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Sunday's FA Cup as it happened


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By Chris Bevan

1909: I'm sorry to say that this is where I have to bid you farewell. Thanks for keeping me company during a dramatic day of FA Cup fourth-round action... plenty more to come during round five too, what with Man Utd-Crawley and Orient-Arsenal. I'll see you again before that, though, because I am one of the lucky people to be taking you through transfer deadline day on Monday. Should be fun, no?

ahoytheadmiral on Twitter: "What's all this 'Tottenham imploding' nonsense? This is Fulham in the ascendency."

TheAlmightyDza on Twitter: " SadSpur is one of sad minority that make me ashamed to be a Spurs fan. Over-reaction. We had the squad. And the manager."

Full time
FULL-TIME Fulham 4-0 Tottenham
Chief football writer Phil McNulty reports: "A harrowing encounter for Spurs, who were swept away in the first 45 minutes, but further evidence that Fulham are now making steady improvement under the management of Mark Hughes."

FULL-TIME Notts County 1-1 Man City
Jamie Lillwhite reports: "A good old-fashioned Cup tie, played on an old-fashioned 'leveller' of a pitch, underdogs County putting on a spirited display and only denied a famous upset by some true City quality, the £27m man Edin Dzeko clinically finishing a superb sweeping move."

Full time
FULL-TIME West Ham 3-2 Nott'm Forest
Saj Chowdhury reports: "A Victor Obinna hat-trick, Robbie Keane on loan, a place in the 5th round and a home draw against Burnley - could this be a turning point for West Ham's season? Forest can concentrate on getting promotion."

FULL-TIME Wolves 0-1 Stoke
Phil Dawkes reports: "As the more dangerous side at Molineux, Stoke just about deserve their place in the fifth round, but they are indebted to Thomas Sorenson for ensuring it. Whilst defeat is never a pleasing outcome, Wolves can at least now focus entirely on climbing up the Premier League table."

FULL-TIME Arsenal 2-1 Huddersfield
Kevin Darling reports: "It's Cesc Fabregas to the rescue after the 10-man Gunners are given a fright by lower league opponents, not for the first time this season. Defeat is tough on the Terriers, but for Arsenal that quadruple is still on..."

1849: It's been a long day but a great day (well, apart from for Spurs fans). Here's a little round-up of today's FA Cup fourth-round action.

OptaJoe on Twitter: "1 - This is the 1st time since 1951 that Spurs have failed to reach at least the 5th round of the FA Cup in a year ending in '1'. Debunked."

More from Harry, about his side's problems at the back with Michael Dawson suspended (no mention of being down to the bare bones, but not far off): "We are short of numbers at centre-back with three games this week and Champions League coming up. We are down to two fit defenders with William Gallas and Sebastien Bassong and I could do without Michael being out too." So, will he add to his squad before the transfer window shuts on Monday? "I wouldn't have thought so, although a few of our players are running on empty at the moment."

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp on his side's 4-0 defeat by Fulham: "We got off to a disastrous start with two penalties and a sending off and after that it was game over really. They were uncharacteristic errors from Michael Dawson because he is brilliant for us. Things like that are nothing to do with tactics, they are bad individual errors and it was very difficult for us to do anything from there."

From Sad Spur from Scrope, via text: "Confirms my belief - heresy some might say - that Harry Redknapp is a top SIX manager, not a TOP manager. We haven't kicked on. Came fourth last season whilst others were sleeping, been Baled out in the Champs Lge. It's the Europa again for us next season. How have we improved exactly, other than Harry polishing a lamp and the genie that is Van de Vaart somehow popping out for a discount? Steven Pienaar? Do me a favour."

Ex-Tottenham midfielder Danny Murphy on his side's crushing FA Cup win over 10-man Tottenham: "We started brightly and put them under pressure. Of course the sending off helped but the game was won by half-time really, thanks to some clinical finishing. You saw what it meant to our fans and although people might say the FA Cup is losing its magic, I think this showed that it hasn't for us."

kishunk on Twitter: "Did anyone realise David Stockdale was playing in goal for Fulham ?"

Not one of his busier nights was it? He did make two saves according to our stats - can't recall them myself though.

alinthedesert (Spurs fan) on Twitter: "We gave away sloppy goals, and for that reason, we're out."

Full time
1823: FULL-TIME Fulham 4-0 Tottenham

1822: Heurelho Gomes denies Damien Duff this time, parrying a low shot from the edge of the area. The good news for Spurs fans is that there will be only one minute of added time.

1821: Fulham go close again. Simon Davies tees up Zoltan Gera despite having the space to shoot himself but Heurelho Gomes spreads himself to make the save. Spurs will just want this game to be over as quickly as possible.

Someone has struck the woodwork
1820: Almost a fifth goal for Fulham. First Aaron Hughes crashes a header against the bar after rising to meet a corner. Then Jermaine Jenas has to clear Brede Hangeland's follow-up off the line.

d20beckham on Twitter: "Re 1811. 36 Fulham passes before Tottenham finally got a touch!"

1817: Sebastien Bassong is guilty of an awful mis-kick as Fulham come forward but, luckily for him, the ball rolls through to Heurelho Gomes. Sadly for Spurs, they didn't get away with that sort of defending in the first-half.

1815: Right, less than 10 minutes left now... and still no sign of a Spurs reply. Jermaine Jenas is begging for the ball on the overlap as they make a rare foray into the Fulham area but Steven Pienaar opts to pass inside instead. Then the ball drops for Peter Crouch inside the box but, although he makes space for a shot with a neat turn, Brede Hangeland is across to cover.

1813: Moussa Dembele, who has been so impressive for Fulham today, is coming off. Job done for him. Ex-Spurs winger Simon Davies is on instead.

1811: Ha. Not much happening on the pitch but least the fans at Craven Cottage are still keeping us entertained. First, we get some half-hearted 'Ole's' from the Fulham fans as their side play keep-ball. Then the Tottenham supporters do the same - but with a lot more gusto - once Steve Sidwell gives it away.

TyroneLewis22 (Spurs fan at Craven Cottage) on Twitter: "I will stay to the full time whistle but wow this was terrible from our boys. Luckily this wasn't in the league."

1807: Ah. No hat-trick for Danny Murphy today. He is replaced by Jonathan Greening as Fulham boss Mark Hughes makes another substitution.

Chief football writer Phil McNulty at Craven Cottage: "Not the rampage of the first 45 minutes but Fulham are home and dry here and all Spurs have left is a damage limitation exercise after the horrors that have gone before."

