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By Sam Lyon
1925: Not exactly a host of Cupsets today, then, but consider my cap very much doffed in the direction of Crawley, Brighton and Leyton Orient. No further Premier League casualties today, mind - though I dare say there might just be a couple tomorrow.
will be in the hot-seat for that, while I -
- will be back to chat you through the close of the January transfer window on Monday evening. If today is anything to go by, things are just starting to heat up a little bit... See you all on Monday folks!
HenryWhitfield on Twitter:
"Tough for Southampton, but another great effort continues to signal their revival after years of hurt."
Tom, Southampton, via text: "And that is why Man Utd are top of the Premier League. As much as it pains me to say I don't see this unbeaten run ending soon."
boxy42 on 606:
"As a United fan.....well done the Saints. Fantastic performance, really. United a little bit lucky at the end of the day. Completely outclassed in the first half, and it's not often you see that! Love the FA Cup!!!"
1910: FULL-TIME Southampton 1-2 Man Utd
1909: Take nothing away from Southampton, though, this has been a really terrific effort from the League One side. Man Utd, as so often this season, have just had too much on the night in the end.
1908: And United win it back almost immediately.
1908: A Southampton player touches the ball!
1907: Two minutes into stoppage time and I'm not sure Southampton have touched the ball yet. The hosts' sting has been well and truly drawn.
1905: We'll have four minutes of injury time.
1903: Except Man Utd are now engaged in a spot of keep-ball. They're dampening the tempo of the game very professionally.
1901: It's real end-to-end stuff at St Mary's now... I can see another goal in this. We're into the last four minutes.
1858: Southampton are certainly not going to go down without a fight here, and Richard Chaplow lets fly from range - his low effort is wide, though. It's the midfielder's last action of the match as he comes off to be replaced by Oscar Gobern.
1855: Southampton make another change with the last 10 minutes approaching - Dany N'Guessan brought on for his debut following his arrival from Leicester City, Guly do Prado the man replaced.
curtis1604 on Twitter:
"Every time Chicharito scores, you gotta ask yourself: will Fergie ever have the nerve to drop Wayne Rooney?"
Man Utd goal: Man Utd lead - and it's completely clinical again, Ryan Giggs making the most of a wayward Ryan Dickson pass to dribble forward and lay in Javier Hernandez, who clips in a typically fine finish with just the keeper to beat.
1851: GOALFLASH Southampton 1-2 Man Utd (Hernandez)
1850: My colleague
Football League Macca
informs me, by the way, that the 28,792 at St Mary's is the biggest crowd of the day in England - more than the all-Premier League ties at Aston Villa, Bolton and Everton.
1849: Nani has a go from 20 yards - keeper Bartosz Bialkowski is right behind it.
1848: Change for Southampton, with Ryan Dickson replacing Lee Barnard.
1846: And now back come Southampton - it's like two sluggers bouncing off the ropes for another barrage at their opponent - as Dan Harding works a corner with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain before flashing a fierce cross-shot across goal and inches past the far post. St Mary's full of hearts in mouths with that one.
1844: Southampton have a storm to weather here or they'll be overwhelmed by a United side suddenly bursting with energy and effervescence. How quickly this game can turn.
Man Utd goal: And, just like that, Man Utd are level, Michael Owen stooping to instinctively head home Gabriel Obertan's deflected cross from the right. Completely clinical.
1839: Great chance - and the Michael Owen of old would surely have scored it. Nani swings a free-kick into the box and Owen, attacking the near post, gets a flick on it six yards out - but his effort flies wide.
1838: Ryan Giggs swings a free-kick into the box and Jonny Evans meets it at the back post - his header is gathered easily by Saints keeper Bartosz Bialkowski, though.
1836: We won't see either Wayne Rooney or Dimitar Berbatov for Man Utd today, then, which - with United needing at least one goal - feels like a rather large risk if I'm honest. Southampton certainly don't look intimidated by the arrival of Nani and Giggs...
1833: Here come Ryan Giggs and Nani, then, with Darron Gibson and Anderson replaced.
1831: Man Utd changes are imminent, to the surprise of exactly nobody, with Nani and Ryan Giggs stripped off. The visitors are crying out for some width.
1828: I am clearly no-one to question the legend that is Sir Alex Ferguson, but what does he see in Darron Gibson? The Irishman, as he has been so often this evening, is again careless in possession, allowing Dan Harding to surge forward, beat a couple of tackles, and get a shot off on goal that Anders Lindegaard gets down to save comfortably.
1825: Southampton break up the other end, though, and Richard Chaplow is unfortunate not to earn a corner when John O'Shea forces the ball behind. Bright opening to the half.
1823: Already better from Man Utd, who force a corner after good build-up play involving Gabriel Obertan and Michael Owen, and then another when Danny Seaborne has to head clear from Anderson's whipped cross.
1820: We are back up and running at St Mary's. Are we 45 minutes away from a real FA Cup shock or yet another Man Utd total turnaround?
1819: Change for Man Utd - Wes Brown replacing Fabio da Silva.
1817: Been a fair bit of transfer news today hasn't there? Anyone would think the transfer window slams shut in a little over 48 hours. Oh, wait...
1815: BREAKING TRANSFER NEWS Inter Milan have admitted defeat in their pursuit of Tottenham winger Gareth Bale. "The Tottenham president sent me a nice message saying that 40 million euros was not much for Bale. The truth is that Bale and Tottenham feel good together. And even in June that price will not be compatible with our approach."
Jesus the Teddy Bear on 606:
"It pains me to say it, but fully deserved and a good goal. Maybe some of our players will actually wake up now and not (as they seem to be doing) treat it as a training session. Still, it's a game of two halves."
1803: HALF-TIME Southampton 1-0 Man Utd
Southampton goal: Boomtown. It's a terrific strike, too, Richard Chaplow breaking into the Man Utd box from the right and slamming an unstoppable effort into the roof of the net from the angle, giving keeper Anders Lindegaard no chance. Game on.
