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By Mike Henson

1936: Still another two spots in the last 16 still up for grabs then. They will be decided tomorrow when Sunderland tackle north-east rivals Middlesbrough at 1330 GMT and Arsenal take on Aston Villa at the Emirates at 1600 GMT. I'll be back hammering the keys from 1200 GMT. Hope you can join me again then, bye for now.

1931: So how did that day's football tickle your FA Cup fancies? A couple of giantkillings, via Brighton and Crawley, topped off with a fiercely competitive pair of all-Premier League derbies. I make that none too bad, although the police investigations into goings-on at Anfield inevitably cast a shadow over the day's sport.

Rio Ferdinand reflects upon his Manchester United side's defeat at Liverpool: "Disappointing result, gutted to be honest. Team kept the ball well + played some decent stuff, but just didn't manage to finish them off."

1918: More excellent homework from the Brighton faithful. One of the banners at a happy Amex reads 'Poyetry in Motion'. Nice.

Chris Ward on Twitter: "And so the #Brighton vs. #Crawley FA Cup Final moves a step closer."

Will Buckley, whose shot looped off Newcastle defender Mike Williamson past Tim Krul for Brighton's winner, said: "To beat a massive team like Newcastle at the Amex is fantastic - what an atmosphere. The fans have been brilliant and tonight was one of the best nights here so far. It was a hard game because they are a Premier League side and we were on the back foot for most of the time. But we got some help and won."

1918: More excellent homework from the Brighton faithful. One of the banners at a happy Amex reads 'Poyetry in Motion'. Nice.

1914: The Brighton fans applaud their fans to the strains of the town's local superstar DJ Fat Boy Slim over the public address system. One of the home support has made a tin foil FA Cup trophy, you don't see enough of those nowadays do you?

FULL-TIME Brighton 1-0 Newcastle

Spencer Pritchard on Twitter: "Toon are shocking without Ba up front. Hurry back Demba, we need you! "

BBC Sport's Nigel Adderley on Twitter: "Newcastle paying price for not taking the initiative earlier. Williamson o.g. - also scored one v Stevenage last year."

1908: Close call, but Brighton survive. Newcastle burst upfield and their counter ends with Yohan Cabaye hitting a shot from the edge of the box. There is some desperate defence to block it and the ball deflects clear off Ashley Barnes' hand. The visitors' appeals for a penalty are waved away by Lee Probert and it was probably too quick to pick up without a slo-mo replay.

1904: Brighton are more than hanging on at the moment and the Seagulls have a corner and a chance for a second perhaps....

1900: Newcastle boss Alan Pardew rolls the dice and removes Danny Guthrie, Hatem Ben Arfa and Davide Santon and replaces them with Shane Ferguson, Dan Gosling and Ryan Taylor. Five minutes remain for the visitors to get an equaliser.

Brighton goal: It took a wicked deflection to get into the net which will probably deprive him of the goal but Will Buckley's all but scored the opener with some fantastic work down the left. The former Watford man nicked the ball away from Danny Simpson on halfway, swerved outside Yohan Cabaye and let loose from an acute angle. The ball squirmed past Tim Krul via the unfortunate Mike Williamson.

GOALFLASH Brighton 1-0 Newcastle (Williamson o.g)

1850: Eighteen minutes to go and it is still a rather shapeless, meandering match. Couldn't say either side has done enough to win it.

1848: Tim Krul has to be on his mettle as Brighton's Craig Mackail-Smith turns well 20 yards out and drives hard to the goalkeeper's right. A solid save, but it would have been a howler had it got through the gloves.

1843: Yep, it is definitely bubbling up out there. Brighton defender Adam El-Abd tangles with Yohan Cabaye as they chase a throughball from Shola Ameobi. It looks like six of one, half a dozen of the other, but the Brighton man is caught in the face by a flick of Cabaye's boot as they tumble over. He is enraged, as is boss Gus Poyet, but Cabaye escapes censure. If the officials had spotted it, he would have been in trouble.

Yellow card
1838: It its suddenly getting a little tasty both on the pitch and on the sidelines. Danny Simpson slides in to win the ball from Craig Mackail-Smith, but the full-back got a little airbourne on his way into the tackle. Lee Probert duly whips out a yellow, while Mauricio Taricco and Jon Calver, representing the Brighton and Newcastle sides of the argument respectively, chat it over in animated style on the touchline.

Jack Harrison on Twitter praises Crawley Town's boss after their 1-0 win at Hull: "Is it me or is Steve Evans living out every man's football manager dream and taking unknowns to the big time! Good on him"."

1831: A more-than-decent trio of chances for Newcastle as Peter Brezovan parries Leon Best's curling effort, Danny Guthrie's shot is deflected over the bar from the rebound and Shola Ameobi fires at the goalkeeper after a sharp turn from the subsequent corner. Brighton survive unscathed though.

1825: Mike Williamson takes a clout in the mouth as he goes up for an aerial challenge with Ashley Barnes. Nothing malicious in that one though.

1822: Brighton have taken off Matt Sparrow and replaced him with Alan Navarro for the second half, which Newcastle get under way.

1820: With three days left until the transfer window slams shuts, should we use the interval to catch up on a bit of business you might have missed? Mame Biram Diouf has left Manchester United to join Hannover 96, while Alex has completed his long-slated move to PSG from Chelsea. Tick tock, time is running out for any late wheels and deals for your club.

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Paul via text: "So the Magpies take on the Seagulls after spending a week in the Canaries. Entertaining or not this game will fly by."
Dan Gosling in one squad and Matt Sparrow in the other. It's too easy this.

HALF-TIME Brighton 0-0 Newcastle

1805: The half comes to an end with a show-boating flick from Davide Santon in the midst of midfield, but entertainment has been hard to come by for the most part at the Amex after a bright opening.

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Sam in London, via text, answering Nicola Relph's question about the Amex Stadium: "Brighton's pitch is exactly the same size as Wembley's and is the biggest the Amex could accommodate, at manager Gus Poyet's request."

Stoke City's Jonathan Woodgate speaking on Football Focus earlier today: "The FA Cup is still a great competition. Stoke got to the final last year and it was one of the greatest days in the history of the club. We have earned the opportunity to play at the Mestalla [home of Valencia] and feel confident we can beat them, especially at the Britannia. That opportunity came from the FA Cup. I've been playing right-back for Stoke and, to be honest, I've found it very difficult. It is all about getting your angles right and I've had to get old DVDs of Gary Neville to help me. He was brilliant in that position."
And he can look forward to a fifth-round tie, to be decided in Sunday's draw around 1540 GMT, to continue to help iron out those positional problems.

Yellow card
1758: Matt Sparrow has his name taken by referee Lee Probert and on closer inspection it is a nasty little challenge by the Brighton man. His studs thud into Yohan Cabaye's calf and the Frenchman is hobbling for a bit before he rejoins the fray.

1754: He has scored a couple of corkers so far this year and Hatem Ben Arfa shows he can create for others as well with a lovely weighted ball off the right flank into the path of Danny Simpson. The full-back stabs his shots straight into the chest of Brighton goalkeeper Peter Brezovan though.

1751: The home side break out of defence on a fast counter-attack but Craig Mackail-Smith fails to punish a lagging Newcastle defence as he blazes over from the edge of the box.

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Nicola Relph in Lancaster, via text: "How big does Brighton's pitch look? Surely one of the biggest in the Football League? Anyone know?!"
As I say there, seems to be plenty of room for Gus Poyet's team to play their passing game.

1744: Plenty of space for both teams to take advantage of but, after those couple of openings for Leon Best, there has been little in the way of clear-cut chances.

