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They have booked their place in the
No banana skin for this
Plenty of FA Cup dreams still alive
and today brought the final two
matches of fourth round.
In South Wales, Championship side
Cardiff City were hoping to spring
a huge upset when they took
on Pep Guardiola's Manchester City -
who already have a Wembley date
booked in the EFL Cup final.
And in West London,
it was an all Premier League affair
as Chelsea took on Newcastle,
managed by former Blues
boss Rafa Benitez.
We'll bring you highlights
from Stamford Bridge a little later,
but let's start with the action
here at the Cardiff City Stadium,
where your commentators
were Mark Lawrenson and Guy Mowbray.
Cardiff have Neil Etheridge in goal
as per usual. Injury for the
experienced Sol Bamba made a switch
to a back four and there is width
from Junior Hoilett and Nathaniel
Mendez-Laing supporting Denmark's
Kenneth Zohore. The Premier League
leaders have Claudio Bravo, the
domestic cup keep it this season,
Vincent Kompany in the latest of his
many comebacks. And in front of
Fernandinho it is five who will all
go forward. They have 44 goals
between them this season. Throughout
this Cardiff team, you look at the
names on the squad list from no
disrespect, they are third in the
Championship and you realise what a
job Neil Warnock is doing.
to like ugly ducklings.
collected by Gundogan. Smartly saved
by Neil Etheridge. Gundogan again.
Down under the challenge of Joe
Ralls and it will be a Manchester
City free kick on the edge of the
It was a poor tackle. He kicked
the Cardiff player's foot as much as
When a player has had a
serious injury like those suffered
by Gundogan, it is no surprise that
he takes things very carefully.
a fantastic position this is.
what a fantastic player to have
available in Kevin De Bruyne. A few
bodies to get it through and he has
done! How clever was that! Trillion
cleat thought out. Kevin De Bruyne
scores for Manchester City in the
eighth minute -- brilliantly thought
out. Nobody in the Cardiff City wall
or the goal or the stadium was
expecting him to do that.
No, and I
would have thought that before the
game the Manchester City players
would have had information about the
Cardiff war, that they all jumped
together and he has taken it on
board and it is so clever, it looks
so simple -- Cardiff wall.
don't always up to bend into the top
corner. Neil Warnock's team will
have to come onto Manchester City a
bit more now.
Not straightaway, you
don't want to go two down.
Something, distance and did that
cross the line? Cardiff City fans
thought it had, the assistant
referee was not exactly on the line,
Simon Long kept his flag down.
don't think it crossed.
Look at this on the right,
Manchester City have an overload,
Bernardo Silva. And his shot is not
going to count. The flag is up.
Manchester City celebrations will be
cut short here.
Interesting to see
what it is for.
Pep Guardiola is
absolutely apoplectic. Bernardo
Silva with a free run to the edge of
the box and he shoots and was Leroy
He is ruled to
have been off and upset Neil
Etheridge in his attempts to save it
pulls up you could maybe see that
but it is a big maybe. I don't think
he was offside anyway.
We don't have VAR today.
date you want it, we don't have it!
Bernardo Silva, the great ball in at
it is 2-0. Raheem Sterling has
headed it in. What a cross from
Silva onto the head of the smallest
player on the field.
They make it
look so simple. It is a footballing
lesson. No disrespect to Cardiff but
teams have struggled to cope with
this. A quick look, in it goes,
thank you. Isn't football supposed
to be simple?
Manchester City are
making it look that way and Raheem
Sterling and a run of four games
without a goal with his 19th of the
season. He does not score many that
way but rarely does he get that sort
of freedom in the penalty area.
Bluebirds 0- 2 Blue Moons.
see how quick Sterling was getting
the ball back when he gave it away.
Let's see if the throw in from
Callum Paterson can bring some
reward. They managed to clear and
now Sane could run past them all if
he wanted and doing that! He has
been taken out just as he was about
to get into the box by Joe Bennett.
Yellow card for Joe Bennett. Has he
just saved a goal. It was the most
cynical of challenges and I tell you
what, that is a read.
It is, looking
at it now.
