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FA Cup Fourth Round Recap

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Manchester dominance

Both Manchester clubs enjoyed high-scoring victories against lower league oppositions during the fourth round. Fulham got off to a diabolical start at the Etihad Stadium as a clumsy challenge from Tim Ream within the opening 6 minutes awarded Manchester City an early penalty, with Ream receiving a red card for his challenge and Fulham going down to 10 men before the 10-minute mark. Ilkay Gundogan converted the penalty to give City an early lead before Bernardo Silva doubled City’s lead before half-time. A second-half brace from Gabriel Jesus put to bed any hope of a Fulham comeback and provided City with a 4-0 victory and a place in the fifth round.

Manchester United went into their tie against Tranmere Rovers in poor form a low confidence, as the Red Devils had lost their previous 2 games against Liverpool at Anfield and Burnley at Old Trafford, causing there to be mild doubt to whether United would get past the League 1 side. United, however, put to bed any chance of an FA Cup upset and opened the scoring through an unlikely source when Harry Maguire’s long-range strike put United 1-0 up, before Diogo Dalot scored his first goal for the club 3 minutes later. United kept their foot on the gas as goals from Jesse Lingard, Phil Jones and Anthony Martial gave United a 5-0 lead at half-time. A converted second-half penalty from Mason Greenwood increased United’s lead giving them a 6-0 victory at Prenton Park and a place in the fifth round.

Needing a replay

The teams in 6 of the 16 fourth round ties were inseparable within 90 minutes, meaning a replay was on the cards, with some of the sides being happy with another chance to advance to the next round, and other sides considering the replay as a nuisance.

The lowest-ranked side left in the competition, League 2’s Northampton hosted Championship side Derby at Sixfields, with Northampton hoping to contribute to another FA Cup shock. While Northampton were unable to pick up a shock win, they were able to prevent themselves from exiting the competition as a 0-0 draw set up a replay at Pride Park.

After advancing to the fourth round via victory in their third round replay against Rochdale, Newcastle once again saw a replay in their near future as their tie against Oxford United finished goalless, meaning the sides would meet again at the Kassam Stadium.

An all-Premier League tie between Southampton at St Mary’s was another tie that failed to produce a winner as Sofiane Boufal’s late goal cancelled out Heung-min Son’s opener, meaning Tottenham would face their second FA Cup replay this season.

The Championship affair between Reading and Cardiff at the Madejski Stadium looked set to be an entertaining fixture as both sides got on the scoresheet within the opening 10 minutes. Despite the eventful start and a late red card for Reading’s Tom McIntyre, the game saw no further goals, meaning the tie would be decided by a replay.

Coventry’s game against Birmingham was a strange occasion for Blues fans as they found themselves located in the away section of their own stadium due to Coventry playing their home games at St Andrew’s. The football wasn’t anything special as neither side were able to open the scoring, with the 2 sides returning to St Andrew’s for the replay.

One of the shocks of the round saw Liverpool’s young side head to New Meadow to face League 1 side Shrewsbury. Liverpool looked well on their way to the fifth round as Curtis Jones’ opener and a Donald Love own goal gave them a 2-0 lead at half-time. Shrewsbury, on the other hand, had no intention of accepting defeat as a Jason Cummings brace levelled the score with 15 minutes to go to set up a replay at Anfield.

Find below all of the FA Cup fourth round results:

  • QPR 1-2 Sheffield Wednesday
  • Northampton 0-0 Derby
  • Brentford 0-1 Leicester
  • Portsmouth 4-2 Barnsley
  • Newcastle 0-0 Oxford
  • Burnley 1-2 Norwich
  • Southampton 1-1 Tottenham
  • Reading 1-1 Cardiff
  • Millwall 0-2 Sheffield United
  • Coventry 0-0 Birmingham
  • West Ham 0-1 West Brom
  • Hull 1-2 Chelsea
  • Manchester City 4-0 Fulham
  • Tranmere 0-6 Manchester United
  • Shrewsbury 2-2 Liverpool
  • Bournemouth 1-2 Arsenal

Fourth Round replays

Find below all of the fourth round replay results:

  • Derby 4-2 Northampton
  • Birmingham 2-2 Coventry (Birmingham win 4-1 on penalties)
  • Liverpool 1-0 Shrewsbury
  • Cardiff 3-3 Reading (Reading win 4-1 on penalties)
  • Oxford 2-3 Newcastle
  • Tottenham 3-2 Southampton

Fifth Round ties

Find below all of the ties for the fifth round of the FA Cup:

  • Chelsea vs Liverpool
  • Tottenham vs Norwich
  • Portsmouth vs Arsenal
  • Leicester vs Birmingham
  • Sheffield Wednesday vs Manchester City
  • West Brom vs Newcastle
  • Derby vs Manchester United
  • Reading vs Sheffield United