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By Sam Lyon
1855: Another weekend to reaffirm/reignite (delete as applicable) your love for the FA Cup, wasn't it? Leyton Orient and Everton provided the drama, Man City, Stoke and Birmingham provided the goals, and Crawley provided the heart... and the nearlymen story. What more could you have wanted? It's not done yet either, with Chris Whyatt your host tomorrow evening for
West Ham v Burnley
- in the mean time, don't forget to check out Match of the Day 2 tonight 2255 on BBC Two and Online. Until next time, adios amigos!
IcelandicGuy on Twitter:
"How can you possibly think about changing the FA Cup after what happened this weekend? Great drama for Everton and Leyton."
LEYTON ORIENT 1-1 ARSENAL Chris Bevan
at Brisbane Road reports: "Orient get their reward for never giving up - Arsenal get punished for, possibly, thinking the job was done. There is going to be one heck of a party in east London tonight - the beers are on Orient chairman Barry Hearn, I think."
1844: And then there's...
FULHAM 0-1 BOLTON Saj Chowdhury
reports: "It was great too see Bobby Zamora back in the Fulham first team, but that was the only real highlight for the London side. It is very possible manager Mark Hughes may comment on referee Stuart Attwell's performance. Just a hunch."
WEST BROM 1-1 WOLVES Julian Shea reports: "Carlos Vela's injury-time poacher's goal earns West Brom a deserved point from a frantic and entertaining Black Country derby. Wolves will feel hard done by but apart from Jamie O'Hara's goal they rarely threatened Boaz Myhill, while the Baggies laid siege to Wayne Hennessey's goal."
1837: A cracking way to wrap up the weekend, then. Here's what happened today...
1835: The Orient players won't need me to remind them... but that result has also just earned them a free holiday to Las Vegas courtesy of owner Barry Hearn. Here's what match-saver Jonathan Tehoue made of it all: "That's the magic of football, we were underdogs but we achieved the draw - you have to keep believing, when you step on the pitch you don't think you'll lose." And former Gunner Ben Chorley: "We knew it would be tough and that we'd be under the cosh but that's what the Cup is about. At half time we said it's 0-0, if we get a chance we'll take it - and we did."
Jamie, Hampshire via text: "A replay isn't the end of the world because Chamakh, Gibbs, Rosicky et al could do with the match practice..."
1827: What scenes at Brisbane Road. The players are lapping up the acclaim - of which there is more than enough to go around. The home fans are going postal and owner Barry Hearn, understandably, looks just about set to implode. How good the prospect of a replay.
1824: FULL-TIME Leyton Orient 1-1 Arsenal
1822: Fifty-three places separate these teams in the league - nothing separates them as we enter the final minute of stoppage time. Can Orient hang on?
1820: Brisbane Road is bouncing - and Orient are just four minutes away from a huge result and money-spinning replay at the Emirates. Another match is exactly what Arsenal, chasing a quadruple of course, don't need, of course.
Leyton Orient goal: Incredible! Orient, so adept at late comebacks this season, have done it again - and on the biggest stage of their season so far. Substitute Jonathan Tehoue is the hero, dancing between Kieran Gibbs and Ignasi Miguel and slamming a fierce low shot under Manuel Almunia's dive and home to send the home fans ballistic. Unbelievable.
1818: GOALFLASH Leyton Orient 1-1 Arsenal (Tehoue)
1816: Almost game, set and match as Andrey Arshavin dashed clear of the Orient defence on the break, but the Russian's fine angled drive clips the post on its way past the goal. Orient, for now, breathe again.
1813: On comes Paul M'Poku for Alex Revell for Orient. Six minutes left.
1812: Better from Orient as Jonathan Tehoue drives down the right again and his cut-back is slammed goalwards by Alex Revell inside the area - blocked by the head of Sebastien Squillaci. The hosts appeal for a penalty, but the tide marks on Squillaci's face prove otherwise.
1810: Ouch. Orient's Andrew Whing is the latest man to go into the referee's note-book thanks to a crashing challenge through the back of Marouane Chamakh. Felt that, I think, the Moroccan.
BBC Sport's Chris Bevan
at Brisbane Road: "For all Orient's energy and effort, Arsenal have bossed this game from the start. The League One side are looking tired now too - the pitch at Brisbane Road is the biggest in the Football League and chasing the ball for most of the game is taking its toll on the O's, who are running out of time and ideas."
1809: Into the last 10 minutes... it looks like Paul M'Poku - another(!) Tottenham loanee - is going to get the nod as a late Orient substitute.
1807: Jonathan Tehoue continues to buzz about the Arsenal backline... without much success. Something has to change for the hosts here, you feel.
1803: Now then, as we approach the last 15 minutes, what aces do Orient have up their sleeve? For one, another Tottenham loanee Harry Kane is on the bench - a prolific scorer for Spurs' youth teams. The hosts will have to forage forward a fair bit more often than they are now, though. Arsenal are currently more comfortable than a duck-feather duvet.
1759: And now a decent Leyton Orient move - Jonathan Tehoue driving down the right and laying it to Alex Revell to try his luck on the edge of the area, the O's striker's swinger drifting wide of the far post, though.
1758: He's highly-rated the Leyton Orient keeper and Jamie Jones shows why with a smart double stop, saving from Tomas Rosicky's snap-shot from Andrey Arshavin's cut-back and then stopping the midfielder's follow-up header.
