Manchester City 5-0 Huddersfield, West Ham 1-1 Bristol City and more: FA Cup clockwatch – live reaction | FA Cup

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Full time results

Confirmation of all the full-time scores, now they are all in:

  • Luton 0-0 Bolton

  • Man City 5-0 Huddersfield

  • Nottm Forest 2-2 Blackpool

  • Peterborough 0-3 Leeds

  • Shrewsbury 0-1 Wrexham

  • West Brom 4-1 Aldershot

  • West Ham 1-1 Bristol City

FT: Peterborough 0-3 Leeds. Daniel Farke’s men come through a potential banana skin unscathed and Patrick Bamford’s goal will deservedly dominate the headlines.

GOAL! West Brom 4-1 Aldershot (Bray, 90)

It’s nothing more than a consolation but it’s a nice moment for Aldershot nontheless, as Oliver Bray bundles home.

It won’t change the overall outcome, of course. In fact, the final whistle now goes.

FT: Shrewsbury 0-1 Wrexham. More Hollywood glamour in the fourth round? Wrexham do love a cup run these days. Many will want to avoid them.

Three minutes of added time remain for West Ham to grab something. But it’s Bristol City who have a free-kick on the edge of the Hammers’ box …

FT: Luton 0-0 Bolton. Wanderers will drag the Premier League side back up to the Reebok (or whatever it’s called nowadays) for a well-earned replay. Well done to them.

GOAL! Peterborough 0-3 Leeds (Ampadu, 90)

Game, set and match Leeds United! Dan James’ whipped corner finds Ampadu who heads home for his second of the game.

Leeds are going through as well.

GOAL! West Brom 4-0 Aldershot (Fellows, 88)

A long old wait for a fourth goal, but it finally arrives for West Brom, with academy graduate Tom Fellows scoring his first senior goal to put gloss on the scoreline. The Baggies are in the fourth round hat.

A few games are still on a knife-edge as added time approaches (for some).

West Ham and Forest are the Premier League big boys pushing for late winners.

Nottm Forest 2-2 Blackpool: Unsurprisingly, it’s Forest who are looking the more likely to nick it and have had chances through Yates and half-time sub Tavares. Blackpool would snap your hand off for the final whistle here, and a replay at Bloomfield Road.

He’s laughably good.

30 – Kevin De Bruyne has the most assists of any player in Europe’s big five leagues in all competitions since the start of last season, despite making three appearances this season.

30 – De Bruyne
24 – Salah
22 – Vini Jr
22 – Saka
21 – Griezmann


— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 7, 2024

West Ham 1-1 Bristol City: Tell you what, there’s no way David Moyes will be content with a cup replay. The Hammers have Europa League football to worry about in the coming weeks and months. But they’ve really struggled to put Bristol City to bed.

Heading towards the final 10 minutes.

GOAL! Manchester City 5-0 Huddersfield (Doku, 74)

De Bruyne doesn’t take long to notch an assist, chipping it back into space for fellow substitute Doku to hammer home. Five.

Luton 0-0 Bolton: How Luton haven’t broken the deadlock is anyone’s guess. It’s wave after wave of attack but somehow Bolton are soaking up the pressure and holding on.

Ajiboye cannot quite steer home for Peterborough as they launch an effort to get back into the game. Leeds still leading 2-0 and look fairly comfortable.

Team news has just dropped at the Emirates before the headline FA Cup third round tie of the weekend. Follow it here with Rob Smyth:

GOAL! Shrewsbury 0-1 Wrexham (O’Connor, 72)

There’s the vital opener! And it’s gone to the Welsh side, a deflected effort that might get credited to Thomas O’Connor or could be put down as an own goal. Whatever, Wrexham won’t care. They have a precious lead.

GOAL! Manchester City 4-0 Huddersfield (Foden, 65)

If you didn’t have a Phil Foden brace on your predictions card today, do you actually know football?

The Stockport Iniesta guides home a lovely goal from the edge of the box after a corner is worked short. Boom, boom.

BANG, right in the stanchion!