1741: Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul is almost caught dawdling on the ball by Craig Mackail-Smith who is buzzing around energetically up front. The Dutch stopper just about gets his kick away in time.

1737: Will Buckley has looked lively down the right for the home side and he almost wriggles his way into a shooting position before the door is slammed shut on him by a mob of Geordie defenders. Former BBC Grandstand presenter, Brighton fan and general old smoothie Des Lynam is up in the stands watching the game as well. Nice.

1734: Republic of Ireland frontman Leon Best has had two gilt-edged chances now. This time he fluffs a header over the bar from eight yards out after Danny Simpson's deep cross had been nodded back across the box by Shola Ameobi.

1728: Leon Best is a whisker away from opening the scoring for Newcastle as he smartly controls a long ball forward and sends a low shot skimming a fraction past the Brighton post.

1725: Ashley Barnes takes on a free-kick from fully 35 yards out but his ambitious long-range blast thuds into a thicket of Newcastle defenders.

Anton Ferdinand on Twitter after facing John Terry's Chelsea: "I would like to thank all the #QPRfans for their support today - you were brilliant! Thanks again."

1715: There is, perhaps inevitably, some work for the police to deal with after today's meeting between Liverpool and Manchester United. Detectives from Merseyside's specialist hate crime team, which investigates incidents including racism, have released an image of a man they wish to speak to in connection with an alleged incident.

BBC football pundit Steve Claridge on the fourth round's biggest shock: "They've got money, Crawley, and they'll be hoping for a big match in the fifth-round draw. Crawley are not going to let a Championship side like Hull get away with not playing their best."

1715: The Seagulls and the Magpies are out and ready for the battle of the bird nicknames but just a quick reminder that our live text service is getting a fancy new makeover next month. Quicker updates, pictures and general bells and whistles. You'll love it. Honest.

Scottish football update: Rangers skipper Steven Davis was on target twice as Hibs were demolished 4-0 at Ibrox. Henrik Ojamaa also bagged a brace as Motherwell won a five-goal thriller with St Johnstone. Less entertaining was the goalless draw between Inverness and St Mirren, while Dunfermline remain bottom of the SPL after losing 1-0 at Aberdeen.

FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE: Full-time whistles all round the grounds and it's been goals galore in the lower leagues. Dagenham & Redbridge see off Rotherham in a League Two 3-2 thriller, while Cheltenham move top by putting three past Macclesfield away from home. Seven goals at the Crown Ground too, with Accrington running out 4-3 winners against Gillingham. Above in League One, seven more goals between Brentford and Wycombe with the Bees winning 5-2, while Hartlepool and Rochdale won 4-0 and 3-0 at home respectively. The story of the day in the Championship is Portsmouth, beset by financial difficulty, keeping a clean-sheet away at free-scoring Peterborough and scoring three themselves, while 34-year-old striker Jason Roberts' debut goal secures three points for Reading in their home game against Bristol City.

BBC football reporter Damian Johnson on Twitter: "17-year-old Nathan Redmond was like young Cristiano Ronaldo with swagger and electric feet in Brum win at Sheff Utd #lookslikeaplayer"

1710: It might have been a miserable afternoon for one set of Red Devils at Anfield earlier day, but Crawley, who share that nickname with Manchester United, didn't share their disappointment. They made up 45 league places to down Hull whose form in the Championship has got them up into the play-off positions.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew says he is willing to rest players in the Premier League so they are fit to make a run at the trophy but he will be without strikers Demba Ba and Papiss Demba Cisse, who are still at the Africa Cup of Nations with Senegal. Brighton have lost one of their last 11 home FA Cup matches and knocked out the Magpies on their way to the FA Cup final in 1983.

1703: Eleven matches down, just the one to go for the FA Cup fourth-round Saturday. It is worth sticking around for though, it is an intriguing one...

FULL-TIME Leicester 2-0 Swindon

FULL-TIME Stevenage 1-0 Notts County

FULL-TIME West Brom 1-2 Norwich

FULL-TIME Blackpool 1-1 Sheffield Wednesday

FULL-TIME Hull 0-1 Crawley

FULL-TIME Derby 0-2 Stoke

FULL-TIME Bolton 2-1 Swansea

FULL-TIME Sheffield United 0-4 Birmingham

BBC reporter Paul Addison at KC Stadium where Crawley are on the verge of the fourth round's biggest upset: "Hull have had a good penalty claim for handball denied. Getting spicy here too - member of each team's coaching staff have been sent to the stands."

1651: Swansea are not going to give this game up easily as Garry Monk goes close with a header before sub Danny Grahan sees his effort come back off the post.

FULL-TIME Millwall 1-1 Southampton

Blackpool goal: Veteran striker Kevin Phillips slots home from the spot and this one looks like it is heading for a replay.

GOALFLASH Blackpool 1-1 Sheffield Wednesday (Phillips)

Millwall goal: Forward Darius Henderson strikes late on to keep the hosts' hopes alive.

Someone has won a penalty

Norwich goal: Norwich frontman Simeon Jackson, on off the bench, pounces on a mistake from Craig Dawson. There is just five minutes remaining of normal time at the Hawthorns.

GOALFLASH West Brom 1-2 Norwich (Jackson)

GOALFLASH Millwall 1-1 Southampton (Henderson)

1643: Sanchez Watts, on loan from Arsenal, has just struck the woodwork for Crawley as they push for a second against Hull.

FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE: Reading have taken the lead at home to Bristol City in the Championship. New Royals signing Jason Roberts fires a poor penalty straight at ex-England keeper David James before converting the rebound to score on his debut. In League One, Huddersfield are being held 1-1 by a Tranmere side who haven't won a game in 2012, but Charlton are 1-0 up and on course for three points at Exeter. Cheltenham look like they're going top of League Two this evening as they're leading 2-1 away at Macclesfield, while Dagenham & Redbridge and Rotherham trade two goals in two minutes to make it 2-2 at Victoria Road.

Stoke goal: Stoke extend their lead from - yes you've guessed a set-piece. Robert Huth gets a foot on the ball and although his effort is straight at Frank Fielding the Stoke defender's shot squirms over the line. Surely that is Stoke's fifth-round place booked.

GOALFLASH Derby 0-2 Stoke (Huth)

Birmingham goal: That is surely all done and dusted at Bramall Lane where Adam Rooney tucks away his second and an unanswered fourth for his team after impressive build-up work.

Joey Barton on Twitter after his QPR side lost 1-0 to Chelsea: "Disappointing, scrappy cup tie. Thought a draw would have been the fair result. Didn't look a pen from were I was standing. #slightlyharsh."

Scottish football update: Rangers have doubled their lead against Hibs thanks to David Healy, while Henrik Ojamaa has grabbed his second goal of the day to put Motherwell in front against St Johnstone. Aberdeen remain 1-0 up on lowly Dunfermline and it's goalless between Inverness and St Mirren.

GOALFLASH Sheffield United 0-4 Birmingham (Rooney)

1636: At Hull, there is some drama on the touchline with the Tigers boss Nick Barmby not best pleased at antics of Crawley counterpart Steve Evans.

1635: Stoke are in the ascendancy at Pride Park and Jermaine Pennant comes close to extending their lead with a free-kick that is well saved by Frank Fielding.

1633: Jermaine Beckford has trotted off to a standing ovation from the home fans at the King Power Stadium after his two goals which have given the Foxes a healthy cushion against Swindon.

BBC 5 live Conor McNamara on Crawley taking the lead at Hull: "The romance of the FA Cup is alive and well here at The KC. Matt Tubb's 8th goal in 9 games has a Cup-shock on the cards."

