Fulham 0-1 Sheffield United - as it happened

League One Sheffield United beat Fulham in the FA Cup fourth round at Craven Cottage, plus Michael Laudrup leaves Swansea.

4 February 2014 Last updated at 18:42

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  1. 22:45: 

    So there is a very realistic possibility of a League One side being in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup. After toppling two Premier League teams, Sheffield United will fancy their chances of reaching the last eight, especially because their fifth round match will be at home. They will play the winner of Preston v Nottingham Forest, which takes place tomorrow. We will be back with live text commentary for that game, so join us once again to see which sides go through.

    Thanks for your company and good night.

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    Andy McRae: Is the James Bond gig currently vacant? Laudrup is cool enough to slot straight into it if it is. From Huw to Q.

    Daniel Fox: Dear Mr Laudrup, there is a perfect job for you all ready to walk into at White Hart Lane!

    Aston Griffiths: Most saying that it's a mistake to get rid of Laudrup aren't Swansea fans. General consensus it was needed amongst us.

  3. 22:43:  
    John Hartson, BBC Radio 5 liveMichael Laudrup reaction

    "I am disappointed for him but it is the nature of the game. If you are not winning games you lose your job. When I was at Celtic, Martin O'Neill always used to say to us that a manager is only three bad games from sack. Even the best managers come under severe pressure when they are constantly losing games.

    "Swansea beat Fulham a week ago to claim their first league win in 10 matches, but even then, their opponents had looked threatening. Chairman Huw Jenkins is very shrewd and wise. The last three or four appointments he has made have been spot on. The next one from him will be exactly the same."

  4. 22:42: 

    Well we got our cup shock but we did have to wade our way through a pretty poor game of football to get to it. One of the biggest stories to have developed this evening was Swansea's decision to part company with manager Michael Laudrup. Former Wales international John Hartson gave his views to 5 live a little earlier, here is what he had to say...

  5. 22:37:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Preston manager Simon Grayson, whose side could face Sheffield United in the next round if they win their replay against Nottingham Forest: "Tomorrow night we will be the underdogs but we're looking forward to it. We've got a massive game in front of us but if we get through it will be a good opportunity for two League One teams to try and get through to the sixth round."

  6. 22:37: 
    Every cloud...- Fulham 0-1 Sheffield United
    Fulham

    One small positive for Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen is that his side's exit means they can fully focus on climbing out of the relegation zone. If I was him, though, I'd give a glance at the fixture list a miss for a day two. Just look at those games coming up. Horrendous.

  7. 22:30:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFulham 0-1 Sheffield United
    Fulham 0-1 Sheffield United

    Sheffield United's match-winner Shaun Miller: "It is unbelievable. I am delighted to get the goal for my little son who was born a few weeks ago. I am made up for him. We would much rather have those four wins in the cup as 12 points in the league, but we have to keep going and take this mentality into the league."

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    Martin McNamara: I can't believe I've sat thru 118 mins of tripe and had to go into the garden to rescue my bins flying about and I miss a goal!

    Thomas Kelly: Justice for football, Fulham were awful. Really think they will go down.

  9. 22:26: 
    Manager's reaction- Fulham 0-1 Sheffield United

    Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough, speaking to ITV4: "If you hang on in there at 0-0 you always have that opportunity, it was remarkable from the players out there. I thought we did enough in the game to get one goal.

    "We had an off day on Saturday at Crewe but we put it behind us and produced a performance like this tonight. It is special, but we have to improve in the league."

  10. 22:24: 
    Fulham 0-1 Sheffield United
    Stats

    The full time stats make for depressing reading for Fulham fans. They may well have had plenty of possession but just two shots on goal in 120 minutes of football, one less than their League One opposition, highlights just how poor they were in the final third.

  11. 22:20: 
    Fulham 0-1 Sheffield United

    Sheffield United's reward for beating a woeful Fulham is a fifth-round tie with either Preston or Nottingham Forest, with those two playing their fourth-round replay tomorrow.

