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Last Updated: Sunday, 11 March 2007, 20:07 GMT
FA Cup clockwatch
Blackburn Rovers 2-0 Manchester City
Chelsea 3-3 Tottenham
Plymouth Argyle 0-1 Watford


By Jonathan Stevenson

PLAYER-RATER: Unsurprisingly after a host of magnificent saves, Ben Foster is your man of the match with an impressive average rating of 8.12. Plymouth's best operator was Scott Sinclair, who scored 7.21.

"The difference between the two sides was Ben Foster at the end of the day. He just never looked like conceding a goal. Plymouth had their chances, but all Aidy Boothroyd will have wanted is to be in the draw and he's got what he wanted."
BBC Sport pundit Neil Warnock

1957: The full-time whistle goes at Home Park and Watford - 19th in the Premiership - join Blackburn Rovers in the semi-finals of the FA Cup. The home fans applaud their team off and so they should - Plymouth gave it a tremendous go and can count themselves unfortunate not to at least have a replay.

1955: Plymouth's Paul Connolly is booked for throwing the ball down on the floor in frustration. You can't really blame him, Watford have superbly managed to close out the last few moments by keeping the ball in the Argyle half.

1953: The fourth official says there will be four minutes of injury time. The home fans think that might just be enough for one last go at salvaging their FA Cup status.

1951: Ben Foster's alertness is highly impressive for such a young keeper. He seems to spot danger earlier than most and he races from his line once more to collect a Barry Hayles header that could have caused Watford some problems.

1947: Championship side Plymouth have six minutes left plus injury time to keep their FA Cup dream alive with an equaliser. The home fans crank the volume up a notch.

1941: Damien Francis is saved the embarrassment of an own goal by a great Ben Foster save, the midfielder's header from a Plymouth cross going straight towards the top corner.

1938: Last throw of the dice for Ian Holloway and Plymouth. He makes a double change, Scott Sinclair and Gary Sawyer being replaced by Peter Halmosi and Tony Capaldi.

1937: Luke McCormick makes an impressive save to prevent Watford wrapping the tie up, denying Damien Francis from close range after Hameur Bouazza showed fantastic pace down the left.

1935: Aidy Boothroyd takes off Tamas Priskin and brings on Darius Henderson.

PLAYER-RATER: Better marks this time around and it's the England goalkeeper who's standing out for you with an average rating of 7.62. His nearest challenger is the goalscorer Hameur Bouazza, on 7.33. No Plymouth players have more than 6.18, which seems a bit harsh still. Then again, maybe most Argyle fans are at Home Park. There are 20,652 people there you know.

1930: Yet another close shave for Watford. Kevin Gallen floats in a free-kick from the left and Krisztian Timar flicks a header wide having beaten Ben Foster to the ball. Plymouth have now had 14 shots - Watford have had two. But it only takes one to score a goal. Clearly.

1925: James Chambers is booked, somewhat harshly, for what the referee deems a foul on Scott Sinclair. I thought it was a good challenge, but then I'm not a referee.

1923: Lee Dixon might just have been right. Kevin Gallen works an opening on the edge of the penalty box and his goalbound drive is deflected wide.

1921: With 58 minutes on the clock, we have the first yellow card for time-wasting. Ben Foster, the Watford keeper, goes into the book. In other news, James Chambers comes on for Steve Kabba in an ostensibly defensive substitution from the Premiership side.

1918: Scott Sinclair smashes a free-kick wide from 25 yards.

1916: Plymouth carry on where they left off before the break - creating chances. David Norris latches on to a Sylvan Ebanks-Blake pass but can only fire high over the bar from a good opening.

1912: Maybe Ian Holloway isn't that ill after all. He waves his arms around frantically to try and lift the atmosphere inside Home Park. To be fair to the BBC Sport website columnist, it has gone a bit quiet.

1910: Plymouth have made a change at the break, bringing on striker Barry Hayles for midfielder Dan Gosling.

