FA Cup fourth round as it happened

Chelsea knock out Stoke, Sheffield United hold Fulham, plus the fifth-round draw

26 January 2014 Last updated at 11:56

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  1. 18:00: 

    And with that, another weekend of football action comes to an end. We'll be back in midweek for a full programme of Premier League action, before we hurtle head-first into transfer deadline today. It's going to be good - make sure you join us. I'm going to sign off by reminding you of that FA Cup draw. Good night.

    Manchester City v Chelsea

    Sheffield United or Fulham v Nottingham Forest or Preston North End

    Arsenal v Liverpool

    Brighton & Hove Albion v Hull City

    Cardiff City v Wigan Athletic

    Sheffield Wednesday v Charlton Athletic

    Sunderland v Southampton

    Everton v Swansea City

  2. 17:56: 

    What does that draw mean for other teams? Well, Arsenal will face Liverpool twice (one league, one cup), Manchester United and Bayern Munich in the space of 11 days for starters. That's a tasty few days, Gunners fans. Make or break?

  3. 17:53: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Chelsea 1-0 Stoke

    Jose Mourinho added that his Chelsea side should have beaten Stoke by a bigger margin. "We are playing well and the team is confident," he adds. "One-nil is short for the way we played and controlled the game. But the important thing was to win and not replay because we don't need an extra match."


    Statisticians Opta: 4 - Arsenal are unbeaten in their last four matches with Liverpool in all comps (W3 D1), scoring exactly two goals on each occasion.

  5. 17:52: 

    What's Jose saying there? Who is the "end product"? Manchester City or Chelsea? Good mind-games...

  6. 17:49: 
    Jose Mourinho

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho on drawing Manchester City away in the last-16 of the FA Cup: "No problem. If you want to be the best then you have to play the best, so it's good for us. One team is the end product. One team needs to improve and has a long way to go."

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    Dave: Arsenal v Liverpool is the tie!

    Jamie Atkins: Great chance of seeing a Wigan-like team winning the cup after that draw.

    Masoud Sakhinia: Well, that was an interesting FA cup semi-final draw. Goodness me.

  8. 17:48: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Chelsea 1-0 Stoke
    Mark Hughes

    Stoke City boss Mark Hughes says there were "more positives than negatives" from his side's performance at Stamford Bridge. "Obviously it was a fantastic strike, but I didn't feel it was a free-kick," he adds.

    "We couldn't quite create enough clear openings. It was difficult for us but I'm pleased with what we did. We stuck at it and didn't go under. I'd suggest there were more positives than negatives."

  9. 17:47: 

    How does that draw affect the odds for the FA Cup? Well, Manchester City are the bookies' favourites followed by Arsenal and Everton, with Chelsea fourth and Liverpool fifth. Not that Jose is too fussed - his reaction to the draw? "I'm not bothered." Ice cool.

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    Richard Powell: So Chelsea and Barcelona to visit Etihad Stadium within three days of each other. Could cause City boss Manuel Pellegrini some selection headaches.

    Former Wales striker John Hartson on BBC Radio 5 live

    "The big one for me was first out - Manchester City v Chelsea. I am delighted for Swansea getting Everton, as they have a great respect for the job Toffees boss Roberto Martinez did in Wales.

    "It also gives the likes of Brighton and Sheffield Wednesday a chance to go really far in the competition."

  12. 17:43: 

    What's your reaction to that draw then? I imagine Jose's birthday bottle of claret will be much needed after he clocks that contest his charges have been given.

  13. 17:41: 

    That draw will open it up for some of the lesser-fancied teams. I like the look of the Everton versus Swansea game too - Bobby Martinez up against his former club.

  14. 17:39: 

    Good work, Andros and Troy. There's some absolute corkers in that draw - Manchester City v Chelsea and Arsenal v Liverpool. Plenty to look forward to on the weekend of 15th and 16th of February.

  15. 17:38: 

    Everton v Swansea

  16. 17:38: 

    Sunderland v Southampton

  17. 17:37: 

    Sheffield Wednesday v Charlton

  18. 17:37: 

    Cardiff City v Wigan

  19. 17:37: 

    Brighton v Hull

  20. 17:36: 

    Arsenal v Liverpool

  21. 17:36: 

    Sheffield United or Fulham v Nottingham Forest or Preston NE

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  23. 17:35: 

    Manchester City v Chelsea

  24. 17:34: 

    Right, we're all set. The balls are being loaded into the pot and the Townsends are primed. Here comes the draw...

  25. 17:28: 
    @fa FA Cup draw

    Andros Townsend will be making the draw alongside his father, Troy. Here's a reminder of the numbers to look out for:

    Ball numbers: 1 Sunderland, 2 Cardiff City, 3 Southampton, 4 Charlton Athletic, 5 Brighton & Hove Albion, 6 Nottingham Forest or Preston North End, 7 Hull City, 8 Sheffield Wednesday, 9 Arsenal, 10 Everton, 11 Wigan Athletic, 12 Chelsea, 13 Manchester City, 14 Liverpool, 15 Swansea City, 16 Sheffield United or Fulham.

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    Shohidur Rahman: Pathetic display from Stoke. Not once during the game did they go for it. Gutless.

  27. 17:24: 
    Chelsea 1-0 Stoke

    BBC Sport's Owen Phillips at Stamford Bridge: "It never really looked in doubt for Chelsea but there is a real sense of relief around Stamford Bridge. A thoroughly one-sided cup win. Stoke tried to give it a go late on but were just not able to get enough possession."


    Chris in Durham: Surely Jose Mourinho has something up his sleeve regarding a new striker? They won't win the Champions League with this current crop of strikers.

    Ade: How many more billions does poor Roman Abramovich have to spend before he gets a team that isn't best described as 'efficient'?

  29. 17:22: 
    Chelsea 1-0 Stoke

    Plenty of reaction coming your way, but stay tuned for the fifth round draw in around 10 minutes' time. Manchester City v Chelsea? Liverpool v Everton? It could happen...

  30. 17:21: 
    FULL-TIME- Chelsea 1-0 Stoke

    With one strike of Oscar's magical boot, Chelsea reach the fifth round of the FA Cup. Stoke, the 2011 finalists, are out.

  31. 17:21: 
    Chelsea 1-0 Stoke

    Chelsea camped in their own half, but Stoke struggle to find that bit of class to fashion even a half-chance.


    Matty in Hilltown: Would somebody tell Stoke they are losing 1-0, not winning! Talk about negative!

  33. 17:17: 
    INJURY TIME- Chelsea 1-0 Stoke

    Jose's playing up to the cameras now; first getting in the way of Peter Crouch as he tried to take a quick throw-in, then retrieving the ball and planting it on the pitch for Branislav Ivanovic to pump forward. Four minutes of injury time to go...

  34. 17:15: 
    Chelsea 1-0 Stoke
    Chelsea v Stoke City

    Just two minutes left for Chelsea to hang on now. Or will they add a second?

  35. 17:13: 
    Chelsea 1-0 Stoke

    Ryan Shawcross is taking a count after being flattened by a Willian shot which crashed straight into the Stoke defender's unmentionables. That will bruise in the morning.

  36. 17:12: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Chelsea 1-0 Stoke

    Changes for both sides as Demba Ba replaces Samuel Eto'o and Stoke bring on Charlie Adam and Marc Muniesa.

  37. 17:11: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Chelsea 1-0 Stoke

    David Luiz steps up. In fact make that 'runs up', and he absolutely laces the ball towards the top corner but Asmir Begovic makes a fine save and tips the ball wide.

  38. 17:10: 
    YELLOW CARD- Chelsea 1-0 Stoke

    Ramires, who went down in the penalty box a couple of minutes ago but was told to get up, makes another driving run from midfield and is brought down by Erik Pieters. The Stoke defender is booked and Chelsea have a free-kick on the edge of the box...

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    Real Stealth: And that is why Chelsea need a striker who can finish. Samuel Eto'o should have scored.

  40. 17:08: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Chelsea 1-0 Stoke

    A standing ovation for Oscar, who is given a breather and replaced by Willian. It's sometimes easy to forget how many options the Blues have at their disposal.

