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FA Cup football as it happened



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By Jonathan Stevenson

2015: Now that's what you call a weekend of football. Thanks ever so much for getting involved and congrats if your boys did the business, commiserations if they were dumped out. Join Cheesy for the first time this decade on Tuesday for the Carling Cup semi between Aston Villa and Blackburn, but not before you enjoy what's left of your weekend. See you soon.

From NandoWolf *27* on 606: "Thank God for that. Awful game but just did enough to sneak through. Unlucky Tranmere."

2009: So Wolves will meet Crystal Palace in the fourth round of the FA Cup, in three weekends' time. In truth it wasn't a classic draw, but Cup heroes Leeds do face a trip to Tottenham after stunning Man United at Old Trafford earlier today.

Full time
2006: Full-time Tranmere 0-1 Wolves
Tranmere played really, really well and they can count themselves unfortunate not to have got a replay there. In the end, that bit of Premier League class did the trick.

From Newcastle United FC - Because Delusion Just Wasn't Deluded Enough on 606: "Stevo, have you found time to eat today?"
Some. Thanks for your concern, though. Heartwarming.

2003: We're into stoppage time at Prenton Park.

2001: George Elokobi comes on for Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Greg Halford for Nenad Milijas in a double change for Wolves.

From Hannah, via text on 81111: "Stevo, hope the Baggies fan on 606 enjoyed the goal. Come on the Wolves!"

1958: Big chance for Tranmere after Wolves half-clear a corner and after two flick-ons it falls to Craig Curran at an angle on the left of the six-yard box, but Wayne Hennessey makes himself big and makes a fine save.

1957: Former England striker Michael Ricketts comes on for John Welsh as Tranmere try to find a way back into the game.

1955: Awww. Paul in Wirral had just sent a lovely text to 81111 about this match being what the magic of the Cup is all about when Wolves scored. "Damn, spoke too soon," is his follow-up, seconds later.

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 live's Jan Molby: "It just depends what Tranmere have got left in the tank. Their boss Les Parry will have to look at his bench and see what he's got. He's probably got to look at Michael Ricketts, who is a fine figure of a man these days."

Wolves goal: That's more like the Matt Jarvis who terrorised Championship defences last season. Nenad Milijas spots a massive hole in the Tranmere defence to play Jarvis through and he takes it early, slamming past Luke Daniels from about 16 yards. Good finish.

1950: GOAL Tranmere 0-1 Wolves

1948: Sam Vokes, just back from a loan spell at Leeds United (who have had a pretty good day themselves) is on for Chris Iwelumo.

1947: More pressure from Wolves, until captain Karl Henry spanks a volley well wide from just outside the Tranmere box.

From sparticus via Twitter: "So after the last few weeks we've got Rob Green and Joe Hart flying to South Africa. No-one else seems that bothered to go."

1943: The ball falls for Craig Curran inside the Wolves box, but he chests it down and volleys miles over and wide from about 12 yards.

From boingboing__baggies on 606: "This game is a horrific anti-climax to what was a great day of FA Cup football."

1939: Another sensational miss. Terry Gornell latches on to a flick on and he challenges for the ball with Wayne Hennessey. The ball breaks kindly for Gornell and with one defender on the line, five yards out, he can only side-foot wide of the target. Inexcusable.

1938: Wolves are bossing possession, but they aren't having much luck creating chances against a Tranmere backline defending deep and doggedly.

1935: I get the feeling not many people are interested in Tranmere 0-0 Wolves. Boy will they be sorry when the drama eventually unfolds from Prenton Park. Haha.

1932: Wolves have come into it more in the second half, looking a bit more like the Premier League team they are. Just over half an hour left, Tranmere 0-0 Wolves.

From Rob in Telford, via text on 81111: "I have faith in Wolves to do the deed and win the match easily. Yes OK, so I am reading and typing whilst covering my eyes with my hands, but you gotta have faith in the Wolves - we will come through."

1926: Fabulous stuff from Wolves as Stephen Ward crosses from the left and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake heads goalwards, only for Luke Daniels to stick out his left hand and pull off a brilliant reflex save. That was the visitors' first effort on target.

1924: Tranmere are still looking the better of the two teams and Terry Gornell's header from the penalty spot from Paul McLaren's free-kick is into the ground and into the arms of Wayne Hennessey.

1922: There have been better games today, for sure. The camera pans to the crowd while Wolves take a throw, and a kid appears to be reading a book.

From Andy in Wolverhampton, via text on 81111: "Come on Wolves give those freezing boys and girls in gold something to cheer."

1918: Back under way at Prenton Park.

1916: Guys and girls, don't leave me hanging. Still got a half of football to go before I wrap, don't forget. Texts go to 81111 (UK) and +44 7786200666 (worldwide), I'm on Twitter (over here) and the debate has been raging all day long on 606.

From COYS125 on 606: "Leeds were the last team drawn for the third round and the fourth round. Spooky."

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 live's Jan Molby: "It got better after a scrappy start, but Wolves boss Mick McCarthy won't be too happy with what he's seen so far. Tranmere work hard and they use what they've got very effectively."

Half time
1901: Half-time Tranmere 0-0 Wolves
It threatened to come to life briefly in the first half, but it was only briefly. Rovers look comfortable and Wolves will need to raise it if they are to avoid a replay.

1857: News just in: Nolberto Solano, 35, has told a Peruvian newspaper he is set to travel to England to sign for Colchester United until the end of the season. Let's hope he was travelling while they were playing on Saturday, otherwise the former Newcastle, Villa and West Ham winger might have reconsidered.

