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Wednesday's FA Cup as it happened



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By Jonathan Stevenson

2240: You might not like it, but that is why Danny the Stat came up with the word 'Cupset'. A truly seismic shock at Anfield, and you do wonder what they will be talking about in the Liverpool boardroom right now. Congrats to Reading and Newcastle, and Cheesy's back tomorrow with the other one, as Blackburn and Aston Villa get the Carling Cup semis under way. See you at the weekend.

From Liverpool110 on 606: "I think Maxi's wishing he asked for a receipt."

Reading caretaker-manager Brian McDermott: "The guys were fantastic, we missed three or four good chances, but you have to think you're gonna get another one. But we were good value tonight - the lads were all brilliant. The chairman is well pleased, but I'm not worried about the job, I'm just so pleased for him and the players."

Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici: "We could have been two-up in the first half. The guys missed some fantastic chances but hard work paid off in the end. We got the result we deserved tonight."

From George, via text on 81111: "I've never really experienced the saying 'it brings a tear to the eye', but this is truly magic. The FA Cup well and truly thrives, not a single other country provides a competition to rival it. What a proud day for English football."

2228: I just realised Reading are away at Nottingham Forest on Saturday. I hope Liverpool suitably wore them out, because they looked a proper side tonight.

From tonycottam on Twitter: "OK, thanks for the memories Rafa, but don't let the door hit you on the way out :("

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 Live's Mark Lawrenson: "It cannot go on for much longer. There just hasn't been any improvement in performances - if we say average, we're being kind. I'd probably need an hour to discuss what went wrong tonight for Liverpool. Five or six of that team tonight simply aren't good enough."

2222: Some young Liverpool fans are in tears, and the boos reverberate around Anfield. Sorry, but if Rafa Benitez survives this, he's the luckiest manager in football history.

2221: Full-time in extra-time Liverpool 1-2 Reading
Liverpool are knocked out of the FA Cup

2219: Emiliano Insua crosses from the left and Lucas, stretching, heads wide. But he was flagged for offside anyway. Time's up...

2218: Liverpool waste a chance to shoot and Reading break, but Jimmy Kebe wastes their chance at the other end. One minute left...

2217: Reading are trying to keep the ball in the corners. Two minutes left...

2216: If the Reds score now, their name is on the Cup.

2215: Four minutes left for Liverpool to take us to penalties.

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 live's Mark Lawrenson: "Yes, there would be calls for Rafa Benitez to leave if Liverpool lose tonight."

2112: Dirk Kuyt slams in a shot from just inside the Reading area on the right, but Adam Federici handles well and the Royals survive. Their fans are having a ball.

2210: David Ngog holds his face in his hands after a shocking attempt at a finish 12 yards out following good approach play from Lucas. The French youngster didn't get any sort of connection and it bobbled harmlessly wide.

From littlejklc on 606: "I have never ever seen so poor a Liverpool team in my life."

2208: David Ngog plays a pass miles away from where Yossi Benayoun wants it and they turn to look at each other in despair. Moments later, Jamie Carragher blazes high and wide from 25 yards.

2207: A cross is fired into the Reading box and Alberto Aquilani goes down, appealing for a penalty which Phil Dowd turns down. "He looked like a packet of crisps blowing in the wind," says Lawro on BBC Radio 5 live.

2204: Quick turnaround and we're off. Liverpool have 15 minutes to stay in the FA Cup.

2203: Half-time in extra-time Liverpool 1-2 Reading

2202: Yossi Benayoun looks a mile offside, but the flag stays down (the replay shows he isn't) and the Israeli is one-on-one with Adam Federici, only for the keeper to save a tame shot with his legs.

2200: Another ball in from the Reading right falls to Jobi McAnuff, but he mis-kicks his shot into the floor and the offside flag is up anyway. The groans around Anfield increase by the minute.

From High_as_a_Kuyt on 606: "This is getting depressing now. Where are the pills and booze??"

Reading goal: That is a really, really well-worked goal. Brynjar Gunnarsson, who was rubbish at Forest, morphs into Garrincha down the Reading left, doing Yossi Benayoun and then nutmegging Emiliano Insua before sending over a quite glorious cross that Shane Long glances into the Liverpool net from six yards. Oh my word.

2156: GOAL Liverpool 1-2 Reading

From TorreSamK9 on Twitter: "I feel sorry for the fans that left. Wonder if they came back in."

2153: Emiliano Insua goes on a little run for Liverpool and the ball breaks just inside the Reading area to Ryan Babel, but his snap-shot is saved by Adam Federici.