  41. 17:06: 
    Chelsea 1-0 Stoke

    BBC Sport's Owen Phillips at Stamford Bridge: "Jose has given up on the dramatic gesticulating. That Eto'o miss looked like it was too much to take in. Mark Hughes remained motionless throughout. His side are still in this and he has gone with two up now, hoping to salvage an unlikely draw."

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    Robert Jones: Surely it's about time John Guidetti comes off the bench for Stoke?

  43. 17:04: 
    CLOSE!- Chelsea 1-0 Stoke

    What more can Chelsea do? Eden Hazard gets to the byline, pulls the ball back and Samuel Eto'o gets his feet in a tangle and stabs wide from four yards out. Start believing you can get something out of this, Stoke fans.

  44. 17:03: 
    Chelsea 1-0 Stoke

    Chelsea can't quite kill off Stoke - Frank Lampard firing in a half-volley which Asmir Begovic saves well.

  45. 17:01: 
    Chelsea 1-0 Stoke

    Interesting that Chelsea seem to have doubled up on Oussama Assaidi pretty much straight away - the winger getting crowded out on the flanks, losing the ball and a flowing counter-attack ends with Stephen Ireland timing a tackle to perfection to deny Eden Hazard a shot at goal.

  46. 16:59: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Chelsea 1-0 Stoke

    Time for some magic wing-play, time for Oussama Assaidi, who replaces Wilson Palacios. Assaidi, who is on loan from Liverpool, scored the winner the last time these two teams met. A cracker it was too.

  47. 16:58: 
    Chelsea 1-0 Stoke

    BBC Sport's Owen Phillips at Stamford Bridge: "It's easy to see why Nemanja Matic was bought by Chelsea this January. He's John Mikel Obi with bells and whistles. Equally as strong but better on the ball, classier, and more forward thinking. He's making Chelsea tick."

  48. 16:58: 

    The FA Cup fifth round draw will create at least two all-Premier League ties when it takes place at 17:35 GMT. Ten or 11 of the 16 balls in the draw will be for a Premier League side, with five or six representing Football League clubs.

    Ball numbers: 1 Sunderland, 2 Cardiff City, 3 Southampton, 4 Charlton Athletic, 5 Brighton & Hove Albion, 6 Nottingham Forest or Preston North End, 7 Hull City, 8 Sheffield Wednesday, 9 Arsenal, 10 Everton, 11 Wigan Athletic, 12 Chelsea or Stoke City, 13 Manchester City, 14 Liverpool, 15 Swansea City, 16 Sheffield United or Fulham.

  49. 16:56: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Chelsea 1-0 Stoke

    Andre Schurrle's 'put in a decent shift' today and his work is now done - Ramires stepping off the bench for the final 20 minutes.

  50. 16:54: 
    Chelsea 1-0 Stoke

    Ryan Shawcross is having a fantastic game today - reading the game well to get back and clear Eden Hazard's cross into the six-yard box. JT will have tipped his hat to that interception.

  51. 16:52: 
    Chelsea 1-0 Stoke

    Chelsea's often patient build-up play might be effective, but twice Chelsea fans scream for Nemanja Matic and Frank Lampard to have a pop from range but twice the Chelsea midfielder in question rolls the ball to the next man.

  52. 16:50: 
    Chelsea 1-0 Stoke

    Oscar wants double bubble on the old goal bonus front today - whipping in another effort straight at Asmir Begovic after being layed off by Eden Hazard.

  53. 16:47: 
    Chelsea 1-0 Stoke

    Stoke try and break following a Chelsea corner, but Gary Cahill nicks the ball back off Stephen Ireland, drives forward and his deflected shot goes just wide. Good from the big centre-half.

  54. 16:45: 
    Chelsea 1-0 Stoke

    BBC Sport's Owen Phillips at Stamford Bridge: "The second half starts as the first ended, with Chelsea cracking the frame of the goal and Jose Mourinho doing plenty of head shaking. Great strike by Andre Schurrle. Will they rue these missed opportunities?"

  55. 16:44: 
    Chelsea 1-0 Stoke

    No joy I'm afraid, Stoke fans. Marko Arnautovic's effort is well wide and causes Mark Schwarzer little trouble.

  56. 16:43: 
    Chelsea 1-0 Stoke

    Now this is nice, Stoke fans. A free-kick. 35 yards out. Marko Arnautovic steps up...

    Former Wales striker John Hartson at Stamford BridgeChelsea 1-0 Stoke

    "Stoke have started the second half in better shape. They have a bit of purpose about them."

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  58. 16:42: 
    Chelsea 1-0 Stoke

    The game has found its second wind all of a sudden - Jon Walters going close at one end and Andre Schurrle getting into a good position but firing tamely at Asmir Begovic at the other.

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    Benjamin: Nemanja Matic is showing exactly what he was brought back for. His positional sense and discipline making a big difference.

  60. 16:40: 
    Chelsea 1-0 Stoke

    Oscar's desperate to show that Juan Mata won't be missed at the Bridge as he finds space in a congested penalty area to curl a low shot wide after neat approach play had unlocked the Potters defence.

  61. 16:38: 
    Chelsea 1-0 Stoke

    It's all very pedestrian at the moment, which is exactly how Chelsea like it - Jon Walters flicking a header over the bar from just inside the area after Erik Pieters whipped in a deep cross.

  62. 16:35: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Chelsea 1-0 Stoke

    That Stamford Bridge woodwork is copping some stick this afternoon - Andre Schurrle the second Chelsea player to hit the post with a shot from a tight angle. There's more goals left in this one.

  63. 16:32: 
    KICK-OFF- Chelsea 1-0 Stoke

    Chelsea are ready, Stoke are ready, the ref's ready. The second half is up and running.

  64. 16:25: 
    TRANSFER TALK- Sheffield United 1-1 Fulham

    Fulham boss Rene Meulensteen has been answering some questions about his club's plans for the rest of the January transfer window following the 1-1 FA Cup draw at Sheffield United.

    The Dutchman has said he has no plans to move in the market for a striker unless one leaves. Interestingly, when asked about Dimitar Berbatov's future, he replied: "I expect him to stay, yes, because there has been no interest so far."

    Does that mean if someone puts in a bid the Bulgarian could be sold?

  65. 16:23: 
    HALF-TIME STATS- Chelsea 1-0 Stoke

    There's a temptation to believe that Chelsea have been superior in most departments so far - but Stoke have been tidy in possession too as these stats show.

    Chelsea 1-0 Stoke
  66. 16:20: 
    Chelsea 1-0 Stoke

    BBC Sport's Owen Phillips at Stamford Bridge: "Three great chances for Chelsea and one for Stoke in a frantic couple of minutes before the break. Jose Mourinho has sounded like a broken record at times this season, bemoaning his side's failure to kills games off when on top. It cost them dear at Stoke in the league in December and Mourinho looks miffed at half-time after seeing Oscar hit the post and Lampard shoot over and go close.

    "Stephen Ireland was inches away from levelling for the Potters and they are well in this despite the increasing home pressure."

    Former Wales striker John Hartson at Stamford BridgeChelsea 1-0 Stoke

    "A world-class goal separates the teams. This game is crying out for Charlie Adam to come on in the second half and provide some composure for Stoke.

    "Chelsea have looked very dangerous on the break, and look like they could add a second at any time. I have been impressed by Nemanja Matic.

    "He has been very disciplined, and has broken up any Stoke attacks. He has not put a foot wrong, but I would like to see how he would do if someone ran at him."

    Listen to commentary of Chelsea v Stoke on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  68. 16:16: 
    HALF-TIME- Chelsea 1-0 Stoke

    So far, so good for Chelsea - another Stoke player, Marc Wilson, going into the book for a foul on Eden Hazard just seconds before the half-time whistle blew. Jose's having a happy birthday so far.

