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FA Cup fourth round: The ultimate guide to all of this weekend"s fixtures

FA Cup fourth round: The ultimate guide to all of this weekend's fixtures


10:32 GMT, 25 January 2013



12:05 GMT, 25 January 2013

With a huge 758 clubs entering the FA Cup this season, there are just 32 left as we head into the fourth round of the competition.

Here Sportsmail has teamed up with statistic giants Opta to bring you all the latest facts and team news ahead of ALL this weekend's fixtures.

Destination Wembley: Sixteen teams will make it through to round five

Destination Wembley: Sixteen teams will make it through to round five

Millwall v Aston Villa

Aston Villa midfielder Ashley Westwood and striker Jordan Bowery will return to the squad for Friday evening's FA Cup fourth round clash at Millwall.

Westwood and Bowery were cup-tied for the midweek Capital One Cup semi-final setback against Bradford at Villa Park after playing in the competition for Crewe and Chesterfield respectively.

But defender Nathan Baker is again ruled out with a hamstring injury and it is too soon for centre-back Richard Dunne to be considered after recovering from his groin injury.

Millwall are short of options in attack with on-loan Derby forward Nathan Tyson injured, while Darius Henderson joined Nottingham Forest on Thursday.

Martyn Woolford is cup-tied, Shane Lowry is suspended and Scott Malone is still sidelined with a back injury but Liam Feeney is fit again.

Available: Ashley Westwood (right) was cup tied midweek for the aggregate defeat to Bradford in the Capital One Cup semi-final

Available: Ashley Westwood (right) was cup tied midweek for the aggregate defeat to Bradford in the Capital One Cup semi-final

Millwall and Aston Villa have met five
times previously in the FA Cup, with Millwall progressing twice (both
after replays) and Villa going through on three occasions.

They were last drawn together in the fourth round in 1986, with Millwall progressing after a replay following a 1-1 draw at Villa Park.

The Lions have only lost two of their last 17 FA Cup games on home soil (W10 D5).

Villa were eliminated in the fourth round last year, when they faced Arsenal at the Emirates losing 3-2.

Millwall have only won two of their last seven games (L3 D2), with both victories coming at the New Den.

Aston Villa have now progressed through each of their last 10 FA Cup ties against lower ranked sides. Darren Bent has scored in four of his last five matches in the FA Cup.

Aston Villa provisional squad: Guzan, Given,
Marshall, Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Lichaj, Stevens, Bennett, Ireland,
Westwood, N'Zogbia, Bannan, Delph, Holman, Benteke, Agbonlahor, Bent,
Bowery, Weimann, Burke, Johnson, Williams, Carruthers.

Stoke v Man City

Stoke defender Andy Wilkinson's back problem is likely to keep him out of Saturday's FA Cup fourth round tie at home to Manchester City.

The full-back sustained the problem in their third round replay last week and while Ryan Shotton played 45 minutes in a midweek friendly after a hamstring injury he may not be risked.

Thomas Sorensen is set to replace Asmir Begovic in goal, as has been the policy for cup matches this season.

Stoke and Man City have been drawn together seven time before in the FA Cup, with the Citizens progressing (or winning the final) four times and the Potters progressing on three occasions.

The most memorable of these meetings was the 2011 final, where Man City secured the trophy with a 1-0 win, courtesy of a Yaya Toure goal.
When drawn at the Britannia, the Potters are unbeaten in nine FA Cup games, winning seven and drawing two.

The last time City travelled to the Britannia in the FA Cup, they were eliminated, losing 3-1 in a replay back in February 2010.

The Citizens are enjoying a five game winning streak, netting 14 goals and shipping just three in the process.

City have won just two of their last eight on the road in the FA Cup, drawing three and losing three.

Man City are unbeaten in seven against the Potters in all competitions (three home wins, one neutral win and three away 1-1 draws).

Stoke provisional squad: Sorensen, Cameron,
Shawcross, Huth, Upson, Whelan, Nzonzi, Walters, Kightly, Etherington,
Jones, Sorensen, Whitehead, Crouch, Jerome, Adam, Palacios, Owen,
Shotton, Begovic.

Bolton v Everton
Bolton have not lost to Everton in the FA Cup since 1908, winning all three ties since then including in the semi-final back in 1953.

Overall, these North West rivals have been drawn together six times before, with Bolton progressing four times and Everton twice, both following a replay.

The Toffees are unbeaten in their last six away games in the FA Cup (W4 D2).

Everton have only kept three clean sheets in their last 14 FA Cup games, and only one on the road since 2009.

The Trotters are unbeaten in four games now (1W 3D), their second-longest run without defeat this season (six games in November).

Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard netted on the last occasion these sides met, though Bolton still won 2-1 at Goodison Park.

There have been three red cards in the last five clashes between the Trotters and the Toffees in all competitions.

