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Aston Villa 1 Olympiakos 0 – NextGen match report

Aston Villa 1 Olympiakos 0: Burke fires dominant Villans in to NextGen semi-finals

By
Janine Self

PUBLISHED:

21:56 GMT, 20 March 2013

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UPDATED:

23:41 GMT, 20 March 2013

The present may be somewhat rocky for Aston Villa but the future is looking bright and rosy.

Graham Burke’s first-half goal was enough to see the U19s through to the semi-finals of the NextGen Series at Lake Como over Easter.

But it took a brilliant late save by Brad Watkins from a ridiculously long-range free kick by Leandro Pinto to make sure in a nervy finale.

On target: Graham Burke of Aston Villa (centre) celebrates after firing his side through

On target: Graham Burke of Aston Villa (centre) celebrates after firing his side through

Denied: Jack Grealish has his shot saved by Eleftherids Choutesiotis of Olympiacos

Denied: Jack Grealish has his shot saved by Eleftherids Choutesiotis of Olympiacos

Last year Villa went out at the quarter-final stage and the defeat against Marseille has clearly rankled ever since.

A season on, the side skippered by Sami Carruthers has come on in leaps and bounds. So much so that Sporting Lisbon, PSV Eindhoven and Ajax number among the Villa scalps.

Villa owner Randy Lerner is a big believer in the homegrown system so would have been delighted to see a healthy crowd in the upper tier of the North Stand.

Surprisingly there were also a fair few Olympiakos supporters too, who generated plenty of noise on a freezing night. Hardly Greek weather, though.

The visiting players did not give them much to cheer in the first half as Villa pretty much took control from the first moment.

Carruthers, who has already had a fleeting introduction to the first-team squad, was a steady influence while striker Callum Robinson made quite a nuisance of himself.

The Olympiakos fans even booed when he was in possession, a major compliment to any player.

It was Robinson who fired the first shot in anger, a routine effort which still had Eleftherids Choutesiotis scrambling to block.

A couple of minutes later and Villa were in the lead through Burke, who took advantage of a bouncing ball in the area to poke it past the keeper.

That signalled a spell of superiority when Villa could easily have increased their lead and should have. It would have saved a lot of worry later on.

Tussle: Jordan Lyden and Dimitrios Siopis of Olympiacos compete for the ball

Tussle: Jordan Lyden and Dimitrios Siopis of Olympiacos compete for the ball

Carruthers fed Josh Barton, whose shot was batted away by a less than sure-gloved Choutesiotis.

Robinson also had a couple of openings but had his first shot cleared for a corner and the second one, after a wonderful turn, rolled wide of a post.

Whether it was the temperature, the stadium or just nerves, Olympiakos took an age to get into the tie but, once they did, they caused a few scares.

It meant that an under-worked Watkins in the Villa goal suddenly had something to do. He did it well, too, gathering Dimitrios Siopis’s low shot and pushing the same player’s next attempt wide.

That set the scene for the start of the second half. This time it was Klodian Gino who twice held his head in his hands after clipping woodwork and seeing the ball drift just wide.

Midfield battle: Konstantinos Rougkalas fights for the ball with Burke

Midfield battle: Konstantinos Rougkalas fights for the ball with Burke

Just as the one-goal lead was beginning to look somewhat fragile, Villa’s Republic of Ireland U17 player of the year, Grealish showed what a prospect he could be.

One jinking run sliced through the Olympiakos defence and should have been capped with a goal. Sadly for Grealish, he hit the post instead.

Minutes later the previously uncertain Choutesiostis proved that when it comes to reflex saves he is a master. Somehow he kept out Grealish’s close-range header, which meant his team-mates stayed in the hunt.

With a minute to go Pinto from 40 yards out forced Watkins into a flying save and Villa were on the plane to Italy.

Leap: Villa's Callum Robinson is challenged by Leandro Climacci Pinto

Leap: Villa's Callum Robinson is challenged by Leandro Climacci Pinto

Gloucester 18 Exeter 16: match report

Gloucester 18 Exeter 16: Burns' boot puts his side on top in frantic clash

PUBLISHED:

17:46 GMT, 22 December 2012

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UPDATED:

17:50 GMT, 22 December 2012

Gloucester fly-half Freddie Burns kicked six penalties to lead his side to victory over Exeter in their Aviva Premiership clash at Kingsholm.

