: Lee Dixon and Ian Holloway in the MOTD studio are convinced Bristol Rovers should have had a penalty in the first half (see 1821). Looking at the replays it's hard to argue. Chris Brunt bundles into Rickie Lambert and is nowhere near the ball.

1847: HALF-TIME Bristol Rovers 1-2 West Brom
A pulsating half comes to an end. League One Rovers looked to be out of it when Ishmael Miller made it 2-0 but Danny Coles has made sure the second half should be fantastic.

1847: Ishmael Miller times his run brilliantly to stay onside. He goes past Steve Phillips but slips over as he's going to tap into the empty net. West Brom want a penalty - but he slipped.

1843: Rovers striker Stuart Campbell has a go from distance but it curls the wrong side of Dean Kiely's left-hand post. A few minutes until half-time.

1838: "What a weekend, never experienced anything like it!"
JonnyJack22 on 606

1837: Incidentally, neither of these sides had conceded since the third round before today. I'll be surprised if we don't see more goals though.

1834: Even on a weekend of absolute belters, this is a great game. Classic FA Cup stuff. Love it.

1832: GOAL Bristol Rovers 1-2 West Brom
Hold on Cupset fans... Craig Disley leaps like a salmon to flick on a corner and Danny Coles taps in.

1830: GOAL Bristol Rovers 0-2 West Brom
Simple but deadly. Ishmael Miller easily beats Joe Jacobson and sends an unstoppable shot into the top corner.

1828: Well Rovers won't get a better chance than that. Rickie Lambert - the Pirates' top scorer in the FA Cup this season - stabs a shot straight into the arms of Dean Kiely.

1827: "Bristol Rovers have got to keep playing because if they start going long, West Brom will deal with that all day long."
BBC Radio 5 Live analyst Leroy Rosenior

1821: Brilliant save from Dean Kiely as a free-kick is flicked on to Craig Hinton, only for the keeper to palm away his header. Rickie Lambert is inches away from tapping in the rebound but the ball just evades him. Shouts for a penalty as Chris Brunt drags back Lambert but nothing given.

1817: GOAL Bristol Rovers 0-1 West Brom
Steve Phillips all over the place again. The Rovers keeper parries Roman Bednar's shot straight into James Morrison's path and he sidefoots home the easiest of chances. That wasn't in the script really was it?

1815: Bit of a shambles there from Rovers keeper Steve Phillips who comes off his line to collect but then dithers. He's lucky Jonathan Greening's volley hits him in the chest and allows him to recover.

1814: Craig Disley's cross is too long for either of the Bristol Rovers frontmen. Nice open game this.

1812: West Brom go very close. Chris Brunt's cross finds Roman Bednar but he scuffs his shot from only a few yards out and keeper Steve Phillips collects. Bednar is looking to keep up his record of scoring in every round.

1807: Rickie Lambert's shot from the edge of the box is charged down and moments later he almost gets on the end of a cross before Leon Barnett hooks clear.

1806: League One Bristol Rovers have started well. Plenty of possession and all the action is in the West Brom half.

1800: Cup fever has taken hold at the Mem. There is a fantastic atmosphere as Rovers get this last quarter-final under way.

1758: If you thought the pitch at the JJB was bad, it's a bowling green compared to the one at the Memorial Ground. The teams are out and it looks very grey overhead.

1754: FULL-TIME Wigan 0-0 Arsenal
Point won for Wigan, two lost for Arsenal. The Gunners are two points clear at the top but have played a game more than Manchester United. Wigan move up to 13th.

1753: As Arsenal press forward, Wigan suddenly break and are three against three. Arsenal might be relieved only to give away a corner.

1749: Emmanuel Adebayor slips the ball through for Cesc Fabregas, who smacks his shot straight at Chris Kirkland. Should have scored. We're in to four minutes of added time.

1747: Wigan make a change with Kevin Kilbane replacing striker Marlon King. Less than three minutes remaining at the JJB.

1745: William Gallas has to stretch to clear as Antoine Sibierski attempts to get on the end of Antonio Valencia's right-wing cross. That was a rare attack from Wigan over the last 10 minutes.