1908: And we're under way for the last 45 minutes of the day. I'll be honest, I'm flagging slightly. I was left with no choice but to go out last night as my mates were celebrating their wedding in Sri Lanka (congratulations again to Fletch and Caroline). Thankfully, I feel much better than Ian Holloway looks - the Plymouth boss, who has been suffering from flu all week, has stuffed a hot water bottle down his coat to keep the chill away.

"Kevin Gallen has been involved in everything good for Plymouth so far. He's the key to them getting back into the game. He's looked around and seen some young players and told himself he needs a big performance today."
BBC Sport pundit Lee Dixon

1851: The half-time whistle goes at Home Park and an entertaining 45 minutes comes to an end.

1844: How the blazes did Plymouth not just equalise? Sylvan Ebanks-Blake prods wide from just two yards after great work from Paul Connolly down the right. What's even stranger is that the referee gives a corner. Thankfully justice is done and Watford avert the danger.

PLAYER-RATER: You lot are being a bit harsh, aren't you? After an entertaining 35 minutes, not one single player has scored more than 6.71 so far. For the record, both Scott Sinclair and Dan Gosling are currently on that mark. After wasting that previous chance, David Norris is struggling on 4.29.

1835: Marcel Seip is booked for a rugby tackle on Tamas Priskin on the halfway line as Watford try to ease the pressure on their defence.

1833: Kevin Gallen produces a fabulous save from Ben Foster, the England goalkeeper having to fly away to his left to tip away the experienced striker's 25-yard free-kick.

1831: Plymouth are creating chances by the bucket load now and Lilian Nalis goes close once more, clipping a volley over after a long throw is flicked on in the box.

1830: Scott Sinclair is denied a goal by another great piece of defending from Dan Shittu, the big man making a tremendous, diving block to stop the on-loan winger's powerful drive.

1828: David Norris has a chance to level for Plymouth, but instead of shooting first time he tries to take the ball around Ben Foster and the Watford defenders eventually clear the danger.

1823: GOAL Plymouth 0-1 Watford
Where on earth did that come from? Like a bolt from the blue, Hameur Bouazza sends in a rocket shot with his left foot from 15 yards that crashes in off the underside of the bar after Plymouth go to sleep at a Watford corner and fail to cut out the short ball. What a blinding finish from the Frenchman.

1818: First sight of an opening for Plymouth, as Lilian Nalis has a shot blocked by Dan Shittu and then Sylvan Ebanks-Blake blazes over from the rebound.

1814: There is a lot of banter flying around at Home Park. Every time the camera focuses on Dan Shittu, the big Watford defender is smiling, this time after an aerial challenge with Plymouth keeper Luke McCormick.

1809: Early half-chance for Watford, with Tommy Smith volleying wide after Luke McCormick's punch clear from a throw landed at his feet 10 yards out.

1805: Watford suffer an early setback with striker Steve Kabba floored by a challenge from Plymouth's Hungarian centre-back Krisztian Timar. After some treatment, Kabba looks OK to continue.

1802: Referee Chris Foy gets the last FA Cup quarter-final of the weekend under way.

1759: The capacity crowd at Home Park give the two teams a rapturous welcome as the hosts aim to book a spot in the last four of the FA Cup for the first time since 1984 - when they met Watford.

1755: The whistle goes at Ewood Park and Blackburn are the first club definitely into the semi-finals of the FA Cup. Attention now turns to Home Park, where Plymouth host Watford.

1752: A Manchester City fan runs on to the pitch to have a go at Richard Dunne and the camera pans around to Stuart Pearce. A man who has given so much to English football might just be at his lowest ebb. "You're not fit to wear the shirt," the City fans who have stayed in the stands sing to their players.

1750: GOAL Blackburn 2-0 Manchester City
Matt Derbyshire sets the seal on Rovers' victory by slotting in Sergio Peter's cross at the back post and it is exactly what Blackburn deserve - they have been the better side, even with 10 men.

1747: To say Man City are a man to the good and about to go out of the FA Cup, they've pretty much offered nothing in the last 10 minutes. How Stuart Pearce must wish he could get out on to the pitch to try and change the game.