-- that is a red. De
Bruyne was caught by Grujic and the
free kick has taken quickly and
Sterling will be Neil Etheridge to
it but he was beaten in the end by a
great challenge. Sean Morrison
stopped Sterling from making it
three and completely killing the
In fairness to the goalkeeper,
he did well because he made Sterling
have a touch which gave Morrison the
chance to pinch it away from him.
just ran a bit too far away from him
which allowed Morris and the chance
and he took it well. Strange to see
him as the calmer of the two men in
the technical areas! This is Kenneth
Zohore and he went for it. He did
not have any alternative but to go
for it when he did.
His touch was
not great, he flicked it up and had
to wait for it to drop. In the end
Otamendi did enough.
This is Hoilett and he has gone for
it! What an effort! Tremendous drive
from Junior Hoilett. So close.
of ambition about it as well. We are
stored right behind it and for a
split second I was thinking goal and
so was Bravo.
There was a groan as Mendez-Laing
lost possession. What a ball that is
and Sterling denied by Etheridge.
Read it to Morrison as well.
absolutely fantastic pass it is, the
vision is marvellous.
De Bruyne. That is through to
Bernardo Silva and here they come.
Bernardo Silva! Straight at Neil
Just a little bit too
easy for him, the gap opened and he
needed to curl it around the
goalkeeper, it was too close to him.
Sterling. Gundogan. Through to
Danilo and a good saved by Etheridge
and it was booted away in the end by
It was a lovely
little pass into the path Danilo.
I think Neil Warnock will be happy
with what he has seen from his team
in the second half for sure, they
have been disciplined and they have
not been brushed aside and they have
created one or two openings for
themselves as well. Joe Bennett is
going to go. It is a dreadful tackle
in the first of which he might have
gone for and the second yellow is
inevitable. Joe Bennett is finally
going to be sent off.
The kid had
just come on as well.
He is quite
fortunate that he has played the
second half at all.
He is. People
would say it is just as but it isn't
common should have been gone.
How difficult it is to come in the
Championship, what they do they do
really well. We have played a lot of
games in our lives and a lot of
competitions and no rest and still
fighting every game, so proud.
thought we did very well, pleased
with one or two aspects. We are back
where we were before Christmas now.
The quality just showed through,
didn't it? The free kick like that.
They tell us before the game, we
know all the details. It was a
guess, I think the walk was not on
nine metres for me and they were
very close so it was easier to put
it under than over.
You were unhappy
with the referee following a tackle
on Leroy Sane.
I have to protect the
players. I don't understand the goal
we did not concede but it is OK, we
can accept that but they had to
protect the players.
Pep felt it
might have wanted more than a
yellow, how did you see it?
not complain, he honestly doesn't
want to go to lead next week! He
will be training morning, afternoon
and night next week, make no
Mark has come down to join
me and Nathan Blake, a hero in this
fixed it when these teams met in the
FA Cup in 1994. It was not to be in
the end, none of the magic of Ninian
It was pretty straightforward
for Manchester City. Cardiff got
caught between two stools, they went
man for man but it did not work out.
And the midfield, players like Joe
Ralls and that did not want to push
on and they did feel confident
because ultimately that is what Man
City wanted to do. They are
fantastic at just popping it around,
their movement and rotation is
unbelievable. A difficult night for
I think the neutral was
hoping for a goal for the home team
to make it interesting but it is an
early strike that at the mooted
atmosphere here. What a free kick
from Kevin De Bruyne.
afterwards, they had that
information that the Cardiff wall
would jump but the problem, when
you're coming up to take it, do you
have the cahones to pass it into the
net which happened. In fairness to
Cardiff, they will never play
against teams like that. They did
not really plate with a striker as
well in the first half, Manchester
City, and it is so difficult. And if
you go man for man, whatever you do,
they always have a player free. Some
of the football in the first half
from them was sublime.
There was a
moment of confusion when City
thought they had got their second
goal from Bernardo Silva, it looked
like a matter of inches in it.
would be very disappointed if that
was disallowed for me. I would have
been chasing the referee!
not have caught him but you would be
I think the strike was
fantastic. They say there was
interference but I don't think the
keeper would have saved it had
anyone been nowhere near him. By the
letter of the law it was offside but
very harsh for me and I would be
It did play a part in
the second, a collectors item for
Raheem Sterling on his first headed
goal in two years.
