Saturday, 28 January 2012

FA Cup 4th Round LIVE Coverage:

FA Cup 4th Round Special:

Recap on last night's action:

Tottenham Hotspur vs Watford:
Midifelder Rafael Van Der Vaart score the only goal of the game for Spurs in the 42nd minute from 22 yards out when his shot deflected of a Watford defender and went over the keeper's head into the net. Watford pressed for the equaliser and hit the post twice and the bar but it was not enough as Spurs become the 1st team progress to the 5th Round.

Van Der Vaart: Saves Harry Redknapp and Spurs again.

Everton vs Fulham:
This match was played at Goodison Park as Everton hosted Fulham in an interesting all EPL team match. Danny Murphy put the away side in-front from a penalty in the 14th minute after defender John Heitinga handballed inside the box. Striker Denis Stracqualursi scored his first goal in an Everton shirt from a leaping header in the 27th minute to equalise for Everton. Midfielder Marouane Fellani put Everton ahead to the home side in the 73rd minute and that is how it finished as Everton came from a goal behind to beat favourites Fulham 2-1.

Fellani celebrates scoring his winner for Everton against Fulham at Goodison Park.

Today's FA Cup Matches (EPL teams only):

QPR vs Chelsea: LIVE at 12:00pm
QPR: Kenny, Hill, Hall, Ferdinand, Young; Mackie, Buzsaky, Barton, Wright-Phillips, Smith, Helguson. Subs: Cerny, Orr, Derry, Hulse, Ephraim, Macheda, Onuoha.
Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, David Luiz, Terry, Cole, Ramires, Meireles, Malouda, Sturridge, Torres, Mata. Subs: Turnbull, Bosingwa, Bertrand, Cahill, Essien, Romeu, Lukaku.

Half-time here at Loftus Road. Goaless so far. The rivalry between Anton Ferdinand and John Terry is still there despite the handshake ritual being called off due to mutual consent from both teams. The Blues will hope to brush past QPR but they hoped to do that in October and looked what happened.

Liverpool vs Manchester United: LIVE at 12:45pm
The tasty derby match between Liverpool and Manchester United starts again today. Liverpool have only beaten United in the FA Cup 3 times out of 16 to United's 9 but the away side's teams in weaker than usual so anything can happen after Liverpool overcame the odds against City on Wednesday to reach the Carling Cup Final. The fixture has pride, passion, talent, controversy and late drama but only one can win here.

Bolton Wanderers vs Swansea City: LIVE at 15:00pm
The home side will hope to win but they have a tough test against the 6th best passing team in the world who are flying in the league.

Derby County vs Stoke City: LIVE at 15:00pm
A bit of a mismatch at Pride Park between Derby and Stoke. It was not long ago that Stoke were in the same league as Derby but they have moved on to bigger and better things. The home side will be praying for an upset but do not be surprised if Stoke prevail.

West Bromwich Albion vs Norwich City: LIVE at 15:00pm
An interesting match between 2 of the EPL teams is an understatement. West Brom's defence is dodgy and so is Norwich's attack. So expect a draw or a slender win from either team.

Brighton vs Newcastle United: LIVE at 17:15pm
Well, well, well... Newcastle were happy to draw Brighton in the 4th round. After sliding past Blackburn Rovers in the 3rd round, they will hope that they can dominate against the underdogs away from home. Brighton did well to get this far but you can only feel that they are finished surely.

