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By Caroline Cheese
1925: Cheesy endeth here. I'll be back tomorrow for Bolton v Tottenham (13.30), Fulham v Notts County (15.00) and Crystal Palace v Aston Villa (15.45). And the quarter-final draw. Have a wonderful Saturday night. If you're not doing anything else, I'd suggest you pop in on
Robinho Hodgetts's Winter Olympics extravaganza.
From 606commentator on 606:
"Dreadful. Simply dreadful. Manchester City have become a thoroughly boring team to watch in recent weeks. The first 10 minutes was highly entertaining, but as soon as that goal went in they became a totally different side. I cannot believe that they're challenging for fourth."
1920: Shaun Wright-Phillips has just accepted the man-of-the-match champagne from Kolo Toure, who admits: "We didn't deal very well at the back with Rory Delap's throw-ins."
From confirmme on 606:
"Man City missed Bellamy. His pace would have caused problems. I just don't rate Wright-Phillips. Mr Inconsistent."
1915: Boos from the home fans as the final whistle goes and that means Manchester City face two trips to Stoke in eight days. They face them in the league on Tuesday, before the replay on 24 February. Man City looked like they might run away with it, but Stoke showed incredible resilience to earn a deserved replay in the end.
1914: FULL-TIME Man City 1-1 Stoke
1913: Tuncay finds the side netting from a difficult angle. About a minute remaining.
1911: Patrick Vieira finds a perfectly weighted ball for Roque Santa Cruz - much as the Frenchman did for Emmanuel Adebayor's goal against Bolton on Tuesday. Santa Cruz chests it down and beats the keeper - but not Ryan Shawcross, who makes a vital clearance off the line.
1909: Now Mark Clattenburg misses a clear corner for Man City. Four minutes of injury time. I expected more, to be honest. Life's full of these little disappointments though.
1908: Mark Clattenburg spots Patrick Vieira's shirt-pull on Salif Diao, much to the delight of the visiting fans, who are still seething about Clattenberg's earlier error.
1906: Three minutes left of the 90 - but there'll be plenty of injury time. Nothing much happening.
1903: Shay Given's long punt goes straight through to opposite number Thomas Sorensen. Man City need some new ideas.
1901: Mark Clattenburg ignores Stoke's pleas for a foul by Patrick Vieira on Rory Delap. Looked like a foul too. To Stoke's relief, Shaun Wright-Phillips goes on to slam the shot into the side netting.
1859: Eleven minutes remaining and Man City win four corners in quick succession. Stoke under pressure again, but holding out.
1858: Shaun Wright-Phillips crosses from the right and Thomas Sorensen does absolutely brilliantly to tip over Gareth Barry's near-post header. Stunning save.
1856: Glenn Whelan tries to lob Shay Given from the centre circle. Audacious - and fairly hopeless as it turns out.
1853: Stoke have responded to that brief spell of pressure from Man City. Ricardo Fuller wins a free-kick on the right. Tuncay plays it back to Glen Whelan about 30 yards out, but Shay Given saves at the second attempt.
1852: Patrick Vieira replaces the disappointing Stephen Ireland.
1849: Man City appear to be coming back to life again. A touch of complacency appeared to have crept into their play. The home fans respond... Which reminds me, the attendance at Eastlands is 28,019. The capacity is 48,000. Odd.
1847: For his sake, I hope Stoke's physio gets paid per injury treated. Ricardo Fuller needs some attention after clashing heads with Kolo Toure. We're going to have at least half an hour's added time at this rate.
1845: Sidibe back on now, and just in time for another Rory Delap missile. This time, Man City clear.
1843: And another one down! This is getting ridiculous. Mamady Sidibe is rolling around in agony after landing awkwardly. Stoke cannot make any more changes...
1841: Martin Petrov seems to have picked up a knock and he'll be replaced by Roque Santa Cruz. That'll mean a change in formation for Man City presumably, with Santa Cruz partnering Emmanuel Adebayor up front.
Stoke goal: Unbelievable. Rory Delap flings the long throw into the box and an unmarked Ricardo Fuller powers in the header. Simple as. That's Fuller's fourth goal in the Cup, and he has now scored in every round.
1836: GOALFLASH Man City 1-1 Stoke (Fuller)
1834: Stoke boss Tony Pulis doesn't want to see a hobbling Andy Wilkinson up against Shaun Wright-Phillips for any longer. Don't blame him. Danny Collins comes on and it's yet another defensive reshuffle for Stoke, and probably another offensive reshuffle from Man City.
1833: Man City should get the ball out to Shaun Wright-Phillips immediately, test that Andy Wilkinson injury. They haven't managed it yet though.
1829: Gareth Barry shifts the ball onto his left foot and slices a shot into the side netting. Poor effort. Now Tony Pulis looks like he'll have to make a third injury-enforced change as Andy Wilkinson is hobbling. Danny Collins is ready to come on, but Wilkinson is willing to solider on for now - leaving Pulis very confused on the touchline.
1828: Ooh, it's like a game of chess. Roberto Mancini has now switched Shaun Wright-Phillips over to the left so he's up against Andy Wilkinson, who was earlier moved from left-back to get away from the tricky winger.
1825: Second half under way at Eastlands.
1823: Roberto Mancini has taken his seat early at Eastlands, leaving Brian Kidd to give the final instructions to the Man City players.
