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Sunday's FA Cup as it happened


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By Jonathan Stevenson

1824: On that Twitter-related bombshell, it's time to bid you adieu. Thanks for all your chat, I appreciate all the missives, furious or otherwise. I'm off to watch the last 68 minutes of Real Madrid 1-2 Villarreal - looks like a belter. Chris Bevan is in the chair on Tuesday for West Ham v Birmingham in the Carling Cup, which is also on BBC Two and online live at 1930 GMT. I'll be back on Wednesday for Ipswich v Arsenal, Part I. Have a good couple of days.

1819: Breaking news: The Football Association has opened an investigation after Liverpool winger Ryan Babel posted a digitally altered picture on Twitter of referee Howard Webb wearing a Manchester United shirt.

From Manchester United captain Rio Ferdinand on Twitter: "By the way I never told Howard Webb to send Gerrard off I just said I thought it was a 2 footed tackle..."

Man City boss Roberto Mancini: "Leicester played very well but we had a lot of chances to score in the second half. If we want to win [the competition] than we must do better than we did tonight, especially in the first half. Bamba is very tall. Next time we must pay attention. Joe Hart has saved us a lot of times. It's important that we have another chance to go through. Dzeko is a different player from the others we have."

Full time
Leicester 2-2 Man City
Paul Fletcher reports: "Fair play to Leicester - they fully deserve to take big-spending Manchester City to a replay and on the evidence of Sunday's display only the foolish would rule out a promotion push from Sven-Goran Eriksson's team."

Full time
Chelsea 7-0 Ipswich
Les Roopanarine reports: "With this seven-star performance, Chelsea's fortunes may just have turned full circle, away from the frustrations of recent weeks and back to the irresistible form of the season's outset. It's just unfortunate for Ipswich that it happened on their watch."

Full time
Tottenham 3-0 Charlton
Chris Whyatt reports: "Luka Modric shines as Spurs' conveyor belt of class continues… enter 19-year-old winger Andros Townsend."

Full time
Man Utd 1-0 Liverpool
Chris Bevan reports: "Disappointment at Old Trafford for Kenny Dalglish on his return to management but he has got bigger battles ahead. Two big decisions decided this FA Cup tie, and there was no way back from Ryan Giggs' penalty once Steven Gerrard had been sent off."

1808: Right then. Let's get a full-time o'clock wrap from our team of match reporters...

1807: "He's like Superman," says Leicester's Paul Gallagher of new team-mate Sol Bamba. "He's got a great leap." Blinding.

Chelsea's Frank Lampard on their 7-0 win over Ipswich: "It's helpful for the confidence. A couple of the young lads came in and did really well and we need to take that into the league. It was something like us back to their best. It came at a nice time for us, but no disrespect to Ipswich. It's a long old season and I've got half the season now to try and contribute."

From jockeylanc on Twitter: "Svensational result! Sven is the replay?"
Either 18 or 19 January.

Leicester goalscorer Andy King: "We're the home side so of course we pushed hard [for a winner] at the end. We're a confident group, and we don't really fear anyone. The coaching and scouting staff are outstanding [picking up Sol Bamba]. City are going to be a strong side at home but we've given ourselves a chance. But the league is very important to us. We'd have taken that result before the game."

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 live's Craig Burley: "I think Roberto Mancini will be frustrated but Leicester played really, really well and I think he will understand that. Joe Hart made a mistake but he's only made a couple this season so they're a bit unlucky in that way, but there were no big-time Charlies, they rolled their sleeves up and put in a proper performance today. From what I've seen today, Leicester are more than half-decent. I liked the look of them a lot."

1755: Full-time Leicester City 2-2 Manchester City

1754: ... The visitors are denied by an offside flag and Bruno Berner goes down with cramp, which might be the last bit of action we have. Brilliant Cup tie, though, it must be said.

1753: Bruno Berner fouls Nigel de Jong and Man City have a free-kick 45 yards out, it's mixer time...

1752: James Milner clips a ball over the top of the Leicester defence for Carlos Tevez, but the Argentine is foiled by another decent Chris Weale save after the keeper came quickly off his line.

1751: Into stoppage time at the Walkers and we're going to have three minutes. Is that long enough for one of these teams to find a winner?

1750: Man City have a couple of corners, but Sol Bamba heads the first one wide and James Milner gets the second one a bit askew. Think they might both settle for the replay at this point.

1748: Yuki Abe has a bit of space 25 yards out to hit another shot for Leicester, but he gets it wrong and the ball slices off the outside of his right foot and well wide.

1747: Five minutes of normal time left in Leicester 2-2 Man City. "Still don't think City will win the league," says Craig Burley on BBC Radio 5 live.

1745: Leicester throw on giant striker Steve Howard for Darius Vassell, who has had a very decent afternoon against his old club. The aerial threat just increased so City better beware.

From mrsamwilson on Twitter: "This 3rd round weekend has been fantastic. Shame about the draw being a bit boring."

1741: City should be ahead. A sweeping move up the field catches Leicester cold - James Milner takes it down the left, he finds Carlos Tevez inside the box and the Argentine neatly turns it back to Nigel de Jong, who, eight yards out, is foiled by a fine low save from Chris Weale in the Leicester goal. A Weale-y good save, you might say.

1740: Martyn Waghorn comes on for Lloyd Dyer for Leicester. Just over 10 minutes of normal time left - are we going to get a winner?

1739: Cor blimey, Man City just cannot get near the Leicester players in the air. Sol Bamba gets up from another corner to head goalwards, this time James Milner nodding his effort off the line. The Foxes have terrorised them aerially today.

1737: Roberto Mancini barks out some furious instructions from the touchline - he knows his team are struggling here. Carlos Tevez tries to slot Nigel de Jong through, but it's over-hit. Leicester are about to bring on Martyn Waghorn.

1735: Manchester City bring on Pablo Zabaleta for the wildly ineffective Jo. What a waste of the shop window that was.

From Supporter of Shrews-Fan of Football on 606: "Knowing Joe Hart from his Shrewsbury days. that was shocking from him. He'll bounce back as always."

1731: Leicester are on top now and they look the likelier to get the winner. Ritchie Wellens draws a foul from Nigel de Jong on the left - it's right on the edge of the box, but good decision from referee Mike Dean to award a free-kick, which Paul Gallagher promptly blasts into the City wall.

