FA Cup football - as it happened

Liverpool v Brighton


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By Mike Henson

1900: That is your lot for this weekend then folks. Hope you enjoyed it and look forward to seeing you back here some time soon. Have a good rest of your Sunday.

Neil Johnston reports: "Kenny Dalglish has warned for a while now that Liverpool were ready to hand out a thrashing. This was it. He will not have counted on so much help from Brighton but this was as emphatic as the scoreline suggest and the perfect send off ahead of next week's Carling Cup final."

Phil McNulty reports:"Stevenage fans delighted at the prospect of a replay and rightly so. Spurs nowhere near their best but take nothing away from Stevenage. Real fight and resilience."

Jefferson Lake reports: "Cup romance gave way to ruthless efficiency as Stoke City disposed of Crawley Town with relative comfort despite losing Rory Delap to a controversial sending-off. That's three FA Cup quarter-finals in as many seasons for the Potters now, whose extra strength at set-pieces turned this potential banana skin into a routine victory."

1850: So, to save any (very) late-comers from having to scroll back through 8000-odd words here come the short, sharp snapshots from our match reporters. An afternoon's action condensed coming up.

Kenny Dalglish: "I think it was excellent, we got off to a good start. We knew they were always going to have a bit of possession so we had to stay in the game and the punters had to stay with us and they did. To come in at 2-1 was a big help. In the second- half I thought we played really well, we were patient broke up a lot of their attacks and broke well ourselves. It was great for the people who scored the goals but they know how important it is for everyone to contribute and I think they all did."

Brighton boss Gus Poyet: "You know you are going to have to defend and they were quite naive - welcome to the world of the Premiership. If you want to get one day to the Premier League, either as an individual or as a team, you need to learn because the quality, strength, power and technique is amazing, especially in the top six. I know what I need to do."

1845: So fifth-round weekend is done, but there is still some business to be completed. Birmingham have Chelsea coming to town for a replay on 6 March. Exact details are still to be announced but Stevenage fans can start planning a trip down the A1M for the following day for their second shot at Spurs.

Liverpool goalscorer Andy Carroll: "It felt good, every goal feels good. In front of the Kop, nothing's better."

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard: "It's always nice to win convincingly, we went through the gears and got better and better. The important thing was to focus on today, we know we've got a massive day next week but we want to go to Wembley in the FA Cup as well. We believe the more we play the more we'll click, we're all on the same wavelength and I'm sure we'll get better. I'm really pleased with Andy Carroll, I thought he was our Man of the Match."

1830: Liverpool are still on track for an FA and League Cup double. They take on Cardiff next Sunday for the Carling Cup and will play Stoke, a team they have already beaten on their way to Wembley, in the last eight. The memories of Stephane Henchoz, Robbie Fowler and the rest picking up both trophies in Cardiff in 2001 will be flooding back on Merseyside.

Mark Lawrenson on BBC Radio 5 live: "Brighton kept going. Championship teams are trying to play the game in the right way because they realise if you get into the Premier League you have to keep the ball, Swansea being a prime example. In the end it was an emphatic win but a bit unfortuante for Brighton. Playing wise and keeping the ball they were as good as Liverpool for an hour."

FULL-TIME: Liverpool 6-1 Brighton

1820: The end of the match is delayed as a male streaker gets on the pitch. He has time to give a reluctant Jamie Carragher a hug before being ushered off.

1816: That rash of goals has unbalanced the scoreline. Liverpool have been the better team but Brighton's first-half display did not warrant such a stark statistic at the end. Two minutes of added time.

GOALFLASH: Liverpool 6-1 Brighton (Suarez)

Luis Suarez does belatedly get his goal. Jose Enrique's dinked cross is headed back across the face of goal by Andy Carroll where strike partner Suarez is on hand to nod in from all of a yard.

1813: Dirk Kuyt heads on to the crossbar from the subsequent corner.

1810: Craig Noone chops down Dirk Kuyt and, on Kenny Dalglish's insistence, Luis Suarez is the man to take the spot-kick. He makes a right dog's dinner of it though with a stuttering run-up and a duffed effort that is too close to Peter Brezovan. The goalkeeper pushes behind the first effort and the Uruguayan's follow-up.



1808: Kenny Dalglish removes Stewart Downing, Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson with one eye on next weekend's Carling Cup final. Dirk Kuyt, Jonjo Shelvey and Maxi Rodriguez are the men to come on.

GOALFLASH: Liverpool 5-1 Brighton (Dunk o.g)

No doubt about that one. Peter Brezovan misses Luis Suarez's cross entirely and defender Lewis Dunk contrives to miscontrol the ball off his chest and then thigh. His hacked clearance can not rescue the situation before the ball crosses the line.

