FA Cup fourth roundLive

Live text commentary of a remarkable day in the FA Cup as Oldham shock Liverpool, Leeds beat Spurs and Brentford hold Chelsea.

27 January 2013

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  1. 1841: 

    To complete a remarkable day, Oldham stunned Liverpool 3-2 at Boundary Park to earn a home tie with Everton in the next round. Who said the magic of the cup was dead? What an amazing afternoon it has been. Thank you for sharing it with us and for all your contributions. Until the next time, goodbye.

    Oldham celebrate
  2. 1839: 

    And then Leeds rolled back the years to stun Tottenham and send the north London side crashing out of the FA Cup. The Yorkshire club's reward is a trip to Premier League champions Manchester City in the fifth round...

  3. 1836: 

    Well, what a day it has been. League One Brentford got us up and running by holding, and almost beating, European champions Chelsea at Griffin Park...


    Rebecca in Derby on text via 81111: "My team Macclesfield may have gone out yesterday, but I'm happy we were a part of this weekend, it was history making for us too!"


    Sarisin_Beyi on Twitter: "I can remember watching those dominant performances from Oldham's Matt Smith for Solihull Moors. Fantastic cup tie; delighted for Oldham!"

  6. 1831: 

    I've got some interesting, breaking transfer news to let you know about. Galatasaray have made a bid to sign Didier Drogba, according to the striker's spokesperson. The Turkish side have already signed Dutch wizard Wesley Sneijder during the transfer window. They play Schalke in the last 16 of the Champions League and are suddenly looking like a team to avoid for the British clubs.


    Marc from Lichfield on text via 81111: "Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has been shown up for the chancer he is... £100m worth of talent started that match today and they looked second best in every way."

    Jake in London on text via 81111: "Also, to be controversial, after one loss, everyone is blaming manager Rodgers. Liverpool have been playing well recently and it maybe a blessing in disguise with important League and European games coming up. Fans are never happy!"

    Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker on Twitter:

    "The FA Cup blows a large raspberry at the grim reaper. What a weekend for the old girl!"

  9. 1827: 
    Oldham 3-2 Liverpool

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: "[Oldham goalscorer] Matt Smith is a good player but we have played against that type before. The FA Cup was a competition we wanted to have a go at and there is no excuse, we put out a strong team capable of winning the game but we didn't. There is no excuse. You have to take it on the chin, but there has been plenty of warnings throughout the weekend - if your application is not right you can get found out."

  10. 1826: 
    Oldham 3-2 Liverpool

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers on BBC Radio 5 live: "We were coming here in good form and obviously we are bitterly disappointed. I was bitterly disappointed with the young players as today they had a chance to show they can play for Liverpool and compete for a club that has to challenge for trophies.

    "We lost our concentration, and only had spells in the last 35 minutes when we were at the right level. Congratulations to Oldham, though."


    Luton fan Nick Neill ‏on Twitter: "Millwall at home? I'm disappointed. Wanted Man United away."

    Edward Pearce on Twitter: "Incredible, Marvellous, Shocking, Fantastic, Outrageous, Sensational, Wonderful, Astonishing, Stupendous, Magical, Extraordinary."

    Ricky Lee Everett on Twitter: "One of the most, if not the most memorable FA Cup weekend I can recall; pure magic."

  12. 1822: 
    Oldham 3-2 Liverpool

    Oldham manager Paul Dickov on BBC Radio 5 live: "There are a lot of emotions at the minute. I am very proud and I am very pleased for the fans as it has been a long time without success for them.

    "We started the game ever so well, we got our noses in front and then Liverpool, who have a team full of top class players, got back into it. To score before half-time was vital for us.

    "We have lost seven out of eight but they have been by the odd goal, like today. We have not been getting any luck, but the performances have been OK, and we got the bit of luck we needed today.

    "I was a lucky boy to have the playing career I had, but this is the top moment."

  13. 1820: 
    Leeds 2-1 Tottenham

    Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas: "It was difficult. Leeds made the most of their opportunities and they deserve credit for it. We had a couple of chances in the first half that we normally score. It was good to come back into the game but we could have done a little better.

    "It is a hard game for any team that comes here. Our second half was better than our first, but we could have done better.

    "We missed Jermaine Defoe today, but we have him back for the Norwich game. I think we have strength in depth."

  14. 1818: 
    Leeds 2-1 Tottenham

    Leeds manager Neil Warnock, on wantaway striker Luciano Becchio not featuring: "If I had thought Becchio had been fit or in the right frame of mind I would have still played this team because they deserve to play after beating Birmingham.

    "With the transfer window on the horizon I just did not think it was right he played. You can't get away with people not having their mind 100% on it in this game."

  15. 1816: 
    Leeds 2-1 Tottenham

    Leeds manager Neil Warnock: "It was a fabulous performance. It was a fabulous cup tie, they gave everything. There were a lot of heroes today and we enjoyed it.

    "I thought we handled Aaron Lennon and Gareth Bale very well. We scored two great goals and could have had a couple more. It was a fabulous advert for Leeds and for the FA Cup."


    Statisticians Opta on Twitter: "5 - Five top-flight teams have exited to lower league sides in round four for the first time since 1994 and only the fifth time since 1927. Vintage."

  17. 1814: 
    Brentford 2-2 Chelsea

    Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez, who the target of loud abuse from his own fans: "I have said before that I am just concentrating on my job. I try to stay really focused and I can guarantee Juan Mata changed the game when he came on.

    "The club said they wanted a manager with experience and I will try to do my job."


    Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott reacting to the FA Cup draw on Twitter: "Nice to get a home draw but Leeds will be a tough game."

  19. 1812: 
    Brentford 2-2 Chelsea

    Brentford manager Uwe Rosler: "They had a lot of play but didn't create clear-cut chances. We defended very well and worked very well against the ball.

    "And to be five minutes before the end and leading 2-1, I'm slightly disappointed that we didn't win the game. But, overall, my players did fantastically. They earned the right to play at Stamford Bridge. It will be a great day for our supporters again, for our players and, financially, it will help enormously."

  20. 1810: 
    Oldham 3-2 Liverpool

    Oldham winger Lee Croft: "The big man [Matt Smith] caused them all sorts of problems. In the first half we showed we can play football, the second half was very difficult. We dug deep and got a great result."

  21. 1810: 
    Oldham 3-2 Liverpool

    Oldham goalscorer Matt Smith, who left the field injured late on: "I am not too bad, it was a jarring of the shoulder and I was taken off as a precaution. I am left speechless by the result, we went out there wanting to battle together.

    "We rallied and thoroughly deserved the win. We proved what we can do today and we will be looking to do the same against Everton."

  22. 1809: 

    Right then, shall we have some reaction from all of today's matches?


    DJohnspi on Twitter: "I would be embarrassed to support Liverpool. An appalling first 60 minutes. Gerrard was the only player up for that game."

    RCollingbourne_ on Twitter: "Uninspiring performance from everyone but Suarez and Gerard. Sturridge was poor."

    Ali_Lowe23 on Twitter: "Coates, 2 green fullbacks, poor midfield choice and Borini. Cheers Brendan Rodgers for making our Monday in work so pleasurable."

  24. 1806: 

    There you go...what do you think of that draw? Oldham v Everton and Manchester City v Leeds look like being tasty affairs.

  25. 1805: 
    FA Cup fifth round draw

    Middlesbrough v Brentford/Chelsea

  26. 1805: 
    FA Cup fifth round draw

    Man Utd v Reading

  27. 1804: 
    FA Cup fifth round draw

    Man City v Leeds

  28. 1804: 
    FA Cup fifth round draw

    Arsenal v Blackburn

  29. 1804: 
    FA Cup fifth round draw

    Luton v Millwall

  30. 1803: 
    FA Cup fifth round draw

    Oldham v Everton

  31. 1803: 
    FA Cup fifth round draw

    MK Dons v Barnsley

  32. 1803: 
    FA Cup fifth round draw

    Huddersfield/Leicester v Wigan

  33. 1802: 

    Over at Boundary Park, the fans have invaded the pitch to carry their heroes off on their shoulders. There's even a grown man crying in the centre circle. The draw is about to get under way.

  34. 1800: 

    We've hardly got time to get our breath back before we head straight into the FA Cup fifth round draw. At this rate, it's going to be an Oldham v Luton final.

    Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson, BBC Radio 5 live at Boundary Park:

    "Oldham goalscorer Matt Smith was fantastic today. He really shook up the two Liverpool centre-backs and Sebastian Coates in particular was in shellshock after the start.

    "From Liverpool's point of view, you cannot come to a League One ground and conceded three goals and play without width for a large spell."


    Ada0690 on Twitter: "Only Liverpool would pass the ball around the defence with just over a minute left and losing by 1."

    CDMMarshall96 on Twitter: "Oldham Athletic take a bow."

    Oscar191 on Twitter: "Bet after the early kick-off nobody expected Chelsea's to be the best result for the PL teams today."