We’re beyond the hour mark in both Luton v Bolton and Shrewsbury v Wrexham now and with both games goalless, any strike now could prove to be the winner.

Who wants to be an FA Cup hero?

GOAL! West Ham 1-1 Bristol City (Conway, 61)

Tommy Conway equalises for Bristol City and you have to say the Robins have deserved that! Sloppy from West Ham, and this cup tie is well and truly alive now.

Groans go around the London Stadium.

Tommy Conway of Bristol City scoring. Photograph: Simon Dael/REX/Shutterstock

GOAL! Manchester City 3-0 Huddersfield (Bobb, 58)

Quickly Kevin, will City score? Yes, also immediately after De Bruyne’s introduction. It’s a lucky one for Oscar Bobb, mind, deflected up and over the goalkeeper, with De Bruyne lurking.

Smiles all round.

Man City 2-0 Huddersfield: De Bruyne hasn’t played a game of any kind since the opening weekend of the season. Alvarez and Grealish are the men sacrificed as the Belgian gets a huge ovation from the City faithful.

Never mind this game, is KDB’s return a key moment in the league season?

City are going easy on Huddersfield, then …

GOAL! Nottingham Forest 2-2 Blackpool (Gibbs-White, 56)

Morgan Gibbs-White scores a pearler of his own to draw Forest level. Thrashed into the top corner and we are level pegging at the City Ground. Game on!

Morgan Gibbs-White of Nottingham Forest scores his team's second goal.
Morgan Gibbs-White of Nottingham Forest scores his team’s second goal. Photograph: Naomi Baker/Getty Images

Luton 0-0 Bolton: Visiting goalkeeper Nathan Baxter has just twice denied Carlton Morris headers as the Hatters up the ante in the second half at the Kenny. Bolton are holding out, just.

It’s worth another watch, this. And it’s taken the wind from the Peterborough sails somewhat. Leeds should see it out from here.

50 mins: Unless Huddersfield can muster something shocking on the counterattack in the next 10 minutes or so, we might as well all pack up and go home at the Etihad. A futile exercise if ever there was one.

Thanks for all your VAR emails … but I can only get to so many. The general consensus seems to be to bin VAR altogether, but I’m afraid I cannot get on board with that. Keep it for offsides and introduce a challenge system – there, I’ve sorted it.

Former Leeds man Paul Robinson on 5Live has just compared Patrick Bamford’s goal to something Tony Yeboah might have scored … what a compliment that is.

It truly was a peach.

Hugh do you think is going to win, Ryan?

GOAL! Peterborough 0-2 Leeds (Bamford, 47)

Oh that is delightful from Patrick Bamford! A dipping volley with his left foot has put Leeds 2-0 up at London Road … it came out of virtually nothing. Catch this one on a replay when you can. Superb.

Leeds United's Patrick Bamford (centre) celebrates scoring.
Leeds United’s Patrick Bamford (centre) celebrates scoring. Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA

This is a decent suggestion from reader Mark Uribe:

Instead of VAR, I would like to suggest the following:

1. If a player thinks a decision is wrong, they can challenge the decision.
2. The referee then goes to the monitors and reviews the TV coverage.
3. If the referee upholds his original decision, the player who made the challenge against the decision is given an orange card – that is, sent off for 10 – 15 minutes.

This would do away with the need for external referees which would make it more accessible to other leagues, make for quicker decisions, and not undermine the authority of the referee so much.

I like it, apart from No 3, which is a little odd. A cricket-style challenge and review system could definitely work.

Second halves are geting under way in dribs and drabs.

Can Blackpool see out a famous upset at Forest? Can Bolton nick a win or a replay at Luton? How many can Manchester City score? Let’s find out.

An email in response to Colm O’Connor from Alex Sargent:

I am intrigued as to which bit of this training exercise against 11 behind the ball that Colm was expecting would raise the atmosphere.

It’s a fair point.

