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Live - FA Cup



RESULTS
Gillingham 1-2 Aston Villa
Southampton 0-3 Man Utd

FULL FOURTH-ROUND DRAW

GOALFLASHES AND MAJOR INCIDENTS (all times GMT)

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By Caroline Cheese

1810: That's your lot then. Jonathan Stevenson will host Blyth Spartans v Blackburn tomorrow evening. He may also have a word or two to say about Nottingham Forest's super 3-0 win over Manchester City as well as the fourth-round derby against, well, Derby. Thanks very much for your company on this magical weekend.

1805: Macca speaks thus: "Danny Welbeck had the Player Rater gong in his hands but Dimitar Berbatov finished like a steam train to trump the youngster with an impressive 7.78. Spare a thought for poor old Matt Paterson, who is heading in the opposite direction on a paltry 2.41. Player Rater can be a cruel world sometimes." Rate the players

1802: "It's been a completely professional performance by Manchester United - they didn't even give Southampton a sniff of a shock from the start and the only way they could have improved on that showing was to score more goals. Saints, on the other hand, showed why they are in trouble at the wrong end of the Championship. Boss Jan Poortvliet undoubtedly has some talented youngsters but they have no cutting edge."
BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at St Mary's

1800: I'm sure Saints boss Jan Poortvliet will have something to say about referee Mike Riley after Matt Paterson's sending-off and the second-half penalty, but I don't think he can argue that Saints deserved anything out of the game. United always had too much for his young side.

1756: A home tie against Tottenham awaits Manchester United in the fourth round. Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has won twice at Old Trafford in the FA Cup, and was also manager of Bournemouth when the Cherries stunned United in the third round in 1984.
Fourth-round draw

1754: FULL-TIME Southampton 0-3 Man Utd

1754: "Say whatever you like about this game, I think Kelvin Davis can walk away with his head held high despite the scoreline."
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1753: Rodrigo Possebon plays in Nani, but the winger attempts to beat the defender instead of setting up a team-mate and Saints recover. Two minutes of injury time remaining.

1751: "That goal by Darron Gibson was the cue for many Saints fans to head for the exits and even more are streaming out of the ground now. They've not had much to shout about all game really - Manchester United have totally dominated and could probably have scored more goals had they felt like it."
BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at St Mary's

1750: Wayne Rooney's rasping volley is palmed away by Kelvin Davis. Couple of minutes remaining, plus injury time.

1746: "No it wasn't a penalty, but you just can't jump with your arms in the air when you're in the wall! Can understand why Mike Riley got it wrong."
Nick, London, via text on 81111

1743: GOAL Southampton 0-3 Man Utd
Lovely finish. Dimitar Berbatov - yes, him again - sends Wayne Rooney rampaging down the left and he crosses for Darron Gibson, who flicks the ball up and volleys home his first goal for United.

1742: Dimitar Berbatov ambles past about three defenders with some sublime skill before laying the ball off to Darron Gibson, whose shot is blocked. Seconds later, Nani canters claear down the right but his chipped cross is straight to a defender. Still 11 minutes remaining.

1739: "With victory all but wrapped up, Manchester United fans have turned their attention to neighbours Manchester City - who aren't exactly living up to their tag of 'richest club in the world' right now. We've just been treated to a rousing chorus of 'City going down with money in the bank' and 'This is how it feels to be City, this is how it feels to be small, this is how it feels when your team wins nothing at all' (to the tune of the old Inspiral Carpets number)."
BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at St Mary's

1735: A despairing challenge by Lloyd James on Dimitar Berbatov gives United a free-kick just outside the box but Nani lifts it over the bar.

1734: Wayne Rooney's bulldozing run gets him into the box and he unselfishly plays the ball back for Dimitar Berbatov, who in turn sets up Darron Gibson - shot blasted over the bar. Rooney responds by windmilling his arms in an attempt to gee up his team-mates.

1733: "Re 1724: Berbatov has been made to look 'caviar' today by poor class opposition. Unfortunately in the Premier League he is very 'ham and eggs'."
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1731: A final change from Southampton. Lee Holmes replaces Ryan Smith, who had Saints' best chance of the match.

1727: Another nonchalant flick from Dimitar Berbatov gives Wayne Rooney his first chance of the afternoon, but Oliver Lancashire's challenge pushes the substitute wide and keeper Kelvin Davis does the rest by narrowing the angle.

1725: Bad news Saints fans. With 27 minutes remaining, Wayne Rooney replaces Danny Welbeck. The youngster gets a good reception from the visiting fans after his first-half goal.

