FA Cup: United knock out Spurs; Hammers reach the last 16; Fulham burst Kettering’s dreams

Highlights from the FA Cup 4th round matches between Hartlepool-West Ham, Kettering-Fulham, Torquay-Coventry, Doncaster-Aston Villa and Manchester United-Tottenham can be seen here.

Manchester United 2 – Tottenham 1 (FA Cup, January 24, 2009) Against the odds, Spurs scored the opener at Old Trafford inside five minutes as Roman Pavlyuchenko glanced in Huddlestone’s cross past Foster. United’s best attacking moments were coming from Carlos Tevez, who rattled the bar from 20-yards out before forcing Ben Alnwick into a fine one-handed save to keep Spurs’ lead intact. The pressure eventually paid dividends, Paul Scholes opened his account for the season with a scruffy shot from the edge of the box before Dimitar Berbatov completed the turnaround with a textbook striker’s goal, controlling superbly and firing into the bottom corner. (Second half highlights here.)

Chelsea 3 – Ipswich 1 (FA Cup, January 24, 2009) Michael Ballack slid home an Ashley Cole cross for the first before Chelsea conceded from another set-piece with Alex Bruce getting the final touch. The home side clinched a berth in the fourth round thanks to two excellent free-kicks by Ballack again and from Frank Lampard with minutes remaining.

Hartlepool 0 – West Ham 2 (FA Cup, January 24, 2009) In a first half devoid of much quality but dominated by West Ham, the Premier League side killed the tie with two goals in the final minutes of the half. Valon Behrami took advantage of slack Hartlepool defending to score the opener, and Mark Noble added a controversial second from the spot after Michael Nelson clearly handled the ball outside the box. (First half goals here.)

Kettering 2 – Fulham 4 (FA Cup, January 24, 2009) Kettering almost forced a replay against the Cottagers, only to be sucker-punched by two late late goals. Simon Davies volleyed Fulham ahead, but Craig Westcarr’s deflected free-kick made it all-square at the break. On 77 minutes Danny Murphy’s deflected shot gave Fulham the lead once more, but again the non-leaguers hit back through Westcarr, this time from the spot. Andy Johnson’s header gave Fulham the lead for the third time, and Bobby Zamora ended the tie with a fine fourth in injury time.

Doncaster 0 – Aston Villa 0 (FA Cup, January 24, 2009) Donny’s Martin Woods struck the bar twice in a pulsating cup tie, hitting the woodwork with a first half shot and again with a late free-kick. At the other end Agbonlahor also struck the bar after being released by Steve Sidwell.


Leeds 3 – Peterborough 1 (League One, January 24, 2009) Jermaine Beckford came off the bench and quickly struck a brace to put Leeds in the ascendancy. Craig Mackail-Smith pulled a goal back for Posh before Jonny Howson wrapped up the points in injury time.