  12.   
    Ex-Leicester striker Steve Claridge on BBC Radio 5 liveFulham 0-1 Sheffield United

    "That was 120 minutes of woeful football from Fulham. They are not just poor players, they are poor players who don't want to go out and work for each other. That's a bad combination."

  13.   
    Conor McNamara, BBC commentatorFulham 0-1 Sheffield United

    "Is this a new low ebb in Fulham's season? Sheffield United celebrate their second Premier League scalp in this season's FA Cup."

  14. 22:17: 
    FULL-TIME- Fulham 0-1 Sheffield United

    That is it. All over and Sheffield United claim their second Premier League scalp in this season's FA Cup. A huge chorus of boos greet the final whistle as defeat completes a miserable couple of days for Fulham.

  15. 22:14: 
    GOAL- Fulham 0-1 Sheffield United - Shaun Miller (119 mins)

    We have ourselves a Cupset as Sheffield United take the lead in dramatic fashion! Harry Maguire heads down a corner and Shaun Miller stoops in to nod home. Finally!

  16. 22:12: 
    Fulham 0-0 Sheffield United

    Fulham pressing a bit now as Sheffield United tire. Pajtim Kasami's low shot is deflected just wide before Damien Duff's corner is headed away by Jose Baxter. Ashkan Dejagah is then fuming at Kasami as his team-mate gets in the Iranian's way just as he is about to pull the trigger.

  17. 22:11: 
    CLOSE!- Fulham 0-0 Sheffield United

    Best chance of the game as Fulham break forward and a good move ends with Pajtim Kasami firing inches wide of goal with an effort from 20 yards.

  18. 22:08: 
    Fulham 0-0 Sheffield United

    ...scrap that. My word it is a horrendous free kick by Jose Baxter as he scoops it well over the bar. As you were.

  19. 22:08: 
    Fulham 0-0 Sheffield United

    Oooh a free kick for Sheffield United, in a decent position. A chance for a goal this...

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    Matt Cox: If Fulham can't beat a League One side, I don't know how they can expect to remain in the Premier League.

    Eric: This the worst football match I have ever seen, this could go on for months and be still like this.Andrew Little ‏@DaddedValue 8m

    Andrew Little: John Brayford is OUR Messi.

  21. 22:05: 
    Fulham 0-0 Sheffield United

    Even the languid figure of Dimitar Berbatov would be a welcome sight in this blunt Fulham attack. I'd imagine he has allowed himself a wry smile if he is sat in Monaco somewhere, watching this on the box as his former team-mates run about in the rain.

  22. 21:59: 
    HALF-TIME- Fulham 0-0 Sheffield United
    Fulham 0-0 Sheffield United

    Half time in extra time, the two teams change sides and off we go again.

  23.   
    Conor McNamara, BBC commentatorFulham 0-0 Sheffield United

    "Fulham need Kostas Mitroglou to score goals for them because I'm not sure where else they will come from in their fight against relegation."

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  24. 21:56: 
    Fulham 0-0 Sheffield United

    Brede Hangeland heads on a Fernando Amorebieta ball just as Kostas Mitroglou is spotted looking thoroughly bored in stands, huddled under a red blanket as the rain continues to pour. I feel your pain Kostas, I feel your pain.

  25. 21:52: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Fulham 0-0 Sheffield United

    John Brayford is made to look like Lionel Messi as statuesque Fulham players watch as he darts from midfield towards the edge of the area but his shot is well saved by David Stockdale.

  26. 21:51: 
    Fulham 0-0 Sheffield United

    It is absolutely teeming it down as we have a short break play while Stefan Scougall receives treatment for what looks like a bit of cramp. He can't continue and is replaced by Shaun Miller.

  27. 21:47: 
    FOOTBALL LEAGUE

    It's all over at Stevenage, where the home side have picked up a valuable 3-1 victory over Gillingham while Coventry have beaten Bristol City 2-1. In League Two, it's finished 1-1 between Bury and Oxford.

    In the first leg of the Johnstone's Paint northern area final, Chesterfield beat their hosts Fleetwood 3-1.

  28. 21:45: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Fulham 0-0 Sheffield United

    One change for the start of extra time as Sheffield United full-back Bob Harris goes off with Matt Hill on in his place.