1805: A few of you have pointed out that the last time Spurs were 4-0 down at half-time with 10 men, Gareth Bale scored a second-half hat-trick as they fought back to lose just 4-3. That was at the San Siro against Inter Milan in the Champions League. No Bale tonight, though (he's got a back injury) and no sign of a comeback yet either. Jermaine Jenas has just sent a rasping shot wide from 25 yards out, but that is as close as Tottenham have come to a reply.

1801: Time for a Fulham switch too as Zoltan Gera replaces Andy Johnson. Just over 20 minutes left but, in truth, the Cottagers wrapped this game up before the break.

1759: Tottenham make their final change, with Jermaine Jenas on for Rafael Van der Vaart. The Dutchman is heading for the dressing room too, which means a long walk around the pitch to the tunnel on the opposite side of the ground.

1757: Clint Dempsey tries his luck again, this time with a curler from the edge of the box. Not far away, but it flies just over the Tottenham bar.

1756: Fulham look a bit more interested now. Clint Dempsey lets fly with a powerful drive for Fulham, but Heurelho Gomes gets across to his left to push it away.

From Gav in Newcastle via text: "Would good to see Danny Murphy get a hat-trick to celebrate his new contract. Been a good servant for Fulham."

Maybe Spurs will oblige by conceding another penalty?

1753: Here they come now, though, with Andy Johnson and Moussa Dembele trying to link up again on the edge of the area, before Sebastien Bassong gets a foot in to stop them. Mark Hughes was desperately short of strikers not so long ago when those two and Bobby Zamora were all injured but I don't think he has many worries about scoring goals now. Big Bobby Z is not far away from a return either by the way.

1749: Fulham are sitting back and they haven't looked too interested in adding to their tally since the interval. They don't really need to, though, do they?

1747: The Tottenham fans are making some noise now too, having a pop at Fulham's supporters for not singing more... and bringing on a chorus of 'Champions League, you're having a laugh' in response. Things are far less lively on the pitch at the moment.

1742: Alan Hutton storms down the right wing and sends in a low cross that Aaron Hughes has to hack clear with Peter Crouch waiting. Hutton sends another dangerous cross in towards Crouch, and then Sebastien Bassong sees a looping header collected by David Stockdale. Tottenham are much improved already, just a shame from their point of view that they all but threw this game away in the first half.

1741: Looks like Spurs are going to give this a go. Luka Modric sends over a cross for Peter Crouch but he is challenged by Brede Hangeland and cannot make clean contact with his header.

1738: And Peter Crouch has just got the second half under way. Tottenham are 4-0 down and have had Michael Dawson sent off so a huge task ahead of them here. Some better defending would be a good start, though.

1736: Right, Spurs have made a change for the second half. Peter Crouch is on for Jermain Defoe.

1735: According to Infostrada Sports, it is nearly four years since Tottenham lost by four goals - a 4-0 home defeat to Manchester United on 4 February 2007. It could still get even worse for Harry Redknapp's side this evening though...

Notts County boss Paul Ince after his side came within 10 minutes of knocking Manchester City out of the FA Cup: "I've never seen a clock go so slowly! We haven't got the fitness they have but we showed so much character and still tried to win it in front of our fantastic fans and we deserve another crack at them."

jonbrewer55 on Twitter: "Finally Fulham attack with pace and purpose, what the fans have been asking for weeks. Well done Mark Hughes, great half"

Tomichenko on Twitter: "Great fourth goal by Fulham, but IF (BIG IF) Spurs get a goal about 10 mins into 2nd half they have the talent to win this game, just saying!"

That is easily the most optimistic tweet I have read today.

hmslade on Twitter: "Didn't know Craven Cottage was a comedy venue - but Spurs' defending is just hilarious!!"

BBC Sport understands Tottenham have made a bid of more than £10m for West Ham midfielder Scott Parker, but their offer was rejected.

Half time
1722: HALF-TIME Fulham 4-0 Tottenham
Chief football writer Phil McNulty's half-time snapshot at Craven Cottage:
"Fulham's 4-0 lead is fully deserved - and it could have been a lot worse for Tottenham. Harry Redknapp's side have been taken to the cleaners. A magnificent display from Mark Hughes' side."

Fulham goal: Too easy. Far too easy. But still a quality finish. Moussa Dembele leaves Sebastien Bassong in his wake as he waltzes past him before unleashing a fierce shot from the edge of the area that flies between the diving Heurelho Gomes and his right-hand post.

1717: GOALFLASH Fulham 4-0 Tottenham (Dembele)

1716: There will be three minutes of added time at the end of the first half. Harry Redknapp's half-time team-talk should be interesting...

1713: A bit of a delay while one of the linesmen has treatment. I think Spurs defender Sebastien Bassong accidentally kicked some mud in his eye. Looks painful.

1712: Five minutes to go until half-time at the Cottage. Tottenham seem to have remembered how to defend. A bit late for that?

West Ham sign Tottenham striker Robbie Keane on loan until the end of the season.

Chief football writer Phil McNulty at Craven Cottage: "Fulham could have had more than the three goals they already have. The pace of Andrew Johnson and the power of Clint Dempsey and Mousa Dembele is terrorising an awful Tottenham defence that is not being afforded any protection by a midfield that is heavy on natural talent but light on any sort of physical presence."

joe10ant on Twitter: "So much for Spurs doing well in the Cup in a year ending with a 1."

1702: It doesn't get any better for 10-man Tottenham I'm afraid. Luka Modric did just send a shot fizzing wide for the visitors via a slight deflection off Brede Hangeland, but Spurs keeper Heurelho Gomes' handling is not doing his side's shaky defence many favours. Gomes made a mess of a low cross that led to the corner for Fulham's third goal and this time he spills Andy Johnson's shot.

Chief football writer Phil McNulty at Craven Cottage: "Tottenham's defending has been shambolic and nothing has summed it up more than the part played by Alan Hutton and Michael Dawson in Fulham's penalties. Craven Cottage ecstatic and Spurs simply unable to cope with the pace and direct approach of Mark Hughes' side."

Yellow card
1659: Steve Sidwell should be booked, at least, for lashing out at Jermain Defoe as they tussle for the ball. Nothing given but Rafael Van der Vaart does go in Phil Dowd's book for a bit of afters with Danny Murphy.

1657: Tottenham have not learned their lesson yet, by the looks of things. Heurelo Gomes saves from Moussa Dembele as Fulham carve through the Spurs defence again.

Fulham goal: Spurs are a shambles and Fulham take full advantage. Andy Johnson flicks a corner on at the near post and the ball rolls across the face of goal for Brede Hangeland to tap home. This is turning into a rout.

1654: GOALFLASH Fulham 3-0 Tottenham (Hangeland)

1652: Tottenham's defence is still all over the place, mind. William Gallas hesitates and lets Moussa Dembele in for a shot, then an attempt at offside goes wrong and Heurelo Gomes has to mop up with Andy Johnson shaping to shoot.

