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FA Cup & Premier League as it happened

FA CUP QUARTER-FINAL RESULTS
Coventry 0-2 Chelsea
Fulham 0-4 Man Utd

PREMIER LEAGUE RESULT
Sunderland 1-1 Tottenham

GOALFLASHES AND MAJOR INCIDENTS (all times GMT)

606: DEBATE

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By Caroline Cheese

1917: Many thanks for your magnificent contributions today. Alan Green is taking the calls on BBC 5 Live's 606 immediately. I'll see you tomorrow with any luck.

1915: The semi-final draw is at 1845 GMT tomorrow, after the Everton v Middlesbrough quarter-final. Arsenal's fifth-round tie against Burnley kicks us off at 1330 GMT.

1914: "We played some good stuff first half. The front two were magnificent. Carlos Tevez's second goal was a great strike. It was special. After that, it was pretty comfortable for us."
Man Utd midfielder Michael Carrick

1910: Classy performance by Manchester United, and the perfect warm-up for Wednesday's second leg against Inter Milan. Jose Mourinho's side won 2-0 at Genoa, goals from Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Mario Balotelli. They now lead Serie A by 10 points.

1907: FULL-TIME Fulham 0-4 Man Utd

1907: "A message to Jose Mourinho from Sir Alex Ferguson... 'Please, don't have nightmares'."
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1905: "Fulham haven't been disgraced at all, they've just been beaten by a machine. United are as hungry a team as I have ever seen."
Ian Holloway on BBC 5 Live

1903: Danny Welbeck ignores Carlos Tevez to the right and drives a shot over. Tevez not too pleased as another hat-trick chance goes begging.

1900: With six minutes remaining, the United fans are out-singing their Fulham counterparts.

1856: GOAL Fulham 0-4 Man Utd
Ji-Sung Park collects a misplaced pass in midfield - but there is still plenty of work to do. He canters to the edge of the area, and with no tackle forthcoming, simply strokes the ball low into the far corner.

1855: Manchester United trying to walk the ball in now, Carlos Tevez passing instead of shooting.

1855: Fulham sub Olivier Dacourt comes in very hard on Ji-Sung Park. Yellow card.

1851: Fulham enjoying a welcome spell of possession. Clint Dempsey tries an audacious backheel flick, which doesn't come off. Roy Hodgson's side haven't stop driving forward in this game. Their willingness to take on the opposition has forced United to play as well as they have.

1847: Carlos Tevez picks up Ji-Sung Park's pass and drives to the edge of the box, but instead of going for the shot, he tries to play in Park, but over-hits the pass.

1845: Carlos Tevez twists and turns on the left of the box, beating Aaron Hughes, but lashing his shot into the side netting.

1843: John Pantsil is late on Ji-Sung Park and picks up the first yellow card of the game.

1842: Bobby Zamora - who has put in some shift today - is replaced by Zoltan Gera. Still 22 minutes remaining.

1839: Boos from the home fans as Wayne Rooney trudges off. The England striker doesn't look best pleased to be leaving the pitch. Danny Welbeck comes on.

1838: Wayne Rooney tries to use his power to shrug off the attentions of Clint Dempsey, but the players end up rolling on top of each other. The United striker just gets up and walks away from the incident, as does Dempsey. Shortly after, Mark Schwarzer is at full stretch to deny Ji-Sung Park.

1837: "I'm an Arsenal fan. I'm jealous of Man United. You know what grinds me the most though? The word 'quintuple.' It doesn't even exist on predictive text..."
Greek, N5, via text on 81111

1835: And now Andy Johnson - who has scored three of Fulham's nine FA Cup goals this season - is replaced by Diomansy Kamara.

1834: Fabio Capello is watching this game. He can't fail to have been impressed by United pair Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick today.

1831: Fulham make their first change, skipper Danny Murphy coming off to be replaced by Olivier Dacourt.

1827: John O'Shea is off, Richard Eckersley is on. O'Shea has a slight hamstring injury apparently, Ferdinand took a knock on his foot in the first half and has already departed, so it's not all good news for United.

1825: GOAL Fulham 0-3 Man Utd
Disastrous defending from Fulham, losing the ball on the edge of their own box. Anderson plays the ball to Wayne Rooney , who takes a touch and shoots right-footed into the far corner, the ball bouncing once on its way through. Deadly.

1824: Bobby Zamora cuts onto his left foot and sends an inswinging cross towards Clint Dempsey, but Dempsey can't quite reach it.