  69. 16:15: 
    Chelsea 1-0 Stoke
    Oscar celebrates scoring for Chelsea against Stoke City in the FA Cup

    Oscar is having a great time out there - drifting through challenges on the left to lay the ball into the path of Samuel Eto'o but the striker is crowded out in the six-yard box. What another superb bit of skill from the Brazilian boy wonder.

  70. 16:14: 
    Chelsea 1-0 Stoke

    The moment I suggest Frank Lampard is sitting deep, he starts bombing forward - this time running onto a loose ball on the edge of the box and blazing over.

  71. 16:13: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Chelsea 1-0 Stoke

    Terrific opportunity for Oscar to increase his and Chelsea's tally. The Brazilian breaks free and rifles his shot off the inside of the post. The rebound falls to safety and Stoke clear. Big let-off for the visitors.

  72. 16:12: 
    Chelsea 1-0 Stoke

    Great chance for Stoke but Stephen Ireland can only fire into the side netting after finding himself unmarked inside the Chelsea area. That could prove ever so costly for the Potters.

  73. 16:11: 
    CLOSE!- Chelsea 1-0 Stoke

    But Frank Lampard is still capable of making those forceful runs from deep - somehow failing to convert from six yards out after more good work from Eden Hazard on the right. He normally buries those.

    MOTD presenter Gary LinekerChelsea 1-0 Stoke

    "The free kick by Oscar was a thing of beauty."

  75. 16:09: 
    Chelsea 1-0 Stoke

    With Andre Schurrle, Eden Hazard and Oscar running the show a little further forward, Frank Lampard is playing quite deep today. He and Steven Gerrard will be playing centre-half in another couple of years.

  76. 16:08: 
    Chelsea 1-0 Stoke

    BBC Sport's Owen Phillips at Stamford Bridge: "Jose Mourinho is really getting fed up with the challenges on Eden Hazard and, striding towards referee Chris Foy, he probably earned that booking for Geoff Cameron as much as the victim of the tackle. Clever by Mourinho. Hazard now has nearly an hour running at a player on a booking. Mark Hughes not so amused."


    Mike in Sheffield: That £14m offer from Paris St-Germain for Yohan Cabaye is beyond derisory and can surely only be intended to unsettle him further following the numerous unofficial declarations of interest from head coach Laurent Blanc. I think one of the richest clubs in the world should probably double that value if they intend to get one of the best central midfielders in the league, who is also eligible to play in Europe!

  78. 16:04: 
    Chelsea 1-0 Stoke

    Steven N'Zonzi, wearing gloves and a short-sleeved shirt, gambles and loses - failing to test Mark Schwarzer with a speculative 30-yard effort.

  79. 16:03: 
    Chelsea 1-0 Stoke

    BBC Sport's Owen Phillips at Stamford Bridge: "Awesome, awesome strike by Oscar. Unstoppable. It took Jose Mourinho about a minute to stop enjoying that goal, puffing his cheeks out in admiration and then clapping for about 30 seconds.

    "Home crowd turn up the volume a fair bit and Mourinho is once again the subject of their serenading. Stoke haven't done a lot wrong here though. Still very much in it."

    Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar HamannChelsea 1-0 Stoke

    "It doesn't happen very often that a free-kick is scored into the keeper's corner and he's not to blame. Just happened."

  81. 16:02: 
    YELLOW CARD- Chelsea 1-0 Stoke

    Geoff Cameron earns himself a yellow card thanks to a forceful challenge on Eden Hazard. Chelsea looking a cut above all of a sudden.

  82. 16:01: 
    Chelsea 1-0 Stoke

    I wonder how many hours Oscar has been practising that free-kick technique on the training pitch. I imagine he and Frank Lampard must have to be dragged in by Jose so they can lock up the complex at night.

    Former Wales striker John Hartson at Stamford BridgeChelsea 1-0 Stoke

    "It comes from a very soft decision for the free-kick on Samuel Eto'o. Two goalkeepers would not have stopped that - Asmir Begovic had no chance."

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    Matt Smith: It doesn't Mata, we have Oscar.

  85. 15:57: 
    GOAL- Chelsea 1-0 Stoke - Oscar (27 mins)

    Absolutely superb from Oscar, who steps up to take a free-kick 35 yards from goal and curls it across Asmir Begovic and into the top corner. Power and precision. Class.

  86. 15:55: 
    Chelsea 0-0 Stoke

    Ryan Shawcross is a towering influence at the back for Stoke - again in the right place at the right time to nip the ball away from Oscar after more neat build-up play from the Blues.

    Former Wales striker John Hartson at Stamford BridgeChelsea 0-0 Stoke

    "The fans at Chelsea get behind manager Jose Mourinho. I am sure many of them are upset about the sale of Juan Mata to Manchester United, but they have complete trust in Mourinho."

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  88. 15:54: 
    Chelsea 0-0 Stoke

    A good spell of possession for Stoke, but the Blues look well-organised themselves at the back - led by the impressive David Luiz. Nevertheless, Marko Arnautovic is showing some neat touches and threatening the bit of magic which would open up this match.

  89. 15:53: 
    Chelsea 0-0 Stoke

    BBC Sport's Owen Phillips at Stamford Bridge: "Both bosses were seriously annoyed by that Chelsea break [1547]. Mark Hughes was going apoplectic on the sidelines after seeing his side caught on the counter-attack and Jose Mourinho was equally as animated, knowing they wasted a great chance to get a shot on goal.

    "Eden Hazard looks irresistibly good at times and Hughes is clearly mindful of the Belgian's threat."

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    Alex Turner: John Terry should be in the England team based on his fantastic form for Chelsea and not judged on past incidents.

    James MacPherson: Terry should be nowhere near the England team, not good enough and sends out the wrong message.

    Jamie McKellar: I'm a big fan of having club partnerships on an international level. So Terry should come out of international retirement to play alongside Cahill.

  91. 15:50: 
    Chelsea 0-0 Stoke

    It looks like a cycling club afternoon out in the Stoke dug-out, with the coaching staff and substitutes all wearing tracksuit tops which have luminous green stripes down the arms. Mark Hughes is looking a little more dapper in his tailored suit.

  92. 15:48: 
    Chelsea 0-0 Stoke

    Frank Lampard, 35 yard out, Row Z. Nothing else to add.

  93. 15:47: 
    Chelsea 0-0 Stoke

    BBC Sport's Owen Phillips at Stamford Bridge: "Pretty quiet here but Chelsea fans show their support for Jose Mourinho, who is prowling his technical area.

    "Stoke full of the sort of bite and edge you would expect from a team managed by Mark Hughes, who along with former Chelsea keeper Eddie Niedzwiecki, also got a good reception from Blues fans prior to kick off.

    "Mourinho cursing the lack of a penalty award there, but looked the right call."

  94. 15:47: 
    Chelsea 0-0 Stoke

    Superb defending from Ryan Shawcross denies Andre Schurrle in the penalty area, but the best part of that move was a sublime pass forward from the boot of Eden Hazard. That boy gets better with each passing match.

    Former Wales striker John Hartson at Stamford BridgeChelsea 0-0 Stoke

    "Chelsea's Eden Hazard took a dive there. And I hate using that word.

    "Nobody likes to see moments like that. Hazard was trying to buy that off the referee."

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  96. 15:45: 
    Chelsea 0-0 Stoke

    Penalty shout for Chelsea, with Eden Hazard playing a one-two with Oscar and going tumbling under Wilson Palacios's challenge. It would have been harsh if it had been given...

  97. 15:43: 
    Chelsea 0-0 Stoke

    To Stoke's credit, they are passing the ball about themselves when they win back possession. But Chelsea are paying a game of patience as they look to break down their visitors. Who will blink first?

  98. 15:41: 
    Chelsea 0-0 Stoke

    Oscar, Eden Hazard and Andre Schurrle are all scheming away behind Samuel Eto'o, trying to pick a hole in the Stoke defence. They manage to earn their side a corner, but they take it short and the ball is quickly pressed back to Petr Cech. Good organisation from the Potters so far.

    Former Wales striker John Hartson at Stamford BridgeChelsea 0-0 Stoke

    "If I was Stoke manager Mark Hughes, I would be telling my players to get the ball to winger Marko Arnautovic as Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole has not been playing much recently."