1630: Swansea have introduced Danny Graham and Nathan Dyer as they look to rescue their game against Bolton.

Former Liverpool striker and talkSPORT host Stan Colymore on Twitter discussing the abuse received by Patrice Evra at Anfield: "Every set of supporters in the country would have booed under the same circumstances.Anyone saying not is fibbing."

Leicester goal: Swindon are being taught a tough lesson as Jermaine Beckford scores from close-range again to give Leicester a 2-0 lead. The score-line flatters the Foxes, who have been well below par for long periods. But Beckford has been lethal in front of goal - and that's his fifth goal in this year's FA Cup already.

Craig Hignett on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at the KC Stadium: "Crawley look so hungry, pressurising Hull from back to front and the home side just haven't done that."

1622: It's an open game at the Reebok with Martin Petrov going close before Darren Pratley is denied by the woodwork and then shooting wide.

Birmingham goal: Wade Elliott's deflected effort from 20 yards surely puts the game beyond the Blades.

Crawley goal: The shock of the day is developing at the KC Stadium where Crawley have taken the lead against Hull with striker Matt Tubbs's very confident finish too good for Vito Mannone.

GOALFLASH Leicester 2-0 Swindon (Beckford)

GOALFLASH Sheffield United 0-3 Birmingham (Elliott)

GOALFLASH Hull 0-1 Crawley (Tubbs)

Bolton goal: Bad mistake by goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel. The German spilled a low shot from Petrov and it was Chris Eagles who reacted first to net his fifth goal of the season.

West Brom goal: Jerome Thomas' run and cross gets the finishing touch it deserves from Marc Antoine Fortune.

GOALFLASH Bolton 2-1 Swansea (Eagles)

GOALFLASH West Brom 1-1 Norwich (Fortune)

1606: Swansea have started the second half brightly and an effort by goalscorer Luke Moore flies past the post.

Sheffield Wednesday goal: There could be a fourth round shock on the cards as Clinton Morrison puts Sheffield Wednesday ahead with an impressive lobbed finish for his third goal of the season. Blackpool pay the price for a host of missed first-half chances.

GOALFLASH Blackpool 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday (Morrison)

James Cardona on Twitter: "Torres and Shearer start for Crawley Town against Hull? I know I'm out of the country but this has definitely been a mental transfer window!"
That is Sergio and Scott respectively turning out for Crawley.

1606: The matches at West Brom and Sheffield United are also back under way.

1605: We are up and running in the second half at the New Den where Millwall are looking to make up a one-goal deficit.

Daily Telegraph chief sports writer Paul Hayward on Twitter: "Leaving Loftus Road relieved these 2 Cup games are over. Tomorrow - why the FA suspended its own Respect Campaign to, er, protect respect."

Luke Chandley on Twitter: "Tell Mark in Bushey (about 1537) you can't be offside from a goal kick. They've been the rules for a while..."

FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE: It's half-time across all three divisions and, in the Championship, Portsmouth have extended their lead over Peterborough after Jason Pearce nodded home from inside the six-yard box. Reading v Bristol City is still a goalless affair, as are away games involving Charlton and Huddersfield in League One. Yeovil are ahead against Preston, bottom side Rochdale are 2-0 up at home to Bury and Brentford have put three past hapless Wycombe. League Two promotion chasers Accrington are thumping Gillingham and are 4-1 up, while Rotherham are winning away from home at Dagenham & Redbridge.

Scottish football update: Kilmarnock fans are celebrating at Hampden as a goal deep into injury time from Dean Shiels finally broke down Ayr United. Killie will meet the winner of tomorrow's League Cup semi-final between Celtic and Falkirk. Elsewhere, Rangers skipper Steven Davis has found the net against Hibs, Aberdeen are 1-0 up on Dunfermline, while Henrik Ojamma and Jody Morris have traded goals at Fir Park.

Bolton goal: Darren Pratley scores with a header from point blank range to level in for Bolton in injury time. That is Pratley's first goal since scoring for Swansea against Nottingham Forest in last season's play-off semi-final.

BBC Radio 5 live sports extra analyst Craig Hignett at the KC Stadium : "Hull need to start passing the ball better and Crawley's Steve Evans will be the happier of the two managers."

1548: Just before the interval Derby claim handball in an incident involving Andy Wilkinson, but referee Mark Clattenburg signals a corner rather than a penalty. But there are encouraging signs from the Championship side after that uncertain start.

GOALFLASH Bolton 1-1 Swansea (Pratley)

1547: Big chance for Swindon as Matt Richie, who should stroke the ball home, is denied by Paul Konchesky's inch-perfect challenge. Leicester have taken their foot off the pedal since Jermaine Beckford's opener. The travelling support know that and are making all the noise at the King Power Stadium.

Swansea goal: A quality finish by Luke Moore following a great move by Swansea. The former West Brom striker glided past David Wheater before clipping the ball over Adam Bogdan to give his side the lead.

GOALFLASH Bolton 0-1 Swansea (Moore)

Kevin Gallacher on BBC 5 live at Pride Park: "Derby have looked the more comfortable side over the last 10 minutes, though they haven't really threatened in the final third. But they are moving the ball and have found their footing."

1544: Swansea's Wayne Routledge finds the net from six yards - but unfortunately for him and his side the assistant's flag was up immediately for offside.

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 live's Stuart Hall is watching the stalemate at the Reebok between Bolton and Swansea "I'd be more excited watching Stockport County and Grimsby! I was expecting saucy, sophisticated football but it's more a case of 'getting to know you'. I want some rumpy pumpy football."

FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE: It's all over in the Hereford v Shrewsbury derby in League Two and in the end it was an easy win for the visitors, with goals from Terry Gornell and James Morris inside the first half-hour sealing three points for the in-form Shrews. In the Championship Portsmouth are ahead away at Peterborough. Dropping down to League One and Preston are down to 10 men after Craig Morgan's sending off on three minutes, and Brentford and Hartlepool are both two goals to the good against Wycombe and Carlisle respectively.

Birmingham goal: The visitors double their lead through Adam Rooney who applies the scoring touch from a cross from the right.

GOALFLASH Sheffield United 0-2 Birmingham (Rooney)

Norwich goal: Striker Grant Holt heads in from all of three yards as Elliott Bennett's cross picks out the big striker's forehead.

GOALFLASH West Brom 0-1 Norwich (Holt)

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Mark in Bushey, via text, gives his reaction to Liverpool's 2-1 win over Manchester United: "Why has nobody else noticed Andy Carroll was 3 yards offside for the winner?"

1536: Defender Robert Huth has come the closest to adding to Stoke's lead, rattling the post after getting a toe to a free-kick.

1535: Championship Hull have yet to get going against Crawley. A view reflected by Craig Hignett on BBC 5 live sports extra: "You have to give credit to Crawley, they are making life very difficult for Hull."

BBC Radio 5 live
5 live's Kevin Gallacher at Pride Park: "Derby have found their footing, especially on their right hand side, and are causing Stoke real problems. Huth and Shawcross are really struggling, but Huth just hit the woodwork and nearly made it 2-0 "

1534: Bolton are starting to pile the pressure on the Swansea defence with Tremmel diving low to palm away a Mark Davies effort from outside the penalty area.

1533: Leicester are dominating things against a timid Swindon Town, something you wouldn't expect from a Paolo di Canio side. Swindon are struggling to see the ball but, when they do, the Robins are more than capable of troubling the Foxes on the counter-attack. Swindon growing into this one.

Southampton goal: Dan Harding's cross is nodded in at the near post by Rickie Lambert to give the Saints the lead.