1819: Sir Alex Ferguson jogs across to the pitch to the dug-out, chuckling as the crowd urge him to speed up. Quite pacy for a 67-year-old to be fair... We're under way. Jonny Evans is on for Rio Ferdinand.

1817: "Inter are having injury problems against Genoa. Both Burdisso and Materazzi have been forced out of the game."
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1815: "From the first day I have seen him, he has been a guy who has been working very hard. I don't want to judge what went on before. I didn't have to force him but he has been doing extra training and it's paying off."
Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink on Didier Drogba

1812: "I was disappointed with Mr Bennett all afternoon as were my players - his attitude towards us and towards them. I know it was Chelsea who are a great team who deserve respect and he let us know that in no uncertain terms. That is not why we lost but I was disappointed with that. He was smug towards us, the way he was talking to my players, my senior players."
Coventry boss Chris Coleman
Coleman angry at 'smug' referee

1806: Let's see what Danny the Stat reckons... "'My camera never lies' claimed Bucks Fizz back in the '80s. Well, Fizz fans, you can now add ' Player Rater stats' to that list of things which are truthful because Carlos Tevez bossed that half of football and is bossing Player Rater. Two goals - one simple, one spectacular - have lifted him to an undeniably deserved eight-breaking 8.48. Well done him. There are 21 other men playing catch-up - why not get involved?"
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1804: "It's a cracking Cup tie, but it's going the way you might expect," says Motty - and I cannot argue with that summary. Terrific stuff.

1803: HALF-TIME Fulham 0-2 Man Utd

1800: Michael Carrick plays a stunning slide-rule pass for John O'Shea, whose shot is squeezing in at the near post but Mark Schwarzer beats it away.

1758: Rio Ferdinand jogs back on. Motty and Ian Holloway on 5 Live are convinced Fulham should have had a penalty... but then, Wayne Rooney wasn't offside earlier so maybe it's even stevens.

1757: Rio Ferdinand needs treatment for a foot injury, which is a relief - not for Ferdinand I'm sure, but I need to breathe.

1754: Suddenly, Andy Johnson is one-on-one with the keeper but he delays his shot for too long, allowing Rio Ferdinand to come in with the block. Fulham swing over a series of crosses, the crowd responding with a huge roar. Half-shout for a penalty as Bobby Zamora has his shirt pulled by John O'Shea - but nothing given.

1750: GOAL Fulham 0-2 Man Utd
What... a... strike. Unbelievable. Carlos Tevez cuts in from the left, leaving Dickson Etuhu on the floor, and bends a stunning right-foot strike into the top corner, bending away from the despairing dive of Mark Schwarzer. Stunner.

1748: Wayne Rooney is still scratching his head, wondering how he missed that last one. You and me both, Wayne.

1746: Wayne Rooney misses a sitter. Another fabulous move and Ji-Sung Park squeezes his low cross from the right through the defender's legs. Rooney is right in front of goal but hits the outside of the post.

1745: Simon Davies is on the end of Bobby Zamora's knockdown but blasts his volley high and wide.

1744: United really clicking into gear now. After another intricate passing move, Carlos Tevez plays in Wayne Rooney, but his shot is blocked.

1741: Anderson plays a through-ball for Wayne Rooney, who takes the ball past Mark Schwarzer and slots in. He's flagged offside - replays show he is level.

1738: From the centre circle, Wayne Rooney spots Mark Schwarzer off his line but see his audacious effort drop onto the roof of the net.

1737: What on earth..? Nemanja Vidic goes to head back to Edwin van der Sar - and almost lifts it over the keeper. Van der Sar is at full stretch to catch it.

1735: GOAL Fulham 0-1 Man Utd
Just as Ian Holloway is tipping this as a big banana skin for United, they go and take the lead. Wayne Rooney flicks on a right-wing corner and Carlos Tevez heads in from close range at the far post.

1734: And that's bad Bobby. Zamora hammers a shot woefully wide. And high. Awful.

1731: Bobby Zamora crosses beautifully to the far post for Clint Dempsey, who rises above Rio Ferdinand but sees his solid header caught by Edwin van der Sar. Fabulous game so far.

1729: OFF THE LINE! Andy Johnson sticks his leg out to control a hopeful long ball - but it's enough to beat Edwin van der Sar. It's rolling so, so slowly towards the goal-line and Nemanja Vidic gets back to clear. Dodgy keeping from the Dutchman there.

1726: "We've won it one time. We've won it one time - the Intertoto, we've won it one time. C'mon Fulham!"
Rob at Craven Cottage, via text on 81111

1722: Perhaps feeding off a tremendous atmosphere, it's a breathless start at Craven Cottage, the ball zipping about at lightning speed from both sides.