    Listen to commentary of Chelsea v Stoke on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  100. 15:38: 
    Chelsea 0-0 Stoke

    John Terry is watching on from the bench this afternoon. I've heard a few people suggest the big man should make an England return for the World Cup. Thoughts on that one?

  101. 15:36: 
    Chelsea 0-0 Stoke

    BBC Sport's Owen Phillips at Stamford Bridge: "Samuel Eto'o was running away to celebrate there, convinced his low strike was finding the bottom corner. Lively start by Eden Hazard.

    "Not missing Juan Mata. There are a couple of 'thanks Juan' flags but in the main it's the usual John Terry and Frank Lampard banners that are on display at Stamford Bridge."

  102. 15:35: 
    Chelsea 0-0 Stoke

    Stoke are throwing a few early blows of their own, with Peter Crouch heading wide from Jon Walters's cross. This could be another cracker, much like Liverpool's game at Stoke a few weeks ago.

  103. 15:33: 
    Chelsea 0-0 Stoke

    Samuel Eto'o is hot at the moment and, fresh from his hat-trick against Manchester United, he tries his luck early on - spinning on a sixpence and dragging a low shot just wide.

  104. 15:31: 
    Chelsea 0-0 Stoke

    Thinking about PSG's bid for Yohan Cabaye, I'm just trying to imagine the phone call to Joe Kinnear. "Yohan who?"

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    Zac Lott: Good luck to Juan Mata, hope he does well, I think that comes from most of us Chelsea fans. Will always be remembered as a top, top blue.

    Chris Scheffel: Mata is a great man and great footballer, and I wish him all the best - including first team football in a good club.

    Stephen Mantell: Mata has been nothing but a gentleman about the whole situation, his open letter shows the true quality of the man.

  106. 15:30: 
    KICK-OFF- Chelsea 0-0 Stoke

    We're under way at Stamford Bridge on Jose Mourinho's 51st birthday. I hope the Portuguese manager has got some cakes in for the lads by the way...

  107. 15:28: 
    Yohan Cabaye

    We're almost set for kick-off at Stamford Bridge, but before we get the ball rolling there let me tell you that Newcastle have rejected a bid of £14m from Paris St-Germain for Yohan Cabaye...

  108. 15:25: 

    Every day is Christmas Day when you're Fulham manager, Rene...

  109. 15:24: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Sheffield United 1-1 Fulham
    Rene Meulensteen

    Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen says his side lacked quality to beat Sheffield United. "They [Sheffield United] gave it their all and got their noses in front. We didn't produce enough quality to get the second goal. If there are positives to take out of the game it is that we are still in FA Cup and the young players did well. We're at Swansea on Tuesday. It's like an extended Christmas period - it just keeps on going."

  110. 15:22: 
    TRANSFER NEWS- Chelsea v Stoke (1530 GMT)
    Mohamed Salah

    Some nice stuff from Jose on Juan there [1518] and, when asked whether the Mohamed Salah transfer has been completed, Mourinho replied: "Yes."

    If that's the case, Chelsea have got a fantastic player on their hands. I've seen the 21-year-old winger five or six times and he has always caught the eye.

  111. 15:18: 
    JOSE SPEAKS...- Chelsea v Stoke (1530 GMT)

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, speaking to ITV: "The cup has a space for surprises. Stoke is not really a surprise, as they are a Premier League team.

    "We must be very focused on the game. We had many chances against Stoke when we lost that we missed. The lesson is that against a team of their physicality and danger at set-pieces, you have to take your chances.

    "As I said before, we are not happy that Juan Mata left the club. We are just happy he is happy with his move, and from the business point of view, it was very difficult to say no to a fantastic situation.

    "He is in Chelsea's history, and Chelsea is in his history. There is fantastic feelings between both, and we wish him good, but not so good as it will affect us.

    "This club respects players like him."

  112. 15:15: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Sheffield United 1-1 Fulham
    Nigel Clough

    Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough says his players feel a "sense of injustice". "I thought it was incredible cup tie," he adds. "It was a remarkable effort by the players - especially with 10 men. I thought there was more contact when Ryan Flynn went down for the penalty than there was for the sending off. The players have come off feeling a sense of injustice."

  113. 15:15: 
    Chelsea v Stoke (1530 GMT)

    Stoke boss Mark Hughes is hoping his side's Premier League victory over Chelsea last month will prey on the minds of Blues players this afternoon, as they seek to advance into the fifth round.

    "We take confidence from the fact that we have already beaten them this season," said the ex-Chelsea striker. "It wasn't at Stamford Bridge and, historically, Stamford Bridge when Chelsea are under Mourinho has been a very difficult place to get a positive result.

    "But the fact that we have beaten them I think will help us - and possibly play on their minds somewhat. We have to try to use that to our advantage."

  114. 15:11: 
    Chelsea v Stoke (1530 GMT)

    I'm interested to hear what Chelsea fans think about the departure of Juan Mata. If Rafael Benitez had sold the club's player of the year to Manchester United, would it have been met with the same reaction as Jose Mourinho's decision? Just putting it out there...

  115. 15:07: 
    PLAYER REACTION- Sheffield United 1-1 Fulham

    Sheffield United's Jose Baxter: "The conditions weren't up to much but we put up a fight against a good Premier League team. We knew it was going to be hard with 11 men, but to go down to 10 made it even harder."

    Goalscorer Chris Porter: "We've been a bit unlucky in League One to be honest. Performances have been good and I think it's only a matter of time before we turn turn our league form around."

  116. 15:02: 
    Chelsea v Stoke (1530 GMT)

    Ron Harris, Chelsea's all-time leading appearance maker, is at Stamford Bridge today fulfilling his normal hospitality duties.

    "Chopper", an FA Cup winner with the Blues in 1970, had a very slow walk to the East Stand as a succession of dads were getting their offspring (some of them looking a bit confused) to pose with him and another Chelsea legend, Peter Bonetti.

    Harris told BBC Sport selling Juan Mata was smart business, but it was still a shame to see the talented Spaniard leave.

    "He's a fantastic player but the fact is he has not played on a regular basis since Jose has come in," said Harris who played 795 games for Chelsea. "If the fee of £37m is right, and they brought him for about £24m, then it's a good deal for both sides.

    "They have such good players here already and look like they might be adding to the squad."

  117. 15:00: 
    LINE-UPS- Chelsea v Stoke (1530 GMT)

    Chelsea: Schwarzer, Ivanovic, Cahill, Luiz, Cole, Lampard, Matic, Hazard, Oscar, Schurrle, Eto'o. Subs: Cech, Ramires, Mikel, Ba, Willian, Terry, Azpilicueta.

    Stoke: Begovic, Cameron, Shawcross, Pieters, Wilson, Palacios, Nzonzi, Walters, Ireland, Arnautovic, Crouch. Subs: Muniesa, Whelan, Adam, Guidetti, Assaidi, Sorensen, Shotton.

    Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)

  118. 14:59: 
    Chelsea v Stoke (1530 GMT)

    BBC Sport's Owen Phillips at Stamford Bridge: "A few surprises in the Chelsea starting line-up, but Nemanja Matic's full debut isn't one of them. Frank Lampard is fit to start alongside Matic in midfield, and Andre Schurrle is also included. Mark Schwarzer and Ashley Cole play. But Samuel Eto'o's selection up top is probably the biggest shock, despite his hat-trick against Manchester United, as boss Jose Mourinho had talked up Demba Ba's chances of a rare start. John Terry, Ramires, Cesar Azpilicueta, Willian and Ba are all on the bench.

    "Stoke have Asmir Begovic back in goal after six games out with a broken finger, but manager Mark Hughes resists the temptation to make drastic changes following the 1-0 loss at Crystal Palace. The back four stays the same but Marco Arnautovic, Stephen Ireland and Wilson Palacios all come into a five-man midfield."

  119. 14:58: 
    Sheffield United 1-1 Fulham

    So both sides are in the hat for the fifth-round draw. We'll bring you plenty of reaction shortly, but let's now look ahead to our other FA Cup tie...