1819: I said earlier that a few of you reported some trouble in Southampton's city centre after the south-coast derby against Portsmouth. I can confirm there were 11 arrests and Southampton's police commander said only a "real minority" were involved in the trouble. "Considering the rivalry between fans, and some of the things being predicted before the game, I think overall today went really well," he added.
Reading boss Brian McDermott after conceding a late equaliser against West Brom: "I thought we'd won it. But fair play to them, they are a quality side and it was a superb goal at the end to get the equaliser. I think West Brom will definitely be in the Premier League next season and they showed their quality."
From Jonny, Pompey, via text: "Quincy, Dindane, Belhadj, O'Hara... Will you be my Valentines?"
1809: Man City with a deserved lead, but Stoke will be pleased they've kept it to just the one-goal margin. They're still in with a shout - although they could do without any more players injuring themselves.
1808: HALF-TIME Man City 1-0 Stoke
1807: Here's Rory Delap's first throw-in. Good length, but no direction, and Shay Given collects.
1803: But now he's down again, Lawrence indicating to the bench that he can't continue. Delap time.
1802: Just as I'm half-hoping Rory Delap will be brought on to wreak some long-throw havoc, Liam Lawrence manages to limp back on...
1759: Unbelievable. Liam Lawrence appears to tread on the ball over by the touchline and he's now receiving treatment for a knee injury. Stoke having absolutely no luck. At all. Meanwhile, Danny Higginbotham smashes a ferocious left-foot shot just wide of Shay Given's left-hand post.
1757: Not surprisingly, Tony Pulis has now shifted Andy Wilkinson over to right back, leaving Danny Higginbotham to deal with Shaun Wright-Phillips at left-back. That is the way Stoke's defence normally lines up. Not sure what the change was in aid of, to be honest.
1755: Shaun Wright-Phillips goes past Andy Wilkinson again. The Stoke defender brings down SWP so close to the penalty area, the free-kick is actually on the white line. Nothing from it. Yellow card for Wilkinson though and he'll have to be careful now.
BBC 5 live summariser Jimmy Armfield on a game that has gone very scrappy: "From Stoke's point of view, after conceding that early goal, they might be content with the way it's gone, just in terms of not conceding another one. Manchester City have had enough possession."
1748: More calamity capers from the visitors now as Robert Huth challenges for a ball in the box, and manages to take out team-mate Mamady Sidibe in the process. Sidibe needs treatment off the pitch for a rib injury, but he's back on now.
1747: This is better from Stoke now, Tuncay crossing from the left and Liam Lawrence meeting it with a thumping volley, which is goal-bound before Wayne Bridge blocks.
1746: Ricardo Fuller gets his head to Liam Lawrence's free-kick from the left, but it flies over the bar. He appeals for a corner, which he doesn't get.
1742: Stoke putting in some hard tackles, but not much else is going right for them. Joleon Lescott's return to the Man City team has been very comfortable so far.
Jimmy Armfield on BBC 5 live: "Man City are controlling the midfield so Stoke's midfield is playing just in front of their back four, and there's no support for Ricardo Fuller."
1734: As a slightly depressed Stoke fan has just observed, Tony Pulis said this week that both Ryan Shawcross and Matthew Etherington could be in contention for England. Not been a great start then, as Fabio Capello looks on. Etherington has reportedly suffered a medial knee ligament injury.
1731: Matthew Etherington appears to slip as he tries to challenge Wayne Bridge - and he's in real trouble. The stretcher is out, and Tony Pulis sends Liam Lawrence on to replace him. Nightmare start for Stoke.
Man City goal: A proper comedy of errors from the visitors. Stephen Ireland plays a ball over the top for Shaun Wright-Phillips to run on to. Thomas Sorensen comes but doesn't get there, Wright-Phillips lobbing the ball over him. No worries though, Ryan Shawcross is there to clear the ball over the line... but no! He mis-kicks completely, the ball coming off his head as he falls and into the path of Wright-Phillips, who gratefully taps in.
1728: GOALFLASH Man City 1-0 Stoke (Wright-Phillips)
1725: Wayne Bridge on a slaloming run now. Lovely stuff. He plays in Emmanuel Adebayor, who is crowded out in the area. Man City chief executive Garry Cook in deep conversation with Fabio Capello, perhaps explaining the concept of a results trajectory.
1723: And now Wayne Bridge skips past Robert Huth on the left. What's Tony Pulis up to?
1721: Tony Pulis appears to have shuffled his defence for this game, with Robert Huth playing right-back and Andy Wilkinson switching to left-back. Danny Higginbotham fills in for Huth in central defence. Not a great start though as Shaun Wright-Phillips easily jinks past Wilkinson before delivering a cross which is cleared.
1718: Fabio Capello strolls down the stairs to take his seat just in time for kick-off at Eastlands.
1712: TEAM NEWS Man City v Stoke Manchester City are without Carlos Tevez, who has returned to Argentina for the birth of his child, so Roberto Mancini brings in Stephen Ireland and leaves Emannuel Adebayor as a lone striker. Joleon Lescott makes his first start after two months out with a knee injury, replacing Vincent Kompany at centre-back, and Shaun Wright-Phillips comes in for the Cup-tied Adam Johnson. Stoke make two changes, with Salif Diao and Ricardo Fuller in for Rory Delap and Dean Whitehead as part of an attacking line-up by manager Tony Pulis.