  29. 21:44: 
    KICK-OFF- Fulham 0-0 Sheffield United

    We're back under way at the Cottage. Who wants to win this?

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    Matt Jones: Give us a few seasons and this game will be a regular fixture in League One. Absolute eyesore.

    Shaun Booth: I've done more revision in the past 75 minutes of play than I've managed all day This is almost Ukraine/Switzerland standard.

    Stick with us people, surely it is going to get better. Surely?

  31. 21:39: 
    EXTRA TIME- Fulham 0-0 Sheffield United

    The four minutes are up and boos once again as fans at Craven Cottage prepare themselves for another 30 minutes.

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    Isaac in Cambridge: If Fulham get knocked out of the cup tonight - especially in this manner - I don't think Laudrup will be the only managerial casualty this week.

  33.   
    Ex-Leicester striker Steve Claridge on BBC Radio 5 liveFulham 0-0 Sheffield United

    "He was never going to get that. The ball had actually gone past him as he fell down."

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  34. 21:34: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Fulham 0-0 Sheffield United

    Last-minute penalty appeal as Clint Dempsey goes down in the area when challenging Harry Maguire for a high ball, referee having none of it. Into four minutes of stoppage time.

  35. 21:33: 
    Fulham 0-0 Sheffield United

    Sorry Fulham fans, I'm struggling to see much from this game to suggest they will escape relegation this season. With fixtures against Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea coming up in the next four games, extra time tonight would not help matters.

    Jose Baxter
  36. 21:29: 
    Final five- Fulham 0-0 Sheffield United

    Ashkan Dejagah is well and truly done by Bob Harris as the Sheffield United full-back skips past the Iran international and crosses for Jose Baxter, whose shot is blocked inside the area. John Brayford then picks up a loose ball but launches his effort well over. Extra time is very much looming...

  37.   
    Ex-Leicester striker Steve Claridge on BBC Radio 5 liveFulham 0-0 Sheffield United

    "What a ball that was from Jose Baxter. I'm not sure anybody, from the keeper to the centre-half to the centre-forward, wanted to truly go in there and possibly get themselves hurt."

    Listen to full match commentary on BBC Radio 5 live

  38. 21:22: 
    Fulham 0-0 Sheffield United

    This game has opened up a bit now. In fact, dare I say it, it is end-to-end as Muamer Tankovic smashes a shot just over after bulldozing his way to the edge of the area, before Jose Baxter just fails to get his head on the end of a teasing cross for Sheffield United.

  39. 21:20: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Fulham 0-0 Sheffield United

    A change now for Sheffield United as Jose Baxter, who has five goals this season, comes on for Chris Porter.

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    Martin MacDonald: This match is reaching the stage where I'm considering doing university work instead.

    Liam Hanlon: At the start of this season I thought Fulham had a good attacking squad and would probably score a lot of goals! Ha!

    Sean: Fulham players seem to be doing their utmost to prove that they do not deserve to play in a Premier League side.

  41. 21:13: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Fulham 0-0 Sheffield United

    Final Fulham substitution as Scott Parker makes way for Steve Sidwell. Twenty minutes of the 90 left, if no goal before then, we have extra time.

  42. 21:12: 
    Fulham 0-0 Sheffield United

    Damien Duff has added a bit of creativity to the Fulham attack since his introduction and he almost causes Harry Maguire to divert the ball into his own net with a teasing low ball towards the far post. Fellow substitute Ashkan Dejagah also makes a quick impression as his weaving run is ended just outside the area, but the resulting free kick is cleared.

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    Sam Robson: Fulham are woeful, luckily they only have to go to Old Trafford on Sunday, and any team seems capable of winning there!

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    Ex-Leicester striker Steve Claridge on BBC Radio 5 liveFulham 0-0 Sheffield United

    "Fulham's tactics have been so far off where they should be and they have lacked any care and attention in their play."

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    Clint Dempsey
  45. 21:04: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Fulham 0-0 Sheffield United

    Hugo Rodallega looks utterly perplexed as his number goes up on the substitutes board and has to make way for Damien Duff. Alexander Kacaniklic also comes off with Ashkan Dejagah on in his place.