2152: Daniel Agger's shot is deflected wide, and nothing comes of the corner. Haha, I've just been called a 'Chelsea muppet' on 606 - I'm sure any watching Blues fans will find that equally hilarious.

2150: Dirk Kuyt is brought down 25 yards out and Liverpool have started the extra period very brightly, which is of great credit to them after that sickening late blow.

From Ben, Leeds, via text on 81111: "Two nights, two magnificent advertisements for the magical FA Cup. Let's hope that, unlike last night at the Ricoh, the team who could be out of sight get the win they deserve - come on Reading!"

2148: Liverpool have hauled off Philipp Degen, who I thought was having a pretty good game, with Martin Skrtel coming on and Jamie Carragher moving to right-back.

2147: And the story of extra-time begins.

2145: It was a penalty. I'll say it again: it was a penalty. Stonewall, cast-iron, anything you care to choose. And most Liverpool fans would accept that is the very least Reading deserve, too. Onwards we go, to an extra half an hour of fun

2142: Full-time Liverpool 1-1 Reading

Reading goal: If you want drama, you've come to the right place. The ball breaks somewhat fortunately for Shane Long in the Liverpool area and Yossi Benayoun kicks the Irishman's ankles accidentally. It's a stonewall penalty, and no-one in the world can complain about that. Gylfi Sigurdsson steps up and nonchalantly sends Diego Cavalieri the wrong way.

2140: GOAL Liverpool 1-1 Reading

2140: Full-time Newcastle 3-0 Plymouth


2138: Gylfi Sigurdsson hammers in a shot from the edge of the Liverpool penalty area and Diego Cavalieri just about manages to get down to his left and parry the ball away. They have been so, so unlucky.

2137: Into injury time at Anfield and there will be about three minutes. Reading deserve an equaliser, in all honesty.

From Swannyg66 on Twitter: "I can't sleep for imagining the three 30-yard screamers that surely make up Lovenkrands' hat-trick for the mighty Mags..."

2133: Lawro wasn't wrong, you know. Brynjar Gunnarsson nutmegs his man down the Reading right and swings over a fine cross that Simon Church heads over from six yards. If the visitors could finish, they'd be out of sight by now.

2132: Some Royals fans are leaving Anfield. They're obviously not listening to Lawro on BBC Radio 5 live: "Reading will get another chance before the end."

From Zippy, George and Bungle on 606: "That was a Messi-style run followed by a messy finish. Sublime and ridiculous from the only man in the world named Jobi."

2129: Shane Long comes on for Reading for Jem Karacan, with just over eight minutes of normal time left at Anfield.

2127: Reading's Jobi McAnuff nearly scores one of the great FA Cup goals of all time. I'm not joking. He starts the run deep inside his own half, runs at brilliant pace, jinks past about five Liverpool players and is suddenly one-on-one with Diego Cavalieri. Faced with the Brazilian, and about to score a goal that will be replayed into his old age, McAnuff slots wide. And he was never heard of again...

2124: The official attendance at Liverpool is 31,063. You know, for an FA Cup replay that's on television in a recession, that's not too shabby at all, is it?

From Scousepeter, via text on 81111: "This could be the Liverpool team of the future if we have to sell Gerrard and Torres... I am worried."

2121: Reading are trying to get Brian Howard into the game at Anfield, the little midfielder buzzing around, looking for that killer pass to open up the Reds defence.

Newcastle goal: Well I'd be astonished if that wasn't game, set and match at St James'. A cross from the Magpies left is headed back across goal by Andy Carroll and that man Peter Lovenkrands shins in his hat-trick goal. Great few days for treble-scoring, isn't it? Messi, Tevez and now Lovenkrands.

2119: GOAL Newcastle 3-0 Plymouth

2118: Alberto Aquilani clips a ball over the top down the left to Yossi Benayoun and his cross finds the Italian, who can only head wide. It's another diving header - it's definitely the FA Cup, isn't it? If only it was 1987 all over again...

2116: Our resident office Liverpool fan reckons they've been better since Steven Gerrard went off. Not much, mind, but they have improved a little in the second half.

2114: Brilliant cross from the Reading right from Brian Howard, it's a wickedly inswinging free-kick and Ivar Ingimarsson gets his head to it, but can only glance wide from six yards. A reminder of what a slender lead this is for Liverpool.

2112: Jimmy Kebe is on for Grzegorz Rasiak. Reading have 25 minutes plus stoppage time to keep their FA Cup hopes alive.

2111: There are 15,805 present at Newcastle, incidentally (or is it?). Alberto Aquilani's free-kick for Liverpool hits the wall, before Daniel Agger drags woefully wide.