1744: Gael Clichy runs and puts the ball down ready for Chris Kirkland to take a goal-kick but the Wigan keeper has a leisurely drink before he decides to take it. Cheeky.

1742: Referee Rob Styles has had a miserable game, it must be said. Alex Hleb jinks into the box and is ready to cross when Mario Melchiot slips - only for the ref to award a free-kick to Wigan.

1738: TEAM NEWS Bristol Rovers v West Brom
Bristol Rovers make two changes in midfield to the team that lost to Doncaster on Tuesday, with David Pipe replacing Sammy Igoe and Chris Lines coming in for Lewis Haldane - meaning the Pirates field the same side that beat Southampton in the fifth round. West Brom bring in Jared Hodgkiss for Carl Hoefkens at right-back, James Morrison replaces Zoltan Gera on the left of midfield and Ishmael Miller in for the Cup-tied Luke Moore up front.

1736: Arsenal have a free-kick about 30 yards out. Robin van Persie takes it but it's always rising and goes into the crowd.

1733: Robin van Persie takes a knock in the face after an accidental collision with Wilson Palacios. The Arsenal striker has a bit of treatment from Gary Lewin and has to go off briefly before coming back on again. William Gallas seems to be OK again.

1732: Alex Song is warming up in case William Gallas can't continue. Wigan, meanwhile, are growing in confidence.

1729: William Gallas is limping again. A hamstring injury this time I think.

1725: A double change for Arsenal: Robin van Persie on for Nicklas Bendtner, Kolo Toure on for Gilberto. Van Persie makes his first league appearance since 16 December.

1724: Manuel Almunia sees Antonio Valencia's swerving shot late but manages to push it around the post for a corner. Wigan beginning to carve out a few chances. Nervous times for Arsenal fans. Looks like Robin van Persie will be on in a sec.

1720: Calls on 606 for Robin van Persie to be introduced. If I were Arsene Wenger, I'm not sure I'd want to risk my gifted but injury-prone striker on this pitch. Meanwhile, Gilberto sees yellow for a foul on Wilson Palacios.

1718: A flowing move from... Wigan. Mario Melchiot exchanges passes with Antoine Sibierski before crossing to Jason Koumas. His shot is deflected wide though.

1713: PLAYER RATER
Spurs striker Dimitar Berbatov is leading the way on 8.07, with Luis Boa Morte getting a remarkably generous 3.47 by the way. Everton striker Andrew Johnson and Arsenal's Emmanuel Adebayor are also scoring highly - but do you know what? You have the power to change all that. Yes, you. Now use it wisely.

1709: Arsenal are piling on the pressure, but the pitch again intervenes as Cesc Fabregas's attempted pass gets held up.

1708: Looks like William Gallas is OK to continue then after picking up an injury late in the first half. But Nicklas Bendtner is now in the wars as he takes a knock on the shoulder. Emmanuel Adebayor runs over to see if the Dane's OK. Aaah, looks like they're friends again.

1704: Away we go again at the JJB.

1654: FULL-TIME Sunderland 0-1 Everton
Andrew Johnson's goal wins it for Everton, who draw level with Liverpool once again. The Black Cats lose at home in the league for the first time since Boxing Day.

1653: FULL-TIME Tottenham 4-0 West Ham
Tottenham move to within five points of their rivals. West Ham remain stuck on 40 points after a hat-trick of 4-0 defeats. Pressure on Alan Curbishley.

1653: Everton keeper Tim Howard tips over Andy Reid's free-kick as Sunderland go agonisingly close to a last-gasp equaliser.

1652: GOAL Tottenham 4-0 West Ham
You can't accuse West Ham of inconsistency can you? Alan Hutton swings over the cross from the right and Darren Bent heads in to leave the Hammers facing a third straight 4-0 defeat.

1651: Jack Rodwell is on for Everton, the 16-year-old making his Premier League debut.

1649: HALF-TIME Wigan 0-0 Arsenal
And there is the half-time whistle. Emmanuel Adebayor's chance after 43 seconds the best of the half. Adebayor is having a heated discussion with team-mate Mathieu Flamini as they go down the tunnel. He loves an argument doesn't he?

1648: Arsenal skipper William Gallas is left limping after sliding in to deny Emile Heskey. He'll probably soldier on until half-time which is seconds away.