1650: Spurs boss Harry Redknapp needs to do a defensive reshuffle after seeing his skipper sent off, and Sandro is the casualty. William Gallas is on instead.

Someone has struck the woodwork
1648: Fulham's day is going pretty well so far and it almost gets even better. Andy Johnson slips the ball across goal and Clint Dempsey, sliding in, is unlucky to see the ball clip the top of the bar.

Someone has won a penalty
Red card
Fulham goal: Another defensive disaster for Spurs. Michael Dawson is caught in possession by Moussa Dembele out on the left-hand side of the area and tugs the Fulham forward back as he shoots. Heurelo Gomes saves but Phil Dowd points to the spot before sending Dawson off. Danny Murphy steps up to despatch his second penalty in a matter of minutes and Tottenham's Cup dreams are in tatters already.

1644: GOALFLASH Fulham 2-0 Tottenham (Murphy pen)

1643: RED CARD Tottenham's Michael Dawson

1643: PENALTY to Fulham

Someone has won a penalty
Fulham goal: Why oh why oh why did Alan Hutton do that? The Spurs defender lunges in on Clint Dempsey with a needless challenge inside the box and gets all of the man and none of the ball. Phil Dowd points to the spot and Danny Murphy slots the penalty home

1642: GOALFLASH Fulham 1-0 Tottenham (Murphy pen)

1641: PENALTY to Fulham

1639: More on that FA Cup draw. I covered Orient for three years for the local paper and can tell you that lots of east-London based Gunners have the O's as their second team. Maybe it's because they can wear the same scarf whether they go to the Emirates or Brisbane Road? A great clash between the 'haves' and 'have-nots' of London football.

1638: The same duo combine again for Fulham from a corner, with Clint Dempsey heading wide from Damien Duff's dangerous delivery. A decent spell of possession for Fulham ends soon afterwards, however, when Carlos Salcido fires a cross straight out of play.

1636: Spurs have made the brighter start at the Cottage and seen more of the ball than their hosts, but their best move was halted by the linesman's flag. Fulham's best moment so far has been a chipped Damien Duff cross that Clint Dempsey almost got the end of.

1633: More transfer news for you too, or at least news of a potential transfer. Stoke manager Tony Pulis has confirmed the Potters have received an offer for striker Tuncay from German club Wolfsburg (managed by Steve McClaren of course).

1631: Fulham get us going in our final FA Cup fourth-round tie of the day.

Man City's England winger Adam Johnson will be out for three months with ankle ligament damage. Johnson didn't play for City against Notts County today - he was injured in training in midweek.

1625: Fulham versus Tottenham is coming right up, with the prize of a home tie against Bolton or Wigan waiting in round five for the winner. This one won't be dull, will it?

aaronkay on Twitter: "United vs Crawley at Old Trafford. Premiership against Blue Square Premier. FA Cup magic."

Chief football writer Phil McNulty at Craven Cottage:
"Fulham will be spared any potential torment by Gareth Bale as his back injury means he misses Tottenham's FA Cup fourth round tie at Craven Cottage. Still a strong-looking Spurs side, though, with another opportunity for new acquisition Steven Pienaar. Fulham boss Mark Hughes brings in Carlos Salcido for Chris Baird."

1619: Barry Hearn is pretty chuffed to get Arsenal too. "I can't wait," the Orient chairman tells BBC Radio 5 live. "We were overdue a big team at home and Arsenal are one of the best in the world. We are the best in Leyton and Leytonstone though."

1616: Amazing. So Crawley's reward for becoming the first non-league side into the fifth round for 17 years is a plum tie against Manchester United. The Red Devils host the Reds, who are known as 'the Manchester City of non-league'. What a day for the Blue Square Premier side.

Fulham or Tottenham v Bolton or Wigan

Man Utd v Crawley

Everton or Chelsea v Reading

Leyton Orient v Arsenal

Birmingham City v Sheff Wed

Stoke City v Brighton

Notts County or Man City v Aston Villa

West Ham v Burnley

1612: Here we go then, with the draw for the FA Cup fifth round...

Fulham v Tottenham line-ups
Fulham: Stockdale, Pantsil, Hughes, Hangeland, Salcido, Duff, Sidwell, Murphy, Dempsey, Andrew Johnson, Dembele. Subs: Etheridge, Kelly, Baird, Gera, Kamara, Dikgacoi, Davies.
Tottenham: Gomes, Hutton, Bassong, Dawson, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Sandro, Modric, Pienaar, Van der Vaart, Defoe. Subs: Cudicini, Jenas, Pavlyuchenko, Gallas, Crouch, Kranjcar, Corluka.
Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)

1609: I bumped into Neil Ruddock in Manchester recently... to be honest it was difficult to avoid him. Fair to say he has put on a few pounds since hanging up his boots. He have a special pair of shorts made for him when he was at Swindon because of his ample girth, but he has not got much slimmer since.

1607: Crawley and Leyton Orient are among the teams in the hat for the fifth round of the FA Cup. I bet they would both love to be paired with Manchester United in a couple of minutes time - I can see the £££ signs in O's chairman Barry Hearn's eyes already. Their fate is in the hands of comedian Mark Watson and ex-Liverpool defender Neil Ruddock, who will conduct the draw.

1606: A few of you are querying my description of Edin Dzeko's first Manchester City goal as a 'cracker' seeing as he was unmarked and about eight yards out when he scored. True, it was hardly a spectacular finish, but I was referring to the move as a whole. Micah Richards' run and cross were top quality. A tap-in can be a cracking goal if it comes after a moment or two of magic, no? I'm sure you will let me know!

Chief football writer Phil McNulty at Craven Cottage:
"Fulham manager Mark Hughes has been seeing signs of development in his Craven Cottage reign after an uneasy start in succession to Roy Hodgson - and they face a stern examination of that progress against Tottenham. Harry Redknapp's side have impressed in the Premier League and Champions League - and now they will also hope to confirm their growing maturity by making the latter stages of the FA Cup."

1557: So, the Hammers hang on to reach the last 16. I make it three cracking Cup ties so far today, and one which was a bit of a stinker (Wolves-Stoke). More to come too - the draw for the fifth round is coming up in the next few minutes, followed by Fulham versus Tottenham at 1630.

Full time
1556: FULL-TIME West Ham 3-2 Nott'm Forest

1555: Another chance comes and goes for Forest. David McGoldrick scuffs his shot wide with the goal gaping. The Hammers breathe again.

1553: Credit to Notts County for a wholehearted display and a replay is the least they deserve. Magpies boss Paul Ince tells his players to do a lap of honour after coming within 10 minutes of victory. Man City will just be relieved that they live to fight again.