From OptaJoe on Twitter: "18 - Chelsea fired in more shots on target against Ipswich than any team in any FA Cup tie in 90 minutes since August 2004. Rampant."

1728: Really strange one from Joe Hart, that. He had a chance to make up for his initial mistake, but seemed to almost pull out of the challenge with Andy King. He did hold his hands up straight away to apologise to his team-mates, which was a nice touch.

BBC Radio 5 live
Craig Burley on BBC Radio 5 live: "Mark it in your diaries folks - third round FA Cup in 2011 - a mistake from Joe Hart. There was a bit of pressure in the box, but that's poor from him. He doesn't make many bloopers."

Leicester goal: Cracking Cup tie, this one. It's had a bit of everything - and now it's got a monumental mistake from City keeper Joe Hart, who doesn't make them very often. Paul Gallagher curls over an inswinging cross from the left and it bounces in front of Hart, who fails to grasp it and then as he goes for the rebound, Andy King gets there first to bundle home from inside the six-yard box.

1725: GOAL Leicester City 2-2 Manchester City (King)

1723: Man City seem happy to pass the ball around and take the sting out of Leicester, who are struggling to get on the ball as much as they'd like. One long spell ends with James Milner firing goalwards from outside the box, but it's a routine save for Chris Weale.

From Ed Gutteridge, on text: "The criticism for Howard Webb is becoming outrageous. He is by far and away the country's best referee and he is now being denounced for one dodgy penalty decision. The red card was undisputable, a dangerous, silly challenge."

1719: Can't help but think that Liverpool's Ryan Babel might be in a bit of trouble - he's tweeted a link of a picture of referee Howard Webb wearing a Man United shirt, as well as his earlier comment, below. "Twitticide", says one of my colleagues. I'd have to agree.

1716: Chance. What a chance. A Leicester corner from the right is poorly defended by the visitors - Jack Hobbs has a clean run at the ball but the defender can only head over from about eight yards. Got to hit the target, son.

1715: Haha. The ball falls for Roberto Mancini on the touchline and he completely mis-controls the ball. He turns round smiling and shares a joke with Sven-Goran Eriksson, who he used to play for in Italy.

1713: Leicester are doing all right, you know. I definitely wouldn't put it past them getting back on level terms - and the supporters are making a very decent amount of noise at the Walkers Stadium at the moment.

From Conor, NI, on text: "If Ryan Babel concentrated on his football as much as he concentrates on making up textspeak 'smh' he wouldn't have to 'shh' (shake his head)!"

1707: Decent start from the Foxes as Lloyd Dyer fastens on to a punt from midfield and gets ahead of his marker, the winger hammering a left-foot shot just wide of Joe Hart's right-hand post from the edge of the City box.

1706: Man City's Nigel de Jong comes on for Shaun Wright-Phillips at the break and Leicester get us under way in the second half, trailing as they do by two goals to one.

From Liverpool forward Ryan Babel on Twitter: "And they call him one of the best referees. That's a joke smh [shaking my head]."

1702: Full-time Chelsea 7-0 Ipswich.

1701: Don't forget that the draw for the fourth round of the FA Cup took place a little earlier. Southampton v Man United, Everton v Chelsea, Fulham v Tottenham, West Ham v Forest... it's all there. At Leicester, Engelbert Humperdinck is on the pitch. Now there's a thought - Engelbert Beckham...

From LondonsFinestClub on 606: "I heard the child was conceived in Peckham... surely they won't call him Peckham Beckham?"

1656: By the way, if you like watching football on television, you might want to know that the first leg of the Carling Cup semi-final between West Ham and Birmingham is the subject of a Match of the Day Live on BBC Two and online from 1930 GMT on Tuesday.

From Manchester United captain Rio Ferdinand on Twitter: "To be in the fourth round is what we wanted and what we got, such a great feeling to win against one of our fiercest rivals. Definite penalty."

Half time
1651: Leicester City 1-2 Manchester City
Paul Fletcher's half-time snapshot: "Harsh on Leicester, who have definitely matched their Premier League opponents in all departments apart, crucially, from finishing."

1650: Breaking news: David and Victoria Beckham are expecting their fourth child in the summer.

Man City goal: Brilliant, brilliant finish and City are in front. The visitors take a corner short and James Milner has time and space to smash over a low cross from the right - anything Little Pea can do Carlitos can do too, so Carlos Tevez gets there before Chris Weale and flicks the ball between his legs and into the Leicester net. Wonderful.

1647: GOAL Leicester City 1-2 Manchester City (Tevez)

From Xian, 17, at the Mighty Bridge, on text: "Who's this Josh McEachran and where has he been all my life?! Beautiful skill, beautiful thighs. Loving life today!"

1644: Terrible miss from Adam Johnson, who should put Man City in the lead from Jerome Boateng's low cross but instead stabs the ball wide from six yards. Awful.

Chelsea goal: It's two in a minute for Frank Lampard, this one a little bit closer to goal but every bit as devastating, this time after great work from Branislav Ivanovic. Got to feel a bit sorry for Ipswich caretaker boss Ian 'Charlie' McParland too, I'd have thought.

1642: Another Leicester corner - and another header from Sol Bamba. Shaun Wright-Phillips bravely clears close to the Man City line - and takes an accidental kick in the head from Darius Vassell for his troubles.

1641: Please refresh: No, Chelsea aren't beating Leciester. You knew that, right?

Chelsea goal: They've gone crazy, Chelsea. Frank Lampard scores his first goal of the game, smashing in from the edge of the penalty area. Poor, poor Marton Fulop in the Ipswich goal.

1639: GOAL Chelsea 7-0 Ipswich (Lampard)

1638: GOAL Chelsea 6-0 Ipswich (Lampard)

1637: Leicester are so close to going 2-1 up. A corner from the right is met with another thumping header by Sol Bamba and Joe Hart shows great reaction to stick his hands up and prevent it going in. The rebound falls for Bamba again, but this time he can't get any power on the header and Hart catches comfortably.

1635: Man City are on top now, but there's not too much to choose between the two teams on a pitch that is cutting up badly. Andy King tries to slip in Darius Vassell, but City clear their lines and then moments later Yuki Abe hits a left-foot crackerjack from 25 yards that Joe Hart does superbly to tip around the right-hand post.