1756: Leyton Orient not sure whether to stick or twist here by the look of things. Arsenal happy to continue with their keep-ball approach.
1752: Second change for Leyton Orient as French striker Jonathan Tehoue comes on to replace Scott McGleish.
1750: We have the first booking of the game as Arsenal midfielder Denilson has his name taken for a trip on Stephen Dawson.
1749: The danger now, of course, for Orient is just how clinical Arsenal can be on the break. At what point is it OK for the hosts to go for broke? Not just yet... though Alex Revell is already causing a few more problems with his presence up front.
BBC Sport's Chris Bevan
at Brisbane Road: "'Wembley, Wembley' is the cry of the Arsenal fans after finally seeing their side break the deadlock, but they will have to go to Old Trafford first if the score stays the same. Orient did well to hold out for so long but now they have a very different problem - how to find a way back into this tie."
1746: And, immediately, there is more purpose from the Orient players - the hosts surging well down the left and setting up a headed chance for Alex Revell, the frontman's looped effort claimed easily by Manuel Almunia. More encouraging for the visitors.
Arsenal goal: Now we might see a bit more aggression from Leyton Orient - because Tomas Rosicky, with a fine header from Nicklas Bendtner's centre for his first goal in more than a year, has ensured the hosts' defensive approach will no longer pay dividends. It had been coming, as well.
1742: GOALFLASH Leyton Orient 0-1 Arsenal (Rosicky)
1740: There will be a delay here as Denilson receives treatment after a late challenge from Alex Revell. He should be OK to continue.
1738: As you were at the start of this half, Orient hanging in and Arsenal controlling the football. I still wonder for how long the hosts can do this... maybe I'm not being 'romantic' enough.
1735: Leyton Orient get the second half under way.
1733: News of a half-time change for Leyton Orient - Tottenham loanee Tom Carroll on for the injured Jason Crowe. He couldn't... could he?
mn2kl on Twitter:
"Arsenal need to up their game or else we're in for an upset. We need hot water bottles."
1720: HALF-TIME Leyton Orient 0-0 Arsenal Chris Bevan's
HT snap-shot: "So far, so good for Orient, who are halfway to a money-spinning replay at the Emirates. They have been out-passed but not outclassed by the Gunners and, for the most part, restricted Arsene Wenger's men to shots from range."
1718: And there's the half-time whistle.
1716: More promising build-up from Arsenal without the end product - Stephen Dawson, who has been outstanding so far for Orient, playing his part in helping Orient snuff out another Gunners attack.
1713: Arsenal continue to control possession almost completely at Brisbane Road - and you wonder what toll all this chasing will have on the Orient players later in the game. For now, though, the hosts will be delighted, I'm sure.
1710: Andrey Arshavin has probably been Arsenal's biggest threat going forward so far - but even he is struggling to locate his shooting boots, his latest effort flying wide of the Orient goal from the edge of the box.
1707: Moments after Terrell Forbes does well to block Andrey Arshavin's stinging goalbound effort, Kieran Gibbs lays a chance on for Marouane Chamakh that the Arsenal striker should definitely convert - but instead the Moroccan contrives to slice his effort wide on the stretch six yards out. Big let-off for Orient and the move of the match from Arsenal so far.
1704: Corner to Leyton Orient - and Terrell Forbes rises among a body of players to meet it, but he can only direct his header wide of the far post on the glance.
1702: This is not the Arsenal, it is fair to say, that faced Barcelona in the final 15 minutes of so at the Emirates in midweek - not just in terms of personnel but neither in terms of intent or endeavour. Still neither keeper has been particularly tested.
1658: Twenty-six minutes gone at Brisbane Road and Leyton Orient more than holding their own, despite conceding the great majority of possession. Exactly as home boss Russell Slade would have planned.
1655: According to a rather nice graphic on the magic tele-box on my desk, Arsenal have so far completed 213 passes to Orient's... 39.
BBC Sport's Chris Bevan
at Brisbane Road: "Orient boss Russell Slade will be proud of his side's display so far. Arsenal have settled down now and are playing their usual passing, pressing, patient football... but they have not managed to seriously test O's keeper Jamie Jones yet. The home side are still battling away in midfield, and their fans are still making a right old racket too."
1653: FULL-TIME Fulham 0-1 Bolton
1652: Good effort by Andrey Arshavin, the Russian's low shot from the edge of the area parried by home keeper Jamie Jones - Ben Chorley completes the clearance from Tomas Rosicky's follow-up cross.
1648: We'll have four minutes added time at Craven Cottage.
1646: Into the last few minutes at Craven Cottage and the late rally from Fulham is in full swing - but Bolton are holding their own, still, Clint Dempsey the latest home player to have a shot blocked by the numbers inside the visitors' box.
1645: ...and it's a cracking strike by former Spur Charlie Daniels, the left-back's rising drive from 25 yards just creeping over the Arsenal bar. Probably the best effort on goal we've had so far.
1645: And now Orient have a corner...
1644: Just under 13 minutes gone at Brisbane Road and Leyton Orient will be delighted to have restricted Arsenal to very few chances. Marouane Chamakh side-foots tamely at goal for their latest effort but home keeper Jamie Jones is behind it.