Visiting hooker Simon Alcott scored the only try of a cracking clash, but the highly-rated England prospect Burns punished the Chiefs as Gloucester came from behind to win by two points.

Exeter fly-half Gareth Steenson converted Alcott's try and added three penalties of his own but it was not enough.

Give 'em the boot: Freddie Burns was on good form and kicked several penalties for his side

Give 'em the boot: Freddie Burns was on good form and kicked several penalties for his side

Exeter arrived at Kingsholm buoyed by two excellent victories in the Premiership over the last month in claiming the scalps of both London Irish and Wasps that put them in a healthy mid-table position before kick-off.

The heat was on both sides as Gloucester were one place above the Chiefs in fifth and one point better off at the start, having beaten Sale Sharks last week.

The sell-out crowd were not disappointed either as both teams got to grips with each other at a frantic pace right from the start.

Burns struck first with a 30-metre attempt before Steenson landed a booming 35-metre effort from the left touchline and then put the Chiefs into a 6-3 lead with an easy 15-metre shot after an infringement by the Cherry and Whites.

Mud men: Gonzalo Camacho of Exeter is tackled by Jim Hamilton

Mud men: Gonzalo Camacho of Exeter is tackled by Jim Hamilton

Exeter had the most territory in the opening half-hour as their front five, lead by props Brett Sturgess and the huge tight-head Hoani Tui, thumped into the Gloucester midfield as scrum-half Haydn Thomas scampered the ball away at the breakdowns.

Gloucester found their way back into the match as the interval approached and nearly got the first try of the match when full-back Rob Cook played a delicate chip-and-chase over the head of the Exeter defence and, after pressure on the visitor's line, scrum-half Jimmy Cowan was held-up over the line.

Referee Llyr Ap Geraint Roberts brought play back for a Gloucester penalty which Burns booted to level the scores as tempers flared in the last seconds of the half, leading to a lecture for both captains.

It may not have been the high-scoring Premiership fiesta of last season at Kingsholm where the Cherry and Whites came home 37-23 but it was intense and engaging.

That's mine: Sione Kalamafoni of Gloucester takes the ball in a line out

That's mine: Sione Kalamafoni of Gloucester takes the ball in a line out

Burns put Gloucester six points ahead with two penalties after the teams resumed, much to the disgust of furious Chiefs coach Rob Baxter.

Exeter would not lay down, though, and, after Steenson landed a third penalty of the match, the Chiefs put pressure on the home side which eventually told as the Gloucester defence was breached as Alcott picked up a ball from a ruck and just got over the line to touch the ball down.

Steenson converted but he lead was cut soon afterwards to a single point as Burns landed his fifth penalty to set up a thrilling finale.

And fatally, Exeter went over the top of a ruck with seven minutes left, leaving Burns to boot his final penalty to put the Cherry and Whites back in front and see them to victory.

England v Australia: Chris Ashton out to stun Wallabies again

Hang on to your hats! Try-hero Ashton out to stun the Wallabies again

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UPDATED:

00:54 GMT, 17 November 2012

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England are determined to kick-start a new era of home rule over the southern-hemisphere superpowers by claiming a third consecutive victory against Australia at Twickenham today.

When the Wallabies were last in town, Chris Ashton scored one of the great length-of-the-field tries and Stuart Lancaster's men go into the second of four QBE Internationals this autumn as favourites to beat the Wallabies and maintain the momentum established in the rout of Fiji last Saturday.

As the national team concluded their preparations yesterday, there was a clear desire to end a prolonged cycle of failure against the world’s top three nations.

Hat's your lot: Ashton returns to the scene of one of the game's most memorable scores

Hat's your lot: Ashton returns to the scene of one of the game's most memorable scores

Since their 2003 World Cup triumph, England have claimed just four wins at home against the combined might of South Africa, Australia and New Zealand — losing 11 times. ‘It is about time we started beating these teams coming over in the autumn,’ said coach Graham Rowntree.

‘We’re going in the right direction, we’ve got a good feeling about what we’re doing, we’ve got good leadership, but the proof is in the pudding. ‘We’ve got to start beating these teams at Twickenham.

The big three southern-hemisphere teams have an equal standing to me and they would be significant scalps for us. ‘We beat Australia here two years ago — a great victory — but this game will be a real marker of where we’re going and how good we are going to be.’

