FA Cup roundup: Saints bounce holders Arsenal; West Ham cruise into 5th round
Four more Premier League sides — Southampton, West Ham, Brighton and Sheffield United — are through to the fifth round of the FA Cup, joining Wolves, after coming out on top in their respective fourth round ties on Saturday.
Southampton 1-0 Arsenal
There wasn’t an incredible amount of quality on display during Saturday’s early game at St. Mary’s Stadium, so it was perhaps fitting that the game’s only goal was scored by way of Gabriel Magalhaes putting the ball into his own net. It was Tottenham academy product Kyle Walker-Peters who provided the dangerous ball into the box, and the Brazilian defender couldn’t quite work out how to boot it clear.
Up next for Southampton is a fifth round clash with fellow Premier League side Wolves, who knocked off sixth-tier darlings Chorley on Friday.
West Ham United 4-0 Doncaster Rovers
Pablo Fornals gave West Ham a 1-0 lead before 120 seconds had even been played, and that was very much a sign of things to come. Andriy Yarmolenko made it 2-0 just after the half-hour mark, assisted by club-record signing Said Benrahma, before an own goal made it 3-0 in the 54th. Oladapo Afolayan added the fourth for West Ham 12 minutes from full-time, making it a debut he’ll never forget.
Brighton & Hove Albion 2-1 Blackpool
Yves Bissouna scored perhaps the goal of the tournament to give Brighton a 1-0 lead just before the half-hour mark, and Steven Alzate benefitted from an impossible, slow-bouncing deflection 30 minutes later as the Seagulls dispatched League One side Blackpool at the Amex Stadium.
Up next for Brighton will be the winner of Brentford - Leicester City on Sunday.
Sheffield United 2-1 Plymouth Argyle
After 18 games without a win to begin the season (all competitions), Sheffield United have suddenly won three of their last four, including two in the FA Cup, as they marched through to the fifth round on Saturday. Chris Basham finished a wonderfully free-flowing move six minutes before halftime and Billy Sharp rounded the goalkeeper to make it 2-0 two minutes after the restart. Plymouth Argyle got back into the game with 15 minutes to go, but never looked like scoring an equalizer.
Up next for Sheffield United will be EFL Championship side Bristol City.
FA Cup fourth round results
Manchester United 3-2 Liverpool — RECAP
Cheltenham Town 1-3 Manchester City — RECAP
Southampton 1-0 Arsenal — RECAP
West Ham United 4-0 Doncaster Rovers — RECAP
Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0 Blackpool — RECAP
Sheffield United 2-1 Plymouth Argyle — RECAP
Chorley 0-1 Wolves — RECAP
Swansea City 5-1 Nottingham Forest
Millwall 0-3 Bristol City
Barnsley 1-0 Norwich City
FA Cup fifth round draw
Manchester United v West Ham United
Everton v Tottenham
Swansea City v Manchester City
Barnsley v Chelsea
Wolves v Southampton
Leicester City v Brighton & Hove Albion
Burnley v Bournemouth/Crawley Town
Sheffield United v Bristol City