On Tuesday evening, at Hillsborough, Ian Holloway’s Blackpool comfortably saw off Gary Megson’s Sheffield Wednesday. The Seasiders, now unbeaten in eight games, are sitting fourth in the Championship and proved to be too strong for the League One side this time round, after almost losing the tie at home.
Matt Phillips opened the scoring as early as the seventh minute, the ball breaking to him on the edge of the area, after LuaLua’s effort had been blocked. It was LuaLua himself who doubled the advantage just seven minutes later, a fortunate give and go sent him clear, and he finished with a delightfully executed curler into Bywater’s top corner. Wednesday never recovered from the early goals, it was Blackpool who continued to threaten through the pace of Ince and LuaLua, and they sealed the win in the 54th minute. Another quick breakaway allowed Sylvestre to advance on goal, before bending another beauty past Bywater. Final score, Sheffield Wednesday 0-3 Blackpool.
Tuesday’s other replay saw, Kenny Jackett’s, Milwall snatch a dramatic, last-gasp win over, Nigel Adkins’, Southampton. The Lions had the best of the opening exchanges, and took the lead on 17 minutes through Liam Trotter. Saints equalised after 35 minutes, Lallana finding the back of the net, and the same player rattled the bar for Southampton, before Ricky Lambert put them 2-1 up.
That lead lasted a mere two minutes though, as N’Guessan’s thumping header, in the 79th minute, levelled the score at 2-2. The crowd at St. Mary’s were in for a nervous final ten minutes, and their worst fears were confirmed right at the death, when Liam Feeney stunned them with a goal in the 92nd minute. Final score Southampton 2-3 Milwall.
Finally, Wednesday night’s hard fought encounter saw, Martin 0’Neill’s, Sunderland continue their impressive form, by edging out, Tony Mowbray’s, Middlesborough, but only after extra time. The Black Cats took the lead, against the run of play, in the 43rd minute; Fraizer Campbell managed to find Colback, whose excellent first touch, was followed by a rasping volley which crashed in off the underside of the crossbar.
Boro got the equaliser that their play deserved on 57 minutes, Lucas Jutkiewicz alive in the box to slam past Mignolet. Both sides had chances to take the tie in normal time, but both sides failed. The teams were finally separated in the 113th minute, Stephane Sessegnon’s sharp finish from sixteen yards enough to clinch the tie for the Premier League outfit. Final score, Middlesborough 1-2 Sunderland.
F.A. Cup 5th Round Draw
Chelsea vs Birmingham City Sat 18th Feb 12.30
Everton vs Blackpool Sat 18th Feb 15.00
Millwall vs Bolton Wanderers Sat 18th Feb 15.00
Norwich City vs Leicester City Sat 18th Feb 15.00
Sunderland Athletic vs Arsenal Sat 18th Feb 17.15
Crawley Town vs Stoke City Sun 19th Feb 12.00
Stevenage Borough vs Tottenham Hotspur Sun 19th Feb 14.00
Liverpool vs Brighton & Hove Albion Sun 19th Feb 16.30
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