Full time
1551: FULL-TIME Notts County 1-1 Man City

1551: Three minutes of added time to be played at Upton Park, where West Ham still lead 3-2. Only seconds left at Meadow Lane, though.

1548: Chances at both ends at Meadow Lane. First, Karl Hawley crosses from the left and Lee Hughes heads a couple of yards wide. Then, City break and Yaya Toure chases a bouncing ball into the box before wisely pulling out when Stuart Nelson dashes from his goal and punches the ball clear - that would have done real damage to Toure's head.

1547: Jon Harley has been outstanding for Notts County today too. I remember when he was seen as a future England left-back in the making, during his Chelsea days a decade ago. It didn't turn out that way, but that left peg of his is still full of quality.

1546: A bit of a delay while Man City defender Micah Richards is being carried off - he has taken a nasty knock to his right foot. His afternoon is over, and Vincent Kompany is on instead.

1544: It's not over at Upton Park either. Garath McCleary has a great chance to level for Nottingham Forest but somehow heads wide from point-blank range.

1543: This one is not over yet. Fair play to Notts County, they have gone back on the attack... and they are almost back in front too. When the impressive Krystian Pearce is fouled, Jon Harley curls in a free-kick and Mike Edwards is in the right place to ghost in to tap home at the back post. Well, he should do. Instead he bundles the ball wide.

Man City goal: That's what £27m buys you. Edin Dzeko scores his first goal for Manchester City and it's a cracker too. Micah Richards makes it, with a lovely touch taking him clear down the right before he whips in a low cross for Dzeko to slam home a volley into the roof of the net. Ten minutes left at Meadow Lane.

1538: GOALFLASH Notts County 1-1 Man City (Dzeko)

1536: The draw for the fifth round will take place at 1610 GMT. Notts County and West Ham will be in the hat if these scores stay the same.

1535: Edin Dzeko is first to a David Silva corner, but his header loops a mile over. Not the £27m man's day so far. Here's a change by City: Aleksandar Kolarov is on for Pablo Zabaleta.

1533: Into the last 20 minutes at Meadow Lane. Notts County still working hard to close City down and snuff out any sign of danger. At Upton Park, Lee Camp is keeping Forest in the game single-handedly by the sounds of things, this time denying Freddie Sears with another top-drawer save. West Ham lead 3-2.

From Alastair in Wandsworth, via text: "Re 1519. Has Jo ever been effective?"

Infostrada Sports on Twitter: "Notts County aim to become only the fourth lower division club in the last 20 years to reach the last 16 of the FA Cup in successive years."

1527: Better from City and County keeper Stuart Nelson has to make his second decent save of the game. A corner is cleared as far as Gareth Barry on the edge of the area and he takes a touch before firing in a dipping shot that Nelson has to tip over his bar.

1525: Krystian Pearce is across to cover as Edin Dzeko turns into space inside the box. Dzeko just headed over too. Signs of life from Man City but County are still looking dangerous and Lee Hughes is unlucky with a header that spins wide from Jon Harley's pinpoint cross.

1523: At Upton Park, Frederic Piquionne brings a super save out of Lee Camp with a sweet half-volley. Camp then denies Pablo Barrera by tipping his shot round the post. The Hammers still ahead in that one, remember.

1519: County have got their tails up after their goal and are still coming forward. This time Joe Hart is able to deal with Craig Westcarr's deflected shot which bounces into his arms. Roberto Mancini is sending on David Silva to try to get City going. He replaces the completely ineffective Jo.

Notts County goal: Told you so. Notts County got a corner instead of a spot-kick at 1515 but they still made the most of it. The impressive Alan Gow bends the ball over and Neal Bishop is first to it at the near post to glance a header home past Joe Hart. Half-an-hour left for City to try to save themselves.

1516: GOALFLASH Notts County 1-0 Man City (Bishop)

1515: Back at Meadow Lane, and Man City are still flattering to deceive a bit. Yes, the pitch is awful. And yes, Notts County are proving tenacious and committed opposition but City's expensively-assembled team should be doing better. The Magpies have just had a penalty appeal turned down when Lee Hughes felt Pablo Zabaleta tugged him back in the box.

Someone has won a penalty
West Ham goal: Joel Lynch holds back Winston Reid inside the box and is booked by Michael Oliver. That's a penalty too, and Victor Obinna steps up to send Lee Camp the wrong way. The Hammers are back in front and Obinna celebrates his hat-trick with some back-flips. Nice.

1512: GOALFLASH West Ham 3-2 Nott'm Forest (Obinna pen hat-trick)

1511: PENALTY to West Ham

1511: When I spoke to Stoke boss Tony Pulis last season, he didn't seem that bothered about the FA Cup. Sooner or later, he will change his mind, surely?

OptaJoe on Twitter: "5 - Stoke City have reached the fifth round of the FA Cup in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1972. Pumped."

1508: And we are back under way at Upton Park too.

1506: A couple more signings to tell you about. Rangers have confirmed the signing of Sunderland striker David Healy on loan until the end of the season and Aston Villa are in advanced talks to snap up Michael Bradley from Borussia Monchengladbach in an identical move.

1503: The second half has started at Meadow Lane. The pitch is even worse in parts now, because some schoolkids had a game in one of the penalty areas at the interval. Not the best decision that, seeing as it already resembled a ploughed field.

1502: By the way, you can watch the Rangers v Motherwell CIS Cup semi-final live on BBC Scotland and online (UK only) from 1500 GMT.

1501: Oh, and Jamie O'Hara has completed his loan switch to Wolves from Tottenham.

1458: Fairly big transfer news this. BBC Sport understands that Liverpool will sell Fernando Torres to Chelsea, but only if Chelsea pay £50m for the Spanish striker. Your thoughts?

jessicafarry on Twitter: "As a Hammers fan, I don't think there's much shame in not beating Forest, just in performing this badly!"

Half time
HALF-TIME West Ham 2-2 Nottingham Forest
Saj Chowdhury reports:
"You would have thought the early goal would have settled West Ham down, but no. A 'weakened' Forest have been in control since. However, the Hammers are still in it thanks to Obinna's 'wonder strike'. Did he mean it? I don't think so, but home fans won't care."

HALF-TIME Notts County 0-0 Man City
Jamie Lillywhite's half-time snapshot: "City's galaxy of expensive stars negotiated the gluey Meadow Lane playing surface to have the better of the play but are still to find the killer final ball, with County showing plenty of endeavour and looking dangerous on the break."

Full time
1454: FULL-TIME Wolves 0-1 Stoke

Someone has won a penalty
Missed Wolves pen: Wolves are handed an unlikely opportunity to level in the 90th minute when Robert Huth fouls Nenad Milijas but Milijas sees his spot-kick saved by Thomas Sorensen. Late drama at Molineux, at the end of a pretty dull game.