The move was so
long anyway and it involved Sterling
and it came to De Bruyne. The great
thing from the ball from Silva,
first time, did not even look, he
knew where to stick it. You might
ask where was Morrison and manga but
Sterling made the run and did well
with the header because it was a bit
awkward but he headed it down. The
class and the time and the
finishing, everything about it was
Unfortunately for Cardiff
Bay ended with ten men, Joe Bennett
given his marching orders. Pep
Guardiola said to me that he felt
players need more protection in
England because he thought there
were a couple of challenges that
I felt Bennett's first tackle...
It was a shocker. From a
player's perspective you don't want
to see that, the ankle going the
wrong way. It's sickening, a player
of that quality, you can end
someone's career, it's as simple as
that. I know he was trying to stop
the play, slow him down, but so
dangerous. In the end the second
challenge was pretty poor as well,
so fair play.
I have to say once we
saw it live myself and Guy Mowbray
who was commentating, you couldn't
actually tell out first. We had to
have another look. Fortunately for
the referee he had the same kind of
view, but it was an horrendous
There were a few today.
There are Championship team, it's
like that every single week. I know
it's difficult for the Premier
League teams and audio lad, he wants
to protect its players, but that is
the norm. -- and Pep Guardiola, he
was to protect his players. But it's
You want to win every
challenge and you will miss time of
view, let's be fair, some of their
players, all of their players, their
mind is quicker than most other
players, so they are ahead, whether
its pace, or pace in the mind, they
are one step ahead, so it's always
On the plus side for
Cardiff Bay can take positives from
the second half particularly and
continues this game on game
improvement since that horrid
Yeah, it was a shocking
December. I don't think anyone has
seen it coming but they've picked
since. The game today, had Neil
Warnock have the option, he would
have changed 11 players today but
it's the magnitude of it, you are
playing one of Europe's best teams,
you want to show what you have got,
David and Goliath situation, but he
was forcing that situation, the
history of the game, everything, it
Can City win all four
There was an all
Premier League affair between
Chelsea and Newcastle. Your
commentator, Steve Wilson.
Chelsea and Newcastle. Your
commentator, Steve Wilson.
The FA Cup is now Chelsea's best
route to a trophy, and it seems to
be Antonio Conte's last season in
charge at Stamford Bridge. He makes
four changes to the team that played
Arsenal. Moses drops to the bench.
Income Cahill, Zappacosta,
Drinkwater and Batshuayi. Newcastle
signed Kenedy on loan from Chelsea
this week but the Brazilian is not
ineligible today. -- he's ineligible
today. Haidara, Ritchie and Gayle
replacing Dummett, Murphy, Atsu and
Joselu. Kevin Friend blows his
whistle and its Chelsea in blue,
with the White Sox, who gets this FA
Cup fourth-round tie under way. This
is the tenth time these two clubs
have been drawn together in the FA
Cup. Six wins, Chelsea three -- six
wins for Chelsea, three for
Newcastle. Haidara looking to see if
he can get past Zappacosta. He did
well. Shelvey. Needed saving.
Caballero down quickly to the post.
Shelvey had to improvise a little
bit, not easy at hip height.
Caballero was not going to take the
risk. Here's Pedro. It's a much
better ball. Here's Hazard,
Batshuayi Michy Batshuayi, 1-0.
Well, it's all about the quality of
the pass, which started the move,
from Pedro to Hazard. It's a
majestic ball. Batshuayi finding
himself in the right place at the
right time to finish it. What a
brilliant pass this is. A little
touch on there from Marcos Alonso to
Michy Batshuayi, who simply couldn't
miss. And Chelsea have taken the
lead. Rudiger. Urged to shoot. It's
a great effort, it's not far wide.
Well, he responded to the urgent
demand of the Stamford Bridge crowd
that he had a go and he meant it
beautifully with his left foot.
That's a really good effort -- he
bent it beautifully with his left
foot. Pedro's tome took it to
Batshuayi. Pedro now to Eden Hazard.
Batshuayi is in a good position.
Hazard picked him out as you would
expect. That's a really good block
until it bounces into the back of
the net. Lascelles made the block,
but it ballooned up into the corner
of the Newcastle net and Chelsea
lead by two. You knew Eden Hazard
would find Batshuayi with a perfect
pass, which is what happened. Huge
deflection, which completely
wrong-footed Darlow, and for me that
shot is on target and it will be I
think Batshuayi goal, his second of
the game. Its Chelsea two, Newcastle
nil. Shelvey, well hit, good save
Caballero. Shelvey thought that had
a real chance of reaching the corner
when he hit it. Deflection on that,
makes it a very good. Newcastle's
second corner of the game coming
almost in the last few seconds of
stoppage time. The goal now might
just give them a foothold. In it
goes, out by Batshuayi, helped on by
Kante, only as far as Henri Saivet.