1802: GOALFLASH Southampton 1-0 Man Utd (Chaplow)
1801: Chance of the half - and it falls to Southampton, Danny Butterfield crossing for the unmarked Guly do Prado to head wastefully off-target eight yards out.
1800: BREAKING TRANSFER NEWS Sunderland have finally confirmed the signing of Stephane Sessegnon from Paris St Germain on a three-and-a-half year deal for a fee of around £6m.
1758: Plenty of neat passing from both sides in the last five-10 minutes, but this match really is lacking a bit of spark. Dum de dum. Not that Southampton will be complaining as it stands...
James, Leeds, via text: "This match is very reminiscent to when Leeds beat Man Utd last year. The League One team not frightened to attack..."
1753: A better five minutes or so from Man Utd as the visitors settle into their game a touch. A lack of width is just tempering United's attacking efforts, though, and clear-cut chances are still looking hard to come by.
1748: Saying that, a glance at the visiting bench shows Wayne Rooney, Dimitar Berbatov, Ryan Giggs and Nani lying in wait. Not a bad set of attacking options, to be fair.
1747: Half hour gone and Southampton will be more than happy with proceedings so far, I dare wager. Man Utd yet to hit their straps at all. In fact, I'm not even sure they're in possession of their straps at present.
1743: He can hit a ball, Rickie Lambert, and he tries his luck with a free-kick for a second time in the match - this one's well struck again, but again it's over the United bar.
Neveronfrontpage on 606:
"Who are the other five non-league teams to have reached the FA Cup fifth round since WWII? Blyth Spartans I would suspect... after that I'm drawing a blank..." Colchester Utd (1948), Yeovil Town (1949), Blyth Spartans (1978), Telford Utd (1985) and Kidderminster Harriers (1994) mate.
1740: Chance for Anderson... driven straight at Southampton keeper Bartosz Bialkowski.
1739: Probing run down the left by Dan Harding and the left-back's clipped cross is helped behind by Jonny Evans for a corner... from the resulting set piece, Jose Fonte looks to force the ball goalwards but it's straight at the keeper.
1736: I tell you what, that's not a million miles away at all, Rickie Lambert swerving a fierce free-kick at goal, the ball curling narrowly past the angle of Anders Lindegaard's post and bar.
Football League Macca:
"No goals in the Championship, meaning stingy Crystal Palace have now gone over nine hours without conceding at Selhurst. Their 0-0 draw with Norwich was not enough to take them out of the dropzone, but was sufficient to take the Canaries above Cardiff into second, although the Bluebirds have two games in hand. For only the second time in 42 meetings, Hull and QPR ended goalless. Rangers remain five points clear at the top."
1733: He didn't mean it at all, but that's the closest either side has come to a goal - Michael Owen's attempted cross drifting over the keeper and rattling the far post before bouncing away. Sighs of relief all round Southampton.
Football League Macca:
"For a minute there I thought it was going to be drama-free finish, but the Footy League produced once again. Chesterfield clawed a draw against Bradford through Jordan Bowery's last-minute equaliser and Carlisle, who trailed 2-0, also snatched a 2-2 draw against Oldham. Yeovil also left it late to win at Brentford, as did Bournemouth at Plymouth and Lincoln at home to Port Vale."
1731: Decent effort from Rickie Lambert as he wraps his left-foot around a cross 18 yards out to work Man Utd keeper Anders Lindegaard, but the Southampton frontman's shot is well held by the visiting debutant. Southampton more than holding their own in these first 15 minutes.
1728: Chance for Michael Owen inside the Southampton box, but the Man Utd frontman flashes his effort from the angle past the far post left-footed.
1726: Apologies, by the way, I've misled you re: Crawley's place in the history books at 1713 - they are in fact only the sixth non-league side to reach the FA Cup fifth round since World War Two, not in history. Still pretty good though!
1724: Close! Dan Harding thinks he's given Southampton a crucial early lead when Richard Chaplow's deflected shot falls to him inside the box - but the left-back's clipped finish is rightly (just) chalked off for offside.
1723: Southampton on to the front foot nice and early to get their fans up off their seats in the opening exchanges, with Rickie Lambert already causing a few problems for Man Utd centre-half pairing Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans.
1720: It looks like Michael Owen will be occupying a deep-lying striker role behind a front two of Javier Hernandez and Gabriel Obertan for Man Utd - interesting. Plenty of eyes, of course, on Southampton's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain tonight too, the young man apparently being chased by a host of Premier League sides, among them Arsenal and, who else, Man Utd. What a stage for the young man to impress this could be.
1717: Here we go, then, Southampton kick us off at St Mary's in our final match of the day.
1715: ...for example, I wonder if Crawley would fancy a draw with Manchester United? The Red Devils have to get past Southampton first, mind, and that tie is literally seconds away from getting started.
1713: So Crawley become only the sixth non-league team since World War Two to reach the FA Cup fifth round. As a result, 1,200 Crawley fans are currently going absolutely ballistic at Plainmoor - and who can blame them? What they wouldn't give for a match-up with a top Premier League side in the next round...
1712: FULL-TIME Torquay 0-1 Crawley Town
1711: Right in the closing stages at Plainmoor now and Torquay are fast running out of time. Crawley are going to do this you know, they really are...
1710: SOUTHAMPTON V MAN UTD (1715 GMT) Ian Hughes reports: "Southampton have won the FA Cup once, while Manchester United are the most successful team in the history of the competition having lifted the trophy 11 times. But if Saints need inspiration they need only to remember that they were very much the underdogs in
the 1976 final
when they beat, yep, Manchester United."
golf_footie_fan on Twitter:
"If Torquay come back to win this then Crawley deserve nothing less. Missing two penalties is unforgivable!"
1706: We'll have six - I repeat SIX - minutes of stoppage time at Plainmoor, where Torquay are throwing the kitchen sink at Crawley in search of a late equaliser.