From henrywinter via Twitter: "Leeds' reward for beating Manchester United is a fourth-round tie at Spurs... interesting for Woodgate, Lennon, Keane and coach Joe Jordan."

1851: Wolves have a golden, golden chance to go in front, but from Chris Iwelumo's flick-on, Matt Jarvis, six yards out, opens up his body and slots well wide. It's an astonishing miss from such a good player.

1849: Tranmere's Gareth Edds has a shot from 20 yards saved by Wayne Hennessey, before a Rovers corner is headed goalwards by Ian Thomas-Moore and nodded off the line by Kevin Foley.

1847: It was minus two degrees when the game kicked off at Prenton Park and by all accounts it's getting colder.

1846: Half an hour gone and little to report at Prenton Park. There has been just one shot on target and that was a tame 20-yard effort from Tranmere's Gareth Edds which was routinely held by keeper Wayne Hennessey after four minutes.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger: "At the moment we have nine injuries. We need to fight very hard to go through but we need some players to come back from injury. I don't know about a player or two but we will try to be in the market."

1840: These two teams are playing for the right to entertain Crystal Palace, remember. By the way, the FA Cup fourth round games will take place on Saturday and Sunday 23/24 January.

From thedoveoflove on 606: "Leeds get the headline draw twice in a row. Fantastic work, and Harry best put out a strong side."

1834: There's lot of endeavour, but very little quality so far on show at Tranmere. Wolves have just had the first corner - it's not threatening to be a classic so far.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: "Who we play doesn't really matter. We need to turn up with a good performance. That is what matters. It was a very committed game, West Ham tried like mad and we needed to be patient. In the second half it was just a matter of time."

Rob, Uxbridge, via text on 81111: "Not being cocky here but once we beat Forest Green we've got a sound chance against a very average Wigan team. Good draw, well done."

1827: It's been a low-key start at Prenton Park, with both sides feeling each other out so far. Tranmere 0-0 Wolves.

1825: That concludes the draw for the fourth round of the FA Cup. I've always wanted to say that.

Tottenham v Leeds United

Tranmere/Wolves v Crystal Palace

Aston Villa v Brighton

Preston v Chelsea

Portsmouth/Coventry v Sunderland

Bolton v Sheffield United/QPR

Accrington/Gillingham v Fulham

Everton v Nottingham Forest/Birmingham

West Brom v Plymouth/Newcastle

Scunthorpe United v Manchester City

Notts County/Forest Green v Wigan Athletic

Stoke City v Arsenal

Bristol City/Cardiff City v Leicester City

Millwall/Derby v Brentford/Doncaster

Reading/Liverpool v Burnley

Southampton v Ipswich

1818: Any moment now...

1817: OK, draw's on the way.

1816: Under way at Tranmere. Draw coming up shortly.

1814: Stay tuned after the draw, too, as we'll keep the text comm going for Tranmere v Wolves, which kicks off in a matter of moments from Prenton Park.

1812: The draw for the fourth round of the FA Cup will take place in a matter of moments. Stick around.

Full time
1810: Full-time West Ham 1-2 Arsenal
That was a massive scare for Arsene Wenger's boys, but they produced a fabulous last 20 minutes and proved just too strong for the Hammers in the end.

From Keiran, Luton, via text on 81111: "Eduardo has been anonymous all game, but what a great header. Also, Song is wearing one glove. Strange boy."

1807: West Ham take a quick free-kick after Carlos Vela is caught offside, but they gift possession to the Gunners and Robert Green is forced to make another very fine save from Aaron Ramsey.

1805: There will be five minutes of injury time at Upton Park. Is there a late twist in the tale?

1803: Carlos Vela's left-foot shot is cleared off the line by Fabio Daprela. Imagine if Arsenal had played like this for 90 minutes?

1802: Samir Nasri whips over a corner from the Arsenal left and Eduardo heads just over the bar from about seven yards. West Ham bring on Jermain Defoe's cousin Anthony Edgars for Junior Stanislas.

1800: All Arsenal. From a corner, the ball falls to Alex Song and his left-foot drive from 16 yards just clears the crossbar. Less than five minutes left of normal time.

Arsenal goal: What a magnificent header that is from Eduardo, a brilliant striker's goal. Carlos Vela curls over a fabulous cross from the Gunners left by the touchline and Eduardo gets across Matthew Upson to direct a stunning header into the top corner past Robert Green's right hand.

1757: GOAL West Ham 1-2 Arsenal

1756: Luis Jimenez shows his frustration with a shoulder-high challenge on Abou Diaby, who needs some treatment. Mark Clattenburg has a word with Jimenez, but I'm sure he knows your foot isn't supposed to be that high.

1755: Ten minutes of normal time left at West Ham. The hosts have brought on Freddie Sears for Frank Nouble.

Arsenal goal: They get a bit lucky at the end, but it was possibly coming. The Gunners shift it from right to left along the West Ham box and when the ball breaks back to Carlos Vela, he finds Aaron Ramsey, the Welshman turning expertly to slam in left-footed from about 12 yards. Who wants to win it now?

1753: GOAL West Ham 1-1 Arsenal

1751: Chance for Arsenal - and they cannot afford to waste too many more of those. Bacary Sagna's cross from the right is deflected into Samir Nasri's path by Eduardo, but the Frenchman skies his shot miles over from 12 yards.

1749: Silly boys. Alessandro Diamanti tackles Carlos Vela and after he follows through on the Mexican, Vela seems to kind of lash out at the Italian. Referee Mark Clattenburg is sensible and keeps his cards in his top pocket.

