Manchester City 1 – Stoke 1 (FA Cup 5th round, February 13, 2010) (Longer highlights here, ITV highlights here.) City struck early doors against Stoke when Ireland floated a perfect ball over the top for Shaun Wright-Phillips race onto and, aided by a head-in-hands piece of defending from Shawcross, SWP had the easy job of sticking the ball into the net. The Potters equalised just before the hour through their tried and trusted tactics, Delap hurled a typical monster throw-in to the City mixer and Ricardo Fuller was on hand to nod his effort past Given.
Southampton 1 – Portsmouth 4 (FA Cup 5th round, February 13, 2010) (Extended highlights here, ITV highlights here.) Avram Grant finally had something to smile about after 65 minutes in the fierce local derby with Southampton, Utaka helped a loose ball further across the area to Quincy Owusu-Abeyie on the left, the substitute shifted the ball onto his right and curled a beauty inside the far post. But as is the way of things on the south coast Pompey’s joy was fleeting, a Saints free-kick was hurled into the box and Ricky Lambert out-jumped Wilson and planted his header past David James. Soft play from the Saints allowed Pompey to retake the lead in the 75th minute, Piquionne played an angled through ball towards Aruna Dindane that Perry failed to intercept, leaving the striker to clip his shot into the far corner. Nadir Belhadj sealed Pompey’s passage through to the next round, O’Hara sliced a fine pass to the Algerian down the left and the fullback raced 20-yards before slotting in number three. And with their tales up Belhadj led another Pompey attack that Jamie O’Hara finished, as Pompey claimed the local bragging rights.
Chelsea 4 – Cardiff 1 (FA Cup 5th round, February 13, 2010) (ITV highlights here.) Cardiff fell behind at Chelsea after just two minutes in the early kick-off, Obi Mikel lifted a simple ball over the top to Didier Drogba who was given too much time and space to pick his spot. The Welshman were second best throughout the first half, but in their first real attack in the 35th minute a delicious inswinging cross from Burke was converted by Michael Chopra’s diving header. The Pensioners struck five minutes into the second half to snuff out Cardiff’s dreams of a major cupset, Drogba found Michael Ballack’s burst into the box from midfield and the German coolly stuck the ball past Marshall in goal. In the 68th minute Chelsea confirmed their passage through to the sixth round when Daniel Sturridge continued his record of scoring in every round by sweeping home a third from close range. Salomon Kalou wrapped up the victory four minutes from time as the striker craned his neck to convert a right wing cross.
Derby 1 – Birmingham 2 (FA Cup 5th round, February 13, 2010) (ITV highlights here.) Jay McEveley gave Derby a 55th minute lead with a speculative 25-yard drive that Birmingham keeper Joe Hart should have reacted better to. A shock looked on the cards until the 73rd minute when Scott Dann equalised for the visitors heading home McFaddenâ€™s corner. Liam Ridgwell the stole the win when he stabbed the ball home in the dying moments after Kevin Phillips had hit the post.
Reading 2 – West Brom 2 (FA Cup 5th round, February 13, 2010) An amazing start at the Madejski saw Reading take the lead in the inside the opening ten seconds after a poor back pass from Baggies defender Gianni Zuiverloon was pounced on by Jimmy Kebe who lashed the ball into the bottom right hand corner. Robert Koren soon equalised but Reading substitute Simon Church looked to have put the Royals into the last eight for the first time since 1927. But Baggies left-back Joe Mattock ensured that the two teams will meet again at The Hawthorns in 10 days’ time when he thundered in a sublime 87th minute strike.
Swansea 1 – Newcastle 1 (Championship, February 13, 2010) David Cotterill put the watertight Swans ahead with just under an hour gone in the game when he collected the ball on the left, cut inside, and curled a beauty into the far top corner. But for once the Swans defence failed to hold out as Leon Best set up Andy Carroll to head an equaliser for Newcastle in the dying stages.
Leicester 5 – Scunthorpe 1 (Championship, February 13, 2010) Michael Morrison headed the Foxes in front early on and Paul Gallagher added a second in the 16th minute from the edge of the area. Gallagher then curled home a delightful free-kick to put Nigel Pearson’s side in total control before Martyn Waghorn volleyed a fourth 11 minutes before the interval. Paul Hayes pulled one back before Gallagher completed his hat-trick with a header.