1703: Oooh, so close for Torquay, Kevin Nicholson hitting the bar with a firm shot as the match approaches its final five minutes. It's still Torquay 0-1 Crawley - is a fifth-round spot going to elude the Gulls for a 112th year?
1701: SOUTHAMPTON v MAN UTD Southampton: Bialkowski, Butterfield, Fonte, Seaborne, Harding, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Schneiderlin, Chaplow, Do Prado, Lambert, Barnard. Subs: Davis, Richardson, Dickson, Martin, Gobern, Doble, N'Guessan. Man Utd: Lindegaard, O'Shea, Evans, Smalling, Fabio Da Silva, Gibson, Anderson, Scholes, Obertan, Hernandez, Owen. Subs: Kuszczak, Brown, Berbatov, Rooney, Giggs, Nani, Bebe. Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)
1700: FULL-TIME Birmingham 3-2 Coventry
1659: It's an old-fashioned dust-up at Plainmoor and Dean Howell receives a second yellow card for his part in it, making it 10 v 10 in the Torquay-Crawley encounter with 10 minutes left. The Blue Square Premier side hanging on for dear life against their League Two opponents.
1658: SENT OFF, Dean Howell, Crawley Town
1656: FULL-TIME Watford 0-1 Brighton
1656: We'll have four minutes of stoppage time at St Andrew's, where Coventry are pressing for a dramatic leveller against Birmingham.
1655: FULL-TIME Burnley 3-1 Burton Albion
1654: FULL-TIME Bolton 0-0 Wigan
1654: FULL-TIME Stevenage 1-2 Reading
1654: FULL-TIME Sheff Weds 4-1 Hereford
1653: Goodnight, thanks for playing Burton - Burnley wrap up their progress as Martin Paterson bundles the ball home from close range after keeper Adam Legzdins cannot hold a cross from Ross Wallace.
1653: GOALFLASH Burnley 3-1 Burton (Paterson)
1652: So close to a dramatic equaliser for Coventry at Birmingham, Colin Doyle beating Marlon King's snap-shot away from goal.
1650: Into the closing stages in most of our 1500 kick-offs, though Torquay-Crawley was delayed, of course, while we'll have plenty of stoppage time in the Watford-Brighton match, for sure.
1648: Ten-man Torquay really pressing for a leveller against Crawley. Really pressing.
1647: Reading may just have broken Stevenage hearts. Jobi McAnuff crosses for Shane Long to convert from close range. Even more galling for Stevenage, who had been pressing for a winner of their own, there was a suspicion of offside about the goal.
1646: GOALFLASH Stevenage 1-2 Reading (Long)
1645: What an afternoon Scott Bevan is having - he is single-handedly keeping Torquay just about in the FA Cup. Jamie Cook is fouled in the box to gift Crawley a second penalty of the match, but even though Craig McAllister takes over penalty duties it's the same result for the visitors, Bevan saving brilliantly, this time tipping over the bar. At Broadhall Way, Stevenage are whipping up a storm and going for a winner against Reading. A good chance falls to goalscorer Darius Charles but he screws his shot wide.
1644: BREAKING TEAM NEWS Man Utd give a debut to Anders Lindegaard in goal for their match at Southampton, while Michael Owen starts up front in place of Wayne Rooney and Dimitar Berbatov.
1643: PENALTY SAVED, Craig McAllister, Crawley
1642: PENALTY TO CRAWLEY
Football League Macca:
"Walsall - scorers of just 13 goals at home before today - have hit a sixth against Bristol Rovers. It's 6-1 now and much work to be done for Rovers boss Dave Penney. Rotherham grab a fourth against Stockport and Southend a second at Barnet. Rory Fallon has levelled for Plymouth against Bournemouth. We're still waiting for a Championship goal. Shameful behaviour if you ask me."
1641: Clinton Morrison converts his second penalty of the game to make it 4-1 against Hereford and all but seal Sheffield Wednesday's progress into the fifth round, while Kevin Phillips has completed a total turnaround for Birmingham against Coventry, the veteran drilling into the top corner. Calvin Zola, meanwhile, has marked his debut for Burton with a terrific finish in off the bar to get Burton right back in it against Burnley.
1636: Sheffield Wednesday look to have sealed their place in the fifth round of the FA Cup with a superb low drive from Jermaine Johnson to make it 3-1 against Hereford. Glorious chance for Crawley to double their lead at Torquay, meanwhile... wasted, Matt Tubbs seeing his spot-kick saved by Scott "The Bevanator" Bevan after Chris Zebroski had handled in the area, receiving a second yellow card as a result.
1634: What a time to end a five-year goal drought, Stuart Parnaby drawing Birmingham deservedly level against Coventry as he slams in from Alexander Hleb's cut-back.
1632: GOALFLASH Birmingham 2-2 Coventry (Parnaby)
1631: Couple of big goals in a minute, Burnley doubling their lead over Burton Albion to all but seal their place in the next round, Chris Eagles tapping in from close range, and then Stevenage getting right back into it against Champioship side Reading, Darius Charles picking the ball up on right hand side, cutting inside the defender and sending a left-footed curler into the corner.
1629: Birmingham are still pressing as they look to level things up against Coventry, but Jean Beausejour has left his scoring touch in the dressing room by the look of things - he has missed a few today, the latest when he failed to get a head on David Bentley's cross.
1628: Awful couple of minutes for Hereford as they concede a penalty, lose Joe Heath who is sent off for the foul on Clinton Morrison and then go behind when the Sheffield Wednesday striker picks himself up to stick home the spot-kick.
1622: Torquay-Crawley Town gets back up and running. Meanwhile, Clinton Morrison misses another sitter for Sheff Weds as the pressure builds on Hereford. The hosts are throwing everything at them but the League Two side are holding on. For now.
1620: The chances still coming at the Reebok Stadium, where Bolton keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen has just pushed Wigan midfielder Ben Watson's excellent free-kick around the post for a corner.