1744: Blackburn bring on Jason Roberts for Benni McCarthy, a like-for-like replacement in attack.

1741: I was wrong. Emile Mpenza is brought on and he has around nine minutes to keep Manchester City in the FA Cup. The massively disappointing Bernardo Corradi is replaced.

1740: Blackburn make another substitution, with Tugay taken off and German midfielder Sergio Peter introduced.

1737: Darius Vassell gets a shooting opportunity on the edge of the penalty area, but he screws his right-foot shot badly wide.

1737: Team news from the last quarter-final, which kicks off at 1800 GMT. Plymouth's veteran striker Kevin Gallen starts and replaces the Cup-tied Rory Fallon. Watford keeper Ben Foster makes his return from a dead leg while Steve Kabba is promoted to start in attack.

1736: So Dietmar Hamann is replaced by the Greek striker, who comes on to a muted reaction from the away fans.

1735: Georgios Samaras appears to be preparing himself to come on. Looks like we might not see Emile Mpenza after all, which seems a shame. The City fans don't seem hugely impressed anymore, either.

1728: SENT OFF
Aaron Mokoena
goes from hero to villain and Mark Hughes is absolutely aghast on the touchline. The South African hauls Bernardo Corradi down to pick up his second booking and sets up what should now be a cracking last 20 minutes. Hopefully.

1725: Matt Derbyshire is flagged for offside. Nothing particularly noteworthy about that, except that must be about four times in three minutes he's gone too early. Persistent offending, maybe? Though to be fair to him, one of the decisions was a woeful one.

1722: Richard Dunne heads a Joey Barton free-kick straight back across goal, but there are no Man City players busting a gut to get on the end of it. Moments later Dunne picks up a booking for a clumsy foul on Benni McCarthy.

1719: City are shoving everyone forward already and Bernardo Corradi gets his head to a corner only to see it fly wide.

1717: Man City make their first change of the day with the ineffective Sun Jihai taken off and DaMarcus Beasley on in his place to provide a greater attacking threat.

1715: Just as it looked like City were there for the taking, they go close to levelling matters. Stephen Ireland makes a clever run in behind the Rovers rearguard and his cross finds Bernardo Corradi, who can only steer a left-foot shot wide from five yards.

1713: Blackburn are all over City and if they score again you have to feel this game is finished. Matt Derbyshire gtes his head on another David Bentley cross but it is bravely blocked by Sylvain Distin.

1710: David Bentley goes agonisingly close to doubling Blackburn's lead, chipping magnificently over Nicky Weaver and on to the crossbar from 25 yards after Sylvain Distin had ludicrously gifted him possession.

1709: As the action gets under way again Darius Vassell times his run perfectly and races on to a through ball, but the linesman wrongly puts his flag up and Man City are denied a chance to get back on level terms. Blackburn have brought on Zurab Khizanishvili for the injured Ryan Nelsen.

PLAYER-RATER: So far the leading player is on the losing side - you reckon Joey Barton is the game's star performer at the halfway stage, with an average mark of 7.86, with Blackburn's David Bentley not too far behind on 7.72. Nicky Weaver fans seem to be a bit thin on the ground though - the City keeper's languishing behind on 4.05 at present.

1649: The half-time whistle is blown at Ewood Park and a pretty uninspiring 45 minutes comes to an end with the hosts leading 1-0, thanks to Aaron Mokoena's strike. We already know it's his first goal for the club - but did you know this is his 79th appearance for Blackburn?

1639: A remarkable cross by Morten Gamst Pedersen, which ends up going out of play on the halfway line to hand Man City a throw. The Norwegian just mis-hit a volley from the right, that's all.

1636: Bernardo Corradi and Joey Barton are having an argument in the Blackburn half. Barton is frustrated after playing a brilliant through ball in for Corradi, only for the Italian to mis-control the ball and the chance to go begging.