  46. 21:01: 
    Fulham 0-0 Sheffield United

    Yes! By far the most entertainment so far as Bob Harris twists, turns, twists again before an almighty whack at thin air when attempting to clear sees him fall flat on the ground. Everybody loves a good air shot, including the home fans who were roused enough to pipe up with a few ironic cheers.

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    Neil Stevens: Laudrup has proven how much of a curse the Europa League is... just look at Newcastle last season and this!

    Rishi Verma: I'm sorry, but the sacking of Laudrup is beyond belief. His first real testing spell, and the club let him go? Ridiculous.

    Adam: This match has a long way to go before it's exciting enough to distract me from this Laudrup debacle.

  48. 20:54: 
    Fulham 0-0 Sheffield United

    I'm occasionally getting myself a bit confused as to which side is in the higher division in this game as Sheffield United have two good chances in quick succession, both courtesy of the lively Bob Harris. The defender first bends a free kick just over, before stinging the hands of Fulham keeper David Stockdale with a fierce drive from just outside the box. Fulham still in the changing rooms at the moment.

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    Andrew: In 10-15 years time when Michael Laudrup is regarded as one of Europe's premier coaches, we'll look back at Swansea City's decision to sack him on the evening of Tuesday, 4 February and laugh at them. Laudrup will make a success of himself in the world of management, and there'll be a lot of clubs very interested in securing his services.

  50. 20:53: 
    Michael Laudrup

    Here's more from BBC Radio Wales football correspondent Rob Phillips: "He signed a contract extension to take him through to next season, but we have always thought he would leave this summer. If you look at the way he left Mallorca, it's very similar. A good first season, the second not so good. There is form here, what has caught us by surprise is the timing with a south Wales derby to come this weekend.

    "There has already been speculation that Graeme Jones, Roberto Martinez's assistant, has been approached. He was at Swansea with Martinez. Huw Jenkins has an excellent record of appointing managers who take the club on."

  51. 20:52: 
    Michael Laudrup reaction
    Michael Laudrup

    BBC Radio Wales football correspondent Rob Phillips: "He has been sacked. I can confirm that. The board have been unhappy for a while. Not only for the performances but the spirit some of the players have been showing.

    "As I understand it, Michael Laudrup was happy to carry on with Garry Monk on the coaching staff but the board have said no, we have to change, we have to change now."

  52. 20:49: 
    KICK-OFF- Fulham 0-0 Sheffield United

    Fulham boss Rene Meulensteen trudges back into the home dugout, the players are back out on the pitch and Sheffield United get the second half up and running.

  53. 20:44: 
    Johnstone's Paint Trophy

    West London isn't the place to be for goals at the moment but it is a different story up in Lancashire, where Chesterfield are 2-1 up at Fleetwood Town in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy northern area final. Ian Evatt and Sam Morsy with the goals for Chesterfield. David Ball pulled one back for Fleetwood on the stroke of half-time.

  54. 20:41: 
    Football League update

    Stevenage are currently on target for a big win at the bottom of League One as they lead Gillingham 2-0 at half time. Elliott Hewitt was sent off for Gillingham midway through the half and Stevenage took full advantage as Francois Zoko scored the resulting penalty, before Darius Charles added a second.

    Elsewhere, Coventry are winning 2-0 at struggling Bristol City.

    In League Two, it is goalless in the game between Bury and Oxford United.

  55.   
    Ex-Leicester striker Steve Claridge on BBC Radio 5 liveFulham 0-0 Sheffield United

    "The pace of this game has not changed from minute one really. There's no width from Fulham and it's just getting congested in central areas. There's a lot of evidence why Fulham are bottom of the Premier League."

    Listen to full match commentary on BBC Radio 5 live

    Fulham 0-0 Sheffield United
  56. 20:34: 
    HALF-TIME- Fulham 0-0 Sheffield United

    Boos as the whistle signals the end of an instantly forgettable first half, punctuated by a smattering of cheers from the jovial band of Sheffield United fans who have made the long trip south. A half of few chances and I'm struggling to see this match not going to extra time.