Football League Macca:
"We've got a possible league upset (lupset?) at Chesterfield as the leaders slip 2-1 behind at home to Bradford. Bristol Rovers threatened a comeback as they pulled it back to 3-1, but a minute later Walsall put that to bed with a fourth. They look certain to jump above Dag & Red in the table. Elsewhere, Gillingham are leading Aldershot 1-0."
1618: David Bentley still the stand-out performer at St Andrew's, where Birmingham are threatening to get back on level terms against Coventry. Brighton continuing to hold their own at Watford, Gus Poyet's side strangling their Championship opponents with a performance of real discipline. Stevenage, meanwhile, are struggling to create anything of note at all against Reading and the home fans are just getting a little restless...
1616: Not very many second-half goals flying in in England are there?
Anon via text: "The fourth official has managed to fix the Birmingham net with some tape! Not quite sure if that is in his job description..."
1613: BREAKING TRANSFER NEWS Aston Villa are close to bringing United States midfielder Michael Bradley to the club on loan, Press Association Sport understands.
1610: Positive start to the half again from Reading, who almost double their lead when Simon Church blasts over the bar. Stevenage hanging on a touch, there. Birmingham-Coventry finally gets back under way.
1608: No huge second-half incident yet... except at St Andrew's, where the restart has been delayed thanks to a couple of rather large holes in one of the nets. The magic of the Cup huh?
1601: Now then, our six 1500 FA Cup matches are presumably restarting round about now.
1558: Make that 25 goals for the season as Matt Tubbs makes immediate amends for that miss a few moments clear, out-pacing the Torquay defence to put Blue Square Premier leaders Crawley ahead with a neat lob. It's deserved too.
1556: GOALFLASH Torquay 0-1 Crawley (Tubbs)
1555: Guy Branston gets himself in a right pickle at Torquay and the ball falls to Matt Tubbs inside the six-yard box, only for the Crawley striker to fire over the bar. Great chance missed by the man with 24 goals this season already.
Football League Macca:
"Still 0-0 in both Championship games but Walsall are going goal crazy at home to Bristol Rovers and lead 3-0 now. Rotherham are also flying - 3-0 up at home to L2 struggles Stockport. Elswehere it's pretty quiet but, Oldham are winning at Carlisle and Southend are beating lowly Barnet."
1545: Stevenage, who were knocked a bit off-kilter by Mikele Leigertwood's goal for Reading, are just showing signs of settling back into the match at Broadhall Way. Just in time for the half-time whistle, then...
1542: It's been a match of real excitement at the Reebok Stadium. Victor Moses has looked a threat down the left for Wigan while Jordi Gomez has tested Jussi Jaaskelainen with three fierce efforts. Bolton have also gone close to scoring with Kevin Davies just missing with a header, while Martin Petrov fired wide from about 12 yards. I'm not entirely sure how that's still 0-0. (Cue hundreds of texts along the lines of... 'because neither side have scored').
1540: BREAKING NEWS Fulham captain Danny Murphy has signed a new contract that will keep him at the club until the end of next season.
1539: I've always thought he was quality, I must say, and David Bentley is certainly impressing for Birmingham today - a performance so far capped by a wonderful goal that gets the hosts back in it against Coventry, the loan winger cutting in from the left and drilling a brilliant effort in off the underside of the bar from range.
1537: GOALFLASH Birmingham 1-2 Coventry (Bentley)
1536: Torquay have probably had the better of the opening exchanges against Crawley, with Gulls midfielder Danny Stevens seeing a right-footed drive swerve inches wide of the post. Crawley are looking pretty lively too, though, and pumping plenty of balls into the area.
1535: While we wait for more goals to roll in, by the way, let me remind you that the FA Cup fifth-round draw is tomorrow (Sunday) around 1610 GMT. But who is going to be in the hat?
1532: There are 59 league places between the sides... and it's showing. Chris Eagles puts Burnley ahead on the back of a slaloming run and a sublime back-heel from Jack Cork that unlocks Burton defence. At Hillsborough, meanwhile, Clinton Morrison has missed the opportunity to put Sheff Weds ahead against Hereford, 'kneeing' the ball over the bar from a yard out.
1529: Birmingham suffering a real case of a Carling Cup hangover against Championship outfit Coventry, who have doubled their lead through a Richard Wood header from a corner.
1528: GOALFLASH Birmingham 0-2 Coventry (Wood)
Football League Macca:
"No goals in either of the Champo games as yet but two at Chesterfield within a couple of minutes of each other. The L2 leaders went in front but Bradford levelled. Rotherham lead Stockport through an Aaron Brown og. In L1, Walsall are beating Bristol Rovers and Bournemouth are ahead at Plymouth."
1527: League Two side Burton go close to an opening goal at Championship Burnley but Scott Malone's well struck free-kick strikes the woodwork. The Brewers are having a real go at Turf Moor. Brighton, meanwhile, are giving Watford a bit of a working over at Vicarage Road, they still lead 1-0 but it could have been more.
1525: There's plenty of Cupset romance around today... but Reading are playing their part of party poopers rather nicely at Stevenage, where Mikele Leigertwood has handed the visitors the lead. Callum McManaman, meanwhile, has just been denied an opener for Wigan at Bolton thanks to a fine point-blank save - that match sounds like a corker so far with a veritable feast of goalmouth action.
1521: Ashley Barnes breaks the deadlock at Vicarage Road, but it owes a lot to Watford keeper Rene Gilmartin who allows the Brighton striker's tame 20-yard shot to go through his hands and in.
1519: GOALFLASH Watford 0-1 Brighton (Barnes)
1518: We're up and running in the delayed Torquay-Crawley match.
1517: Minutes after Coventry keeper Keiran Westwood had tipped Kevin Phillips' header onto the bar, the visitors go up the Birmingham end and open the scoring. Marlon King picks up the ball on the edge of the area, takes one look up and fires low into the left-hand corner of the goal. Sheffield Wednesday draw themselves level against Hereford, meanwhile, Darren Potter driving home from just outside the area from Gary Teale's cross.