1629: GOAL Blackburn 1-0 Manchester City
Aaron Mokoena
scores his first goal in English football and it comes after some poor defending from City, who fail to clear a cross from the left and following some pinball in the box, the South African slams a shot into the bottom left-hand corner of Nicky Weaver's net. First blood Blackburn.

1628: Joey Barton is booked for a cynical foul on Tugay which leaves the Turkish veteran needing some treatment.

1627: Golden chance for Blackburn to take the lead and a lovely move out of character with the game's opening. David Bentley sends in a terrific cross from the right that evades Micah Richards and lands on Matt Derbyshire's head, but the youngster can only nod over from eight yards.

1621: Stephen Ireland, a promising player, forces a near-post save from Brad Friedel, but the whistle had already gone for offside after Bernardo Corradi had flicked the ball on. City are in control at the moment.

1618: It's not exactly matching the first game of the day, this one. To give you an example, in trying to control the ball, Dietmar Hamann can merely poke it out for a Blackburn throw.

1614: Benni McCarthy gets a shove in the back from Sylvain Distin and requires a couple of minutes of treatment, but the in-form South African striker seems fine to carry on.

1609: Richard Dunne is allowed to have a free run at a Joey Barton corner, but Mike Dean again blows up for a foul. City are looking lively and Michael Ball has been in the action a lot so far.

1605: I know this gets said an awful lot about Manchester City fans, but they are in terrific voice early on at Ewood Park. They make a deafening noise - but can the team respond to their fantastic support?

1604: Tugay whips an early ball into the box and the referee is into the action early, giving a free-kick for an alleged foul on Man City keeper Nicky Weaver.

1602: Referee Mike Dean gets things under way at Ewood Park. Now does anyone want to secure a place in the FA Cup quarter-finals this year? The final will be at the brand spanking new Wembley Stadium, you know.

1553: So how bad are things at Man City at the moment? Well, they've lost their last four league games and sit just six points above the Premiership drop zone. But the FA Cup has provided Stuart Pearce and his team with some much-needed relief so far this season and they were full value for their 3-1 win at Preston in the last round. Could Pearce save his job by steering City to their first FA Cup triumph since 1969?

1545: But the Belgian is on the bench and we can expect to see him at some stage. Mpenza was slaughtered in his homeland for going to play in Qatar last year. "I make this move as revenge with respect to all those who criticised my decision to play in Qatar," he said upon joining City. Blimey.

1530: Teams are in. Blackburn midfielder Tugay returns to the side at the expense of the suspended David Dunn, while Manchester City start with Sun Jihai, Dietmar Hamann and Darius Vassell. So the answer is: No, Mpenza does not start.

1525: The question all Man City are asking is: Will Emile Mpenza make his first start? With Georgios Samaras and Bernardo Corradi both out of form, the 28-year-old Belgian could just be thrust into the fray.

1518: Life is much more enjoyable if you're Blackburn boss Mark Hughes at the moment. They have responded to being knocked out of the Uefa Cup by beating Portsmouth and Bolton in the Premiership and dumping Arsenal out of the FA Cup.

1513: Manchester City manager Stuart Pearce is widely reported to be under real pressure to save his job. After Blackburn, they face Chelsea at home on Wednesday and then Middlesbrough and Newcastle away.

1454: If you still fancy a flutter, Chelsea are now 7-2 to win the FA Cup. Bet you wish you'd backed them at 10-1 now, don't you? Spurs are 7-1, while Manchester United remain favourites at 5-2. Blackburn are 9-1 and Manchester City are 23-1, incidentally. Team news from Ewood Park should be in shortly.

"In the end it was a fair result. The feeling among the Spurs fans is that they brought it on themselves by taking off their two best players. Buit fair play Chelsea. Don't let anyone tell you the Cup means nothing to the big four clubs, judging by Jose Mourinho's reaction!"
BBC Sport's Lewis Wiltshire

"That is one of the best games of football you will ever see."
BBC Sport pundit Alan Hansen

PLAYER-RATER: Spurs striker Dimitar Berbatov is still by far and away your man of the match with a Player Rater mark of 8.51, with team-mate Aaron Lennon on 8.07. Chelsea's best performer is two-goal hero Frank Lampard, who you only deem worthy of 6.71 at the moment.