  57. 20:33: 
    Fulham 0-0 Sheffield United

    Fulham finally give their fans a little something to get excited about as Pajtim Kasami sends a corner deep to Dan Burn at the far post and he heads back across goal, but Bob Harris clears before any Fulham player can pounce.

  58. 20:28: 
    Fulham 0-0 Sheffield United

    It is becoming increasingly clear to see why Fulham are where they are in the Premier League as an absolutely shocking clearance by Fernando Amorebieta is straight at Sheffield United midfielder Ryan Flynn, who wriggles his way into the area before his cross is put out for a corner. A let-off for the home side.

    Fulham 0-0 Sheffield United
  59. 20:27: 
    Fulham 0-0 Sheffield United

    Mark Howard in the Sheffield United goal is having one of his easiest games at the moment with Fulham very powder-puff in attack. Pajtim Kasami swings in a free kick but it doesn't beat the first man and Sheffield United clear. The home fans are just starting to sound a little restless.

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    Zahid Khan: Is there still time for another sacking today? Moyes?

    Emu: Wonder if Malky McKay fancies a challenge at Swansea? Shame for Laudrup as he would have come good.

    Ryan Lloyd: Wasn't Laudrup linked with Real Madrid just a few months ago? Why didn't Swansea let him go then?

  61. 20:22: 
    CLOSE!- Fulham 0-0 Sheffield United

    Sheffield United are having the better of the game at the moment and twice go close in quick succession as first John Brayford steals possession and runs at goal, but launches his shot just over before Jamie Murphy heads wide.

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    Ex-Leicester striker Steve Claridge on BBC Radio 5 live

    "That was better by Fulham, it was only a half-chance but Fulham now have runners from midfield and they are passing it about better, showing more movement."

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  63. 20:18: 
    Fulham 0-0 Sheffield United

    Half a chance for Fulham as Pajtim Kasami gets away down the right and crosses into the area for Clint Dempsey. Sheffield United clear, but only as far as Muamer Tankovic on the edge area, but he gets his shot on the half-volley horribly wrong and the balls flies way over.

  64. 20:15:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveLaudrup gone

    Swansea parting company with Michael Laudrup is still dominating the chat on Twitter and texts. Former Wales international John Hartson is on BBC Radio 5 live at half time to give his thoughts on the matter.

  65.   
    Ex-Leicester striker Steve Claridge on BBC Radio 5 liveFulham 0-0 Sheff Utd

    "I'm wondering when Sheffield United will try and move the game on and take the odd risk. It's 11 men behind the ball, so how do you score a goal from your own half? But then again, they are comfortable so Nigel Clough won't want to upset the status quo."

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    Nigel Clough
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    Matt Price: Absolute awful decision to sack Laudrup! The Swans won their first trophy under him! He was brill! Who's gonna replace him?

    Kithmina Hewage: Swansea sacking Laudrup and England dropping Pietersen. What are all these decision makers thinking?

    Mark Bradley: Big Malky Mackay for Swansea City?

  67. 20:10: 
    Fulham 0-0 Sheff Utd

    You sense Scott Parker will be key to Fulham's better movements, with the midfielder heavily involved in much that they do at the moment. He tries to sneak a pass through to Hugo Rodallega, who is just inside the area, but the Sheffield United defence reacts quickly to hack away the danger.

  68. 20:05: 
    Fulham 0-0 Sheff Utd

    I'll not lie. It has not been the best game of football so far but Sheffield United have evidently done their homework on Fulham and are more than matching them in these opening exchanges. The Blades win a corner, which bounces off the head defender Harry Maguire and high, high over the bar.

    Fulham 0-0 Sheff Utd
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    Dave in Cheltenham: Utterly the wrong decision, not Laudrup's fault with the injuries etc. Sure he would have turned it around, not sure who could replace him who'd do any better?

    What do you think of tonight's surprise news that Swansea have parted company with manager Michael Laudrup? Have your say via #bbcfootball or text us on 81111 (UK only).