1720: "I saw Valerie Singleton getting off the bus on the way here. On my life! She wasn't going to the game, she was going shopping. I was too embarrassed to say hello. I couldn't believe it."
Ian Holloway on BBC 5 Live

1718: Fulham keeper Mark Schwarzer keeps the scoreline blank. Mistake from Brede Hangelande lets in Carlos Tevez. Fiercely struck shot but it's a magnificent save from the Aussie - and John Pantsil prevents Wayne Rooney burying the follow-up.

1717: Andy Johnson cuts the ball back for Clint Dempsey but the defender gets the block in. Promising attack.

1715: Fulham get the game under way.

1712: Danny Murphy and Rio Ferdinand shake hands in the tunnel shortly before the players head out at Craven Cottage. Murphy scored three winning goals against United when he was a Liverpool player.

1709:giggsy_andy on 606 tells me that Zlatan Ibrahimovic has just scored a wonder goal for Inter Milan at Genoa. United will hope he gets those spectacular strikes out of his system before they meet on Wednesday.
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1705: Manchester United have won their last eight meetings with Fulham, and have scored eight goals in the last three. The only time Fulham have beaten United in the Cup was back in 1908, which by my reckoning is more than 100 years ago.

1701: "It's not about belief, it's about how you play. We have a lot of faith in what we're capable of doing. It's too easy to say it's all about belief. It's really a question of how well we can play. We've got to beat them by playing good football, it's as simple as that."
Fulham boss Roy Hodgson

1659: TEAM NEWS Fulham v Man Utd
Manchester United rest Cristiano Ronaldo altogether and leave Dimitar Berbatov on the bench, bringing in Anderson and Carlos Tevez. Fulham are unchanged from the side that were defeated by a last-gasp Hull goal in midweek.

1656: The Sunderland fans greet the final whistle with boos. They were a few minutes away from seeing the Black Cats up to 11th in the table. Instead, Tottenham move up to 12th, just ahead of Sunderland, both now five points clear of the drop zone.

1653: FULL-TIME Sunderland 1-1 Tottenham

1652: In last season's corresponding fixture, Michael Chopra scored a 90th-minute winner for Sunderland. Keane's equaliser timed at 89 minutes.

1648: GOAL Sunderland 1-1 Tottenham
Sunderland fans scream for a penalty as Kenwyne Jones goes over Ledley King's leg. With the fans still booing, Tottenham break with Darren Bent on the right and he crosses for Robbie Keane to guide a super half-volley low into the corner. What drama.

1645: Aaron Lennon cuts in from the left and unleashes a low shot which gets stuck in between Tal ben Haim's legs as the Sunderland defender slides in to block. Could have been painful.

1644: Five minutes remaining at the Stadium of Light.

1643: TEAMS Fulham v Man Utd
Fulham: Schwarzer, Pantsil, Hangeland, Hughes, Konchesky, Davies, Etuhu, Murphy, Dempsey, Zamora, Johnson. Subs: Zuberbuhler, Nevland, Gera, Kamara, Dacourt, Stoor, Kallio.
Man Utd: Van der Sar, O'Shea, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Fletcher, Carrick, Anderson, Park, Rooney, Tevez. Subs: Foster, Berbatov, Giggs, Scholes, Welbeck, Evans, Eckersley.

1641: Substitution o'clock. Andy Reid and goalscorer Kieran Richardson make way for Carlos Edwards and Grant Leadbitter. Roman Pavlyuchenko on for Vedran Corluka.

1639: Pascal Chimbonda swings over a cross from the right but Tom Huddlestone can't get any power on the header and Marton Fulop catches.

1636: Long ball out of defence catches Marton Fulop in no-man's land and Robbie Keane is on the end of it but half-volleys over. That would have been a wonder goal - much like that one he scored for Liverpool earlier in the season against Arsenal.

1634: As the other Spurs players complain that Aaron Lennon's cross has come off Phil Bardsley's arm, Luka Modric fires a shot just over the bar. The ball came off Bardsley's head and onto his outstretched arm - so Sunderland are a bit lucky there, as Harry Redknapp is no doubt explaining to the fourth official.

1633: "It could have been Cisse or Kenwyne Jones who came off. They've both been as ineffectual as each other today."
Steve Stone on BBC 5 Live

1632: And now Sunderland respond. A disappointed Djibril Cisse comes off, Daryl Murphy on.