England expects: The hosts are hopeful of victory at rugby HQ

England expects: The hosts are hopeful of victory at rugby HQ

With the Springboks and All Blacks looming in England’s last two autumn matches, captain Chris Robshaw adopted a similar tone about the need to make Twickenham a feared venue again.

‘We always speak about the era leading up to 2003 when it was a fortress — teams came here and didn’t get much,’ he said. ‘Of course, that’s what we want but that doesn’t happen overnight, it takes a long time to create that atmosphere and that aura around the place. Our aim is to have that again.’

Robshaw suggested there is an edge to any encounter between England and Australia, adding: ‘The rivalry between the countries in all sport, whether it’s cricket or rugby, is brilliant. It’s exciting for the fans and as players you want to be part of that rivalry.’

Magic moment: Ashton dashed the length of the pitch to score this try against the Aussies two years ago

Magic moment: Ashton dashed the length of the pitch to score this try against the Aussies two years ago

Daily Mail School"s Rugby: King"s School Macclesfield unbeaten

King's must mind their Manners after making a blistering start to U18s Cup

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UPDATED:

23:49 GMT, 1 November 2012

King’s School, Macclesfield, are among the form teams in this season’s Daily Mail RBS Schools' Cup after an unbeaten start.

The Cheshire school, whose autumn scalps in regular fixtures include a first over mighty Sedbergh, meet Derbyshire champions Lady Manners next Wednesday as cup games resume after the half-term break.

Head coach Guy Mason puts the nine wins down to hard work triggered by a successful tour of Canada in the summer.

‘We are a little bit surprised because we were pretty disappointed last season,’ he explained about a campaign which brought a fourth-round, 12-50, exit to Lymm, in the Under 18s cup.

On the attack: King's break

On the attack: King's break through

King’s record this season is among the best in the country. So far they have accounted for Grange School, Northwich, and Sandbach in the cup while wins on the regular circuit include not only Sedbergh but QEGS Wakefield, RGS Lancaster, Manchester GS and Woodhouse Grove.

The school is maintaining its link to Sale – led by ex-England scrum-half Steve Smith – through former hooker Tommy Taylor who has become a regular member of the Premiership club’s squad.

And this season Jack Sadler, the captain and No 8, plus lock Jonny Kenny, a member of the England Under 18 squad, are among a number of players combining school commitments and Sale’s academy demands.

Safe hands: King's full-back receives the ball

Safe hands: King's full-back receives the ball

Kenny was a member of the King’s team who lost 25-3 in the final of the Daily Mail Under 15s vase in 2009 to The Leys School, Cambridge.

‘It would be great for the school to get back to Twickenham, but there’s a long way to go before we can think about that and Lady Manners will be difficult opponents,’ Mason added.

The Derbyshire comprehensive, based in the Peak District town of Bakewell, have plenty to shout about after six age-grade teams were crowned county champions last season.

Week of destiny: King's U15s are also unbeaten

Week of destiny: King's U15s are also unbeaten

A trip to King’s comes after a tense 23-22 third-round win over Sir John Deane’s College, Northwich, secured through a last-ditch penalty by fly half Tom Hutchinson.

‘It was the last play of the game,’ explained head coach Robert Allen. ‘They had taken the lead, but we managed to regain it through a penalty.’

Allen hopes outside centre Rory Chambers and flanker Tom Cruttenden will maintain their impressive starts to the season.

Champions League round-up: Bayern beaten, Barcelona win

Bayern stunned by high-flying BATE Borisov as Barca's victory comes at a cost

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UPDATED:

21:38 GMT, 2 October 2012

BATE Borisov claimed one of the biggest scalps in their history after stunning in-form Bayern Munich 3-1 at the Dinamo Stadion to open up a three-point lead at the top of Champions League Group F.

Goals Alexander Pavlov and Vitaly Rodionov put the Belarusian champions in charge and although Bayern pulled one back in stoppage time through Franck Ribery, BATE added a third through Renan Bressan to seal their first ever home win in the competition.

Goals either side of half-time by Alexis Sanchez and Cesc Fabregas
helped Barcelona maintain their perfect start to the season after a 2-0
win at Benfica.