Brighton v Arsenal

Arsenal will be without captain Thomas Vermaelen (ankle) for Saturday's FA Cup fourth-round tie at Brighton.

Midfielders Abou Diaby (thigh) and Tomas Rosicky (calf) are set to be available again, but Mikel Arteta (calf), Francis Coquelin (hamstring) remain out.

Forward Gervinho is away at the African Nations Cup and goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski (foot) is not yet in contention.

This will be only the fourth time the clubs have met in the FA Cup and the third time in the fourth round. Arsenal have won all three previous ties without needing a replay.

Setback: Tomas Rosicky (left) has played only four times for Arsenal this term

Setback: Tomas Rosicky (left) has played only four times for Arsenal this term

Their last meeting came in the fourth round in 1988, with The Gunners claiming a 2-1 victory.

Brighton have won their last two home FA Cup ties against Premier League opposition.

Arsenal are unbeaten in 33 games against lower ranked sides in the FA Cup, not losing since a 0-1 defeat at Sheffield United in 1996.

The Gunners have won none of their last three games on the road, losing one (v Chelsea) and drawing two (v Swansea in the FA Cup and v Southampton).

Brighton and Hove Albion defeated Newcastle United in the third round of the 1983 competition as they did earlier this campaign; they went on to reach the final 30 years ago.

The Gunners have not kept a clean sheet in any of their last seven away FA Cup games, shipping 12 in total in this away run.

Arsenal provisional squad:
Szczesny, Gibbs, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Sagna, Podolski, Cazorla,
Walcott, Ramsey, Wilshere, Giroud, Mannone, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Santos,
Arshavin, Jenkinson, Diaby, Rosicky.

Derby v Blackburn
The two sides have been played each on 10 previous occasions in the FA Cup, with both sides progressing five times apiece.

The last meeting between these Championship rivals came back in 2001 at this stage, when Blackburn won 5-2 away in a replay after a 0-0 draw at Ewood Park.

Blackburn have lost their last four away games in the FA Cup.

The Rams have won five and lost none of their last six home FA Cup matches against teams from the same division.

Overall, the Rams have suffered just one defeat in their last five games, winning two and drawing two.

Blackburn have won two and lost just one of their last four trips to the home of the Rams, drawing the other 1-1 earlier this season.

Huddersfield v Leicester
Huddersfield and Leicester have never met in the FA Cup.
The Terriers have won four out of their last five home games in the cup (1L).

The Foxes have struggled of late on the road in the FA Cup, winning only once in nine games (D1 L7).

Jermaine Beckford has scored seven goals in his last five FA Cup appearances and 16 in 19 overall.

Simon Grayson’s Huddersfield side have won just one of their last 13 games (1-0 v Charlton in FA Cup), losing six and drawing six.

Leicester have won each of their last five games, netting 14 goals and conceding just one goal in the process, with that goal against coming in their 6-1 thrashing of Huddersfield on January 1st.

Hull v Barnsley
The two sides met in the third round in 1958, with the tie going to a replay after finishing 1-1. The Tigers eventually progressed to the fourth round after securing a 2-0 victory.

The Tigers have reached the fourth round 23 times, progressing 12 times, including in three of their last four at this stage.

The Tykes have won just one of their last eight fourth round games on the road outright; though they have drawn five of these and gone on to win the replay on each occasion.

Barnsley are enjoying a three game unbeaten streak (W2 D1), their longest run without defeat this season.
On home soil, Hull have enjoyed just one win in their last four games, drawing two and losing one.

The last four clashes between these Championship rivals have all ended in home wins, while only one of the last eight has been won by the away side.

Macclesfield v Wigan

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez looks set to make several changes for Saturday's FA Cup fourth-round tie against Macclesfield.

Roger Espinoza and Angelo Henriquez are likely to start after making their Wigan debuts in the third-round win over Bournemouth, while Callum McManaman and Fraser Fyvie could also make rare appearances for the Latics.

Arouna Kone is unavailable as he is on African Nations Cup duty with Ivory Coast while Antolin Alcaraz (groin), Ivan Ramis (knee), Adrian Lopez (hamstring), midfielders Ben Watson (broken leg) and Albert Crusat (knee) and striker Ryo Miyaichi (ankle) are still unavailable.

Cup shock: Macclesfield players celebrate after eliminating Cardiff in round three

Cup shock: Macclesfield players celebrate after eliminating Cardiff in round three

This is the first time in Macclesfield’s history that they’ve reached the fourth round.

The Latics and the Silkmen have never met in the FA Cup before.
Wigan haven’t advanced through the fourth round since 1987, where they claimed a 1-0 victory against Norwich City.

The Silkmen have never defeated top flight opposition in the FA Cup.

Despite enduring another difficult season, Wigan are unbeaten in their last three games on the road, winning two and drawing one.

Matthew Barnes-Homer has scored six goals in his last five appearances in all competitions for the Silkmen.

