Published on 8 Feb 2022 4:39 pm (UK Time)
The FA Cup fourth round saw 12 Championship teams competing in the oldest national football competition in the world.Embed from Getty Images
With more shocks and surprises, we take a look at how each second-tier side performed and who has made it into the fifth round.
The major shocks
Two Championship sides faced Premier League sides and came out victorious.
Manchester United was embarrassed at Old Trafford following an 8-7 defeat on penalties to Chris Wilder’s Middlesbrough. Cristiano Ronaldo missed a first-half penalty but Jadon Sancho was on hand to score five minutes later. The championship side was controversially on level terms with substitute Duncan Watmore appearing to use his arm to control the ball in the build-up. Middlesbrough battled hard and sent United to both extra time and penalties and youngster Anthony Elanga was the only person to miss.
The other major shock was Nottingham Forest knocking out East Midlands rivals Leicester City. Forest raced into a three-goal lead with Philip Zinckernagal, Brennan Johnson and Joe Worrall getting on the score sheet. Last year’s FA Cup winners did pull one back before half time but the home side dominated the second half and added to their tally winning the game 4-1.Embed from Getty Images
Defeat to lower league opposition
The fourth round ended with a major shock on Sunday evening as AFC Bournemouth were dumped out of the cup by National League side Boreham Wood. Despite having just one shot on target and 18% possession, 37-year-old Mark Ricketts’ first-half strike was enough to embarrass Scott Parker’s side. Boreham Wood will play against Premier League side Everton at Goodison Park in the next round.
Premier League victories
There was no embarrassment for three Premier League sides as they got the job done against teams one league below them.
Three second-half goals from Liverpool saw off a Cardiff City side who on another day could have been playing against 10 men following goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher’s last man foul. The home side played a strong side with Diogo Jota, Takumi Minamino and Harvey Elliot getting on the score sheet. There was a late consolation from 19-year-old Rubin Colwill who will remember scoring at Anfield for the rest of his life.
Premier League leaders Man City faced Championship leaders Fulham at the Etihad. Despite the Championship side taking the lead inside the first five minutes, Man City made sure there was no embarrassment winning the game 4-1.
Southampton was made to work for their victory as they had to play 120 minutes against Coventry. A first-half goal from Coventry top scorer Viktor Gyökeres was canceled out by the goal of the fourth round from Stuart Armstrong. Southampton found the important goal in the 113th minute with right-back Kyle Walker-Peters scoring in back-to-back games.
Championship vs Championship
There were two all championship clashes in the fourth round with both home sides coming out victorious.
The Yorkshire derby saw Barnsley defeated 1-0 by high-flying Huddersfield. The Terriers currently find themselves on a 12-game unbeaten run dating back to the 4th of December. The only goal came in the first half from Duane Holmes.
A goal in each half saw Peterborough progress to the fifth round knocking out QPR 2-0. Goals from Joe Ward and Ricky Jade-Jones sets up a next-round home tie against the Premier League champions Man City.
No slip up for two sides
Stoke City and Luton Town did what was expected of them in beating lower league opposition.
Goals from Josh Maja and Jacob Brown saw off 10-man Wigan Athletic and three unanswered goals from Luton earned a victory against League One side Cambridge United. Let us know how your side did this weekend and whether you are happy with your fifth-round draw.