1747: Brilliant double save from Robert Green, really top stuff. Alex Song finds Abou Diaby and the advancing Green makes a fabulous low stop, before Song's effort from the rebound draws an even better parry from the keeper.

1745: Wolves boss Mick McCarthy makes six changes in total, preferring Wayne Hennessey to Marcus Hahnemann in goal and striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blakes to Kevin Doyle. Andrew Surman is also replaced by Nenad Milijas in the Wolves midfield. Tranmere are unchanged from the team that drew 0-0 with Carlisle on Monday.

1743: Tranmere v Wolves line-ups:
Daniels, Logan, Goodison, Taylor, Bakayogo, Edds, McLaren, Welsh, Thomas-Moore, Gornell, Curran.
Subs: Collister, Broomes, Cresswell, Ricketts, Barnett, Fraughan, Shuker.
Wolverhampton: Hennessey, Foley, Stearman, Craddock, Ward, Milijas, Henry, Mancienne, Jarvis, Ebanks-Blake, Iwelumo.
Subs: Hahnemann, Elokobi, Surman, Jones, Halford, Vokes, Zubar.
Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)

From FranMerida on 606: "Wilshere has just shown why a loan spell would do him the world of good."

1739: It's all West Ham, and Arsene Wenger responds. Fran Merida and Jack Wilshere - who has also been poor - come off, with Samir Nasri and Abou Diaby on in their place.

1736: West Ham are looking hugely dangerous going forward at the moment, with Luis Jimenez, Frank Nouble and Junior Stanislas all enjoying decent starts to the second half.

1735: We've had an hour at West Ham, and Gianfranco Zola's boys still lead Arsenal 1-0.

From Charlie H, via text on 81111: "I know you love your predos, Stevo, so here's one for you - Chelsea-Leeds in the next round! Decent bit of FA Cup history between us and the Cupsetters. Also, I hope that guy backed his selections in singles as well! (See 1652)"

1731: Great opening for West Ham, but Junior Stanislas' ball from the right of the Arsenal area is just too far ahead of Frank Nouble.

1730: So, we've still got one more game to come - Tranmere v Wolves gets under way from Prenton Park at 1815 GMT. That's about the same time as the fourth round draw, don't forget.

1728: Eduardo chests down a Bacary Sagna cross from the Arsenal right and his shot takes a deflection and flies behind for a corner, which the Hammers get clear after a moment's hesitation.

From Tawari, PH, Nigeria, via text on +44 7786200666: "Never, ever write off the Arsenal, they've always had a better second half this season. Except against West Ham... hmmm."

1723: This Frank Nouble looks a danger. He's got a good physical threat and jinks niftily past two Arsenal defenders inside their area, only to poke a right-foot shot at Lukasz Fabianski. Moments later, Junior Stanislas hits a screamer from 20 yards that Fabianski does brilliantly to tip away on the stretch.

1721: Fran Merida is having a shocker. His corner-taking was horrific in the first half, and his first touch gives the ball away after the break. West Ham counter, and young Frank Nouble rifles a right-foot shot a few yards wide from just outside the box.

1720: Arsenal have 45 minutes to save their FA Cup campaign. Under way again at Upton Park.

1717: Don't forget, the FA Cup fourth round draw will take place at about 1815 GMT. I'll bring you the ties as soon as they are pulled out of the hat.

From SummersIron on 606: "Maybe I'm used to seeing Arsenal play attractive football, but they seem very ordinary today without Arshavin and Fabregas. Maybe that does a disservice to West Ham though, who are a better side than their position in the table suggests."

1711: It was 7 January 1984 when Arsenal lost 3-2 to Middlesbrough and a day later that Manchester United lost 2-0 to Bournemouth. That was the last occasion on which these two great clubs both crashed out in the third round of the FA Cup at the same time.

1708: Well, well, well. Arsenal have not crashed out in the third round since 1996, when Division Two Sheffield United did for them. That was their last tie before the arrival of Arsene Wenger. Surely, after 35 successful third round ties without defeat between them, Fergie and Wenger aren't going to lose on the same day?

1704: Half-time West Ham 1-0 Arsenal

West Ham goal: Valon Behrami squeezes a pass through the middle to a waiting Alessandro Diamanti, who has beaten the Arsenal offside trap, and the Italian's left-foot shot just beats Lukasz Fabianski's dive and creeps into the corner.

1702: GOAL West Ham 1-0 Arsenal

1701: Young Swiss defender Fabio Daprela is booked on his West Ham debut for a foul on Jack Wilshere. Into injury time now.

1658: Jack Wilshere really is a made-to-order Arsenal player. He gets into a cracking position inside the West Ham box towards the right and it's begging for a little left-foot curler into the far corner - but he takes on one man too many and has to settle for a corner kick.

1656: Full-time Sheffield United 1-1 QPR

1656: Carlos Vela finds some space down the inside left channel, but the Mexican's left-foot shot is comfortably dealt with by Robert Green.

1654: Full-time Chelsea 5-0 Watford

1653: Luis Jimenez fires wide for West Ham after a decent opening for them, which came moments after Jack Wilshere gave the ball away to Junior Stanislas, but the youngster took just a bit too long to get his shot in and that chance went begging.

1652: Ten minutes to go in the first half at Upton Park, and it's still on the brink of being a decent Cup tie, this one.

From steeshlad on 606: "Sheff Utd, please do me a favour. I had Leeds to win, Chelsea 5-0 full-time, Sheffield Utd to win and Tramere to win. A gentleman wouldn't say the returns of a £5 on that, but I'll be happy. Say, how much is an Audi A3?"

