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Sunday 17 February 2013

FA Cup: Everton denied by Oldham late show

Toffees draw 2-2 at Boundary Park while Arsenal are defeated by Blackburn Rovers

  • Oldham's Matt Smith scores the late equaliser against Everton

  • Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has an attempt on goal

Everton conceded a dramatic late equaliser as their FA Cup fifth round tie against Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park ended in stalemate.

Jordan Obita gave the hosts the lead on 13 minutes only for Victor Anichebe and Phil Jagielka to put Everton within touching distance of the quarter-finals.

But Oldham piled the pressure on in the closing stages and Matt Smith got on the end of a 90th-minute corner to force the replay, which will take place at Goodison Park on 27 February.

"We are still in the FA Cup but we are disappointed that we didn't win it because we should have done better to either score another goal or to see it out," Everton manager David Moyes told the club's website.

"We had the chances to get the third goal but when you score two goals in any game you hope to win it."

"I think it is important to focus on our next game"
Arsene Wenger

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted his side came up short as they were dumped out of the FA Cup by a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Championship side Blackburn Rovers.

Despite having more possession and chances, with Tomas Rosicky hitting the bar in the second half, the Gunners were undone by a Colin Kazim-Richards goal with 18 minutes to go.

"We were not good enough to win the game, it is as simple as that," said Wenger after the match. "We had a lot of the ball and [Blackburn] defended well. I believe we had 70 per cent of the ball, we had 16 shots at goal, they only had one shot at goal.

"It is very painful and very disappointing to lose a game like that. What is important now is to focus on the next one.

"I think it is important to focus on our next game and it is a good opportunity to show that we have character and are men who can fight for each other. That is all you can do."

There are four FA Cup matches remaining this weekend, with five Barclays Premier League teams involved.

Manchester City, winners of the FA Cup in 2011, host Tottenham Hotspur's conquerors Leeds United at the Etihad Stadium hoping to bounce back after their 3-1 defeat away to Southampton.

City captain and defender Vincent Kompany (calf) is again unlikely to be risked. Striker Carlos Tevez is available again and defender Matija Nastasic (knee) could also return but midfielder Gareth Barry is unlikely to feature.

"We play with the best team," said City boss Roberto Mancini. "I will do some changes because I have two or three players injured but after that, I will play with the best team."

"We'll take nothing for granted. In the FA Cup you always expect the unexpected"
Sir Alex Ferguson

Wigan Athletic could have on-loan winger Ryo Miyaichi back in the squad for their trip to Huddersfield Town, who appointed Mark Robins as their manager during the week.

Defenders Antolin Alcaraz, Emmerson Boyce and Adrian Lopez could also be involved.

"We are not taking the opportunity of being involved in the fifth round of this cup competition lightly, and also we are taking this as a game to help us find our best form in the league," said Wigan manager Roberto Martinez.

"The players are desperate to enjoy their challenge, and we would like to include the FA Cup in this vital group of games where we are looking to finish the season on a high."

In the final fifth-round tie, taking place on Monday evening, Manchester United host Reading at Old Trafford with manager Sir Alex Ferguson planning to rotate his squad.

"We've come through Wednesday's game [against Real Madrid] without any injuries," said Ferguson. "That's the best thing, apart from the result of course. I'll make some changes for Monday night, even though it's an incentive to get to the quarter-final. I don’t think that’s lost on any of the players.

"We'll take nothing for granted. In the FA Cup you always expect the unexpected. It happens so many times. You just hope you're not a casualty or a shock. We've had a few over the years. But I can't be more pleased than I am at the moment with the form and spirit in the place. It's good."

Ferguson also revealed that midfielder Paul Scholes could be out for a further two weeks as he is struggling with a knee injury.

Chelsea host Brentford on Sunday lunchtime in the only remaining fourth-round tie with David Luiz, Demba Ba, Victor Moses and John Obi Mikel all available for the Blues.

Fifth-round fixtures/results

Saturday 16 February
Luton 0-3 Millwall
Arsenal 0-1 Blackburn Rovers
MK Dons 1-3 Barnsley
Oldham Athletic 2-2 Everton

Sunday 17 February
Manchester City
v Leeds United (2pm)
Huddersfield Town v Wigan Athletic (3.55pm)

Monday 18 February
Manchester United
v Reading (8pm)

Fourth round fixture

Sunday 17 February
v Brentford (12pm)

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Key Points

  • FA Cup resumes this weekend with seven fifth-round ties and one fourth-round match
  • Everton draw 2-2 with Oldham while Arsenal lose out to Blackburn
  • Chelsea, Man City, Man Utd, Reading and Wigan also in action