  120. 14:56: 
    Sheffield United 1-1 Fulham

    Great scenes in the tunnel at Bramall Lane as Adel Taarabt interrupts Neil Warnock doing his post-match analysis on television to give his former manager his shirt from the match.

    Former England defender Danny Mills at Bramall LaneSheffield United 1-1 Fulham

    "Fulham had a few decent chances, but Sheffield United thoroughly deserved a replay. The sending off changed the game, as Fulham started to believe.

    "Sheffield United worked very hard, as it was tough conditions to play with 10 men. They defended strongly, and deserve a replay."

    Listen to commentary of Sheffield United v Fulham on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  122. 14:53: 
    FULL-TIME- Sheffield United 1-1 Fulham

    And that's it - all over at Bramall Lane. What a game, what a performance from Sheffield United and what a result. Superb entertainment.

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    James Williams: Fulham have a comedy duo currently playing up front. Comedy gold from Darren Bent and Hugo Rodallega.

  124. 14:53: 
    INJURY TIME- Sheffield United 1-1 Fulham

    Every Blades player is pinned back into their own half as the four minutes of stoppage time tick by - Adel Taarabt almost nicking a late winner with a rasping shot which flies just wide. Tense.

  125. 14:49: 
    Sheffield United 1-1 Fulham

    I wonder what Harry Redknapp made of that miss? After Bent missed a similar chance against Portsmouth in 2009, 'Arry claimed his wife would have scored it. It gets worse for Fulham when Hugo Rodallega completely fails to connect in the penalty box and falls over. Carry On Fulham...

    Former England defender Danny Mills at Bramall LaneSheffield United 1-1 Fulham

    "Darren Bent must have taken his eyes off that, he was only two yards away from the back post. It was an impossible angle from Pajtim Kasami, but Bent took his eyes off it."

    Listen to commentary of Sheffield United v Fulham on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  127. 14:46: 
    CLOSE!- Sheffield United 1-1 Fulham

    Do Fulham want to win this? First Philippe Senderos stabs a shot to the far post when better placed to shoot from 12 yards out, then Pajtim Kasami flicks back across goal where Darren Bent turns wide from three yards out. He was flagged offside anyway, but still...what a horrible miss.

  128. 14:44: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Sheffield United 1-1 Fulham

    Sheffield United will take a replay now, bringing on midfielder Stephen McGinn for playmaker Jose Baxter. Five minutes left...

    Former England defender Danny Mills at Bramall LaneSheffield United 1-1 Fulham

    "How on earth did Philippe Senderos miss the second attempt? He had a real swing at it."

    Listen to commentary of Sheffield United v Fulham on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  130. 14:43: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Sheffield United 1-1 Fulham

    Oooh, Fulham almost break Sheffield United's heart when a ball is whipped into the box and Philippe Senderos is given the freedom of the penalty area to flick a header against the bar. Who leaves big, bald centre-halves unmarked in the penalty area? The Blades are missing Harry Maguire's influence now.

  131. 14:41: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Sheffield United 1-1 Fulham

    It's a rip-roaring cup tie now, but Damien Duff has seen it all before - the Fulham winger cutting inside and firing in a low shot which George Long tips wide.


    Ali in Edinburgh: Was hugely disappointed to see Stefan Scougall leave Livingston for Sheffield Utd, the boy is a massive prospect.

  133. 14:37: 
    Sheffield United 1-1 Fulham

    Steady on, Hugo. Fresh from levelling the scores, the Colombian striker goes for an audacious overhead kick but fails to get any sort of connection. Worth a try, I suppose?

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    Edward Leger: Philippe Senderos being outclassed by a League One attack - no wonder we have the worst defence in the Premier League!

    Former England defender Danny Mills at Bramall LaneSheffield United 1-1 Fulham

    "That was the first moment of real quality from Hugo Rodallega. Up until now, his performance has been poor or worse than that.

    "Fulham have somehow dragged themselves back into this."

    Listen to commentary of Sheffield United v Fulham on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  136. 14:33: 
    GOAL- Sheffield United 1-1 Fulham - Hugo Rodallega (75 mins)

    Bramall Lane is silenced as Hugo Rodallega pops up with his fourth goal of the season - fashioning room on the edge of the box and expertly planting his shot inside the post and out of reach of George Long.

    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Bramall LaneSheffield United 1-0 Fulham

    "Bramall Lane is bouncing at the moment - if the home fans are not roaring on the efforts of their 10-men, they are yelling about their disapproval of referee Andre Marriner, who had let several Fulham challenges go unpunished before turning down that penalty appeal."

  138. 14:32: 
    Sheffield United 1-0 Fulham

    Rain, red cards, refereeing mistakes - this is a proper cup tie, as the tinderbox atmosphere which has developed inside Bramall Lane suggests.

    Former England defender Danny Mills at Bramall LaneSheffield United 1-0 Fulham

    "That was clearly a penalty for Sheffield United. Nigel Clough and his team certainly have the right to complain.

    "Ryan Flynn jumped when he felt the contact. That would have been Fulham out of the competition."

    Listen to commentary of Sheffield United v Fulham on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  140. 14:30: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Sheffield United 1-0 Fulham

    Go on, go on, oohhh...

    Stefan Scougall drives through the midfield for Sheffield United and just over-runs the ball. Moments later, Scougall has a second chance to work his way into the box and Ryan Flynn goes down in the box under Aaron Hughes's challenge. A clear penalty...but the referee doesn't give it. Nigel Clough is spitting feathers. Around 20 minutes to go.

  141. 14:26: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Sheffield United 1-0 Fulham

    This could be the turning point for me, first-half substitute Ange-Freddy Plumain being replaced by Adel Taarabt. One bit of magic from the playmaker and this game will be level. But has he brought his wand?


    Louie from London: I still can't get over that first-half penalty decision! Shocking decision! Anyway, I fancy Fulham to pull this back.

  143. 14:24: 
    Sheffield United 1-0 Fulham

    I've seen Giorgos Karagounis score some screamers in my time, but not today - the Greek veteran firing a free-kick into the wall and then following up with a shot which is meat and drink for George Long.

  144. 14:22: 
    Sheffield United 1-0 Fulham

    To put this into context Fulham fans, your side are now playing a side in the League One relegation places shorn of their best player (Harry Maguire), their goalscorer (Chris Porter) and captain (Michael Doyle)...

    Former England defender Danny Mills at Bramall LaneSheffield United 1-0 Fulham

    "It is all about attitude now. How badly do you want it?

    "At the moment, it looks like Sheffield United have the desire."

    Listen to commentary of Sheffield United v Fulham on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  146. 14:20: 
    Sheffield United 1-0 Fulham

    This game is being played at 100mph now - both sides tearing forward and Jose Baxter the latest man to try his luck with a shot which smacks into the hoardings behind the goal.

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    Andres Parra: Not even the same Hugo Rodallega that played at Wigan.

    Ross Parlett: Every Fulham fans' worst nightmare, Rodallega comes out for the second half.

    John Smith: Fulham need Bent to give their attack a focal point.

  148. 14:18: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Sheffield United 1-0 Fulham

    Another penalty shout for Fulham as Pajtim Kasami tumbles over the outstretched leg of Matt Hill in the area. Play on, waves the referee. I think, unlike the first half, he got that one spot on.

  149. 14:16: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Sheffield United 1-0 Fulham

    And here comes the cavalry. Actually, it's just Darren Bent - the former England striker replacing Chris David up front. How Fulham need his experience now as Ange-Freddy Plumain curls a shot just wide.

  150. 14:15:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveSheffield United 1-0 Fulham

    If you missed Chris Porter's goal for Sheffield United, you can hear the BBC Radio 5 live commentary of the incident now on the BBC website.

    Former England defender Danny Mills at Bramall LaneSheffield United 1-0 Fulham

    "It was completely needless and unnecessary from Michael Doyle. He will be a big miss today, and for the three league games to come."

