Bournemouth 0 v 2 Everton
Everton reached the FA Cup quarter-finals for the fourth time in five seasons as strikes by Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku saw off Bournemouth.
Bournemouth had a great opportunity to take the lead early in the game, but Charlie Daniels penalty, was superbly saved by Joel Robles in the Everton goal.
Ross Barkley gave Everton the advantage just after half time when his 20-yard strike looped in off the boot of Dan Gosling.
Romelu Lukaku settled the tie when he slammed in from close range.
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Watford 1 v 0 Leeds United
Watford reached the FA Cup quarter-finals for the first time since 2007 after Scott Wootton’s own goal gifted them victory against Leeds, Watford probably just about deserved to go through, but their passage was not particulary convincing, relying on Wooton’s miscued clearance going into his own net, to separate the sides.
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Reading 3 v 1 West Brom
The shock of the fifth round games came at Reading where they swept aside Premiership side West Brom.
Championship Reading had to come from behind after Darren Fletcher opened the scoring for the away side by firing a low shot into the corner, Reading’s equaliser came through Paul McShane, who powered in a header, Michael Hector then headed in the second, before substitute Lucas Piazon stroked in the third late on.
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Arsenal 0 v 0 Hull City
Arsenal failed to overcome Championship leaders Hull in a fiercely fought encounter at the Emirates and now must beat Hull in the replay if they are going to hold onto their trophy.
Arsenal will feel a little hard done by, after having two penalty claims denied and did not take advantage of some good opportunities to win the game, with Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck being the main culprits.
Hull keeper Eldin Jakupovic had an excellent game in keeping the Gunners at bay. Hull had to defend admirably to stall Arsenal’s progress into the Quarter Finals and in doing so ruining Arsene Wenger’s celebrations of taking charge of Arsenal in his100th FA Cup game as Arsenal boss.
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Chelsea 5 v 1 Manchester City
Manchester City fielded a team of youngsters in their FA Cup game at Chelsea and paid the price, the City youngsters looked exactly what they were, boys against men.
Chelsea steam rollered this young Man City side and this humiliating defeat will not do the confidence of these players much good.
Diego Costa opened the scoring, followed by Willian and Gary Cahill, then the man of the match Eden Hazard curled in a free-kick and Bertrand Traore’s header looped over City keeper Willy Caballero to complete an emphatic win for Chelsea.
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Tottenham 0 v 1 Crystal Palace
I was at White Hart Lane hoping to see Spurs continue their recent excellent form , but with 5,000 supporters making the trip across London to support Palace, the Eagles put in an inspired performance, defended well and frustrated the attacking Spurs side, Spurs had the best chances to win the game, but a counter attack from Palace ended with Martin Kelly lashing in from six yards after Wilfried Zaha had played him in.
Spurs went close on several occasions, with Dele Alli’s first-half shot striking both posts and Harry Kane having two strikes brilliantly saved by keeper Wayne Hennessey.
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This was a disappointing result for Spurs, however, I still remain the last Spurs Captain to lift the FA Cup (a long time ago !!)
Blackburn 1 v 5 West Ham
West Ham’s Dimitri Payet was the star of the show as West Ham fought back to ease into the FA Cup quarter-finals at Championship side Blackburn, Blackburn took the lead but Victor Moses’s equalised, Payet’s free-kick put West Ham ahead before Blackburn were reduced to 10 men by Chris Taylor’s red card. Emmanuel Emenike converted twice either side of Cheikhou Kouyate’s dismissal, then Payet added a superb solo goal, to finish off the rout.
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Shrewsbury 0 v 3 Manchester United
Shrewsbury put up little resistance, against their Premiership opponents, sitting near the bottom of League one, an upset could have been on the cards, but Shrewsbury failed to respond to the challenge and United cruised to victory.
United, gave their under pressure manager Van Gaal a bit of respite as they strolled into the last eight of the FA Cup. Chris Smalling opend the scoring and Juan Mata’s free-kick gave them a comfortable 2-0 lead at the break, victory was secured when Jesse Lingard turned in Herrera’s shot.
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The FA Cup draw for the Quater Finals took place last night, please see below my predictions of who I think will get through to the semi finals.
The FA Cup quarter final draw
Reading v Crystal Palace – Reading to go through
Everton v Chelsea – Chelsea to go through
Arsenal or Hull v Watford – Arsenal to go through
Manchester United v West Ham – Manchester United to go through
Have a good week