1633: Man City are starting to look dangerous every time they go forward and an Aleksandar Kolarov cross falls for Carlos Tevez on the edge of the Leicester box - but they striker is leaning back and on the spin and can only spank a left-foot effort way over.

From Brown-Bottle on 606: "A certain keeper let in seven once at the Bridge in his Sunderland days... Could it be another seven today?"

1629: The match is petering out at Stamford Bridge. Probably about 20 minutes to go and the Premier League side continue to lead 5-0. Good confidence boost for them after recent events, for sure. At Leicester, Sol Bamba heads wide after a Leicester free-kick is pumped into the Man City box.

1627: The Man City fans in Leicester turn their collective backs and wave their black-and-red scarves above their heads - it's a tribute to City legend Neil Young, who scored in the 24th minute of their FA Cup final win against Leicester in 1969. He has recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Man City goal: We're all square at the Walkers. James Milner produces some genuine quality, playing a one-two with Carlos Tevez down the inside right channel, dummying inside Sol Bamba and hitting a fine, low left-foot shot into the corner of Chris Weale's net from 16 yards. Top goal.

1625: GOAL Leicester City 1-1 Manchester City (Milner)

1624: According to Infostrada Sports, Chelsea are about to reach the FA Cup fourth round for the 14th consecutive season. Only Arsenal have a longer running streak (15). The longest run ever is 24, which Manchester United put together from 1985-2009.

From Matt, Stamford Bridge: "Replying to Jamie at the Bridge, has he been watching Kalou the last five years? He performs well for one half in about 20 matches... McEachran has performed every minute he's been on the pitch!"

1619: More from Chris Bevan at Old Trafford: "Kenny Dalglish, who only met his Liverpool squad at 1030 GMT this morning, on his return as Reds boss: "I was on a cruise ship heading for Bahrain and sat at the bar when I got a call from John W Henry saying he would like me to look after the team until the end of the season. I'm grateful to the people on the boat for letting me get off so I could get a plane back last night. Sir Alex Ferguson said 'welcome back' - and it is brilliant to be back in the job. It doesn't seem that long ago I was last in the dug-out and the reception I got off the fans was unbelievable - it crossed my mind to do a Jose Mourinho and sprint down the touchline to thank them but I never quite made it."

1617: Man City go close to a leveller, Patrick Vieira volleying goalwards from an Adam Johnson corner but the Frenchman's effort flies straight at Foxes keeper Chris Weale.

1616: According to our man Chris Bevan at Old Trafford, Kenny Dalglish will hold a full press conference at 1500 GMT tomorrow at Anfield for his official unveiling as the club's new manager until the end of the season.

1614: Edin Dzeko is in the crowd at the Walkers Stadium, fresh from his £30m-odd move to Manchester City from German side Wolfsburg. He might not get a chance to play in the FA Cup until 2012 at this rate.

Chelsea goal: Men against boys. Daniel Sturridge gets his second of the game and the hosts are just scoring at will. This time the striker turns the ball back on to his right foot and thumps the ball past poor Marton Fulop in the Ipswich goal. Oh dear.

1613: GOAL Chelsea 5-0 Ipswich (Sturridge)

1611: I just refreshed the 606 page and it told me there were 1976 comments today so far. Is that an omen, Southampton fans? Is it?

Chelsea goal: Now that definitely is game over. The Blues knock it around nicely and carve Ipswich open - it ends with Nicolas Anelka clinically slamming the ball past Marton Fulop from inside the Ipswich box for his 11th goal of the season.

1608: GOAL Chelsea 4-0 Ipswich (Anelka)

1607: Under way in the second half at Stamford Bridge, where it's Chelsea 3-0 Ipswich.

1606: Not sure that's exactly what Man City had in mind for the start here. Darius Vassell is looking in the sort of mood that got him into England's 2002 World Cup squad. Livewire.

Leicester goal: By gum we've had some early action today... Leicester play a short corner and Paul Gallagher swings a cross into the box - it is flicked on by Jack Hobbs and Sol Bamba, who only signed for the club last week, is there inside the six-yard box to divert the ball home. The Walkers erupts. Svennis claps.

1604: GOAL Leicester 1-0 Man City (Bamba)

1603: Under way in the east Midlands as Leicester take on Manchester City.

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp on David Beckham: "I don't know whether this is going to happen. I just don't know."

From TheBhoyBlunder on Twitter: "Great draw for Notts County. A local derby and reunion with Sven or a repeat of a 1991 fifth-round classic (for Pies fans at least)."

1558: The teams are out at the Walkers Stadium and we are close to getting under way as Leicester prepare to entertain Manchester City for the right to visit Notts County's home Meadow Lane in the fourth round.

From Jamie, on text: "So bored of the Chelsea 'fans' sitting around me moaning about Kalou and Sturridge. Almost lost it when Kalou scored. They even tried to claim Anelka made the goal. As if Kalou didn't turn and play the through ball to put Anelka in. If McEachran loses the ball they don't care, it's unlucky, but if Kalou loses it: "get him off." It's tiring."

Half time
1555: Half-time Chelsea 3-0 Ipswich
Les Roopanarine's half-time snapshot:
"It took time for the Chelsea juggernaut to get rolling, but two goals in two minutes undid some solid early work by Ipswich, and Carlos Edwards' own goal late in the half spoke volumes about the rising tide of blue pressure."

Man City boss Roberto Mancini: "FA Cup games are always difficult and if we want this to be more comfortable we have to score early. I know how important this Cup is - I won the Italian Cup 10 times - and we want to get to the final."

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish: "The two decisions are important factors in the game. If you take those away, our players showed great commitment because it's a difficult place to play. The supporters stayed with us for the whole game and the players worked tremendously hard. I don't think it's a penalty kick. The referee didn't blow instantly for the sending off..."

1547: Those FA Cup ties will be played on the weekend of 29/30 January. Any ties you like the look of? How about a 1976 FA Cup final repeat as Saints play Man United? Or a 1991 semi classic between West Ham and Forest? They've got 'Where are they now?' written all over them...

Chelsea goal: The Blues go three-up at Stamford Bridge, where Carlos Edwards has just got a touch on a Frank Lampard free-kick which inadvertently deflected the ball into his own net. When it rains...