GOALFLASH Millwall 0-1 Southampton (Lambert)

Someone has struck the woodwork
1530: Jed Steer, 19, making his debut for Norwich in goal, has already been in the midst of the action, tipping a Jerome Thomas shot onto the bar.

1528: Striker Rickie Lambert has had Southampton's first meaningful attempt as he hits a free-kick just wide.

1526: It's all Millwall at the New Den. Harry Kane blazes over from two yards out at the back post when it looked easier to score while a fine save from Bartosz Bialkowski denies Darius Henderson.

BBC Radio 5 live
Kevin Gallacher, 5 live's summariser at Pride Park, where Stoke lead Derby 1-0: "Derby are playing some neat stuff but Stoke's forwards, Crouch and Jerome, are dominating the home defenders. That's the difference so far."

1524: Bolton's David Ngog beats the offside trap but the former Liverpool striker fails to beat Gerhard Tremmel and the Trotters squander an opportunity to take the lead.

1524: Blackpool have started brightly against a Sheffield Wednesday side that have eight changes from their league victory over Scunthorpe last week. Chances have already fallen to Robert Harris and Kevin Phillips. Blackpool are calling the shots at Bloomfield Road.

Birmingham goal: Youngster Nathan Redmond finds the net with a low shot from the edge of the box after being set up by Jordan Mutch.

GOALFLASH Sheffield United 0-1 Birmingham (Redmond)

Stevenage goal: Stevenage ahead with a huge slice of as Notts County defender Damion Stewart puts the ball into his own net after Luke Freeman's shot appears to smash Magpies keeper Stuart Nelson in the face.

BBC commentator Damian Johnson: "4,000 traveling Birmingham fans aside, it's a paltry looking Bramall Lane crowd for the 4th round FA cup tie with Sheffield Utd.

1517: There are a fair few BBC local radio commentaries for you to enjoy if you are sitting in the UK. A quick manual refresh should bring them into the top right of your web page.

GOALFLASH Stevenage 1-0 Notts County (Stewart o.g)

1512: Bolton have been the brighter of the two sides during the opening 10 minutes at the Reebok and have already forced three corners, although it remains goalless.

Leicester goal: Leicester have taken an early lead against through the in-form Jermaine Beckford, who has swept in from close range after Matt Mills put in a dangerous cross. That's Beckford's fourth goal in this season's FA Cup after his third round hat-trick against Nottingham Forest..

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes his side did not deserve to be dumped out of the FA Cup by Dirk Kuyt's last-gasp winner. He said: "It was a big blow - we didn't deserve that. It was a really good performance but in the context of what an FA Cup tie is like that can happen. One breakaway and you can lose the game."

GOALFLASH Leicester 1-0 Swindon (Beckford)

Stoke goal: Striker Cameron Jerome has got the decisive touch for the Potters after a short-corner routine and a near-post flick-on. It is his fourth goal in five games.

GOALFLASH Derby 0-1 Stoke (Jerome)

FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE: In the Championship, eighth-placed Reading can climb into the play-off places if they beat Bristol City at the Madejski Stadium. The Royals lost their first game under new Russian ownership to Hull last weekend, but new signing and BBC Football pundit Jason Roberts may start. The other fixture of the day is a proper mid-table crunch match, with 17th placed Portsmouth travelling to Peterborough in 16th. Both teams have marginal goal differences so a big win for either side could make a big difference.

FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE: League One's top two are both in action away from home this afternoon. Table-topping Charlton have made the long journey south to St James Park to take on an Exeter side whose last two results have been goalless draws. Huddersfield have travelled to Merseyside and Tranmere, hoping for a win to put daylight between themselves and the two Sheffield clubs. Bottom-dwelling Rochdale have a Mancunian derby to try to get their season back on track, with Bury the visitors.

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish after his side's 2-1 win over Manchester United: "My players showed tremendous commitment and great heart. We hung in there and then Dirk Kuyt gets his 50th goal for the club to win the game against Manchester United - so we're delighted." On the Anfield atmosphere he added: "Both sets of supporters were well-behaved and a great advert for their respective clubs. There was a lot of friendly banter between them and that's the way it should be."

1501: The respective manager have emerged from the dressing rooms at Anfield after Liverpool's 2-1 win over Manchester United. Vastly different emotions as you might expect...

1501: Millwall and Southampton have got us going at the New Den in the 1500 GMT kick-offs with Liam Feeney hitting the post for the Lions as they get off to a flier.

Scottish football update: Well, the Ayrshire clasico has been more el squibo dampo so far (apologies to Spanish speakers everywhere). Kilmarnock have done all the pressing but can't find a way past Ayr United keeper Kevin Cuthbert. We're into extra time at Hampden in the League Cup semi-final.

Schmeichel, Peltier, Konchesky, Mills, Gallagher, Dyer, St. Ledger, Wellens, Beckford, Danns, Nugent. Subs: Howard, Kennedy, Tunchev, Smith, Hopper, Parks.
Swindon: Foderingham, Caddis, Cibocchi, Devera, McCormack, Ritchie, Ferry, Risser, De Vita, Connell, Benson. Subs: Phil Smith, Boateng, Gabilondo, Jonathan Smith, Magera, Murray, Louis Thompson.
Referee: Darren Drysdale (Lincolnshire)

Gilks, Eardley, Wilson, Cathcart, Harris, Basham, Angel, Southern, Matt Phillips, Kevin Phillips, Clarke. Subs: Halstead, Bruna, Taylor-Fletcher, Baptiste, Fleck, Dicko, Ince.
Sheff Wed: Bywater, Buxton, Batth, Rob Jones, Beevers, Palmer, Lines, Prutton, Sedgwick, Lowe, Morrison. Subs: Weaver, Semedo, O'Grady, Jermaine Johnson, Madine, Otsemobor.
Referee: Darren Deadman (Cambridgeshire)

Bogdan, Riley, Wheater, Boyata, Ricketts, Eagles, Reo-Coker, Pratley, Petrov, Mark Davies, Ngog. Subs: Jaaskelainen, Robinson, Muamba, Sanli, Kevin Davies, Mears, O'Halloran.
Swansea: Tremmel, Richards, Williams, Monk, Bessone, Routledge, McEachran, Agustien, Gower, Moore, Lita. Subs: Moreira, Tate, Graham, Dyer, Rangel, Allen, Sigurdsson.
Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)

Fielding, Brayford, Barker, Shackell, Roberts, Green, Bailey, Hendrick, Ward, Bryson, Ball. Subs: Legzdins, Tyson,Maguire, Doyle, Buxton, Ben Davies, Naylor.
Stoke: Begovic, Wilkinson, Shawcross, Huth, Wilson, Walters, Whitehead, Whelan, Etherington, Crouch, Jerome. Subs: Nash, Jones, Fuller, Pennant, Delap, Shotton, Woodgate.
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)

Mannone, East, Hobbs, Cooper, Dudgeon, Garcia, Evans, Cairney, King, Fryatt, Brady. Subs: Carson, Dawson, Chester, Mclean, Simpson, Olofinjana, Cullen.
Crawley Town: Shearer, Hunt, Mills, Davis, Howell, Watt, Bulman, McFadzean, Torres, Tubbs, Barnett. Subs: Kuipers, Akpan, Simpson, Smith, Wilson, Wassmer, Neilson.
Referee: Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire)

Forde, Smith, Craig, Ward, Barron, Feeney, Abdou, Trotter, Henry, Kane, Henderson. Subs: Allsop, Marquis, Hackett, N'Guessan, Wright.
Southampton: Bialkowski, Richardson, Harding, Martin, Fox, De Ridder, Puncheon, Hammond, Reeves, Lambert, Barnard. Subs: Davis, Jaidi, Lee, Holmes, Ward-Prowse, Stephens, Shaw.
Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire)

