ANDREW VORCE - Monday, January 25, 2010
Tim Howard and Landon Donovan were dumped out of the FA Cup by Birmingham, while Brad Guzan and Aston Villa secured passage way into the fifth round of the tournament with a win over Brighton.

Everton 1 - 2 Birmingham

Tim Howard and Landon Donovan looked abject in Everton's home loss in the FA Cup, with Donovan going 76 minutes after the starting whistle.

Howard conceded two first half goals, with Christian Benitez getting Birmingham off the mark in the seventh minute. Leighton Baines failed to deal with Fahey's cross into the box, as Howard was beaten by a clever back post header from the Ecuadorian that caught the goalkeeper flat footed.

Birmingham combined on a superb play that ended with Barry Ferguson putting his team firmly in control. The midfielder did a quick step over and played a give-and-go with McFadden, who's backheel pass fell into the path of Ferguson who made no mistake at point blank range.

Steven Pienaar found Leon Osman on the edge of the area as Everton earned a consolation goal for progressive attacking. Osman was able to pick out Joe Hart's far post with a 56th minute curler. Donovan was unable to do much, his late header unable to really trouble Hart.

Tim Cahill and Osman were the only two players booked. Up next for Everton is a home visit from Sunderland.

Aston Villa 3 - 2 Brighton

Brad Guzan played back to back games as Aston Villa's goalkeeper, with the Villa offense scoring two second half goals to put the team into the fifth round.

Martin O'Neil opted to play 18 year old Nathan Delfouneso alongside Ashley Young and the move paid off with the games first goal as fellow youngster Marc Albrighton provided a cross for Delfouneso who reacted quickest to the near post flick to smash home from close range.

Brighton equalized just four minutes before half time when Villa conceded from a corner. The Villa defense failed to deal with two quickfire corners and saw Elphick squeeze a shot after the second corner past the post.

Villa came back out after half time determined to prove a point, and Young did just that after two minutes played in the second half. James Milner's 50 yard run ended with supplying Stewart Downing the ball down the left wing, and the following cross in found a diving Young who beat the outstretched Kulper.

Milner was again involved in the Villa attack, sending Fabian Delph into space with a through ball that put the midfielder one on one with the defender. Delph kept his composure, beating Kulper's diving angle to score his first goal for the club into the top corner after 63 minutes.

Guzan conceded his sixth goal in two games after Nick Forster was given the space to turn and shoot from 12 yards. The 90th minute goal wasn't enough as Villa passed into the fifth round. James Collins and Alan Navarro were the only players booked.

Up next for Villa, a tough league visit from Arsenal to Villa Park.

Blackpool 3 - 2 Watford

Jay DeMerit went 90 minutes as Watford conceded two late goals as Blackpool came from behind to take all three points at home in Championship action.

Scott Loach kept Watford in the early proceedings with several key saves, but was unable to keep out Charlie Adam's shot from six yards out after Neal Eardley's cross from the right flank. The 17th minute goal marked Adam's fourth goal in as many games.

On-loan midfielder Henri Lansbury again showed his worth to the team, but it was Heidar Helguson that set up the move. After tearing down the wing, Helguson did well to cut back his cross for Lansbury to tap in his third of the campaign in the 27th.

With just 11 minutes left on the clock, the Hornets looked to have won the game when another on-loan player came to their rescue. Tom Cleverly, of Manchester United, made no mistake when he was given time to shoot from 12 yards out, firing home with his right foot.

Blackpool refused to give up and tied the game up a minute before time, with David Vaughan providing the pinpoint cross for Keith Southern to knock home. With the game in stoppage time, Brett Ormerod left nothing to chance after smashing Daniel Nardiello's cross into the top of the netting from six yards out.

Ian Evatt was the only player booked in the dramatic ending game, with the Hornet's next game against Swansea at home.

Norwich 1 - 0 Brentford

Zak Whitbread was forced on at half time when Grant Holt was shown red late on in the first half as 10-man Norwich overcame Brentford at home to go atop League One.

Grant was shown a straight red in the 41st minute for serious foul play on a slide tackle against Toumani Diagouraga. Noriwch Head Coach Paul Lambert was forced to reshuffle his pack, bringing Whitbread on as a tactical move.

Fellow substitute Oli Johnson made the attacking movement that gave the Canaries the win, penetrating down the left side, picking out Chris Martin who slid his shot under Brentford goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.

Adam Drury, Johnson, and Darel Russell joined Holt in the book for Cnoriwhc, while Marcus Bean and Kevin O'Connor were booked for Brentford. Up next for Whitbread and company, Walsall away.

Carlisle 0 - 0 Stockport

Jemal Johnson went 90 minutes as neither team were able to break the dead lock as both teams finished with 10 men.

Johnson had his best chance of the game in the 21st minute after a sharp turn, but the American striker's shot could only find the side netting. Carlisle came closest, with Kevan Hurst's chip beating keeper Owain fon Williams only to be denied by the inside of the far post.

Scott Dobie was shown a straight red in the 71st minute for raising his hands to Danny Swailes, while Jabo Ibehre was shown his second yellow card of the night 10 minutes later after a clash with Ian Harte.

Joe Anyinsah, Evan Horwood, and Richard Keogh joined Dobie in the book for Carlisle, while Michael Raynes joined Ibehre for Stockport. Up next for Stockport is a home game on Tuesday against Brighton.


Jozy Altidore was not selected for Hull's 4-0 EPL loss at Manchester United.

Marcus Hahnemann was rested in Wolverhampton's 2-2 FA Cup draw at home to Crystal Palace.

Clint Dempsey is out injured as Fulham eased past Accrington Stanley 3-1 in the FA Cup.

Mike Grella was on the bench as Leeds grabbed a last gasp penalty to earn a FA Cup replay with Tottenham, drawing 2-2 at White Heart Lane.

Frank Simek was on the bench for Sheffield Wednesdays convincing 2-1 at home to Peterborough.

Both Jon-Paul Pittman and Ian Joyce were unselected in Southend United's 1-1 draw to Wycombe.

Seb Harris did not make the bench for Northampton's 0-0 draw at home to Chesterfield.

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