West Ham’s Reece Burke finds finish to end Shrewsbury’s resistance

West Ham finally saw off Shrewsbury in added time of their FA Cup third round replay but it took a thumping volley from a rookie centre-half to do so. Reece Burke scored his first goal for the club with seven minutes remaining of the added half-hour at a chilly London Stadium. He smashed home Marko Arnautovic’s cutback off the underside of the bar, just when the match looked like heading to penalties without a single goal in either tie. Continue reading...

Leicester and Kelechi Iheanacho benefit from VAR to end Fleetwood’s FA Cup dream

In years to come, this might be considered the first success of a football revolution. Or, the beginning of the machines taking over and removing the joy from football. For the first time in the English game, VAR was used to reverse a decision, awarding Kelechi Iheanacho a goal in Leicester’s third-round replay win. Iheanacho grabbed both goals on what was at first a tricky night for Leicester and the closing stages could have been pretty nerve-racking had his second not been allowed, an erroneous linesman’s flag corrected by TV replays. Continue reading...

Roy Hodgson changes tune on Brighton winner after ‘spiteful’ outburst at referee

Despite initial suspicions Crystal Palace manager eventually accepts verdict of new video review system that striker’s goal did not involve any handballRoy Hodgson admitted he had directed “spiteful” words at the referee, Andre Marriner, after watching the Brighton striker Glenn Murray put his Crystal Palace team out of the FA Cup with a potentially controversial late winner for 2-1. But Hodgson changed his tune entirely after being assured that Murray had not used his hand to ease the ball over the line. The assurances came via the Video Assistant Referee, which had been used for the first time in an English club match. Related: Glenn Murray leaves it late as Brighton knock Crystal Palace out of FA Cup Continue reading...

Low-key introduction for VAR at Brighton but lack of drama is sign of progress | Amy Lawrence

Andre Marriner did not have to refer to the pitchside screen but Glenn Murray’s late goal was reviewed with virtually no disruption to the flow of the game For the grand arrival of VAR in English domestic football there ought to have been a fanfare of whistles, a cheerleading display of referee’s assistants waving flags and the two groups of players drawing rectangles instead of the pre-match handshake. As it turned out the handy monitor on the touchline waited, tucked on its stand, quietly inactive, like an unplugged robot, a few yards to the left of the managers’ technical areas. But if that is the glitzy side of VAR, the drama for all to see if and when a referee chooses to use the monitor to look again for himself at something he has doubts about, then the nitty gritty is the quick line of communication back to base camp Continue reading "Low-key introduction for VAR at Brighton but lack of drama is sign of progress | Amy Lawrence"

Glenn Murray leaves it late as Brighton knock Crystal Palace out of FA Cup

It had to be Glenn Murray, the striker who has straddled the rather unusual divide between Brighton & Hove Albion and Crystal Palace. This FA Cup third round tie was level with less than ten minutes to go when Chris Hughton called for the old-school centre-forward, who had spent four years of his long career at Palace. The stage was set and Murray did not disappoint, although the travelling fans would surely not agree. When Uwe Hünemeier headed a free-kick goalwards, the action appeared to freeze. Murray kept on running and, with the faintest touch from his thigh, he sent Brighton towards a fourth round tie at Middlesbrough. Continue reading...

FA Cup fourth round draw: Yeovil face Manchester United, Newport host Spurs

Two of the Premier League’s top six will travel to League Two grounds in the fourth round while Liverpool host West Brom, Manchester City visit Cardiff or Mansfield and Notts County welcome Wolves or Swansea

League Two sides Yeovil Town and Newport County were rewarded for third-round victories with home draws against Premier League sides Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur. José Mourinho will take his side to Somerset to face Darren Way’s team, currently 21st in the fourth tier and the lowest-ranked team left in the competition. United faced Yeovil in the third round in 2015, winning 2-0 at Huish Park.

< p class="block-time published-time"> Liverpool v West Brom Peterborough v Fleetwood/Leicester Related: Brighton v Crystal Palace: FA Cup third round – live! Continue reading...