  37. 1759: 

    What an incredible weekend. First we had Millwall, then we had Norwich and MK Dons, before Brentford, Leeds and Oldham did the business today. You would have got good odds on all those results earlier in the week. Or laughed out of the bookies.

  38. 1756: 
    FULL-TIME- Oldham 3-2 Liverpool

    It's party time in Oldham - the Latics have done it. They have knocked Liverpool out of the FA Cup.


    _HariSoni on Twitter: "After the week we've had surely the word 'cupset' needs to be added to the dictionary?"

  40. 1755: 

    Daniel Sturridge gets in front of Cliff Byrne, following Stewart Downing's fine pass over the top, but the striker can't quite get the ball under control and Oldham are even closer to the fifth round.

  41. 1753: 

    Massive cheers around the ground as Steven Gerrard's raking pass is shepherded out of play by the Oldham defence. Three minutes to go.


    Don a Liverpool fan on text via 81111: "Now Joe Allen has opened his account, I wouldn't be surprised to see him going on to become the next Frank Lampard."

  43. 1751: 

    There will be six minutes of injury time. Hang on to your hats.

  44. 1751: 

    Steven Gerrard almost ruins the party when he rattles the crossbar with a 25-yard shot after the ball is given away in midfield. I'm nervous, so I'm not sure how Paul Dickov is feeling.


    Mayowa2k11 on Twitter: "Those chances that Baxter and Simpson wasted for Oldham may come back to haunt them..."

  46. 1747: 

    Oldham's hearts are in their mouths as Joe Allen's deflected shot arrows towards goal but this time the Welshman's effort spins inches wide. The Oldham fans can breathe again.

  47. 1744: 

    David Mellor comes on to replace the injured Matt Smith. Not the former Conservative MP but the 19-year-old former Manchester United defender.

    Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson, BBC Radio 5 live at Boundary Park:

    "That is the usual dislocated shoulder position from Matt Smith on the stretcher I can tell you from experience. You do not know where to put your arms as it is a very strange kind of pain."

    Listen to commentary of Oldham v Liverpool on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  49. 1742: 

    There's a break in play while two-goal hero Matt Smith is treated for what appears to be a shoulder/collarbone problem. The medical staff try and put the injury right on the pitch - not one for the faint-hearted. He is now being carried off to huge applause.


    Sean Sonnekus on Twitter: "Amongst all the ridicule I think we should take our hats off to Luton, MK Dons, Brentford, Leeds + Oldham. Fantastic displays."

  51. 1739: 
    GOAL- Oldham 3-2 Liverpool - Joe Allen (80 mins)

    We've got an exciting final 10 minutes on our hands now, thanks to Joe Allen's first ever Liverpool goal. A corner is cleared to the midfielder on the edge of the box and his shot takes a deflection off Jose Baxter and nestles into the bottom corner.

  52. 1739: 

    Oldham should really be 4-1 up now because Matt Smith, not for the first time today, outjumps Sebastian Coates and sends Robbie Simpson through on goal. However, the striker snatches at the chance and puts his shot wide. That is Simpson's final act of the match as he is replaced by Daniel Taylor.

  53. 1736: 

    The Oldham clearances are becoming ever more agricultural. But it doesn't matter - they are 15 minutes away from a famous upset and a place in the fifth round draw.

    Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson, BBC Radio 5 live at Boundary Park:

    "I was at Aston Villa against Bradford in midweek and they were far too narrow. That decision to take off winger Raheem Sterling for midfielder Jonjo Shelvey could lead to Liverpool playing that way.

    "League One teams are used to playing sides that hit it direct up the middle, you need to stretch them out wide. Liverpool have to play with some guile as Oldham will lap it up if they do not."

    Listen to commentary of Oldham v Liverpool on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  55. 1733: 

    Liverpool make another change, with Jonjo Shelvey on for Raheem Sterling.

  56. 1732: 

    Matt Smith gets a striker's yellow card. The two-goal hero clatters into Sebastian Coates and, as the defender gathers the loose ball and moves forward, he is pulled back with a tug of the shirt. Comical defending.

  57. 1730: 

    Liverpool are throwing the kitchen sink at Oldham now and Stewart Downing gets free at the far post but heads over the bar.


    On-loan Marseille midfielder Joey Barton on Twitter: "Great to see the smaller clubs having decent cup runs. Money is always much needed and means a great deal when filtering down the pyramid."

  59. 1728: 

    Liverpool supporters are having to run for cover in the stands as the rain comes pouring down - another vital component of any cupset. Why does it only ever seem to rain so hard at lower league grounds? I bet it's glorious sunshine in Liverpool.

  60. 1727: 

    Heroic Oldham defending as Luis Suarez pulls the ball back for Steven Gerrard, 12 yards out, and Jose Baxter dives across to block the England midfielder's shot. They have 23 minutes left to hang on.

  61. 1724: 

    The rain is pouring down at Boundary Park now, which is making the pitch cut up a bit more as Steven Gerrard whips in a cross which takes a deflection and is easily gathered by Oldham keeper Dean Bouzanis.

    Brendan Rodgers

    Ben a Liverpool fan on text via 81111: "Liverpool should cut their losses and sell Borini. We need a striker who can give us instant success like Grant Holt."

    Martin from Didcot on text via 81111: "Magic of the FA Cup or a really overrated Premier League?"

  63. 1720: 

    Liverpool already look much livelier since their captain came on, with Cliff Byrne having to put his body on the line to block Steven Gerrard's shot.


    BrianDoyle92 on Twitter: "Can see why Jose Baxter isn't playing in the Premier League anymore, always tries to do it the hard way."

    Stevo27492 on Twitter: "Absolutely astonishing how Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers can play a strong team in all areas except defence, surely it's what's needed in a FA Cup tie."

  65. 1719: 

    Bringing on Steven Gerrard is the footballing equivalent of seeing Steve Waugh march to the crease with your team 20-4. You know the fightback begins here.

    Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson, BBC Radio 5 live at Boundary Park:

    "Liverpool had to bring on Steven Gerrard to add a sense of control to the game. I would also throw on Jamie Carragher as Sebastian Coates is having a shocker."

    Listen to commentary of Oldham v Liverpool on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  67. 1717: 

    When your team is 3-1 down at Oldham, who else would you rather call on than Steven Gerrard? The skipper comes on for Andre Wisdom and instantly takes the captain's armband from Luis Suarez. He means business. Stewart Downing is also on for Fabio Borini.

  68. 1716: 

    Raheem Sterling goes down in instalments under the challenge of Carl Winchester in the area and there are few complaints from Liverpool when the ref turns down their muted appeals for a penalty.


    Statisticians Opta on Twitter: "3 - This is the first time Liverpool have conceded 3+ FA Cup goals to a team outside the top two divisions since 1956 (3-3 v Scunthorpe). Stun."

  70. 1712: 

    Oldham nearly go 4-1 up, which really would be unbelievable, when Jose Baxter gets through on goal but his chipped effort is held by Brad Jones. Liverpool are getting hammered here.


    AdamMarsh95 on Twitter: "Really Liverpool? Really? Have our defenders actually genuinely gone to sleep today?"

    Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson, BBC Radio 5 live at Boundary Park:

    "How big was that Borini missed chance for Liverpool now? The header was brilliant, it was the only place he could put it.

    "You are told when you are young to head the ball back where it came from and he did that."

    Listen to commentary of Oldham v Liverpool on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  73. 1707: 
    GOAL- Oldham 3-1 Liverpool - Reece Wabara (48 mins)

    Nope, your eyes are not deceiving you - Oldham really are 3-1 up against Liverpool. Carl Winchester skips past Raheem Sterling on the left and his cross is met by the powerful head of Reece Wabara, who sees his effort hang in the air before going in off the bar. Wowzers.

    Reece Wabara
  74. 1706: 

    An early chance for Liverpool, but Fabio Borini can't steer his effort on target and his shot goes into the stands.

  75. 1705: 

    We are back under way at Oldham. I bet the pies have done a roaring trade at half-time - it's never warm at Boundary Park, but it's particularly parky tonight.

  76. 1704: 

    Just a little reminder that you can follow the FA Cup fifth round draw with us following this match. If your team is in the hat for the draw, let us know who you fancy.


    Dyl Mei on Twitter: "Get your Coates, you're pulled. Awful today."

    Tim_Purcell on Twitter: "I suspect Rodgers will be placing a call to the US to get a cheque for a goalie and centre back."

    McCannRachel13 on Twitter: "Sturridge fouled then had the back of his knee stamped on, how was that not a red never mind a foul. Poor refereeing."

  78. 1700: 

    So can Oldham hang on? I suspect it will be difficult for them if Steven Gerrard is brought on because that would release Luis Suarez a bit further forward, where he is developing a nice understanding with Daniel Sturridge.

  79. 1658: 
    Jonathan Jurejko, BBC Sport at Elland Road:FT: Leeds 2-1 Tottenham

    "They certainly love a cupset in West Yorkshire. Leeds have followed the lead of neighbours Bradford and seen off higher division opposition to put beaming smiles on the majority of the fans streaming out of Elland Road.