1707: TEAMS Man City v Stoke Man City: Given, Zabaleta, Toure, Lescott, Bridge, Wright-Phillips, Barry, De Jong, Petrov, Ireland, Adebayor. Subs: Taylor, Onuoha, Santa Cruz, Garrido, Sylvinho, Vieira, Boyata. Stoke: Sorensen, Wilkinson, Huth, Shawcross, Higginbotham, Etherington, Diao, Whelan, Sanli, Sidibe, Fuller. Subs: Simonsen, Lawrence, Beattie, Kitson, Pugh, Collins, Delap.
From Rob in Derby via text: "Derby looked tired after Birmingham equalised. Why didn't we make any subs Nigel? Frustrating."
From Peter, MK, via text: "Cheesy, please mention MK Dons, statistically the most inconsistent team in the Football League. And I for one am sick of it. 5-0. Humiliating."
1703: Still waiting for full teams from Eastlands but I can tell you that England coach Fabio Capello is there to watch Wayne Bridge. And Shaun Wright-Phillips and Gareth Barry. And maybe Matthew Etherington?
Football League Macca: "Better news for Leeds fans as they salvage a late point when Leyton Orient's Charlie Daniels puts through his own net in injury time. Ten-man Nottm Forest have lost at Doncaster as the full-time scores begin to trickle through."
1656: Crikey, no shortage of drama in the FA Cup today. Birmingham's late winner means they go into the sixth round for the first time in four years. West Brom's late equaliser sets up a replay at the Hawthorns on 24 February, an extra game neither of those sides may relish.
Football League Macca: "Look away now Leeds fans. Tamika Mkandawire has put Leyton Orient ahead against Simon Grayson's side, while League One rivals Norwich have turned a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead in a matter of minutes. Millwall lead 1-0 at home to Exeter and Plymouth are now 3-1 up at Barnsley. What a pleasant (if long) journey their fans will have this evening. Forest are down to 10 men at Doncaster after James Perch gets his marching orders for violent conduct."
1655: FULL-TIME Reading 2-2 West Brom
1652: FULL-TIME Derby 1-2 Birmingham
West Brom goal: And late drama at the Madejski, Joe Mattock with the 87th-minute equaliser. Looks like Reading's long wait for another FA Cup quarter-final might yet go on.
Birmingham goal: Late drama at Pride Park. Craig Gardner scuffs his free-kick, but Kevin Phillips controls and shoots against the inside of the post. The ball bobbles along the line to where Liam Ridgewell applies the final touch. From the kick-off, Robbie Savage has a 35-yard effort tipped over by Joe Hart.
1648: GOALFLASH Reading 2-2 West Brom (Mattock)
1648: GOALFLASH Derby 1-2 Birmingham (Ridgewell)
From Dan, Basingstoke, via text: "Hi Caroline, a mention if you don't mind for Basingstoke striker Mitchell Bryant. Has just completed a double hat-trick against Weymouth! Keep up the good work." And is on loan from Reading I think?
1644: Apologies Reading fans, I typed a 1 instead of a 7. The Royals haven't reached the quarter-finals since their 1927 run to the semi-finals. They are a few minutes away from the last eight, leading West Brom 2-1.
Football League Macca: "Paul Gallacher will be taking the match ball home tonight (does that still happen?). Anyway, he has a hat-trick as Leicester have made it 5-1 (FIVE) against Scunny. Carlisle also have five as Joe Anyinsah adds to MK Dons's bad day. Plymouth have turned it around at Barnsley and lead 2-1, Pawel Abbott has put Oldham in front against Walsall, Stockport and Colchester are 2-2 and Shrewsbury are now 3-1 up at home to Hereford. Ten minutes and counting."
1641: BBC 5 live report that there is a crowd of 21,043 at the 33,597-capacity Pride Park, 5,000 of whom are from Birmingham.
Reading goal: Reading haven't reached the quarter-finals since 1927... but has Simon Church ended that run? The striker beats a poor offside trap and runs through on goal. Scott Carson brilliantly saves the first effort but Church knocks in the rebound.
1633: GOALFLASH Reading 2-1 West Brom (Church)
Football League Macca: "Plymouth are back on level terms at Oakwell as Carl Fletcher has notched against promotion hopefuls Barnsley. Darryl Duffy has made it 3-0 to buoyant Carlisle at home to MK Dons and Port Vale have edged ahead at Torquay through Marc Richards. Just over 20 minutes and counting, goal fans."
Birmingham goal: James McFadden provides an inswinging corner for Scott Dann to head in off the man on the line. That ends a run of three clean sheets at home for Derby. Relief for Premier League Birmingham.
1629: GOALFLASH Derby 1-1 Birmingham (Dann)
From IlCucchiaio on 606:
"Watching the West Brom game - the referee Chris Foy is having an absolute mare - no consistency whatsoever! Sends Mulumbu off for a tiny pull of the shirt - then doesn't even give a free kick for Griffin taking Koren down and getting nowhere near the ball."
Football League Macca:"The Scunthorpe comeback is on as they've pulled it back to 4-1 (scoreline of the day) at Leicester. Paul Hayes was the scorer. Morecambe have extended their lead at home to lowly Darlo, Huddersfield are back on level terms at home to Swindon, as are Torquay (at home to Port Vale), while Bury trail at Chesterfield. Hello, Sheff Utd have another as Darius Henderson sneaks in at the near post to head a second against Bristol C. Lovely stuff."