1630: Another change from Spurs, Wilson Palacios replaced by David Bentley.

1628: Breaking team news from Craven Cottage... Winger Cristiano Ronaldo is rested and has not travelled with the Manchester United squad.

1625: Another lovely cross from Andy Reid and Djibril Cisse is unmarked but the ball glances off his shoulder and goes wide. Great chance, but heading is not one of Cisse's strengths.

1623: Tom Huddlestone replaces Jermaine Jenas for Spurs - and almost immediately drives a shot over the bar.

1621: Andy Reid slides a lovely ball into that famous corridor of uncertainty and Djibril Cisse only needs a touch to put Sunderland two up... a touch that never comes.

1619: A chance for Darren Bent to redeem himself... but he shoots low past the far post.

1617: Dean Whitehead slices his back pass - or was it a clearance? - in disastrous fashion and Darren Bent is one-on-one with the keeper. He looks up, steadies himself and blazes miles over the bar. Harry Redknapp is even more furious.

1616: Aaron Lennon finally has some space to run in to, but he pulls the ball back straight to a Sunderland defender. Harry Redknapp is furious.

1614: Great run by Djibril Cisse. He goes past his man and just keeps going and going before digging out a cross by the corner flag. Heurelho Gomes collects at Kenwyne Jones' feet.

1611: Referee Phil Dowd's fussiness is beginning to become annoying. The game just isn't flowing.

1609: Plenty of endeavour from Spurs, but Sunderland's defence coping quite comfortably at the moment.

1605: Djibril Cisse gallops down the right, but his second touch is heavy and the angle is too tight, the striker only finding the side netting.

1604: And we're off. The Spurs subs were all warming up during half-time but no changes yet.

1603: And here come the Sunderland team, Kenwyne Jones emerging with his arm around Phil Dowd's shoulder. The referee didn't look like he appreciated that much.

1601: Back come the Spurs players at the Stadium of Light, Robbie Keane clapping his hands and shouting "come on lads" in time-honoured fashion. Easy, this captaincy lark, isn't it?

1556: If the scoreline stays the same, Sunderland will zip up to 11th in the table, leaving Spurs 14th.

1554: "Bent and Keane not threatening enough. Lennon has quietened down after starting well and Modric looks hit and miss - at times he does well but then completely screws up and gives the ball away. Cisse is like Inzaghi - it's as if he was born offside - and Richardson looks good but a bit isolated at times."
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1549: HALF-TIME Sunderland 1-0 Tottenham

1548: Phil Bardsley joins the yellow card club for a late tackle on Luka Modric. What a popular club that's turning out to be.

1547: Andy Reid just can't quite get his body to a through-ball quick enough and Heurelho Gomes can collect.

1545: "It's all too slow by Tottenham at the moment. Sunderland are doubling upon Aaron Lennon every time. Spurs need to get the ball out to him much quicker."
Steve Stone on BBC 5 Live

1541: "Coventry boss Chris Coleman is not a happy man. Just been in his press conference in which he said he didn't like referee Steve Bennett's attitude this afternoon, and when he was pressed on that, he said Bennett appeared "smug" - almost as if he was being too "pally" with the Chelsea players. Ouch."
BBC Sport's David Garrido at the Ricoh Arena

1538: A three-card trick from Phil Dowd. Jonathan Woodgate loses the ball by the touchline and chases after Steed Malbranque to retrieve it, succeeding only in clattering into the midfielder from behind. Yellow card.

1537: George McCartney is the latest Sunderland player to have a go at stopping Aaron Lennon, but he too resorts to hauling the winger to the floor and also picks up a yellow.

1534: Kieran Richardson hacks down Aaron Lennon, and doesn't even bother complaining about the ensuing yellow card. The free-kick canons off the wall and into Ledley King's path but Marton Fulop is out quickly to block.

1533: Kieran Richardson stops a rampaging run by Wilson Palacios in its tracks. Free-kick about 30 yards out, but Darren Bent's effort is caught by Marton Fulop.

1531: "Re 1500: keep the faith Danny! Whether a player breaks the eight or not is the only measure of performance in the modern game. Alan Hansen will be using it soon!"
Anon via text on 81111
Danny, I've warned you before about texting in...

1529: Danny Collins could be in trouble after clattering into Robbie Keane as the Spurs striker waited for a high ball to drop. He gets a talking-to from Phil Dowd. Nothing more.

1527: "All this talk about being ready for Europe and we concede a goal in 3 mins against Sunderland! We need to be able to hold our own away from home first."
Guy, London, via text on 81111

1525: Darren Bent is flagged offside as he races onto a lofted ball from midfield. He must have been off by a matter of millimetres - if that.