That travelled a mighty long way and
Caballero that a shovel at around
the post. Mbemba frustrated. A bit
of a comedy of errors. Mbemba
stabbed it goalwards, deflected, and
excellent reactions from Cavaleiro,
Chelsea's 36-year-old stand-in
keeper. -- Caballero.
keeper. -- Caballero. Rudi Garcia,
only to Pedro. -- Rudy Gestede, only
to Pedro. Pedro deserves a gold,
he's been one of the brighter sparks
on show today.
Here's Zappacosta. N'Golo Kante,
Zappacosta. Marcos Alonso. Oh, good
save. Alonso has such great
technique. It's a magnificent
volley. The deflection off
Well cut out. It was a lovely ball
by Ritchie, really well cut out by
Christians. Batshuayi finding Eden
Hazard. That must have been tight.
Good vision from Batshuayi here. I
think it's inside his own half. I
don't think that's correct at all.
Pedro, turning away from Mbemba.
Here's Zappacosta. Rudy Gestede has
made a run ahead of him. -- Rudiger
has made a run ahead of him. A
fairly industrial challenge by Henri
Saivet, and it's a Chelsea free
kick. Alonso is looking favourite at
the moment. It's Alonso. It's 3-0.
He's so good at that. Marcos Alonso
strokes in his seventh goal of the
season and secures Chelsea a place
in the fifth round of the FA Cup in
the process. Well, Darlow might
reflect that he was a pace too far
to the right, because it wasn't
really in the corner. But Darlow
couldn't reach it and Marcos Alonso
makes it three.
makes it three. And to great
applause Eden Hazard makes way. And
a home debut for Ross Barkley.
Good save. Karl Darlow, decent
effort from Zappacosta, decent save
as well by Darlow. Hudson-Odoi,
moving into two minutes of added
time. Michy Batshuayi, got the first
and second. Good turn, stayed on his
feet and is denied by Darlow again.
Good goalkeeping by the Newcastle
stopper. It's a really good turn.
Good save as well.
stopper. It's a really good turn.
Good save as well.
In the first-half
I saw a game in balance and then in
the second half, in the end we
decided to win. -- we deserved to
We did well in the first half,
we had some chances, put them under
pressure. We were controlling and
were on top of them. We made a
mistake and counterattack and after
the second goal we were unlucky and
it's a big difference when you play
against Chelsea at home cover 2-0
down. It's even more difficult. You
have to be more open, you leave more
spaces. But I was pleased with the
performance of the team in the first
half and obviously disappointed
because we lost the game, but now we
have to concentrate on the league.
Remember watching Gianfranco Zola
train for practising free kicks,
again and again and again. Is that
the kind of thing you do?
course, that's the key for
everything, training to play well,
training to put the free kicks in
and that's the way we have to keep
People will say that you
can't catch Manchester City and that
you probably won't beat Barcelona,
so therefore the FA Cup becomes more
important. But I'm sure that you say
it's not true.
Yeah, Barcelona is
already in the next round but there
is two games and we want
is two games and we want to try to
go to the next round. It's not
important, we have to play against
Barcelona. We will play two
fantastic games, that's the FA Cup
competition and it won't be easy to
win but we want to try to do our
It's the seven time FA Cup
winners Chelsea who are through to
the fifth round of this year's
competition. Lauro, you had a beady
eye on this one. If ever there was a
contest that went down as a routine
win, that was it, wasn't it?
the Championship team here today in
Cardiff and I have to say for a long
time today Newcastle looked like a
Championship team. We know
Championship team. We know they are
short of a striker, and short of a
striker you are lacking goals, but
honestly, defensively there was no
pressure on any of the Chelsea
players, certainly the first couple
of goals. It was far too easy for
Chelsea. Chelsea, if you look at it
as a supporter you would say at the
routine win, but it said more about
Newcastle than Chelsea.
white noise around Stamford Bridge
and Antonio Conte, Batshuayi was
given the nod to lead the line
today. Two goals for him. You have
to give him credit despite this talk
of getting another striker to give
Chelsea a plan B, Nathan?
difficult in that situation. His
movement has been questioned. He
does well when he plays, when he
gets the opportunity, he does score
goals. Yes, they want a bit more
from a striker, but he does and it's
difficult when there's so many
people against you and writing stuff
about you, so I was pleased to see
him get two goals today.
