Arsenal dumped out, Everton held

Sat, Feb 16, 2013, 00:00

FA Cup review:Blackburn snatched a 1-0 win at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium to upset the odds in their FA Cup fifth-round clash. The Gunners dominated the contest against the Championship club and had several chances to score, but were repeatedly denied by Rovers goalkeeper Jake Kean.

Tomas Rosicky also hit the crossbar for the Premier League side after 67 minutes and just five minutes later Colin Kazim-Richards grabbed what proved to be the winner, smashing in the rebound after Wojciech Szczesny had saved Martin Olsson’s initial strike.

In the evening kick-off, a stoppage-time goal from substitute Matt Smith earned Oldham a 2-2 draw against Evertonand a replay at Goodison Park.

Jordan Obita gave the Latics a 14th-minute lead at Boundary Park, smashing home with his left foot.

Victor Anichebe then levelled 11 minutes later with a crisp strike into the bottom left corner, and Phil Jagielka’s header three minutes after the interval looked to have done enough to give Everton the win. However, Smith came out on top in a penalty-area scramble to head in an equaliser in the fourth minute of stoppage time.

Smith believes his side have “every chance” of winning at Goodison Park.

“It was an unbelievable team performance from the goalkeeper right through the team,” Smith told ITV. “A fantastic performance against Premier League opposition. You can’t ask for much more than that.”

The entire Oldham team, including goalkeeper Dean Bouzanis, had piled into the area for the injury-time corner, and Bouzanis appeared to do enough to put off the Everton defence before Smith got the crucial touch.

“We’ve been working on overloading from crosses — including the goalkeeper — and it was a great cross, I just got my head on it,” Smith added. “I thought we deserved it. In the last 10 minutes we just went forward and got great efforts on goal. We were unlucky not to have scored.”

Oldham, who knocked out Everton’s neighbours Liverpool in the previous round, will now head to Merseyside for a replay in which Smith insists they have a strong chance.

“We have every chance,” he said. “We’ll go to their place full of confidence. We’ve beaten Liverpool, we’ve got a draw with Everton, so why not?”

Luton’simpressive FA Cup run came to an end with a 3-0 defeat at home to Millwall.

The Blue Square Bet Premier side had stunned Norwich three weeks ago to reach this stage but found their Championship opponents one step too far at Kenilworth Road.

James Henry put the Lions in front after 12 minutes following a mistake by Janos Kovacs, with Rob Hulse adding another nine minutes before the interval from a tight angle. Dany N’Guessan then sealed the win with five minutes left to send Millwall through to the last eight.

“It was a very good win for us in a tough tie,” Millwall manager Jackett said after leading the Lions to a first quarter-final appearance since 2004. “They put is under a lot of pressure. Getting the first goal was a big thing in the game today and it was an excellent opportunist goal from James Henry. We got our noses in front and it put us on the right track.

“We silenced them very early. They’ve got a very good home record over the last three months and before winning at Carrow Road, they beat Wolves here. They have had some giant-killing experience and it was a very professional job done by us and we’re pleased to be through to the quarter-final of the FA Cup.”

Barnsleymade it a hat-trick of Championship teams in the quarter-finals with a 3-1 victory at League One MK Dons.

Chris Dagnall opened the scoring for the visitors after just three minutes before Marlon Harewood doubled the lead in the 20th minute.

MK Dons fought back in the second half with a goal from Dean Bowditch but Dagnall’s second in stoppage time put the tie to bed. Alan Smith’s late dismissal rounded off a miserable afternoon for the home side.

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