Anelka hat-trick guides Chelsea into the FA Cup quarters after scare at Watford; Pompey win for the first time in 2009

Watford 1 – Chelsea 3 (FA Cup, February 14, 2009) (Extended ITV highlights here.) In the 69th minute Tamas Priskin sent the home fans wild when he chipped over Cech to put Watford ahead. The lead lasted only six minutes though, Nicolas Anelka claiming an overhead kick from close range. Two minutes later Anelka headed home from a Cole cross and late on the Frenchman completed his hat-trick from a Kalou pass.

Swansea 1 – Fulham 1 (FA Cup, February 14, 2009) (ITV highlights here.) Swansea dominated the first half without claiming a goal for their efforts, and they were sucker-punched on the stroke of halftime when a Fulham corner was missed by keeper Dorus de Vries with the ball coming off Garry Monk’s hip for an own goal. The Swans got a deserved equaliser in the 52rd minute, Jason Scotland picked up possession just inside the box before escaping the sights of Aaron Hughes, finishing with a shot into the far corner.

West Ham 1 – Middlesbrough 1 (FA Cup, February 14, 2009) Boro moved in front at Upton Park after the Hammers made a hash of dealing with an O’Neill cross, Collins and Upson both failed to cut out the ball and Stewart Downing came round the back to nod in his first goal of the season. Zola’s men left it late to level, Savio’s free-kick missed everyone and Herita Ilunga profitted by heading in from three yards.

Blackburn 2 – Coventry 2 (FA Cup, February 14, 2009) A see-saw match at Ewood Park saw the home side go in front through Roque Santa Cruz before a great strike from Aron Gunnarsson and a deflected shot from Michael Doyle put Coventry into the lead until Christopher Samba ensured a replay deep into injury-time. (Final three goals here.)

Sheffield United 1 – Hull 1 (FA Cup, February 14, 2009) Greg Halford headed home the opener from a David Cotterill cross, Kamil Zayatte headed home the equaliser for the Premier League side.

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Portsmouth 2 – Manchester City 0 (Premier League, February 14, 2009) The Citizens put in yet another woeful shift at Fratton Park, and were roundly beaten by a resurgent looking Pompey side. But the home fans had to be patient for the opener, Glen Johnson scoring a tremendous opener skipping his way into the box and steering the ball past Shay Given at the second attempt. Five minutes later it was two, Hermann Hreidarsson rose majestically in the City box and powered a header past Given.

Huddersfield 1 – Leeds 0 (League One, February 14, 2009) Nathan Clarke pounced between skipper Richard Naylor and Andrew Hughes to power a header past Casper Ankergren.

Manchester United 2 – Bolton 0 (FA Premier Reserve League, February 12, 2009) Penalties from Fabio in the first half and Federico Macheda in the second secured the win. (Other highlights here.)


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