1724: "You've got caviar and you've got ham and eggs - and Dimitar Berbatov is definitely caviar." So says BBC 5 Live analyst Ian Holloway anyway. Not sure what foodstuff I would compare him to, but the Bulgarian has shown flashes of pure class this afternoon.

1723: "Poor old Ryan Smith still can't quite believe his missed chance (see 1716) for Southampton a few minutes ago - he's been walking around the right flank with his head in his hands or looking to the sky."
BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at St Mary's

1718: A double change by both sides. Saints bring on Kayne McLaggon and Morgan Schneiderli for Oscar Gobern and Simon Gillett. For Manchester United, Rodrigo Possebon and Darron Gibson replace Ryan Giggs and Michael Carrick.

1717: Michael Carrick smacks a shot just wide of the post, and I fear Saints are in for a thrashing.

1716: Saints youngster Ryan Smith goes on a dazzling run, cutting inside two United defenders on the right but with the goal begging, he shoots wastefully wide.

1712: Kelvin Davis makes a brilliant save from Danny Welbeck to prevent a third for United and a few seconds later the visitors want another penalty when Welbeck is crowded out by two Saints defenders. Mike Riley keeps quiet on this occasion.

1710: GOAL Southampton 0-2 Man Utd
Mike Riley, run away, run away now. That's a shocking decision. United win a free-kick and Nani's effort comes off the back of David McGoldrick's head. Penalty says Riley - which Nani tucks away.

1709: PENALTY TO MAN UTD

1707: Right then. Cups of tea out the way (I wish), we're under way again.

1704: Lots of you sniffing offside about Manchester United's goal. Danny Welbeck might have been just in front of the last man when John O'Shea connected with his header. I must admit I didn't notice at the time but the slow motion proves it's marginal.

1658: Southampton boss Jan Poortvliet had a strong word or two for referee Mike Riley as the teams headed down the tunnel at half-time. Seeing another replay, I think Riley was right.

1656: Heeeeeere's Macca: "It is a tale of two teenagers at half-time in Player Rater-land. Danny Welbeck is your bright, young thing on 7.55, while Matt Paterson will no doubt be sulking in the corner after seeing his rating of 4.60. Why not have your say?"
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1654: I'm waiting for another replay of Matt Paterson's challenge. It was one of those ones that looked 100 times worse in slow motion than it did in real time - and despite the fact that Paterson seemed to connect very, very firmly with Nemanja Vidic's shin, the United defender didn't make a great deal of it.

1653: "Let's be honest, it's not been a great first 45 minutes for Southampton. Manchester United are 1-0 up and strolling - completely in control and Saints are down to 10 men too. The home fans around me can't even make their 'sack the board' chants heard - United's supporters are still drowning them out."
BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at St Mary's

1651: Resounding boos for referee Mike Riley from the home fans as the half-time whistle blows. Southampton have a mammoth task to get back into this - but it's still only 1-0.

1650: HALF-TIME Southampton 0-1 Man Utd

1648: Danny Welbeck is back on the pitch and almost back among the goals but Kelvin Davis sticks a foot out to stop the shot sneaking into the corner from Nani's right-wing cross.

1645: Danny Welbeck is having treatment after picking up an injury in a challenge. Couple of minutes to go until half-time.

1642: This is getting silly now. Southampton keeper Kelvin Davis catches the ball and is blatantly blocked by John O'Shea as he tries to throw. That's a yellow for O'Shea.

1640: Referee Mike Riley now has his yellow card out for Rudi Skacel, who blocks Nani. Southampton's hopes in tatters here.

1637: RED CARD Southampton
Matt Paterson - who has already been warned by the referee after several industrial challenges - gets a straight red for a lunge at Nemanja Vidic. It doesn't look good on the replay.

1635: Jonny Evans's control at the back lets him down badly and David McGoldrick latches onto the ball - only to be tripped by Evans as he looks to race clear. Yellow for the defender, and United survive the free-kick.

1633: "We've just been told the attendance at St Mary's - it's 31,901, which is almost double Southampton's usual gate this season. Not sure how many of these fans will be back for the next home game here, against Doncaster Rovers on 17 January."
BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at St Mary's

1630: "It's going to be 2-0..." screams an excitable John Motson as Dimitar Berbatov's delicious flicked pass lets in Michael Carrick. The midfielder lifts the ball over the keeper but Chris Perry comes in with a last-ditch tackle just as Carrick is about to put the icing on the cake.