1645: Rob Green can only claw a Fran Merida cross to the back post to where Thomas Vermaelen is standing 10 yards out, but the once-prolific Belgian defender half-volleys miles over.

Someone has struck the woodwork
1643: Alessandro Diamanti cuts inside from the West Ham right and curls a dipping shot towards the far corner from the edge of the penalty area, but Lukasz Fabianski tips it away. At Bramall Lane, Sheff United striker Ched Evans hits a stunning free-kick against the QPR crossbar.

1641: ...Junior Stanislas gets it up and over the wall, but it just doesn't quite dip enough and flies a yard or two over the Arsenal crossbar.

1639: Not great at Bramall Lane, where it's still Sheff Utd 1-1 QPR. At West Ham, the hosts have a free-kick 25 yards out for a foul on Fabio Daprela...

1638: Oh God, all this injury time chat. Since when did anyone ever bother adding up stoppages to make sure the correct time was played exactly? I don't think I've ever been so bored by a *football* conversation.

1635: Alessandro Diamanti's left-foot shot is blocked and Junior Stanislas cannot quite turn in the box as he collects the rebound, so Arsenal get it clear. It's bubbling under at the Boleyn Ground.

1633: Arsenal are increasing the tempo at Upton Park and West Ham are defending deep and in numbers at the moment. James Tomkins gifts possession to Eduardo and the Croatian's low shot from 20 yards is tipped away by Robert Green.

From evanpritchard via Twitter: "Why was Ferguson crying for more than five minutes added time? Five minutes is a lot isn't it? Any real injuries in second half? Don't recall any in your comm."
Me neither - none that long anyway. Like I said, embarrassing

1628: Arsenal's Fran Merida rifles in a low left-footer from 25 yards and Robert Green gets down well to his left to keep the Gunners out.

Chelsea goal: This is on the brink of humiliating now. Daniel Sturridge scores his second of the game and second for Chelsea, controlling neatly and finishing from close-range from an Ashley Cole cross from the left.

1625: GOAL Chelsea 5-0 Watford

1623: West Ham have made a decent start against Arsenal. They are getting in the Gunners faces, denying them time to play their passing game and trying to hit them on the break.

Chelsea goal: See 1532 - I knew I shouldn't have said anything. Frank Lampard finds some space 25 yards out and hammers a shot into the corner past Scott Loach, who is presumably not enjoying his afternoon much.

1621: GOAL Chelsea 4-0 Watford

1620: Sheffield United have started the better of the two teams after the break, and Jamie Ward slams a shot wide. Still 1-1 against QPR.

1619: This is the ninth time West Ham and Arsenal have met in the FA Cup. The Hammers have surprisingly had the better of the past exchanges, with five triumphs to Arsenal's three - though the most recent of their wins was in the 1980 final.

1616: Under way between West Ham and Arsenal.

From Adam in Cumbria, via text on 81111: "Five minutes of added time and it's insulting? We could have had another 30 minutes and still would not have scored. Grow up Fergie and accept the defeat!"

1612: Sheff Utd's Matt Kilgallon was taken off at the break at Bramall Lane, replaced by Marcel Seip. There is speculation that the centre-back - heavily linked with a move to the Premier League - might have just played his last game for the club. The teams are out at Upton Park.

1610: Remember the 1980 FA Cup final? I don't, but I'm still all over Chris Bevan's brilliantly nostalgic look back at West Ham's shock victory over Arsenal. Not a day goes by that I don't miss Brian Clough.

1608: Good that Fergie talked to the press, but the last part of that quote is embarrassing. We're back under way at Chelsea 3-0 Watford and Sheffield United 1-1 QPR, by the way.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson: "I must admit, I didn't expect that performance. If you don't start and the other team does, you're always up against it. Leeds had a far bigger appetite than us for the game. You need a a bit of luck and they got it, but they deserved it because they played really well. The referee gave five minutes of injury time and that's an insult to the game, to the players out there."

1604: West Ham v Arsenal line-ups:
West Ham:
Green, Faubert, Tomkins, Upson, Daprela, Behrami, Jimenez, Kovac, Diamanti, Stanislas, Nouble.
Subs: Stech, Sears, Da Costa, Payne, Lee, Edgar, N'Gala.
Arsenal: Fabianski, Sagna, Vermaelen, Gallas, Silvestre, Song Billong, Ramsey, Merida, Wilshere, Vela, Eduardo.
Subs: Mannone, Diaby, Nasri, Traore, Eastmond, Emmanuel-Thomas, Gilbert.
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)

Manchester United assistant Mike Phelan: "It's a major blow, this. I think Leeds deserved it. We didn't commit ourselves to the task in the way that we should do. Leeds went about their task very effectively. We shouldn't give away a goal like that at our level. We gave belief to their supporters."

From samfiske on 606: "If SAF doesn't end up talking to the press, I'd be pretty disgusted. It's petty really, acting like a child. And this is coming from a United fan."

1556: West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola makes four changes from the team that lost 2-0 at Tottenham on 28 December, with England Under-19 striker Frank Nouble making his first start for the club, as does Swiss full-back Fabio Daprela. There are five changes from the Arsenal team that won 4-1 at Portsmouth, with Manuel Almunia, Armand Traore, Abou Diaby, Samir Nasri and Andrey Arshavin making way for Lukasz Fabianski, Mikael Silvestre, Fran Merida, Jack Wilshere and Carlos Vela.

