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The FA Cup Story 2016: Fourth Round

17 May 2016


FA Cup Fourth Round - 32 teams remaining.

PALACE'S PATH
Saturday 30th January
Crystal Palace 1-0 Stoke City

For the second round in succession Wilfried Zaha was Palace’s hero as he once again grabbed the crucial goal to ensure his side progressed past the Potters in an entertaining encounter.

The winger produced the game’s telling contribution on 17 minutes by netting a superb individual goal, squeezing through the Potters defence and calmly finishing the opportunity, and he proved to be a constant menace to the visitors throughout as he was involved in the best of the Eagles’ play, who possibly should have won by a larger margin.

Stoke had chances to draw level but some wasteful shooting from Xherdan Shaqiri and Joselu ensured Wayne Hennessey kept his sheet clean in what would be the only home game in Palace’s run to the final.


UNITED'S ROUTE
Friday 29th January
Derby County 1-3 Manchester United

United relieved the pressure on manager Louis van Gaal by beating Derby in the FA Cup fourth round.

Van Gaal dismissed claims he offered to resign after losing to Southampton on Saturday, and his team were more positive against the Championship side.

Wayne Rooney curled in from 20 yards to put United ahead before George Thorne cut through their defence to equalise.

Daley Blind then finished low into the net from Jesse Lingard's cross before Juan Mata sealed victory late on.


GIANTKILLINGS

Once again big shocks were avoided but Shrewsbury Town continued their fine cup run by seeing off Championship high-flyers Sheffield Wednesday 3-2 at the Greenhous Meadow, with Jack Grimmer scoring in the seventh minute of stoppage-time to secure their passage to round five.


CLINGING ON

Portsmouth threatened to clinch another scalp when they took the lead in a south-coast derby against Bournemouth but the Cherries turned the game around and won it in the 83rd minute thanks to a Marc Pugh goal.

West Bromwich Albion needed penalties to edge past Peterborough United after the League One outfit had held Tony Pulis' men to a 2-2 draw at The Hawthorns and then a 1-1 draw at London Road


LOWEST RANKED TEAMS REMAINING

Three teams from League Two entered the fourth round but none of them advanced to the fifth. After Portsmouth came close to knocking out Bournemouth, Oxford United were easily beaten 3-0 by Blackburn Rovers and Carlisle United were swept aside by Everton by the same scoreline.


PREMIER LEAGUE SURVIVORS
Arsenal, Aston Villa, Bournemouth, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Everton, Leicester City, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Newcastle United, Norwich City, Southampton, Stoke City, Sunderland, Swansea City, Tottenham Hotspur, Watford, West Bromwich Albion, West Ham United.

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