1627: "Fair play to the Man Utd fans, even before they scored, they were making a lot of noise - they haven't stopped singing all game in fact. Saints fans have gone very quiet since Danny Welbeck scored though - and another United goal would kill this tie stone dead."
BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at St Mary's

1624: Southampton need to steel themselves here. Matthew Paterson trips Nani from behind to concede the free-kick. Ryan Giggs' delivery is headed away, but John O'Shea slides the ball back in for Dimitar Berbatov. Shot blocked by Chris Perry.

1621: GOAL Southampton 0-1 Man Utd
From the corner, Kelvin Davis produces another brilliant save to push John O'Shea's header onto the bar but Danny Welbeck is right in front of goal to bury the follow-up.

1621: Kelvin Davis to the rescue again, tipping Nani's fierce drive over the bar.

1619: "It's been a decent start by Southampton but you can see why they struggle to score goals - just 22 in 26 league games this season and only nine at home. They are playing some pretty passing football but Matt Paterson is often isolated up front and, for all Saints' possession, they haven't forced Edwin van der Sar into a save of note."
BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at St Mary's

1619: Now United threaten. Dimitar Berbatov sets up Nani with a stunning backheel but Kelvin Davis gets down well to save the winger's low effort.

1617: Lovely stuff from the hosts, David McGoldrick threading a clever pass through for Andrew Surman on the inside left channel but Jonny Evans clears the cross.

1614: First sight of goal for Danny Welbeck but Andrew Surman is in quickly to block.

1614: Dimitar Berbatov skips into space on the right of the box but Saints keeper Kelvin Davis deals with the cross.

1612: Ryan Smith picks up the ball in a promising position on the far right of the box but his chipped cross is to no-one in particular. Fabulous atmosphere at St Mary's where Saints have made a reasonable start. United yet to get going.

1610: "C'mon Kettering, we can beat Fulham. Proud to support the highest scorers of the FA Cup."
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1609: For the moment, Anderson is playing on the left for Manchester United with Ryan Giggs partnering Michael Carrick in the middle. Giggs has a pop at goal but it's wayward.

1608: "Southampton's 1976 FA Cup-winning manager Lawrie McMenemy, who was on the club's board until the return of Rupert Lowe as chairman, is sat about 10 yards to my left. Big Lawrie isn't allowed in the directors' box anymore - to say him and Lowe don't get on is a bit of an understatement - but he still watches Saints from his own private box, which has got 'Lawrie' written in huge letters above it."
BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at St Mary's

1606: Sir Alex Ferguson has his arms in the air after Matthew Paterson catches Jonny Evans late. The United defender gets gingerly to his feet but seems OK.

1603: As the players settle, I shall dazzle you with a stat. Saints' south-coast neighbours Bournemouth were the last lower-league club to knock Manchester United out of the Cup - back in 1984.

1601: Manchester United get the game under way.

1557: "It's freezing cold at St Mary's, where gates have fallen to below 17,000 this season. But this game sold out weeks ago - it's not often Manchester United United are in town these days."
BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at St Mary's

1555: I would really love to say that Southampton have got a chance, but I can't. Expecting a Man United thrashing here, but this is the FA Cup..."
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1551: "Awesome draw for the Bluebirds! Big game for our last season at Ninian Park. Que sera sera..."
Nick, Cardiff fan, via text on 81111

1545: "Gasps of excitement at St Mary's at the news Saints will be up against Spurs and former boss Harry Redknapp if they reach the next round. The bad news is they have to beat Man Utd first."
BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at St Mary's

1543: Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson leaves Wayne Rooney on the bench and rests Cristiano Ronaldo altogether, while Rio Ferdinand (back) remains sidelined and Carlos Tevez is still at home in Argentina. Southampton make two changes from the side which drew with Reading. Olly Lancashire and Andrew Surman replace Lee Holmes and Jack Cork.

1541: Get the draw reaction rolling please folks. Manchester United are up against Southampton shortly and victory will see them host Tottenham in the next round.

1538: How's about that then? Liverpool and Everton are first out of the hat (which isn't a hat) and Nottingham Forest's reward for thrashing Manchester City is a trip to fierce rivals Derby.

1532: Right, eyes to the top of the page and F5 button at the ready, the fourth-round draw featuring 46 clubs is coming up.