Sheff Utd:
Simonsen, Lowton, Maguire, Collins, Jean-Francois, Williamson, McDonald, Doyle, Quinn, Cresswell, Evans. Subs: Long, Montgomery, Ertl, Flynn, Porter, Philliskirk, Williams.
Birmingham: Doyle, Spector, Davies, Caldwell, Murphy, Burke, Mutch, Gomis, Elliott, Redmond, Rooney. Subs: Butland, Ibanez, Fahey, Zigic, Valles, Gnahore, Reilly.
Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

Day, Henry, Ashton, Roberts, Laird, Wilson, Byrom, Bostwick, Freeman, Beardsley, Charles. Subs: Julian, Edwards, Long, May, Cowan, Sinclair, Shroot.
Notts County: Nelson, Kelly, Stewart, Chilvers, Sheehan, Jeff Hughes, Bishop, Mahon, Judge, Lee Hughes, Forte. Subs: Mitchell, Pearce, Bencherif, Demontagnac, Hawley, Stirling, Sodje.
Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire)

West Brom: Foster, Jara Reyes, Dawson, Tamas, Mattock, Morrison, Mulumbu, Dorrans, Thomas, Fortune, Cox. Subs: Fulop, Olsson, Tchoyi, Long, McAuley, Odemwingie, Thorne.
Norwich: Steer, Martin, Whitbread, Ayala, Drury, Bennett, Crofts, Fox, Pilkington, Hoolahan, Holt. Subs: Ruddy, Johnson,Jackson, Lappin, Barnett, Wilbraham, Tierney.
Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)

1455: The teams are in for all the games. Let's see how they line up.

Steven Gerrard: "Andy Carroll's a good player. If it wasn't for him today maybe we wouldn't be in the draw tomorrow - he made a massive contribution today. Liverpool fans were superb - they never let us down. They realised we were very tired from midweek (when Liverpool knocked Man City out of the Carling Cup) but they suck goals in for us."

Dirk Kuyt: "We proved today that we can compete with the best."

1453: A quick manual refresh should bring Final Score into the top of this page for UK users, so get tapping. There have been a few bits of reaction from the victorious hosts at Anfield in the meantime.

A sign that things are going well at League One Sheffield United is that former Sheffield Wednesday boss Danny Wilson is now the subject of a new song at Bramall Lane. The Blades have won their last eight home games on the trot, although they face Championship side Birmingham, who are unbeaten since losing to Crystal Palace on 19 December. The hosts are without the suspended James Beattie, while Birmingham's Marlon King is a doubt.

These two sides have both achieved away victories against each other in the Premier League already this season, with Norwich's 2-1 win at the Hawthorns coming a fortnight ago. Paul Lambert's side are unbeaten in their last five games and although the Scot is likely to rest players, he could have James Vaughan back in the reckoning. The Baggies will be without the injured Paul Scharner.

After Swindon stunned Premier League side Wigan in the third round, manager Paolo di Canio roared: "Give me Real Madrid, give me Barcelona!" The eccentric Italian got Leicester City but, given that Swindon have beaten higher-placed opposition in every round so far, The Robins will fancy their chances at the King Power Stadium.

With one eye on their crunch league match against MK Dons on Tuesday, Gary Megson admits he will freshen up Sheffield Wednesday's starting line-up for the trip to Blackpool. The sides met back in August in the Carling Cup, a game which ended in a win for The Owls on penalties after neither could break the deadlock. Every chance, then, that this could be another tight one.

Bolton can forget about their Premier League worries for this weekend at least as they attempt to reach the fifth round for a third consecutive season. Owen Coyle's side will be buoyed by last Saturday's victory over Liverpool, which liftem them out of the relegation zone. Last season's beaten semi-finalists will be up against a Swansea side who beat them 3-1 at the Liberty Stadium in October. The Welsh side have won two of their last three away games and are aiming for a place in the fifth round for the first time since 2009.

Hull manager Nick Barmby played a number of fringe players in the third-round win over Ipswich, but with the lure of a last-16 place in the FA Cup it will be interesting to see the selection policy he uses against a Crawley side, challenging for promotion to League One. Crawley, who knocked out Bristol City in the third round, have yet to concede a goal in the FA Cup this season, having already played three matches, wth 1,500 Crawley fans expected to make the trip north.

A very respectable eighth in the Premier League, Stoke are also developing into quite a cup side. Last season's FA Cup finalists play Valencia in the Europa League next month, but first a trip down the A50 awaits for the fourth-round tie against Derby. Still in contention for a play-off place, Derby have yet to concede a goal in 2012 as they face Stoke in the FA Cup for the first time in 74 years.

Despite their lofty position in the Championship, Southampton's form of late has not been good so Championship rivals Millwall might fancy their chances in this one. Saints have won all five occasions in which they have previously been drawn against the Lions in the FA Cup, requiring replays in all but one of them.

Former Colorado Rapids manager Gary Smith can make history in his first game in charge at Stevenage by taking the League One club into the fifth round for the first time ever. It's 118 years since Notts County won the FA Cup and they went out in the fourth round last season in a replay to eventual winners Manchester City.

1439: Right, let's set our sights on these 1500 GMT kick-offs shall we? Deep breath...

BBC Radio 5 live
Summariser Mark Lawrenson at Anfield "It wasn't a great game. In the whole of second half there were only two chances, and both of them fell to Liverpool. United's defending for that goal was atrocious though. For all their possession United never really created many chances. Wayne Rooney was badly missed."

1439: With one trip to Wembley already booked, Liverpool are eyeing another as their fans hold scarves aloft on the Kop and Kenny Dalglish is wreathed in smiles.

FULL-TIME Liverpool 2-1 Manchester United

1436: The Liverpool fans think this one is all over. They are loud and proud with two minutes of injury-time remaining.

1434: Liverpool so close to a third as Andy Carroll heads against the top of the post. The rebound fell kindly for Kuyt, but his scuffed shot rolled agonisingly wide of the same upright

Liverpool goal: Old-school route one football unlocks the United rearguard as Jose Reina boots long, Andy Carroll flicks on and Dirk Kuyt finds himself in plenty of space to control and beat David de Gea at his near post.

GOALFLASH Liverpool 2-1 Manchester United (Kuyt)

1431: Liverpool are pressing forward as we enter the last five of normal time, but they are almost caught out of position by another long ball over the top. Jose Reina has to sprint off his line and out of the area to head clear as Javier Hernandez bears down.

1428: Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas has suggested that Ramires has suffered medial ligament damage in the win over QPR. It was the Braziian, rather than Raul Meireles as we had it, who was carried off in the game at Loftus Road.

1421: If there is no winner today, then there will be two United Liverpool games to look forward to in the space of four days in February. And Luis Suaraez would be eligible for both. Both sides are trying their luck from distance to avoid that possibility, but neither Michael Carrick or Charlie Adam are close.

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Chris, a Man City fan from Coventry, texts: "Please tell me the difference between Maxi's challenge and Vincent Kompany's in the last round. If one's a sending off so should the other one."

1421: Sir Alex Ferguson reacts to Liverpools change of personnel with one of his own. Off comes the leggy-looking Paul Scholes and on comes Javier Hernandez. The Mexican looks as if he will join Danny Welbeck in a two-man strikeforce. Thirteen minutes to go.