Wigan have won both previous competitive meetings with Macclesfield, beating them 1-0 away and 2-0 at home in the 1998/99 division two.

Wigan provisional squad: Al
Habsi, Pollitt, Boyce, Caldwell, Ramis, Figueroa, Beausejour, Jones,
Maloney, Espinoza, McCarthy, McArthur, Stam, McManaman, Di Santo,
Henriquez, Boselli, Fyvie, Redmond, Mustoe, Orsula, Morris.

Middlesbrough v Aldershot
Boro and Aldershot will meet for the first time in the competition in this clash.

The Shots have scored eight goals in three FA Cup games so far this season, though they are yet to face a team from a higher division.

Aldershot have not won away from home against a side from a higher division since 1983, when they won 3-1 at Portsmouth.

‘Boro have won 11 of their last 15 home FA Cup ties against sides from lower divisions than them (D3 L1).

At the Riverside, ‘Boro have lost just one of their last six games, winning the other five.

Aldershot’s Danny Hylton has only scored one league goal in 19 games all season, but has netted seven times in three FA Cup appearances for the Shots.

Aldershot Town have made the fourth round of the FA Cup for the first time since 1987, when they lost to Barnsley.

Norwich v Luton

Norwich manager Chris Hughton will again rotate his squad for Saturday's FA Cup fourth-round tie with Blue Square Premier side Luton at Carrow Road.

Declan Rudd will come into goal, while the likes of fit-again midfielder Andrew Surman, playmaker David Fox and winger Elliott Bennett are likely to get a chance to impress.

Full-back Steven Whittaker (hip) has resumed full training this week, so could come back into contention, but centre-half Sebastien Bassong (calf) may be rested again while striker Steve Morison (thigh) and England goalkeeper John Ruddy (thigh) remain sidelined.

This will be the fourth meeting between the Canaries and the Hatters in the FA Cup; the Hatters the first two, including the1959 semi, before Norwich won the most recent clash.

Cupset: Non-league Luton knocked out Wolves in the third round

Cupset: Non-league Luton knocked out Wolves in the third round

The last clash between these sides in the cup also came in the fourth round and Norwich won 2-0 (1976).

It’s the first time since 2007 that Luton have made it to the fourth round. That year, they were eliminated by Blackburn Rovers.

Luton haven’t beaten a Premier League side since 1993/94, when they defeated West Ham 3-2 in sixth round replay.

Chris Hughton’s Canaries have managed just one win in their last seven games (3-0 v Peterborough in the FA Cup), losing five and drawing one.
The Canaries have won their last three against Luton in all competitions, winning both meetings in 2006/07 3-2.

Norwich provisional squad:
Rudd, Barnett, Martin, R Bennett, Tierney, Fox, Surman, Snodgrass,
Johnson, E Bennett, Jackson, Steer, Garrido, Tettey, Pilkington, Kane,
Holt, Whittaker, Hoolahan.

QPR v MK Dons
The R’s and the Dons met for the first time in any competition in the FA Cup last season, where they drew the original fixture 1-1 before QPR won 1-0 at Loftus Road, courtesy of a Danny Gabbidon strike.

The R’s have not won an FA Cup tie without the use of a replay since January 1997, when they beat Barnsley 3-2 at this stage in 1997.

MK Dons have scored 10 goals in their last four FA Cup games and they have never helped them reach the fourth round for the first time.

The Hoops have been improving under Harry Redknapp and remain unbeaten in 2013, winning two, drawing three, scoring four and shipping just two in the process.

The Dons have won two and drawn two of their last four games, shipping a total of just two goals in those four fixtures.

Milton Keynes eliminated a higher ranked side for the first time in their history in the third round of this season, beating Sheffield Wednesday 2-0 in a replay.

Reading v Sheffield United

Reading are without striker Jason Roberts (hip) for Saturday's FA Cup fourth round clash against Sheffield United.

Midfielder Jem Karacan suffered an unspecified knock in training but should be fit, while goalkeeper Alex McCarthy (shoulder) and midfielder Hope Akpan (cup-tied) are unavailable.

Striker Adam Le Fondre could start after scoring two vital goals as a substitute in the Royals' 2-1 Barclays Premier League win over Newcastle last weekend.

Royal no show: Jason Roberts (left) has been ruled out for Reading

Royal no show: Jason Roberts (left) has been ruled out for Reading

Reading’s only previous encounter against the Blades was back in 1998 and ended in a 1-0 home victory for the Sheffield side.

Reading have kept only two clean sheets in 15 home cup ties.
The Blades have only won once in their last 18 away FA Cup games to higher level opposition, drawing three and losing 14.

The Royals have won their last three games in a row, the first time they’ve managed consecutive wins this season, with Adam Le Fondre netting five goals in total in those games.

Reading have won five of their last six FA Cup games against sides from lower leagues, though they did lose their last one at home (0-1 v Stevenage last season).