From chrisbevan_bbc via Twitter: "Still no sign of Sir Alex Ferguson, nearly an hour after the final whistle. He's spoken to MUTV, but not to us waiting hacks..."

1550: Half-time Sheffield United 1-1 QPR

Sheff Utd goal: Parity restored at Bramall Lane and it's Richard Cresswell who gets the Blades back on level terms, heading home a Stephen Quinn cross from the right.

1549: GOAL Sheffield United 1-1 QPR

1547: Half-time Chelsea 3-0 Watford

From chrisbevan_bbc via Twitter: "Simon Grayson modest after famous win at Old Trafford. Says it's his proudest day in football but his players deserve the credit."

1543: The Watford fans are 'ole-ing' as their team manages to string a few passes together.

QPR goal: The visitors were working their way back into the game, and now they have their lead. Wayne Routledge is one-on-one with his man down the right, fashions space to cross courtesy of a step-over and centres for Jay Simpson to side-foot home from eight yards.

1540: GOAL Sheffield United 0-1 QPR

1539: Don't forget, the draw for the fourth round of the FA Cup is due to start at about 1815 GMT.

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 live's Graham Taylor: "Chelsea are a better team with better players. If you want to disrupt their style of play, their passing, you have to get stuck into them, do it in their half of the pitch, try and unsettle them. Watford aren't doing that at the moment."

1535: Chance for QPR at Bramall Lane, but Alejandro Faurlin's looping shot from the edge of the Sheffield United box is saved by Mark Bunn.

1532: Yuri Zhirkov lets fly, but the Russian's shot sails into the crowd at Stamford Bridge. I have a consolation for Watford fans - three years ago, Forest produced a pathetic performance at Chelsea and went 3-0 down quickly. Luckily for us, they eased off after the break and there were no more goals.

1527: Not much happening at Bramall Lane, though Sheffield United are probably edging it against QPR. It's scrappy at the moment.

Leeds United captain Richard Naylor: "It is unbelievable, a tremendous result that has been a long time coming. I am really proud of the lads. I thought we had a few chances to make it 2-0 late on. We dug in when we needed to but we also played some good football."

Chelsea goal: Everything that could go wrong is going wrong for the poor Hornets. Yuri Zhirkov doesn't catch a shot properly, but it takes one deflection off Lloyd Doyley and another off Florent Malouda and flies past Scott Loach. Oh dear.

1521: GOAL Chelsea 3-0 Watford

1519: Chelsea are all over Watford. Doesn't look like the African Cup of Nations is hurting them too much so far. Juliano Belletti volleys over.

From Ed, via text on 81111: "United need to take a long hard look at themselves - doesn't matter that Leeds are League One, it's the old rivalries that make football and we just didn't care today. Really gutted."

Chelsea goal: Yep, this one's over already. Florent Malouda sends over a vicious cross and Joe Cole slams it back across the danger area, John Eustace eventually putting through his own net. Watford are at sixes and sevens.

1514: GOAL Chelsea 2-0 Watford

1514: They're showing the Leeds players doing a warm-down on the Man United pitch, and goalkeeper Casper Ankergren is on his mobile as he goes through some stretches. Magnificent display from the Danish keeper at Old Trafford - and that's been said a few times before.

Someone has struck the woodwork
1512: Chelsea should be 2-0 up after Alex teed Daniel Sturridge up, but the visitors survive. Meanwhile at Bramall Lane, Stephen Quinn's shot from eight yards strikes the QPR crossbar as Sheffield United go perilously close to an opener.

Leeds boss Simon Grayson: "It was a good ball from Johnny Howson and nine out of 10 times Jermaine Beckford finishes them off. Full credit to the players, who were outstanding. They have been like that all season. Beckford is the new hero now."

From VillaFour on 606: "With United out, I've no idea who to put my money on Villa getting in the draw later. After that performance, I'd take most Premier League teams over Leeds though, that's for sure."

Chelsea goal: Difficult to see a repeat of Old Trafford at the Bridge. John Terry volleys a Blues corner goalwards and Daniel Sturridge is on hand at the back post to prod the ball into the net. That's his first goal for the club.

1505: GOAL Chelsea 1-0 Watford

1503: Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti makes seven changes for the FA Cup third round tie against Watford. Hilario replaces Petr Cech in goal, while Alex partners John Terry in central defence. Florent Malouda starts in midfield, while Nicolas Anelka's ongoing hamstring injury sees Daniel Sturridge given the nod in attack. Watford boss Malky Mackay makes just one change to the side that drew at Bristol City last time out. In a probable 4-5-1 formation, midfielder Scott Severin replaces front man Heidar Helguson, who has finished a loan spell.

1502: Under way in the three o'clock kick-offs, as Chelsea take on Watford and Sheffield United face QPR.

1500: That is the first time Manchester United have been eliminated in the third round since Bournemouth - then managed by Harry Redknapp - did for them in 1984.

From restlessole via Twitter: "Magnificent result for both Leeds and the FA Cup. Good on ya Leeds!!"

1457: After everything Leeds' fans have been through in the last few years, you can feel nothing but delight for them as they start what is sure to be a massive party. That was a truly stunning performance.

Full time
1454: Full-time Manchester United 0-1 Leeds United
Forget Leeds' past - they are a League One club, and they have just dumped Man United out of the FA Cup at Old Trafford. It's one of the great upsets in this competition's magnificent history.

1453: Heart in mouth time. United go so close twice to an equaliser, but Casper Ankergren saves Leeds. From a corner, Wayne Rooney spanks over. Seconds left...