Chief football writer Phil McNulty at Anfield: "The uncertainty of Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea is offering Liverpool some real hope. His lack of composure is in danger of unsettling his own defence - and The Kop have picked up on his jitters."

1418: Craig Bellamy, Liverpool's man of the match in their win over Manchester City on Wednesday, is on in place of Steven Gerrard for the hosts. That is the last of the Reds changes.

1416: Any attempt on the Manchester United goal is a cause for concern for the visiting fans with their confidence in David de Gea taking another battering. The goalkeeper is safe under a misdirected cross though.

BBC Radio 5 live
Summariser Mark Lawrenson at Anfield: "It's stalemate. Neither team wants a replay but neither team is trying to grab the game by the scruff of the neck."

Neil Armstrong on Twitter: "Re: Tom from Leeds [at about 1400], you wouldn't be breaking a football law, just talking nonsense."

Yellow card
1411: Rafael is the first player into the book after he bodychecks Stewart Downing. From the resulting free-kick Steven Gerrard wraps a a shot over the wall but David de Gea is equal to it and hangs on.

1409: Maxi Rodriguez looks in trouble for a heavy tackle on Ryan Giggs, but the Argentine is let off the hook by Mark Halsey as his number is already up on the sidelines. He is replaced by Charlie Adam, while Jamie Carragher gives way to Dirk Kuyt.

1406: Danny Welbeck has a decent sniff at the other end as he gets to a long ball forward ahead of Liverpool's Jose Reina and touches it one side of the goalkeeper and scampers round the other. But Martin Skrtel is back and gets to the loose ball before the striker.

1401: Loud Liverpool appeals for a penalty as Chris Smalling goes to ground attempting to cut out a ball into the box. The ball appears to brush against his outstretched limb and Andy Carroll, in close attendence, is adamant that it is a spot-kick. Nothing doing from Mark Halsey though.

1401: David de Gea's flaky performance continues as he sidefoots a clearence straight to Stewart Downing. The winger can't make anything of it though.

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Tom from Leeds texts: "Would I be breaking some footballing law if I said Paul Scholes isn't as good as made out?"

FULL-TIME QPR 0-1 Chelsea

1357: Manchester United are getting onto the front foot and a low cross from Ryan Giggs causes palpitations at the back for Liverpool. Antonio Valencia can't quite steer it in at the back post and Daniel Agger only just gets his hand out of the way as he controls and hoofs clear.

Scottish football update: No goals to report at Hampden in the League Cup semi-final. Kilmarnock have enjoyed the lion's share of possession but Ayr United keeper Kevin Cuthbert has yet to be seriously tested. Website users can follow a live text commentary of all the action north of the border on BBC Sport's Scottish football pages .

BBC Radio 5 live
Summariser Mark Bright at Loftus Road: "It's like QPR have had a couple of men sent off, the way Chelsea have been keeping the ball since they took the lead."

1351: Back up and running at Anfield and Andy Carroll has already stationed himself more centrally up front for Liverpool. A daisycutter of a cross from Stewart Downing is not the sort of service the striker needs though.

1350: Just had another look at that penalty awarded against Clint Hill at Loftus Road, and the defender is rightly raging. Very, very soft. There is a jumbo seven minutes of added time for QPR to put right that perceived injustice.

Keith Yung on Twitter: "Liverpool way too conservative at Anfield. They haven't had a chance in the box apart from the goal."

1343: QPR don't look like discovering a way back into the tie, Chelsea are comfortably holding them at arm's length as the clock ticks down. Five minutes left to find some invention from somewhere.

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BBC Radio 5 live senior football reporter Ian Dennis at Loftus Road: "Very unsavoury chanting aimed at John Terry by QPR fans. One of them is orchestrating the chanting after climbing up onto a television camera gantry. Stewards trying to get him down."

1340: Chelsea's Ramires has been stretchered off at Loftus Road after suffering a nasty-looking injury. The midfielder landed awkwardly as he attempted to block a shot from Tommy Smith.

FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE: The busiest division in the football league this afternoon is League Two, and of the nine fixtures the stand-out game is the 1300 GMT kick-off between local rivals Hereford and Shrewsbury. "You'd look at the league table and think we should be winning the game, but the derby element of it adds a lot of spice," says Shrews boss Graham Turner. To be fair his promotion chasers have 22 more points than the Bulls, and they're already two goals to the good. Away from the derby, Accrington host Gillingham and the winner will find themselves in the play-offs come six o'clock.

FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE: Away from the hurly-burly of the FA Cup there are games right through the Football League this afternoon - two in the Championship, seven in League One and nine in League Two. For those teams no longer in the oldest cup competition in the world the focus remains on chasing promotion, avoiding relegation or scrapping mid-table. FA Cup, what FA Cup?

Half time
Liverpool 1-1 Manchester United
Phil McNulty's HT snapshot:
"Ji-Sung Park's equaliser was the least Manchester United deserved. Paul Scholes has barely wasted a pass in a masterly first half performance."

HALF-TIME Liverpool 1-1 Manchester United

Chief football writer Phil McNulty at Anfield: "Manchester United's equaliser came at the end of some real dominance in possession. Liverpool sat back after scoring and were punished. Poor defending from the usually reliable Jose Enrique in the build up."

1332: A bit of kerfuffle at Loftus Road as referee Mike Dean stops the game momentarily and has a word with a steward about an incident in the crowd. Play is back under way now, but you feel the officials will be pleased when their day's work is done, 15 minutes to go.

BBC Radio 5 live pundit Mark Lawrenson on Park's leveller for Manchester United: "Rafael is in such a position he had to play the ball across first time otherwise it goes out of play. He whips a lovely ball into the path of Park who hits it low and hard leaving Reina with no chance."

Man Utd goal: Liverpool had looked content to sit on their early goal, but they will have to come out and play a bit now. Jose Enrique is a little lax as he covers across on the left and Rafael hustles him off the ball. Ji-Sung Park still has plenty to do from the Brazilian's cut-back, but he makes the finish look easy as he belts the skidding ball low past Jose Reina.

GOALFLASH Liverpool 1-1 Manchester United (Park)

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BBC pundit Mark Bright is watching QPR-Chelsea at Loftus Road for 5 live sports extra: "Sturridge goes down very easily under Clint Hill's challenge - it was the slightest of touches and he threw himself to the ground - a ridiculous decision by Mike Dean."

Chelsea goal: After Mike Dean turned down Chelsea's appeals a minute earlier, he points to the spot as Daniel Sturridge and Clint Hill come together again. A touch harsh on the QPR defender who had a little barge at Sturridge, but not sure it was enough to warrent him hitting the deck. Juan Mata slots away the spot-kick regardless.

GOALFLASH QPR 0-1 Chelsea (Mata pen.)

1319: Penalty shout at Loftus Road as Clint Hill brings down Daniel Sturridge in the area, but the referee gives a corner rather than a spot kick.

1317: Plenty of snap to the challenges at Anfield. Ryan Giggs leaves Martin Kelly in a heap after Steven Gerrard thumps into Fabio. Daniel Agger then slides in on Danny Welbeck sparking United complaints, but still referee Mark Halsey keeps his pencil in his pocket.

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Mark Bright, commenting from Loftus Road where he is summarising for 5 live on the QPR-Chelsea game, refers to another unconvincing goalkeeping performance for Manchester United at Anfield: "De Gea is one for the future but at the moment Lindegaard is the better keeper."

Chief football writer Phil McNulty at Anfield: "Manchester United - with Paul Scholes the orchestrator - were just starting to control things when the goal came. Once again keeper David de Gea fails to impose himself in the area."