The Blades are unbeaten in five against Reading in all competitions, winning four.

United have also won their last three at the Madejski Stadium, not tasting defeat there since the 2006/07 Premier League.

Reading provisional squad:
Federici, Ugwu, Taylor, Gunter, Kelly, Cummings, Pearce, Morrison,
Mariappa, Shorey, Harte, McAnuff, Carrico, Tabb, Karacan, Kebe,
McCleary, Robson-Kanu, Leigertwood, Le Fondre, Hunt, Pogrebnyak.

Manchester United v Fulham

Ashley Young and Jonny Evans will remain on the sidelines for Manchester United's FA Cup fourth round tie with Fulham at Old Trafford.

England winger Young suffered a knee injury against Liverpool a fortnight ago, whilst Evans (hamstring) has not featured since the FA Cup draw at West Ham three weeks ago.

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson must decide whether to stick with David De Gea in goal or recall Anders Lindegaard, who took over for the replay win against the Hammers.

Old Trafford return: Dimitar Berbatov left Manchester United to join Fulham last summer

Old Trafford return: Dimitar Berbatov left Manchester United to join Fulham last summer

Fulham midfielder Kieran Richardson will miss the chance to take on former club Manchester United.

The 28-year-old suffered a calf injury in last weekend's defeat at Manchester City and will not be fit in time for the game at Old Trafford, although he is likely to return to training next week.

Mahamadou Diarra (knee) is not likely to play again for a month whilst Kerim Frei (pelvis) is also absent.

The two clubs have met nine times before in the FA Cup, with United progressing through the last seven after elimination in the first two (1905 and 1908).

The last time they played each other in the fourth round was in 1979, when the Red Devils won 1-0 in a home replay after drawing 1-1 in London.

United have only lost twice in their last 18 FA Cup games at home, winning 14.

Fulham have won 10 out of their last 11 FA Cup fourth round ties, though they were eliminated at this stage last season (to Everton).

Robin Van Persie has scored in each of his last six games for United (seven goals in total) and has bagged 11 in his last 11 appearances.

Martin Jol’s Whites have registered just two wins in their last nine games, losing four and drawing three.

The Red Devils have won their last 10 at home to Fulham in all competitions, not even sharing the spoils with the Whites since a 1-3 defeat in October 2003.

Manchester United provisional squad:
Lindegaard, De Gea, Amos, Smalling, Vidic, Ferdinand, Buttner, Evra,
Cleverley, Giggs, Anderson, Scholes, Carrick, Kagawa, Nani, Hernandez,
Rooney, Welbeck, Van Persie.

Fulham provisional squad:
Schwarzer, Somogyi, Etheridge, Riether, Hangeland, Hughes, Senderos,
Riise, Briggs, Dejagah, Baird, Sidwell, Karagounis, Kacaniklic, Duff,
Kasami, Ruiz, Rodallega, Berbatov, Petric, Davies.

Brentford v Chelsea
The only time the West London clubs have met in the FA Cup was in 1950, where Chelsea won 1-0 at Griffin Park.

The Blues have won 15 of their last 16 FA Cup fourth round ties, losing the other on penalties to Everton.

Chelsea have only lost one of their last 35 FA Cup games outright; 0-1 v Barnsley in March 2008 (W29 D5 L1).

The Blues have shipped just nine goals in their last 13 away FA Cup games combined, and never more than once in single match in this run.

The Bees have won just one of their last 13 FA Cup games against

Premier League sides; beating Sunderland at this stage in 2006 (W1 D3 L9).

Juan Mata has now scored four goals and assisted five in just eight FA Cup appearances for Chelsea.

Frank Lampard has been involved in 10 goals in his last nine FA Cup appearances; scoring six and assisted four.

Leeds v Tottenham
The two clubs have faced each other five times in the FA Cup before, with Leeds winning just one tie (sixth round in 1972).

The most recent meeting came back in 2010, in the fourth round, when the original tie ended 2-2. The replay saw Spurs win 3-1 at Elland Road, courtesy of a Jermain Defoe hat-trick.

Spurs have kept three clean sheets in their last four away FA Cup games, but have failed to score in three of the four themselves.

Leeds have been eliminated by North London clubs in each of the last three FA Cups, losing to Tottenham in 2010 and Arsenal in 2011 and 2012.

At Elland Road, Leeds have lost just one of their last eight games (W6 D1), although that defeat came against another Premier League side, Chelsea, 5-1 in the Capital One Cup.

AVB’s Tottenham side are now unbeaten in eight games, winning five and drawing three.

After no goals in his first 13 games in the competition, Gareth Bale has scored in three successive FA Cup games.

Oldham v Liverpool
The two clubs met last year in the third round, in a one-sided match dominated by Liverpool who won 5-1.

Oldham have lost all four matches against Liverpool in the FA Cup.
The Reds have won five and lost just two of their last nine away games in the FA Cup (D2).