1544: GOAL Chelsea 3-0 Ipswich (Edwards og)

Sheffield Wednesday v Wycombe/Hereford

West Ham v Nottingham Forest

Aston Villa v Blackburn

Stevenage v Reading

Notts County v Leicester/Man City

Doncaster/Wolves v Stoke/Cardiff

Birmingham v Coventry

Burnley v Burton

Swansea v Leyton Orient

Southampton v Manchester United

Everton v Chelsea/Ipswich

Fulham v Tottenham

Arsenal/Leeds v Huddersfield

Bolton v Wigan

Watford v Brighton

Torquay United v Crawley Town/Derby

1539: Very, very close to the draw for the fourth round of the FA Cup. You ready?

Leicester v Man City team news:
Paul Fletcher reports: "Leicester make one change from the team that defeated Swansea 2-1 in a Championship fixture on 3 January, with Sol Bamba coming in for Michael Morrison, who has left for Sheffield Wednesday. Former Man City striker Darius Vassell is in the Leicester line-up. Man City make five changes from the team that drew at Arsenal on Wednesday, with only Joe Hart, Kolo Toure, James Milner, Carlos Tevez and Jo retaining their places."

Chelsea goal: That might be that at Stamford Bridge as the Premier League team show their quality. This one is down to a moment of individual brilliance, as Daniel Sturridge back-heels into the Tractor Boys' net from six yards. Cracking stuff.

1534: GOAL Chelsea 2-0 Ipswich (Sturridge)

Chelsea goal: The Blues take the lead their dominance has deserved, and it's largely down to Nicolas Anelka. A lovely passing move ends with the Frenchman shooting goalwards and Marton Fulop gets something on it, it's going over the line anyway but Salomon Kalou makes sure from point-blank range.

1533: GOAL Chelsea 1-0 Ipswich (Kalou)

Leicester v Man City:
Paul Fletcher reports: "Watch out for plenty of Man City fans - and Roberto Mancini - wearing red and black scarves today. These colours were worn by City when they won the 1969 FA Cup. Neil Young scored the only goal in that match as City defeated Leicester to win the trophy. Young has been diagnosed with terminal cancer and the red and black scarf is a tribute to him."

Manchester United's Dimitar Berbatov: "Of course it was a penalty. There was contact, enough to make me lose my balance and make me lose my balance. People who know me know I don't go down that easily. I thought their keeper was the best player, but one goal was enough in the end."

1530: It is mostly all Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, with Nicolas Anelka, who has already forced a couple of decent saves from Ipswich keeper Marton Fulop, looking to make the most of his return to the starting line-up. At the other end, Petr Cech has been called into action just once, saving a Jason Scotland shot.

From Torresque on 606: "Shame to lose to such a bad goal, but overall United probably deserved it. Heartened to see a bit more fight about us, Kelly was superb and it looks like Kenny might give Babel more of a chance. Shame about Gerrard, we might have got something out of the game otherwise."

1526: So, Man United and Spurs are through and the draw for the fourth round will be covered on this page from about 1545 GMT. Meanwhile, it's still Chelsea 0-0 Ipswich and Leicester v Man City kicks off in just over half an hour.

1525: Full-time Manchester United 1-0 Liverpool

1523: Liverpool throw the ball into the mixer, but Rio Ferdinand heads the first ball out and the second one runs into the arms of Tomasz Kuszczak. Time is rapidly running out.

1522: Into stoppage time at Old Trafford now and we're due about three minutes of the stuff. Can Liverpool conjure up something dramatic to keep King Kenny in the Cup?

1521: Full-time Tottenham 3-0 Charlton

1520: Anderson bursts into the Liverpool box, does a couple of stepovers and fires in a shot that Martin Kelly deflects behind for a corner, which Ryan Giggs is not in any rush whatsoever to take.

1518: In the dying embers of Spurs 3-0 Charlton now. At Chelsea, we haven't had any clear-cut chances yet, but Ipswich are doing pretty well so far. At OT, Michael Owen shoots wide from 22 yards.

From Pebs10 on text: "Ryan Giggs is better now than he's ever been. He has been brilliant today."

1515: Ryan Giggs goes on one of those twisty-turny runs at the heart of the Liverpool defence, but he is crowded out before he can pull the trigger. United attack again and Dimitar Berbatov heads over from Patrice Evra's left-wing centre. United send Chris Smalling for Jonny Evans.

1513: Liverpool win a free-kick just inside the United half and Jonjo Shelvey thinks he can lob Tomasz Kuszczak. He can't, shooting miles and miles over instead. "Promising career ruined by a niggling brain injury," quips Lawro on BBC Radio 5 live.

1511: Michael Owen shows pace to latch on to a ball down the Man United left and then nutmegs Jonjo Shelvey, only to see his cross booted away inside the Liverpool six-yard box. Just over 10 minutes left of normal time at Old Trafford.

1509: Martin Kelly cross from the right and Ryan Babel gets across his marker, glancing a header wide at the near post. Kenny Dalglish claps - and where there is life, there's hope.

1508: Liverpool, looking for a goal to stay in the FA Cup, take off the dramatically ineffectual Fernando Torres and send on young French striker David Ngog. Meanwhile Dimitar Berbatov slams in a shot from way out on the right, but it's a comfortable save for Pepe Reina.

1508: Hearing that Manchester City have made six changes for their trip to Leicester. Full line-ups and team news shortly.

1506: Manchester United bring on former Liverpool striker Michael Owen for Javier Hernandez. Boos from the away end, cheers from the home fans. At Tottenham, the club's new hero Andros Townsend sends another long-range shot just wide. They lead Charlton 3-0.

1505: How could this game get any more needle-y? Er, Michael Owen's about to come on.

From ExampleMark on Twitter: "Whatever happens in this game, you have to say that Liverpool look much better than they have for most of the season!"

1502: They are under way at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea take on Ipswich.

1501: Pinball. United have about seven shots inside a few seconds, with Pepe Reina making a couple of good saves and then Ryan Giggs going down under a challenge from Jonjo Shelvey inside the Liverpool box. No penalty, and then Patrice Evra's effort is flicked over by the increasingly busy Reina.