1314: Chelsea have started the second half brightly and Daniel Sturridge has just sent a fierce drive from the edge of the area just past the angle after good play by Fernando Torres.

1312: Liverpool get another chance to test David de Gea from a corner, but the young Spaniard passes this time as he applies two fists to clear. Anders Lindegaard is warming up on the sidelines though and there are reports De Gea is struggling with a side injury. We'll see.

Liverpool goal: Remember Peter Crouch's headed winner when these sides met in the Cup a few years back? Daniel Agger's opener isn't that disimilar. The Dane gets the nod in a crowded penalty box as David de Gea, with Andy Carroll making a nuisance of himself, gets nowhere near it.

GOALFLASH Liverpool 1-0 Manchester United (Agger)

Someone has struck the woodwork
1304: Jose Reina's left-hand post takes a smack as Liverpool stay level by the skin of their teeth. Antonio Valencia has started brightly and it is the Ecuadorian's shot that skids against the woodwork.

1304: A couple of hefty challenges from Liverpool, as Jamie Carragher mistimes a sliding tackle on Ji-Sung Park and Stewart Downing clears out Patrice Evra, but both escape with a talking-to from referee Mark Halsey.

BBC Radio 5 live pundit Mark Lawrenson on the opening 15 minutes at Anfield: "Manchester United are just looking a little bit more comfortable on the ball and more of an attacking threat."

Andrew Chant on Twitter: "How can Liverpool fans justify booing Evra? What did he do wrong? It's Suarez they should be booing #BBCFootball"

1300: Luis Suarez, swaddled against the cold in a puffa jacket with his daughter on his lap, is watching proceedings from the Anfield stands.

1259: England's awful slump in the second Test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi was not without its silver lining. Because the cricket has finished early Radio 5 live sports extra will be live from Loftus Road for the second half of QPR v Chelsea. Top news.

1258: Liverpool straight up the other end as Jordan Henderson skips clear and sweeps the ball into the middle, but Steven Gerrard seems caught between trying to control an awkward bounce and hitting it first time. In the end he does neither and the ball dribbles off his instep to David de Gea.

1256: United's best effort so far arrives as Antonio Valencia jinks out Jose Enrique, whips the ball across the box. Ji-Sung Park lays the ball off to Ruyan Giggs on the edge of the box, but the Welshman fails to get a true connection on his snapshot.

Daniel Thomas on Twitter: "Four strangers on this train table, I think we're all on the live text. See if they notice? Oh and come on United!" #bbcfootball

Half time
QPR 0-0 Chelsea
Nabil Hassan's HT snapshot:
"No handshake before the game, an electric atmosphere off the pitch, but on it there was very little to report from the opening 45 minutes. QPR have been poor and are yet to test Chelsea keeper Petr Cech. Chelsea have had just the one chance with Juan Mata forcing a decent save off Paddy Kenny. The second half needs to be better."

1252: Maxi Rodriguez gets away a meaty effort from 25 yards and David de Gea is sprawling to palm it behind for a corner, Steven Gerrard's subsequent set-piece floats long.

1250: Martin Kelly robs Patrice Evra as he darts down the Liverpool right and the home fans enjoyed that.

HALF-TIME QPR 0-0 Chelsea

1248: Liverpool fans belting out "Fields of Anfield Road" in response as United kick off and Patrice Evra's first touch brings plenty of boos from them followed by a chorus of "One Luis Suarez."

1245: Some of the Manchester United fans at Anfield have unfurled a banner, repeating what had been Liverpool's taunt to them through much of the 90s. "Come back when you've won 19," it reads. Referee Mark Halsey is about to get this one under way.

BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson on Football Focus: "Liverpool didn't turn up against Bolton but, having just booked their first trip to Wembley in 16 years, what they need right now is another big game. Against their biggest rivals, with two managers that have never seen eye to eye, and some extra added spice. This will be a massive game."

1242: Raul Meireles canters into the box in pursuit of Juan Mata's backheel and fires across the face of goal. It is begging for a touch from a blue-shirted attcker, but none have managed to keep pace with the Portuguese international.

Phil McNulty reports: "Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish echoes the message of many ahead of this FA Cup fourth round tie as he writes in his programme notes: "This a football match between Liverpool and Manchester United and not about any other issue." The other issue is, of course, the fall-out from the Luis Suarez-Patrice Evra affair. Sir Alex Ferguson said: "We want to make sure we are talking about the game, nothing else. There is a responsibility on the players to behave properly and both sets of fans."

Scottish football update: It's the Ayrshire clasico at Hampden today, with Kilmarnock taking on fierce rivals Ayr United for a place in the Scottish Communities League Cup final. The Honest Men may be part-time and second bottom of the First Division but they have taken care of Hearts, Inverness and St Mirren to reach this stage. In the SPL, Rangers welcome struggling Hibs to Ibrox, Aberdeen host Dunfermline, St Mirren visit Inverness and Motherwell take on St Johnstone.

1238: Shaun Wright-Phillips gets a shot away for QPR, but it trails wide of the post.

1236: And now Raul Meireles goes close for Chelsea, sending a 25-yard half-volley just wide of Paddy Kenny's right-hand post.

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC pundit Mark Bright is at Loftus Road for 5 live Sports Extra: "It's been mainly Chelsea so far but QPR have gradually come back into the game. Mark Hughes will be the more pleased of the managers though. There's been a disappointing lack of creativity - a typical cup tie but with added spice."

1231: Chelsea are enjoying more of the possession, but there is not a whole lot of cutting edge to go with it yet. Ashley Cole gets down the left flank and sends a cross skimming through the QPR box. Daniel Sturridge is a foot away from turning it in at the far post.

BBC pundit Lee Dixon on Football Focus: "The defeat to Queens Park Rangers in October really hurt Chelsea. I have friends that support Chelsea, and to lose to their local rivals like that was difficult. The season still has a lot to offer but it's taken them a while to bounce back and they'll be determined to put that right today."

Jonathan White on Twitter: "No handshakes between Chelsea and QPR is certainly a wise move by the FA....for once! #BBCFootball"

Liam Allen on Twitter: "The [non] handshake [before QPR v Chelsea]... Don't the two London clubs respect each other anymore? What a crazy decision. #BBCFootball"

1226: Chelsea defender David Luiz is showing off at the opposite end of the pitch again. The Brazilian launches himself into an extravagant bicycle kick from a Chelsea corner, but it comfortably clears the QPR bar.

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Text from anonymous: "Bizarre change in formation and line up from Liverpool after a promising last result - it's the Rafa-lution all over again..."

Phil McNulty reports: "Plenty of pre-match interest in the teams. Andy Carroll and Jamie Carragher return for Liverpool with Craig Bellamy not risked for a third game in a week. Sir Alex Ferguson cannot call on Wayne Rooney as he recovers from knee and ankle knocks, while Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes both start in midfield. Perhaps the biggest surprise comes in goal, where David de Gea is restored with Anders Lindegaard on the bench."

Liverpool: Reina, Skrtel, Carragher, Agger, Kelly, Henderson, Gerrard, Jose Enrique, Downing, Carroll, Maxi. Subs: Doni, Johnson, Coates, Kuyt, Adam, Shelvey, Bellamy.
Man Utd: De Gea, Rafael Da Silva, Smalling, Evans, Evra, Scholes, Carrick, Giggs, Valencia, Welbeck, Park. Subs: Lindegaard, Ferdinand, Berbatov, Hernandez, Fabio Da Silva, Michael Keane, Pogba.
Referee: Mark Halsey (Lancashire)

BBC Radio 5 live
Mark Lawrenson at Anfield on BBC Radio 5 live: "I'm hoping that this game will go without incident - I think we've all had enough"

1219: QPR's Joey Barton snaps a half-volley wide from 20 yards after a neat bit of chest control. Still pretty even, with neither side able to impose themselves. A quick half-volley of your own on the refresh key will bring Football Focus to the top of this page for UK users.