Oldham have won two of their last four FA Cup games against Premier League sides, including a win against Merseysiders Everton in 2008.

The Latics have lost each of their last four games at Boundary Park, conceding exactly two goals in each of those defeats.

Brendan Rodgers’ Reds are enjoying a good run of form, winning four of their last five (losing the other one), with Luis Suarez netting six goals in total in those games.

The Reds have won their last three against Oldham in all competitions, but did lose 2-3 at Boundary Park in the Premier League back in May 1993.

Huddersfield 1 Bristol City 0: Sean Scannell strike leaves Robins in trouble

Huddersfield 1 Bristol City 0: Scannell strike leaves Robins in trouble


17:22 GMT, 3 November 2012



19:13 GMT, 3 November 2012

Sean Scannell's first-half goal sentenced Bristol City to their fifth successive defeat.

The former Crystal Palace attacker rounded off a smart move from Simon Grayson's side on 43 minutes to net what proved to be the winning goal.

City came closest to grabbing an equaliser deep into added time but Alex Smithies pulled off a superb save to keep out Stephen McManus' header.

On target: Sean Scannell (second left) celebrates his winner for Huddersfield

On target: Sean Scannell (second left) celebrates his winner for Huddersfield

The Terriers, without the suspended Jack Hunt and injured strike duo Jermaine Beckford and James Vaughan, made four changes with Scannell, Oliver Norwood, Calum Woods and Paul Dixon getting the nod.

Match facts

Huddersfield Town: Smithies, Woods, Dixon, P Clarke, Lynch, Norwood (Robinson, 80), Clayton, Hammill (Ward, 73), Southern, Scannell (Gerrard, 88), Novak Subs not used: Bennett, Wallace, Arfield, Lee

Yellow card: Woods

Scorer: Scannell, 43

Bristol City: Gerken, Foster, Fontaine, McManus, Briggs, Skuse, Pearson (Woolford, 80), Elliott (Kilkenny, 64), Adomah, Baldock, Stead (Taylor, 75) Subs not used: Heaton, Wilson, Nyatanga, Anderson

Yellow cards: Fontaine, Adomah

Referee: Salisbury

Att: 12,561

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City, missing hamstrung top scorer Steven Davies, also shuffled their pack.

Liam Fontaine and Marvin Elliott returned from injury, Dean Gerken made his first npower Championship start of the season while Sam Baldock and Albert Adomah joined former Huddersfield man Jon Stead up front for struggling City.

The only real chance of an extremely quiet opening 40 minutes came from a free-kick after nine minutes after Stead was fouled on the edge of the box.

Adomah stepped up with a right-footed effort that drifted wide of Smithies' goal.

And there was very little to worry the Bristol City backline until two minutes before the break when Lee Novak's cut-back from the left wing was perfectly timed for the onrushing Scannell to mark his return to the starting line-up with a finish past Gerken from six yards out.

The visitors nearly drew level on the stroke of half-time when Cole Skuse's half-volley deflected off Peter Clarke and bounced wide.

There was another good chance shortly after the interval with Gerken forced into a fine save at his near post from Woods.

At the other end Huddersfield-born Stead had his first real sight of goal but his curling shot could not test Smithies.

The young keeper did have to be at his best just after the hour mark to deny Baldock on the line and keep his side's lead intact after the ball fell to the former West Ham forward.

Winger Adam Hammill had already seen one effort fall just wide before letting rip with a left-footed effort that fizzed over Gerken's crossbar on 68 minutes.

Ryan Taylor and Martyn Woolford were then introduced as Derek McInnes' men searched for a goal to end their miserable run of defeats.

Their next opportunity came from the right foot of the former York winger, who tried his luck from the edge of the box but his rising effort went over the bar as City continued to press.

Woolford then produced a lovely inviting ball across the box which was inches away from connecting with Baldock in added time and then in the final move of the match McManus looked to have grabbed a dramatic leveller but Smithies, at full stretch, got a hand to the Scot's effort.

Bolton 3 Bristol City 2 – match report

Bolton 3 Bristol City 2: Late Petrov winner completes stunning Trotters comeback



16:32 GMT, 20 October 2012

Bolton recovered from a woeful start to claim a morale-boosting victory over Bristol City in their first game since Owen Coyle's departure.

Under the caretaker management of Jimmy Phillips, a revitalised Wanderers outfit showed admirable character following Steven Davies' early brace at the Reebok Stadium.

Davies, on only his second start for the Robins, followed up a superb third-minute volley by dispatching a disputed penalty, but goals either side of half-time from Chris Eagles and Jay Spearing levelled things up.

Comeback kings: Bolton had been 2-0 down in the opening minutes

Comeback kings: Bolton had been 2-0 down in the opening minutes


Bolton: Bogdan, Mears, Mills, Ream, Warnock, Eagles, Mark Davies, Spearing, Petrov (Pratley 90), Kevin Davies, Afobe (Lee 80).