From mollycockcroft on Twitter: "I'm 99.9% sure Phil Dowd just said 'not on my watch' as he booked Degen for diving. Classic! He's just gone up in my estimation."

2108: Argentine World Cup wannabe Jonas Gutierrez is still running the game at Newcastle and he spanks a shot wide. Wonder if El Diego is watching.

2105: Reading are on the cusp of making a change. It's started snowing again at Anfield. The game's rubbish, by the way.

2103: Peter Lovenkrands goes close at Newcastle, but his shot flies wide as he tries to complete his hat-trick.

From ftorresonfire on 606: "Chance for Babel to shine and prove his worth. With no Torres and no Gerrard, Babel could be the main man if he has a good game."

2100: Philipp Degen does really well to skip past a couple of challenges and force his way into the Reading area, but he runs the ball too far ahead and has a little dive, picking up a booking for his troubles.

2058: It's one-way traffic at St James' Park, with the hosts doing pretty much all of the pressing without fashioning any clear-cut chances after the break.

2057: FA Cup third round replays latest scores: Liverpool 1-0 Reading; Newcastle 2-0 Plymouth.

2055: Word on the street is that Steven Gerrard has a tweak to one of his hamstrings, and his withdrawal is a precaution.

From dhallows on Twitter: "(See 2037) The Preston v Crewe game at Anfield appears to be from the days before penalty shootouts, and was a second replay."

2052: Well I just can't seem to please anyone, can I? Let's hope I have more luck in the second half, which is under way at Anfield. Not with Steven Gerrard, mind - he's off too, with Ryan Babel coming on. 19-minute interval? Pah. Under way at Newcastle, to boot.

From Adam, via text on 81111: "I fear you are not being fair to Reading here. We are very unlucky to be a goal down and have put in a solid performance that belies our league position."

2043: Correction: the Liverpool opener has now been credited as a Ryan Bertrand own goal.

2042: By the way, our BBC Radio 5 live man on the ground at Anfield reckons the injury to Fernando Torres isn't too serious and isn't related to his groin problems. It might only be a slightly twisted knee, but we'll try to keep you informed.

From R_Fiske on 606: "So unlucky for Reading, and in cruel fashion. Despite their chances I can't see Liverpool losing this."

2037: See 2010: Now, it appears that Lawro's 4,600 Cup game at Anfield was actually when he played for Preston against Crewe in the 1970s. I think we're all sorry if you feel like you've been misled in any way whatsoever, but it was at Anfield (for some reason).

2034: Half-time Newcastle 2-0 Plymouth

2033: Half-time Liverpool 1-0 Reading

Liverpool goal: The first corner leads to a second corner and when the ball comes back to Steven Gerrard out on the right, he plays a one-two with David Ngog and his cross is cruelly deflected into the net off Ryan Bertrand.

2031: GOAL Liverpool 1-0 Reading

2031: Into injury time at Anfield, and Liverpool have a corner. Watch this space...

2029: The Premier League's newest - and perhaps most fortunate - manager, Burnley's Brian Laws, is in attendance at Anfield, with his boys facing the winner in the fourth round.

Newcastle goal: Two-nil is famously a very dangerous score, but I doubt the Magpies will care much about that right now. It's the same combo as the first goal, with Peter Lovenkrands heading home a Jonas Gutierrez cross from the left.

2027: GOAL Newcastle 2-0 Plymouth

2025: Philipp Degen forges down the Liverpool right and crosses and with the ball coming across him, Yossi Benayoun tries to bend it towards the top corner from 20 yards, just sending it a foot or two wide of the right-hand post.

2024: What the game at Anfield needs is a bit of genius to get it going. Unfortunately, there's only one potential genius on the pitch, and Steven Gerrard is not having a very good game.

2023: Yossi Benayoun tries to flick Dirk Kuyt's pass into the path of David Ngog, but Ivar Ingimarsson is well-placed to hook the ball clear.

2020: You know those awesome European nights at Anfield where it sounds like there are about a million people there and they somehow drive Liverpool on to victory against a team that is probably better than them? Well this is the exact opposite.

From MohamudWarsame on 606: "Reading are giving Liverpool a lesson. And you can't claim this is the first time. They look like a really good Premier League outfit. Either that or Liverpool are making them look better than they are."
More of the latter than the former, I fear

2015: Sad times for fans of brilliant footballers as Fernando Torres' evening is curtailed by injury and David Ngog comes on in his place. At Newcastle, their top scorer Kevin Nolan spoons over from 15 yards when he should have done better.

2014: Jonas Gutierrez and Jose Enrique link up well down the Newcastle left and the Argentine has a shot saved by Romain Larrieu.