Did he give
his manager something to think about
I don't think his manager
rates him, but he's scored a couple
of goals and it's one of those where
he will go to pastures new, but all
he can do is come in and play and
score the goals. He cannot do
anything else. It also I think he
knows as well deep down that he's
not the manager's favourite player.
He's not going to play on a regular
Talking of an uncertain
future, Antonio Conte is clearly up
in the air despite having another
season after this one. What do you
think, Nathan? Luis Enrique is the
main -- latest name to be touted for
his position at Stamford Bridge. It
seems week by week it is almost
certainly won't be here.
gets stronger, it's an interesting
one and it seems to be some sort of
power struggle. I don't really
understand it because it's fantastic
club and really all you have to do
is manage the players. There's so
much else set in place, they've got
a fantastic youth structure, under
23 structure, some of the best in
Europe, so I think most people would
agree if you have that job at the
helm, life should be pretty easy.
think what's interesting, under
Abramovich every time they win the
league, Chelsea, they don't click on
again and I don't understand the
logic of that. They've got a good
manager, a good side, you've got to
improve your team from a position of
strength. If you are to have any
chance of winning the league,
because to win it consecutively is
very, very difficult, the Premier
The fans will want
silverware and the FA Cup is
becoming increasingly important. Is
it the one realistic trophy for them
in this campaign?
terms of the Champions League that's
going to be tough for them but at
the FA Cup, 12-macro of the other
big sides have gone out, Liverpool
and Arsenal so they probably think
they have a chance. -- warlord two
of the other big sides have gone
They are strong defensively,
they've got some special players,
Pedro, Hazard, Willian, they can do
something special. They play and
counterattack mode if you like. They
have the right tools to win, whether
they will not I don't know but
they've got it.
For Rafa at
Newcastle his eyes are on the bigger
prize, Burnley on Wednesday.
not lose much sleep but it's a mess
and you wonder how they got
themselves in this position. It so
late in the day that are going to be
taking over, I wouldn't have thought
so, are they going to get more
players in, it doesn't look like
they particularly can. Is he still
going to stay or will he spit his
dummy out? They've actually got
themselves in a position now where
they looked like relegation fodder.
They've had such, such a bad run as
Despite what they can do in
the remaining days of this transfer
window. No more signings is what
they are talking about.
players, even in the first transfer
window he said they need more player
and nothing has happened.
difficult to work out with
Newcastle, such a fantastic club and
huge support. Clubs like Arsenal and
Spurs are trying to get to where
they are and they have been there
for many years. I have never worked
it out because the fans are
fantastic. They need to start
winning and put owners in place that
are willing to build over the course
of five or ten years. It seems to be
a yo-yo situation also they had the
season in the Championship and have
come up, they know how difficult it
The last thing you want to do is
put your club in a position to go
back down because it almost
impossible to come straight back up.
In terms of the Emirates FA Cup,
with 20 teams still left in the
competition, the fifth round draw
will take place tomorrow evening
live on The One Show at 7pm on BBC
Gary will bring you the best
of the action on Wednesday night.
There's a full programme of
Premier League matches in midweek.
And on Friday afternoon there's live
coverage from Marbella
as Great Britain's Davis Cup tie
against Spain gets under way.
Aussie Open star Kyle Edmund amongst
those on the GB team.
And should you fancy your own shot
at sporting glory...
Marussia Kaepernick macro teeth
against Cameron Diaz. The FA
the FA People's Cup is open to all
shapes and sizes. To register your
team visit the get inspired website.
That's about all for now
from here in Cardiff.
Our thanks to Nathan Blake
and Mark Lawrenson.
The two heavyweights are through,
not these two! Manchester City and
Chelsea are through to the fifth
round and as the stakes get higher,
I am off to get myself a cap.
Goodbye for now.
Highlights from Sunday's fixtures in the FA Cup fourth round, featuring Chelsea v Newcastle and Cardiff City v Manchester City.
At this stage last season, Leicester City needed a replay to beat Derby County, while Lincoln City beat Brighton & Hove Albion 3-1 to provide one of the biggest FA Cup shocks in recent years.