1459: Sorry, Jonas Gutierrez, below - Jonjo Shelvey spanks an awful pass out of play for a Man United goalkick. At the other end United nearly get their second goal, Pepe Reina racing off his line to stop Dimitar Berbatov's goalbound flick towards the net from going in.

From Jonas Gutierrez on 606: "Well played Jonjo Shelvey - already more effective than Raul Meireles."

1457: ... Ooooooooooh. Fabio Aurelio curls it towards the top corner and Tomasz Kuszczak pulls off a decent save to his left, clawing it away from goal. King Kenny has his hands on his head.

1456: Anderson nudges Fernando Torres and Liverpool have a free-kick 25 yards out...

1455: Chelsea v Ipswich team news:
Les Roopanarine reports: "Chelsea
manager Carlo Ancelotti begins his bid to mount a successful FA Cup defence with a blend of youth and experience. The Blues start without Didier Drogba, Michael Essien, and Florent Malouda, all of whom are on the bench, while Ashley Cole misses out altogether. That means starting places for Josh McEachran, Patrick Van Aanholt and Daniel Sturridge, and the chance for Nicolas Anelka to spearhead a three-pronged attacking line. Ipswich begin life without Roy Keane by making five changes, with Carlos Edwards, Jason Scotland, Darren O'Dea, Jaime Peters and Colin Healy all set to start."

1454: Manchester United bring Brazilian midfielder Anderson on for Darren Fletcher. We're into the last half hour and it remains Man United 1-0 Liverpool.

1453: Ryan Babel picks the ball up 30 yards out and slams a sweet left-foot shot goalwards, at least forcing a low save from Tomasz Kuszczak. The Liverpool supporters have not stopped singing, good work. Can their team nick something at Old Trafford? Plenty of time left.

1452: Double change for Liverpool, with Jonjo Shelvey and Ryan Babel on in place of Maxi Rodrigues and Raul Meireles.

1450: Half-chance for Liverpool. Martin Kelly's cross from the right is nodded into the path of Fernando Torres by Dirk Kuyt, but the Spaniard's crisply struck shot is blocked by Rio Ferdinand.

Spurs goal: Boot-filling time. Jermaine Defoe dances through Charlton defenders, again, with lovely footwork in the box before trying to feed Luka Modric. Following that failed attempt the England man snappily converts a rebound after forcing Rob Elliot to save in vain.

1448: GOAL Tottenham 3-0 Charlton (Defoe)

1447: Liverpool have offered nothing in the second half. United want a second to be comfortable and after Ryan Giggs crosses, Pepe Reina's half-punch falls for Dimitar Berbatov, the Bulgarian hitting a half-volley over and wide.

Spurs goal: That could be it for the League One side at White Hart Lane. Jermain Defoe scores against the club he started with, driving forward from the left, racing past a couple of defenders and slotting past Rob Elliot from an angle.

1445: GOAL Tottenham 2-0 Charlton (Defoe)

1445: Luka Modric, on for Wilson Palacios during the interval, has already been superb for Tottenham. But - after working some typical magic - the Tottenham midfielder screws a shot just wide of Charlton's goal. Jermain Defoe then gets the ball stuck under his feet and fails to test Rob Elliot.

1442: Raul Meireles lets fly from 40 yards and it only just lands inside Old Trafford. Woeful effort, Liverpool must use the ball better than that in the second half.

1441: Javier Hernandez fizzes in a cross from the left and Fabio Aurelio heads it back to Pepe Reina - he got a fair bit of power on it, could've been embarrassing for the defender. Moments ago Patrice Evra went down in the Liverpool box, but that was never a penalty.

1440: You'd fancy the Little Pea from there. Dimitar Berbatov controls the ball immaculately on the edge of the Liverpool box and tees up Darren Fletcher to cross down the right - his ball in finds Javier Hernandez eight yards out, but he glances a header wide.

1439: Chelsea v Ipswich line-ups:
Cech, Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry, Van Aanholt, Ramires, McEachran, Lampard, Kalou, Anelka, Sturridge.
Subs: Hilario, Essien, Drogba, Malouda, Ferreira, Bruma, Kakuta.
Ipswich: Fulop, Brown, McAuley, O'Dea, Kennedy, Peters, Norris, Healy, Edwards, Scotland, Wickham.
Subs: Lee-Barrett, Delaney, Priskin, Smith, Eastman, Civelli, Murray.
Referee: Andy D'Urso (Essex)

Spurs goal: He's had a pretty decent debut so far and the 19-year-old winger Andros Townsend puts Tottenham in front, his low 20-yard drive flying in at The Lane.

1437: GOAL Tottenham 1-0 Charlton (Townsend)

1437: And they kick off for the second half at Old Trafford, just after Kenny Dalglish gives the Liverpool fans an enormous wave.

From HenryWhitfield on Twitter: "So who is ACTUALLY playing for Chelsea, because that team has the depth of a puddle this season. Bad feeling for this game."

1433: Back under way at White Hart Lane - it's Tottenham 0-0 Charlton, remember.

From Jonny Farnan, Ormskirk, on text: "Very disappointed with the penalty decision. You come to expect better from the 'best ref in the world'. Disappointed in Gerrard for the red too. He's only got eyes for the ball, but he's enough experience to know the repercussions of a two-footed lunge."

1431: Breaking Chelsea news: Ashley Cole is out altogether and Michael Essien, Didier Drogba and Florent Malouda are on the bench for Chelsea.

1429: Don't forget, the draw for the fourth round of the FA Cup will take place at about 1545 GMT. I'll bring you those ties live on this very commentary. Nottingham derby please, magic hat.

Leicester v Manchester City scene-setter:
Paul Fletcher reports: "The last time these two teams met was a Premier League fixture in April 2004. Since then Sven-Goran Eriksson has come and gone as manager of Manchester City and is now in charge at Leicester. Eriksson managed current Man City boss Roberto Mancini for eight years at Sampdoria and Lazio before the striker arrived in England for a brief spell at, you guessed it, Leicester. The big-spending Premier League side should defeat their Championship opponents. But should is often a redundant word in the FA Cup."