1644: GOAL Tottenham 3-0 West Ham
Pascal Chimbonda slides the ball in, Aaron Lennon dummies and Gilberto expertly strokes home. That might help banish the memories of the Brazilian's calamitous debut against PSV in midweek.

1641: Cesc Fabregas incurs the wrath of the Wigan fans as he completely overreacts to Emile Heskey brushing past him. Not good Cesc.

1637: Sunderland defender Phil Bardsley gets a deserved yellow card for a nasty-looking studs-up challenge on Steven Pienaar.

1635: I haven't nodded off. There's a lull in the action. About 15 minutes to go in both the 3pm kick-offs. Grant Leadbitter is replaced by Rade Prica for Sunderland.

1628: Nicklas Bendtner gets a yellow card for a challenge on Jason Koumas right on the touchline. The Gunners striker is right to be a bit upset - he got the ball.

1627: Andy Reid replaces Daryl Murphy for Sunderland as Roy Keane looks to salvage a point. Sunderland have won 24 of their 27 points at home so they'll want at least a draw today. They are only two points from the drop zone.

1625: I say no-one mention the Beatles and what happens? I get a stream of texts containing some terrible puns. I could shame you all by publishing them but I'm not that cruel.

1623: Had a look at a few replays of the Everton goal now and it's definitely Johnson's goal. The ball appeared to come off his arm - although it was purely accidental as he and team-mate Tim Cahill collided.

1621: "If anything, West Ham are doing slightly better without Luis Boa Morte but Tottenham are still creating plenty of chances. The Hammers fans are singing '4-0. We're going to lose 4-0'."
BBC Radio 5 Live reporter Jonathan Legard

1618: Wigan's awful pitch makes a mug of Nicklas Bendtner. The striker bursts into the box but the ball bobbles dramatically as he goes to cross and he slices it out of play.

1615: A Dimitar Berbatov pass finds Aaron Lennon, who skips past three West Ham players to fire in a low shot from six yards that George McCartney deflects away. No-one mention the Beatles please.

1614: GOAL Sunderland 0-1 Everton
Mikel Arteta crosses and Andrew Johnson wins a race with Tim Cahill to get the final touch. Well, it's Johnson celebrating - but to be honest, it might have come off Cahill or even the defender. Either way, it's a goal for Everton.

1612: "Re 1608: That might be so but remember a few seasons ago Wigan beat Arsenal in the League Cup semi-finals!"
Chacor on 606

1608: After beating the seven-times European champions in midweek, Arsenal are now up against a club with only two trophies in their cabinet - the Auto Windscreen Shield and the Freight Rovers Trophy.

1607: Nicklas Bendtner sets up best mate Emmanuel Adebayor but Mario Melchiot blocks.

1603: Michael Chopra replaces Anthony Stokes for Sunderland at half-time. That game is back under way.

1603: Straight from the kick-off, Arsenal are through. Emmanuel Adebayor picks up Cesc Fabregas's pass but Chris Kirkland is quickly out of his goal to smother the shot.

1603: Away we go at the JJB.

1559: PLAYER RATER
Cardiff's Peter Whittingham is way out in front after scoring one and setting up the other. Gary O'Neil is the worst of a very bad Middlesbrough bunch on 4.42. Still plenty of time for you to make your vote count though.

1559: "I hope all these inspirational underdogs don't give Wigan any ideas! The lunacy is limited to the FA Cup, isn't it?"
Phil, Maple Cross, via text on 81111

1557: "Absolute shocker from Boro. Playing at home in the FA cup and getting ONE shot on target. Those 'players' should be docked wages for such a dire perfomance!"
redandblackT1899 on 606

1551: FULL-TIME Middlesbrough 0-2 Cardiff
Cardiff join Portsmouth and Barnsley in the last four of the FA Cup. They're on their way to Wembley - fully deserved too. Middlesbrough are booed off the pitch - fully deserved too.

1548: HALF-TIME Sunderland 0-0 Everton
Stalemate at the Stadium of Light. Not much else to be said.

1548: HALF-TIME Tottenham 2-0 West Ham
The nightmare continues for West Ham. After back-to-back 4-0 drubbings, the Hammers trail to two Dimitar Berbatov headers and are a man down.