    "Early shouts for a round-five home tie against Manchester United from most Whites supporters."


    Statisticians Opta on Twitter: "2 - Oldham are the first third tier team to score two goals in an FA Cup game vs Liverpool since Bolton in 1993. Spillage."


    Si's Insights on Twitter: "Ball comes into the Liverpool area. "Don't Panic!" cries "Corporal" Jones. "I've got this covered!" Oh dear..."

    JohnnyMagrinho on Twitter: "Robinson has been encouraging for Liverpool. Looks like a quality left-back. Same can't be said about Borini or Coates though."

  82. 1652: 
    HALF-TIME- Oldham 2-1 Liverpool

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan reports: "Oldham have certainly shown the terrier-like qualities of their manager Paul Dickov, but just as it looked like Liverpool were beginning to settle after Luis Suarez's equaliser, Brad Jones drops a clanger to let Matt Smith in for his second goal. Makes the second half as tasty as a steak and ale pie."

    Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson, BBC Radio 5 live at Boundary Park:

    "It looked like a foul on Daniel Sturridge in the build-up, but the ball has then travelled 60 yards and Liverpool goalkeeper Jones has made such a hash of a simple save which gave Oldham a second bite at the chance.

    "That goal changes the team talks at half-time. Oldham boss Paul Dickov will tell his players not to change anything, but from Liverpool's point of view, they have to change and be more urgent."

    Listen to commentary of Oldham v Liverpool on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  84. 1649: 
    GOAL- Oldham 2-1 Liverpool - Matt Smith (45 mins)

    Unbelievable scenes - Oldham are back in front, courtesy of a Liverpool mistake. Reece Wabara whips in a cross from the right, which is fumbled by Brad Jones. Lee Croft then shows great awareness to square to Matt Smith who taps home. Cupset back on.

    Matt Smith

    MikeLawson92 on Twitter: "Oldham's Baxter is capable of genius. But I noticed while he was at Everton that he quite often over-elaborated. Signs of that today."

  86. 1647: 

    Oldham still believe they can win this. A free-kick is swung into the box and Brad Jones has to tip Matt Smith's header over the bar. If the header had found the back of the net, Liverpool would have been furious because Smith was all over defender Sebastian Coates.


    Tom on text via 81111: "Liverpool playing woefully, and its all because of Oldham. Hats off to them, sensing another cupset!"

  88. 1645: 

    A half-chance for Oldham as Jean-Yves M'voto rises above his marker and heads into the grateful arms of Brad Jones. At the other end, the Latics are saved by the offside flag after overplaying it at the back. Luis Suarez heads Daniel Sturridge through on goal but the striker is stopped in his tracks by the linesman.

  89. 1642: 

    There's a pause in play while Fabio Borini receives treatment for a blow to the head. On the bench, Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher are sat together taking in all the action. Is that a glimpse into the future?


    Staffwhyte on Twitter: "Suarez is in another universe to the other 21 players."

    Dave Cassells on Twitter: "Great to see the smaller teams not being intimidated by the bigger teams... Playing their own style of football... Come on Oldham."

    Ben Wall on Twitter: "It's good to see Henderson providing great cover and creativity in attack."

  91. 1639: 

    One of the most endearing parts of the Boundary Park ground is their large 70s-style stand behind the goal. A sponsor's name used to be emblazoned on the slanting roof of that stand, but half of it has been covered by white paint and the other half has been faded by Mother Nature. It looks like they ran out of white paint to finish the job properly.

  92. 1635: 

    Jose Baxter is a boyhood Liverpool fan and the Everton academy product is certainly capable of moments of magic in the Oldham midfield. The youngster gives Brad Jones a little scare with a powerful shot from distance which raises the home crowd who have been a quiet since the equaliser.

    Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson, BBC Radio 5 live at Boundary Park:

    "Oldham cannot deal with Luis Suarez. He is picking the ball up in the space between their defence and midfield and is finding holes all over the place."

    Listen to commentary of Oldham v Liverpool on BBC Radio 5 live now.


    Statisticians Opta on Twitter: "8 - Luis Suarez has now scored eight goals in his last eight appearances for Liverpool. Captain."

  95. 1631: 

    Liverpool are starting to go through the gears now and Luis Suarez is at the heart of everything. The skipper picks the ball up in the centre of the field, passes to Fabio Borini and the Italian's lovely flick plays in Raheem Sterling. However, the young winger's shot is well saved by Dean Bouzanis.

  96. 1627: 

    The shocks are also happening north of the border as Celtic are beaten 3-2 by St Mirren in their Scottish League Cup semi-final meeting. What a day!

  97. 1626: 

    Liverpool have the ball in the back of the net once again when Jordan Henderson's free-kick is nodded in by Luis Suarez. However, it is correctly ruled out for offside. It was a tight call, but a good one from the linesman.

  98. 1624: 

    Some nifty footwork in the area from Daniel Sturridge but the striker is denied by Cliff Byrne's last-ditch tackle. There is a bit of beef after the challenge, with Sturridge saying he was caught late and he almost aims a punch at the defender before thinking better of it. Moments later, Reece Wabara is booked for a foul on Luis Suarez.


    TomKiddle on Twitter: "Where would we be without Suarez? Love him or hate him no denying his talent."

    Luis Suarez
    Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson, BBC Radio 5 live at Boundary Park:

    "Suarez was fortunate there as he tried to play a pass to Daniel Sturridge and it bounced off an Oldham defender and went right to him."

    Listen to commentary of Oldham v Liverpool on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  101. 1617: 
    GOAL- Oldham 1-1 Liverpool - Luis Suarez (17 mins)

    Luis Suarez is wearing the captain's armband today, and he drags his team back into this game in the manner of Steven Gerrard. The 25-year-old picks up the ball on the halfway line and, with nothing on, he drives at the centre of the Oldham defence. He gets a slice of luck when his attempted pass rebounds into his path off Cliff Byrne and the Uruguayan slots the ball home. It was good while it lasted, Oldham fans.

    Luis Suarez

    Janniky on Twitter: "The team in red are the Premier League team right?"

  103. 1614: 

    This has got all the hallmarks of a cup classic. Boundary Park doesn't seem to have changed very much since the 1980s, when there was a plastic pitch in place of grass. Latics supporters are well up for this as Jose Baxter flashes a shot wide from the edge of the area.


    Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand on Twitter: "What a start.... Scholesy must be buzzing with this start!"

    Paul Scholes famously grew up watching Oldham games and still gets down to Boundary Park when he can.

  105. 1612: 

    Youssouf M'Changama is not an easy name to spell, so while I am sad to see him leave the field injured it does make my job a little easier now he has been replaced by Carl Winchester.

  106. 1609: 

    It is all kicking off in the Liverpool penalty area. Liverpool goalkeeper Brad Jones spills a shot and Martin Skrtel was less than impressed with Robbie Simpson as the striker dived in to try and poke home the ball. The Oldham player is booked for his challenge.

    Oldham v Liverpool
    Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson, BBC Radio 5 live at Boundary Park:

    "Looking at the Liverpool team, manager Brendan Rodgers wants to stay in the FA Cup. But at the moment, they are struggling to get to grips with Oldham."

    Listen to commentary of Oldham v Liverpool on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  108. 1607: 

    Liverpool are rattled and Raheem Sterling picks up a yellow card for a late tackle on Youssouf M'Changama on the halfway line. The Comoros Islands international is hurt following that one.


    JLevesque2 on Twitter: "That was quite a quick goal for Oldham against a strong Liverpool side. Do we have another cupset on our hands?"

  110. 1603: 
    GOAL- Oldham 1-0 Liverpool - Matt Smith (3 mins)

    I bet you are thinking I'm having you on now? Oldham are in dreamland thanks to Matt Smith. Youssouf M'Changama whips in a cross from the left and Smith has a run on his marker to head home.

    Matt Smith

    Frank in South Wales on text via 81111: "Luis Suarez captain? Hardly a role model, isn't the armband worth anything now?"

  112. 1601: 

    We are under way at Boundary Park. Are we being greedy if we expect ANOTHER cupset?

  113. 1600: 

    Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers on ITV: "We respect every opponent whether it's in the Premier League or a team like Mansfield in the last round. The most important thing is to get the job done."

  114. 1600: 

    Oldham: Bouzanis, Wabara, Mvoto, Byrne, Grounds, Croft, Wesolowski, M'Changama, Simpson, Baxter, Smith. Subs: Cisak, Brown, Tarkowski, Taylor, Winchester, Sutherland, Mellor.

    Liverpool: Jones, Wisdom, Skrtel, Coates, Robinson, Henderson, Allen, Sterling, Suarez, Borini, Sturridge. Subs: Gulacsi, Gerrard, Downing, Lucas, Carragher, Fernandez Saez, Shelvey.

    Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)

  115. 1559: 

    It's worth listening out for the chant of 'Jose Baxter, baby' (to the tune of The Human League's 'don't you want me, baby') ringing out around Boundary Park later. The 20-year-old Oldham striker has had an eventful few months since he turned down a contract with Everton in the summer and was out of football altogether in September. Now he is the fans' favourite at the Latics, where he is top scorer and aiming to shoot down Liverpool, the team he supported as a boy.

  116. 1557: 
    Oldham v Liverpool (1600 GMT)

    Oldham boss Paul Dickov includes lifelong Liverpool supporter James Wesolowski in midfield and makes two changes from the midweek defeat at Notts County with Lee Croft and Robbie Simpson coming in for Chris Sutherland and Daniel Taylor. Former Everton forward Jose Baxter also starts and is one to look out for too.

    Liverpool name Luis Suarez as their captain for the day as Steven Gerrard is left on the bench. The Uruguayan forms a strong attack with Daniel Sturridge, who is looking to add to goals in each of his first three Liverpool games.


    EdAspen on Twitter: "Massive result for Leeds against Tottenham as they were unbeaten in their last eight and took five points off champions elect Man Utd."

    Former Leeds and England defender Danny Mills, BBC Radio 5 live at Elland Road:

    "Former Spurs midfielder Michael Brown was absolutely superb today, he put in a real captain's performance. All the Leeds players can hold their hands up and say they gave their all today.

    "Spurs were outfought and outworked today."

  119. 1555: 
    FULL-TIME- Leeds 2-1 Tottenham

    The entry all Leeds fans have been waiting for. They are through to the fifth round. Another cupset for you there, now let's see what Oldham have got in our final match of the day...

  120. 1554: 

    Michael Brown gets his obligatory booking for a foul on Scott Parker. Brad Friedel goes forward for the free-kick...


    Former Leeds defender Rio Ferdinand on Twitter: "Last ditch tackle of the highest order there by the Leeds lad!"

    Former Leeds and England defender Danny Mills, BBC Radio 5 live at Elland Road:

    "It has been a frustrating afternoon for Spurs. It is going to take something special or lucky to get something as on the balance of play Leeds probably deserve to win.

    "Leeds are making a few substitutions to break up the momentum now. They want to keep the ball as far away from their goal as possible."

    Listen to commentary of Leeds v Tottenham on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  123. 1553: 
    Leeds 2-1 Tottenham

    BBC Sport's Jonathan Jurejko at Elland Road: "Leeds fans are just, maybe, starting to believe as the clock ticks towards full-time. Every tackle is being roared, while each pass is receiving an 'ole'."

  124. 1552: 

    El Hadji Diouf might have his critics but he has put in a great shift today and he slowly trudges off the pitch to be replaced by defender James Pearce as Leeds look to hold on against Spurs. Davide Somma is also on for man of the match Ross McCormack.

  125. 1551: 

    Tottenham almost break Leeds' hearts when Benoit Assou-Ekotto robs Sam Byram and pumps a glorious pass over the top for Jonathan Obika to latch on to. Just when the young forward prepares to pull the trigger, Lee Peliter denies him with a fantastic tackle. Heroic defending.

  126. 1549: 

    I've just seen an image of a Leeds fan with tattoos all over his face. He's obviously gone through some pain down the years while they have been applied. Still, he looks as anxious as the next man as his team hang on against Spurs. Just two minutes to go now.

  127. 1545: 

    I agree with Greg's tweet below. Sam Byram has been magnificent against Gareth Bale today. He looks out on his feet now though. I wouldn't be surprised if some fresh legs are brought on in the final few minutes.


    Jon a Spurs fan in Eastleigh on text via 81111: "I'd pay the £6m to never have Dempsey play for Spurs again, he's a complete liability going forward, god knows how he managed to score so many goals for Fulham."


    Glenntosek on Twitter: "Leeds getting a bit panicked and physical. If they lose their shape it will be a matter of time until Tottenham equalise."

    Greg_01 on Twitter: "Very happy Sam Byram has signed a new deal with Leeds. He's going to be a star."

    Former Leeds and England defender Danny Mills, BBC Radio 5 live at Elland Road:

    "Leeds are going to be running the clock down at every attempt. They are doing things like purposefully taking free-kicks from the wrong place."

    Listen to commentary of Leeds v Tottenham on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  131. 1541: 

    Michael Brown has put in a shift for Leeds today and he draws one of the biggest cheers of the afternoon when he tracks back and wins the ball from Jonathan Obika. Tenacious.

  132. 1540: 

    Jan Vertonghen has had an uncomfortable afternoon and he goes into the book after bringing down Ross McCormack. He is a tad unlucky though, because he was sold short by Mousa Dembele. El Hadji Diouf steps up to take the free-kick and is also booked for taking too long.


    ManOfSteele23 on Twitter: "Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers showing Oldham the respect they deserve by picking Luis Suarez, wonder if he has the legs to keep this up all season though."

  134. 1535: 

    Is there a more angrier man than Neil Warnock? He's disputed every decision that has gone against his team today - and is getting even louder as the clock ticks down. Just 15 minutes left for his team to hold on.


    Eddie Lincoln on text via 81111: "Good luck you Whites! Let's keep the passion and fire in our bellies and beat our friends from the capital!!!"

    Former Leeds and England defender Danny Mills, BBC Radio 5 live at Elland Road:

    "Substitute striker John Obika is trying to play on the shoulder and get in behind every time for Spurs, but for me, they need a target man right now to hold up the ball.

    "Spurs are pushing forward so much now, and Leeds striker Ross McCormack got through on the counter again but keeper Brad Friedel spread himself well to deny him."

    Listen to commentary of Leeds v Tottenham on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  137. 1533: 

    Great skill from Gareth Bale as he pirouettes past Sam Byram and whips in a cross. It was a moment of pure brilliance when everyone around you all shouts 'ooohh'. It doesn't bring a goal though and Leeds go straight up the other end and almost make it 3-1 but Ross McCormack can only fire straight at Brad Friedel from a tight angle after getting in front of Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

  138. 1529: 
    Leeds 2-1 Tottenham

    BBC Sport's Jonathan Jurejko at Elland Road: "The management styles of Neil Warnock and Andre Villas-Boas are as contrasting as the landscapes of their respective birthplaces of Sheffield and Porto. But they look identical on the Elland Road touchline - prowling the whitewash with hands in pocket as they bark out orders. Tense finish ahead for both."


    Amir on text via 81111: "Now Oldham losing today would be a cupset!"

  140. 1526: 

    Spurs rotate the Kyles with Walker coming on for Naughton. At least it wasn't Jeremy.

  141. 1525: 

    Leeds get away with one after El Hadji Diouf's mis-placed pass is seized upon by Benoit Assou-Ekotto and the marauding full-back is checked by Sam Byram but the referee decides it was a fair challenge on the edge of the box. I'm not sure I agree.


    BA5TOO on Twitter: "Dempsey gets slated by so many Spurs fans, yet he keeps scoring."


    Statisticians Opta on Twitter: "6 - Tottenham's Clint Dempsey scores with his sixth shot of the game. Eventually."

  144. 1521: 

    AVB has decided to shake things up as he goes in search of an equaliser. Jonathan Obika and Mousa Dembele are on for Tom Huddlestone and Gylfi Sigurdsson.

    Former Leeds and England defender Danny Mills, BBC Radio 5 live at Elland Road:

    "That was the first time Gareth Bale had gotten half a yard to get in a cross and look what he delivered. Tottenham are back in the game."

    Listen to commentary of Leeds v Tottenham on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  146. 1517: 
    GOAL- Leeds 2-1 Tottenham - Clint Dempsey (58 mins)

    Spurs are back in this one - thanks to that predatory striker Clint Dempsey! Gareth Bale beats two men down the left and Dempsey gets in front of his marker to head home the cross.


    SAMawji on Twitter: "As a Liverpool fan, I'm glad we missed out to Spurs on Dempsey and Sigurdsson."

    Modan7 on Twitter: "Spurs will come back... If they had a recognised striker."

    ElliotDunn1 on Twitter: "Liverpool should be getting worried looks like two cupsets, maybe Oldham can be the third."

  148. 1516: 
    BREAKING LIVERPOOL TEAM NEWS- Oldham v Liverpool (1600 GMT)

    Liverpool have picked Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge in attack, but have left Steven Gerrard on the bench against Oldham.

  149. 1514: 

    Tottenham aren't helping themselves with misses like this one. Aaron Lennon flashes the ball across goal and Clint Dempsey pokes wide from six yards out. My Gran could have scored that one.

    Former Leeds and England defender Danny Mills, BBC Radio 5 live at Elland Road:

    "What an absolutely fantastic finish. I thought the chance had gone because Ross McCormack does not have the out-and-out pace to beat the Spurs defence. However, he cut inside and opened up his body fantastically well. Goalkeeper Brad Friedel had no chance, Tottenham are really up against it. Leeds must retain their composure and not get too excited here."