    Listen to commentary of Sheffield United v Fulham on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  152. 14:14: 
    Sheffield United 1-0 Fulham

    That red card has brought the home crowd to life, and the whole ground is out of their seat when Blades winger Ryan Flynn drives forward down the right, cuts inside and brings a fine save out of David Stockdale.

  153. 14:11: 
    RED CARD FOR MICHAEL DOYLE- Sheffield United 1-0 Fulham

    A chink of light for Fulham? Sheffield United's Michael Doyle is sent off for an off-the-ball kick at Muamer Tankovic. Not the type of behaviour Nigel Clough would expect from his skipper.

  154. 14:10:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveSheffield United 1-0 Fulham

    Hear Sheffield United boss Nigel Clough talk about the influence, and shares memories, of his father on the BBC website. Brian Clough was one of football's most colourful characters, best known as manager of Derby County and Nottingham Forest.

    Sheffield United 1-0 Fulham

    Statisticians Opta: 7 - Fulham have lost seven and won just one of their last nine games in all competitions away from Craven Cottage.

  156. 14:09: 
    CLOSE!- Sheffield United 1-0 Fulham

    Jose Baxter seems to come alive in the cup competitions, and the former Everton youngster tests out David Stockdale with a low shot which the goalkeeper gets down well to save.

  157. 14:06: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Sheffield United 1-0 Fulham

    Indeed, Harry Maguire does make way and is replaced by Bob Harris. That's a good solid name, isn't it?

    Former England defender Danny Mills at Bramall LaneSheffield United 1-0 Fulham

    "Sheffield United defender Harry Maguire looks in real bother with an injury. I am surprised he did not come out five minutes early, to race around and get the adrenaline going."

    Listen to commentary of Sheffield United v Fulham on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  159. 14:05: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Sheffield United 1-0 Fulham

    The Blades make a surprising switch at half-time with midfielder Stefan Scougall coming on for Chris Porter who has sustained a hamstring injury.

  160. 14:04: 
    KICK-OFF- Sheffield United 1-0 Fulham

    Can Sheffield United give themselves a chance of playing Manchester City or Arsenal in the next round? It's time to find out...

  161. 14:01: 

    The FA Cup fifth round draw will create at least two all-Premier League ties when it takes place at 17:35 GMT. Ten or 11 of the 16 balls in the draw will be for a Premier League side, with five or six representing Football League clubs. Of the fourth round games completed so far, only Nottingham Forest and Preston require a replay after a 0-0 draw.

    Ball numbers: 1 Sunderland, 2 Cardiff City, 3 Southampton, 4 Charlton Athletic, 5 Brighton & Hove Albion, 6 Nottingham Forest or Preston North End, 7 Hull City, 8 Sheffield Wednesday, 9 Arsenal, 10 Everton, 11 Wigan Athletic, 12 Chelsea or Stoke City, 13 Manchester City, 14 Liverpool, 15 Swansea City, 16 Sheffield United or Fulham.

    Former England defender Danny Mills at Bramall LaneSheffield United 1-0 Fulham

    "On the balance of play, these two teams look like they should be playing each other regularly in the same division."

    Listen to commentary of Sheffield United v Fulham on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  163. 13:53: 
    TIME FOR BENT?- Sheffield United 1-0 Fulham
    possession table

    How long before Rene Meulensteen introduces Darren Bent to the action? Fulham have yet to muster a single shot on target despite enjoying a huge percentage of possession. Bent, on loan from Aston Villa, enjoys cup action. Three of the 29-year-old's five goals this season have come in knockout action.

    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Bramall LaneSheffield United 1-0 Fulham

    "Much to ponder at half-time for Fulham head coach Rene Meulensteen and his assistant Ray Wilkins, who have spent most of the first half standing impassively in their technical area. Sheffield United have the lead and they have also dealt comfortably with the Cottagers' passing game, which has been pretty but for the most part has lacked penetration."

  165. 13:48: 
    HALF-TIME- Sheffield United 1-0 Fulham

    The corner comes to nothing and Sheffield United head for a half-time brew in the lead...

  166. 13:47: 
    Sheffield United 1-0 Fulham

    Excellent play from Muamer Tankovic, who whips in a first-time ball from the right but John Brayford turns behind for a corner. But Fulham have to wait to take it because Harry Maguire is receiving treatment following a tangle with Hugo Rodallega.

  167. 13:45: 
    Sheffield United 1-0 Fulham

    Rene Meulensteen is shaking his head on the touchline as his side waste a free-kick in a forward position. It's all too easy for the Blades at the moment. Just how Nigel Clough likes it.

    Former England defender Danny Mills at Bramall LaneSheffield United 1-0 Fulham

    "It is far too easy for Sheffield United as everything is in front of them. Fulham are not trying to run beyond their defence, they are just passing it around without incision.

    "Sheffield United have two banks of four players when defending, and are easily keeping Fulham out."

    Listen to commentary of Sheffield United v Fulham on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  169. 13:42: 
    Sheffield United 1-0 Fulham

    Now the rain has stopped and the sun is out, Sheffield looks a lovely place to spend a Sunday afternoon. Unless you are Fulham of course. The visitors are passing the ball about on the slick surface but struggling to find a way through the Blades' two banks of four.

  170. 13:37: 
    Sheffield United 1-0 Fulham
    Chris Porter

    Nigel Clough's side have the bit between their teeth now, with Jose Baxter scheming away in the hole and causing all sorts of problems. It's just a shame it's not quite a full house at Bramall Lane because I reckon we've got a cupset well and truly in the offing now.

  171. 13:36: 
    Sheffield United 1-0 Fulham

    Bramall Lane is rocking - I imagine it won't be long before Blades fans break out into a rendition of 'Greasy Chip Butty'.

    BBC Sport pundit and ex-Wales international Robbie SavageSheffield United 1-0 Fulham

    "Has to be a penalty for Fulham, wow."

  173. 13:35: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Sheffield United 1-0 Fulham

    That's a huge call by the referee. Within moments of Fulham falling behind, Hugo Rodallega finds himself clean through but appears to be clipped by George Long as he looks to round the Blades keeper. Andre Marriner takes a long look but waves play on.

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    Bob: Don't think Fulham are up for this one.

    Former England defender Danny Mills at Bramall LaneSheffield United 1-0 Fulham

    "Just as the rain stops and the sun comes out, Sheffield United take the lead. It was great work from Harry Maguire, who showed great patience and skill to get into the box from defence.

    "You cannot say it was against the run of play. Fulham have had more of the ball, but have not created any chances."

    Listen to commentary of Sheffield United v Fulham on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  176. 13:30: 
    GOAL- Sheffield United 1-0 Fulham - Chris Porter (31 mins)

    That makes things interesting. Harry Maguire strides forward from the back, fires in a low shot and Chris Porter nips in front of Philippe Senderos to divert past David Stockdale. Game on.

    Chelsea midfielder Michael EssienMEDICAL DONE

    "Haters will broadcast your failure but whisper your success. Medical is done, looking forward to starting my new life with AC Milan."

    Michael Essien's nine-year spell at Chelsea appears to be at an end, judging by that tweet. The Ghana international appears to have shot down the rumours from Italy he was struggling to pass a medical.

  178. 13:29: 
    Sheffield United 0-0 Fulham

    Fulham are slowly realising it might be best to get the ball into the mixer - Pajtim Kasami whipping it into the box but the ball runs away from danger, and then Hugo Rodallega fires in a low shot which stops in the mud and George Long almost makes a complete hash of dealing with it before it is hacked clear.

    Former England defender Danny Mills at Bramall LaneSheffield United 0-0 Fulham

    "You have to give credit to Fulham as they are sticking to their principles despite the weather. They are continuing to try and pass the ball, but they lack a cutting edge in the final third.

    "There is a fine line between playing on in these conditions and calling it off. The conditions are awful, but the players do not seem in danger."

    Listen to commentary of Sheffield United v Fulham on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  180. 13:24: 
    Sheffield United 0-0 Fulham

    The rain continues to pour, almost torrential-like, with the pitch cutting up and the key action areas becoming muddier by the minute. But that makes it all the more interesting, right? What are the worst conditions you have seen a match played in? Let me know...