1546: Everton nearly take the lead from a corner - Tim Cahill's header comes back off a post and in the scramble that follows Andy Johnson heads over the bar.

1546: RED CARD West Ham
Luis Boa Morte has had a miserable first half for West Ham and Chris Foy puts him out of his misery with a deserved second yellow for the clumsiest tackle you will ever see on Aaron Lennon.

1545: The Riverside may have been full at the start of the game - but it's looking very empty now. The Boro fans have had enough - and who can blame them?

1544: A shot from Robert Huth goes straight into the crowd. Middlesbrough going out surely.

1541: One of the very few moments of note in the first half at the Stadium of Light so far - Sunderland's Dean Whitehead booked for upending Steven Pienaar with a sliding challenge in the middle of the park.

1540: "To a man, Cardiff have been better."
BBC commentator Jonathan Pearce

1539: TEAM NEWS Wigan v Arsenal
Wigan are unchanged from last weekend's 0-0 draw at Manchester City, although fit-again defender Ryan Taylor is on the bench. Arsenal make two changes from their stunning Champions League win in Milan on Tuesday, with Gilberto Silva and Nicklas Bendtner replacing Abou Diaby and the banned Emmanuel Eboue.

1534: Quarter of an hour to go at the Riverside. I can understand the anger of that Boro fan (see 1457). His team have been pathetic today. Meanwhile, Cardiff give old Jimmy Floyd a rest and he gets applause from both sets of fans as he comes off. Steven Thompson is on.

1533: "Is it just me or does curbs always leave somebody out who should be playing? Mark Noble?"
Tom, Dorset, via text on 81111

1528: West Ham fans look away now. Tottenham fans are giving their team the "Ole" as they stroke the ball around in midfield.

1526: "I'm a West Brom fan and I'm getting nervous at not being the underdogs!"
James, Stafford, via text on 81111

1525: "Shouldnt Huth be sent off for that then? Aliadiere was? JOKE."
TilleyGooner on 606

1523: Robert Huth and Paul Parry have a little scrap. Hands raised by both players but ref Mike Dean gives both yellow.

1522: Tottenham should be 3-0 up. Aaron Lennon goes on a mazy run and crosses for Tom Huddlestone but the midfielder heads over from eight yards.

1521: Middlesbrough scramble a Peter Whittingham free-kick behind for a corner - but they still look far from comfortable at set-pieces.

1520: By the way, Sunderland are playing Everton. There's not a lot else to report from that match though.

1519: Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink gives away a ridiculous free-kick for a handball about 30 yards out. He gets away with it though, as Stewart Downing curls the free-kick just wide.

1518: Middlesbrough make their second change as Gary O'Neil is replaced by Adam Johnson.

1515: A report in today's Observer newspaper claims West Ham's bigwigs are on the point of ending Alan Curbishley's reign at West Ham. If that's true, this game ain't doing Curbs any favours.

1512: GOAL Tottenham 2-0 West Ham
Easy. Tom Huddlestone delivers the free-kick, Dimitar Berbatov heads in. The free-kick was from the left rather than the right but that was pretty much the only difference.

1509: GOAL Tottenham 1-0 West Ham
Easy. Tom Huddlestone delivers the free-kick, Dimitar Berbatov heads in. So much for that early scare.

1507: Tottenham survive a huge early scare. Paul Robinson parries Freddie Ljungberg's shot into the path of Dean Ashton. In a frantic few seconds, the keeper smothers Ashton's shot, then Luis Boa Morte's effort is blocked and Bobby Zamora's shot is deflected over.

1505: Kevin McNaughton makes a brillant last-ditch tackle as Mido looks to burst through. The Cardiff defender has been in outstanding form so far.

1504: Middlesbrough get the second half at the Riverside under way and Gareth Southgate has made a half-time change, with Mido replacing fellow striker Afonso Alves.

1502: West Ham kick off the game at Tottenham and that means both 3pm kick-offs in the Premier League are now up and away.

1459: "Is this the best FA Cup ever?"
"Name On The Trophy" (RD16) on 606

Quite possibly.