  70. 19:57: 
    Fulham 0-0 Sheff Utd

    Fantastically fleet-footed movement from Clint Dempsey sees the American bamboozle Sheffield United's Stephen McGinn, who promptly opts to swipe away Dempsey's legs.

    Pajtim Kasami takes the resulting free kick, some 25 yards from goal, but thumps it straight into the United wall.

  71. 19:53: 
    Maguire is magic
    Harry Maguire

    A quick word on who to watch out for in the Sheffield United side for those of you who may not be aficionados of League One football. In a disappointing season for the Blades, 20-year-old centre-back Harry Maguire has been a rare bright spot.

    The 6ft 4in defender regularly exhibits composure beyond his years at the heart of the Blades' malfunctioning rearguard. Despite his large frame he is surprisingly dynamic on the ball, with that quality being on show in his charge up the field which forced the opener in the first leg.

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    Ex-Leicester striker Steve Claridge on BBC Radio 5 live

    "It just curled away at the end and almost went in. It's been a lacklustre start from Fulham."

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  73. 19:48: 
    Fulham 0-0 Sheff Utd

    Cracking start by Sheffield United as they pass the ball around confidently and quickly give the hosts a bit of a scare as Stefan Scougall squeezes a ball through to Jamie Murphy on the edge of the Fulham area and he sweeps a first-time shot just wide.

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    Hugh Ferrey: Shocking decision, Swansea played great football under him.

    Ben Goodwin: Odd decision by Swansea to sack Laudrup the week they play Cardiff.

    Matthew Harris: Wait, what did Michael Laudrup do to get the sack from Swansea? Lose more than two matches in a row?

  75. 19:46: 
    KICK-OFF- Fulham 0-0 Sheff Utd

    A decent crowd in attendance at Craven Cottage as Fulham get us under way.

  76. 19:44: 
    Laudrup gone

    Some more words from Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins on Michael Laudrup's departure: "I had a meeting with Michael today in a final attempt to support him and establish a way to improve the work of the backroom team to secure the results we need over the final 14 Premier League games.

    "However, after thinking long and hard about the best way forward, I felt it was unlikely we would achieve a stable environment at the club to allow us to get back to basics and produce the performance levels that have served Swansea City so well over the last few years.

    "Now we need to put that uncertainty behind us and move forward as a united football club on all fronts, while placing on record our gratitude to Michael for the work he has done over the last 18 months and wish him well for the future."

  77. 19:40: 
    Laudrup gone

    Wow. And here I was thinking we were in for a relatively straightforward evening of football. Thoughts on Michael Laudrup's departure? Where does that leave Swansea?

    Michael Laudrup
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    BREAKING NEWS

    Swansea City and manager Michael Laudrup have parted company, the Premier League club confirms.

    "It is a decision we have taken reluctantly,'' says Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins. "It is the first time in nearly 10 years that the club has parted with a manager in this way, but we had to remove the constant uncertainty surrounding the club and Michael's long-term future with us."

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    In fact, let's throw that conundrum out to you good people. FA Cup win or league survival? Which would you choose and why? Send in your thoughts via #bbcfootball or text to 81111 (UK Only). Nice one.

  80. 19:32: 

    Speaking of Wigan, I do wonder how many of their fans would trade last year's FA Cup victory for Premier League survival? I reckon it might actually be a pretty close run thing, if not more in favour of the former. While not pleasant, relegation will, in all likelihood, be forgotten about in 25 years but an FA Cup win is an indelible mark on football history. I can imagine Wigan fans will still proudly talk about last year's triumph a quarter-of-a-decade down the line.

  81. 19:30: 
    Doing a Wigan
    Wigan

    The prize for winning tonight's game is a fifth-round tie with either Preston or Nottingham Forest. Not the most glamorous draw, but I'd imagine it is a fixture that both these sides would fancy themselves winning.

    Come through that and you are into the last eight and then, who knows? We might even have another Wigan scenario.

  82. 19:25: 
    LINE-UPS- Fulham v Sheff Utd (1945 GMT)

    Fulham: Stockdale; Passley, Hangeland, Burn, Amorebieta; Kasami, Tankovic, Parker, Kacaniklic; Dempsey; Rodallega. Substitutes: Stekelenburg, Sidwell, Karagounis, Duff, Dejagah, David, Christensen.