BBC Sport's Chris Bevan
at Brisbane Road: "Orient promised to get 'in Arsenal's faces' and they have definitely done that so far. The Lge 1 side are setting an incredible early tempo."
1639: Chance for Bobby Zamora to mark his return to the Fulham side after a broken leg with a goal, but Adam Bogdan gets down to save the striker's snap-shot. Still Fulham 0-1 Bolton.
1638: As you might expect, it's Arsenal controlling possession at Brisbane Road - but Orient, so far, have kept their shape well with two lines of four behind the ball. Nicklas Bendtner flashes a wild effort wide from range in the latest visitors' attack.
1634: Now an early touch for Orient keeper Jamie Jones, easily collecting above his head when Marouane Chamakh heads an Andrey Arshavin cross at goal from eight yards out.
1633: Orient midfielder Stephen Dawson has an early pop at goal - and why not - and Manuel Almunia makes a right meal of the low 20-yarder, spilling it before collecting at the second attempt.
1632: Arsenal kick us off at Brisbane Road...
1630: Rocking. Brisbane Road is positively rocking. And I think I've just seen my mate in the home end on TV. Brilliant scenes.
1628: Mark Schwarzer keeps Fulham in it now at Craven Cottage, pushing away an Ivan Klasnic snap-shot to keep it Fulham 0-1 Bolton.
1627: LEYTON ORIENT v ARSENAL (1630) Chris Bevan
at Brisbane Road reports: "Brisbane Road is absolutely jumping as we approach kick-off. This is Orient's first sell-out for almost 10 years and their fans are definitely making themselves heard... even over the noise of the new PA system installed with the proceeds of their Cup run. Lots in the news recently about Orient having their local support 'stolen' by West Ham's potential move to the Olympic stadium but the residents who live in the flats in every corner of the ground are packing their balconies out for this one. Someone has left their washing out, though..."
1626: Here's a huge cheer from the Craven Cottage faithful, though, as on comes Bobby Zamora for the first time since breaking his leg back in September as a second-half replacement for Zoltan Gera.
1625: Chance for Bolton to make it 2-0 at Craven Cottage as Martin Petrov sets Kevin Davies free on goal in a swift Trotters counter-attack, but back gets Chris Baird to block the striker's effort.
Anon via text: "Wilshere on the bench? You know you've made it when Wenger doesn't pick you for an FA cup game."
1622: LEYTON ORIENT v ARSENAL (1630) Chris Bevan
at Brisbane Road reports: "Forget Lionel Messi and David Villa, today it is Charlie Daniels and Alex Revell who Arsene Wenger is most worried about - the ex-Spurs trainee left-back and former Braintree striker are the Leyton Orient players who the Arsenal boss has identified as being the League One side's danger-men. Wenger has never lost to a lower-division side in the Cup and is still chasing four trophies this season, but he should be wary of an Orient side who have lost only one of their last 20 games in all competitions - every O's player I spoke to earlier this week was confident of succeeding where Barcelona failed."
Mike, London via text: "If Arsenal were to get through to the quarter-finals of Champions League and FA cup, maybe ending up playing Man Utd in both, they could ruin our season. Lots of ifs and buts, maybe I'm being too negative."
1619: Over at Craven Cottage, where it is still Fulham 0-1 Bolton, home defender Chris Baird is lucky to get away with a yellow card after pushing Martin Petrov in the face. Referee Stuart Attwell, it is fair to say, is not winning too many new fans with his performance today I think it is fair to say. The Cottagers still struggling to fashion chances in that one... it's heading Bolton's way as it stands.
1617: Still, whatever happens in today's London derby, Leyton Orient will still be happy - as
my colleague Chris Bevan found out,
they have made enough money from their FA Cup run to break even this season for the first time since Barry Hearn bought the club in 1995 - pretty handy for a club losing between £600,000 and £1m every year. Earning a replay at the Emirates would probably pay for next year's running costs too, so no wonder Hearn says he will take the squad to Las Vegas for a holiday if they do manage to hold Arsenal to a draw.
1615: It's worth noting, as the atmosphere at Brisbane Road rackets up a notch to near eruption with kick-off approaching, that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has not exactly put all his eggs in one basket tonight, as a look at the Arsenal bench underlines. Insurance policies don't come a great deal better than Cesc Fabregas, Jack Wilshere and Samir Nasri as substitutes.
rodedra6 on Twitter:
"I'm worried for Arsenal, essentially fielding a reserve side which lacks creativity in midfield. And then there's Squillaci..."
1612: LEYTON ORIENT v ARSENAL (1630) Chris Bevan
at Brisbane Road reports: "Leyton Orient boss Russell Slade chooses 37-year-old Scott McGleish - a boyhood Arsenal fan - and Alex Revell as his strike pairing up front, with on-loan Tottenham teenager Harry Kane having to wait for his chance on the bench. As expected, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger rings the changes from Wednesday's win over Barcelona, with Alex Song the only survivor of that side. That means a debut for 18-year-old Spanish centre-back Ignasi Miquel alongside Sebastien Squillaci at the heart of the Gunners defence, but there is still plenty of experience elsewhere with the likes of Bacary Sagna, Andrey Arshavin, Maroune Chamakh and Nicklas Bendtner all starting."
Ben, Orient fan, via text: "Two teams I've supported and watched all my life against each other today. I want a London win - and I'm in the home stand! Don't tell!"
