Sunday 05 January 2014
Four more Barclays Premier League sides reached the fourth round of the FA Cup on Sunday, with Liverpool, Chelsea, Swansea City and Sunderland among the victors, while West Ham United suffered a heavy defeat at Nottingham Forest and Manchester United fell at the first hurdle.
Swansea City inflicted Man United's fifth home defeat of the season as Wilfried Bony's last-minute header sealed a memorable third-round victory for Michael Laudrup's side. It was the second time United had fallen behind in the tie after Wayne Routledge had opened the scoring on 12 minutes only for Javier Hernandez to equalise four minutes later.
The hosts lost Rio Ferdinand to injury in the second half and soon afterwards his replacement, Fabio, was sent off for a foul on Jose Canas. Then as Swansea sought to take advantage of their extra player, Bony applied the coup de grace with an emphatic header.
Earlier, two goals in five second-half minutes proved enough to take Chelsea into the next round at the expense of Championship side Derby County. John Obi Mikel scored a rare goal for the Blues, heading in Willian's cross on 66 minutes, before Oscar sealed a fourth-round appointment with Stoke City with a curling strike.
Liverpool also ran out 2-0 winners in their third-round tie although the score-line betrayed a patchy display by Brendan Rodgers' side. Iago Aspas' first goal for the club broke the deadlock nine minutes after the interval and James Tarkowski's own goal eight minutes from time ended the contest.
Sunderland were another top-flight side to win by a two-goal margin as they overcame Carlisle United 3-1 to set up a fourth-round meeting with either Kidderminster Harriers or Peterborough United, despite being pegged back shortly before the interval at the Stadium of Light. Matty Robson silenced the home crowd with a shot that crashed in off the bar after Adam Johnson had given the Black Cats the lead with a wonderful free-kick. However, Gus Poyet's charges restored their advantage through Sean O'Hanlon’s own goal five minutes after half-time and El Hadji Ba produced a debut goal to decide the tie in the final minute.
West Ham United's troubles deepened earlier in the day when they suffered a 5-0 humbling at Championship side Nottingham Forest. With injuries taking their toll on the squad and a Capital One semi-final first leg against Manchester City to contemplate, manager Sam Allardyce deployed an experimental side, which fell behind to Djamel Abdoun's 12th-minute penalty after George Moncur had tripped Jamie Paterson. Paterson went on to score a second-half hat-trick before Andy Reid completed the rout in the last minute.
Nottingham Forest 5-0 West Ham United
Sunderland (Johnson, O'Hanlon og, Ba) 3-1 Carlisle United
Derby County 0-2 Chelsea (Mikel, Oscar)
Liverpool (Aspas, Tarkowski) 2-0 Oldham Athletic
Port Vale 2-2 Plymouth Argyle
Manchester United (Hernandez) 1-2 Swansea City (Routledge, Bony)
Arsenal's reward for beating north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday is another home tie against League One outfit Coventry City in the fourth round of the FA Cup.
The Gunners, who lost to Blackburn Rovers in the fifth round last season, last lifted the trophy in 2005, but will be confident of progressing after earning another tie at Emirates Stadium against the 1987 winners.
Elsewhere in the fourth round, Liverpool will travel to either Championship side Bournemouth or League Two outfit Burton Albion, Everton will go to Stevenage, Crystal Palace face an away fixture against either the holders Wigan Athletic or MK Dons and the only all-Premier League tie will see Chelsea host Stoke City at Stamford Bridge.
Sunderland v Kidderminster Harriers or Peterborough United
Bolton Wanderers v Cardiff City
Southampton v Yeovil
Huddersfield Town v Charlton Athletic or Oxford United
Port Vale or Plymouth Argyle v Brighton & Hove Albion
Nottingham Forest v Ipswich Town or Preston North End
Southend v Hull City
Rochdale v Macclesfield Town or Sheffield Wednesday
Arsenal v Coventry City
Stevenage Borough v Everton
Wigan Athletic or MK Dons v Crystal Palace
Chelsea v Stoke City
Blackburn Rovers or Manchester City v Bristol City or Watford
Bournemouth or Burton Albion v Liverpool
Birmingham City, Bristol Rovers or Crawley Town v Swansea City
Sheffield United v Norwich City or Fulham
Ties to be played on 25 and 26 January.