1515: GOALFLASH Sheff Weds 1-1 Hereford (Potter)
1513: GOALFLASH Birmingham 0-1 Coventry (King)
1511: Early glory for Hereford at Hillsborough, then Stuart Fleetwood controlling inside the box and picking his spot to put League Two Hereford ahead against League One's Sheff Weds. At Bolton, Johan Elmander has fired over when well placed for the hosts while Wigan striker Victor Moses almost took advantage of a poor Matt Taylor back-pass at the other end, but he shot wide.
1507: Seven FA Cup matches, seven minutes in... no goals. They will come, though, people, they will come...
1504: Early chance for Birmingham against Coventry - and it falls to Nikola Zigic, only this morning linked with a move back to Racing Santander, the Serbian heading a fine David Bentley cross wide.
1501: The 1500 kick-offs get up and running.
1458: Right, with the 1500 kick-offs fast approaching, I must reiterate the warning I made at 1306 - I'm flying pretty blind until the
match later on, so I'm afraid to say I'm ditching the 'goal' graphic and comprehensive goal descriptions for the next couple of hours. Worry ye not, though, for any information at all that I have on goals, chances and major incidents will be passed on to you guys as soon as I can. I just can't guarantee info on every spit and cough. Thanks.
Football League Macca:
"And we've got just the two Championship games, though they're not a bad two to have. Leaders QPR make the journey north to Hull, who have lost just once in 12 and have quietly moved up to the top half and within sniffing distance of the play-offs. Norwich, meanwhile, only need a point at lowly Crystal Palace to move themselves into the auto promo slots. But Palace, for all their struggles, are a tricky test at Selhurst. If they manage to keep out the Canaries in the opening 120 seconds that will be 500 minutes at home without conceding."
Chief Football on 606:
"I have to admit that I was 100% certain Swansea would beat Orient and will take a massive loss today because of it. Well done the O's and curse you too!"
Football League Macca:
"In League One, there's a tidy relegation clash between basement side Walsall and third-from-bottom Bristol Rovers. Bournemouth, in second, go to Peter Reid's Plymouth. In League Two, leaders Chesterfield - unbeaten in the league since November, host a Bradford side who have lost their last four. The Spireites will go nine points clear with a win. Rotherham can move into the automatic promotion places by they avoid losing to bottom side Stockport."
1452: FULL-TIME Aston Villa 3-1 Blackburn Seen out quite comfortably by Aston Villa in the end, despite playing the last half hour a man down. For Blackburn, they can now concentrate on league matters.
1451: BREAKING TRANSFER NEWS Sunderland have confirmed the signing of Ghana midfielder Sulley Muntari on loan from Inter Milan until the end of the season.
1444: FULL-TIME Swansea 1-2 Leyton Orient Stunner. Cupset me up at the Liberty Stadium as Orient, 36 league places below Championship outfit Swansea, snatch an unlikely win. The players in red and the away fans are going completely bananas - and who can blame them?
Leyton Orient goal: Unbelievable. It's been all Swansea in not only this half but pretty much the match, and yet Leyton Orient look like they're on their way to the fifth round, home captain Alan Tate slicing Jose M'Poku's cross horribly up, over his keeper and into the net. Cupset o'clock.
1437: Back to matters on the field, Swansea are near battering Orient. Substitute Stephen Dobbie is shooting on sight and he forces Jamie Jones to tip the ball over after turning on the edge of the area and letting fly with a fierce effort. Into the final three minutes there.
1436: SHEFF WED v HEREFORD Michael Da Silva reports: "Hereford travel to Sheffield Wednesday in what is the day's only League One v Two clash. Hereford, who progressed to round four with a 4-3 win at Lincoln City, have been on a strong run of late, winning all three league games since that third round success. But the gulf in class could be apparent given the 34 league places that separate the sides."
1435: WATFORD V BRIGHTON James Standley reports: "League One leaders Brighton travel to Watford - seventh in the Championship - having won five of their past six games in all competitions. However, Watford have won five in a row at home and reached the fourth round by defeating League One Hartlepool. Brighton have already played six matches to reach this far but Watford will be confident of ending their run."
1434: TORQUAY v CRAWLEY: Chris Bevan
reports: "Plenty to play for at Plainmoor, although it's difficult to tell exactly who the underdogs are. Torquay play one level above Blue Square Premier leaders Crawley, but Town are known as the non-league Manchester City because of the big-money they have spent on their squad. The Reds went through more than £500,000 in the summer, which was more than every League Two side combined, not just the Gulls."
1433: BURNLEY v BURTON ALBION Paul Fletcher
reports: "Burton saw off Championship opposition in their last fixture, defeating Middlesbrough 2-1 on 8 January at the Pirelli Stadium. That was their last fixture and since then Shaun Harrad, who scored both goals in that game, has left the club. It will be a much sterner test at Burnley."
1431: STEVENAGE v READING Ian Hughes reports: "Stevenage are one of only four clubs from League Two left in the FA Cup and obstructing their route to the last 16 are a Championship side in Reading ranked 50 places above them. On paper, there's only one winner. It's a good job, then, that these ties are played on grass "
1430: BIRMINGHAM v COVENTRY Phil Dawkes reports: "Four days after securing a place in the Carling Cup final, Birmingham continue their pursuit of a 2011 Wembley double. In theory, this should be a simpler task than that presented by West Ham on Wednesday, as Championship side Coventry's only win in nine matches was the third round win over Crystal Palace that ensured their trip to St Andrews and Birmingham have lost just one of their last 10 home games. However, this being the Cup, the window is open and the form book's ready for a flying exit."
1428: BOLTON v WIGAN: Saj Chowdhury
reports: "An FA Cup tie is exactly what the doctor ordered for these two sides who have recently been finding it hard to buy a win. Bolton have won once in the last six while Wigan have managed a sole victory in the last seven. Meetings between the sides this season have ended in two score draws. If I was a betting man..."
1426: Right, let's hear from our 1500 kick-off match reporters shall we?