1609: Not a bad incentive for Leyton Orient - as if any further incentive were needed - to go for it today against Arsenal, then, with the winner of this afternoon's tie at Brisbane Road lined up for a trip to Man Utd in the quarters. Either way that looks
1606: FA CUP QUARTER-FINAL DRAW Stoke City v West Ham/Burnley Man City/Aston Villa v Everton/Reading Birmingham City v Fulham/Bolton Man Utd v Leyton Orient/Arsenal Ties to be played 12/13 March.
Chris, Stourbridge via text: "No-one ever mentions Carlos Tevez when talking about best players in the world. Did it in the World Cup, scored his fair share with limited chances at Un ited and just can't stop scoring for Man City. All be it against Notts County, but he does the business."
1554: All over at Eastlands - and Man City, in the end, cruising into the fifth round and a match-up with Aston Villa at home thanks to a second-half surge as Notts County tired. It was a lot closer than that for long periods, though, so credit to County - even if City's class told in the end.
1553: FULL-TIME Man City 5-0 Notts County
1551: It should be 6-0 with Notts County all over the place, Edin Dzeko striding through on goal one-on-one, but dallying a touch before his shot is saved instinctively by Stuart Nelson. The visitors praying for the full-time whistle now.
Man City goal: It's all getting a bit cruel for Notts County now, the visitors failing to adequately clear a corner and Micah Richards taking full advantage, flicking up and hooking an excellent strike into the top corner from 12 yards out.
1549: GOALFLASH Man City 5-0 Notts County (Richards)
1549: HALF-TIME Fulham 0-1 Bolton Saj Chowdhury's
HT snap-shot: "Fulham were looking good until Ivan Klasnic snatched his second in as many games. Since then they've been strangled for space by a well-organised Bolton."
1548: The half-time whistle blows at Craven Cottage.
Man City goal: It's help yourself time for City's forwards now - and Carlos Tevez returns the favour of a few minutes ago, his clipped cross handing Edin Dzeko the simplest of headers home from two yards out in the 89th minute.
1547: GOALFLASH Man City 4-0 Notts County (Dzeko)
1545: And almost a hat-trick strike from City midfielder Patrick Vieira there as he gets on the end of a free-kick to head wide. Close.
Man City goal: Wonderful counter-attack from Man City and a wonderful finish to put the seal on the hosts' progress into round five of the FA Cup. Edin Dzeko's touch and through-ball from the half-way line is sublime, and Carlos Tevez, clear of the defence, rounds the keeper and rolls home. Simple.
1542: GOALFLASH Man City 3-0 Notts County (Tevez)
1540: Bolton, leading 1-0, are certainly on top now at Craven Cottage with the visitors firmly in charge of what so far has been largely a midfield battle. Home manager Mark Hughes may want to think about changes at half-time...
1539: Couple of changes to tell you about at Eastlands now, Gareth Barry replacing Yaya Toure for Man City and Lewis Gobern on for Lee Hughes for County.
1536: Oof, fine shot and a fine save, Alan Gow teeing himself up on the edge of the area before unleashing a super dipping shot at goal that a flying Joe Hart tips just over the bar.
1534: And now we'll have a break at Eastlands - not, this time, because someone is nursing a nurse, whatever that is - but because Patrick Vieira is bleeding after being caught in the head by a set of studs.
1529: Notts County haven't quite thrown the towel in just yet, though, and Karl Hawley fashions a chance from nothing inside the box, turning inside a couple of defenders to work some space before firing low at goal left-footed, City keeper Joe Hart down well to save.
1528: Stinger from Carlos Tevez, his 25-yarder ripping past the post.
1526: Treatment now at Craven Cottage as home keeper Mark Schwarzer nurses a bloody nose after a challenge from Kevin Davies, so a bit of a hold up there at present.
1523: It will come as zero surprise to anyone, by the way, that Mario Balotelli greeted his substitution earlier by throwing his snood to the floor in protest as he walked down the tunnel. Not a happy bunny.
Bolton goal: It's a touch against the run of play, but when Fabrice Muamba fires in a fierce ball into the area, Ivan Klasnic smashes in a volley from penalty spot past Mark Schwarzer. It's his second goal in a week.
1518: GOALFLASH Fulham 0-1 Bolton (Klasnic)
1517: Worrying scenes as Mario Balotelli and Krystian Pearce - who clashed heads in the build-up to that goal, receive treatment amid the celebrations. City frontman Balotelli will not be able to carry on - he's replaced by Carlos Tevez - but Pearce will run it off. Notts County do make a change, though, John Thompson coming on for Stephen Darby.
Man City goal: Another set piece, another goal for Patrick Vieira, and the Frenchman has doubled his tally for the season, sending an excellent firm header into the corner from Alexandr Kolarov's whipped centre.
1516: GOALFLASH Man City 2-0 Notts County (Vieira)
1515: Fulham edging the opening exchanges at Craven Cottage, and when Carlos Salcido's cross takes a deflection Bolton keeper Bogdan flaps at the delivery, Clint Dempsey heading a decent chance wide.
1514: Our man on the scene at Brisbane Road this afternoon, by the way, is
- and he is already reporting lengthy queues outside the League One ground as the fans look to get an early taste of FA Cup/the visit of Arsenal fever. Love it.