"You just don't know who to praise or who to criticise after a game like that. I think Chelsea showed tremendous strength of character to still be in the FA Cup."
BBC Sport pundit Alan Hansen

1438: The final whistle goes at Stamford Bridge to end an absolutely magnificent FA Cup quarter-final tie. Martin Jol and Jose Mourinho share a tender embrace and football has been the real winner today.

1436: Didier Zokora shoots straight at Petr Cech from 20 yards when Mido and Steed Malbranque were both well-placed.

1435: He's done nothing all game but suddenly Andriy Shevchenko bursts into life, skips past three defenders and fires in a right-foot shot from 25 yards that only just flies past the post.

1433: Jermain Defoe goes on a sensational run down the right and slams in a ferocious shot from a tight angle that crashes against Petr Cech's crossbar with the goalkeeper well beaten. What an end that would have been to a truly memorable Cup tie.

1432: If there's one thing I can't understand about football, it's why managers change formation so many times during a game. Why did Martin Jol have to go to 3-5-2 when Spurs had outplayed Chelsea with a 4-4-2?

1430: GOAL Chelsea 3-3 Tottenham
You just knew it. Salomon Kalou sends Stamford Bridge into raptures with a clinical volley from 12 yards after Didier Drogba climbs high to win a header and knock the ball down to him.

1429: Chelsea appeal for a penalty again after Anthony Gardner blocks off Michael Ballack, but there's nothing doing. Five minutes to go plus stoppages - it's squeaky bum time for Tottenham fans.

1427: Radek Cerny is booked for time-wasting. Well you would, wouldn't you? They haven't won at Stamford Bridge for 17 years, for crying out loud.

1425: Michael Essien - hobbling, still - smashes in a shot from 25 yards that flashes past Radek Cerny's right-hand post. Hossam Ghaly then strolls off and Anthony Gardner comes on in his place.

1422: Jose Mourinho is furious with referee Mike Riley after Mido wins a free-kick right in front of him by the touchline. It was a foul, to be fair to both Mido and Riley. But the Portuguese is not a happy camper.

1420: Aaron Lennon's work as tormentor-in-chief, surprisingly, is over. He is replaced by Steed Malbranque.

1419: There are still gaping holes in the Chelsea defence - no surprise really as they only have two proper defenders on pitch in Khalid Boulahrouz and Ricardo Carvalho. Didier Zokora this time surges into the Blues half and rifles in a shot from 20 yards that Petr Cech parries away.

1415: GOAL Chelsea 2-3 Tottenham
It's not over yet, that's for sure. Frank Lampard bags his 20th goal of the season and his second of the contest, slamming into the net from four yards as Spurs again fail to defend properly at a corner.

1411: Ricardo Carvalho slams a shot goalwards as Spurs struggle to defend a corner, but the ball hits his team-mate Salomon Kalou and Spurs eventually clear their lines.

1410: Spurs now make a change, with Dimitar Berbatov given a standing ovation as he is taken off and replaced by the fit-again Egyptian striker Mido.

1408: Ashley Cole's foul on Aaron Lennon is his last action of the game, as Jose Mourinho hauls him off and brings on Salomon Kalou in his place.

1404: The big Bulgarian's effort clips off the top of the wall and flies away for a corner which Chelsea defend properly, to make a nice change.

1403: Chelsea just cannot handle Aaron Lennon's trickery. Ashley Cole commits a cynical foul on the edge of the box and is lucky to get away with just a yellow card. In my opinion, anyway. It's in Dimitar Berbatov territory.

1401: Chelsea make another change, with Lassana Diarra withdrawn and Khalid Boulahrouz on in his place.

1358: Arjen Robben, what are you doing? Trying to ruin a perfectly good game, by the looks of it. The Dutch winger falls down in the penalty area and the Spurs defenders are rightly livid with his attempts to buy a penalty. He's not booked though, for some reason.