GOALFLASH: Liverpool 4-1 Brighton (Bridcutt o.g)

The Anfield stadium announcer George Sefton gave it to Steven Gerrard. Maybe it was an act of pity, but unfortunately for Liam Bridcutt it is a definite own goal. Steve Gerrard capitalises on a mix-up at the back from Brighton and fires across goal and it cannons in off Bridcutt.

1758: Sam Vokes gives way for Craig Mackail-Smith for Brighton while Vicente is on for Adam El-Abd.

1757: Craig Mackail-Smith is stretching off on the sidelines. Gus Poyet is ready to play his cards.

1755: Stewart Downing does not need asking twice when presented with a bobbling ball from distance. The winger cracks an effort narrowly wide from the apex of the penalty box. It would have had to have been some shot to beat the goalkeeper from there though.

1753: There are more goals here. Just under half an hour left, Brighton are not going to die wondering and Liverpool are cantering forward at every opportunity.

Gordon Hay on Twitter: "Downing assist, Carroll goal. It's the end of the world... Only spent £55million for it."

Mark Lawrenson on BBC Radio 5 live: "The reason Carroll scored is because his movement was pro-active, he moved on to the ball for once and that made all the difference. There was plenty of pace on the cross, it wasn't an easy one."

1750: Liverpool break forward with menace once more but Steven Gerrard's touch deserts him as he overcooks a relatively simple ball to play in Stewart Downing.

GOALFLASH: Liverpool 3-1 Brighton (Carroll)

It didn't look like the finish of a striker short of confidence. Andy Carroll peels off his marker and thumps Stewart Downing's intelligent cutback past Peter Brezovan first time.

1746: Liverpool are pressing forward in search of a third and decent long-range efforts from Stewart Downing and Jordan Henderson have got the Kop excited. Peter Brezovan is nervous behind both but keeps them out.

1742: The game has continued where we left off at the end of the first half with plenty of attacking intent from both teams. Steven Gerrard shoots from just outside the box after Gordon Greer has nodded Jose Enrique's cross clear. His effort is well off target, but is almost diverted in with an instinctive touch from Jordan Henderson.

1740: Sam Vokes is almost clean through but the linesman's flag is up to deny him. A good call too as the striker had strayed a couple of feet offside.

1738: Luis Suarez stubs in an ambitious chip from the edge of the area and Peter Brezovan gathers with ease.

1737: Craig Noone is on for Will Buckley for Brighton at the start of the second half. Buckley has been suffering with a dodgy hammy. A bonus bit of trivia for you: former roofer Noone put the tiles on the top of Steven Gerrard's house before turning pro.

Spurs winger Aaron Lennon who came on as a substitute in the 0-0 draw with Stevenage on Twitter: "Bad performance but we are still in the Cup on a plus side, fair play to Stevenage they deserved the replay, but we move on."

1730: Liverpool seem caught between two stools at times. Unsure of whether to play to the strengths of Luis Suarez with balls into feet and quick, short passes around the box or to hit longer and get crosses in from out wide to exploit Andy Carroll's presence in the centre.

Sam Borni on Twitter: "Great half of real back and forth football. Brighton unfortunate to be behind at the break but really weak at set pieces."

Mark Lawrenson on BBC Radio 5 live: "Liverpool have just about edged it but Brighton are certainly very much in this game."

Neil Johnston's HT snapshot: "It's hardly been vintage Liverpool but they've just about done enough to establish an interval lead. However, they are making life difficult themselves and this tie is far from over particularly as Kazenga LuaLua in menacing form."

HALF-TIME: Liverpool 2-1 Brighton

GOALFLASH: Liverpool 2-1 Brighton (Bridcutt o.g)

Pinball stuff in the Brighton box ends with the ball dribbling into the net off the unfortunate Liam Bridcutt. Peter Brezovan flaps at Charlie Adam's corner and Luis Suarez's shot is only partially cleared before Sam Vokes' attempt to get Glen Johnson's header off the line rebounds off Bridcutt.

1714: Andy Carroll is still battling away up front against Brighton's centre-backs. This time it is Gordon Greer who he is tussling with.

1712: We have located one of Brighton's two celebrity fans. Superstar DJ Fatboy Slim is apparently resting up after doing the Brighton half marathon this morning. Now has anyone seen Des Lynam?

Adam Momoniat on Twitter: "If Liverpool had wingers who could cross as well as Gerrard, Carroll would be having a better season. So much for Downing."