Chelsea v Ipswich scene-setter:
Les Roopanarine reports:
"Forget Chelsea's recent Premier League setbacks, if the holders were to lose against Ipswich this afternoon, it would be one of the worst shocks seen at Stamford Bridge since John Dempsey's combover. The Blues have gone 13 games unbeaten in the Cup, and the chance of masterminding a third successive trophy win - a feat last accomplished by Blackburn in 1886 - should offer a welcome change of focus for embattled club manager Carlo Ancelotti. Ipswich, who parted company with manager Roy Keane this week, will be seeking a first victory in SW6 since 1979."

1424: Here's our chat for the 1500 GMT and 1600 GMT games...

1423: Dirk Kuyt is in deep discussions with referee Howard Webb as the players walk off the pitch at Old Trafford. They aren't talking about the World Cup final. Mark Lawrenson on BBC Radio 5 live reckons Liverpool have still got a chance, but it's a "very, very slim one".

Half time
1421: Manchester United 1-0 Liverpool
Chris Bevan's half-time snapshot: "If conceding that early penalty was a set-back for Liverpool, Steven Gerrard's red card was a disaster. The Reds were just starting to establish a platform in midfield too, but it's back to square one for Kenny Dalglish - who must be wondering what he has let himself in for. Chants of 'you're getting sacked in the morning' from United fans won't improve his mood."

Someone has struck the woodwork
1420: That was almost game over. Ryan Giggs floats over a corner from the right and Jonny Evans gets there first, thumping a header against Pepe Reina's right-hand post. Good Evans.

1418: Nani disagrees with the referee's decision and throws all manner of toys out of his pram. Good strop from the Portuguese. Closing in on the interval at Old Trafford, but we'll have three minutes of stoppage time in this crazy first half.

Half time
1416: Tottenham 0-0 Charlton
Chris Whyatt's half-time snapshot: "Debutant Spurs winger Andros Townsend [not a joke name] catching the eye as Charlton hold their own in bright London derby."

1414: Maxi smashes in a shot from 30 yards that flies a little over the Man United crossbar. The visitors aren't out of this yet, don't think that for a minute.

From hawick on 606: "Wild challenge. Borderline as to the colour but he stupidly gave the ref a choice. Might say the same on the penalty, but for my money Webb did get them both right. Not advisable play at Old Trafford!"

1410: Nani gets a shot in after bursting between two players, but it's saved by Pepe Reina. Up the other end and Dirk Kuyt tries his luck from 25 yards, but it's wide. Kenny Dalglish had a look at Steven Gerrard's tackle on the tv screen by his dugout, and didn't seem too dismayed.

BBC Radio 5 live
Former Charlton player Matt Holland on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: "Slow and deliberate build-up from Tottenham, they need to start switching the play quicker if they want to feed Defoe and Pavlyuchenko better. The visitors are playing very narrow in midfield and they need to expose that. Charlton are growing in confidence as this game goes on."

1407: Steven Gerrard threw the armband to Dirk Kuyt as he walked off. The United fans are chanting "You're getting sacked in the morning" to Kenny Dalglish. Liverpool were on top when that happened. Who writes these scripts?

Red card: Why? Whether it is a straight red or not, why did Steven Gerrard do that? The Liverpool skipper gives his team a mountain to climb, going in for a challenge with Michael Carrick and it appears to be two-footed, a little bit off the floor... look, everyone's going to have a different opinion, but in the circumstances Gerrard is a silly boy for risking it. Howard Webb sends him off and the visitors are in deep trouble now.

Red card
1404: SENDING OFF Steven Gerrard, Liverpool

1401: Dirk Kuyt tries to bully his way into the area down the Liverpool right and he is tackled, the ball breaking to Steven Gerrard on the corner of the 18-yard box, the captain's shot all along the floor comfortably saved by Tomasz Kuszczak. Better team at the minute, Liverpool.

1400: Liverpool are building up nicely from the back, playing some decent stuff, but it is breaking down in the final third - and that is in part due to the ineffectiveness of Fernando Torres, who is really struggling to find a team-mate with a pass at the moment.

From JamieCourtnell on Twitter: "Kelly once again stepping up and taking hold of his first-team opportunity. Great young prospect for both LFC and England."

1357: Feels a bit like 0-0 at Old Trafford, with both teams still feeling each other out. Steven Gerrard almost turns dangerously towards his own goal, but manages to find Pepe Reina who clears. Fernando Torres looks like a man who can't remember why he used to be good at football.

1354: Christian Dailly saves Charlton by brilliantly blocking a shot from Jermain Defoe, who was played in nicely by in-form strike buddy Roman Pavlyuchenko. Entertaining, end-to-end stuff so far.

From Joe, Canterbury, on text: "Personally, I have no problem with players going down under contact from a foul because referees tend not to give fouls if the player stays on his feet. However, there was minimal contact and Berbatov could have carried on easily. Dive."

1352: Good stuff down the right from Liverpool and they get Martin Kelly to the byeline - the youngster's cross is cleared away by the perfectly positioned Rio Ferdinand with Fernando Torres loitering. Steven Gerrard then spoons a 30-yarder miles over.

1351: Liverpool have done pretty well since that early hammer blow, easing their way into the game and trying to build from the back. They haven't created any clear chances yet, but Maxi fires in a shot from an angle on the right that Tomasz Kuszczak punches away.

BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Old Trafford: "Safe to say that was not the start Kenny Dalglish was looking for but it has not stopped the Liverpool fans from chanting his name and he keeps acknowledging them too. Those same supporters unfurled a banner before kick-off which read 'Scousers rule and don't you forget it'. No sign of it at the moment though."

1345: Typically well-hit dipping effort from Nico Kranjcar at Tottenham, but Charlton keeper Rob Elliot lets it fly just over his bar. Spurs taking early control.

1344: Mark Lawrenson on BBC Radio 5 live reckons the pitch is looking a bit cut up, agreeing with the comments Arsene Wenger made the other day. There's still absolutely nothing happening at OT.

Yellow card
1341: More importantly, how will Liverpool respond? Under Roy Hodgson you would have seriously worried for them, but now, with Kenny Dalglish on the bench, can they recover? Since the penalty, not much has happened, except for a booking for Darren Fletcher.

1339: It'd be fair to say a lot of you think Dimitar Berbatov dived to win that penalty. Game of opinions etc etc.

From Sammi on 606: "No Liverpool fan, that looked like a dive by Berbatov."