2013: Newcastle still lead Plymouth 1-0 at St James' Park. Andy Carroll has gone close a couple of times, while Carl Fletcher forced Tim Krul to save a few moments ago for the visitors.

2011: But the away end just nearly erupted. Jobi McAnuff sends over an absolute pearler of a cross from the Reading right and Simon Church, having got the run on his marker, makes no contact with his attempted diving header from six yards. Touch it and it's a goal. Where's FA Cup legend Keith Houchen when you need him?

2010: On BBC Radio 5 live, Lawro says he once played in front of only 4,600 people at Anfield in a Cup game. There are a few more in the house tonight, but it's eerily quiet.

From thomaslydon on Twitter: "If the Green Army win tonight are they finally going to make the long-awaited signing of Dickmar van Nostrilboy?"

2008: What a chance. What a chance. That is unbelievable. Simon Church does really well down the Reading right to turn inside Daniel Agger and cross and, inexplicably, Jamie Carragher decides to leave it, let it run out. Only Grzegorz Rasiak is right behind him, and the Pole is so surprised he side-foots wide from four yards. Remarkable.

2005: That's not the Fernando Torres we know. He collects the ball on the inside right channel and from the corner of the 18-yard box, he neither shoots nor crosses - his aimless drifter bobbling beyond the far post. Not at his best tonight so far, the Spaniard.

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 live's Mark Lawrenson: "So far so good as far as Reading are concerned - what they will have most wanted to avoid was conceding an early goal, and they've done that."

2003: Bit of pinball in the Reading box, but eventually Dirk Kuyt's shot from 15 yards is blocked and the ball drifts out for a goalkick.

2002: Newcastle winger Fabrice Pancrate has more reason than most to be moaning about the ceaseless snow. He missed the birth of his child on Monday after the weather delayed his return to Paris. He eventually made it back later that day to see his new son Ysiah, along with his wife and two daughters, before flying back to Tyneside in the evening to gear up for a dose of FA Cup action. What a hero.

2000: Cupset number one of the evening comes from France, where second division Guingamp saw off the mighty Paris St Germain 1-0 to advance to the French League Cup quarter-finals.

1959: Dirk Kuyt needs a little bit of treatment at Anfield, but the Dutchman should be OK to continue.

Newcastle goal: Jonas Gutierrez carves Plymouth open down the Magpies' left, and from the first real chance of the game, they take the lead as the Argentine cuts the ball back and Peter Lovenkrands is on hand to slot home.

1957: GOAL Newcastle 1-0 Plymouth

1956: Good stuff from Reading, but when the ball falls to young Simon Church in the Liverpool area he takes a little too long to get his shot away and it's straight at Diego Cavalieri.

1955: Gylfi Sigurdsson whips in a free-kick from just outside the Liverpool area and Diego Cavalieri has to be alert to fly across to his right and parry the ball behind for a corner, which comes to nothing.

1954: Quiet start at St James' Park, no real chances yet to either side.

From The King of Spain - Managing intangible assests since 09 on 606: "Maxi is probably a £10-15m player and to get him on a free transfer is a major coup. Does Benitez have some sort of deal with Atletico do you think? We seem to do a fair bit of trading with them."

1949: Steven Gerrard's cross from the Liverpool right is nicked away from Yossi Benayoun and Fernando Torres by Ivar Ingimarsson. Moments later, Jem Karacan steams into Gerrard and is rightly booked.

1948: And we're under way at Newcastle, too, where they reckon on the radio that there are no more than 15,000-20,000 people there.

1946: Under way at Anfield. By the way, give yourselves a little manual refresh to find Final Score at the top of this page, and also because for some reason I mucked up the link to Fletch's blog, below. Uh-oh.

1942: The teams are out at Anfield. Maxi Rodriguez is about to watch his new team-mates take on Reading.

1938: Maxi Rodriguez (or M-Rod, as Danny the Stat wants to dub him), wearing a Liverpool scarf, has already been paraded around Anfield as the club's newest signing. The volleying legend that he is.

From Butch in Didcot, via text on 81111: "Having seen your predictions, Stevo, I'd like to offer my own opinions: Liverpool 7-4 Reading and Newcastle 9-5 Plymouth. Cheers."

From Stu_H on Twitter: "Liverpool fan pleased with the Maxi signing... hope we can scrape thru tonight. Would love to see Pacheco get a run out."

1933: Newcastle manager Chris Hughton makes six changes to the side that drew 0-0 at Home Park. Steven Taylor, Jose Enrique, Jonas Gutierrez, Andy Carroll and Peter Lovenkrands all come into the side, along with leading scorer Kevin Nolan. Hughton also has firepower on the bench with Shola Ameobi and Nile Ranger waiting in the wings. For Plymouth, Ashley Barnes comes in for flu victim Jamie Mackie up front.