1425: Another great chance for Swansea as Scott Sinclair bursts free in the Orient box, but the home striker's clipped effort is smartly saved by onrushing keeper Jamie Jones. Orient hanging in there...
1424: FULL-TIME Everton 1-1 Chelsea
Aston Villa red card: This could make the last half hour interesting at Villa Park as left-back Nathan Baker gets his marching orders with a straight red card on only his second ever Villa start for a late tackle on David Hoilett.
1422: SENT OFF, Nathan Baker (Aston Villa)
1421: Best effort of the half for Swansea, who have been knocking on the door against Leyton Orient, Cedric van der Gun cutting in from the right and firing inches wide with his left-foot from 16 yards.
1420: We'll have three minutes of added time at Goodison Park.
1419: I'm not sure either side at Goodison Park fancies a replay and Jermaine Beckford has just almost snatched a what would surely have been a late winner, the Everton striker's dipping half-volley from the angle tipped over the bar excellently by Petr Cech.
BBC Sport's Nigel Adderley at the Liberty Stadium:
"Orient holding their own in second half at Swansea. Scott Sinclair seeing less of the ball while Alex Revell blew a great chance for The O's to retake the lead. Referee Stuart Attwell inexplicably gave a goal kick when everyone in the stadium could see Orient had won a corner. Ben Chorley was booked for dissent. Crowd : 6,281."
1415: So close! Just as they did with the leveller, Chelsea break on the back of an Everton attack and Ramires goes within inches of putting the Londoners ahead with five minutes left, his right-foot shot swerving on to the base of the post with home keeper Tim Howard apparently beaten.
1414: Another chance for Villa to grab their fourth of the game against Blackburn, but Ciaran Clark does not get enough on his volley from Barry Bannan's corner.
1412: A cracking defensive header from Didier Drogba prevents Leighton Baines's corner reaching Louis Saha eight yards out in the Chelsea box. Everton looking the likelier to score a second here.
1409: Aston Villa right back on to the front foot against Blackburn, with Nathan Baker leaping to meet a Robert Pires corner at the back post but heading just wide.
1407: We're back under way at Villa Park, where it's Aston Villa 3-1 Blackburn and Stewart Downing is on to replace Gabriel Agbonlahor for the hosts.
1406: Moments before that Chelsea leveller, by the way, Seamus Coleman twice went close to a second Everton goal, his initial header saved by Petr Cech and then his follow-up shot blocked by John Terry from point-blank range.
Chelsea goal: Inspired substitution from Carlo Ancelotti, Salomon Kalou levelling things up three minutes after coming on with a precision finish into the corner on the back of a swift Chelsea break.
1405: GOALFLASH Everton 1-1 Chelsea (Kalou)
1402: Swansea still bossing proceedings at the Liberty, but Leyton Orient hanging on at the moment and restricting the Welsh side to little more than half-chances.
1359: ...but the Spaniard pings it straight into the wall.
1358: No great repsonse to going a goal down just yet from Chelsea, and now Everton have a free-kick 30 yards out and Mikel Arteta standing over it...
1355: Back under way at the Liberty Stadium, where it's Swansea 1-1 Leyton Orient.
Everton goal: He just loves scoring against Chelsea doesn't he? Louis Saha makes it seven goals in eight games against the Londoners with a firm header, losing marker John Terry to get on the end of Leighton Baines's corner.
1352: GOALFLASH Everton 1-0 Chelsea (Saha)
1351: Everton enjoying their best spell of the game at Goodison Park right now, the Merseysiders pinning Chelsea back in their own half.
1349: HALF-TIME Aston Villa 3-1 Blackburn
Bobsyeruncle on 606:
"Bannan, Clark, Delfouneso. Future key players for Scotland, Ireland and England."
1348: Couple of chances at Goodison Park to catch you up on. First Jack Rodwell plays a delightful ball from the right side of the by-line to the back post where Louis Saha acrobatically fires in a shot that is blocked by Ramires, and then Mikel Arteta's free-kick from the right is headed goalwards by Marouane Fellaini, Petr Cech tipping over well.
1346: It's all happening at Villa Park, apparently, it's just a shame I can't see any of it. This time Blackburn wide man Martin Olsson crashes an angled drive against Brad Friedel's crossbar.
Aston Villa goal: It's not like them, but Blackburn have been shocking defensively today apparently. This time Nathan Baker's precise cross from the left finds the unmarked Nathan Delfouneso, whose downward header squeezes in.
1343: GOALFLASH Aston Villa 3-1 Blackburn (Delfouneso)
1341: Robert Pires is proving a hero at both ends today, the Frenchman hooking off the line to deny Nikola Kalinic a second equaliser. Moments later Brad Friedel saves from Chris Samba's header from a corner. Blackburn fighting back at Villa Park again.
Aston Villa goal: A peach of a goal from Robert Pires, who has FA Cup pedigree having won it three times with Arsenal in 2002, 2003 and 2005. Nathan Delfouneso gets on the end of Barry Bannan's ball into the box and Pires meets his knockdown by stroking home a gorgeous half-volley.
Swansea goal: The Championship side draw level and it's hard to say it isn't deserved, Cedric Van der Gun flicking a header home from Darren Pratley's clipped centre.
1336: GOALFLASH Aston Villa 2-1 Blackburn (Pires)
1336: GOALFLASH Swansea 1-1 Leyton Orient (Van der Gun)
1335: Back under way at Goodison Park.
"Ciaran Clark could have been a great English prospect if he hadn't already declared himself to play for Ireland."
1333: Not much to report from Villa Park. I don't think. I can't really be sure, though, to be fair.
1330: That Jimmy Smith goal has settled Leyton Orient rather nicely in Swansea, and the League One side are starting to enjoy some decent possession for the first time in the match. All of a sudden, it's not so clear that 36 league places separate these sides...
Leyton Orient goal: It's against the run of play, but Cupset fans care not a jot. Charlie Daniels whips in a free-kick from the right and Jimmy Smith - scorer of the winner against Norwich in the last round - flicks in a header despite the attentions of home keeper Yves Ma-Kalambay.
