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The weekend’s FA Cup fourth round action produced plenty of excitement, drama, upsets and shocks and the biggest was Liverpool losing a five-goal thriller against West Brom at Anfield. Spurs were almost sent crashing out when they were trailing Newport 1-0 with only eight minutes remaining, but club top-scorer and star player Harry Kane came to the rescue to earn the heroic Newport a return leg at Wembley and this will be Newport’s cup final regardless of whether they win or lose.

West Ham were sent crashing out by League One leaders Wigan at the DW Stadium, Notts County came from behind to earn a 1-1 draw and replay at the Liberty Stadium against Swansea and Birmingham came from behind to earn a 1-1 draw against Huddersfield who will travel to St Andrews for the replay. Southampton defeated an out of form Watford 1-0, Brighton managed to scrape past Middlesbrough 1-0 at the Riverside and Leicester were the most impressive of the Premier League sides as they thrashed Peterborough 5-1 at home mainly thanks to their make-shift strike force of Iheanacho and debutant Diabate, who gelled really well up front and both were clinical in front of goal bagging a brace each.

Other teams to make it through to the quarter-finals draw were Hull, who defeated Championship rivals Forest 2-1 at the KC Stadium. League Two Coventry’s fairy- run continued this time away at MK Dons who they beat 1-0 and Sheffield United continued their good cup form going by knocking out fellow Championship side Preston at Brammal Lane. On Sunday there were no FA Cup shocks or upsets as Premier League giants Chelsea and Manchester City both won comfortably against Newcastle United and Cardiff respectively. The domestic football action continues to come thick and fast and there are a full set of Premier League fixtures on Tuesday and Wednesday as well as EFL action on both days.


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