Party time: Bate Borisov celebrate beating Bayern Munich in the Champions League

Party time: Bate Borisov celebrate beating Bayern Munich in the Champions League

However, the Catalans' night was soured towards the end when captain
Carles Puyol was carried off on a stretcher with what appeared to be a
broken arm after he landed awkwardly when attacking a corner, before
Sergio Busquets was shown a straight red card two minutes from time.

Also in Group G, Georgios Samaras' late header earned Celtic a 3-2 victory over 10-man Spartak Moscow in the Luzhniki Stadium.

Blow: Barcelona's Carles Puyol is taken off the pitch on a stretcher

Blow: Barcelona's Carles Puyol is taken off the pitch on a stretcher

The victory means unfancied BATE have now won both their group matches having previously downed Lille 3-1 away, while for Bayern the defeat ends their nine-match winning streak at the start of the season and leaves them on three points in Group F.

Valencia got their Champions League campaign up and running as two goals from Jonas sealed a 2-0 win over Lille.

On their way: Jonas of Valencia scores against Lille in the Champions League

On their way: Jonas of Valencia scores against Lille in the Champions League

Chelsea top Group E after Juventus were surprisingly held to a 1-1 home draw against Shakhtar Donetsk. It took a thunderbolt from defender Leonardo Bonucci to guarantee a share of the spoils after Alex Teixeira had put the Ukrainians ahead on the counter-attack.

In Group H, Galatasary were made to pay for poor finishing as a 27th-minute goal from Ruben Micael and a last-gasp effort from Alan gave Braga a smash-and-grab 2-0 win.

Preston 1 Middlesbrough 3

Preston 1 Middlesbrough 3: Mowbray's men cruise through at Deepdale

By
Sportsmail Reporter

PUBLISHED:

21:17 GMT, 25 September 2012

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UPDATED:

21:34 GMT, 25 September 2012

Goals from Emmanuel Ledesma, Merouane Zemmama and Richard Smallwood put Middlesbrough through to the fourth round of the Capital One Cup as they made easy work of Preston at Deepdale.

North End took Championship scalps from Huddersfield and Crystal Palace to reach this stage of the competition, but the challenge of an impressive Middlesbrough proved too much as a trio of defensive errors put them out at the third round for the fourth year running.

Easy does it: Middlesbrough celebrate as they cruise through against Preston

Easy does it: Middlesbrough celebrate as they cruise through against Preston

Match facts

Preston: Simonsen, Mousinho (Procter 86), Huntington,
Cansdell-Sherriff, Laird, Monakana (Hayhurst 79), Wroe, King (Cummins 79), Amoo, Beavon, Byrom.

Subs Not Used: Stuckmann, Buchanan, Welsh, Wright.

Goal: King 40.

Middlesbrough: Leutwiler, Parnaby, Hines, McManus, Halliday, Bailey, Smallwood, Arca (Thomson 86), Zemmama (Emnes 62), Luke Williams, Ledesma (Haroun 63).

Subs Not Used: Ripley, Bikey, Jutkiewicz, Park.

Goals: Ledesma 13,Zemmama 18, Smallwood 61

Both Ledesma and Andrew Halliday claimed to have scored Boro's 13th-minute opener, with the Argentinian's inswinging corner striking the far post and rolling over the line with Halliday making sure by bundling in.

Five minutes later, Preston allowed Zemmama far too much time to shoot into the bottom corner from 25 yards five minutes later, but the hosts pulled one back through Jack King's smart finish on 40 minutes.

Smallwood capped a comfortable win for Boro on 61 minutes, pouncing on the loose ball after Preston defender Paul Huntington headed Zemmama's cross back to Steve Simonsen, too powerfully for the keeper to hold, as the visitors eased to victory.

Boro continued their fine form after last week's win over Blackburn Rovers in the Championship.

ICC World Twenty20 2012: Danny Briggs delays wedding to play for England

Briggs hits wedding for six in favour of representing England at T20 World Cup

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UPDATED:

15:59 GMT, 19 September 2012

Danny Briggs has put one life-changing date on temporary hold so that he can try to help England retain their ICC World Twenty20 crown.

The 21-year-old spinner had clearly not reckoned on making the cut from England's provisional 30-man squad to their final 15 when he and fiancee Linsey set the date for an autumn wedding.