1337: Andros Townsend, making his Spurs debut on the left wing, has already impressed a sold-out White Hart Lane. His early whipped cross just evaded his team-mates in the box before a cheeky back-heel flick nearly set Jermain Defoe free on goal.

1335: Space for Liverpool as Dirk Kuyt feeds Fernando Torres on the edge of the box, but he takes a touch and is closed down and can only shoot tamely wide.

Man Utd goal: Oh King Kenny. He looks a bit like Roy Hodgson did a few days ago already. Dimitar Berbatov gets into the Liverpool box down the right and Daniel Agger clips the Bulgarian's ankle with his challenge - it's a penalty, with about 35 seconds on the clock. Ryan Giggs steps up and slams the spot-kick into the corner. My word.

1334: GOAL Manchester United 1-0 Liverpool (Giggs, pen)


1332: The English Superclasico is under way - Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard kick off and this is Manchester United v Liverpool.

1331: Infostrada Sports reckon Liverpool have a 9% chance of winning at Old Trafford today. This would be the second biggest shock of the third round to date, with only Notts County's victory at Sunderland deemed less likely (7%).

1330: Under way at Tottenham.

1329: Kenny Dalglish walks out with Sir Alex Ferguson. There's a little part of me that still can't quite believe this is happening. You?

1328: One word to sum up the atmosphere at Old Trafford: electric. The teams, led by Rio Ferdinand and Steven Gerrard, emerge from the tunnel. We're very, very close.

Man United boss Sir Alex Ferguson: "I didn't expect Kenny to resurface. But Liverpool see it as the way ahead and... well, it's their club. It's always going to be a tough game, derby game, no introduction needed and everyone knows what it means. We'll try to play as we always do. Rooney and Vidic didn't quite make it, there's no point risking Wayne and it's too early for Nemanja. It's the biggest rivalry and will always be so."

Liverpool legend Mark Lawrenson: "Liverpool have gone backwards and the players Roy Hodgson brought in just haven't worked. They are a team in decline with average players."

From MPearlo on Twitter: "Loving your Liverpool v United predo score. Blatantly influenced by Dalglish's last game, so why not just go 4-4?!"

1321: If you're in the UK and you like watching video, this might be right up your street: watch footage of Kenny Dalglish's Liverpool thumping Man Utd 4-0 in 1990 and you can also have a look at some appalling footage of a Stevenage player being punched by a fan after their win on Saturday. The footage isn't appalling, just to clarify.

1318: Told you. Ian Holloway: The bar has just been raised.

Stevenage manager Graham Westley, after their 3-1 Cup win over Newcastle: "The focus before the game was how we would win 5-0. We established that if we did just 20% of what it would take to win 5-0 we would still win the game. Our game plan was to get to five. Three wasn't five but it was a decent result."

1316: Anyone want to see one of the great football quotes of all time? OK, come on then...

BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Old Trafford: "The 9,000 Liverpool fans inside Old Trafford are already making plenty of noise. They have been chanting Kenny Dalglish's name since that dismal home defeat against Blackpool at the start of October and they show no sign of stopping now they have got the man they want as their manager. There've been a few songs about their five European Cups too, even though even qualifying for that competition must seem a distant dream for them at the moment."

From footballw on Twitter: "A rallying speech from King Kenny then, Stevo... if that doesn't wake Liverpool up and their underperforming players what will?"

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish: "It's as hard a game for Manchester United as it is for Liverpool."

1308: Man United v Liverpool line-ups:
Man Utd:
Kuszczak, Rafael Da Silva, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Nani, Carrick, Fletcher, Giggs, Berbatov, Hernandez.
Subs: Lindegaard, Owen, Anderson, Smalling, Fabio Da Silva, Obertan, Gibson.
Liverpool: Reina, Kelly, Skrtel, Agger, Aurelio, Kuyt, Meireles, Lucas, Maxi, Gerrard, Torres.
Subs: Gulacsi, Kyrgiakos, Babel, Wilson, Ngog, Poulsen, Shelvey.
Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish: "It seems as if it's not been too long I've been away. I feel very humble and proud and privileged to have been asked. If I can help Liverpool a fraction of how much they've helped me and my family I'd be very happy. We want to put a smile back on the fans' faces. A man of great integrity has lost his job and we need to think about why that happened. I didn't have to think long before accepting. The players have been getting prepared, I've just added my two pence worth. If they believe in themselves, I'm sure we'll see an improvement. I don't think there's a sense of unfinished business. I just want to see us go out and perform and play to our true values. The club is more important than Kenny Dalglish or anyone else."

Tottenham v Charlton team news:
Chris Whyatt reports: "Changes aplenty for Tottenham as much of their first-choice XI is either benched or, like Gareth Bale, given the day off. Left-winger Andros Townsend takes the Welshman's place while Carlo Cudicini starts in goal as Roman Pavlyuchenko partners the returning Jermain Defoe in attack. League One promotion hopefuls Charlton make a few changes to the team which lost 4-2 at home to lowly Swindon last weekend. Among them, Matt Fry replaces Paul Benson up front."

Manchester United v Liverpool team news:
Chris Bevan reports: "Manchester United make three changes from their midweek win over Stoke, with Rio Ferdinand and Jonny Evans in for Nemanja Vidic and Chris Smalling in the centre of defence and Michael Carrick replacing Darron Gibson in midfield. Kenny Dalglish's first Liverpool team since February 1991 sees him make five changes from Roy Hodgson's last game in charge, that miserable defeat at Blackburn on Wednesday. Glen Johnson's wife has gone into labour so he drops out and Martin Kelly takes over at right-back. Elsewhere in defence, Fabio Aurelio and Daniel Agger replace Paul Konchesky and Sotiros Kyrgiakos while Dirk Kuyt and Raul Meireles come into a four-man midfield and, with Fernando Torres operating as a lone striker, David Ngog is dropped and Steven Gerrard will operate in the space behind him."

1301: But enough of me. Back to our reporters...

1257: Kenny Dalglish quit as manager of Liverpool 7,262 days ago on health grounds in the aftermath of the club's extraordinary 4-4 draw in the FA Cup at Merseyside rivals Everton. That was 22 February, 1991. Since then, the man FourFourTwo named the greatest striker British football has seen since the Second World War has had spells as boss at Blackburn, Newcastle and Celtic. This is a quite remarkable homecoming for the man Liverpool fans call 'King Kenny'.