1457: "I am a Boro fan. We are a complete joke... how can we be so inept? Absolute joke. It's a joke. Yeah, first goal was lucky 'cos it was handball but no-one challenged the player who scored. Pathetic. Second goal, free header, everyone stands off. What a pathetic excuse of football."
gasman01 on 606

1454: "It seems Cardiff want it more than Boro. They've been at it from minute one. It's the same with all the Championship sides. I don't know if maybe the Premier League sides just think they can turn up and win..."
Barnsley boss Simon Davey on BBC One

1451: "Unless Gareth Southgate can go into that dressing room and get 100% improvement from every one of his players, Middlesbrough are going out. They look like they don't want to be here, which is unbelievable because there's a semi-final at stake."
BBC Sport's Alan Shearer

1448: HALF-TIME Middlesbrough 0-2 Cardiff
A stunning strike from Peter Whittingham - albeit with a handball in the build-up - and Roger Johnson's header put Championship Cardiff in control. They've been the better side for most of the half too.

1447: Cardiff break through Paul Parry on the right but he waits too long to square the ball and Boro recover.

1439: Almost a Cupset in Scotland... but Celtic striker Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink scores with almost the last kick of the game to earn a 1-1 draw at Aberdeen.

1437: TEAM NEWS Sunderland v Everton
Sunderland make three changes to the team that drew 0-0 at Derby, with Danny Collins, Grant Leadbitter and Anthony Stokes coming in for Danny Higginbotham, Michael Chopra and Andy Reid. Everton make two changes from the team that lost 2-0 at Fiorentina, Leon Osman and Lee Carsley making way for Mikel Arteta and Andy Johnson.

1433: Boro's defence are being outmuscled. Every time the ball comes into the box, Cardiff look like they might score.

1431: Boro's Gary O'Neil sees yellow for a very late challenge on Glenn Loovens. Frustration setting in already for the hosts?

1423: GOAL Middlesbrough 0-2 Cardiff
Ho hum. Just another huge upset on the cards. This is getting boring now. Just kidding. Peter Whittingham delivers a beautifully flighted free-kick and Roger Johnson leaves 'marker' Emmanuel Pogatetz trailing to head home.

1423: "I think it would be a shock now if Portsmouth win it. No shock is now a shock."
onejolylescott on 606

1420: TEAM NEWS Tottenham v West Ham
Tottenham's Jermaine Jenas misses out with a twisted ankle and his place is taken by Tom Huddlestone. Robbie Keane partners Dimitar Berbatov in attack. West Ham include Scott Parker who has not played this year because of a knee injury, but Matthew Upson is absent after failing to recover from a calf problem.

1418: Stewart Downing makes tracks down the left wing and his long cross is headed back into the danger zone before Cardiff clear. Downing the danger man for Cardiff today.

1415: "Barnsley in the FA Cup semis, Cardiff 1-0 up v Boro?! I'm putting a fiver on the Spurs mascot, Chirpy the Cockerel, bagging a hat-trick today. Football has gone mad!"
Mark, White Hart Lane, via text on 81111

1414: "That's it, Bristol Rovers are winning the FA Cup this year. All the signs are pointing to it."
I Bleed Red on 606

1413: Boro are all over the place all of a sudden. Tony Capaldi swings over a cross and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's diving header goes wide. Replays show there was a handball in the lead-up to Cardiff's goal.

1410: GOAL Middlesbrough 0-1 Cardiff
It's not even a shock anymore is it? From Tony Capaldi's long throw, the ball comes to Peter Whittingham, who jinks this way and that before curling a glorious shot into the top corner. Boro are complaining about a handball as Capaldi's throw came into the box.

1406: Not pretty from Cardiff but it could be effective. Tony Capaldi takes a long throw-in which is flicked on by Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink - but Boro clear. The Bluebirds appeal in vain for a corner.

1405: Middlesbrough on the attack in the early minutes, probing down both wings. Gareth Southgate gets out of his seat to give his side a clap. Inspirational.

1401: It's a full house at the Riverside as Cardiff get the game under way.

1355: Barnsley boss Simon Davey is with the crew in the MOTD studio. He reckons he had a "quiet night with the staff" after his side's stunning win over Chelsea. A likely story.