1450: It's half-time at Upton Park by the way.

MISSED PENALTY by Wolves (Nenad Milijas)

1449: PENALTY to Wolves.

1447: It's half-time at Meadow Lane. Goalless.

West Ham goal: We already know Victor Obinna loves a cup goal or three - and he has got on the scoresheet again to haul the Hammers level. Not totally sure whether he meant this one, from wide out on the right, but a spectacular strike nonetheless.

Forest goal: Are the Hammers going to lose their way in another cup tie? Chris Gunter's free-kick causes chaos in the Hammers defence and after Rob Green stops a Frederic Piquionne header from flying into his own net, David McGoldrick, who is completely unmarked, follows up to nod into an unguarded net.

1443: GOALFLASH West Ham 2-2 Nottingham Forest (Obinna)

1442: GOALFLASH West Ham 1-2 Nottingham Forest (McGoldrick)

Stoke goal: With nine minutes to go, the Potters make the breakthrough. Matt Etherington sends over a wonderful cross and Robert Huth rises above the Wolves defence to powerfully head home.

1440: GOALFLASH Wolves 0-1 Stoke (Huth)

1438: There is more going on off the pitch at Molineux than on it by the sounds of things. Tottenham midfielder Jamie O'Hara is in the stands, and is apparently about to join Wolves on loan for the rest of the season.

From Ed in London, via text: "Re 1416 and 1426. If ref Chris Hoy missed a big decision someone should tell him to get on his bike."

1438: Stoke, briefly, spark into life at Molineux. John Carew's flick on finds Matthew Etherington who produces a stinging shot from range but Marcus Hahnemann does well to palm the effort past the post. In response, Wolves boss Mick McCarthy refreshes his forward line bringing on Sylvan Ebanks-Blake on for Steven Fletcher.

1436: This is a good spell by Notts County and Man City have to deal with a few balls pumped into the box. City keeper Joe Hart hardly helps matter when he promptly throws the ball a mile out of play as he attempts to set up a counter-attack.

Quinn64 on Twitter: "Surprise, surprise. West Ham going to pot after scoring. I'm not a happy Hammer!"

1433: Notts County break quickly but Dave Martin is held back by Jo, who had tracked back. Craig Westcarr should swing in a testing free-kick from here, but instead he fails to beat the first City man, Gareth Barry, with his curling delivery.

1430: A half-chance for Man City, with Jo persevering out on the left and getting a cross in for Edin Dzeko. Krystian Pearce is strong enough to deny him, however, and repeats the trick when the ball comes in from the opposite flank moments later.

1427: Sorry about the lack of updates from Molineux but there is very little happening in the second half of that one. Stoke might be about to bring on Sunderland target Ricardo Fuller, though. A farewell appearance, perhaps?

1426: One day, I will get through a game being refereed by Chris Foy without calling him Chris Hoy. Not today, though...

1424: With Notts County defending in numbers, Man City are having to be patient at Meadow Lane, and are spraying around a lot of passes without looking like breaking down the Magpies. That Yaya Toure shot remains the visitors' only clear-cut chance, with almost 25 minutes gone.

BBC Sport's Mark Bright at Upton Park: "Forest are doing ever so well. They are pressing from the front so West Ham don't have any time on the ball and their defenders are having to play long balls."

Forest goal: The Championship side have been on top since that West Ham goal, and now they have their reward. Big Dele Adebola picks up the ball on the left hand side of the area and beats Rob Green with a low shot that flies just inside his right-hand post.

1419: GOALFLASH West Ham 1-1 Nott'm Forest (Adebola)

Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas on his side's hard-fought FA Cup fourth round win over Huddersfield: "I'm always ready to play. The first half was a little bit boring, but the second half was better and Huddersfield played some good football. We're happy we don't have to play an extra game because we're in four competitions." And on his appeals for Jamie McCombe to be sent off: "If it was a red card for the first one (Squillaci), then you have to give a red card for the other (McCombe). Some decisions you don't understand, only the referee. But we don't complain."

1416: Jon Harley hauls down James Milner as he cuts inside to chase a ball over the top. Referee Chris Foy misses it but the incident is spotted by his linesman. City work the resulting free-kick out wide but Lee Hughes is back to help County clear their lines.

1414: Man City's best moments have come on the counter-attack so far. Edin Dzeko tries his luck from range but the £27m man is a long way off target.

West Ham goal: The perfect start for the Hammers. Victor Obinna finds space inside the area and slots home into the bottom corner of the net to put Avram Grant's side ahead. That's Obinna's fourth goal for West Ham, and three of them have come in cup competitions.

1410: GOALFLASH West Ham 1-0 Nott'm Forest (Obinna)

1408: A first chance for Man City. Micah Richards makes good ground down the right and finds Yaya Toure running into the area with a low cross... only a great reflex save from Stuart Nelson denies him.

1407: A bit of belated team news for you from Upton Park. West Ham make nine changes to the side which lost in the Carling Cup in midweek, with Scott Parker on the bench and Frederic Piquionne and Victor Obinna paired up front. Forest, who have won six of their last seven league games, also ring the changes with Paul McKenna, David McGoldrick, Radoslaw Majewski and Dele Adebola getting a start.

1405: Hmmm. There have been two Nottingham rugby matches played on the Meadow Lane pitch in the past week and the surface is not looking in great shape, to say the very least. We are under way at Upton Park now too, and the second half has started at Molineux.

1403: Alan Gow is sent tumbling by Man City defender Jerome Boateng and Notts County have a free-kick in a dangerous position. Gow takes it too, and his curling shot has Joe Hart scrambling across his goal as it flies narrowly wide.

1401: We are under way at Meadow Lane...

viperdk1 on Twitter: "Gutted. Arsenal got lucky with that - McCombe hardly touched Bendtner for the penalty."

1358: Two more fourth-round ties about to kick-off before that. With Notts County v Man City and West Ham v Nottingham Forest both starting at 1400 GMT. Our final game of the day is Fulham against Tottenham, at 1630.

1356: Arsenal edge through then, after a cracking tie. A reminder that the fifth round draw is at 1610 GMT.

Half time
Wolves 0-0 Stoke
Phil Dawkes' half-time snapshot: "Not a classic at Molineux, but Stoke have just narrowly shaded the first half against Wolves. Both sides have had chances but so far the defences are on top against largely pedestrian attacks."

Full time
1355: FULL-TIME Arsenal 2-1 Huddersfield

1354: Huddersfield have thrown everyone forward but are almost caught out on a break by the Gunners. Jack Hunt is booked for hauling down Cesc Fabregas on the edge of the box and time is running out for the League One side now.