But when the young couple discovered the groom-to-be was needed elsewhere, Briggs' understanding prospective life partner agreed to put the big day back a month so that he could represent his country.

Trouble and strife: Briggs was in the wickets for England against Pakistan

Trouble and strife: Briggs was in the wickets for England against Pakistan

He is shaping up as no mere bridesmaid in Sri Lanka either, having opened the bowling for England today and taken three for 15 in a 15-run warm-up win over Pakistan at the P Sara Oval.

The slow left-armer is grateful for his fiancee's support, and delighted to be doing her and his country proud too.

'She'll definitely understand,' he said, after England had recorded a second successive warm-up victory to build confidence for the start of their competitive campaign against Afghanistan on Friday.

'We've rescheduled it, so it's now in October. So there's a bit of time now.

'I'll concentrate on this, and concentrate on the marriage afterwards. It's great to get three wickets here (instead).'

Briggs was not the only one with plenty to smile about after England had pulled off an improbable victory as he and Jade Dernbach (three for 14) did the most to defend a vulnerable 111 all out and restrict Pakistan to 96 for nine.

Captain Stuart Broad's economy was also a significant contribution, as was in-form number three Luke Wright's 38 – almost twice as many as any other batsman managed on either side.

In a spin: Briggs claimed three scalps in the warm-up match in Colombo

In a spin: Briggs claimed three scalps during the warm-up match in Colombo

England were following up their nine-run win over Australia two days ago, and Briggs said: 'We've played really well the first week, and to get two wins under our belt is perfect preparation really for that first match on Friday.

'We're really looking forward to that now.'

He himself performed with credit too against Australia, even though Michael Hussey ruined his figures in that match by hitting him for three consecutive sixes in his final over.

Asked if he feels in the frame to therefore retain his place when things get serious for England's Group A opener, he said: 'I hope so.

'It's come out well in both games, and that's all you can do really.'

Briggs operated wicket-to-wicket, at a mostly full length, and was thankful for a new ball which helped him find some spin to go with his expert flight.

'I tried to bowl straight, and make them hit the ball; it's fairly simple, every game you play,' he said.

'They're all good players of spin, world-class. It's tough, but you've got to keep things simple.'

Broad appeal: England are hoping to defend their Twenty20 crown

Broad appeal: England are hoping to defend their Twenty20 crown

Broad's hopefuls were aware they had fallen a little short with the bat after winning the toss, but knew they still had an outside chance on an awkward pitch.

'It was quite a low total, and you always fear it might not be enough,' added Briggs.

'But then you go on to bowl with nothing to lose and try and bowl the best you can, to put them under pressure early – which is what we did in that first six overs.

'To keep them down to 90-odd in 20 overs and take those wickets as well is good.

'That gives us confidence, because we might have a situation in the tournament where that comes about again. This week has been good preparation to play against any side.'

Sri Lanka v Pakistan: Sangakkara stranded on 199 as Ajmal takes five wickets

Sangakkara stranded on 199 as Ajmal puts the brakes on Sri Lanka's run-glut

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UPDATED:

11:17 GMT, 23 June 2012

Kumar Sangakkara was left stranded a run short of his ninth double century in Tests after Saeed Ajmal's five-wicket haul curtailed Sri Lanka's run-fest in Galle.

Sangakkara was undefeated on 199 out of the home side's total of 472, his hopes of reaching the landmark dashed as he ran out of partners in the first Test.

Sangakkara had seen Tillakaratne Dilshan hit a hundred on the opening day and also completed his own before adding more runs at a steadier rate this morning.

Caught short: Kumar Sangakkara was so close to his ninth double century in Tests

Caught short: Kumar Sangakkara was so close to his ninth double century in Tests

Ajmal claimed three wickets in the first session – including two in as many balls – as Pakistan fought back.

The tourists had struggled as Sangakkara and Dilshan put Sri Lanka in a commanding position.

But Ajmal added to his two scalps with three more on the second day.

Rain delay: Sangakkara walks back to the pavilion with umpires Ian Gould and Steve Davis

Rain delay: Sangakkara walks back to the pavilion with umpires Ian Gould and Steve Davis

The off-spinner continues to show why he
is Pakistan's most potent bowler, deceiving the batsmen in flight
throughout his morning stint.

Sangakkara and Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene had put on 128 for the third wicket before the 34-year-old made the breakthrough in the eighth over of the second day.