1452: Two minutes of injury time left.

1452: Leeds bring Aidan White on for Andy Hughes. Remember, Sir Alex Ferguson has never lost in the FA Cup third round as Man Utd manager, and he's never lost to a lower division team in the Cup.

1450: Gary Neville cross from the right and Michael Owen gets up really well, only to glance a header wide from eight yards. Is there another chance left for Manchester United?

1450: The Leeds fans are all singing "Fergie time, Fergie time".

1449: We're into stoppage time. There will be five minutes of it. Fergie is furious about everything.

1448: Dimitar Berbatov flicks a cross on, but it's behind for a goalkick. One minute left, Man Utd 0-1 Leeds.

1447: Luciano Becchio is taken off and Leeds send on Lubmoir Michalik.

From lewisbroad via Twitter: "Leeds United are playing as if they belong in the Premier League - again."

1446: Three minutes to go. Man Utd 0-1 Leeds.

1445: Four minutes to go.

1444: Five minutes left of normal time.

From Daniel, London, via text on 81111: "I've never seen a team deserve a win at Old Trafford as much as Leeds do now!"

1442: Sheffield United are without injured striker Darius Henderson and defender Kyle Walker (thigh), while QPR trio Lee Cook, Martin Rowlands and Gavin Mahon (all knee) also miss out. Angelo Balanta is back from a groin injury and takes his place on the bench as does defender Matt Connolly, who had been pushing for a start.

1441: Chelsea v Watford line-ups:
Hilario, Ivanovic, Alex, Terry, Ashley Cole, Lampard, Belletti, Zhirkov, Joe Cole, Malouda, Sturridge.
Subs: Turnbull, Carvalho, Ballack, Paulo Ferreira, Matic, Kakuta, Borini.
Watford: Loach, Hodson, Mariappa, DeMerit, Doyley, Eustace, Cowie, Lansbury, Severin, Cleverley, Graham.
Subs: Lee, Jenkins, Harley, Bennett, Hoskins, Henderson, Kiernan.
Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)

1440: The ball falls a mile out of the sky, and Darron Gibson shows brilliant technique to volley a couple of yards wide.

1440: Michael Owen goes down in the Leeds area, but referee Chris Foy tells him to get up. If it was a foul, it was probably just outside the box anyway.

Someone has struck the woodwork
1438: This is one of the great games of football. Robert Snodgrass hits a stunning free-kick from 25 yards that slaps against the angle of post and crossbar with Tomasz Kuszczak not getting anywhere near it.

1436: There is your moment. Bradley Johnson plays a fabulous pass in to Jermaine Beckford, who has brilliantly got into some space only to fire agonisingly wide from the edge of the box. Is it the turning point?

1435: Another glaring miss, this time from Wayne Rooney - and Fergie is apoplectic. Luis Valencia picks him out on the penalty spot, but he can only fire over. Leeds send Robert Snodgrass on for Johnny Howson.

From Mr Cliche on 606: "Owen's miss there was reminiscent of one by Justin Fashanu for West Ham in the League Cup in the late eighties/early nineties when he was on loan from Man City."

1433: Sheffield United v QPR line-ups:
Sheff Utd:
Bunn, Geary, Morgan, Kilgallon, Taylor, Ward, Montgomery, Quinn, Cresswell, Evans, Camara.
Subs: Bennett, France, Reid, Williamson, Harper, Seip, Little.
QPR: Cerny, Ramage, Stewart, Gorkss, Borrowdale, Routledge, Faurlin, Leigertwood, Buzsaky, Simpson, Agyemang.
Subs: Taylor, Hall, Helguson, Connolly, Balanta, Ephraim, Parker.
Referee: Andy Hall (W Midlands)

1431: Wayne Rooney fires in from 25 yards, but it's straight at Casper Ankergren. Rooney is easily Man United's best chance of not being dumped out of the Cup today.

1429: What a chance for Michael Owen - and he completely mis-kicks it. Wayne Rooney picks out Luis Valencia and he taps it back for Owen, 10 yards out, and the keeper on the floor, and he cannot get a proper contact. From a ricochet, Wayne Rooney fires over.

1429: We are 20 minutes plus stoppages away from the biggest Cupset of recent times. It's Manchester United 0-1 Leeds United.

1428: As former Leeds defender Rio Ferdinand watches on, Manchester United make their final change - striker Michael Owen is on for midfielder Anderson.

From HalfAPair via Twitter: "This is how football should be played - tough-tackling, winner-takes-all."

1425: Wes Brown goes straight through Jermaine Beckford again, and again Chris Foy chooses not to give him his second yellow card. He's a lucky boy, is Brown. Free-kick to Leeds, 30 yards out, which Bradley Johnson curls at Tomasz Kuszczak.

1423: Fabio plays a one-two with Wayne Rooney and curls just past the angle of post and crossbar from about 16 yards.

1421: We've had more than an hour, and Bradley Johnson's shot bounces straight into Tomasz Kuszczak's arms. Moments later, Johnson fizzes another left-footer wide from 25 yards. No signs of Leeds slowing down just yet.

From Peter, Milton Keynes, via text on 81111: "As a referee myself, I have to say Chris Foy has been faultless."

1418: It might be worth pointing out that Leeds haven't won at Old Trafford since February 1981, when Brian Flynn's goal earned a 1-0 victory. That was 17 visits ago.

1416: Double change for Manchester United as Ryan Giggs and Luis Valencia are sent on to rescue the Cup tie, Danny Welbeck and Gabriel Obertan making way.