West Ham v Nottm Forest line-ups
West Ham: Green, Jacobsen, Gabbidon, Reid, Ilunga, Barrera, Kovac, Noble, Obinna, Sears, Piquionne. Subs: Boffin, Tomkins, Parker, Boa Morte, Nouble, Hines, Bridge.
Nottm Forest: Camp, Gunter, Morgan, Chambers, Lynch, McKenna, Majewski, Cohen, McGugan, Adebola, McGoldrick. Subs: Smith, Earnshaw, Tyson, McCleary, Moussi, Moloney, Rodney.
Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)

1351: There will be four added minutes at the Emirates.

1350: The good news for West Ham fans is that Michael Oliver is referee for their game today, NOT Keith Hackett. Why? Hammers fans won't need me to remind them that Hackett controversially sent off Tony Gale in their Cup semi-final against Forest in 1991. Not the first or last time a big decision has decided a Cup tie either.

1349: Nottingham Forest midfielder Chris Cohen already knows his way around Upton Park, having grown up a West Ham fan and spending 10 years on their books. "I used to go most weeks to home games from the age of nine and 10," Cohen told BBC Radio Nottingham. "They were my team growing up and going back will be a nice little treat for me."

1348: Credit to Huddersfield, they have given this a really good go. Gary Roberts comes within inches of levelling again, sending a free-kick on to the roof of Manuel Almunia's net. It's half-time at Molineux by the way.

Someone has won a penalty
Arsenal goal: Harsh on Huddersfield. Very harsh. Nicklas Bendtner goes down very cheaply in the area following the faintest of touches from Jamie McCombe. Cesc Fabregas is asking for McCombe to be sent off, which is never good to see, but it's just a booking. Anyway, finally the penalty is taken, and Fabregas steps up to slot home from the spot.

1345: GOALFLASH Arsenal 2-1 Huddersfield (Fabregas pen)

1344: PENALTY to Arsenal

Adam9309 on Twitter: " A draw with Leeds, a possible draw with Huddersfield - does Wenger need to give in and actually invest to kickstart the season?"

1343: Just under 10 minutes left at the Emirates, where things are very much still in the balance. Ian Bennett has just snuffed out an Arsenal attack, diving on to a low Emmanuel Eboue cross to stop the ball reaching Cesc Fabregas.

1340: Denilson is back on his feet and jogging back into the action. Huddersfield have just wasted another free-kick, over-elaborating again from a dangerous position. Not the first time they have done that today - just get it in the mixer lads.

1338: More problems for Arsenal. Denilson goes down, with what appears to be a hamstring injury. The Gunners have used all three of their substitutes already too.

1337: Still goalless at Molineux, where things have gone a bit quiet after a frantic start. Steven Fletcher has just gone close with header for Wolves from a Stephen Ward cross.

1335: Arsenal's turn to enjoy a bit of pressure and Andrey Arshavin seems to be everywhere today - going close again, with another shot from the left-hand side of the area. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger does not want a replay, but unless we get another goal in the next 15 minutes or so, that is exactly what he will get.

Notts County v Man City line-ups
Notts County: Nelson, Darby, Edwards, Pearce, Harley, Westcarr, Ravenhill, Bishop, Martin, Hughes, Gow. Subs: Burch, Lee, Thompson, Hawley, Gobern, Spicer, Burgess.
Man City: Hart, Richards, Boateng, Lescott, Zabaleta, Milner, Vieira, Barry, Toure Yaya, Dzeko, Jo. Subs: Given, Kompany, Kolarov, Silva, Toure, De Jong, Guidetti.
Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)

1332: Another opening for Nicklas Bendtner, after Andrey Arshavin tees him up inside the area... but he dwells too long before shooting and Peter Clarke gets across to block.

OptaJoe on Twitter: "7 - Arsenal have now gone seven FA Cup games without keeping a clean sheet. Sieve."

1329: Arsenal improve almost instantly following the introduction of Fabregas and Nicklas Bendtner should probably do better from Emmanuel Eboue's cross after Laurent Koscielny has his shot blocked by Jamie McCombe. The Dane heads over.

1328: A change for Arsenal. Here comes Cesc Fabregas, on for Abou Diaby.

Jamie Lillywhite reports: "Just the 59 league places between the two clubs and too much to mention in terms of transfer expenditure but what do they say about the Cup? It is 11 against 11, albeit 11 against a very expensive 11. But remember Paul Ince's County have already knocked out Sunderland this season. City make six changes from the team that started the defeat against Villa last week, and partner Jo with new signing Edin Dzeko up front as they continue their quest to win the competition for the first time since 1969."

1327: Minutes after Stephen Ward's effort for Wolves, Stoke break at the other end when John Carew holds off a defender to latch on to Kenwyne Jones' flick-on, but Marcus Hahnemann denies the striker with a solid save.

Huddersfield goal: It's been coming. Anthony Pilkington's corner is met by Alan Lee, who heads home his first Huddersfield goal on his 26th appearance for the Terriers. Arsenal's 10 men are in real trouble here - with 25 minutes of the 90 left, the League One side will fancy their chances of winning this one.

1325: GOALFLASH Arsenal 1-1 Huddersfield (Lee)

1324: It's not all one-way traffic at Molineux. Stoke's Abdoulaye Faye is caught in possession but Thomas Sorenson comes to the defender's rescue by saving from Stephen Ward. Wolves' best chance and they should probably have scored from it.

1323: Wow. Not sure how Arsenal escape this time. First Manuel Almunia does brilliantly to push Alan Lee's header around his post but the Gunners keeper is nowhere near Joey Gudjonsson's rasping shot from the resulting corner. The Terriers are pouring forward at the moment - and have just gone close again when Jack Hunt fires narrowly wide.

1320: A change for Huddersfield. Scott Arfield comes on for Tom Clarke. Just one Clarke left in the Huddersfield team, then (and their manager too) which helps me out a bit.

1319: Arsenal survive again. Joey Gudjonsson bends in a cross from the left and Jamie McCombe sends a glancing header just wide of the far post. Half-an-hour left for the League One side to find an equaliser.

1317: The Potters continue to press at Molineux. Danny Pugh has started very well for Stoke and his interchange with John Carew allows the midfielder to swing in a dangerous looking cross, but home keeper Marcus Hahnemann smothers the ball to deny the visitors.

From Tom at Meadow Lane via text: "Looking like no Carlos Tevez in the team for Man City today as he doesn't emerge from the coach that's arrived with the rest of the squad."

1315: Another chance for Huddersfield, with Joey Gudjonsson denied by a superb last-ditch tackle from Andrey Arshavin as he was about slot home from the edge of the six-yard box. Worrying times for the 10-man Gunners.

