In-form Villa dump Blackburn out the cup; Orient stun Swansea

Aston Villa 3 – Blackburn 1 (FA Cup 4th round, January 29, 2011) (Official highlights.) Moments after Santa Cruz pulled up injured Villa took the lead, Ciaran Clark opened with a bullet header from a Barry Bannan corner. Rovers levelled in the 18th minute through substitute Nikola Kalinic, the Croatian bundling home a Salgado cross from close range. Ten minutes from the break in-form Villa struck a second, Delfouneso got on the end of Bannan’s ball into the box and Robert Pires met his knockdown with a sweet half-volley into the net. With Blackburn’s defence AWOL Villa chalked up a 42nd minute third, Nathan Baker’s cross from the left picked out Nathan Delfouneso who steered a header past Robinson. Villa had left-back Nathan Baker sent off on only his second ever Villa start for late tackle on David Hoilett but the ten men held on for victory.

Swansea 1 – Leyton Orient 2 (FA Cup 4th round, January 29, 2011) (Official highlights.) Jimmy Smith headed Russell Slade’s League One visitors ahead in the 35th minute, but the Championship sidedrew level on the stroke of half-time through Cedric Van der Gun.The real drama was still to come, however, as Swan captain Tate diverted a cross from substitute Paul-Jose M’Poku into his own goal to give the visitors an unexpected late victory.

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