    Listen to commentary of Leeds v Tottenham on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  151. 1510: 
    GOAL- Leeds 2-0 Tottenham - Ross McCormack (50 mins)

    A wonderful goal, worthy of winning any FA Cup tie. El Hadji Diouf splits the two Spurs centre-backs and sends Ross McCormack scampering through on goal. The Scot shows tremendous composure to check back inside Steven Caulker and curl his effort home from just inside the area. Elland Road is rocking now.

    Ross McCormack

    AMussard on Twitter: "I respect Dempsey, I think he's class but he CANNOT have the weight of a lone striker on his broad American shoulders."

  153. 1507: 

    Leeds are pressing hard early in the second half and Luke Varney races into the box and falls down under the challenge of Tom Huddlestone. The referee waves play on, much to the disappointment of the home crowd.

  154. 1505: 

    We are back under way at Elland Road.


    Misha Tope on Twitter: "Not good enough again from Spurs. Looking a bit toothless up front. Where are the Dempsey and Sigurdsson of last season?!?"

  156. 1501: 

    I wonder if AVB will change things for the second half? Spurs need to offer Clint Dempsey some extra support up front yet there are no out-and-out strikers on the bench.


    Daily Telegraph football correspondent Henry Winter on Twitter: "Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez confirms no incoming transfers in the remaining days of the January transfer window."

  158. 1455: 

    Press Association Sport is reporting that QPR defender Anton Ferdinand is in talks with Turkish side Bursaspor over a potential loan move. It looks like Harry is starting to get busy before the transfer window slams shut...

  159. 1454: 
    Oldham v Liverpool (1600 GMT)

    Oldham boss Paul Dickov is hoping his League One side can do a 'Bradford' against Liverpool this afternoon, after the Bantams beat three Premier League sides to reach the League Cup final. But Oldham's win over Nottingham Forest in the last round is their only victory in nine games and they lost 5-1 to Liverpool in this competition last season. This time they are at home, though, and Reds boss Brendan Rodgers says his team will pay 'big attention' to this tie in aiming to go one better than last year's runners-up spot.

  160. 1454: 

    So while Spurs have their half-time oranges and Neil Warnock feeds his Leeds players some raw meat, let's have a quick look ahead to our late kick-off from Boundary Park. I've also got a few transfer titbits for you...

    Former Leeds and England defender Danny Mills, BBC Radio 5 live at Elland Road:

    "I think we have a great second half to come. Leeds have done everything right so far tactically, they have got right in Spurs's faces and given their opponents no time on the ball."

    Listen to commentary of Leeds v Tottenham on BBC Radio 5 live now.

    Leeds 1-0 Tottenham

    BBC Sport's Jonathan Jurejko at Elland Road: "Ironic cheers from the Leeds fans as the subdued Spurs supporters find their voice again after Luke Varney's opener. Plenty of possession for the visitors but they are lacking the cutting edge expected of a Champions League-chasing side."

  163. 1449: 
    HALF-TIME- Leeds 1-0 Tottenham

    Leeds are 45 minutes away from springing the latest surprise on a fourth-round weekend that has been full of shocks. In terms of chances created, Tottenham are streets ahead but they paid the price for switching off at the back and Luke Varney did not waste his opportunity.

    Former Leeds and England defender Danny Mills, BBC Radio 5 live at Elland Road:

    "Ross McCormack was heading away from goal and the angle was against him. Spurs keeper Brad Friedel did very well to get out there and close the Scot down."

    Listen to commentary of Leeds v Tottenham on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  165. 1447: 

    Leeds almost head into the break 2-0 up after a goal-kick is flicked on and finds Ross McCormack in the penalty area. Unfortunately for the home side, Brad Friedel is alert to the danger and foils the striker. Route one, but certainly effective.


    Daniel Woodley on Twitter: "Tottenham won't get top four this season without purchasing another striker. Dempsey isn't an out and out forward. Frustrated."

    Uche N on Twitter: "One of our biggest misses today is our sweeper keeper Lloris... love Friedel but he prevents us pressurising as usual."

    Liam Stones on Twitter: "Spurs and Villa fans moaning about strikers, Liverpool had Suarez and that was it and now only have two main strikers."

  167. 1444: 

    A tad optimistic from the Leeds fans as the ball is pumped into the box, Ross McCormack goes down in the penalty area and is told to get on with it by the ref.


    Chris in Aberystwyth on text via 81111: "Dempsey's lack of pace will make it difficult to link up with Bale and Lennon. Manager AVB must be showing chairman Levy why he needs a striker..."

  169. 1442: 

    Spurs are dominating possession at the moment but, with just five minutes to go until half-time, Leeds will be more than happy that they are restricting their opponents to long-range efforts.

  170. 1441: 

    Clint Dempsey is working hard as the lone striker and he manages to turn and shoot 25 yards out, with his swerving effort causing a few problems for Jamie Ashdown before being safely dealt with.


    JJS_Laze on Twitter: "Spurs fans moaning about the lack of a striker? Could be worse, you could be a deflated Aston Villa fan..."

    Former Leeds and England defender Danny Mills, BBC Radio 5 live at Elland Road:

    "Leeds look a bit jittery when defending in that final third, they need to calm down a bit for me. Every one is racing round at 100 mph."

    Listen to commentary of Leeds v Tottenham on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  173. 1434: 

    Leeds are doubling up on Gareth Bale today and it seems to be working so far - the Wales winger has not really had a sniff yet. That's a compliment to the Leeds defence because plenty of Premier League teams struggle to keep that man quiet.


    GregTheAlgerian on Twitter: "Everyone bar chairman Levy, it would seem, can see that Spurs need at least one striker this window."

    GoonerMPF on Twitter: "Spurs totally reliant on Bale and Dempsey for the remainder of this match."

    CharleePlatt on Twitter: "Why do some teams have two main strikers (i.e. Tottenham), when was the last time Manchester United or Manchester City had to put a midfielder upfront?"

  175. 1431: 

    Tremendous skill from Tom Huddlestone as he flicks the ball over the head of Rodolph Austin on the edge of the area and his low shot almost takes Jamie Ashdown by surprise. The Leeds keeper recovers to gather at the second attempt.

  176. 1428: 

    Better from Spurs as they win the ball in midfield, set Aaron Lennon free on a driving run through the centre and the winger squares to Clint Dempsey who forces Jamie Ashdown into a good save.


    Tom in Leeds on text via 81111: "Can't get too excited, we did score first against Chelsea in the League Cup..."

    Former Leeds and England defender Danny Mills, BBC Radio 5 live at Elland Road:

    "Tottenham are a little bit shocked at Leeds taking the lead. Before the goal, they were taking control of the ball and creating a few opportunities, but possession is changing hands all the time now and very few opportunities are being made.

    "That will suit Leeds."

    Listen to commentary of Leeds v Tottenham on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  179. 1425: 

    Already it's looking fairly obvious that Clint Dempsey might struggle as the lone frontman for Spurs. The American is a good player but his talents are better served just behind an out-and-out striker. If he is to produce in this role, players like Gareth Bale and Gylfi Sigurdsson need to start bombing forward in support.


    Statisticians Opta on Twitter: "2 - Leeds's opener is only the second goal Spurs have conceded in their last seven FA Cup games vs lower league opposition. Shock."


    AJWard1993 on Twitter: "The FA Cup clearly doesn't want to be overshadowed by the heroics of the League Cup."

  182. 1421: 

    There's only 20 minutes gone, but already Spurs are looking frustrated. Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes a shot from 25 yards out but it is as wild as his hair and ends up in Row Z. Must do better.

  183. 1420: 

    Spurs try to rally but Clint Dempsey takes an air-shot from 12 yards out before Kyle Naughton pings a cross to the far post where Gylfi Sigurdsson heads over.


    Chingford1961 on Twitter: "Maybe Leeds striker Luciano Becchio is going back on the Spurs bus? Striker needed."

    Former Leeds and England defender Danny Mills, BBC Radio 5 live at Elland Road:

    "Luke Varney ran through on his own and he did really well to finish after having so much time on the ball. Because El-Hadji Diouf missed his flick he was on-side.

    "He did really well to show that much composure as he was on the ball for so long."

    Listen to commentary of Leeds v Tottenham on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  186. 1416: 
    GOAL- Leeds 1-0 Tottenham - Luke Varney (15 mins)

    Elland Road goes wild as El-Hadji Diouf's dummy, or perhaps failure to get a flick forward, deceives two Spurs defenders and Luke Varney races through and confidently finishes past Brad Friedel. That's just what this cup tie needed.

    Luke Varney
  187. 1415: 

    BBC Sport's Jonathan Jurejko at Elland Road: "Impressive following from the Tottenham fans who are making a real din in one corner of Elland Road. The home fans respond with chants of 'Yorkshire Yorkshire' as each set of supporters stretch their vocal chords. Proper cup atmosphere."

    Former Leeds and England defender Danny Mills, BBC Radio 5 live at Elland Road:

    "Gareth Bale versus Sam Byram is a big test and the young Leeds player will want to show that he can deal with one of the world's best wingers."

    Listen to commentary of Leeds v Tottenham on BBC Radio 5 live now.

    Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker on Twitter:

    "The FA Cup may not be the monster it was but it remains very special. And I'm not saying that because of the obvious family resemblance..."


    SJC961 on Twitter: "Spurs keeper Brad Friedel missing his cap of yesteryear. Sun right in his eyes."

  191. 1409: 

    Spurs are not letting Leeds settle into the game as Clint Dempsey is put through on goal but his lack of pace means he is forced wide and the American's shot rolls harmlessly wide of the far post. Perhaps the lone frontman needed more support there?

  192. 1408: 

    Spurs are passing the ball about well and Gareth Bale gets in behind the Leeds defence and is only denied by a fantastic tackle by Lee Peltier. The ball goes out for a corner, but it comes to nothing.

  193. 1406: 

    Michael Brown is patrolling the Leeds midfield today - how long has he been going? I remember watching him for Manchester City in the mid-nineties.

    Former Leeds and England defender Danny Mills, BBC Radio 5 live at Elland Road:

    "It could be an interesting game. Leeds are without their top scorer Luciano Becchio, but we have seen that if the Premier League teams turn up in the FA Cup without their attitude being spot on then they can be found out."

    Listen to commentary of Leeds v Tottenham on BBC Radio 5 live now.


    Statisticians Opta on Twitter: "3 - Leeds have been eliminated by north London in each of the last three FA Cups, losing to Spurs in 2010 and Arsenal in 2011 & 2012. Quirk."

  196. 1403: 

    Leeds win an early corner after Luke Varney latches on to a poor pass, but El-Hadji Diouf's centre comes to nothing. Spurs can't afford to be giving the ball away too much early on.

  197. 1402: 

    As you would expect, it's a cracking atmosphere at Elland Road as Spurs get us under way.


    BaritoneRogers on Twitter: "Absurd that Spurs don't have a first team striker to put on the pitch or bench today. What are AVB/Levy doing?"

  199. 1400: 

    We're almost set at Elland Road as Neil Warnock and Andre Villas-Boas have a little chat on the touchline. I'm not too sure AVB can understand what the Yorkshireman is saying. He'd have no chance with Geoffrey Boycott.

  200. 1359: 
    LINE-UPS- Leeds v Tottenham (1400 GMT)

    Leeds: Ashdown, Byram, Lees, Peltier, White, Green, Austin, Brown, Varney, Diouf, McCormack. Subs: Kenny, Pearce, Tonge, Norris, Somma, Hall, Dawson.

    Tottenham: Friedel, Naughton, Caulker, Vertonghen, Assou-Ekotto, Huddlestone, Lennon, Parker, Sigurdsson, Bale, Dempsey. Subs: Gomes, Dembele, Dawson, Walker, Livermore, Townsend, Obika.

    Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)

  201. 1358: 
    Leeds v Tottenham (1400 GMT)

    Leeds striker Luciano Becchio is left out of the Leeds squad after handing in a transfer request on Friday, with Luke Varney replacing him up front. Cup keeper Jamie Ashdown comes in for Paddy Kenny in goal for the Championship side and Paul Green replaces Ross Barkley in midfield.

    Spurs are also without their only available striker, Jermain Defoe, who is not in their squad. With Emmanuel Adebayor at the Africa Cup of Nations, Clint Dempsey is set to lead their attack. Spurs make five changes in all.

  202. 1358: 

    We've hardly got any time to make a brew before our next match. Leeds v Tottenham kicks off in a couple of minutes. Fancy some team news?

    Former Tottenham manager David Pleat, BBC Radio 5 live at Griffin Park:

    "Terrific theatre here. The Bees almost stung the Pensioners.

    "Brentford had a great game plan and that stopped Chelsea ever getting into their stride. It was a terrific contest and to the underdogs you have to say you have made all your fans very proud."

    Everton defender Sylvain Distin on Twitter:

    "Watching Brentford v Chelsea makes me realise even more how important yesterday's result was for us. FA Cup is a tough competition."

  205. 1354: 
    FULL-TIME- Brentford 2-2 Chelsea

    They've done it, well done Brentford. They will head to Stamford Bridge for a replay. What a weekend this has been for the FA Cup.


    SamoanBH on Twitter: "I know Brentford would want to beat Chelsea, but if they get a replay, they'll gain quite a bit of extra revenue for long-term."

    DavidGardiner5 on Twitter: "Poor performance by Chelsea. Rafa was supposed to improve this team, how many more chances does he need?"

  207. 1353: 

    Chelsea are unfortunate not to be awarded a late penalty when Juan Mata's chip into the box is handled by Harlee Dean. There's a huge sigh of relief in the ground when the referee waves away the strong appeals.

    Former Tottenham manager David Pleat, BBC Radio 5 live at Griffin Park:

    "Chelsea I feel have been a bit complacent. It started early in the first half with the back-pass picked up by Ross Turnbull.

    "It has taken them a long time to get into their stride."

    Listen to commentary of Brentford v Chelsea on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra now.

  209. 1351: 

    Brentford win a free-kick just inside the Chelsea half but the set-piece is floated straight into the grateful arms of Chelsea keeper Ross Turnbull. Two minutes left...

    Former Tottenham manager David Pleat, BBC Radio 5 live at Griffin Park:

    "No-one is leaving this game early today."

    Listen to commentary of Brentford v Chelsea on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra now.

  211. 1349: 

    We will have four minutes added on - time for another goal? Or is this one heading to a replay at Stamford Bridge?


    J-W in Edinburgh on text via 81111: "15 goals for Torres this season. Criticism is over the top!"

  213. 1347: 

    Fernando Torres is getting booed by the Brentford fans - nobody likes a party-pooper. The Spaniard passes to Frank Lampard 25 yards out and the midfielder's shot is gathered at the second attempt by Simon Moore.

  214. 1344: 

    Brentford manager Uwe Rosler throws on Sam Saunders in place of the impressive Adam Forshaw. Just five minutes left.


    Naveenkd23 on Twitter: "Big shock at Griffin Park: Torres SCORES!!!"

  216. 1342: 
    GOAL- Brentford 2-2 Chelsea - Fernando Torres (83 mins)

    Brentford will have to score again if they want to spring a cupset. Demba Ba makes an instant impact when he wins the ball on the edge of the box, hooks it to Fernando Torres and the Spaniard sweeps home a wonderful finish.

  217. 1341: 

    Ryan Bertrand sums up Chelsea's day when he heads over from six yards out. That is the full-back's last act as he is replaced by Demba Ba.

  218. 1340: 

    Chelsea bring on Cesar Azpilicueta for Branislav Ivanovic and their supporters do not seem too impressed - chanting "You don't know what you're doing" in the direction of a worried looking Rafael Benitez. Brentford also make a change, with the impressive Harry Forrester being replaced by the more defensive Scott Barron.

  219. 1337: 

    There's a bit of pinball going on in the Brentford penalty area, with Frank Lampard and Branislav Ivanovic, with an overhead kick, trying their luck on goal but still the Bees hold firm.


    Kepikeps14 on Twitter: "That's never a penalty. Not in a billion years, but Turnbull left the referee with very limited options."

    Tazikul on Twitter: "Great composure! Come on Brentford!"

    Danaminor1 on Twitter: " If this holds Rafa will be seeking a position tomorrow."

  221. 1335: 

    There's one hell of a party starting up in the Griffin Park stands, with red flares being set off. Chelsea look shellshocked - the champions of Europe are on the verge of being humbled by their League One neighbours.


    Mich on text via 81111: "Have to feel a bit sorry for Torres, even against League One opposition he looks like the most useless player on the pitch."

    Former Tottenham manager David Pleat, BBC Radio 5 live at Griffin Park:

    "Quite incredible. Chelsea goalkeeper Ross Turnbull is maybe lucky to not get sent off there but he survived to face the penalty.

    "What a brilliant substitution from Uwe Rosler to bring on Tom Adeyemi. Their midfield must now continue to work so hard to hustle Chelsea.

    "If they stay strong and give the ball to Harry Forrester, he can take time on the ball. They must also watch that magician Juan Mata for Chelsea."

    Listen to commentary of Brentford v Chelsea on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra now.

  224. 1332: 
    GOAL- Brentford 2-1 Chelsea - Harry Forrester (73 mins)

    Brentford have done it again. With just 17 minutes left, Harry Forrester steps up and places his penalty into the bottom left corner. Griffin Park erupts.

    Harry Forrester
  225. 1331: 

    Amazing. Brentford are awarded a penalty for Ross Turnbull's foul on Tom Adeyemi. The keeper is booked for his troubles.

  226. 1330: 

    Brentford's goal hero Marcello Trotta is taken off and replaced by Tom Adeyemi, who is on loan at Griffin Park from Norwich City.

  227. 1329: 

    Brentford continue to pressure Chelsea and Clayton Donaldson manages to panic Ryan Bertrand into giving away a corner. The first centre comes to nothing, before from the second Adam Forshaw takes a shot on the edge of the area which is blocked by John Terry. His second stab at it goes into the stands.