1356: Tottenham have two chances to sew it up, but Petr Cech makes a fabulous save to deny Aaron Lennon and then palms the ball clear after Jermain Defoe misses with a free header three yards out.

PLAYER-RATER: Dimitar Berbatov is still well in front on Player Rater, with 8.41. Chelsea's marks leave much to be desired, with Michael Essien the lowest so far on a paltry 4.19.

1352: Clearly Chelsea are going to throw everything they have at Tottenham. Didier Drogba flicks in Frank Lampard, but his shot lacks power and Radek Cerny saves easily.

1351: We're just a minute into the second half and Michael Ballack has already had two half-chances with his head, the second one well-defended by Michael Dawson.

1351: "I'm told there's been a row in the tunnel between Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho and referee Mike Riley. Martin Jol's apparently had a word too, so it's all getting quite exciting."
BBC Sport commentator John Motson

1346: "Aaron Lennon is causing havoc in his role behind the front two, no-one is picking him up. Weather's beautiful too and there's a great atmosphere, but only at one end. I'm not coming to work tomorrow as I'm going to have a party. Everyone in the world is invited."
BBC Sport's Lewis Wiltshire

1344: The draw for the semi-final, incidentally, takes place at 1330 GMT on Monday, live on BBC Two.

1339: If you still fancy Chelsea, you can now get them at 10-1 to win the FA Cup. Spurs have come crashing down to 4-1, while Manchester United are the heavy favourites at 5-2.

"Spurs have been brilliant. They've picked up first balls, every second ball - Didier Zokora has dominated the midfield and Chelsea can't get near either Aaron Lennon or Dimitar Berbatov."
BBC Sport pundit Alan Shearer

"I've never seen Chelsea so poor both defensively and across the midfield at home, certainly not for a long, long time. Take nothing away from Tottenham, but Chelsea have been dreadful."
BBC Sport pundit Mark Lawrenson

1333: The whistle blows for half-time at the end of a breathless first half at Stamford Bridge.

1329: Didier Zokora brings down Andriy Shevchenko just outside the box and Didier Drogba slams the free-kick straight at Radek Cerny.

1326: I'm convinced there aren't any defenders out there. Arjen Robben plays in a wicked free-kick that skims off Michael Dawson's head and Michael Essien somehow flicks a header wide from just three yards. He had the freedom of the box.

1323: Some good news for the hosts as Didier Drogba looks like he's shaken off his injury. He chests the ball down to Andriy Shevchenko, but the Ukraine striker's shot flies over the crossbar.

1321: GOAL Chelsea 1-3 Tottenham
So it didn't work, then. Hossam Ghaly takes advantage of some frankly pathetic defending to run straight through on goal and slot under the body of the advancing Petr Cech. This is absolutely astonishing.

1319: This is remarkable. With Didier Drogba and Michael Essien struggling and his team losing, Jose Mourinho decides to take off Paulo Ferreira and bring on Shaun Wright-Phillips.

1318: Anything you can do... Michael Dawson is within inches of conceding another own goal, the stand-in skipper saved embarrassment by a goalline Paul Stalteri clearance after a mix-up with keeper Radek Cerny.

1316: My word are the problems mounting up for Chelsea. Michael Essien pulls up with what looks like a hamstring problem, and Didier Drogba is still massively struggling to break into anything other than a light jog. Club doctor Brian English is on hand for a quick assessment.

1313: GOAL Chelsea 1-2 Tottenham
What was that about a 3-3 classic? Spurs put together their first decent move for a while and it ends up with a bizarre Michael Essien own goal. Aaron Lennon finds space on the right wing and sends in a cross that Petr Cech looks to be gathering comfortably, before Essien loses the plot and sticks one in his own net.

1310: Problem for Chelsea, potentially a big one. Didier Drogba goes up for a header with Ricardo Rocha and lands awkwardly, the Ivorian needing a couple of minutes of treatment before he can continue. He's still walking gingerly, mind.