From FCManutd2009 on 606: "Oh dear, Fergie's giving Johnny Evans another run out. Funny he didn't give Pique as many chances, and he's been a real success at Barcelona. Liverpool have got a great chance. It might be Evans' last chance though."

From Seanfrom1984 on Twitter: "Today will tell if the Spurs fringe players are willing to stand-up and be counted. Strikers need to start scoring too."

From thomasbrocken on Twitter: "Finally Liverpool put out the team a lot of people agree is pretty much our best line-up. No excuses now."

1248: Tottenham v Charlton line-ups:
Cudicini, Corluka, Bassong, Dawson, Assou-Ekotto, Kranjcar, Palacios, Sandro, Townsend, Pavlyuchenko, Defoe.
Subs: Pletikosa, Hutton, Lennon, Jenas, Van der Vaart, Modric.
Charlton: Elliot, Francis, Jackson, Semedo, Doherty, Wagstaff, Dailly, Racon, McCormack, Anyinsah, Fry.
Subs: Worner, Llera, Abbott, Reid, Sodje, Fortune, Jenkinson.
Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)

1246: Man Utd team: Kuszczak, Rafael, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Nani, Carrick, Fletcher, Giggs, Berbatov, Hernandez.

Liverpool legend Alan Hansen: "I would have said give Roy Hodgson until the end of the season, give him some money. I don't think six months is a period you can turn things around. I think he inherited a poor squad of players by Liverpool standards, but modern-day football you don't have any time, it's all results based and there's no compassion shown whatsoever."

1241: Still waiting on Manchester United team news, but can confirm that Glen Johnson hasn't been dropped by Kenny Dalglish - the out-of-form right-back's wife is due to give birth.

From Sam, Sheffield, on text: "Dalglish may be a legend, but inspiration is no substitute for talent and tactics. The underlying problem is the squad, which he's stuck with. Mid-table beckons."

1235: Kenny Dalglish's Liverpool team: Reina, Kelly, Aurelio, Agger, Skrtel, Meireles, Lucas, Maxi, Kuyt, Gerrard, Torres.

Tottenham v Charlton scene-setter:
Chris Whyatt reports: "Faded glamour best describes the modern reputation of world football's oldest Cup competition. But team of the season so far Tottenham - proud eight-time winners of the FA's ancient jug-eared booty - are anything but right now. Take-your-breath-away stars such as Gareth Bale and Rafael Van der Vaart should be sat in the stands. Yet League One fighters Charlton, one of many forgotten clubs of the Premier League, will need 11 heroes to stop even an experimental troupe of Harry Redknapp's thespians."

Manchester United v Liverpool scene-setter:
Chris Bevan reports: "King Kenny's return as Liverpool boss has got their fans buzzing and changes the complexion of what was already a much-anticipated Cup-tie between the fiercest rivals in English football. In his programme notes, Sir Alex Ferguson talks about taking on his friend Roy Hodgson - his sacking on Saturday means Fergie is up against an old enemy in Dalglish instead. Will the Reds revival start here? I suppose Old Trafford would probably be the perfect place."

1230: That's a flavour of your chat so far, keep those messages rolling in. Wonder what our reporters make of the two early ties today...

From collie21 on 606: "Liverpool fans have got what they were baying for. Feel bad for Roy, glad to see Kenny back. But you should be careful what you ask for. I think Ferguson will have changed his game plan due to the news, and I think Kenny will be shocked at the attitude on the pitch. Ten years is a long time, relegation beckons... they have everything to lose."

From j_grodes on Twitter: "I wish Dalglish all the best, but will the foreign players at Liverpool even know who he is?!"
If they don't, they don't belong in football.

From Jim in Guildford, on text: "I've tried but I just can't do it, saying King Kenny is back without a tear in my eye is nigh on impossible! It will be a different Liverpool today! Saviour? Inspirational light? I think so , don't you? 2-0 Liverpool!"

"From Emma on text, who was also six in 1987 but thought that yesterday was 1995 with Schmeichel and Bruce defending well against Arsenal."

1220: The avenues of chat are open - all you have to do is pick the path of your choice: go down Tweet Street and hit me @Stevo_football; take a left to Text Terrace with an 81111 missive; and join in the fun on 606 Square. I know; that was painful for me, too.

1217: From my largely unremarkable seat in a west London office, I'm listening to a Liverpool fan and a Man United supporter chatting (amicably) about today's game. They're sat side-by-side and will be all day. Is it wrong that I'm really enjoying it already?

1214: In other news, fresh from the shocking revelation that Ronaldinho doesn't want to ply his trade at Blackburn, English football has suffered another blow with the news that David Beckham is unlikely to join Tottenham in a playing capacity. Beckham will train with the north London club until 10 February, but boss Harry Redknapp reckons "there's a big problem with the insurance" that will stop him from getting game time.

1211: Plenty of time to talk the talk before we get under way. Here's a quick reminder of what's happening and when:
1330 GMT: Man Utd v Liverpool
1330 GMT: Tottenham v Charlton
1500 GMT: Chelsea v Ipswich
1545 GMT (approx): FA Cup fourth round draw
1600 GMT: Leicester v Man City

1207: Question: Is this man the saviour of Liverpool Football Club?

Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish, then and now

1204: No, punters. No. I've been playing mind games with you. The year is 2011, which is probably a good thing as that means I'm not six years old and the internet has in fact been invented, thereby allowing us all to get stuck into another cracking day of FA Cup third round action. Best weekend of the calendar? Well it's certainly the most romantic, as Stevenage, Notts County, Burton Albion and Leyton Orient would tell anyone who cares to listen. I'm steadfastly refusing to acknowledge Southampton beating Blackpool as a shock, however, because in my heart I'll always be a little bit 1987.

1200: I've been sleeping so soundly in my post-Ashes glow that I'm utterly confused as to what year it is. England have just smashed the Aussies in their own backyard, Kenny Dalglish is the manager of Liverpool and preparing to face Alex Ferguson's Manchester United, FA Cup shocks are all the rage and hooliganism has left its ugly mark on the game once more. I'm going, er, 1987.

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