From cobber123 on 606: "Brown is lacking in confidence and is having a very hard time against Beckford. On the edge, and a likely candidate for marching orders. As for the handbags, it's par for the course."

1412: And now Richard Naylor take a booking for the team, leaving his leg hanging out to bring down Wayne Rooney about 35 yards from the Leeds goal. Only one player in the world would shoot from here, and he doesn't play for United anymore.

1411: Proper Cup tie in every way as Darron Gibson goes in late on Bradley Johnson and is booked for his troubles. It's lively, of that there can be no doubts.

1409: On reflection, it's better that Chris Foy kept his cards in his pocket. This game is brilliant as 11 v 11. Casper Ankergren makes a fine save from Danny Welbeck, and United have started the second half well.

1407: Problems here for Chris Foy, the referee, to sort out. Wes Brown appears to go over the top of the ball in one tackle, and Johnny Howson then goes in hard on him. Howson and Brown have handbags, and Jermaine Beckford does well to drag Howson away. Foy decides there should be a drop-ball. Strange.

1406: Danny Welbeck goes down in the Leeds box as the visitors struggle to clear a corner, but under a challenge from Johnny Howson the United winger was already falling before the tackle came in.

1404: Back under way at Old Trafford, where it's Manchester United 0-1 Leeds United in the third round of the FA Cup.

From PK at OT, via text on 81111: "If only we could make more than three substitutions, more than half of the Man Utd team would be off. Surely it can't get any worse. Can it?"

From TaiSx via Twitter: "Are we playing Leeds or Real Madrid?? Even our Sunday League team could cope with United chucking long balls upfield!"

1357: The magic of the Cup was alive and well at the Madejski Stadium on Saturday, as Championship strugglers Reading came mighty close to causing a Cupset against Liverpool - a game BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher covered. Meanwhile, our chief football writer Phil McNulty was at the magnificent City Ground in Nottingham to see Birmingham goalkeeper Joe Hart enhance his claims for an England World Cup spot.

From Missinaldo on 606: "There's only one team playing the football at OT today. Excellent passing, compact defending, and when attacking move forward in waves. It's Leeds. United on the other hand... well we've been playing like we have every single first half this season besides our recent 5-0 against Wigan. Old habits die hard I'm afraid. We'll do it the hard way or not at all."

1350: Sir Alex Ferguson has never lost in the third round of the FA Cup since taking charge of Manchester United in November 1986. That's 22 games without losing (if you remember, they didn't take part in 2000). Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has also never suffered a third round defeat - the Frenchman's enjoyed 13 safe passages through.

Half time
1347: Half-time Manchester United 0-1 Leeds United
If United weren't sure about their opponents before this one, they will know they are in a game now. It's everything the FA Cup should be.

1344: The tackles are flying in now - this is as competitive as the FA Cup gets, no quarter asked and no quarter given. Approaching half-time - can Leeds take a lead into the interval?

From Chris Bevan at Old Trafford via Twitter: "Simon Grayson giving Jermaine Beckford more instructions. Wants him to come deep to find the ball not just wait for more balls over the top."

From Bobleponge, Eance, via text on +44 7786200666: "Stevo, watching this on telly at home in France. When Rooney had his shot cleared off the line, the Leeds fans sang a little ditty about his weight and his parentage. Two French commentators repeated it word for word, thinking it was the Manc fans encouraging him. Brilliant."

1339: Johnny Evans heads a corner wide with Casper Ankergren getting nowhere near the cross.

1336: Luciano Becchio turns beautifully on halfway, and Wes Brown clatters straight through him. The England defender is booked for his clumsiness.

1334: There's an opening every minute, almost. Danny Welbeck tries to curl one towards the top corner from about 15 yards out on the left-hand side of the Leeds box, but he cannot get it to come back enough.

From Chris Bevan at Old Trafford via Twitter: "Sir Alex Ferguson is off his seat for the first time. He predicted a 'humdinger' in his programme notes. Bet he didn't expect this..."

1332: Just over half an hour gone at Old Trafford, and it's flying by, this tie. Fergie looks angry, because it's still Manchester United 0-1 Leeds United.

1330: Wayne Rooney looks in the mood today, and he creates a yard of space on the left-hand corner of the Leeds 18-yard box, curling a shot agonisingly wide of the far post.

From Chris Bevan at Old Trafford via Twitter: "Johnny Howson having a stormer. What a ball that was for the Leeds goal. I didn't think their fans could get any louder... but they have."

1326: Jason Crowe stands up a cross from the right to the back post, and Bradley Johnson heads wide. I knew League One once, and it wasn't like this. Leeds are on fire.

1326: This is an absolutely magnificent FA Cup tie.

1325: Wayne Rooney gets away down the Manchester United right and he's is miles of space. He cuts inside and looks for a pass to a team-mate, but eventually clips the ball past keeper Casper Ankergren, only for Jason Crowe to brilliantly hack it off the line.

1321: Should score. It should be 2-0. Unbelievable. Johnny Howson gets into space down the Leeds right and flights over a cross that is begging to be headed in. From six yards, Luciano Becchio nods wide.

Leeds goal: No, I'm not joking. Johnny Howson launches a fabulous 50-yard pass over the top of Wes Brown to Jermaine Beckford, and suddenly he's in behind. His touch is a little strong, but he gets to the ball before Brown and the onrushing Tomasz Kuszczak and rolls it into the net. This would be a Cupset to rival any other.