Liverpool vs Manchester United: LIVE

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

0: This match has kicked off here at Anfield.
I think Liverpool will score first here.....
20: Corner whipped into the box for defender Daniel Agger who heads the ball towards goal... the ball goes over De Gea's head.... GOAL!!! Agger puts Liverpool ahead in the 20th minute.
31: United looking dangerous here with precise passes.
39: Partice Evra with a cross into the box... Park is there, hits the ball fiercely past Reina... GOAL!!! United equalise from the tightest of angles. 
45: The 4th official at the far side signals just 1 minute of stoppage time to be added on here at Anfield.
45+1: The referee blows the whistle at half-time. Liverpool 1 Manchester United 1
88: Dirk Kuyt with the ball at his feet... he volleys the ball past De Gea into the net... GOAL!!!! Kuyt puts Liverpool ahead!!! 2-1 late on!!! United are out. Liverpool progress in the last minutes of the match.
89: Andy Carroll heads the ball against the post... Kuyt on the rebound.... he hits the ball but it trickles wide.
Should have been game over.
90: The 4th official signals 3 minutes of stoppage time to be added on here.
United have 3 minutes to salvage a replay here... I doubt this.
90+3: The referee blows the whistle for full-time here at Anfield. The Liverpool crowd go wild, while the Manchester United fans are silent. 
United have to concentrate on the Premier League now along with rivals City who were knocked out in the 3rd Round (by United)
Liverpool will think that the sky is the limit for them as they are in the final of the Carling Cup against Cardiff and beat Manchester United today to move to the 5th Round.
FACT: Liverpool beat both Manchester clubs in less than a week.

QPR 0 Chelsea 1: FT
Juan Mata scored the only goal of the match in the 62nd minute from a penalty as Chelsea go through to the 5th Round.

Juan Mata fires Chelsea ahead against QPR after 62 minutes at Loftus Road.

Liverpool 2 Manchester United 1 FT
Daniel Agger opened the scoring for Liverpool from a header in the 20th minute. J-Sung Park hit United's equaliser in the 39th minute. Striker Dirk Kuyt scored late on for Liverpool to win the match in the 88th minute.

Forward Dirk Kuyt fires Liverpool ahead in the 88th minute against Manchester United at Anfield.

Team News for 15:00pm kick-offs:

West Brom v Norwich City:

West Brom: Foster, Jara Reyes, Dawson, Tamas, Mattock, Morrison, Mulumbu, Dorrans, Thomas, Fortune, Cox. Subs: Fulop, Olsson, Tchoyi, Long, McAuley, Odemwingie, Thorne.

Norwich: Steer, Martin, Whitbread, Ayala, Drury, Bennett, Crofts, Fox, Pilkington, Hoolahan, Holt. Subs: Ruddy, Johnson, Jackson, Lappin, Barnett, Wilbraham, Tierney.
Bolton vs Swansea City:

Bolton: Bogdan, Riley, Wheater, Boyata, Ricketts, Eagles, Reo-Coker, Pratley, Petrov, Mark Davies, Ngog. Subs: Jaaskelainen, Robinson, Muamba, Sanli, Kevin Davies, Mears, O'Halloran.

Swansea: Tremmel, Richards, Williams, Monk, Bessone, Routledge, McEachran, Agustien, Gower, Moore, Lita. Subs: Moreira, Tate, Graham, Dyer, Rangel, Allen, Sigurdsson.

Derby County vs Stoke City:

Derby: Fielding, Brayford, Barker, Shackell, Roberts, Green, Bailey, Hendrick, Ward, Bryson, Ball. Subs: Legzdins, Tyson, Maguire, Doyle, Buxton, Ben Davies, Naylor.

Stoke: Begovic, Wilkinson, Shawcross, Huth, Wilson, Walters, Whitehead, Whelan, Etherington, Crouch, Jerome. Subs: Nash, Jones, Fuller, Pennant, Delap, Shotton, Woodgate.

15:00: The matches have all kicked off in the FA Cup 4th Round.

Derby County vs Stoke City: LIVE
5: Midfielder Glenn Whelan with a cross into the Derby box... striker Cameron Jerome moves into the box and taps the ball towards goal.... GOAL!!! Jerome sends Stoke in-front after just 5 minutes!!!
Stoke City celebrating Cameron Jerome's early goal to give them the lead against Derby.