1531: TEAMS Southampton v Man Utd
Southampton: Davis, James, Perry, Lancashire, Skacel, Smith, McGoldrick, Gillett, Surman, Gobern, Paterson. Subs: Forecast, Schneiderlin, Wright-Phillips, Euell, Holmes, Molyneux, McLaggon.
Man Utd: Van der Sar, Neville, Evans, Vidic, O'Shea, Nani, Anderson, Carrick, Giggs, Welbeck, Berbatov. Subs: Kuszczak, Rooney, Park, Rafael Da Silva, Fletcher, Gibson, Possebon.

1529: Here's Macca: "What a day for James Milner. Two goals to send Villa through to a rare appearance in the FA Cup fourth round. On top of that he's only gone and bagged top spot in the Player Rater standings with a champagne-popping mark of 7.29. He must think it's his birthday (it is his birthday). Still time for you to put the icing on his cake by adding your marks.
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1525: That contentious late penalty means Aston Villa move into the fourth round at the expense of unlucky Gillingham. Villa will be ball number 32 in the draw, which takes place imminently.

1523: FULL-TIME Gillingham 1-2 Aston Villa

1522: Corner for Gillingham in the dying seconds... cleared by Villa.

1522: "Since when was someone brought down when haring in on goal a soft peno? Clear contact, clear spot-kick. Most commentators seem to have their rose-tinted 'magic of the Cup' specs on for that decision."
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1520: Only a couple of minutes for Gillingham to salvage a replay. Andy Barcham races into the penalty area but is robbed by Craig Gardner.

1516: "That is absolutely gutting, robbed in our biggest match for ages by a dive."
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1514: Keith Stroud piles more misery on Gillingham by awarding a goal-kick after Stuart Lewis's cross comes off Curtis Davies' head.

1512: Young is being barracked by the home fans. It did look like a very soft penalty.

1511: Those are Milner's first goals for Villa since September 2005 when he scored twice in the 8-3 win over Wycombe in the League Cup during his loan spell. That's a drought of 52 games.

1507: GOAL Gillingham 1-2 Aston Villa
Ashley Young appears to be looking for the penalty as he collides with Adam Miller on the left of the area - but Keith Stroud is convinced. James Milner slots the spot-kick confidently into the corner.

1507: PENALTY TO VILLA

1506: Ashley Young gets the better of Stuart Lewis, and he hasn't done that too often. The Gillingham right-back concedes the free-kick but Simon Royce punches away Young's effort.

1505: Good spell of pressure from Villa. Craig Gardner has two decent efforts blocked before Zat Knight crosses for fellow defender Curtis Davies to head over.

1503: Nathan Delfouneso sends a fizzing strike just wide - and that's his last contribution. Marlon Harewood is on.

1459: Right, Ashley Young is back on now - but now Zat Knight needs some attention after Simon Royce rather rashly comes to the edge of his box to punch clear and takes out the Villa defender as well. Knight looks like he should be OK though.

1457: Brad Friedel spots Ashley Young racing away down the right and flings a mammoth throw to the halfway line. Young flicks it past Mark Bentley, but the defender catches him late. Martin O'Neill is furious, the Villa fans want a red card - but Bentley escapes with a yellow. Young limps off for further treatment.

1455: A couple of tasty challenges on the pitch prompts Martin O'Neill to express his displeasure to Gillingham counterpart Mark Stimson. The fourth official steps in to keep the peace.

1454: Andy Barcham catches Stiliyan Petrov and Keith Stroud immediately brings out the yellow card. No complaints either.

1451: The camera pans to Marlon Harewood sitting on the Villa bench. He seems an unlikely potential hero - but this is the FA Cup.

1450: The Priestfield Stadium is rocking now, and you can't honestly say the League Two side didn't deserve that.

1447: GOAL Gillingham 1-1 Aston Villa
Crackerjack of a strike. Gary Mulligan flicks a header on for Simeon Jackson, who makes a mug of Zat Knight, racing past the defender before smashing an unstoppable right-foot shot past Brad Friedel. Brilliant. The cupset is back on.

1444: Neat passing from Aston Villa and James Milner eventually crosses for Nathan Delfouneso, who makes a hash of his header and sees it drift towards the sideline.

1442: Nicky Shorey takes a free-kick from the right, not far beyond the halfway line but can only plant it straight into Simon Royce's arms. Shorey's afternoon isn't getting any better.

1439: James Milner latches on to a long pass on the left and cuts inside before stinging Simon Royce's hands with a well-struck effort.

1435: Aston Villa get the second half under way at the Priestfield Stadium.