1354: "I just hope Cardiff really go for it. If they hold back and play for the draw they will lose. If they attack Middlesborough they can definitely win."
Davidpeterboro on 606

1351: The last time Cardiff reached the semi-finals was in 1927 - when they went on to lift the Cup. They defeated Arsenal in the final to becomes the first, and indeed only, non-English winners.

1349: "I remember Newcastle's rugby union match was called off last week because 'it was windy'. And they say footballers are soft!"
Jamie from Haywards Heath, via text on 81111

1345: Continuing the theme of yesterday (what do you mean, you weren't here? Shame on you), I'm going to shoehorn as many facts from BBC Sport legend Noel Sliney into today's e-commentary as I can. First up, Middlesbrough are looking to reach the semi-finals of a major cup competition for the fourth time in as many years. Interesting...

1341: "I need some good entertaining footy to get me through work this afternoon. Why oh why did I stay up to watch the boxing? All for it to be over in five minutes. I don't even like boxing. And I have man flu. Oh well rant over."
Mike, bored at work, via text on 81111

1338: TEAM NEWS Middlesbrough v Cardiff
Middlesbrough bring defender Robert Huth straight back into the starting line-up after a foot injury, with Jonathan Grounds making way. Fabio Rochemback takes over from George Boateng in midfield. Former Boro striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is one of three changes for Cardiff. He is joined by Aaron Ramsey and Gavin Rae as Steven Thompson, Trevor Sinclair and Riccardo Scimeca miss out.

1337: An angry WESTBROMRUGBYPLAYER2 on 606 enquires: "What's the matter with rugby?" I don't know where to start with that. Anyone else?

1334: On the recommendation of mdfactor on 606, I've just been on to a well-known video-sharing website to listen to Fulham striker Clint Dempsey rapping. mdfactor reckons it's not bad. I think that's being kind.

1332: I feel a bit like S Club 7 following the Beatles. Tremendous, tremendous early banter from Stevo. But time to start focusing the minds for we are less than half an hour from some actual football.

By Jonathan Stevenson

1329: So, I'm done. It's all about Cheesy now. Thanks for getting involved in the absence of any action and have a lovely afternoon. Just remember - it's The Great Storm 2008 tonight, so be safe. Cheerio.

1327: "As much as it pains a Wolves fan to say this, I'm seeing a Pompey-WBA final with West Brom winning."
Ben from Wolves, via text

I'm tipping Bristol Rovers to win the Cup. Largely 'cos my mate Dan would actually spontaneously combust if that ever happened. And that'd just be funny.

1324: "Boro make Sunderland look like Barcelona. Speaking of Sunderland, another home win today would do nicely. Not that I'm expecting one, a draw would be a decent result unless Everton are nursing a serious European hangover."
safcfan89 on 606

Presumably that's the Barca that got spanked 4-2 at Atletico Madrid last week, rather than the one that stuffed Levante 5-1 the week before?

1320: (Re: 1310) "Watching paint dry can be interesting. Get some of the paint that comes out in one colour then dries in another."
The Zog on 606

That just sounds awesome. I mean, how does it even happen? (Do not text your views)

1317: "Re 1259: does Paul Jewell really need to text the BBC to tell us that Derby play good football?"
Mark, Leeds, via text

1314: "Bristol Rovers for the Cup! Can't wait to see Bayern Munich v Bristol Rovers in the Uefa Cup!"
trevofstanley on 606

That's the most stupid comment I've ever seen. I mean for crying out loud, it's just not going to happen, is it? Bayern are seven points clear in the Bundesliga, they'll be in the Champions League next season. As for Rovers...

1310: "I would rather watch rugby than watch Middlesbrough... and I hate rugby."
Aaron, Reading, via text

Never say that again. I'd rather watch already-dry-paint than rugby.

1307: News just reaching us, that world football's governing body Fifa is studying Birmingham defender Martin Taylor's tackle that broke Arsenal striker Eduardo's leg, to see if his three-match ban should be extended. It's not surprising president Sepp Blatter wants to get involved, but frankly it should be none of his business. It was a red card, three-match ban - even Arsene Wenger has admitted that it wasn't that bad a tackle. A ludicrous development.