West Bromwich Albion vs Norwich City: LIVE
39: Elliott Bennett is played through on the flank by Wes Hoolahan, crosses the ball into the box for striker Grant Holt who shoots from 6 yards out past Ben Foster..... GOAL!!!! Norwich are ahead here at The Hawthrons.
FACT: Grant Holt has now scored 9 goals in all competitions this season.
Grant Holt scoring for the away side after 39 minutes to give Norwich the lead at The Hawthorns.
Bolton Wanderers vs Swansea City: LIVE
45: Lovely pass and move by The Swans here... striker Luke Moore with the ball at his feet... defender David Wheater is close by.... he shakes him off before taking a shot..... GOAL!!! Swansea are in-front after scoring their first chance of the match.
45+3: Bolton free-kick taken by midfielder Martin Petrov. Whipped in to the box for defender Darren Pratley who heads towards the goalmouth.... GOAL!!! Bolton level just before half-time!!!
FACT: Darren Pratley has now scored against Swansea who he played for, for 5 years!
West Bromwich Albion 0 Norwich City 1 
Striker Grant Holt puts Norwich in-front at half-time.
Bolton Wanderers 1 Swansea City 1
Darren Pratley equalised for the home side after Luke Moore put Swansea ahead.
Derby County 0 Stoke City 1
Stoke lead due to Jerome's tap in after 5 minutes.

The 2nd halves are now underway in all of today's 15:00pm FA Cup 4th Round kick-offs.

West Bromwich Albion vs Norwich City:
Marc-Antoine Fortune scores for the home side from close range to make it 1-1 and to level for West Brom.

Bolton Wanderers vs Swansea City:
Chris Eagles makes it 2-1 to Bolton after pouncing on Swansea's defensive mistakes.  
Midfielder Chris Eagles celebrating scoring for Bolton to put them 2-1 ahead against Swansea City.

16:55: Full-time:

Recap of Today's FA Cup 4th Round Matches:

QPR 0 Chelsea 1
Liverpool 2 Manchester United 1
West Brom 2 Norwich 1
Bolton 2 Swansea City 1
Blackpool 1 Sheffield Wednesday 1
A replay will be played.
Derby County 0 Stoke City 2
Hull City 0 Crawley Town 1
A real 'Cupset' as Championship side Hull crash out to League 2 club Crawley Town. Striker Matt Tubbs sent Crawley to the 5th Round.
Leicester City 2 Swindon Town 0
Millwall 1 Southampton 1
A replay will be played...
Sheffield United 0 Birmingham City 4
Stevenage 1 Notts County 0

17:15: The match between Brighton and Newcastle has kicked off.
Brighton: Brezovan, Greer, Dunk, El-Abd, Barnes, Sparrow, Mackail-Smith, Calderon, Bridcutt, Buckley, Forster-Caskey. Subs: Ankergren, Hoskins, Navarro, Harley, Vincelot, Agdestein, Hall. 
Newcastle: Krul, Santon, Simpson, Williamson, Perch, Cabaye, Gutierrez, Guthrie, Best, Ameobi, Ben Arfa. Subs: Elliot, Lovenkrands, Gosling, Taylor, Obertan, Ferguson, Kadar.
A strong (ish) Newcastle squad apart from Demba Ba and Coloccini. They should expect to win, but anything is possible, especially in the FA Cup.

18:00: The referee blows the whistle for half-time between Brighton and Newcastle..... Goalless at the moment. Who will prevail in the last FA Cup match of the day?
18:12: The match has restarted.
18:46: Newcastle defender Mike Williamson has opened the scoring - for Brighton!!! He has scored an own goal in the 76th minute after midfielder Will Buckley's shot was deflected past Ti Krul. Can the home side hold on and provide 1 of the shocks of the FA Cup?
19:02: Full-time here. Brighton 1 Newcastle United 0.
What a result for Brighton! Newcastle will feel disappointed especially as they should have dominated the match and failed to even score. The manner in which they lost was not good, but Brighton will take this and hope for the best team they can get in tomorrow's draw.

Tomorrow's Action:

Sunderland vs Middlesborough: LIVE at 13:30pm
Arsenal vs Aston Villa: LIVE at 16:00pm

And the LIVE draw for the 5th Round of the FA Cup.

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