1326: GOALFLASH Swansea 0-1 Leyton Orient (Smith)
1325: Barry Bannan sounds like he's having a decent game at Villa Park, where he's just drilled inches over from 30 yards for the hosts.
RetroGirl on Twitter:
"I reckon all this Torres to Chelsea stuff is a ploy to get Drogba & Anelka to wake up."
1322: Lively Swansea left-winger Scott Sinclair skips inside his marker and cuts across the edge of the area before shooting narrowly over for the hosts, who are still dominating possession against Leyton Orient.
Blackburn goal: He's only been on the pitch a few minutes but it's an immediate impact from Nikola Kalinic, the Croatian bundling home despite the best efforts of Brad Friedel on the line, Michel Salgado the provider from the right.
1319: GOALFLASH Aston Villa 1-1 Blackburn (Kalinic)
1318: HALF-TIME Everton 0-0 Chelsea
1316: A surging Louis Saha run is interrupted by Branislav Ivanovic at Goodison Park, the ball falling to Mikel Arteta who fires wide with a skimming 25-yard effort.
1315: There is yet more bad news for Rovers fans too, Roque Santa Cruz was forced to come off moments before the Villa goal because of a hamstring problem. Nikola Kalinic is on instead.
Aston Villa goal: Villa make the breakthrough that their early play has deserved, Blackburn's defence going completely AWOL for a Barry Bannan corner and Ciaran Clark nipping in unmarked to head home at the back post.
1312: GOALFLASH Aston Villa 1-0 Blackburn (Clark)
DieHardGooner on 606:
"The game at Goodison Park needs a goal to open it up a bit. Both teams are reluctant to push forward in numbers because of the thought of them getting hit on the counter."
1310: Ten minutes in at Villa Park and it's the hosts dominating possession. I can also tell you that it's more than a bit chilly in Birmingham today. So there you go.
1308: It's still all Swansea at the Liberty Stadium, where Scott Sinclair is proving a real livewire. The home striker's latest effort from 20 yards out is saved via a deflection, though.
Football League Macca:
"Our usual bumper afternoon of Football League action has taken a bit of hit from both the FA Cup ties and the weather. So far four games have been postponed because of frosty pitches: Scunthorpe-Preston, Rochdale-Charlton, Crewe-Accrington Stanley and Morecambe-Macclesfield. Don't worry, I can almost certainly promise goals and drama from the 13 games that are left standing."
1306: Now, I must warn you, I don't actually have TV pictures from all the games today so I'm likely to be a bit sketchy on some details as the day goes on. Apologies. One of the matches I'm a touch blind to right now is Aston Villa-Blackburn, unfortunately, but I can tell you that Villa midfielder Barry Bannan has drilled a decent effort wide early on and Emile Heskey, too, has fired off-target in that one.
1303: A great chance for Chelsea now as Nicolas Anelka swaps passes with Ramires and dashes through clear on goal, but Tim Howard is off his line well to save the striker's shot with his feet.
BBC Sport's Nigel Adderley at the Liberty Stadium:
"Very sparse crowd at the Liberty Stadium of around 6,000. All Swansea so far - Scott Sinclair and Kemy Augustien have forced decent saves from Jamie Jones in the Orient goal. Five Swansea corners in first nine minutes."
1301: Aston Villa-Blackburn kicks off.
1259: And now Diniyar Bilyaletdinov gets in a firm header 12 yards out that Petr Cech saves diving to his left. Better.
1258: Signs of life at Goodison Park and it's the best chance of the match so far by a distance. Marouane Fellaini brushes Michael Essien off the ball 30 yards from goal and plays in Louis Saha, who in turn finds Jack Rodwell, but the midfielder's low shot is saved by the alert Petr Cech in the Chelsea goal.
1256: At the Liberty Stadium, Scott Sinclair makes some room for himself cutting in from the left before firing in a low shot that Orient keeper Jamie Jones gets down to save well at his near post. Decent start from Swansea there.
1255: Without meaning to rain on Football_UK's parade at all, the Everton-Chelsea game is just lacking a bit of bite, an edge, or any real goal threat so far. Plenty of nip and a fair bit of tuck, though.
1252: BREAKING TRANSFER NEWS Newcastle have rejected a Tottenham bid for their England striker Andy Carroll, believed to be around £25m, insisting the frontman will not leave in this transfer window.
1251: We are up and running in the Swansea-Leyton Orient match, people.
1250: First signs of a real threat from Chelsea as skipper John Terry rises to meet a corner unmarked, flicking his header narrowly over Tim Howard's crossbar.
1248: Half a chance at Goodison Park as Jack Rodwell flicks on a Phil Neville throw-in for Diniyar Bilyaletdinov to snap a shot goalwards, Chelsea keeper Petr Cech getting behind it well.
1246: ASTON VILLA v BLACKBURN (1300 GMT) Chris Bevan
reports: "If this all-Premier League Cup clash came down to a managerial popularity contest, Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier and his Blackburn counterpart Steve Kean would both fancy their chances after a couple of recent wins have increased their stock with supporters who not so long ago seemed disenchanted by their presence. On the pitch, it is likely be a close-run thing too - both men say they want a Cup run, although Houllier must do without £18m man Darren Bent. Can he have his Cup cake and eat it? A rejuvenated Rovers will hope not."
1244: SWANSEA v LEYTON ORIENT (1250 GMT Bruce Pope reports: "Swansea should be confident of seeing off lower league opposition this lunchtime in their tie. The task facing Leyton Orient is underlined by the fact the Swans haven't conceded a goal at the Liberty Stadium in their past four matches. The O's are on a decent run themselves, though, having earned recent wins over Sheffield Wednesday and Norwich in the last round, so might just fancy their chances."
1241: Lovely spot of keep-ball by Everton as they push into the opposition half... only for a wayward Jack Rodwell pass to end a promising build-up.