1520: Djibril Cisse flicks on for Andy Reid, who stands the ball up for Kenwyne Jones - difficult chance, headed over.

1519: McCartney gets the better of Lennon on the left, making space for the cross but delivering it straight at Heurelho Gomes.

1516: Spurs boss Harry Redknapp sits with his hand over in his mouth, slowly shaking his head. Plenty of time yet, Harry.

1512: Another cross from Aaron Lennon, this time a Robbie Keane header dribbling into Marton Fulop's waiting arms. Spurs starting to look dangerous.

1510: Aaron Lennon whips a cross in from the right but it just hits Darren Bent on the head without the striker knowing much about it.

1507: "Two mistakes in half an hour. Does Cheesy need a mid-season break to recharge her batteries? Maybe five days in Dubai like the Villa could do the trick?"
Andy, York, via text on 81111
Yeah, that would definitely help

1503: GOAL Sunderland 1-0 Tottenham
Ponderous Spurs defending and Sunderland are through, Kieran Richardson picking up the ball, going past the defender at pace and slotting in. Some start.

1502: Away they go at the S of L.

1500: Quick word from Danny the Stat ... "There's nothing diddy about Didier Drogba 's score on our Player Rater. He has managed that rare thing - to "break the eight" (I'm beginning to suspect this won't catch on). He's miles clear of everyone too, fives and sixes for everyone else except Florent "4.90" Malouda. What do you lot have against him, eh?"
Coventry v Chelsea Player Rater

1458: The teams are out at the Stadium of Light, Djibril Cisse disappointingly sporting the same haircut as he did last week. Red stripe down the middle. Standard for him.

1454: "Re 1434: Yes good old Dawson. Got himself needlessly sent off at Stoke when we were already desperately short of defenders and we have won two of the 12 games he has started!"
Ollie, a Spurs fan, via text on 81111

1450: Right. This is proving to be a calamitous half-hour. I can only apologise. Again. Guus Hiddink (see 1441) was at Wembley for Russia's 3-0 humiliation at the hands of Steve McClaren's England in September 2007.

1448: "Win this, and I'm confident Spurs can some how mount a challenge for seventh. What a story that would be."
Jackspur via text on 81111
Heady days at the Lane

1446: Sunderland and Tottenham have identical league records: played 27, won eight, drawn seven, lost 12. They both sit four points above the drop zone.

1441: Chelsea's FA Cup semi-final will be Guus Hiddink's first visit to Wembley since his Russia side were magnificently crushed by England in a Euro 2008 qualifier in September 2007.

1440: "Wonder how Lennon will do against McCartney as he beatles down the wing."
Nick from Beaconsfield, via text on 81111

1437: I do apologise for that stat at 1426, claiming Chelsea have never failed to win an FA Cup semi-final. It was utter tripe. They've reached nine semi-finals (this will be their 10th), and won eight.

1435: TEAM NEWS Sunderland v Tottenham
Sunderland make two changes, bringing in Phil Bardsley and Djibril Cisse in for Anton Ferdinand and Grant Leadbitter. Tottenham make twice as many alterations, with Vedran Corluka, Ledley King, Pascal Chimbonda and Darren Bent replacing Didier Zokora, Michael Dawson, Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Roman Pavlyuchenko.

1434: "You've got to feel sorry for Dawson - he's been Tottenham's most consistent and dedicated defender this season, and yet gets dropped every other game."
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1428: TEAMS Sunderland v Tottenham
Sunderland: Fulop, Bardsley, Ben-Haim, Collins, McCartney, Malbranque, Whitehead, Richardson, Reid, Jones, Cisse. Subs: Gordon, Edwards, Murphy, Leadbitter, Davenport, Healy, McShane.
Tottenham: Gomes, Corluka, Woodgate, King, Chimbonda, Lennon, Jenas, Palacios, Modric, Bent, Keane. Subs: Cudicini, Zokora, Bentley, Huddlestone, Pavlyuchenko, Dawson, O'Hara.

1426: Very professional performance from Chelsea as they keep Guus Hiddink's 100% record going. Coventry never really looked likely to cause a Cupset. The Blues are through to the semis for the 18th time.

1424: "Bit of early Fulham team news - Lily Allen has confirmed on her Twitter account that she'll be at the game today."
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1422: FULL-TIME Coventry 0-2 Chelsea

1422: I forgot to say, the cricket started 20 minutes ago. You've already missed two wickets. Blimmin England.
Live text - West Indies v England

1419: Three minutes of added time remaining.