Subs Not Used: Lynch, Andrews, Ngog, Ricketts, Riley.

Goals: Eagles 31, Spearing 62, Petrov 82.

Bristol City: Heaton, Foster, Louis Carey, McManus, Fontaine, Adomah, Skuse, Pearson, Woolford (Pitman 85), Baldock, Davies (Taylor 63).

Subs Not Used: Gerken, Mark Wilson, Bryan, Anderson, Morris.

Booked: McManus, Skuse, Louis Carey.

Goals: Davies 3,21 pen.

Attendance: 17,259

Referee: Mark Brown (East Yorkshire).

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Several chances went begging for
Bolton either side of Spearing's equaliser, yet there was still time for
Martin Petrov to pop up with a deserved winner in the 82nd minute.

Petrov, Tim Ream and Benik Afobe
gained recalls as Phillips made three changes to the Bolton side
defeated at Millwall in the final game of Coyle's reign.

Experienced centre-half Stephen
McManus was handed a second debut by City after returning on loan from
Middlesbrough, while Martyn Woolford and Davies came in for Jody Morris
and Ryan Taylor.

It took Davies little time to make an
impact. A short corner routine resulted in Stephen Pearson swinging over
a cross from the left and the former Tranmere and Derby forward
connected with a acrobatic left-footed volley that gave Adam Bogdan no

With their next meaningful attack, the
Robins earned a penalty – much to the fury of the home support – when
Woolford, running from left to right across the area, tumbled under a
challenge from Ream.

Head over heels: Bolton's Chris Eagles is challenged by Cole Skuse

Head over heels: Bolton's Chris Eagles is challenged by Cole Skuse

Davies stepped up and confidently found the bottom-right corner from 12 yards as Bogdan went the wrong way.

Wanderers skipper Kevin Davies did his
best to inspire an immediate comeback; the veteran saw a half-hearted
appeal for a spot-kick turned down and also fired over on the turn.

Yet it was Eagles who pulled one back
in the 31st minute, drilling a powerful free-kick under the wall to
register his sixth goal of the season after he had been felled on the
edge of the box.

The hosts continued to improve
thereafter, but survived another penalty claim when Sam Baldock's cross
appeared to strike Ream on the arm.

Bolton upped the tempo once more at
the start of the second half and Mark Davies fired wide from 15 yards
before Petrov and Spearing brought routine saves from Tom Heaton.

With the visitors coming under increasing pressure, Heaton reacted sharply to deny Afobe from close range.

City's goalkeeper was powerless, however, when Spearing latched on to a neat through-ball from Kevin Davies and finished coolly.

The provider of Bolton's equaliser
almost prodded his side into the lead moments later, and Heaton
continued to be kept busy as the whistle approached.

Ultimately, it was to be Petrov who
had the final say. The Bulgarian opened up his body to find the far
corner after being played in down the right by good link-up play from
Eagles and substitute Lee Chung-yong.

Watford 2 Bristol City 2 match report

Watford 2 Bristol City 2: Davies makes his point for Robins with late equaliser



16:39 GMT, 22 September 2012

Watford ended a four-match losing streak in all competitions – but they had to settle for a point after Steven Davies snatched an equaliser for Bristol City.

A 59th-minute own goal from City defender James Wilson had put the Hornets ahead in this npower Championship contest, and although Marvin Elliott headed the visitors level four minutes later, Matej Vydra looked to have netted a Watford winner in the 72nd minute.

However, Davies found space inside the Watford box to score left-footed from six yards seven minutes from time and earn City a share of the spoils.

On target: Davies scores a late equaliser for the away side

On target: Davies scores a late equaliser for the away side

Match facts

Watford: Almunia, Cassetti (Doyley 76), Neuton (Hall 69), Nosworthy, Pudil, Yeates, Murray, Abdi, Chalobah, Vydra, Forestieri (Deeney 55).

Subs Not Used: Bond, Iwelumo, Beleck, Smith.

Booked: Hall.

Goals: James Wilson 59 og,Vydra 72.

Bristol City: Heaton, Foster, Fontaine, James Wilson, Bryan,Woolford (Kilkenny 61), Pearson, Elliott (Davies 76), Adomah, Baldock (Morris 85),Taylor.

Subs Not Used: Gerken, Mark Wilson, Louis Carey, Stead.

Booked: James Wilson, Elliott.

Goals: Elliott 63,Davies 83.

Att: 11,886

Ref: Darren Sheldrake (Surrey).

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The home side made the most of the running in the first half, but found City goalkeeper Tom Heaton in fine form.

The former Manchester United stopper actually signed for Watford in July but the contract was scrapped just days later after a takeover at Vicarage Road by the Pozzo family, who own Serie A outfit Udinese.