  181. 13:22: 
    Sheffield United 0-0 Fulham

    But, after wiping the rain off his brow, Jose Baxter steps up and curls a low effort just wide.

  182. 13:21: 
    Sheffield United 0-0 Fulham

    This is promising for Sheffield United, with Chris Porter being brought down on the edge of the box by Aaron Hughes...

  183. 13:19:  
    Chris Bevan, BBC SportSheffield United 0-0 Fulham
    John Arne Riise

    "John Arne Riise's injury means Fulham have another youngster on the pitch in French teenager Ange-Freddy Plumain, 18, whose only previous appearance came in the last round of the FA Cup against Norwich. The Cottagers have coped well with the conditions so far, but then all kids like playing in the mud, don't they?"

  184. 13:17: 
    Sheffield United 0-0 Fulham

    Fulham do look bright in the final third, showing good movement and understanding to drag the Sheffield United players around in the mud. Perhaps this Cottagers team is not as weak as we first thought - after all, the club's Under-21 side are top of their league.

    Former England defender Danny Mills at Bramall LaneSheffield United 0-0 Fulham

    "The game has settled down a bit now. Fulham will try and play good football, but that will be hard in the conditions.

    "Sheffield United have lined up in a 4-4-2 formation, and are looking solid."

    Listen to commentary of Sheffield United v Fulham on BBC Radio 5 live now.


    Dave from Kent, who is a Fulham fan: We need two quality defenders but also a creative midfielder. Steven Defour from Porto has been most exciting rumour. He would be perfect.

  187. 13:13: 
    Sheffield United 0-0 Fulham

    These are proper muck and nettles conditions - Muamer Tankovic trying his luck from range but dragging a low shot wide after some neat play to bring the ball under control.

  188. 13:10: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Sheffield United 0-0 Fulham

    It's not just in the middle of the pitch where the wet conditions are causing problems, with both Chris David and John Arne Riise sliding into the advertising hoardings at either end after being challenged on the byline. During the course of that action, Riise pulled his hamstring and has to come off - being replaced by Ange-Freddy Plumain. Let's hope it's not too serious for the Norwegian defender.

    Former England defender Danny Mills at Bramall LaneSheffield United 0-0 Fulham

    "There at times in the middle of the pitch that the ball is pausing on the very wet surface."

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    Sheffield United
  190. 13:07: 
    Sheffield United v Fulham

    Full credit to the Fulham fans who have defied appalling conditions to make the 320-mile round trip from London to Sheffield to watch their team in FA Cup action. No doubt a good few of them will be doing it all again on Tuesday when the Cottagers travel to Swansea for a crucial Premier League game.

  191. 13:06: 
    Sheffield United 0-0 Fulham

    Fulham, in navy blue this afternoon, do their best to get the ball down and play with Chris David being played in and denied by the onrushing George Long. Moments later, Hugo Rodallega heads over a Giorgos Karagounis cross. Good stuff from the Premier League side.

    Sheffield United v Fulham (1300 GMT)

    Statisticians Opta: 4 - Sheffield United have won all four previous FA Cup ties against Fulham, only once needing a replay to get through.

  193. 13:03: 
    Sheffield United 0-0 Fulham

    There is a huge roar around Bramall Lane as Sheffield United launch raids down both flanks - winning a free-kick out wide on the left but Jose Baxter's centre is cleared by the Fulham defence.

    Former England defender Danny Mills at Bramall LaneSheffield United v Fulham (1300 GMT)

    "Goalkeepers have to be very aware of the bounce on a sodden pitch.

    "The middle of the pitch seems pretty playable. It is a very damp afternoon, but it is only the six-yard boxes that look most affected."

    Listen to commentary of Sheffield United v Fulham on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  195. 13:00: 
    KICK-OFF- Sheffield United 0-0 Fulham

    We're off at Bramall Lane - you all set, Juan Veron [1200]?

  196. 12:57:  
    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Bramall LaneSheffield United v Fulham (1300 GMT)

    "The team-sheets here at Bramall Lane made interesting reading for the assembled media and I'm not sure even Fulham fans will recognise all of the names in Rene Meulensteen's starting XI, with the Cottagers handing a senior debut to pacey young defender Josh Passley at right-back and a first senior start to Swedish teenager Muamer Tankovic up front.

    "Highly-rated Dutch forward Chris David, 20, makes only his second appearance since arriving from FC Twente in the summer, but this is not an exclusively youthful Fulham line-up because there are some wise old heads like Giorgos Karagounis and Damien Duff in the team to help the kids along."

  197. 12:56: 

    Have you heard the one about the non-league player who has been sacked by his club for attacking a fan - 19 years to the day after Eric Cantona's famous kung-fu kick on a supporter?

    Goole captain Karl Colley, a former Newcastle United trainee, was sent off for a tackle in their Northern Premier League First Division South game with Coalville Town.

    He then reacted angrily to chanting from away fans and aimed a punch at one after initially being held back by staff, including Goole assistant Curtis Woodhouse, the professional boxer and ex-Premier League footballer. The full story is on the BBC Sport website.

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    Barnaby Mollett: Good team from Fulham boss Rene Meulensteen. Game v Swansea in two days necessitates 11 changes. Biggest Fulham change since removing Michael Jackson.

  199. 12:53: 
    MANAGER'S VIEW- Sheffield United v Fulham (1300 GMT)
    Bramall Lane

    Sheffield United boss Nigel Clough thinks the wet conditions can help his Blades side cause a shock. "Hopefully the conditions will play a part and we can achieve something a lot of teams couldn't manage yesterday," says Clough.

    "It shows the position we're in that people think we have a chance. The league remains our priority. We slipped into the bottom four yesterday without playing. Hopefully we can use this to help our league form."

  200. 12:51: 
    SPECIAL TIMES- Sheffield United v Fulham (1300 GMT)

    What do ex-pros do when they hang up their boots? Some head for the training pitch, others climb into the commentary box. Sheffield United skipper Michael Doyle is just looking forward to regaling his grandchildren with stories of how he got the better of Christian Benteke, Gabriel Agbonlahor and, perhaps, the mighty Fulham.

    "Games like Villa are the things that we all remember when we retire," said the 32-year-old midfielder. "I've been fortunate to enjoy some big results in the cup and, I'm sure when I finish, that's when it will hit me how big those wins were.

    "There is a bond between those involved in a special result. With this group, we have our own little bond because we have beaten Aston Villa."

    I can already imagine the scenes at the 30th anniversary do marking that famous afternoon at Villa Park...

  201. 12:47: 
    MANAGER'S VIEW- Sheffield United v Fulham (1300 GMT)

    Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen defends his decision to make 11 changes ahead of Tuesday's crucial Premier League game at Swansea. "The fact the games are scheduled this way is causing logistical problems, I can't deny that," says Meulensteen. "In this modern day and age you have to have a big squad to get through all these games. In terms of the league, it's unwelcome but it's a welcome game in a fantastic competition."


    Ned, a Cardiff fan: Re 1221 GMT - If we sign Fabio, Zaha and Kenwyne Jones I'll be very happy. New manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is wasting no time.

  203. 12:45: 
    TRANSFER WINDOW- Sheffield United v Fulham (1300 GMT)

    Judging by Fulham's team today, they could do with a few reinforcements in the January transfer window, which closes on Friday (make sure you join us for that one across BBC Sport). You pinning your hopes on anyone in particular, Fulham fans? Earlier this week, the Cottagers had a second bid for Leicester defender Liam Moore turned down. Is he the man?

  204. 12:42: 
    KEEP CALM AND BEAT THE BLADES- Sheffield United v Fulham (1300 GMT)

    The fact the television cameras have descended on South Yorkshire suggests they believe an upset is in the offing. Can Fulham take a leaf out of Everton's book and ease through? Or will they take their place alongside the likes of Manchester United, Tottenham and Aston Villa on the Premier League's FA Cup scrapheap?

    "I warned the players they can't be complacent," said Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen. "I said that to them straight away (after the draw).