1415: Chelsea skiper John Terry "eases" Leon Best out of the way after another Aron Gunnarson throw is flicked on. Again, no penalty.

1412: Clinton Morrison latches on to a knockdown and turns Alex. As Petr Cech collects the ball, Morrison is felled by a clumsy challenge from the defender. No pen. A second later, Jordan Henderson drives the shot from distance but it's easy enough for Cech.

1409: A third Chelsea change: Franco di Santo for Didier Drogba.

1408: Frank Lampard through on goal and tries to lift the ball over Kieran Westwood, but the keeper saves. Here's a cupset for you: St Mirren have just knocked Celtic out of the Scottish Cup. That's the same St Mirren beaten 7-0 by Gordon Strachan's side last weekend.
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1407: Strange scenes. Steve Bennett appears to blow for a foul on Michael Essien but then doesn't actually pull back play. Even Frank Lampard looks a bit bemused as he shoots past the post.

1405: "Re 1245: When Coventry scored the 1987 winning goal, I jumped so high in then mother-in-law's living room I put finger holes in her polystyrene ceiling tiles!"
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1401: GOAL Coventry 0-2 Chelsea
Alex and Drogba come back on and both join a swift Chelsea counter-attack, taking advantage of the wide, open spaces in Coventry's defence. Ricardo Quaresma delivers a beauty of a cross for the defender to finish off Coventry.

1401: Aron Gunnarson is back on, but now Alex and Didier Drogba have to go off after clashing in mid-air.

1359: And now Aron Gunnarson is down injured, holding his ankle. He's going off for more treatment.

1356: This is more like a Cup tie. Aron Gunnarson lobs in two massive throw-ins, one from each side, and the second one is flicked on for Leon Best, who is stretching for the shot and can't quite get it on target.

1354: Massive cheer from the visiting fans as Michael Essien runs on to make his first appearance since 31 August - replacing Jon Mikel Obi.

1352: "Re 1347: I hate those boots SO much! Every single player is wearing them at the moment. It's just ridiculous when you have 22 players on a pitch and half are wearing the same boots. And it's boring."
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Some inaccuracies in that comment, but you can't fault the passion

1349: Coventry boss Chris Coleman makes his first change, Guillaume Beuzelin replacing Michael Doyle.

1348: Steve Bennett has a furrowed brow as he marches in Stephen Wright's direction following the defender's crunching challenge on Jon Mikel Obi. He doesn't have a card to deliver though.

1347: "Freddy Eastwood is SO quick. I mean seriously quick. Must be those luminous green boots that he's wearing. Clinton Morrison's got the same ones - and he's just hugged ref Steve Bennett for not giving his side a penalty. Awww, isn't that nice."
BBC Sport's David Garrido at the Ricoh Arena

1346: The Coventry fans appeal half-heartedly for a penalty after Leon Best tangles with Jose Bosingwa as the ball sails over their heads. Not a chance.

1344: A rare chance for Coventry to threaten, but Jordan Henderson floats a free-kick straight of play. Disappointing.

1343: The attendance at the Ricoh Area today is 31,407, the first time the new stadium has been filled for a football match. Bon Jovi and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers also managed a capacity crowd.

1341: "It's a tough shift for Coventry, but there will be a period when they have to be brave and commit men forward."
Dean Kiely on BBC 5 Live

1339: Some sort of total football by Chelsea here, John Terry exchanging passes with Florent Malouda on the right wing. Doesn't come to anything, mind.

1334: Re 1333: How about Kalou? Would you settle for Kalou? He's gone, Ricardo Quaresma is on - and we're back under way.

1333: "Cheesy, please please get Malouda off the pitch. I don't know how you'll get it done, but I'm putting my faith in you!!"
Fabio in Coventry, via text on 81111

1331: "Random footy-F1 fact number 197: Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner is a Coventry fan. His Grandad used to be their vice-president."
BBC Sport's David Garrido at the Ricoh Arena
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1328: Danny the Stat , he loves the Cup: "Nothing wildly unusual on our Player Rater today, which will please fans of normality. Chelsea's Ivorian goalscorer FA Cup hero man Didier Drogba is romping away with it having posted a super score of 7.92. The strong hands of Coventry's Icelandic throw-in lobber specialist man Aron Gunnarsson have troubled Chelsea little, but they have given him a Sky Blues-leading score of 6.60. Want to change it? You can. You can."
Coventry v Chelsea Player Rater

1324: "Re 1247: So I take it Drog is no longer Dann's best friend?"
Ben, via text on 81111
Ben, a gold medal in punnery is winging its way to you

1321: "You're after 1987 memories? Everton won the league then took Coventry to task in the Shield. Those were the days."
Ernie in Churchtown, via text on 81111

1319: HALF-TIME Coventry 0-1 Chelsea

1318: Florent Malouda gets a rare decent cross in from the left. It's cleared to Salomon Kalou, who spins a shot wide.