As a result Heaton, who was a free agent after leaving Cardiff, was approached by City and moved to Ashton Gate instead.

He impressed in the opening 45 minutes, saving early on from Nathaniel Chalobah and Mark Yeates. Sean Murray, who was kept out of Watford's 1-0 defeat to Brighton in midweek after suffering a dead leg, was the next to be denied.

Watford's former Arsenal stopper Manuel Almunia was called into action after 34 minutes, producing an excellent parry to keep out a Martyn Woolford 20-yard effort.

City came close to taking the lead just three minutes after the interval, Woolford's left-foot shot from 12 yards beating Almunia but coming back off a post.

Substitute Troy Deeney was back in the Watford fold after serving a prison term, and Hornets boss Gianfranco Zola sent him on in the 55th minute for the ineffective Fernando Forestieri.

Deeney was immediately involved, forcing Heaton into a notable parry before lashing a a 20-yard right-foot shot just wide.

Watford had been the better side for most of the contest but had found Heaton unbeatable – until Wilson succeeded where the home side had failed as he turned the ball into his own net from six yards.

The lead had lasted just four minutes when City midfielder Elliott met Joe Bryan's cross to head in from six yards. It was the visitors' 1,000th goal in the second tier of English football.

Watford kept probing and Czech striker Vydra – on loan from Udinese – got on the end of Daniel Pudil's cross to drill a 12-yard shot beyond Heaton and restore the home side's lead.

However, their hopes of a second home win this season were dashed by Davies' late intervention.

Bristol City 4 Cardiff 2 – match report

Bristol City 4 Cardiff 2: Woolford at the double to help rampant Robins hit four more



15:20 GMT, 25 August 2012

Martyn Woolford bagged a brace and Sam Baldock crowned his debut with a goal as Bristol City sealed an enthralling derby win over Cardiff.

Derek McInnes' side fired four past Crystal Palace in midweek and they delighted the Ashton Gate faithful once more with the help of some generous Cardiff defending.

Midfielder Stephen Pearson opened the scoring before Woolford took his personal tally to three goals in two games.

At the double: Two-goal hero Martyn Woolford (L) celebrates with Jonathan Stead after scoring the second goal for Bristol City

At the double: Two-goal hero Martyn Woolford (L) celebrates with Jonathan Stead after scoring the second goal for Bristol City


BRISTOL CITY: Heaton, Wilson, Fontaine, Carey, Cunningham, Woolford, Skuse, Pearson, Adomah (Davies, 84), Stead (Baldock, 64), Taylor (Elliott, 74).
Subs not used: Carey, Foster, Wilson, Morris.
Goals: Pearson 32, Woolford 45, 70, Baldock 87

CARDIFF: Marshall, McNaughton, Taylor, Hudson, Connolly, Whittingham, Cowie, Gunnarsson (Mason, 46), Mutch (Ralls, 80), Smith (Velikonja, 75), Helguson.
Subs not used: Lewis, Nugent, Kiss, Earnshaw.
Booked: Velikonja
Goals: Mason 57, Helguson 82

Ref: Jones
Att: 14,368

Cardiff kept their hosts honest as Joe Mason and Heidar Helguson responded in kind each time Woolford found the net.

But on-loan West Ham forward Baldock rounded off a lively cameo to ensure the Robins sat top of the npower Championship table ahead of today's three o'clock kick-offs.

Mark Wilson came into the Bristol City defence, with Richard Foster dropping to the bench where new signings Steven Davies and Baldock were named.

Matthew Connolly and Tommy Smith went straight into the Cardiff line-up following their moves from QPR this week, but there was no place for Craig Bellamy or Ben Turner in Malky Mackay's matchday squad.

The visitors were the brighter side in the opening exchanges, with Jordon Mutch to the fore and fellow midfielder Peter Whittingham produced a rasping 13th-minute drive to draw a fine save from former Bluebirds loanee Tom Heaton in the Bristol City goal.

On song: Woolford was too hot to handle for Cardiff

On song: Woolford was too hot to handle for Cardiff

The Robins' first clear opening came in the 25th minute when Ryan Taylor headed a cross from strike partner Jon Stead into the side netting and the latter had a hand when they took the lead.

Shortly after the half hour Cardiff needlessly ceded possession and Stead made them pay – feeding Albert Adomah, whose low cross left Pearson with a simple finish.

Cardiff almost found an immediate response when Aron Gunnarsson headed against the bar from Whittingham's corner before Heaton punched to safety.

But Bristol City doubled their advantage ahead of half-time. Stead was involved once more, playing in Woolford as the Cardiff defence was again found wanting.

Following some presumably unpleasant half-time discussions, Mackay's men came back into the contest in the 57th minute.

Fine introduction: Sam Baldock had a debut to remember after scoring the fourth for the rampant Robins

Fine introduction: Sam Baldock had a debut to remember after scoring the fourth for the rampant Robins

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A Whittingham corner again caused problems and substitute Mason was on hand to convert Helguson's flick on.