West Brom red card: All square in goals and red cards at the Madejski as Youssouf Mulumbu, who only came on at half-time for Gonzalo Jara, picks up his second yellow card in his 16 minutes on the pitch. Silly.
1621: RED CARD West Brom (Mulumbu)
1618: Robbie Savage is in the book for a foul. Least surprising news of the day?
1616: Thank goodness, he's back... Football League Macca: "Sorry Caroline, I had some important business to attend to. Back now though with some goal news, and what a goal it was. Sheff Utd's Henri Camara has absolutely banged one in the top corner from just inside the area to give them the lead at home to Bristol C. A strike of the super variety. Meanwhile, Tranmere have levelled at Southend through Marlon Broomes.
Derby goal: Derby open the scoring against their Premier League opponents as Jay McEveley rides a couple of challenges and unleashes a left-foot shot, which Joe Hart can only help on its way into the net. Keeper might be to blame there. McEveley scored the winner against Doncaster in the last round.
Reading red card: Abdoulaye Meite pokes the ball past Shane Long only for the Reading striker to go in studs up to receive his second red card of the season.
1611: GOALFLASH Derby 1-0 Birmingham (McEveley)
1609: RED CARD Reading (Long)
From Tractordan, Ipswich, via text: "With Chelsea and Portsmouth both finishing by the same score, I'm hoping the West Brom and Birmingham matches end with the same scoreline - and Man City v Stoke to finish in a 4-4 draw. Tomorrow's headline? All four one and one four all! I thank you."
1605: On a more serious note, I'm hearing reports from some of you that there is trouble in Southampton city centre after the earlier south-coast derby.
1602: They're back under way at Pride Park. Birmingham have never won the FA Cup. Derby have not reached the quarter-finals since 1999, which is literally 11 years ago.
1558: Since you've been so good, a special treat now as esteemed colleague Les Roopanarine brings us a half-time update from the Sheffield United-Bristol City encounter: "It's honours even at half-time at Bramall Lane, where, after a slow start, play-off chasers Sheffield United have gradually been making headway against Bristol City. Blades front man Darius Henderson twice failed to hit the target from inviting crosses, while City keeper Dean Gerken pulled off excellent saves from on-loan Arsenal youngster Kyle Bartley and Mark Yeates. Emergency loan signing Chris Iwelumo showed some encouraging early touches for City."
1555: As it stands, Forest will slip four points behind second-placed West Brom, who have played a game less.
1551: I don't know where Football League Macca's gone, so I suppose I'll just have to tell you this myself. Harrumph. Hugo Colace scores from the edge of the penalty area to put Barnsley 1-0 up at home to Plymouth just before half-time. The Tykes join Coventry (v QPR), Doncaster (v Forest) and Middlesbrough (v Peterborough) in having 1-0 home leads at the break in the Championship.
1548: HALF-TIME Reading 1-1 West Brom
1546: HALF-TIME Derby 0-0 Birmingham
Football League Macca: "With Rochdale having a weekend off, there's a chance for Bournemouth to narrow the gap at the top. Whoops. The Cherries have just gone behind at Daggers, with Mark Arber's penalty doing the damage. Rotherham and Shrewsbury are not making such a mistake as they lead at Lincoln and at home to Hereford respectively."
1542: Chance at Pride Park. Shaun Barker gets his head to a Robbie Savage free-kick, but Birmingham keeper Joe Hart makes the save before scrambling the ball away to prevent the rebound going in.
1540: Just heard a snippet of Alan Pardew after his side's earlier 4-1 defeat by Portsmouth. The Saints boss said he hopes people remember the "performance rather than the scoreline". Not sure it ever works like that, but I agree 4-1 was harsh.
Football League Macca: "Leicester are going goal crazy as Paul Gallagher has a second and then sets up Martyn Waghorn for a fourth. Meanwhile, not so good news for their promotion-chasing East Midlands rivals Nottingham Forest, who have fallen behind at Doncaster thanks to Billy Sharp's strike. In League One previously unstoppable Norwich could be heading for a second defeat in a matter of days as they trail at home to Brighton. Swindon have come from behind to lead at Huddersfield."
1537: Just in time for the approaching half-time whistle, it has warmed up a touch at Pride Park where both sides have fashioned a couple of half-chances.
1534: Not sure if you're in any way interested in all this, but our good friends at
reckon Jimmy Kebe's goal might be the quickest in the FA Cup proper (as opposed to qualifying). They reckon Vic Lambden held that record for his eighth-second effort for Bristol Rovers v Aldershot in 1951. Some say Kebe's goal came after nine seconds. I think it's best we move on now.
1527: According to the BBC Derby commentator, the ball at Pride Park has been asking for some Nurofen to cure a headache. It's a scrappy affair, I think that means. That Morris goal, by the way, was in the first qualifying round.
1525: If you're wondering whether Jimmy Kebe's seventh-second goal for Reading is the fastest ever in the FA Cup, wonder no more. It's not. That honour is still held by Gareth Morris, who scored for Ashton United against Skelmersdale after four seconds in September 2001.