1319: GOAL Manchester United 0-1 Leeds United

1318: Pictures might be hard to find for some of the games today, so let me point you in the direction of our BBC local radio FA Cup commentaries. If you think radio's a rubbish way to follow sport, I humbly suggest you've never listened to TMS before.

1315: Gabriel Obertan is sent into the Leeds box on the right-hand side and he's got two players to pick out, but his pull-back flies past Dimitar Berbatov and it evades Danny Welbeck too.

1313: I wonder if, somewhere, Eric Cantona is watching this game. There's a massive banner saluting the French genius at the Stretford End, and his name is being sung almost constantly. Now there was a footballer.

1310: Fabulous cross from Danny Welbeck down the Manchester United left - he couldn't have put it in a better area, fizzing across the six-yard box, but for some reason Dimitar Berbatov chooses not to gamble and the chance goes begging.

From Chris Bevan at Old Trafford via Twitter: "Leeds fans singing 'Stand up if you're top of the League'. None of them have sat down yet. Man Utd's fans have found their voices too, mind."

1306: Leeds' Bradley Johnson shows good strength and pace down the left, taking on Gary Neville and winning a corner that Wayne Rooney helps to clear. Lively start from the visitors.

1304: Good booing from the Leeds fans for Wayne Rooney and in particular Gary Neville. Touch of the pantomime feel about it.

1303: Wes Brown was supposed to be on the bench today, but he's a late addition to the Manchester United team - we think Nemanja Vidic may have picked up an injury in the warm-up. Darron Gibson fires wide from 30 yards.

From Chris Bevan at Old Trafford via Twitter: "I spoke to Leeds winger Rob Snodgrass this week and he will be gutted to be dropped to the bench today. He's been playing well too..."

1300: We are under way at Old Trafford, and there's a nice ring to saying Manchester United v Leeds United, isn't there? One of the grand old fixtures of English football is back after a six-year absence.

Leeds boss Simon Grayson: "We won't change how we go about our business for anyone, as they wouldn't. We're here to win the game and we'll give it a go. The rivalry is there for everyone to know about, not so long ago it was a Premier League fixture, but hopefully it'll be a cracking game and atmosphere."

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson: "I always look forward to games between these two teams. It's disappointing Leeds have gone so far down, but they'll be back in the next two years. Our players should look upon it as a big game atmosphere, and they've all sampled it before."

From Chris Bevan at Old Trafford via Twitter: "Leeds fans still making all the noise at Old Trafford. 9,000 of them here today and all of them on their feet and singing at the moment."

From Anon, via text on +44 7786200666: "Stevo. I'm in Ghana on holiday at the moment. Hoping for a Man Utd thrashing of Leeds. How's the weather?"
Not a cloud in the sky, my much-travelled friend

From Alexlawson8 on Twitter: "Stevo you are in dreamland. Leeds will get thumped 4-0. They are in League One."

From redevilmatth on 606: "What does Michael Owen have to do to start for United?"

1245: Stevo's FA Cup predos:
Man United 2-1 Leeds United
Chelsea 2-1 Watford
Sheff United 1-1 QPR
West Ham 1-2 Arsenal
Tranmere 2-1 Wolves
Lawro's predictions

1242: Manchester United v Leeds United line-ups:
Man Utd: Kuszczak, Neville, Vidic, Jonathan Evans, Fabio Da Silva, Welbeck, Gibson, Anderson, Obertan, Berbatov, Rooney.
Subs: Amos, Brown, Owen, Giggs, Tosic, Carrick, Rafael Da Silva.
Leeds: Ankergren, Crowe, Naylor, Kisnorbo, Hughes, Howson, Kilkenny, Doyle, Johnson, Beckford, Becchio.
Subs: David Martin, Prutton, Grella, Michalik, Snodgrass, Capaldi, White.
Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)

1240: By the way, we're one down already today, with Notts County v Forest Green frozen off. Quick reminder of how to get in touch: via text on 81111 (UK) and +44 7786200666 (worldwide), via Twitter right here and football's a game of opinions, so join the debate-makers on 606.

1237: Here's a quick rundown of what's in store today, folks:
1300 GMT: Man United v Leeds United
1500 GMT: Chelsea v Watford
1500 GMT: Sheff United v QPR
1615 GMT: West Ham v Arsenal
1815 GMT: Tranmere v Wolves
1815 GMT: FA Cup fourth round draw

BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Old Trafford: "Manchester United make seven changes from the team that thumped Wigan 5-0 on Wednesday. Thomas Kuszczak is still in goal and Dimitar Berbatov and Wayne Rooney are joined up front by Danny Welbeck. Nemanja Vidic keeps his place in defence, with Jonny Evans, Gary Neville and Fabio Da Silva coming in. Gabriel Obertan, Darron Gibson and Anderson form a new-look midfield. Leeds United make two changes from the side that thumped Stockport 4-2 on Monday, with Jason Crowe replacing the suspended Leigh Bromby at the back and Jonathan Howson preferred to Robert Snodgrass in midfield."

1230: Thus far, the big boys have kept the minnows at bay. But only a fool would write off the chances of there being a Cupset today. First up, second in the Premier League takes on top of League One. But when it's Manchester United v Leeds United, there's an awful lot more to it than that.

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see also
Sunday's FA Cup photos
03 Jan 10 |  Football
When the Hammers shocked Arsenal
01 Jan 10 |  FA Cup
Lawro's predictions
03 Jan 10 |  Football
FA Cup commentaries
03 Nov 10 |  FA Cup
All-time Top 10 clubs
16 Aug 10 |  FA Cup
Football on the BBC
11 Aug 10 |  Football

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