1510: Not a good tackle by Karl Hawley on Micah Richards, the Notts County striker quite rightly booked for the challenge.
1508: What on earth? Anyone doubting the level of pampering Premier League stars enjoy should take a look at the Man City bench... they've all been given, wait for it, hot water bottles to warm their laps, the poor blighters. Deary me.
1505: And the first meaningful chance of the half at Eastlands, Karl Hawley swiping well wide of the Man City goal from range.
1504: First meaningful chance of the match at Craven Cottage as Moussa Dembele's left-footed shot is saved by the feet of Bolton keeper Adam Bogdan.
1503: And we're back under way at Eastlands, Man City 1-0 Notts County.
1500: We are up and running in the Fulham-Bolton match.
RikBrkr on Twitter:
"Manchester City's starting line-up today is worth over £160m, and they're only 1-0 up at half-time."
1458: May I just remind you all, by the way, that the
FA Cup quarter-final draw
follows the Man City-Notts County match. One to keep an eye on, that, for sure.
Tim via text: "If I was a centre-half, I'd love to play against Mario Balotelli; I reckon you could wind him up a treat just by pretending you hadn't heard of him."
1455: FULHAM v BOLTON (1500) Saj Chowdhury
reports: "Fulham boss Mark Hughes knows a thing or two about winning the FA Cup having triumphed on four occasions while at Manchester United and Chelsea - although he revealed this week that "three of his medals are in United's museum". Harsh. His team come across Bolton, who last lifted the trophy in 1958. Trotters boss Owen Coyle guided his side to a replay win over Wigan in midweek but weariness and injury problems may mean that we won't see their barren spell come to an end."
1452: TEAM NEWS SNAP Ignasi Miquel is handed his Arsenal debut at Leyton Orient at the heart of the Gunners' defender, but it's still a strong side at Brisbane Road - Marouane Chamakh, Nicklas Bendter and Andrey Arshavin all featuring.
1450: FULHAM v BOLTON (1500) Saj Chowdhury
reports: "Fulham striker Bobby Zamora is on the bench having been out with a broken leg for six months. Fellow forward Clint Dempsey shakes off a knock to make the first XI, but midfielder Simon Davies misses out altogether. Bolton striker Kevin Davies comes back into the starting XI while Stuart Holden and Marcos Alonso also make the line-up."
1448 GMT: HALF-TIME Man City 1-0 Notts County Chris Whyatt's
HT snap-shot: "Still-shuddering inside of the post denies County shock lead before Silva and Kolarov rescue City by unsheathing their silky left pegs."
1447: The half-time whistle blows at Eastlands.
1446: Not quite as good as his earlier effort, that, Karl Hawley curling well off target from wide on the left.
1445: Silly booking, to say the least, from the tempestuous Mario Balotelli - the Italian cynically tripping Alan Gow to become the first player to have his name taken in the match. Why, I do not know.
1443: Still plenty of bite to this Notts County side but I can't help think the wind has been taken out of their sails a touch by that Patrick Vieira goal. Man City knocking it about nicely in the lead-up to half-time now.
Man City goal: Breakthrough - and it had been coming. Patrick Vieira rises to meet David Silva's corner and, with the aid of a deflection off Krystian Pearce, nods home the opener.
1437: GOALFLASH Man City 1-0 Notts County (Vieira)
1436: And now Stuart Nelson is forced into a fine save in the County goal as Mario Balotelli's side-foot finish from David Silva's centre is deflected towards the corner. County digging deep.
1435: Man City are starting to dominate now and David Silva has just curled well over left-footed from the right of the box.
1432: Man City have finally settled into things at Eastlands and Alexandr Kolarov's superb left-footed dead-ball delivery nearly pays dividends once again, his vicious outswinging corner headed over by the well-placed Micah Richards.
ccalum on Twitter:
"Bobby Zamora is on the bench for Fulham! Best news I've heard all year!"
1429: TEAM NEWS SNAP Simon Davies fails to shake off a knock and does not make the team for Fulham, but Bobby Zamora has made a return to the bench after six months out with a broken leg. Kevin Davies returns for Bolton, meanwhile, for the fifth-round tie at Craven Cottage.
1427: City appear to have been shaken from their slumber somewhat by that terrific Karl Hawley strike, Alexandr Kolarov testing Stuart Nelson with a left-foot curler from the edge of the area that the County keeper makes a bit of a meal of. A corner moments later yields a free header for Edin Dzeko inside the area, but he can't get it on target. Better from the hosts, much better.
1423: Man City respond with their best attack of the match by a mile, Micah Ricards making the most of acres of space down the right to pick out Edin Dzeko, whose firm header is tipped over the bar by County keeper Stuart Nelson. Smart stop.
1422: Super strike! Karl Hawley collects the ball wide on the left, looks up, and curls an absolute beauty at goal - his effort striking the far post, rolling across goal and away. Agonisingly close - and it would've been just reward for County's start.
1419: First signs of link-up play between Edin Dzeko and Mario Balotelli on the edge of the opposition box - but Notts County get back in numbers to crowd the £50m pairing out.
1411: Decent effort, decent save - County striker Alan Gow curling a free-kick at goal left-footed and forcing a smart low stop from City keeper Joe Hart diving to his left.
1409: Bit of a sluggish start to say the least from Man City so far, much in contrast to Notts County's early effervescence. Still, there are the first signs that the Premier League side are warming into things with a nice spell of passing - albeit inside their own half.