Football League Macca: "Goals all over the Championship shop in the early stages. Deep breath. Middlesbrough lead Peterborough through Barry Robson's first goal since arriving from Celtic last month, side-footing in Jonathan Franks's pull-back, fellow promotion chasers Leicester have gone one better as they are two in front at home to Scunny through Michael Morrison and Paul Gallagher and Coventry lead against recently rubbish QPR through Gary Deegan."
West Brom goal: An impressive break from Graham Dorrens puts Chris Brunt in space and his cross is converted by Robert Koren from close range. Koren wasn't even supposed to be playing, but stepped in for the injured Slory.
1519: GOALFLASH Reading 1-1 West Brom (Koren)
1514: Both sides struggling to keep the ball in the Derby-Birmingham tie. Robbie Savage, who left St Andrews for Blackburn in acrimonious circumstances, is getting the full treatment from the visiting fans. "I had everything there (at Birmingham) and I was idolised," said Savage in his typically understated style. "I'm not joking when I say I think I made a great impact on the club, but I wish it had ended better."
1510: Celebrations from the Reading fans - but Jimmy Kebe's header has hit the side netting. Shane Long will be fuming that Kebe scored that opening goal. He has scored the first goal in each of Reading's last three games, all of which they have won. Well, he might not be fuming actually. He'll probably get over it.
1506: Jimmy Kebe has gone all Youssou N'Dour/Nenah Cherry on us, scoring Reading's opener after just seven seconds. The Baggies were rocked before kick-off when Andy Slory - who was due to make his debut - was injured in the warm-up and replaced by Rob Koren. Simon Cox has just put a header wide as the visitors look for a quick response.
Football League Macca: "It's finished all square in the Lancashire derby between Preston and Blackpool at Deepdale. The visitors came closest to snatching the points in the latter stages when DJ Campbell saw an effort headed onto the woodwork by Youl Mawene. Just the six 3pm kick-offs in the Championship today but plenty of L1 and L2 action to come. Bring me goals."
Reading goal: Well, that didn't take long. Reading, who have won their last three league games and knocked Liverpool and Burnley out of the Cup, go ahead through Jimmy Kebe, who latches on to a poor backpass and takes it round the keeper before slotting into the empty net.
1501: GOALFLASH Reading 1-0 West Brom (Kebe)
1456:gentblue on Twitter
reminds me that Derby are officially now known as Nigel Clough's Derby. Some news on Darren Ferguson's Preston coming shortly... Roy Keane's Ipswich not in action until Tuesday.
From Steve on 606:
"Reading must have the youngest bench seen in the FA Cup so far - Henry, Church, Robson-Kanu, Pearce and Hamer are all under 22."
Portsmouth boss Avram Grant after the win over Southampton: "In the second half we were a lot better, we changed formation for the second half which was more suited to us, and we played more quickly. It's good for the club and the fans. Since the draw everyone has only spoken about this game like there's no league."
1447: I don't normally do predictions, but I'm going to go for 4-1 in all the remaining FA Cup games today.
1444: TEAM NEWS Reading v West Brom Andy Slory is handed his full West Brom debut as boss Roberto Di Matteo makes four changes to the side that beat Scunthorpe in midweek. The Dutch winger replaces Cup-tied Frank Nouble on the left wing while Gianni Zuiverloon and Abdoulaye Meite come into the Baggies' defence. Simon Cox also returns to face his former club. Matt Mills returns from suspension for Reading in place of the Cup-tied Zurab Khizanishvili while Jimmy Kebe is in for Simon Church. But Royals boss Brian McDermott must do without Noel Hunt, Chris Armstrong and Julian Kelly. Gylfi Sigurdsson and Marek Matejovsky have also failed to recover in time for the game.
Football League Macca: "Swansea's previously water-tight defence fails to hold out as Leon Best sets up Andy Carroll to head an equaliser for Newcastle in the dying stages. It's finished 1-1, which is enough to take the Magpies back to the top and Swansea into fourth - above Welsh rivals Cardiff."
1441: Derby boss Nigel Clough reckons next week's league games against Preston and Swansea are more important than today's match against Birmingham. They all say that though, don't they?
BBC Sport's Phil McNullty at St Mary's: "Portsmouth boss Avram Grant, normally impassive, illustrated the importance of this FA Cup fifth-round victory by advancing towards the visiting fans and taking not one, but several bows. Respite for this troubled club, but a scoreline that was harsh on Southampton. They had chances to put this tie to bed in the first half, missed them and ran out of steam."
1439: TEAM NEWS Derby v Birmingham Derby manager Nigel Clough names an uncharged starting XI for the third successive match, so Kris Commons and Rob Hulse lead the line once again. Birmingham recall Sebastian Larsson, James McFadden and fit-again Christian Benitez as boss Alex McLeish picks the same line-up which went unchanged for 12 matches before Wednesday's 2-0 defeat at West Ham.
1425: Just the flicker of a smile plays across Avram Grant's face as the Pompey fans belt out the chimes. A bare-chested John Portsmouth Football Club, or whatever the heck his name is, looks close to tears.
1424: FULL-TIME Southampton 1-4 Portsmouth
1423: Smiling Portsmouth fans. Long time since I've seen that. Avram Grant obviously hasn't cracked a smile yet.
1421: A minute of the 90 remaining, and those late goals have sucked the life out of Southampton. They don't deserve that scoreline, but Portsmouth have been deadly on the break.
