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FA Cup Review

The magic of the FA Cup was in evidence again on Saturday as Championship side Reading came from a goal down at home against Premier League West Brom 3-1 at home. Hull kept their hopes of making another cup final alive with a resolute performance at the Emirates, which ended 0-0. The Gunners totally dominated the match and on any other day would probably have won comfortably; however, it was another case of all flair and no end product from the tournament favourites, who will now have an extra game to play with a replay at the KC Stadium.

Elsewhere Watford kept their hopes of silverware alive with a narrow hard fought 1-0 win at home against a tough Leeds side. The Hornets had Leeds to thanks for their winner, which came courtesy of an own goal from the unlucky Scott Wooton just after half time, and while the visitors pressed hard for the equalizer they could not find the required quality in the final third and Watford held on for their well-deserved place in the quarter finals.

Everton were the most impressive of the eight teams who played in the FA Cup on Saturday. The Toffees gained revenge for their infamous 3-3 draw in the league earlier this season. They were 2-0 up in that match, but allowed a resilient Bournemouth side to snatch a draw deep in to injury time. There was no repeat of that scintillating match on Saturday as the Toffees, who fielded a much stronger team, eventually took the lead ten minutes after the break thanks to the impressive Ross Barkley. Club top scorer Lukaku took his overall tally for the season to 21 goals with the second, but there were no heroics and fight back from the home side on this occasion and the Toffees will now be wait to discover their quarter final opponents.

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