1406: Bit better from Joe Hart as he gets both hands behind a low speculative effort from range by Lee Hughes - but still it's League One Notts County doing the pressing in the early exchanges.
1403: Instant excitement - and a fine start by the visitors as Notts County nearly go one up within the first few minutes. Firstly, Joe Hart hideously flaps at a deep free-kick and then, from the resulting corner, Krystian Pearce heads just over with the England keeper once again all at sea. Nervy start from the City keeper - and with Shay Given not even on the bench. Interesting.
1400: Prompt start at Eastlands, we're up and running in this FA Cup fourth-round replay.
1359: As Chris says, then, City's long wait for silverware has been like an itch that can't be scratched for 35 years. And no-one likes an itch that can't be scratched. Can Notts County extend the irritation with victory at Eastlands this afternoon? The odds are against it...
1357: MAN CITY v NOTTS COUNTY (1400) Chris Whyatt
reports: "Holders Chelsea are out; Arsenal, aka Europe's new best team, are busy frying bigger fish; Man Utd's third-string XI look non-league. This season's FA Cup represents a real chance for Man City utopia - and I'm not talking about Champions League qualification. Blocking their path towards a desperately-coveted first trophy in 35 years today are League One headline-makers Notts County. Their boss Paul Ince, no shrinking violet himself, also used to play for you-know-who across town. Tasty."
1355: Mick McCarthy is out on the pitch to shake the hands of his players, but that will surely feel like a defeat for the Wolves boss. That result keeps them bottom of the table, with West Brom still 17th. A fantastic game... and now we focus on the FA Cup...
1354: FULL-TIME West Brom 1-1 Wolves
1353: Time for a late winner from someone maybe?
West Brom goal: Salvation for the Baggies - and it's the substitutions that have rescued the hosts. James Morrison fires goalwards, a shot that Wayne Hennessey can only spill, and there is Carlos Vela to guide in his first West Brom goal. Drama.
1351: GOALFLASH West Brom 1-1 Wolves (Vela)
1349: We'll have four minutes of stoppage time. Wolves boss Mick McCarthy takes the opportunity to throw on a defender - Jody Craddock - for winger Matt Jarvis.
1348: MAN CITY v NOTTS COUNTY (1400) Chris Whyatt
reports: "Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini gives the majority of the side which drew against Notts County three weeks ago the chance to finish off the job. But what of the four changes he has made? Controversial Italian striker Mario Balotelli replaces Jo, while Kolo Toure, David Silva and Aleksander Kolarov come in for Jerome Boateng, James Milner and Gareth Barry. Force of nature captain and top scorer Carlos Tevez is left on the bench. Notts County boss Paul Ince makes just one change from last month's 1-1 draw, with Karl Hawley replacing Dave Martin."
1347: ...that is wasted thanks to some needless pushing in the box by Paul Scharner.
1346: It's not exactly wave after wave of West Brom attacks at the Hawthorns... but the hosts are at least showing willing in these closing stages, and they have a corner now...
1344: Wolves change now, Stephen Ward on for Kevin Foley.
1343: Last roll of the dice for West Brom, Steven Reid on for Gonzalo Jara.
1342: Blimey, Gabriel Tamas has just gone within inches of doubling Wolves's lead, the Baggies defender swiping Kevin Doyle's cross on the stretch a matter of inches past his own post. Sighs of relief all round (most of) the Hawthorns... and the corner comes to nothing. Inside the last eight minutes.
1338: MAN CITY v NOTTS COUNTY (1400) Man City: Hart, Richards, Toure, Lescott, Kolarov, Balotelli, Vieira, Toure Yaya, Silva, Zabaleta, Dzeko. Subs: Taylor, Kompany, Boateng, Barry, Jo, Tevez, Nimely. Notts County: Nelson, Darby, Edwards, Pearce, Harley, Hawley, Ravenhill, Bishop, Westcarr, Gow, Hughes. Subs: Burch, Lee, Thompson, Smith, Chilvers, Gobern, Spicer. Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)
1336: And, with West Brom building a head of steam again, Carlos Vela almost makes an immediate impact, the Mexican turning inside the box and firing goalwards - Wayne Hennessey just about keeping it out despite a deflection off Ronald Zubar.
1332: Finally, Carlos Vela - on loan from Arsenal - gets his West Brom chance from the bench, Graham Dorrans the man replaced.
1330: Off the line! Matt Jarvis is the Wolves hero as he dives to head Jonas Olsson's header from a corner away from goal with keeper Wayne Hennessey beaten. The visitors riding their luck a touch this afternoon, for sure.
1329: Cracking tackle. Ronald Zubar gets it spot on to deny Chris Brunt a shooting chance in the box.
1327: Attacking change for Wolves, striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake on for midfielder Nenad Milijas. Are Wolves going for the two-goal win that would see them leapfrog their Black Country rivals and out of the Premier League relegation zone?
1325: Less than half a penalty appeal as Nicky Shorey's cross hits Kevin Foley's hand in the box - but the Wolves man could not have done more to get his arm out of the way of the ball and it was clearly a case of ball-to-hand. No spot-kick.