Portsmouth goal: Harsh on Saints, but if anyone deserves a goal it's Jamie O'Hara. Nadir Belhadj escapes down the left again. This time, he crosses for that man Quincy Owusu-Abeyie, who knocks the ball back for the on-loan Spurs midfielder to smash in the finish - despite Kelvin Davis getting a hand to it.
Portsmouth goal: Saints caught out as they press for the equaliser. Jamie O'Hara plays a gorgeous half-volleyed pass from the edge of his own box to send Nadir Belhadj racing away down the left. The Algerian reaches the box, fakes to square the ball, and then slots past Kelvin Davis.
1410: Agony for the home fans. Lee Barnard has the ball in the back of the net for Southampton - but he's offside.
Football League Macca: "There's been a goal in the Football League, I kid you not. It's only gone to Swansea as well. David Cotterill puts the Swans ahead with just under an hour gone in the game. After losing top spot, Newcastle now have the task of breaching a Swansea defence that has not conceded at home since 12 December."
Portsmouth goal: Sub Quincy Owusu-Abeyie involved again. He provides the through-ball, Chris Perry slips as he tries to clear, Arune Dindane lifts the ball over Kelvin Davis, who gets a hand to it, but can't stop the ball trickling in - and neither can defender Dan Harding.
1403: A change apiece. Portsmouth bring on Frederic Piquionne for John Utaka. Saints bring off Papa Waigo and send on Lee Barnard.
Southampton goal: St Mary's erupts as Southampton get back on level terms straight away. Free-kick from the right into the box and top scorer Rickie Lambert manages to guide it home with the back of his head.
1355: Rickie Lambert flicks on to Adam Lallana, but his mis-hit volley is gathered by David James.
1353: FULL-TIME Chelsea 4-1 Cardiff
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at St Mary's: "Pompey finally coming to life with that shot from Aruna Dindane and John Utaka's effort, but again it is Southampton making the better opportunities. Mixed bag from David James today, with fine saves Papa Waigo N'Diaye and Adam Lallana, but some anxious moments too. Story of his career. No let up in the noise."
1348: Just a couple of minutes remaining at Stamford Bridge. At St Mary's, Portsmouth replace Angelos Basinas with Quincy Owusu-Abeyie.
Chelsea goal: Chelsea can start making quarter-final plans now. Paolo Ferreira swings over the cross and it's just behind Salomon Kaloubut he manages to contort his body and send a lovely header past David Marshall.
1346: GOALFLASH Chelsea 4-1 Cardiff (Kalou)
1344: 52 minutes in and Aruna Dindane is the first player to get a yellow card at St Mary's. Only for a handball though. That's not derby behaviour is it?
1339: The second half begins in the same vein as the first at St Mary's. Aruna Dindane cuts inside, but his low shot is narrowly wide.
Football League Macca: "It's half-time at Swansea-Newcastle and no goals and few chances as yet. Probably not surprising as they are the Championship's two meanest defences, mind. It's still 0-0 up in the north-west as well between Preston and Blackpool as well. I'd love to bring you more. I really would."
1337: They're under way at St Mary's - and already David James has made a sensational save to keep out Adam Lallana's flying header.
is on hand to tweet that that was Sturridge's fourth FA Cup goal in three games. He's not the top scorer yet though. That is Leeds' Jermaine Beckford with five.
Chelsea goal: That should wrap it up for the holders. They make their second-half dominance tell as Daniel Sturridge gives them a two-goal advantage with a low shot through the keeper's legs after Didier Drogba's effort ricochets off the defence and into his path.
1329: GOALFLASH Chelsea 3-1 Cardiff (Sturridge)
1325: Now as many of you will know, the Chelsea-Cardiff game is being shown on Welsh channel S4C (Sky 134, satellite fans), which, perhaps not surprisingly, is in Welsh. I don't speak a lot of Welsh, but luckily
BBC Sport's Chris Bevan
has got a GCSE and everything. Here's some handy phrases: Sgorio = to score (Also the name of a long-running S4C Welsh language football show that showed Spanish/Italian highlights in the 80s/90s.) Ar ddiwedd y dydd = At the end of the day. Dros y lleuad = over the moon. Bwyta fy ngol = eat my goal.
BBC Wales' Pete Shuttleworth at Stamford Bridge: "All Dave Jones' 'keep it tight Cardiff' rallying half-time team-talk has gone up in smoke. Cardiff's defence cut to ribbons again by a routine ball over the top. There's no disgrace losing to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge but Cardiff could do without giving the Premier League leaders and Cup holders a hand."
1321: Ricardo Carvalho is leaking blood again from that cut above his right eye. Andre Marriner sends him off for some more attention.
1320: No goals but a cracking first half at St Mary's.
1319: HALF-TIME Southampton 0-0 Portsmouth
1316: Former Bristol Rovers legend Rickie Lambert has caused all sorts of problems with his delivery from the left for Southampton. His corner is right in the corridor of uncertainty and David James does brilliantly to block Wayne Thomas' header.
1315: Shortly before that goal, Ricardo Carvalho and Jay Bothroyd bumped heads. The Chelsea defender needed some treatment on a cut, but he's back on now.
Chelsea goal: Cardiff's defence falls asleep again. Didier Drogba plays provider with the ball forward, the Cardiff defender missing his kick and allowing Michael Ballack to canter through and finish with the outside of his left foot.