Dangerman: Saaed Ajmal took five wickets

Dangerman: Saaed Ajmal took five wickets

Jayawardene, having added just seven runs to his overnight 55, missed with an uncharacteristically brash heave and was bowled.

Thilan Samaraweera made just six before he missed a drive and was stumped by Adnan Akmal, while Angelo Mathews loosely pushed off the next delivery to give a return catch to a grateful Ajmal.

Sangakkara continued unabashed at the other end to steady the Sri Lanka innings, with Prasanna Jayawardene scoring 48 before he was caught behind off Mohammad Hafeez.

Suraj Randiv and Nuwan Kulasekara both went cheaply, with Sangakkara pushing on for runs as the hosts' innings drew towards a close.

When Rangana Herath and Nuwan Pradeep both fell for ducks, the latter taking Hafeez's haul to three wickets, Sangakkara was left one short of a double hundred.

Hearts 0 Rangers 3: Playing out the season is Little comfort for Gers

Hearts 0 Rangers 3: Playing out the season is Little comfort for Gers

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UPDATED:

15:49 GMT, 22 April 2012

Hearts failed to claim back-to-back Old Firm scalps as Rangers grabbed all three points with a 3-0 win in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.

The Edinburgh side headed into the match at Tynecastle boosted by last weekend's win over Celtic, which allowed them to book their place in the William Hill Scottish Cup final against city rivals Hibernian.

Double trouble: Sone Aluko (right) congratulates Andrew Little after scoring his brace

Double trouble: Sone Aluko (right) congratulates Andrew Little after scoring his brace

Match facts

HEARTS: MacDonald, McGowan, Zaliukas, Webster, Grainger, Skacel, Black, Barr (Templeton 68), Driver (Glen 68), Beattie, Elliott (Santana 46). Unused subs: Ridgers, Novikovas, Robinson, Prychynenko.

Booked: Skacel.

RANGERS: McGregor, Whittaker, Bocanegra, Goian (Kerkar 76), Wallace, Aluko (Perry 76), Edu, Bartley, McCabe, Little, McCulloch. Unused subs: Alexander, Healy, Bedoya, Hegarty, Mitchell.

Goals: Aluko 29, Little 35, 88.

Booked: Whittaker, Goian, Bartley.

Referee: Calum Murray.

A Sone Aluko goal and an Andy Little double sealed the win for administration-hit Rangers, while a penalty miss from cup hero Craig Beattie only added to Hearts' despair.

Rangers made three changes from the side which defeated St Mirren in their last outing a fortnight ago for the clash with the Jambos.

Steven Whittaker and Lee Wallace both returned from injury to start the match and Rhys McCabe was drafted into the side in place of injured skipper Steven Davis.

Hearts made one change from last week, with match-winner Beattie given the nod ahead of Scott Robinson.

Rangers could have had a penalty in the opening five minutes when Darren Barr appeared to handle a Maurice Edu header in the box but referee Calum Murray did not point to the spot.

The visitors continued to push forward and Little squared into the path of the on-rushing Lee McCulloch in front of goal but he connected awkwardly and goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald was able to gather.

Jump for joy: Aluko celebrates his goal

Head for heights: Hearts' Darren Barr (right) challenges Rangers' Steven Whittaker

Heady heights: Aluko celebrates his goal (left) as Hearts' Darren Barr (right) challenges Steven Whittaker

Kyle Bartley then saw his volley cannon off former Ibrox defender Andy Webster on the line, before McCulloch's shot flashed across goal and wide.

Rangers surged into the lead after 28 minutes when they were handed a free-kick just outside the box for a foul by Webster, which was hotly disputed by the Hearts player.

Aluko stepped up for the set-piece and sent a superb curling effort past the grasp of MacDonald to leave the net bulging.

Rangers could have doubled their lead when Whittaker supplied a cut-back for McCulloch and, with only the goalkeeper to beat, he looked on in disbelief as MacDonald just managed to tip the shot wide.

The honours went to Little instead when he collected a Wallace cross at the near post and scooped a left-footed effort past MacDonald and into the net with 35 minutes gone.