1323: Deary me. If Roy Hodgson wasn't already despairing at his side's complete lack of quality in front of goal, he will be now. Peter Odemwingie's knock-down presents Marc Antoine Fortune with a glorious chance 10 yards out, completely unmarked and with just the Wolves keeper to beat - but the Baggies frontman inexplicably lets the ball roll across his body and then air-shoots. Wolves clear and Hodgson is left shaking his head on the touchline.
1320: First change of the afternoon for West Brom, James Morrison replacing Jerome Thomas.
1317: And yet another chance for the Baggies as the pressure starts to mount on the Wolves backline, the ball falling to Paul Scharner unmarked in the visitors' box and the Austrian's rising shot 10 yards out just going over the bar.
1314: Another Baggies effort as keeper Wayne Hennessey pushes a Chris Brunt cross away only as far as Peter Odemwingie, who stretches to try and put the ball into the net, only to be blocked by the challenge of George Elokobi. Frantic stuff at the Hawthorns.
1313: A lucky escape for Wolves there - Karl Henry is robbed of possession near the half-way line by Peter Odemwingie, and the Nigerian international bears down on goal before laying the ball off to Marc-Antoine Fortune, whose shot is deflected into the side netting by Wayne Hennessey for a corner.
1312: TEAM NEWS SNAP According to the official Man Citywebsite,
Mario Balotelli starts alongside Edin Dzeko against Notts County at Eastlands, with no sign of Carlos Tevez's name in the starting XI.
1310: And it should now be 2-0 to Wolves, without question. Gabriel Tamas's mistake lets in Matt Jarvis clear and unmarked inside the West Brom area, but the winger hooks his swiped finish wide of the post with just the keeper to beat. Waste.
1309: Much like the first half, it's Wolves edging a cagey beginning to the second half.
1305: Back up and running at the Hawthorns where, I can tell you, Frank Skinner (West Brom) and Robert Plant (Wolves) are in attendance. Celebrity spots.
1255: The earliest of early team 'news' reaching me, Arsenal fans, and it looks like 18-year-old Spanish defender Ignasi Miquel could be in line to make his debut against Leyton Orient this afternoon. Team-mate
George Brislen-Hall has just tweeted:
"Best of luck to Ignasi Miquel today! Another graduate from the youth system!" A sign that Arsenal will be fielding a young/makeshift team at Brisbane Road?
Ross__Moore on Twitter:
"I really rate Jamie O'Hara. He needs to get himself out of Spurs and get playing first team football for a decent PL side."
1248: HALF-TIME West Brom 0-1 Wolves Julian Shea's HT snap-shot: "As fast and furious as you'd expect from the Black Country derby at the Hawthorns. Chances for both sides but few real saves from either keeper, and Jamie O'Hara's delightful curling left-foot first-time shot separates the teams at half-time. Lively stuff so far - more of the same please."
1248: And there is the half-time whistle at the Hawthorns.
1245: Decent response from West Brom to going a goal down, but Wolves standing firm with half-time approaching.
1242: Replays suggest Boaz Myhill might have done a bit better with that Jamie O'Hara strike - the Baggies keeper went for it with the wrong hand diving to his right - but take nothing away from O'Hara, it was a fine effort.
Wolves goal: Cracking strike - and quite the way and quite the setting to open your Wolves goalscoring account for Jamie O'Hara - the midfielder running on to a Nenad Milijas's free-kick lay-off to curl first-time into the top corner from 22 yards.
1240: GOALFLASH West Brom 0-1 Wolves (O'Hara)
1236: And that's not a million miles away from Peter Odemwingie, either, the Nigerian international's skimming 20-yard shot zipping wide off the surface.
1234: Fine curled effort by Graham Dorrans but not only is Marc Antoine Fortune offside, the original shot was probably drifting wide anyway. More encouragement for the hosts, though.
1232: West Brom enjoying their best spell of the game now and it takes a fine Christophe Berra defensive header to y Paul Scharner a chance from Nicky Shorey's cross. Scharner reacts by whipping up the crowd.
1230: Another Chris Brunt corner, another headed chance for West Brom. Gabriel Tamas gets on the end of the latest one, nodding a foot or so wide from 10 yards out.
1227: North of the border, by the way, there's the "latest instalment in this season's Old Firm soap opera", says Colin Moffat, with Celtic hosting Rangers. Have a look at
why don't you?
1225: West Brom looking dangerous from those Chris Brunt set-pieces today, Peter Odemwingie heading the latest corner wide via a deflection. Wolves boss Mick McCarthy won't be happy with the amount of room the Baggies players are earning from those crosses, I'm sure.
1221: A swift Baggies break ends a long spell of Wolves possession and Jerome Thomas sets up Peter Odemwingie wide in the box to fire in a cross that is deflected behind for a corner... a set-piece that leads to a headed chance for Jonas Olsson, the Swede's effort well claimed by Wayne Hennessey in the Wolves goal. Clearest chance of the match so far, that.
1218: Jerome Thomas goes in clumsily and heavily on Ronald Zubar, but gets away without a booking. Might consider himself lucky, there. Referee Mike Dean possibly taking the fact it's a derby into account.
1216: Wolves certainly enjoying the better of these early exchanges, with Jamie O'Hara settling in well supporting Kevin Doyle from deep.
1213: Matt Jarvis - on his 100th start for Wolves - has already got Gonzalo Jara on toast at the Hawthorns, the winger ripping the right-back to shreds every time he gets on the ball. His latest foray ends with a neat cross to Jamie O'Hara, who heads wastefully over unmarked in the box.