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

  83. 19:20: 
    Fulham v Sheff Utd (1945 GMT)

    Fulham head coach Rene Meulensteen makes eight changes to the side that lost 3-0 to Southampton in the Premier League at the weekend, two of which are forced by Lewis Holtby and William Kvist's ineligibility. First-choice centre-backs Dan Burn and Brede Hangeland are retained, along with veteran midfielder Scott Parker.

    Sheffield United boss Nigel Clough makes four changes following the 3-0 League One defeat to Crewe. Striker Billy Paynter is cup-tied, while captain Michael Doyle remains suspended following his red card in the first leg.

  84. 19:15: 
    Wembley calling

    Also tonight, let's not forget about the big game at Highbury, where Fleetwood Town and Chesterfield clash in the northern area final of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy. It's a two-legged affair, with the first leg being tonight, and the winner gets a day out at Wembley.

    "We are delighted to be in this position," said Chesterfield manager Paul Cook. "If any team has the chance to go to Wembley for a major national final, you should grab it with both hands."

    I couldn't have put it any better myself.

  85. 19:12: 
    Fulham v Sheff Utd (1945 GMT)

    Speaking of cricket, the sport apparently had a big hand in Sheffield United's giantkilling of Aston Villa in the previous round.

    Blades boss Nigel Clough said after his side's 2-1 win at the start of January that he plotted Villa's downfall while watching England's Ashes humiliation in Australia.

    "I stayed up until 1.30am," he said. "What's happened to us is no different to what happened in the cricket. We were on our backsides and you get a few wins and the confidence comes flooding back."

  86. 19:07: 

    If you have indeed just popped on BBC Radio 5 live you will no doubt notice there is currently plenty of cricket chat. That is because some massive news has just broken, with batsman Kevin Pietersen's England career seemingly over.

  87. 19:04:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveLive now

    BBC Radio 5 live will be at Craven Cottage for live commentary of Fulham's FA Cup fourth-round replay with Sheffield United. Conor McNamara and ex-Leicester striker Steve Claridge will be keeping you up-to-date with the action. The build up has just got under way so tune in.

  88. 18:59: 
    Football League preview

    Away from the FA Cup, there are a few games in the Football League we'll be keeping an eye on tonight, with relegation-threatened Bristol City hosting Coventry in League One while bottom-of-the-table Stevenage will hope to cash in on one of their games in hand by getting the better of 11th-placed Gillingham.

    There's also a League Two blockbuster coming your way from Gigg Lane, where in-form Bury will hope to continue their rise away from the drop-zone against third-placed Oxford United.

  89. 18:56: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS

    Fulham boss Rene Meulensteen makes eight changes to the side that lost 3-0 to Southampton at the weekend. Scott Parker starts, while defenders Brede Hangeland and Dan Burn start.

  90. 18:50: 
    Rene Meulensteen

    After four straight defeats, 11 goals conceded and watching his side slump to the bottom of the Premier League for the first time this season at the weekend, it is probably fair to say the last thing Fulham boss Rene Meulensteen needs is his side being on the receiving end of an FA Cup upset.

    It is all very much unfamiliar territory for the former Manchester United coach, having been part of a side that won pretty much anything and everything for the best part of the last decade.

    "I have to be the one who adapts the most in this job because I came from an environment (at Manchester United) where we have always been able to dominate," Meulensteen said recently. "I have pushed certain elements of that into this squad, to which they have responded really well, but, sometimes I have to say, 'hold on, Rene, you're not in the same environment'."

    You know it is getting bad when you start referring to yourself in the third person...

  91. 18:45: 
    The game after the night before
    Sheffield United

    Fulham v Sheffield United. It may well be the bubble and squeak to the delectable feast of football served up by Manchester City and Chelsea on Monday night, but this is the FA Cup and the smell of an upset is very much in the air. The Blades took down Aston Villa in the previous round, can they complete a second successive giantkilling act? That is what we are here to find out.

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