    "This will be a very difficult game. Sheffield United will try to chase everything and the crowd will get behind them. The key for us is to make sure we remain calm and focused and play away from that sort of pressure they throw at you."

  205. 12:39: 
    LINE-UPS- Sheffield United v Fulham (1300 GMT)

    Sheffield United: Long, Brayford, Maguire, Hill, Flynn, Doyle, Porter, Baxter, Collins, Coady, Murphy. Subs: Howard, Harris, Miller, McGinn, Scougall, Kennedy, De Girolamo.

    Fulham: Stockdale, Passley, Hughes, Senderos, Riise, Duff, David, Karagounis, Kasami, Tankovic, Rodallega. Subs: Stekelenburg, Pritchard, Christensen, Kacaniklic, Taarabt, Plumain, Bent.

  206. 12:36: 
    Sheffield United v Fulham (1300 GMT)

    I'm watching the players going through their warm-up routines, and Sheffield United are racing around the Bramall Lane turf which seems to be holding up pretty well in the wet weather.

  207. 12:34:  
    Chris Bevan, BBC SportSheffield United v Fulham (1300 GMT)

    "It's about survival this season. If you offered us cup glory or league survival then we would have to take survival". No, that is not Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen talking - it is Sheffield United boss Nigel Clough. The FA Cup might not be Clough's priority either but many people are still predicting his League One strugglers to cause an upset today. The Cottagers arrive in Yorkshire with the worst goal difference and worst defence in the Premier League, and that is with their first choice XI, let alone the second string Meulensteen has selected for this tie.


    Mike Kett: I'm a Fulham fan and I don't think Sheffield United beating us is really an upset!

  209. 12:32: 
    GLORY, GLORY...- Sheffield United v Fulham (1300 GMT)

    The FA Cup means a lot to Sheffield United boss Nigel Clough, who was part of the Nottingham Forest side which was beaten in the 1991 final against Tottenham Hotspur. His father, Brian, never managed to win the competition in an illustrious management career, and Nigel admits to savouring the glory which comes with leading his side to a cup shock.

    "Finances are always important but it's about more than that," said Clough. "Whatever we've made from Villa Park and this game against Fulham, the glory of the day and winning is the main thing."

    Former England defender Danny Mills at Bramall LaneSheffield United v Fulham (1300 GMT)

    "Sheffield United will know it is an opportunity to progress. They have to set the right tempo during the first 20 minutes."

    Listen to build-up to Sheffield United v Fulham on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  211. 12:27: 
    JESSICA ENNIS STAND- Sheffield United v Fulham (1300 GMT)

    Keeping on with the famous fans theme, Fulham supporters will notice something a little different about their surroundings this afternoon - with Sheffield United renaming the Bramall Lane Stand as the Jessica Ennis Stand in September 2012. At the time, Blades owner Kevin McCabe said that Ennis-Hill is "probably Sheffield's biggest ever star".

    "I drive past there quite a lot," said Ennis-Hill, heptathlon gold medallist at the London Olympics. "Just to see my face on it is quite surreal."

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    Crippy Cooke: PM David Cameron, Tom Hanks, Prince William, and baby Prince George are among many who support my beloved Aston Villa. Regal.

    Don't forget England cricketer Ian Bell and Robert De Niro...

  213. 12:24: 
    Sheffield United v Fulham (1300 GMT)

    I'm sure Dimitar's tucking into a lovely Sunday roast in the warm and dry. It's anything but dry at Bramall Lane, where the rain continues to pour. Ripe conditions for an upset.

  214. 12:23: 
    LEAGUE OR CUP?- Sheffield United v Fulham (1300 GMT)

    So, Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen has decided to ring the changes this afternoon, which is no surprise given that his side visit Swansea in a crucial Premier League clash on Tuesday evening. And, in true Premier League management style, the Cottagers boss is not too impressed by the fixture list.

    "The Swansea game is more important because it is so tight in the Premier League," Meulensteen said.

    "There is not one country in the world that would let someone play in a fourth round of the cup on a Sunday and then play an important league game on Tuesday."

    I'm sure Dimitar's grateful for the afternoon off - save his legs and all that...

  215. 12:21: 

    Here's a little tiddler of transfer news for you...Manchester United's Fabio Da Silva is set to join Premier League strugglers Cardiff City.

    The 23-year-old Brazil international, who can play full-back or midfield and is twin brothers with United's Rafael, is due to have a medical at Cardiff on Sunday.

    Happy with that Cardiff fans? He did OK at QPR last season...

    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Bramall LaneSheffield United v Fulham (1300 GMT)
    Bramall Lane

    "Here is a picture ref Andre Marriner inspecting the pitch earlier. Ball didn't bounce at all when he threw it up and into mud."

  217. 12:17: 
    TWO STRUGGLERS- Sheffield United v Fulham (1300 GMT)

    This afternoon's tie might offer both sides welcome respite from their respective battle with relegation, with the Blades 21st in League One and Fulham just one place above the drop zone in the Premier League. The Cottagers need to be on their guard this afternoon though, because Nigel Clough's side knocked out Aston Villa in the last round. However, since that impressive win, they have lost against Notts County and been held by Bradford.

  218. 12:16: 
    BREAKING FULHAM TEAM NEWS- Sheffield United v Fulham (1300 GMT)

    There is no Dimitar Berbatov in the Fulham starting line-up, which contains 11 changes from the team which lost at Arsenal last time out.

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    Let's pick up our early themes and run with them - who is a surprise supporter of your club? And, to mark Jose's 51st birthday, what would you buy the Special One to mark his big day? Get involved this afternoon via Twitter (#bbcfootball) or send a text to 81111, remembering to include your name. Tremendous.

    BBC Radio 5 live

    BBC Radio 5 live have live commentary of both FA Cup games on Sunday.

    The action begins at 1300 GMT at Bramall Lane as League One strugglers Sheffield United look to upset Premier League Fulham. Alan Green and ex-England international Danny Mills are the men behind the microphones.

    The west-London theme continues at 1530 GMT as Chelsea, minus Juan Mata, host Stoke. Mike Ingham, John Murray and former Wales striker John Hartson will guide you through the action.

  221. 12:08: 

    Bramall Lane will be the main focus of our attention during the first part of the afternoon, but we've also got a cracking tie in store at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea host Stoke City, 1530 GMT kick-off. It's the Special One's birthday today - can the Blues mark it in style?

    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Bramall LaneSheffield United v Fulham (1300 GMT)

    "Arriving in Sheffield, it was obvious why Sheffield United v Fulham was in doubt. It is bucketing down in the Steel City."

    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Bramall LaneSheffield United v Fulham (1300 GMT)

    "Pitch is playable. Game on. Turnstiles at Bramall Lane are now open."

  224. 12:03: 

    "Juan Sebastian Veron? He doesn't support Sheffield United..."

    Actually the former Manchester United and Argentina midfielder does hold a special place in his heart for the Blades - he grew up dreaming of playing for the club because his uncle, Pedro Verde, played for the club between 1978 and 1981.

    Maybe that's why he now plays for Estudiantes - he just wants to play in the red and white stripes of Sheffield United! I'm sure he'll be gathered around the television somewhere in South America this afternoon, flicking between repeats of 'Sharpe' and live coverage of the FA Cup.

  225. 1200: 
    Juan Sebastian Veron

    The FA Cup was mean-spirited yesterday. It teased us at half-time - Watford leading 2-0 at Manchester City, Birmingham in front against Swansea. Even approaching the hour mark, it looked as if Manuel Pellegrini and Michael Laudrup would have plenty of explaining to do at 5pm.

    Then Sergio Aguero struck. So did Wilfried Bony. Our only 'cupset'? Holders Wigan, of the Championship, knocking out Premier League side Crystal Palace. Hardly earth-shattering.

    But fear not, comrades. The 'minnows' get one last crack at glory this afternoon when League One Sheffield United host Fulham. Can the Blades do it for their famous fans: Sean Bean, Paul Heaton and... Juan Sebastian Veron? Let's find out.

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