Saj Chowdhury reports:
"So, according to West Ham co-owner David Gold manager Avram Grant won't be leaving and neither will any player in the near future. That would surely puts a stop to the "what ifs". So even if West Ham get dumped out of two cups in a week, then they'll remain in status quo come next week? Anyway, the home side actually have a decent record against Forest in the Cup, having won three of their last four meetings and with the Championship high-flyers pondering playing a weakened side, the Hammers could be happy again come tea-time."

Jo is in their starting line-up to face Notts County (1400 GMT KO). Hope for the Magpies, then?

1310: Manuel Almunia makes his first save of the afternoon, keeping out a Joey Gudjonsson shot. That game looks very open now.

1307: Stoke almost make a flying start at Molineux, where John Carew is denied by Marcus Hahnemann after meeting Rory Delap's cross. Back at the Emirates, Andrey Arshavin has just sliced a shot wide after racing on to Tomas Rosicky's pass. A bit of a waste, that.

1304: Alex Song is coming on for Arsenal for the second half, replacing Marouane Chamakh. The Gunners have just got us back under way too.

pp0u20e8 on Twitter: "Regardless of the legitimacy of the red card, if Arsenal are now outplayed by Huddersfield, it's time to worry."

1302: Today's second fourth-round tie, between Wolves and Stoke, is under way.

From anonymous Arsenal fan via text: "How does Wenger not see how awful Squillaci is? Being down to 10 won't make any difference without him!"

1258: Safe to say by the way that, while a few people disagree with Sebastien Squillaci's red card, very few of you rate him too highly. Arsene Wenger does not have any defenders on the bench today, so the Gunners backline is going to remain makeshift, no matter how much Wenger reshuffles things after the break.

1256: Hmmm. Yet more replays of Arsenal's goal reveal that Marouane Chamakh handled the ball before slipping Nicklas Bendtner clear. And Bendtner's shot was heading well wide too. Apart from that, it was fully deserved.

Half time
Arsenal 1-0 Huddersfield
Kevin Darling's half-time snapshot: "It was all going so smoothly for Arsenal 15 minutes ago… but a hamstring injury to Samir Nasri and that deserved red card for Sebastien Squillaci means we could have a real cup tie on our hands in the second half."

hitandrun23 on Twitter: "Re 1243. Mark Clattenburg's right. For once."

slomoro on Twitter: "Re 1243. Was never a red card. We had at least three people running back to cover."

Phil Dawkes reports: "John Carew makes his first Stoke start following his loan move from Aston Villa. The Norwegian striker replaces Tuncay in one of six changes for the Potters. Amongst these are Abdoulaye Faye replacing the suspended Ryan Shawcross in defence and keeper Thomas Sorensen replacing the rested Asmir Begovic. Wolves boss Mick McCarthy makes two changes from the side beaten at 3-0 home by Liverpool last time out. Marcus Hahnemann returns in goal, while George Elokobi returns at left-back, allowing Stephen Ward to move up front in place of Kevin Doyle."

1248: That's the end of the first half at the Emirates. Plenty for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger to chew on at the interval... and still hope for Huddersfield too.

1247: Huddersfield are on top as we approach half-time and they have a big shout for a penalty turned down when Tom Clarke's snap-shot hits Kieran Gibbs on the arm.

Phil Dawkes reports: "Stoke have never beaten Wolves in the FA Cup in six previous attempts, and Mick McCarthy's men are undefeated in the last three meetings between the two. However, City are nine league places better off and Wanderers have lost nine of their last 15 matches in all competitions. It all adds up to what should be a closely-fought affair between two physical sides. With a tough second half of the season awaiting, neither side will be wanting a replay."

Red card
Arsenal red card: Jack Hunt has been given a torrid time by Andrey Arshavin today but this time the boot is on the other foot. Hunt nicks the ball off Arshavin and heads for goal, beating a couple of men and only being stopped by Sebastien Squillaci's very blatant block. He is the last defender, and referee Mark Clattenburg quickly gives him his marching orders. The Gunners are down to 10 men.

1243: RED CARD Arsenal's Sebastien Squillaci

1242: Huddersfield seem to be growing in confidence. This time Joey Gudjonsson's dipping free-kick swerves narrowly wide of Manuel Almunia's left-hand post.

1241: As feared by several Arsenal fans earlier, the Gunners' centre-back pairing of Laurent Koscielny and Sebastien Squillaci looks pretty shaky. Huddersfield should be level, really, because Anthony Pilkington had a free header from Joey Gudjonsson's deep cross... but missed the target completely.

1239: I've just seen some replays of the Arsenal goal which confirms it is an own goal by Peter Clarke, who had slid in with a desperate attempt to block Nicklas Bendtner's shot. It was Marouane Chamakh who slipped the Dane clear.

1236: Hmmm. That Samir Nasri injury has affected Arsenal's rhythm a bit but Andrey Arshavin is trying to get them going. He weaves into the area again from out on the left but his eventual cross is disappointing - far too deep.

joshkdavies on Twitter: "How does Denilson keep getting a start in this Arsenal team, regardless of competition/opponents?"

1233: Tomas Rosicky is on for Samir Nasri. I'll give you more on his injury when I hear it.

1232: Trouble for Arsenal. Samir Nasri pulls up as he chases a high ball over the top and he will have to come off - with a hamstring injury I think. Huddersfield make the most of the break in play by having a team huddle over by their dug-out.

Wolverhampton v Stoke line-ups
Wolverhampton: Hahnemann, Zubar, Stearman, Berra, Elokobi, Jarvis, Henry, Milijas, Hunt, Ward, Fletcher. Subs: Hennessey, Edwards, Craddock, Ebanks-Blake, David Jones, Vokes, Mouyokolo.
Stoke: Sorensen, Wilkinson, Huth, Faye, Pugh, Walters, Diao, Delap, Etherington, Carew, Jones. Subs: Nash, Collins, Whelan, Fuller, Wilson, Pennant, Sanli.
Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)

1230: Sloppy stuff by Denilson, who gives the ball straight to Alan Lee. The Huddersfield striker feeds Anthony Pilkington out on the right and his angled drive has Manuel Almunia scrambling across his goal. Just wide, though.

Yellow card
1228: The first yellow card of the day goes to Kieran Gibbs, who stands in front of a Huddersfield free-kick to stop the Terriers breaking quickly.

1227: Almost an instant response from Huddersfield, who have to come out of their shells now - and do so. Anthony Pilkington's low cross from the right causes Arsenal all sorts of problems but Sebastien Squillaci gets a touch on it, doing enough to put off Alan Lee right in front of goal. It should be a corner but, to Lee's fury, referee Mark Clattenburg says goal-kick.