1930: The Goal Repeller Stevo's Predos:
Liverpool 0-0 Reading (Liv win 3-1 on penalties)
Newcastle 0-0 Plymouth (Plymouth win 5-4 on penalties)

1927: I bet a replay against Newcastle was the last thing those poor diehard Plymouth fans wanted. Oh goody, an 819-mile round trip to look forward to, with a high probability of defeat chucked in for good measure. Pilgrims, do get in touch with us - it might just be your special night.

Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez on Maxi Rodriguez: "He can play in three positions - on the right, left or as a second striker - and is someone with a very positive mentality, which is what we are looking for. He knows Mascherano and Torres and he can provide a lift for some players."

1924: Liverpool make five changes from the original tie. Diego Cavalieri starts in goal in place of Pepe Reina, and Philipp Degen and Daniel Agger take the places of Martin Skrtel and Stephen Darby in defence. Alberto Aquilani and Yossi Benayoun are favoured in midfield ahead of Fabio Aurelio and David Ngog. Reading name an unchanged side from the team that drew 1-1 with the Reds at the Madjeski. New signings Andy Griffin and Gunnar Thorvaldsson are ineligible. Marek Matejovsky is on the bench after recovering from an abdomen injury.

1922: Newcastle v Plymouth line-ups:
Krul, Ryan Taylor, Steven Taylor, Coloccini, Jose Enrique, Pancrate, Nolan, Butt, Gutierrez, Carroll, Lovenkrands.
Subs: Harper, Guthrie, Ameobi, Ranger, Tozer, Ferguson, Donaldson.
Plymouth: Larrieu, Duguid, Arnason, Barker, Sawyer, Judge, Fletcher, Summerfield, Clark, Fallon, Barnes.
Subs: Saxton, Wright-Phillips, McNamee, Noone, Sheridan, Gow, Folly.
Referee: Andy D'Urso (Essex)

From Ryan in Newcastle, via text on 81111: "I was wondering if you knew when I could expect the Newcastle line-up to be announced? Then I'll know if it's worth my 10 minute walk and 15 English pounds. Thanks."
Very, very soon, son.

From Yoth on 606: "Jonathan - regarding your checklist @1903... you've cleverly omitted a couple of pertinent points. Allow me:
Forest not to score in the FA Cup 09/10: tick.
Forest to keep up a season-long tradition of missing penalties: tick.
Forest to endure playoff heartache: ???
Enjoy your evening."

1913: Liverpool v Reading line-ups:
Cavalieri, Degen, Carragher, Agger, Insua, Lucas, Aquilani, Kuyt, Gerrard, Benayoun, Torres.
Subs: Gulacsi, Aurelio, Babel, Ngog, Spearing, Skrtel, Pacheco.
Reading: Federici, Gunnarsson, Mills, Ingimarsson, Bertrand, McAnuff, Cisse, Karacan, Sigurdsson, Rasiak, Church.
Subs: Hamer, Tabb, Matejovsky, Long, Kebe, Pearce, Howard.
Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)

1910: I expect you're wanting to get in touch, aren't you? It's awfully straightforward: Get the texts in to 81111 (UK) and +44 7786200666 (worldwide); hit me with your Tweets right here; and join up and join in on 606 with the debating crew. Told you it was easy.

1908: Breaking news: Emmanuel Adebayor did an interview wearing a Manchester City polo shirt today. I think we can all breathe a big sigh of relief that that drama has passed.

1906: Anyway, enough of all that business. Tonight it's FA Cup replay time once more, with Liverpool taking on Reading at Anfield and Newcastle entertaining Plymouth at St James' Park. The winners move into the fourth round, with Burnley and West Brom respectively lying in wait.

1903: It was lovely of Cheesy to be thinking of me at 2235 GMT last night, but I can confirm I was close to being elated at the manner of Forest's Cup exit. Here was my checklist:
Pick near-reserve team: tick
Play against full-strength opposition: tick
Outplay full-strength opposition: tick
Don't go to extra-time/penalties: tick
Miss chances galore and exit with heads held high: tick
Go on and get promoted to the Premier League: ...?

1900: Evening everyone. Shall we try to put one thing straight, first of all? Playing for a big club/great manager does not a great manager make. So, shock new Burnley boss Brian Laws might have played for the genius Brian Clough, but it doesn't mean he's the new Old Big 'Ead. Whatever the remarkable Robbie Savage thinks. Bless him.

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