1209: In fact, despite expectations, it's actually quite an open end-to-end game at the moment, with both teams looking to play their football. Karl Henry, however, gets it all wrong on the back of some fine wing play by Matt Jarvis, firing a (black) country mile over the bar with a first-time effort from range.
1207: No real tackles of any bite as yet at the Hawthorns - I can't see that lasting.
InfostradaLive on Twitter:
"Wolves have beaten only one of the current bottom 10 PL clubs this season but have been victorious against five of the top seven."
1204: And break they do here, the Baggies, Nicky Shorey's cross fumbled by Wolves keeper Wayne Hennessey on the stretch allowing Peter Odemwingie an instinctive hook at goal from the angle, but his effort drifts wide. No more than half a chance at best, that.
1203: Wolves on the front foot early doors with Jamie O'Hara and Kevin Doyle getting on the ball already. West Brom set out to contain and break in the opening exchanges by the look of things.
1201: West Brom get us up and running.
1159: New Baggies boss Roy Hodgson is introduced to the crowd - to a very warm reception - but already the atmosphere at the Hawthorns is spicy to say the least. This could get a little bit testy today, folks. Love it.
1157: Here come the players at the Hawthorns, which can only mean that kick-off is merely moments away. Like ships in the night these two have passed each other by repeatedly through promotion and relegation, while this fixture was originally scheduled for December, all of which means that this is the very first Premier League Black Country derby ever, 18 and a half years in waiting. For those unfamiliar with it, expect plenty of fireworks. Trust me.
1153: Regular readers of my commentary will know I don't do predictions - and I never will - but Mark Lawrenson does, and he's going for a 2-2 draw in this afternoon's Black Country derby. Anyone take that right now? For his thoughts on that and all today's games, check out
1150: WEST BROM v WOLVES (1200) Julian Shea reports: "Roy Hodgson's
first game in charge of the Baggies
could hardly be bigger, as they host local rivals Wolves in a fierce relegation dogfight. West Brom are only out of the drop zone on goal difference but have the worst defence in the Premier League, conceding 51 times in 26 games. Bottom-of-the-table Wolves are faring little better, having let in 45 goals. Midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu misses out for the home side with a hamstring strain, but Marek Cech is fit to play. Wolves defender Ronald Zubar is a doubt with a swollen knee and Stephen Hunt misses out with a calf injury."
futoomph on Twitter:
"The battle to be the last team starting with 'W' left in the prem. Cmon Baggies."
1146: WEST BROM v WOLVES (1200) Julian Shea reports: "Passions will be running high at the Hawthorns as the bitter Black County rivals meet for the first time since April 2008. West Brom make just the one change, with midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu out with a hamstring strain, so his place goes to Gabriel Tamas. Otherwise, they stick with the team who threw away a three goal lead last time out to draw 3-3 with West Ham. Wolves also make just one change to their starting XI - Kevin Foley comes in in place of Adam Hammill."
tonyh9 on Twitter:
"Wolves don't deserve to be bottom given their performance against top-half sides. They really need to prove their worth today."
1142: WEST BROM v WOLVES (1200) West Brom: Myhill, Jara, Tamas, Olsson, Shorey, Thomas, Dorrans, Scharner, Brunt, Odemwingie, Fortune. Subs: Kiely, Tchoyi, Pablo, Morrison, Reid, Vela, Cox. Wolverhampton: Hennessey, Zubar, Stearman, Berra, Elokobi, Foley, Henry, O'Hara, Milijas, Jarvis, Doyle. Subs: Hahnemann, Craddock, Ebanks-Blake, Fletcher, Ward, David Jones, Hammill. Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)
1140: Here, then, are your teams from the Hawthorns...
mikeymessam on Twitter:
"Nervous about today's game - let's hope the boys are okay with Roy's tactics. Keep it tight gents!"
1139: So get involved, people. As always, you can Tweet the commentary via the hashtag
ask me a question direct
or text me via 81111 (UK). Aces.
1135: First up, however, is the small matter of an absolutely crucial relegation dogfight midlands derby battle between West Brom and Wolves at the Hawthorns. Adjective-tastic. Three points and three places separate the sides at the bottom of the Premier League - meaning much more than just local pride is at stake this afternoon.
1133: And isn't that what makes the FA Cup great? The so-called little teams pitting their wits against the so-called big teams, doing so on an even footing and with more than half a chance of an upset. As Crawley showed yesterday at Old Trafford, you don't have to be Johnny Big Potatoes to trouble Premier League giants when the FA Cup is involved. Today is the chance for Leyton Orient and Notts County to add their name to the glorious roster of past Cup giant-killers, and I'll be here to talk you through all the action.
1130: This time last week, Arsenal were preparing to
host Spanish giants Barcelona
in the last 16 of the Champions League. Today, they
face League One's Leyton Orient
in the FA Cup fifth round. Four days ago,
was lining up against the likes of Xavi and Andres Iniesta, in a few hours' time it could be Dean Cox and Charlie Daniels. In just over a fortnight's time, it'll be the near-100,000 capacity stadium of the Nou Camp, for now it's the 9,000 capacity stadium that is Brisbane Road. Ah, the vagaries of English football huh?
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