1318: "Chelsea have been comfortable, plodding along in third gear. But at 1-0, the game is still alive so Coventry can regroup and reshape at half-time."
Dean Kiely on BBC 5 Live

1316: "Will Kalou ever release the ball in time? He always holds on too long. And Malouda still looks poor."
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1314: Marcus Hall is a bit lucky to get away with a tackle on Salomon Kalou just outside the box. Steve Bennett gives the goal-kick, but Hall seemed to get a lot of Kalou and nothing of the ball.

1312: Aron Gunnarson looks to beat Jose Bosingwa for pace on the left, but the Icelandic international trips over his own feet and goes down in stages. Bit embarrassing for the poor lad.

1308: Coventry keeper Kieran Westwood tips over Frank Lampard's free-kick.

1307: "Re 1245: I didn't sleep through the '87 FA Cup final but I slept through The Great Storm of 1987. I woke up and saw next doors shed in our garden. Ah memories..."
Anon via text on 81111

1305: "Ashley Cole is getting booed every time he touches the ball. I'm guessing the Coventry fans must also be Girls Aloud fans then..."
BBC Sport's David Garrido at the Ricoh Arena

1303: Lovely move from Chelsea, Jose Bosingwa cutting the ball back from the byeline for Michael Ballack, but the defender is there with a crucial, crucial block.

1301: Alex goes barging into Leon Best in rather unnecessary fashion. Free-kick to the left of the box for Cov. Jordan Henderson curls it into the far post - but it's too high.

1257: Leon Best goes on a scintillating run from the halfway line, leaving Alex on his backside and hurtling into the box. With the crowd upping the decibels, Best turns John Terry, but blazes over. Shame.

1256: "Re 1245: I listened to '87 final on World Service in Nicaragua. Missed first half running around trying get reception. And then Tottenham lost."
Ricardo via text on 81111

1254: Clinton Morrison wins a throw-in off Ashley Cole, giving Aron Gunnarson a chance to show off his Delap-a-like throw-in. It's not bad, but Chelsea clear. Apparently, the Icelander used to play handball.

1248: Half-chance for Coventry to get back into it, as Freddy Eastwood breaks into the left-hand side of the box but he squares the ball and there is no one in support.

1247: GOAL Coventry 0-1 Chelsea
Nightmare for Coventry. From a long ball, Ben Turner's clearing header is poor, but Scott Dann should still boot it away. He dithers though and Didier Drogba steals the ball, takes it past keeper Kieran Westwood and smashes the finish past the two defenders on the line.

1245: "Will never forget Coventry winning the FA Cup. We watched in our second-floor flat and a car hit the lamp-post outside and it just keeled over very gracefully."
Howard via text on 81111
Lovely story that. Excellent attention to detail. Anyone else got 1987 memories?

1242: Coventry giving Chelsea a bit too much space if you ask me. Michael Ballack plays the ball through for Florent Malouda, who is flagged offside even though he isn't, but he shoots straight at Kieran Westwood anyway.

1241: Jose Bosingwa cuts in from the right and... that is a truly dreadful shot. About 10 yards wide.

1238: Michael Doyle closes down Frank Lampard on the edge of the area and the ball squirms to Freddy Eastwood, who slams a shot into the side netting. It was a foul by Doyle in actual fact.

1234: Sheesh, that is mighty close. Long kick from Petr Cech, missed header by Scott Dann, and Didier Drogba turns Ben Turner and shoots narrowly wide of the far post.

1232: And. We. Are. Off.

1229: "My dad supports Sunderland, I support Tottenham, my brother supports Chelsea and my girlfriend Coventry! What a day in our house! Who do you support Cheesy?"
Tom, London, via text on 81111
I support football (as well as a very average Championship team)

1225: "We're up against one of the strongest teams in Europe, domestically," says Coventry boss Chris Coleman, rather confusingly. Bless. He's excited. And I don't blame him. The Ricoh Arena is jumping.