1304: "Boro are not dull. We are northern so we get made out to be dull. Let's show Cardiff how to play football."
Michael from Middlesbrough, via text

1300: It's Cheese o'clock, minus thirty minutes.

1259: "I think Boro are beyond dull, and I'm a Derby fan!"
Paul, Derby, via text

Hello pot, meet kettle.

1255: "Time for Boro to stand up and be counted. Although the Beeb tend to curse us and make us play badly - away from the cameras we've played some nice football!"
Tim, Stoke, via text

1251: "Middlesbrough are probably the most hated team in England today. Almost everyone I know wants us to lose. Do I detect jealousy?"
SouthgatesNose on 606

I don't think it's jealousy, in fairness. I think Boro are just a bit dull. Can I say that?

1248: "Enough of Fergie... COME ON BLUEBIRDS! I'm praying we rise to the occasion and are inspired by yesterday's events. If Barnsley can beat Liverpool and Chelsea, Cardiff can certainly beat Middlesbrough."
chrisp2412 on 606

1245: "Best of luck to Cardiff today! Boro should bring the game to them. Still mourning United's loss yesterday. Nothing a Sunday Cup tie won't cure!
Chris, Belfast, via text

A Man Utd fan in Belfast? You're kidding, right...

1238: "No matter how bad the ref was, United had enough chances to win it and Fergie knows it."
Rachel, Lincoln, via text

That, my dear, is a fact.

1235: "Just done a bit of research and the last time there was none of the big four in the final was 1991."
Scott from Perth, via text

Let's get one thing straight now - in 1991, there was no 'big four'. Sure, Arsenal won the league and Liverpool were second, but Man Utd finished sixth and Chelsea 11th. Meanwhile, finalists Forest were eighth and winners Tottenham 10th. Ah, the days of proper football...

1231: Apparently, the Cheese/Stevo double act today makes us Mr and Mrs Smith. Now I'm guessing Caroline is not going to argue with the Angelina Jolie comparison - and needless to say, I'm going to spend the rest of the day imagining I'm Brad Pitt.

1227: "I admit Fergie was way out of line criticising Keith Hackett, but some of the decisions Atkinson made were absolutely disgraceful, especially the penalty decision."
redm3ani3 on 606

1224: So who is going to win the FA Cup this season? It's now 13 years since a team outside the 'big four' (what a boring phrase that is) won it, when Everton beat Man Utd 1-0 thanks to Paul Rideout's goal. And could Man Utd and Chelsea's surprise defeats hit their Premier League and Champions League hopes too? Arsenal will be hoping so, for sure. They travel to Wigan today, five days after their sensational European win against mighty AC Milan.

1221: "We've beaten some huge teams and you never can tell what will happen. We're going to be playing at Wembley and that is something the whole town can look forward to."
Barnsley centre-back Steve Foster on BBC Radio 5 Live

1218: In the spirit of creating debate, here's my two penneth worth on Sir Alex Ferguson's comments about referee Martin Atkinson and referees' chief Keith Hackett after their defeat - I think the FA should massively throw the book at him. Granted, United were on the receiving end of some poor decisions. But when will this man learn to count to 10 and let it go? Thoughts?

1214: "Bristol Rovers v Barnsley FA Cup final!"
torresvowen on 606

Who would dare bet against it?

1212: "I still hate you for ruining deadline day for everyone."
Marky B, Parkhust, via text

Yep, all my fault. It's good to be back!

1210: So, what to expect today? In the Cup, Middlesbrough host Cardiff and Bristol Rovers entertain West Brom, while there are three Premier League games to get stuck into as well. Don't worry, Cheesy will be along in a little while, but let's not wait for her to get in the mixer - there's no time like the present. Text us on 81111 and get involved via the 606 messageboards.

1206: Now I don't know about you, but I'm still buzzing from yesterday's extraordinary events. A day that you couldn't have made up, even if you tried. I don't know who writes the FA Cup's scripts, but they've got a mighty fine imagination. Portsmouth robbing Manchester United blind, the heroes of Barnsley sensationally dumping holders Chelsea out too. And what a pitch invasion.

1200: I think I've found my calling in life - as the great Caroline Cheese's warm-up man. Welcome, to Cupset Boxing Day.




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