Arsenal goal: Nicklas Bendtner's afternoon has just got a lot, lot better. He races clear to meet Marouane Chamakh's pass and, goes for goal from the right-hand corner of the area and hits Terriers defender Peter Clarke on its way into the net. Not sure whether his shot would have beaten Ian Bennett otherwise, or whether it was on target at all, but to call it an own goal seems harsh.

1221: GOALFLASH Arsenal 1-0 Huddersfield (Peter Clarke)

1220: Oh dear. Nicklas Bendtner makes a right old mess of an attempted volley from Samir Nasri's clipped pass into the area, slicing it miles wide. He's not had the greatest start to this game.

1219: Better by Huddersfield, and a couple of sniffs of goal for the visitors. First they break following a mistake by Laurent Koscielny but Alan Lee does not have the pace to capitalise. Then Jamie McCombe heads wide when he meets Anthony Pilkington's deep cross at the back post.

Someone has struck the woodwork
1214: Andrey Arshavin is seeing plenty of the ball in the early stages and he has just had another pop at goal. This time Arshavin cuts in from the left and gets in a shot that 39-year-old goalkeeper Ian Bennett gets a fingertip to and helps on to the outside of his near post.

1213: Another chance for Arsenal. Andrey Arshavin sprints down the left and sends in a low cross that Nicklas Bendtner meets at the near post. He misses the target completely, but in fairness the ball did bounce a bit awkwardly just before it reached him.

1211: Just over 10 minutes gone. Arsenal, as you might expect, are passing it around quite nicely but without any real penetration or purpose yet. Huddersfield? They are struggling to keep hold of the ball when they do win it back.

1207: Huddersfield have a chance to send a free-kick into the Arsenal area after a silly foul by Emmanuel Eboe, but the Terriers choose to play it short down the left instead. A wasted opportunity, really, because the Gunners clear their lines easily.

1205: Arsenal's first chance arrives soon afterwards. After a scrappy build-up down the right, the ball comes out to Andrey Arshavin near the penalty spot. He blasts his first-time shot goalwards, but sees it fly over the bar.

1203: A good start by Huddersfield. Gary Roberts sends over a cross from the left, which eludes Alan Lee but falls for Tom Clarke on the edge of the area. He scuffs his shot wide, but the whistle had gone for a foul by Lee anyhow.

1201: Here we go then. Huddersfield get this fourth-round tie under way.

From Nick in London, via text: "Re 1137. Jndegz, the appropriate word is not 'thought'. Some of us Gooners 'hoped' we'd never see Almunia again. Both of our Polish keepers have been fantastic this season."

oliverhj84 on Twitter: "Think Almunia is in the shop window for this game. Let's just hope he doesn't do his usual and actually bring his price down!"

And here's Wenger on returning goalkeeper Manuel Almunia: "It's good to have him back. Wojciech Szczesny has been doing well but it is good to have a choice."

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on his side's task against the Terriers: "I'm confident but the Cup is the Cup. We have been warned this season (against Ipswich and Leeds) that if you're not 100% focused, you can have problems. Huddersfield have a tall, strong striker, two good wingers, are well organised and throw their bodies in front of everything. We need to have the right attitude today."

1155: The Huddersfield fans - more than 5,000 of them in the lower tier of the Clock End - are making a lot of noise at the moment. Only five minutes or so for them (and us) to wait until kick-off.

From Bottle It Like Andy Murray on 606: "Why are people so worried about Almunia? Arsenal have lost seven matches this season with Koscielny and Squillaci in defence. I'd be more worried about them than about Almunia."

That's seven out of the eight games they have played together this season. Room for improvement there...

Kevin Darling reports: "Fit-again Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia returns to Arsenal's starting line-up for the first time in four months, while Sebastian Squillaci is also back from injury as Arsene Wenger rings the changes. Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie feature on a star-studded Gunners substitutes' bench. Huddersfield's top scorer and key man Jordan Rhodes is out injured, so Alan Lee ploughs a lone furrow up front for the Terriers."

1144: Some transfer news for you. PA Sport are reporting Aston Villa midfielder Stephen Ireland is undergoing a medical at Newcastle, with the Magpies set to sign the 24-year-old on loan. Ireland, by the way, has one of the greatest tattoos I've ever seen, even by footballers' (high?) standards.

From Pat Rice is the HEART AND SOUL of Arsenal on 606: "Great to see Almunia back. Think he deserves to get one final shot, he's been a good servant over the years. As for the line-up, pretty much as expected, I'm surprised though to see Nasri start ahead of Rosicky, maybe Wenger is being cautious after what happened against Leeds."

From Steve on 606: "Almunia is in goal so it will be something like 4-1 Arsenal. we WILL concede with Almunia in goal."

1137: Fair to say Manuel Almunia's return in goal for Arsenal, for his first appearance since the end of September, has surprised a few people. Not all in a good way either...

jndegz on Twitter: "Some of us Gunners never thought we'd see Almunia again."

Infostrada Sports on Twitter: "Arsene Wenger has never lost to lower league opposition in the FA Cup, winning 23 and drawing six of his 29 matches."

Kevin Darling reports: "Massive game, this one - in the 1933/34 season, when these sides finished first and second in the top flight. Forty-five places separate them now but there's still plenty riding on today's Herbert Chapman derby (Google him, younger readers). Carling Cup finalists Arsenal are the only English club who can win an unprecedented quadruple this season, while this Terriers side can become the first to beat the Gunners in 40 years. If Arsene Wenger fields his kids (not literally), the Yorkshiremen might fancy their chances."

Arsenal v Huddersfield line-ups
Arsenal: Almunia, Eboue, Koscielny, Squillaci, Gibbs, Diaby, Denilson, Bendtner, Nasri, Arshavin, Chamakh. Subs: Szczesny, Fabregas, Rosicky, van Persie, Walcott, Song, Wilshere.
Huddersfield: Bennett, Peltier, Peter Clarke, McCombe, Kilbane, Roberts, Gudjonsson, Tom Clarke, Hunt, Pilkington, Lee. Subs: Colgan, Naysmith, Kay, Arfield, Novak, Atkinson, Chippendale.
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)

1128: A busy day then. Our first tie is a repeat of the 1930 Cup final, between Arsenal and Huddersfield. If you were at that game (maybe you were on the German airship the Graf Zeppelin?), why not get in touch. How? Via Twitter using the hashtag #BBCFootball or asking me a question direct at, on 606 or text via 81111 (UK).

1123: Hello. Who's up for the Cup then? Good. Me too. Plenty for us to look forward to: Five fourth-round ties this afternoon, and the draw for round five too. Crawley Town, Leyton Orient and Manchester United are already in the hat - who wants to join them?

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