1433: A reminder that the fourth-round draw follows this game at around 1525 GMT. I will, of course, bring you news as it happens. Does anyone know if the FA Cup draw was ever made out of an actual hat? And what sort of hat was it?

1431: A quick google search reveals cupset is slowly but surely making its way into the English language. I'm sure it's only a matter of time before the Oxford English Dictionary come calling.
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1425: "Was the word 'Cupset' just so 2008? Not seen it used much this weekend."
Simon, Edinburgh, via text on 81111
Absolutely not. Just going for a more subtle approach this year.

1423: A welcome appearance from Macca for you... "Time for some player ratings via the wonders of Player Rater. Your half-time hero is Villa's goalscorer James Milner, who is sitting pretty on 7.47, while your villain of the day so far is Simon King on an ugly looking 4.75. Why not spend the interval punching in some numbers of your own? Rate the players

1420: The sweet sound of Madness's Driving In My Car rings out at the Priestfield Stadium as the players head for the warmth of the dressing rooms. Gillingham have made an impressive recovery since conceding that early goal - but no equaliser to show for their troubles.

1419: HALF-TIME Gillingham 0-1 Aston Villa

1418: Ashley Young beats Mark Bentley and jinks into the box, but his slightly scuffed shot is dealt with by Simon Royce.

1417: "It's looking a bit nervy for Villa. We could do with the Fonz snatching a goal to take the pressure off."
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1412: Big chance. James Milner swings over the cross from the right and Nathan Delfouneso is unmarked in the middle - but volleys over. Martin O'Neill - as ever - kicks every ball and can't believe the Fonz misses. He would have scored that every time.

1411: Stiliyan Petrov needs treatment to a bloody nose after a clash with Adam Miller and that allows the players to take on some fluid after a frenetic start to the game.

1406: Dennis Oli is on the ground again after Curtis Davies slides in late - earning a yellow for his troubles. John Nutter's free-kick from the left is comfortably dealt with by the Villa defence. Ten minutes until half-time.

1403: "All due respect to Gillingham, but even they are ripping Nicky Shorey to shreds. Freddy Bouma we need you!"
Matt, Edinburgh, via text on 81111

1401: John Nutter's free-kick is delivered dangerously into the box. It's flicked on by Gary Mulligan to Simoen Jackson, but the ball comes to him very quickly and he can only head wide from close range.

1359: Gillingham are building the pressure, winning three corners in a row but Villa survive. Great stuff from the hosts, and the crowd are responding.

1358: The free-kick is touched to Adam Miller, who hammers a low effort which deflects behind off the wall.

1356: The pacy Dennis Oli flicks the ball past one defender and darts to the edge of the box where he is upended by Nigel Reo-Coker's challenge. The home fans want a penalty, but they'll have to settle for a free-kick just outside the box.

1354: Suddenly, Villa are looking a bit shaky. James Milner's woeful backpass lets in Simeon Jackson, but Zat Knight saves Milner with a perfectly-timed challenge.

1352: Gillingham open up the Villa defence with some slick passing. Gary Mulligan gets to the byeline and squares for Dennis Oli, who shoots just the wrong side of the post.

1350: "Too many Gillingham players are holding on to the ball for too long."
BBC 5 Live analyst Graham Taylor

1345: GOAL Gillingham 0-1 Aston Villa
Bit of Premier League class there. Stiliyan Petrov wins the ball from Adam Miller and sets up James Milner, who finishes sweetly into the far corner from just inside the box. It's Milner's birthday today too.

1342: Stuart Lewis earns a big cheer from the home fans as he stops Ashley Young's run down the left. That'll be the first of many challenges Lewis will have to make today you would think. Fresh from bracketing Young with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, Martin O'Neill this morning valued the ex-Watford winger at 75m.

1341: "I have made a deal with my wife that if United lose today then I will run round the garden singing 'City are the best!' (she's a Man City fan) So come on you Reds!"
Dave, Manchester, via text on 81111

1338: Still waiting for the teams to settle. The pitch, which is cutting up quite quickly, could have a say in this game.

1334: "Setting off for St Mary's now. Is this going to be the mother of all wasted trips? Or do I sense a major Cup upset?"
Oli, a very very nervous Saints fan, via text on 81111

1333: James Milner will support Nathan Delfouneso in what looks like a 4-4-2 from Aston Villa. Expect Ashley Young to switch with Milner if Villa struggle to break down their League Two opposition.

1332: Off we go.

1331: According to the BBC, it's a chilly 1C in Gillingham today. Long sleeves and gloves all round then.