McInnes introduced Baldock in place of Stead after 64 minutes and he was immediately at the heart of more confusion in the Cardiff defence – firing a shot past the post at the end of an attack that began when a clearance was drilled into his back.

Moments after Whittingham drove wide on the angle, Bristol City's two-goal cushion was restored. The lively Baldock found space inside the area to rattle the upright and Woolford tucked away the rebound.

Cardiff hit back for a second time in fortuitous circumstances when full-back Kevin McNaughton scuffed a shot into the path of Helguson and the ex-Watford and QPR striker prodded home his second of the season from close range.

But as the Bluebirds pushed for an equaliser they were left badly exposed at the back, and three minutes from time Greg Cunningham's through ball allowed Baldock to round goalkeeper David Marshall and seal the points.

Crawley 1 Bristol City 0: Matt Tubbs settles FA Cup 3rd round clash

Crawley Town 1 Bristol City 0: Red Devils at it again as Tubbs knocks out Robins

A second-half goal from Matthew Tubbs
gave Crawley another famous scalp in the FA Cup as they sealed their
place in the fourth round with a deserved 1-0 win over npower
Championship side Bristol City.

The League Two leaders accounted for
Derby on their way to a fifth-round defeat to Manchester United in the
competition last season and dominated from start to finish.

Josh Simpson and Tubbs both hit the
post in the first half and with 17 minutes remaining Sergio Torres's
ball over the top found Tubbs who produced a cool finish for his 17th
goal of the season.

Matt finish: Tubbs salutes the Broadfield Stadium crowd

Matt finish: Tubbs salutes the Broadfield Stadium crowd


Crawley Town: Shearer, Hunt, Davis, Mills, Howell, Simpson (Akinde 90), Bulman, McFadzean, Torres, Tubbs (Akpan 87), Barnett (Neilson 90). Subs not used: Kuipers, Akpan, Smith, Wilson, Wassmer.

Booked: Torres, Tubbs.

Goals: Tubbs 73

Bristol City: James, Wilson, Carey, Nyatanga, McGivern (Pitman 80), Adomah (Bolasie 66), Kilkenny (Clarkson 62), Skuse, Pearson, Woolford, Maynard. Subs not used: Gerken, McAllister, Stead, Cisse.

Sent off: Pearson

Referee: Andy D'Urso.

A miserable afternoon for the Robins got worse with eight minutes remaining when Stephen Pearson, who extended his loan from Derby until the end of the season on Friday, saw red for a second booking.

Crawley made a confident start and Tyrone Barnett headed just wide after two minutes.

The home side looked the most likely to create a meaningful chance but struggled to breakdown a Bristol City defence that had only conceded one goal in their last four games.

With 20 minutes gone a throw into the box did catch the City defence unawares but Crawley defender Claude Davis sent an ambitious first-time volley over the bar.

Moments later a long ball forward was flicked on by Barnett and Simpson fired in a shot from the edge of the box which beat David James but hit the inside of the post and bounced to safety.

Reds on the march: Tubbs was a constant thorn in City's side

Reds on the march: Tubbs was a constant thorn in City's side

Bristol City had barely threatened but should have gone in front in the 33rd minute when Albert Adomah picked out Nicky Maynard in the box and he shot wide when he should have done better.

Woolford sent an effort just wide for the visitors before the woodwork came to their rescue for a second time when Tubbs's shot hit the post and Dannie Bulman failed to force in the rebound.

Giant-killers: Sergio Torres and Tubbs celebrate the winner

Giant-killers: Sergio Torres and Tubbs celebrate the winner

Crawley picked up where they left off in the second half and Tubbs got a sight of goal but mishit his shot and James made the save.

Barnett continued to dominate in the air and he sent another header just wide. On the hour mark Crawley defender Dean Howell whipped in a good cross which found Barnett at the back post and he headed onto the roof of the net

Bring on the big boys: Steve Evans ready for another big FA Cup tie

Bring on the big boys: Steve Evans ready for another big FA Cup tie

McInnes brought striker David Clarkson on for midfielder Neil Kilkenny in a bid to give the Robins more attacking impetus but Crawley continued to dominate with Kyle McFadzean volleying at James.

With 73 minutes gone Crawley finally got the goal their performance deserved when Torres's pass split the Bristol City defence and Tubbs slotted the ball into the bottom-right corner.

Hair-raising: Sergio Torres (left) battles with Cole Skuse

Beaten: David James

Hair-raising: Sergio Torres battles with Cole Skuse (left) while David James (right) left Crawley a beaten man

Any hope of a Bristol City comeback ended late on when Pearson received a second yellow for a poor challenge on Simpson.

Reds rock Robins: Josh Simpson is challenged by Stephen Pearson

Reds rock Robins: Josh Simpson is challenged by Stephen Pearson