Jump to it: Marius Zaliukas challenges Rangers' Lee McCulloch

Ouch: Hearts' Andrew Driver is led off the pitch at half time

Ouch: Marius Zaliukas challenges Rangers' Lee McCulloch (left) and Andrew Driver is led off the pitch (right)

Hearts made their first change at the break when Stephen Elliott was withdrawn for the introduction of Suso in the second half.

The home side had failed to create much in the way of goal-scoring opportunities in the first half but Beattie was not too far away shortly after the re-start with a shot that fell just wide of Allan McGregor's left-hand post.

The former Celtic striker had another chance when he picked up Ian Black's pass only to blast well over the crossbar from 15 yards, failing to trouble the Rangers goalkeeper once again.

Penalty woe: Hearts' Craig Beattie fails to score from the spot

Penalty woe: Hearts' Craig Beattie fails to score from the spot

Hearts were determined to haul themselves back into the game and Rudi Skacel forced a decent save from a full-stretch McGregor with a powerful long-range drive.

The Jambos should have pulled a goal back when the referee pointed to the penalty spot for an Aluko trip on substitute David Templeton just inside the area after 75 minutes.

But Beattie, who had been the hero with the winner from the penalty spot against Celtic last weekend, saw his spot-kick crash off the crossbar on this occasion.

Frustrated: Hearts' manager Paulo Sergio

Frustrated: Hearts' manager Paulo Sergio

There was no way back for Hearts when Wallace found Little in plenty of space in front of goal and all that was required from the Northern Irishman was to slot into an empty net to put the gloss on the win with two minutes to go.

Crawley manager Steve Evans looks to cause an FA Cup shock against Stoke

Evans hopes Crawley can add Stoke to list of FA Cup scalps

Stoke go from a meeting with Valencia in the Europa League to an FA Cup clash against Crawley.

A Sunday lunch-time kick-off in West Sussex will make for a punishing schedule for the Potters, who are given little time to prepare for a fifth-round tie after last night's clash with the Spanish giants.

Crawley, who notably beat Championship sides Bristol City and Hull in the cup last year before losing to Manchester United at Old Trafford, are hoping any fatigue in the Stoke ranks can help them pull off another upset.

Strong squad: Peter Crouch is one of a number of internationals in the Stoke squad

Strong squad: Peter Crouch is one of a number of internationals in the Stoke squad

But Crawley manager Steve Evans is aware that Stoke's squad depth will allow Pulis to bring in quality players.

'We are all looking forward to what we hope will be another fantastic FA Cup occasion for us,' Evans said.

'Stoke City are a well-established club with a fantastic manager. He has put a great squad in place…Peter Crouch, Jonathan Woodgate and Kenwyne Jones…so it really is a frightening task.

'I believe we can win the match but not if Stoke City play at their best. We need them to be a yard off it and my lads to then to deliver the best performances of their lives, but yes we can do it. We respect all our opponents but fear none.'

In the second of three games on Sunday, Tottenham take time out from their Premier League challenge to travel to Stevenage and face Gary Smith's League One play-off contenders.

The only way is up: Steve Evans is looking to cause another FA Cup shock

The only way is up: Steve Evans is looking to cause another FA Cup shock

On the back of a 1-0 victory at Sheffield Wednesday, confidence is high at Broadhall Way and former Colarado Rapids boss Smith has paid tribute to the quality in his squad.

Smith said: 'There's a lot more quality in this group than people have seen. We have some very good players in there.

'You don't get to this stage of the season, in this sort of position, without quality individuals. It's not just going to be about blood and thunder and energy.

'A victory would be unbelievable. There would be a tremendous amount of excitement around the place. I would hope in a one-off game we'll have every chance of really pushing Tottenham to their limits.

Cup shock: Stevenage manager Gary Smith is looking to cause a shock against Spurs

Cup shock: Stevenage manager Gary Smith is looking to cause a shock against Spurs

'And who knows The magic of the cup sometimes sprinkles a little bit of that pixie dust on the underdogs and hopefully it will be us on this occasion.'

The weekend's other FA Cup clashes begin tomorrow lunchtime as Chelsea welcome Birmingham to Stamford Bridge. In the 3pm kick-offs Everton host Blackpool at Goodison Park, Bolton travel to The Den to face Millwall and Leicester are at Norwich.

Sunderland play Arsenal for the second week running at the Stadium of Light in the evening kick-off and on Sunday Brighton visit Anfield to take on Liverpool.