1327: Here come the teams at a packed Priestfield Stadium. I'm looking forward to seeing Villa teenager Nathan Delfouneso play again after watching a couple of lively performances from him in the Uefa Cup.

1323: I must apologise to Martin O'Neill. The Villa boss reports that Luke Young and Gareth Barry have injuries, so this is his strongest available line-up. Sorry, Mr O'Neill, if you're reading.

1321: According to a report from PA, Middlesbrough winger Stewart Downing will hand in a transfer request tomorrow. Boro apparently value him at 15m - but one of the newspapers reported this morning that Spurs offered 6m.
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1317: "On my way to Southampton with a trainload of Manchester United fans, who are cheerfully discussing Manchester City's Cup defeat yesterday. Not much sympathy evident for Mark Hughes either."
BBC Sport's Chris Bevan

1315: Well, I've learned a lesson today - never blindly copy and paste team line-ups. Gabby Agbonlahor definitely doesn't play.

1314: Gabby Agbonlahor has called in sick, hence his absence for Aston Villa, while Gareth Barry and Luke Young get a rest. Nicky Shorey, Craig Gardner and teenage striker Nathan Delfouneso start in their places. Gillingham also make three changes. Mark Bentley replaces the banned Garry Richards at centre-half, while Andy Barcham is in for the injured Albert Jarrett on the left of midfield and Gary Mulligan starts in attack in place of the Cup-tied Nicky Southall. The Gills name five youth-team players on their bench, including Charlie Stimson, the 16-year-old son of manager Mark.

1310: TEAMS Gillingham v Aston Villa
Gillingham: Royce, Lewis, Bentley, King, Nutter, Oli, Weston, Miller, Barcham, Mulligan, Jackson. Subs: Julian, Essam, Pugh, Payne, Rooney, Rance, Stimson.
Aston Villa: Friedel, Reo-Coker, Davies, Knight, Shorey, Milner, Sidwell, Petrov, Gardner, Ashley Young, Delfouneso. Subs: Guzan, Harewood, Salifou, Osbourne, Bannan, Clark, Lowry.

1306: "Shoot me down in flames but I actually think Villa could do without the FA Cup. Still in Europe and if they really want to push top four finish they need to limit the amount of games they play. Villa have been great this season, very impressive side, but I am not sure that they have the squad depth to compete on three fronts and would not want them slipping away in the last 8 games or so in the Prem."
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1301: So dedicated is Martin O'Neill to the FA Cup that he has left Gabby Agbonlahor out of his squad and picked 17-year-old Nathan Delfouneso up front instead. Gareth Barry is also missing, but Ashley Young does play. Full teams to follow.

1257: "Delighted to see Martin O'Ns commitment to the competition - I hope his squad feel the same. Can't imagine many pampered Prem players relish freezing January trips to lower league grounds. 3-1 to the Villa but it'll be tough."
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1254: "We're in for a good hiding. We might be giving a 17-year-old right-back a debut against Ashley Young... Scary. Hope I'm wrong!"
Dave from pub near ground, via text on 81111

1252: Gillingham are 74 places below Villa in the league ladder. They have not reached the fourth round since 2004 when they beat Premier League Charlton. They have drawn three and lost one of their last four matches. My esteemed boss has also just informed me that the Gills have a "very good car park". So consider yourselves fully informed.

1248: "I love the FA Cup! It's magical! And Ipswich are still in it!"
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1245: League Two Gillingham's home game against Aston Villa kicks us off today, followed by Manchester United's trip to Southampton at 1600 GMT. In between though, we'll take in the fourth-round draw at 1525 GMT. Hartlepool, Nottingham Forest, Kettering, Histon and Blyth Spartans will all be in the hat. And Watford.

1239: As O'Neill is acutely aware though, Villa's recent FA Cup record is not too clever. They've gone out in the third round on six of the last seven occasions - albeit to Manchester United in the last two years. And for all that breaking into the top four would be a tremendous achievement for O'Neill's boys, you can't put that in your trophy cabinet can you?

1235: Good day to you. Here's Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill with some rousing words to get us in the mood for today's games: "I grew up at a time when the FA Cup was the only live game on TV for years and years and you built yourself up to watch it. You'd sit in front of the TV for three hours beforehand. You never missed it."

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FA Cup fourth round draw
04 Jan 09 |  FA Cup
Gillingham 1-2 Aston Villa
04 Jan 09 |  FA Cup
Southampton 0-3 Man Utd
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