1311: GOALFLASH Chelsea 2-1 Cardiff (Ballack)
1307: Ooh. Rickie Lambert crosses again from the left and David James completely misses it. Radhi Jaidi is as surprised as anyone and the ball hits his head and goes over the bar. They're off again at the Bridge, where Salomon Kalou replaces Joe Cole. Not sure if that's an injury, but Cole didn't have the best of first halves.
1302: Even Stevens at St Mary's, which might surprise you given that there are 37 league places between these two teams. Those 37 places don't really tell the whole story though, do they? The players are on their way back out at Stamford Bridge.
Football League Macca: "As Kurt from Wiltshire pointed out earlier, there's a whopping great Lancashire derby in the Championship today between Preston and Blackpool. It may well be Valentine's weekend but there is no love lost between these two. PNE can go above their local rivals with a win. It'll be kicking off any minute..."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at St Mary's: "Papa Waigo N'Diaye and Ricky Lambert are proving a real handful for the Pompey defence. Great save from David James to stop Papa Waigo's header, but he needs to be taking chances like that. Pompey have pace of their own up front and that has to be their best option. Incessant noise from the off - I have cunningly detected there's not much love lost between these two."
1255: It's David James 1-1 Kelvin Davis at St Mary's as the Saints keeper pulls off a flying save to tip over Jamie O'Hara's dipping long-range shot.
Football League Macca: "We're off and running in our first Football League game of the day. It's a tasty one as well, with second-placed Newcastle making the long and winding road trip to face fifth-lying Swansea. Should be a cracker."
From Anightatthechopra via text: "Just finished the tastiest humble pie ever (see below 1209)."
BBC Wales' Pete Shuttleworth at Stamford Bridge: "Re 1235: Chelsea were comfortable! Yet it did not take a Nasa scientist to work out where Chelsea may have been vulnerable - and Chopra is the beneficiary. Chelsea's defending was almost as lacklustre as Cardiff's for Drogba's opener - and Bothroyd's link-up play in the build-up shows why he is so crucial to Cardiff."
1250: Chelsea's players look a bit bemused as they head for the tunnel... Time for Ancelotti to have a word.
1250: HALF-TIME Chelsea 1-1 Cardiff
1247: Jamie O'Hara gets a bit too much curl on his free-kick and sees it go narrowly wide. Straight up the other end, Rickie Lambert plays in Papa Waigo again from the left. This time, the striker tries to take the ball down, but his control isn't quite there.
1245: Daniel Sturridge, who's had an otherwise quiet half at Stamford Bridge, flashes a shot just wide of David Marshall's right-hand post. A minute until half-time.
From Lloyd, Southampton, via text: "I'm a student who lives ten minutes from St Mary's and it's definitely the loudest I've heard it all season, I'll be surprised if it doesn't get louder and a bit chaotic round here soon."
1242: They have now. What a chance for Saints to take the lead. Papa Waigo escapes the Portsmouth defence to meet a cross from the left. He's only a few yards out but his header is clawed off the line by David James.
1241: Southampton applying the early pressure at St Mary's, but haven't managed to trouble David James yet.
1239: Chelsea are rocking a little here. Jon Obi Mikel gives away a free-kick and Peter Whittingham looks for Michael Chopra again but Chelsea's offside trap catches him out.
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at St Mary's: "As noisy and hostile as you would expect inside St Mary's. If Portsmouth expect sympathy for the financial plight they find themselves in, they have come to wrong place here. Saints, in rude health compared to their fierce rivals, are only too keen to make matters worse. Great atmosphere."
Cardiff goal: Not so comfortable for Chelsea now eh? Chris Burke delivers the cross from the left and Michael Chopra easily escapes marker Alex to head in at the near post. Awful defending.
1235: GOALFLASH Chelsea 1-1 Cardiff (Chopra)
BBC Wales' Pete Shuttleworth at Stamford Bridge: "Chelsea goalkeeper Hilario seems very suspect at crosses and Cardiff boss Dave Jones has clearly told his players to cross at every opportunity - hence why target man Jay Bothroyd is risked despite ankle trouble. And that's how Cardiff have created their chances - although Chelsea, with captain Frank Lampard pulling the strings, look very comfortable and in control."
1233: Huge roar as Southampton get the south-coast derby under way. The home fans boo David James' first touch of the ball.
1232: They may be managing fierce rivals, but Alan Pardew and Avram Grant appear to have a friendly chat before kick-off. There'll be a short delay as ref Howard Webb helps the stewards clear some balloons out of the goalmouth.
1227: Out come the teams at the St Mary's cauldron... Electric atmosphere for the first game between these two since 2005.
From Max from Bournemouth, via text: "It has been made very clear in the first 20 minutes that we are going to struggle for the rest of the season with Zhirkov at left-back. He can not defend for his life!!"
1224: TEAM NEWS Southampton v Portsmouth Southampton bring back veteran defender Chris Perry, in the one change to the team that defeated MK Dons last time out. Portsmouth make four changes to the side that drew with Sunderland, with Hayden Mullins, Nadir Belhadj, Hermann Hreidarsson and John Utaka coming in, Ricardo Rocha suspended and Steve Finnan, Tal Ben Haim and Frederic Piquionne left out. New signing Dusko Tosic is on the bench.
1222: Michael Chopra arrives a bit late as he tackles Ricardo Carvalho on the halfway line, and gets a card to match his yellow shirt.