1214: The first glimmer of an opening at Loftus Road. A mistake by Luke Young is seized upon by Juan Mata who drives in towards goal and unleashes a low shot. Goalkeeper Paddy Kenny is down sharpish to make the save and QPR clear for a corner.

BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty on Twitter: "Luis Suarez walks around the perimeter of the Anfield pitch carrying his young daughter. All smiles for and from the Liverpool contingent."

1211: A scrappy opening to the day's first game as Chelsea and QPR struggle to make any inroads in west London. Daniel Sturridge has had the match's first effort in anger, but, from 25 yards out, it is high and not very handsome.

Chris Williams on Twitter: "Very kind of England's cricketers to collapse [to 72 all out, meaning Pakistan win second Test by 72 runs and have an unbeatable 2-0 in the three-match series] so I dont miss the start of today's football action #bbcfootball."

1204: Anton Ferdinand has just had his first touch of the ball prompting massive cheers from the home fans. Nothing of note on the pitch as yet, as the fans focus on getting their opinions across.

Phil McNulty reports: "The Luis Suarez-Patrice Evra affair has provided the backdrop - but football is the main business as Liverpool and Manchester United fight for a place in the FA Cup fifth round. Liverpool will hope to build on reaching the Carling Cup Final while Ferguson has publicly demanded his side end a winless Anfield streak stretching back to 2007."

1159: The teams have emerged side by side from the tunnel at Loftus Road, jeers cascading down from the stands. John Terry trots straight across to applaud the travelling Chelsea support. Kick-off is now a minute away.

1158: The Football Association have confirmed that there will be no pre-match handshake between Chelsea and QPR at Loftus Road. The FA says it "has agreed to the request by both clubs in an attempt to further diffuse tensions before the match."

BREAKING TEAM NEWS: Captain Patrice Evra starts for Manchester United alongside Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs at Anfield. Andy Carroll starts up front for Liverpool.

The Sun on Twitter: "It appears no one will be shaking hands at Loftus Road as the teams are rumoured to have agreed to do away with the traditional greeting."

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1150: More murmurings, this time from one of you good, but anonymous people via text, that Andy Carroll is set to start against Manchester United. "High hopes for him today, especially if De Gea is in goal, come on Redmen," they add. Still awaiting official team news from Anfield.

1145: There are a few reports trickling in from informed members of the Twitterati that Anton Ferdinand is minded not to shake John Terry's hand.

Nabil Hassan reports: "Despite reports Anton Ferdinand might not play because he was allegedly sent a "malicious communication" in the post, the QPR defender starts. As does Ferdinand's Chelsea counterpart John Terry, so all eyes will be on their pre-match handshake. New QPR signing Nedum Onuoha is on the bench as is Gary Cahill for Chelsea, while Fernando Torres starts up front for the Blues."

QPR: Kenny, Hill, Ferdinand, Hall, Young, Mackie, Buzsaky, Barton, Wright-Phillips, Helguson, Smith. Subs: Cerny, Orr, Derry, Hulse, Ephraim, Macheda, Onuoha.
Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry, Cole, Meireles, Ramires, Sturridge, Malouda, Mata, Torres. Subs: Turnbull, Essien, Romeu, Bosingwa, Lukaku, Cahill, Bertrand.
Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)

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1138: I can imagine you might have some opinions on today's action. If so, don't be shy. Share them with the class by tweeting the commentary via the hashtag #BBCFootball or texting in via 81111 (UK).

1135: Radio 5 live Sports Extra will get in on the action with commentary on Hull v Crawley Town from 1455 GMT. The League Two high-flyers Crawley travel to East Yorkshire to face Hull who sit fifth in the Championship.

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1132: BBC Radio 5 live will be piping all today's goings-on down your lugholes from 1200 GMT. They will bring you updates from QPR v Chelsea before full commentary from a potentially highly charged match at Anfield from 1245 GMT as Liverpool take on Manchester United - the match is their first meeting since Luis Suarez was banned for eight matches for racially abusing Patrice Evra.

1127: Sounds like spring has sprung on Merseyside, the perfect time of year for a quick spruce up of the BBC Sport website then. From next month it will be laid out better, update quicker, include pictures and generally just be improved - at least we think so. Anyway, that's soon, but this is now, back to the action.

Chief football writer Phil McNulty at Anfield: "Glorious sunshine at Anfield and the pitch currently being heavily watered. Both managers appealing for calm in the build-up and one figure who has crossed this hostile divide has just strolled in through the reception area. Former Manchester United and Liverpool midfield man Paul Ince will be an interested spectator today.."

BBC Radio 5 live's Conor McNamara on Twitter: "Continuing my pursuit of an #FACup shock today at Hull City #hcafc v Crawley Town #crawleytown. 45 league places between them. The widest gulf in the 4th round."

1123: This afternoon's papers aren't full of light and fluffy stuff ahead of this afternoon's matches, but the Daily Telegraph have added a dash of much-needed humour. They report that Liverpool chairman Tom Werner was blown away by footage of Stewart Downing booting balls into bins at the Aston Villa training ground and set the wheels in motion on a summer move. One problem, the video was faked as part of a club promo. Ah.

BREAKING TEAM NEWS: Both QPR's Anton Ferdinand and Chelsea's John Terry start at Loftus Road.

1114: Of course this isn't the first time that John Terry has faced the pre-match flesh-press with some trepidation. Cast your mind back to March 2010 and you'll recall that Wayne Bridge swerved his outstretched mitt before Manchester City beat Chelsea 4-2 at Stamford Bridge. If QPR come out as fired up as the City squad was that day this will be some contest.

Nabil Hassan reports: "All eyes will be on the possibility of a conciliatory handshake between John Terry and Anton Ferdinand as QPR host west-London rivals Chelsea in the FA Cup. The game some might say has become somewhat of side show. Ferdinand is rumoured to have spent £30,000 on personal security ahead of the match, which will see him face Terry for the first time since the latter was charged with racially abusing the QPR defender in October, something Terry denies."

Chris Duffy on Twitter: "We're on the Brighton Party Bus - loads of Newcastle fans on a 8 hr trip for our FA Cup fourth round tie."

1109: We will be straight into the thick of things with the matches at Loftus Road and Anfield, but there is plenty to keep us entertained right through until tea time once the dust has settled in West London and Liverpool. Plan your day accordingly:
All kick-offs at 1500 GMT unless stated
QPR v Chelsea (1200 GMT)
Liverpool v Manchester United (1245 GMT)
Blackpool v Sheffield Wednesday
Bolton v Swansea
Derby v Stoke
Hull v Crawley
Leicester v Swindon
Millwall v Southampton
Sheffield United v Birmingham
Stevenage v Notts County
West Brom v Norwich
Brighton v Newcastle (1715 GMT)

1104: Both Kenny Dalglish and Sir Alex Ferguson have appealed for calm before Liverpool v Manchester United while the police have intercepted sinister-sounding bits of mail aimed at the QPR training ground before their match against Chelsea. The hangover from two unsavoury race rows clings to the day's early kick-offs and is going to take some shifting.

1100: Morning all, it is great to have you along for this FA Cup fourth round Saturday. Enjoy that greeting because welcomes are likely to be decidedly less warm in today's early kick-offs.

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QPR 0-1 Chelsea
28 Jan 12 |  FA Cup
Saturday's football photos
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