🏆 FA Cup: Man City avoid major Cheltenham scare, Arsenal knocked out

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The FA Cup takes centre stage this weekend.

Keep checking back throughout the day for live updates from all the fourth round action.

All times GMT


Cheltenham 1-3 Manchester City

Scorers: May 59′; Foden 81′, Jesus 84′, Torres 90+3′

Manchester City avoided major FA Cup embarrassment after coming from behind to beat Cheltenham Town 3-1 at The Jonny-Rocks Stadium.

After City missed some presentable chances, the hosts took a shock lead when Alfie May showed great predatory instincts to poke home from close range.

But with time running out, the visitors were saved by academy product Phil Foden who ghosted in to volley João Cancelo’s deep cross.

You could feel that sap the energy from Cheltenham as Gabriel Jesus finished smartly to put City ahead just minutes later.

Ferran Torres made it three deep into injury time.

FA Cup

Cheltenham Town
Manchester City

West Ham 4-0 Doncaster

Scorers: Fornals 2′, Yarmolenko 32′, Butler (og) 53′, Afolayan 78′

West Ham cruised into the FA Cup fifth round after beating League One side Doncaster 4-0 on Saturday.

Pablo Fornals opened the scoring after just 90 seconds, before Andriy Yarmolenko netted a cheeky dink after being played through by Saïd Benrahma.

Veteran defender Andy Butler headed into his own net to make it 3-0, with Oladapo Afolayan making it four on his Hammers debut.

FA Cup

West Ham
Doncaster Rovers

Brighton 2-1 Blackpool

Scorers: Bissouma 27′, Alzate 58′; Madine 45′

Brighton made it back-to-back wins after beating underdogs Blackpool 2-1 at the AMEX Stadium.

Yves Bissouma broke the deadlock with a stunning 30 yard strike, before the visitors equalised through Gary Madine on the stroke of half time.

The hosts restored their lead after Alexis Mac Allister’s shot from distance took a sizeable deflection off Steven Alzate.

FA Cup

Brighton & Hove Albion
Blackpool

Swansea 5-1 Nottingham Forest

Scorers: Cullen 7′, 67′, Grimes 29′, 61′ (pen), Cooper 84′; Knockaert 58′

Swansea brought their impressive Championship form into the FA Cup after winning 5-1 against Nottingham Forest.

Liam Cullen finished a smart volley to open the scoring, before Matt Grimes fired in another screamer before half time.

Anthony Knockaert brought Forest back into the game after half-time, only for Grimes and Cullen to both complete braces later on.

Oliver Cooper made it five late on after firing home a rebound.

FA Cup

Swansea City
Nottingham Forest

Sheffield United 2-1 Plymouth

Scorers: Basham 39′, Sharp 47′; Camara 75′

Sheffield United avoided a late scare to beat League One outfit Plymouth Argyle 2-1 at Brammall Lane.

Chris Basham opened the scoring after finishing a brilliant team move, before Billy Sharp added another shortly after half time.

But the visitors gave themselves hope after Pereira Camara netted on 75 minutes but couldn’t find an equaliser.

FA Cup

Sheffield United
Plymouth Argyle

Millwall 0-3 Bristol City

Scorers: Diédhiou (pen) 32′, Wells 58′, Semenyo 72′

Bristol City will be delighted with their afternoon’s work after beating Millwall 3-0 away from home.

Famara Diedhiou opened the scoring with a first-half penalty, with Nakhi Wells doubling their advantage with another smart finish.

Antoine Semenyo added a third late on to secure progression.

FA Cup

Millwall
Bristol City

Barnsley 1-0 Norwich

Scorers: Styles 56′

High-flying Norwich were beaten 1-0 by fellow Championship side Barnsley at Oakwell.

Callum Styles scored the game’s only goal after gathering the ball and firing past Tim Krul.

FA Cup

Barnsley
Norwich City

Southampton 1-0 Arsenal

Scorers: Gabriel (og) 24′

Arsenal have fallen at the second hurdle of their FA Cup defence after losing 1-0 to Southampton at St Mary’s Stadium.

After starting brightly, the Saints went ahead after Gabriel Magalhães diverted Kyle Walker-Peters’ cross past Bernd Leno into his own net.

Gabriel Martinelli had an excellent chance to equalise for Arsenal but mis-kicked his volley after being put through by Nicolas Pépé.

Southampton were comfortable defending from that point forward and secured victory with the sluggish visitors unable to create anything.

FA Cup

Southampton
Arsenal

Sunday’s fixtures …

  • Chelsea v Luton Town
  • Brentford v Leicester City
  • Fulham v Burnley
  • Manchester United v Liverpool
  • Everton v Sheffield Wednesday