1307: GOAL Chelsea 1-1 Tottenham
Michael Ballack sends in a shot from outside the box that is going well wide, but Frank Lampard has gambled on getting forward and the England midfielder stabs home from 10 yards to equalise. 19 for the season now for Lamps.

1305: Better from Chelsea. Some neat approach play gets in Paulo Ferreira down the right, but Ricardo Rocha gets across intelligently to put the ball out for a corner, which Spurs clear.

1302: "David Beckham is in the crowd today - I gather one of the reasons he's come to the game is to see John Terry."
BBC Sport commentator John Motson

1259: He might lose a few points there, though. Dimitar Berbatov is sent clear down the right and instead of cutting into the box and shooting, he plays in a poor cross which eludes the on-rushing Jermain Defoe. Chelsea defenders nowhere to be seen.

PLAYER-RATER:No surprise early on in our Player Rater, as Dimitar Berbatov races into the lead with an average rating of 8.50.

1255: Last night, Barcelona and Real Madrid shared the spoils in a 3-3 thriller and defenders were very much at a premium. I'm not saying this will be 3-3, but it's shaping up early on to be a classic end-to-end Cup tie. Michael Essien heads a Frank Lampard free-kick over.

1250: GOAL Chelsea 0-1 Tottenham
Would this count as a shock? You bet it would. Spurs slice Chelsea apart with a lovely move, Jermain Defoe finding Aaron Lennon and the England winger playing in Dimitar Berbatov to brilliantly smash the ball past Petr Cech from 10 yards. Game on.

1249: Last time Spurs played Chelsea, Aaron Lennon tormented the Blues. He sends in an early shot that Petr Cech gets down easily to save.

1247: Warning signs for Paul Stalteri early doors as Arjen Robben flies past him as if he wasn't even there. Luckily for Spurs, Didier Zokora is on hand to get rid of the danger.

1245: Proceedings are very much under way in the first of Sunday's three FA Cup quarter-final ties.

1243: Michael Dawson captains Spurs at the Bridge today and the 23-year-old former Nottingham Forest centre-back proudly leads his side out alongside Frank Lampard.

1242: Wherever you are - be it at Stamford Bridge itself, down the pub with your mates or at home with the family, let us know your thoughts throughout what promises to be a fabulous FA Cup tie. Text us on 81111 to air your views.

1240: "Drogba scores all types of goals for me. He's got pace, power, he bullies defenders, he scores great, great goals. But also he is brilliant at defending from corners - it's an ugly side of the game, but he does it so well."
BBC Sport pundit Alan Shearer

1236: "It is a great relief to all Spurs fans that John Terry isn't playing."
BBC Sport's Mark Fleming

1225: Sunday's FA Cup quarter-final action is due to get under way in 20 minutes time at Stamford Bridge.

1223: Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho and Spurs boss Martin Jol are sitting together in the sun-drenched stands chatting away like the best of friends. "I don't know Martin," said Mourinho at his pre-match news conference. You do now, Jose.

1218: It is a happy birthday to Berbatov's opposite number, Chelsea's Didier Drogba. The Ivorian is 29 today and talking of bang in form - he has 29 goals to his name so far this season. That's 18 more than Andriy Shevchenko, incidentally.

1211: Dimitar Berbatov is going through his pre-match warm-up of stretches and very, very slow jogging. But Chelsea beware - the Bulgarian hitman is bang in form with four goals in five games and his hold-up play will be vital to Spurs.

1201: So Middlesbrough and Manchester United both go into the hat for Monday's semi-final draw after Saturday's entertaining encounter at the Riverside, but which of Chelsea or Tottenham are going to join them?


Chelsea decide against recalling John Terry and they make one change from the Champions League win over Porto, recalling Paolo Ferreira and resting Claude Makelele. Lassana Diarra reverts from right-back to midfield.

Spurs have injury problems with Paul Robinson and Robbie Keane ruled out, so Radek Cerny makes his seventh appearance for the club between the posts and Jermain Defoe starts up front, while Paul Stalteri, Ricardo Rocha and Hossam Ghaly are back.

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