From Kurt, Wiltshire, via text: "Any chance of a mention for the biggest derby of the day? Preston v Blackpool. Come on you Tangerines! Gutted I can't be part of the 5,500 fans travelling to Deepdale today."
1213: Two good chances for the visitors. Anthony Gerrard's header is brilliantly saved by Hilario, before an unmarked Michael Chopra heads over from a couple of yards from the corner. Don't think Chopra was expecting the ball to come to him.
1211: Jay Bothroyd picks up the ball on the halfway line, turns well, and is clearly obstructed by Alex - who gets the game's first yellow card.
1209: Dave Jones' reaction to that goal was to thump his thigh in frustration. His side are seeing plenty of the ball - but then, so did Arsenal. Didier Drogba has just tried to lob the keeper. Cheeky. Miles away.
From Anightatthechopra via text: "Re 1144: Hate to say I told you so. I might cry."
Chelsea goal: Worst. Possible. Start. Not even Anightatthechopra (see 1144) dreamed it would be that bad for Cardiff. Jon Obi Mikel lofts a ball from just inside his own half and Didier Drogba runs through a very large hole in the visitors' defence before slotting past David Marshall.
1204: GOALFLASH Chelsea 1-0 Cardiff (Drogba)
1202: And we're off.
1201: A minute's warm applause at Stamford Bridge in honour of former Chelsea and Yugoslavia keeper Petar Borota, who died on Saturday at the age of 56.
1158: In the absence of John Terry, Frank Lampard leads the Chelsea team out at Stamford Bridge. Terry has sent a message to the Blues fans via today's match programme: "Thank you everyone," it reads. "Thank you so much for the game against Arsenal. After everything that has happened over the previous few weeks I'm grateful for all your support last weekend."
1154: This could, of course, be Portsmouth's last game. Ever. On Wednesday, they were given one last week to stave off a winding-up order from the tax man. Still, it does seem like a good old financial crisis is the recipe for 2009/10 FA Cup success. Cardiff are also in dire straits, as are Crystal Palace, who face Aston Villa tomorrow.
From Donnie, Pompey, via text: "I'm on one of the 20 Portsmouth coaches driving through Southampton and we're having money waved at us by the locals - I'm glad they've got a sense of humour, they'll need it at 2.30."
From wolfinnotts on 606:
"No Wolves today, so I guess I'll just have to hope Reading can put the Baggies out of the Cup."
1147: TEAMS Chelsea v Cardiff Chelsea: Hilario, Paulo Ferreira, Alex, Carvalho, Zhirkov, Ballack, Mikel, Lampard, Joe Cole, Drogba, Sturridge. Subs: Turnbull, Ivanovic, Bruma, Matic, Malouda, Kalou, Borini. Cardiff: Marshall, McNaughton, Gerrard, Gyepes, Kennedy, Burke, Rae, Wildig, Whittingham, Chopra, Bothroyd. Subs: Enckelman, Quinn, Taiwo, Blake, Feeney, Matthews, McCormack.
1144: Lawro predicted 2-0 for Chelsea, in case you were wondering. But hear this: Cardiff have a 100% record against Chelsea (in two ties), as do Southampton over Portsmouth (four ties).
From Anightatthechopra via text: "Caroline can I get an early predo in and say a) the Bluebirds will last about four and a half minutes before we go behind and b) you can safely double
BBC Wales' Peter Shuttleworth at Stamford Bridge: "The 5,800 travelling Cardiff fans must have feared the worst yesterday when Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti named £105m of talent in his star-studded side including Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard and Michael Ballack especially as Dave Jones is suffering an injury crisis. Jones admitted on Friday that he may not be able to fill his substitutes bench but the big news for the Championship side is that influential targetman Jay Bothroyd and experienced midfielder Gavin Rae have been passed fit."
1134: Now then, I'd be honoured if you were to get in touch today. I'm on 81111 if you're in the UK or +44 7786200666 if you're out there in the big, wide world. Alternatively, you could dabble in
1131: Later on, Derby v Birmingham and Reading v West Brom (1500 GMT) before we finish off with a bit of Man City v Stoke. Ooh, and Football League Macca returns from celebrating the birth of Mini-Football-League-Macca (no, that is actually his name) to bring us the magic of the Football League (obviously), which begins with Swansea-Newcastle at 1245 GMT.
1127: Southampton v Portsmouth kicks off a wee bit later at 1230 GMT. Wonder why so early ? Saints boss Alan Pardew has promised his club will not be "smug" about Pompey's dire financial plight, but adds (not very) menacingly: "I want that club to survive and come through, and I want us to be better than them and we are working towards that." Avram Grant says he has been left in no doubt about the importance of the game, adding in his understated way: "I don't think there is a big love between these two clubs."
1124: Yes, as John Terry enjoys a relaxing sunshine break in Dubai, FA Cup favourites Chelsea are up against 2008 finalists Cardiff in today's first kick-off at 1200 GMT. Carlo Ancelotti has
already named a fairly strong team for the tie,
while injury-hit Cardiff have had to turn down sicknotes from Michael Chopra and Gabor Gyepes.
1115: Hello there. Apparently, it's been so long since I did one of these that Cardiff have been promoted to the Premier League. Or have Chelsea been relegated to the Championship? You what? It's FA Cup fifth-round day? Magic!
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