Preston 0 – Chelsea 2 (FA Cup 4th round, January 23, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) The Blues dominated their Championship hosts throughout the first half (highlights here), but it wasn’t until 10 minutes from the break that Chelsea scored as Nicolas Anelka cut in from the left and drilled a low right-footed shot into the net aided by a deflection. The Pensioners doubled their lead almost immediately after the restart, Daniel Sturridge smacking in number two after Terry’s header had been saved from a corner.
Reading 1 – Burnley 0 (FA Cup 4th round, January 23, 2010) After dumping Liverpool out the cup in round three, the Royals exited their second Premier League team by beat Burnley thanks to Gylfi Sigurdsson’s 87th minute goal which the striker slipped past Jensen into the far post.
Notts County 2 – Wigan 2 (FA Cup 4th round, January 23, 2010) Notts County looked likely to be the day’s great giantkillers when they took a two-goal lead against Wigan Athletic. Goals from Lee Hughes and Ben Davies had hearts fluttering at Meadow Lane but strikes from Jason Scotland and Ben Watson brought a dose of reality. The two teams will return to the DW Stadium for a replay.
West Brom 4 – Newcastle 2 (FA Cup 4th round, January 23, 2010) The Baggies were two goals up through strikes from Jonas Olsson and a Graham Dorrans penalty before Newcastle were given hope by Andy Carroll. But another Dorrans penalty, again disputed by the Toon Army and a Jerome Thomas goal made sure West Brom were the Championship side going into the next round. Andy Carroll’s solo goal gave the scoreline respectability for Newcastle but did little to change the outcome.
Portsmouth 2 – Sunderland 1 (FA Cup 4th round, January 23, 2010) An on-pitch demonstration against the club’s owner preceded a game in which John Utaka, this week reported to be on a cool Â£80,000 a week, sang for his supper with a double strike. Sunderland’s sole goal was scored by Darren Bent.