1240: ASTON VILLA v BLACKBURN Aston Villa: Friedel, Walker, Cuellar, Clark, Baker, Pires, Reo-Coker, Bannan, Agbonlahor, Heskey, Delfouneso. Subs: Marshall, Downing, Ashley Young, Albrighton, Delph, Petrov, Collins. Blackburn: Robinson, Salgado, Samba, Hanley, Olsson, Nzonzi, Andrews, Pedersen, Hoilett, Roberts, Santa Cruz. Subs: Bunn, Jermaine Jones, Kalinic, El-Hadji Diouf, Grella, Mwaruwari, Lowe. Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)
1238: Everton striker Louis Saha, who has six goals in his last seven games against Chelsea, is throwing his weight around in these opening minutes as well. John Terry already knows he's in for a long afternoon.
1234: Encouraging opening couple of minutes for Everton, who are dominating possession in these early exchanges. Chelsea looking to put themselves about on the physical side, by the look of things.
1232: Up and running in the Everton-Chelsea tie.
1231: Righto, plenty of chat coming up soon with regards to our 1250 and 1300 kick-offs, but the players are out and about at Goodison Park and we're almost under way...
1228: BREAKING TRANSFER NEWS Spanish club Real Zaragoza have been given permission to talk to Sunderland defender Paulo da Silva, the Press Association reports.
benjohntrasler on Twitter:
"Is Ancelotti's fielding of a full-strength team an indication he feels success in other competitions this season is unlikely?"
1226: Everton manager David Moyes: "Our record against them isn't bad in the league, so hopefully we can go into this game with same frame of mind. We have to try to quieten Chelsea and not give their attacking players any opportunities. We also have to put their backline under pressure." Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti, meanwhile, is staying tight-lipped over the club's pursuit of Fernando Torres, saying: "I don't want to speak about this, you will have to ask the club. He is not my player and I have to have respect for Liverpool. I don't like to speak about this." Hhmmm.
pavlosanastasi on Twitter:
"My dad's an Orient fan, so he's got me supporting them today. Ideal draw for the next round is Arsenal v Orient."
1223: EVERTON v CHELSEA Saj Chowdhury
reports: "Chelsea have a 6-2 lead in FA Cup-tie wins over Everton. Of all those meetings, the one most raw in the mind of Everton fans is likely to be
the 2009 final
when the Blues beat their team 2-1. Neither squad list has changed dramatically since, so the Everton stars on show that day will be desperate to make slight amends at Goodison Park."
Henry in Herefordshire via text: "We'll all be cheering on the mighty Bulls this afternoon against The Owls. Come on you Whites, you can do this!"
Goowli24 on 606:
"Imagine Stevenage v Crawley in the 5th round! Only the FA Cup..."
1218: It's a doozy of a tie,
and we thought it'd be remiss of us not to give it the ol' blog treatment. Our
chief football writer Phil McNulty has done the honours
- noting: "If the stakes were high when Everton met Chelsea in the 2009 FA Cup final at Wembley, then there will still be plenty riding on the outcome when the two clubs meet again at Goodison Park on Saturday." And there's just enough time for you to read it before kick-off. Happy days.
1215: Refresh this page my friends and UK users can enjoy the beauties of Football Focus video at the top. Which is nice.
1214: So then, by way of preparation ahead of a monster day of domestic trophy action, why not check out the legend that is
The big man was spot on when he predicted a couple of shocks in round three - notably
Crawley's famous win over Derby
- but how will he fare this time around? Here's a heads up for you... he's not backing holders Chelsea to win through for a start.
I want to see on 606:
"Daniel Sturridge not even on the Chelsea bench. Is he injured or is that confirmation that he's part of a potential Torres deal?"
1209: EVERTON v CHELSEA: Saj Chowdhury
reports: "Everton midfielder Diniyar Bilyaletdinov makes only his second start since November. Jack Rodwell replaces Victor Anichebe, who is out with a groin injury. Louis Saha takes the place of Jermaine Beckford up front. Chelsea's Frank Lampard comes in for John Mikel Obi, while Didier Drogba, Nicolas Anelka, Florent Malouda and Ramires are also named in a strong Blues line-up."
Anon via text: "RE: Simon cfc - you think Chelsea travelled to Liverpool on a BUS?!"
dammydodger on Twitter:
"I'm cheering on the mighty O's today from the heart of London today, bring on the big boys!"
1206: BREAKING TRANSFER NEWS And no, it doesn't involve
... this time... it concerns Birmingham City fans. Racing Santander's new owner Ahsan Ali Syed says a deal has been reached to bring back Serbian striker Nikola Zigic from Birmingham, report AP.
1203: EVERTON v CHELSEA Everton: Howard, Neville, Heitinga, Distin, Baines, Coleman, Arteta, Fellaini, Rodwell, Bilyaletdinov, Saha. Subs: Mucha, Hibbert, Jagielka, Beckford, Gueye, Osman, Baxter. Chelsea: Cech, Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole, Ramires, Lampard, Essien, Malouda, Drogba, Anelka. Subs: Hilario, Mikel, Ferreira, Kalou, Bruma, McEachran, Sala. Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)
You can take on 606:
"The fourth round is always strange. The third round is all fun and games, and then the fifth round onwards is when it gets serious."
1153: So get involved good people, by Tweeting the commentary via the hashtag
or asking me a question direct
chat over on
or text me via 81111 (UK).
1149: And live up to it I'm sure it will. But then I have always been an optimist. Take today, for example. We've got 11 fixtures, book-ended by the hum-dingers that are
two other all-Premier League ties, the
lowest team left in the competition Town
in action, and all the glamour that comes with a few lower-league face-offs elsewhere. Some people -
including Blackpool boss Ian Holloway
- will tell you the FA Cup has lost its magic. Don't listen to them. Close your ears to such mutinous chat. The FA Cup is alive and kicking, people, alive and kicking.
1145: A grand total of 36 ties, four replays, 122 goals and five Premier League casualties. And that was just
in the third round.FA Cup fourth round - you have got a hell of a lot to live up to.
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