I’m getting plenty of VAR-related emails after my comment earlier, with the technology finding itself at the centre of attention even when it’s NOT in use:

Adam Timmins says: “The problem with VAR is that it’s failed by it’s own lights – it was supposed to eliminate controversial and/or poor decisions. Having not done this, all it has done is introduce NFL-style delays to the game in return for things like goals being disallowed for offside because the attackers arm was ahead of play. So you can’t really blame fans for wanting a return to Pre-VAR days – particularly as it was the clubs that campaigned for it.”

Jeremy Boyce: “I’m with Ange, play to the whistle, trust the ref. What was it we (especially managers) used to say? Over a season it evens itself out. You win some you lose some. new tech means that nothing evens itself out any more and the ref is even more vilified for getting it wrong sometimes.”

Half time scores

  • Luton 0-0 Bolton

  • Man City 2-0 Huddersfield

  • Nottm Forest 1-2 Blackpool

  • P’borough 0-1 Leeds

  • Shrewsbury 0-0 Wrexham

  • WBA 3-0 Aldershot

  • West Ham 1-0 Bristol City

A great moment for Daryl Dike earlier, as the half-time whistle goes at The Hawthorns.

HT: Peterborough 0-1 Leeds.

Most of the other games are still playing.

Seven minutes of added time at the Etihad, much to the delight of these Huddersfield players I’m sure.

45 mins: We’re heading into added time in most of these games.

Jaidon Anthony has been heavily involved for Leeds today, but they’re finding it difficult to grab a second. Posh are hanging tough.

An email from Colm O’Connor at the Etihad:

The atmosphere here is … well there is none.

42 mins: Willy Gnonto has gone down in the Peterborough box and it looks to be a stonewall penalty. It’s not been given! Was it a dive instead? Gnonto hasn’t been booked if so.

Complaints from the Leeds players, boos from the home fans … but nobody knows for sure. Maybe VAR might be a good idea, everyone? Maybe sometimes?

An FA Cup record, of sorts, for Phil Foden today.

6 – Phil Foden is the only player to score in the FA Cup proper in each of the last six seasons; today’s opener was his 70th goal for Manchester City. Fruitful.

— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 7, 2024

GOAL! Nottm Forest 1-2 Blackpool (Dominguez, 39)

Forest hadn’t done very much since going 2-0 down in a matter of minutes against Blackpool. They’ve just seen a free-kick fired way over the bar by Ryan Yates … but now Nicolás Domínguez arrives late in the box to steer home! They’re suddenly back in it, with a goal at an ideal time.

GOAL! Manchester City 2-0 Huddersfield (Alvarez, 37)

Julian Alvarez stretches out a leg and guides home his finish after some more sharp interplay in the box from City, with Rico Lewis heavily involved. That could be that.

Julian Alvarez of Manchester City scoring the second goal.
Julian Alvarez of Manchester City scoring the second goal. Photograph: Paul Currie/Colorsport/REX/Shutterstock

I’m really not sure about this ‘how nice that there’s no VAR’ shtick. But it’s making people happy, so hey ho.

GOAL! Peterborough 0-1 Leeds (Ampadu, 34)

The Posh are furious with this. They believe there’s been an offside, as Bamford ghosts through and chests down, with Ethan Ampadu finishing it off past the goalkeeper Fynn Talley.

No VAR of course, so the goal stands. It looked tight.

Ethan Ampadu scores Leeds’ first goal.
Ethan Ampadu scores Leeds’ first goal. Photograph: Varley Picture Agency/REX/Shutterstock

34 mins: Luton and Bolton are proving to be fairly evenly-matched in their contest at Kenilworth Road. Barkley has had a sight of goal but there’s no way through yet for the Hatters.

GOAL! Manchester City 1-0 Huddersfield (Foden, 32)

And just like that, City turn on the style. Finally they muster some incisive play in the Huddersfield box, as the home side keep it alive on the left with Alvarez popping it back for Foden to arrow home with his left foot.

Gutting for Huddersfield, who have done very little wrong.

Manchester City's Phil Foden celebrates scoring.
Manchester City’s Phil Foden celebrates scoring. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images

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