  228. 1327: 

    There is no sign of the hat and gloves being removed from Demba Ba on the bench - Rafa obviously believes Fernando Torres is doing enough. I can't really agree with him though.


    Kev Hart in Liverpool on text via 81111: "I'm glad to see so many lower league teams doing well against Premier League opposition this season. Bradford, Leeds, MK Dons, Brentford..."

    Former Tottenham manager David Pleat, BBC Radio 5 live at Griffin Park:

    "It is not as though Chelsea are spurning clear chances here, Brentford's central midfielders are holding well and I am sure manager Uwe Rosler would have been delighted if you gave him this scenario before the game started."

    Listen to commentary of Brentford v Chelsea on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra now.

  231. 1323: 

    Oscar is a bit of a handful too and, after picking up a pass from Ramires, he fashions room on the edge of the area and his daisy-cutter of a shot goes just wide.

  232. 1321: 

    I have to agree with many of your sentiments on Twitter, that Juan Mata has changed this game for Chelsea. He is pulling the Brentford defenders about like an expert puppeteer. Brentford refuse to lie down, however, and Shaleum Logan tries his luck with another cross from the left which ends up going out of play.


    Joe in Sheffield on text via 81111: "RE 1258 - Disagree completely. No player should need anyone to motivate them to want to play well and put in a good performance. Especially when they're getting paid as much as they do at Chelsea. Going out of the Carling Cup to Swansea should be motivation enough!"

  234. 1318: 

    Chelsea are very much in control now as Juan Mata forces a save from Simon Moore. This could be a long final 30 minutes for the Bees.


    Tseagrim on Twitter: "It's actually ridiculous how much better Chelsea look with Mata on the field."

    Former Tottenham manager David Pleat, BBC Radio 5 live at Griffin Park:

    "That was brilliant footwork from Oscar to switch it between his feet. Very, very clever from the young Brazilian."

    Listen to commentary of Brentford v Chelsea on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra now.

  237. 1314: 
    GOAL- Brentford 1-1 Chelsea - Oscar (55 mins)

    A rare moment of class from Chelsea as a cross comes in from the left and, with the Brentford defenders unable to clear, Oscar deftly controls the ball and pokes home a wonderful finish from just inside the area. That boy can play.

  238. 1314: 

    The game is opening up now and Marcello Trotta tries to release Clayton Donaldson but Ross Turnbull scampers out of his goal and clears the danger.

    Ian Dennis, BBC Radio 5 live senior football reporter at Elland Road:

    "Confirmed Becchio NOT involved for Leeds."

    The big Argentine handed in a transfer request on Friday...

  240. 1311: 

    Better from Chelsea as Juan Mata slides a neat ball through for Oscar, but again the Brentford defence stands firm and clears the danger. These boys are becoming heroes with each passing minute now.

  241. 1309: 
    BREAKING SPURS TEAM NEWS- Leeds v Tottenham (1400 GMT)

    Tottenham field a strong side, with Gareth Bale, Aaron Lennon and Clint Dempsey all starting.

  242. 1309: 

    Shaleum Logan, who came through the ranks at Manchester City, has given Branislav Ivanovic plenty of problems down the left and his cross almost creates another opening for the Bees.


    Ranjeesh25 on Twitter: "The manager picks the team and chooses the tactics. His duty is to prepare the players mentally too."

    CFCRhodes on Twitter: "Of course it's Benitez's fault, he's paid to motivate the players, do they look motivated?"

    Jozey7 on Twitter: "Tactics or no tactics, players of Chelsea's class should be able to put in a performance & beat League One Brentford."

  244. 1306: 

    Brentford will be cheered by the fact that Chelsea are not really breaking them down - this time Ramires firing wildly over from 30 yards out. They will settle for that all afternoon.

  245. 1305: 

    Chelsea have their first attempt on goal in the second half as Ashley Cole pulls the ball back for Frank Lampard, but the England midfielder screws his shot wide.

  246. 1304: 

    As suspected, Chelsea have made a change with Juan Mata replacing Marko Marin. The second half is under way.

  247. 1302:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Fancy listening to the second half of this game? Of course you do. Get on over to BBC Radio 5 live now.


    D_REBEL13 on Twitter: "There is nothing a manager can do against lower leagues side. Players has to show up in the pitch eager and with a full heart."

  249. 1301: 

    There are plenty of top players on show for Chelsea. They have fielded two England centre-backs, an England midfielder and a Spain centre-forward. I'd be happy with that spine against any League One side, with no disrespect intended towards Brentford.

  250. 1258: 

    As soon as Brentford scored, manager Uwe Rosler was gesturing to his players to calm down so I suspect that will be the tone of his half-time message. I wonder what Rafa is saying to his players? If Chelsea do get beaten today, is it his fault or should the players take the blame?

    Norwich winger Anthony Pilkington on Twitter:

    "Massive first half from Brentford! This is why the FA Cup is so good as on the day anybody can turn anybody over!"

  252. 1256: 
    Jonathan Jurejko, BBC Sport at Elland RoadLeeds v Tottenham (1400 GMT)

    "Matchdays at Elland Road generally don't have the same buzz as a decade ago when Leeds United were riding high in the Premier League - but that big game feeling is back as Tottenham roll into West Yorkshire. A crowd of 30,000-plus is expected and the general mood among the home fans packed into the Leeds pubs is one of cautious optimism."

    Listen to commentary of Leeds v Tottenham on BBC Radio 5 live at 1400 GMT.


    DavidM33 on Twitter: "Dreadful, insipid and woeful again under Benitez. Torres' first touch is embarrassing. Is this really what you want Roman?"

    Philarundell on Twitter: "Brentford completely outclassing Chelsea who are going downhill at a frightening speed. Benitez has to be gone by the morning."

    Kumaranface on Twitter: "Chelsea cannot blame the manager if they lose here. Players should play well in these games."

  254. 1251: 

    So we've got another cupset on our hands at Griffin Park, and few can argue that Brentford don't deserve their lead. Rafa seemed to be giving out instructions to Juan Mata as he walked down the tunnel a half-time. It needs something different for Chelsea to halt Brentford's momentum.

    Former Tottenham manager David Pleat, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at Griffin Park:

    "Brentford have shown the confidence to play against their friends from west London. They have them rattled, they have sat deep and Chelsea have been unable to find any space.

    "Brentford slowly gained confidence through Forrester and Logan, who have been excellent. There could be quite a shock on the cards."

    Listen to commentary of Brentford v Chelsea on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra now.

  256. 1247:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer at Griffin ParkHALF-TIME- Brentford 1-0 Chelsea

    "Rough ride for Rafael Benitez as he walks in front of the Chelsea fans at half-time. He has got some tough talking to do at half-time because League One Brentford have completely over-run Chelsea after the first 15 minutes and fully deserve their lead."

  257. 1246: 

    The Bees are buzzing as Shaleum Logan is brought down on the left of the box by Gary Cahill and, from the free-kick, Harry Forrester tries a shot but is crowded out. The youngster goes down but the over-optimistic cries of 'penalty' from the crowd are rightly turned down.


    Sekar_Blue4ever on Twitter: "This could well be Benitez's last game in charge of Chelsea. Awful performance."

    Former Tottenham manager David Pleat, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at Griffin Park:

    "The crowd are up on their feet and are going crazy here. It was perfect time for Brentford to score and the perfect time to show they have had an excellent first half."

    Listen to commentary of Brentford v Chelsea on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra now.

    Brentford celebrate their opener
  260. 1243: 
    GOAL- Brentford 1-0 Chelsea - Marcello Trotta (42 mins)

    Wow, this weekend just keeps on giving. Frank Lampard gives the ball away on the edge of the box and Harry Forrester's 25-yard shot is parried by Ross Turnbull where Marcello Trotta is on hand to turn the ball home. Cupset on!

    Marcello Trotta

    Mark, a Chelsea fan on text via 81111: "Oh my days. I've just tuned in to see that manager Rafael Benitez is playing five defenders against Brentford. Add the fact that Torres is on as well and this has got 'cupset' written all over it."

  262. 1241: 

    Brentford continue to commit men forward in search of a cupset - this time Adam Forshaw taking a shot from outside the area which Ross Turnbull gathers at the second attempt.


    MoaningMozza on Twitter: "So far Chelsea, utter dross."

    Indie_Footie on Twitter: "The pitch is acting as a 12th man for Brentford today, shocking!"

    TommyThomson58 on Twitter: "Forrester is trying too hard to impress. Needs to look up and bring others into play."

  264. 1239:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport chief football writer at Griffin Park

    "Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez so desperate to get instructions to keeper Ross Turnbull before a goal-kick that he ends up standing in front of Uwe Rosler in the Brentford technical area."

  265. 1237: 

    Chelsea try and pick a hole in the Brentford defence but they run into a wall of bodies - Branislav Ivanovic's cross from the right being easily cleared before Gary Cahill mis-places a pass out of play and the pressure is lifted.