1224: "The old neck is starting to tingle. I love Chelsea, they're a great team, but my heart is with Coventry."
John Sillett, Coventry's joint manager in 1987 who started his career with Chelsea

1220: Time for a shameless plug. Can the FA Cup save Middlesbrough? This is a question BBC Sport's Chris Bevan has tried to answer in the form of a delightful feature...
Can the FA Cup save Boro?

1214: "Good to see Essien back on the bench, what a player. I love football. Time to park myself on the sofa I think."
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1207: TEAM NEWS Coventry v Chelsea
Coventry left-back Dan Fox is out with a knee injury and is replaced by Marcus Hall. Leon Best and Clinton Morrison come in, as David Bell and Robbie Simpson drop out of the side that lost to Sheffield United in midweek. Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink fields the same side that beat Portsmouth on Tuesday, meaning Ashley Cole keeps his place.
Cole 'sorry' over disorder arrest

1204: TEAMS Coventry v Chelsea
Coventry: Westwood, Wright, Dann, Turner, Hall, Henderson, Gunnarsson, Doyle, Eastwood, Best, Morrison. Subs: Marshall, Ward, Beuzelin, Osbourne, McPake, Simpson, Thornton.
Chelsea: Cech, Bosingwa, Terry, Alex, Ashley Cole, Lampard, Mikel, Ballack, Malouda, Drogba, Kalou. Subs: Hilario, Essien, Carvalho, Di Santo, Quaresma, Belletti, Mancienne.

1202: Breaking team news from the Ricoh Arena... Ashley Cole is in the Chelsea team. Michael Essien is on the bench.

1201: "I'm working next to the Coventry stadium and the atmosphere with the fans is fantastic!"
Anon via text on 81111

1155: Anyway, anyway, first up today: Coventry, the 1987 winners, versus Chelsea, who have won it four times. It's Guus Hiddink's first FA Cup tie (Ray Wilkins officially took charge of the win over Watford), but instead of revelling in the magic of the bla bla bla, he's had to read the riot act to his stars. "Physically you can harm yourself when you drink too much and then you can harm the team as well. At Real Madrid when we went to away matches, the captains would load a box of wine onto the bus. I thought 'what is going on here?' I came from 'sober' Holland and I was amazed."

1151: I know what Subterranean (see 1146) and a good few others are saying, but I'm all for living in the moment. Does no one remember the pure, unadulterated excitement of last year's FA Cup quarter-finals, when Barnsley stunned Chelsea and Portsmouth knocked out Man United? (Again, with apologies to big club fans)
Last year's FA Cup live text

1148: "Cov fan here at Uni in York, couldn't get a ticket for love nor money and I've never been more nervous. Come on you Sky Blues!"
Pete via text on 81111

1146: "If Chelsea, Man Utd and Arsenal all get knocked out - everyone will celebrate and say it's the magic of the Cup etc. But straight after that, everyone will lose interest. It was like last year when Portsmouth played Cardiff... let's be honest, apart from the fans of those clubs no one was interested."
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1141: With apologies to fans of big clubs everywhere, I can't help thinking this FA Cup could do with one momentous, mind-blowing shock. Fulham, Coventry, Burnley, over to you.

1138: "Hope to see some giantkilling this weekend!"
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1130: Hello and welcome to FA Cup quarter-final weekend. Aaah, the magic of the Cup. Actually, there's a Premier League game as well. And in fact, there's an FA Cup fifth-round tie tomorrow because they haven't managed to squeeze that in before now. Wait. I'll start that again. Hello and welcome to "FA Cup quarter-final and the remaining fifth-round tie and a Premier League game as well" weekend.



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01 February 2010 22:00
    P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 23 38 54
2 Man Utd 24 36 53
3 Arsenal 24 32 49
4 Tottenham 24 20 42

5 Liverpool 24 16 41

6 Man City 22 14 41
7 Aston Villa 23 13 40
8 Birmingham 23 -1 34
9 Everton 23 -1 32
10 Blackburn 24 -15 28
11 Fulham 23 -2 27
12 Stoke 22 -7 26
13 Sunderland 23 -10 24
14 Wigan 22 -23 22
15 West Ham 23 -9 21
16 Bolton 22 -15 21
17 Wolverhampton 23 -21 21

18 Burnley 23 -23 20
19 Hull 23 -26 20
20 Portsmouth 22 -16 15


see also
Coventry 0-2 Chelsea
07 Mar 09 |  FA Cup
Fulham 0-4 Man Utd
07 Mar 09 |  FA Cup
Sunderland 1-1 Tottenham
07 Mar 09 |  Premier League


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