    Former Tottenham manager David Pleat, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at Griffin Park:

    "Marko Marin looks a shadow of the player he was at Werder Bremen. I have seen him play a few times as an over-aged player for the under-21s and he did not look good then either."

    Listen to commentary of Brentford v Chelsea on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra now.

  267. 1233: 

    A Brentford goal appears to be getting closer as Shaleum Logan gets free down the left and pulls the ball back for Adam Forshaw to flash a shot just wide.

    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport chief football writer at Griffin Park

    "Chelsea still struggling to exert Premier League superiority."


    Moonrunna on Twitter: "Marko Marin is awful, he wouldn't even make my university team. Terrible purchase for Chelsea."

  270. 1229: 

    More good play from Brentford as Harry Forrester sees his shot from outside the area go just wide. Rafa is getting a bit worried now and is more animated on the touchline - encroaching into the Brentford technical area before being given a polite nudge from Uwe Rosler.

    Rafael Benitez
  271. 1227: 

    Clayton Donaldson is a pretty fearsome proposition when he runs at defenders and his driving run down the left worries Chelsea before a good interception by Ramires. There are more hairs on Uwe Rosler's head than there is grass on that left flank, but it's not stopping the Bees from attacking down that side.

  272. 1224: 

    I rate Ramires, I think he's a good player, but he's having a terrible afternoon so far. He just can't seem to find his man with a pass. It proves that even the top players can make mistakes if they are hurried.

    Former Tottenham manager David Pleat, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at Griffin Park:

    "So far, manager Rafael Benitez will not be overly happy with Chelsea's play. Brentford have been very steady and aware of how they intend to play their game.

    "I think the wind is unquestionably spoiling the game. It is whirling around the ground."

    Listen to commentary of Brentford v Chelsea on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra now.

  274. 1220: 

    It took them a few minutes to warm to their task, but Brentford are really getting stuck into Chelsea now and the European champions are quickly realising this won't be an easy afternoon.

  275. 1218: 

    Harry Forrester is starting to show glimpses of his potential as he breaks down the left and Gary Cahill has to race across to clear the danger. Brentford continue to attack Chelsea and win a corner which fails to beat the first man. This spell of pressure has lifted the crowd even more.

    Former Tottenham manager David Pleat, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at Griffin Park:

    "John Terry was very close to the goalkeeper. He has been out for a few games, did he forget the back-pass law? What an awful mistake from Ross Turnbull."

    Listen to commentary of Brentford v Chelsea on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra now.

  277. 1214: 

    A bizarre moment as Chelsea goalkeeper Ross Turnbull picks up John Terry's backpass and Brentford are awarded an indirect free-kick just inside the penalty box. Harry Forrester fires the set-piece over the bar but this is better from the Bees, their pressing is bringing rewards.

  278. 1212: 

    This is better from Brentford as they press Chelsea and force a mistake from Ramires which sets up a nice counter-attack. Unfortunately, striker Marcello Trotter, who is on loan from Fulham, fires his shot into the stands. A lack of composure let him down there.

    Former Tottenham manager David Pleat, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at Griffin Park:

    "Brentford are letting Chelsea come at them so far. Of course, that philosophy has to change completely if Chelsea get the first goal and the players have to be aware of what that change will involve in regards to what was said in the pre-match team talk.

    "It will be very difficult for lone striker Marcello Trotta up front for Brentford. He will get very little support."

    Listen to commentary of Brentford v Chelsea on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra now.

  280. 1209: 

    I'm looking forward to seeing how 22-year-old Brentford midfielder Harry Forrester does today. I've heard good reports about this lad, who came through the ranks at Aston Villa.


    Statisticians Opta on Twitter: "29 - Brentford manager Uwe Rosler is the joint-top scoring German in PL history, alongside Jurgen Klinsmann. Pedigree."

  282. 1207: 

    Oscar is not fazed by the intimidating atmosphere so far and rifles in a low shot which causes brief alarm for Brentford keeper Simon Moore. Chelsea on top early on.

  283. 1205: 

    A bright opening for Chelsea as Oscar plays in Ashley Cole, who whips in a dangerous, low cross but Fernando Torres can't get on the end of it. I wonder if the Spaniard's new haircut will bring him fresh luck in front of goal? Not on this evidence.

  284. 1203: 

    Chelsea are trying to get the ball down and pass it on the difficult surface but they are being booed with every touch. The home crowd are well up for this one.

    Former Tottenham manager David Pleat, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at Griffin Park:

    "The FA Cup is about David v Goliath, it is about the unequal battles you see from time to time. It is not about the staid games between clubs, such as Manchester United's walkover against Fulham.

    "This is a real cup tie, this is a fantastic day for a smaller club; the chance to unseat a bigger rival."

    Listen to commentary of Brentford v Chelsea on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra now.

  286. 1201: 

    We are under way at Griffin Park.


    RT_Green on Twitter: "I would love Moyes at Chelsea but I would just fear we would ruin him. Jose Mourinho has the arrogance to stand up to owner Roman Abramovich."

    JamieRoser on Twitter: "Rafa won a Champions League and FA Cup when he was clean shaven. Grew his goatee and nothing since. Chelsea will be great if he has a shave."

    MattCox15 on Twitter: "Moyes is a great number 2 option, but there's only one man that all Chelsea fans want. The Special One."

  288. 1159:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    For those wanting to listen to live commentary of this match, they can tune into BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

  289. 1158: 

    It's a sell-out at Griffin Park, with the ground bathed in glorious sunshine. It's not the best looking pitch I have seen, with plenty of sand on the surface, so I wonder if that will be a slight leveller?

    Griffin Park pitch
  290. 1156: 

    Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez: "For us every game is important. This one is a cup competition and we will try to win.

    "I think the game is good for John Terry's return, he needed to play some games and today is a great opportunity. Everybody knows his character and his team-mates have a lot of respect for him, so it is positive for us.

    "We have had a lot of games so today Petr Cech has a small niggle so we have to be careful. Hopefully it is nothing long-term."

  291. 1154: 

    Brentford manager Uwe Rosler: "We don't look so much forward, we are concentrating on the game and keeping focus on this and what we plan to do. The pitch is good for us, I'm not so sure it is for Chelsea. There was a lot of rain last night and we have to adapt but it will be more of a problem for Chelsea as they will have a lot of the ball.

    "Chelsea have brought a strong team but I don't think it is so much about us I think it is about Chelsea realising they need to play a strong team to stay in the competition, because they will want to win titles."


    Jani Soota ‏on Twitter: "If the Bees win, Uwe must grow a mullet!"

  293. 1152: 

    Brentford chairman Greg Dyke: "You take a risk with any manager you appoint. Uwe Rosler was recommended to us by Ole Gunnar Solskjær. It is odd we offered it to someone else who turned it down and then offered it to Uwe, who took it and he has been great.

    "We are playing good football. Uwe has brought a different style and it is nice and the crowd appreciate it and it is why we have signed him for two-and-a-half years. We are hoping he will stay here for a while."

  294. 1150: 

    We've got 10 minutes to go until kick-off, so let's see what Uwe Rosler, Rafa Benitez and Brentford chairman Greg Dyke have been saying in the last half hour.

  295. 1148: 

    Not too long ago, it seemed Premier League teams could rotate the squad a bit and still have enough quality to see off lower league upstarts. But not any more, thanks to the exploits of Bradford and Co.

    "Bradford are a shining light to all lower division teams," said former Brentford manager Steve Perryman, a two-time FA Cup winner during a 17-year Tottenham career. "To beat three Premier League sides, whatever teams they picked, gives everyone hope."

  296. 1146: 

    It might be bittersweet for Brentford if some of their players impress against Chelsea today. I wonder if a good performance will make them top targets in the remainder of the transfer window?

    "The main motivation for my young squad of players is to prove themselves and to show how much can we compete against world stars individually and collectively," said Bees boss Uwe Rosler. "We have players in our squad who are being looked at by other clubs and that is a welcome opportunity for all of our players."


    WDinsdale on Twitter: "Why do people think Torres and Ba will work? Because Drogba and Torres/ Ba and Cisse worked greeeaaat together I guess..."

    Spinner59 on Twitter: "Terry and Torres start for Chelsea - Rafa is clearly not taking the FA Cup seriously this season.....!"

    CFCArthur on Twitter: "Our fans are ridiculously fickle. One day Rafa Benitez is a tactical mastermind, the other he's clueless. Give the man a chance."

  298. 1143: 

    Uwe Rosler is certainly aware of the huge task his side face today - I'm sure Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has yachts which are higher in value than Brentford's yearly wage bill.

    "We can't match them up man for man as I feel man for man they are better than us," he said. "Where we can match then is in working together as a team."

  299. 1140: 

    The atmosphere is building nicely at Griffin Park and Bees manager Uwe Rosler, who sadly no longer sports an 80s-style mullet, has warned his side they must maintain their focus.

    "It is important that we turn up for the occasion and do not get overwhelmed," he said. "We are facing a massive challenge. We need to have an extremely good day, individually and collectively, and also need a bit of luck."

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