1710: Brighton are a team that live up to that old Liverpool philosophy of pass and move. They are weaving some pretty patterns around the edge of the Reds box, with Will Buckley at the centre of it, but there is not a lot of cutting edge.

From Ade via text: "I'd love to meet a referee and ask them why exactly they allow defenders to hug forwards at corners. We've reached the point now where all you can do is laugh, it's so utterly ridiculous."

1704: Andy Carroll squanders a great chance as Steven Gerarrd sweeps over a dream of a cross. Carroll, free of the attentions of Adam El-Abd for once, is up early and high but directs his header just over the bar with the goal at his mercy.

1701: Luis Suarez has come alive in the last few minutes. The Uruguayan feints his way into the box before flicking the ball past Peter Brezovan only to see Inigo Calderon scoop the ball clear of the line.

1658: Luis Suarez punts one wide from distance but Brighton have plenty to offer coming forward with Kazenga LuaLua getting some joy out of Glen Johnson.

Mark Lawrenson on BBC Radio 5 live: "Suarez is one of the best I've seen in terms of being able to ghost through players in the penalty area."

1655: Luis Suarez weaves his way past a couple of Brighton defenders but Peter Brezovan sees the danger early and is out to smother his shot. Andy Carroll fails to make a clean connection with the rebound.

Mark Lawrenson on BBC Radio 5 live: "I don't think Pepe Reina saw that until it was too late. Great strike!"

1653: Stewart Downing has made a good start and almost pokes past Peter Brezovan after a smart one-two with Luis Suarez.

GOALFLASH: Liverpool 1-1 Brighton (LuaLua)

A crackerjack strike from Kazenga LuaLua as the ball is touched to him 30 yards out from a free-kick and he blasts low and hard into the bottom corner of Jose Reina's net. He pulled off something similar against Millwall on Tuesday to earn the Seagulls a point.

1646: Liverpool catch the Brighton defence napping with a quickly taken free-kick and Steven Gerrard rattles in a low shot from distance that is a fair distance wide of the target. He perhaps should have done better with some time and space 25 yards out.

1646: Brighton defender Lewis Dunk inadvertantly cuts out Stewart Downing's cross as the ball loops up for goalkeeper Peter Brezovan off his head. It could have gone anywhere that one.

1643: Brighton defender Adam El-Abd has his hands all over Andy Carroll at a Liverpool corner and the Geordie striker does well to keep his calm as he is manhandled. Andre Marriner might have a bit of work on his hands with those two today.

Mark Lawrenson on BBC Radio 5 live: "I just think Brighton are stood too far off the ball. Gerrard has got five yards of space every time he gets the ball as has Charlie Adam."

1641: Brighton's fans have been less keen on Luis Suarez, booing his every touch so far.

1639: Sam Vokes fires straight at Jose Reina as Brighton make a good response to slipping behind.

GOALFLASH: Liverpool 1-0 Brighton (Skrtel)

A goal straight off the training ground as Martin Skrtel gets in front of Ashley Barnes to nod in Steven Gerrard's corner and score his third of the season.

1636: Stewart Downing fires in the first shot of the game after a sharp turn from Jose Enrique's pass. It is deflected up and over for a corner.

Abbey on Twitter: "Liverpool certainly mean business this evening. Very strong line-up. You've got to feel for their fringe players.."

1633: Certainly some Liverpool fans' support for Luis Suarez is undimmed by last weekend's events at Old Trafford. His names rings round the stands in the opening stages.

1631: Luis Suarez taps the ball to Andy Carroll to get us started.

1629: The teams are out on the Anfield turf, a healthy contingent of travelling Brighton fans are in position and we are ready to go.

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish said: "We've not done too badly. This stage last season we were out of the FA Cup, out of the Carling Cup and nowhere near the top four. We're pleased to see him (Suarez) back. He has missed eight games and will get sharper each time he plays."

Brighton's Uruguay-born manager Gus Poyet is disappointed fellow countryman Luis Suarez is starting for Liverpool: "He's difficult to mark and he has a good understanding with Steven Gerrard. We were hoping he may not start. This is an opportunity for us to show what we can do."

From Joe, a Liverpool fan, via text: "As long as Liverpool overcome Brighton, they will have played all their League Cup games away from home (apart from the semi final) and all their FA Cup games at home! What are the chances..."

From ScouseMick via text: "The happiest with the draw will be the FA! We could be looking at some monster semi-finals. Maybe even two derbies....."

Neil Johnston reports: "So, three changes for Liverpool from the side that lost against Manchester United last week as Charlie Adam, Andy Carroll and Jamie Carragher return. Daniel Agger and Craig Bellamy are not included in the 16. Winger Kazenga LuaLua returns to the Brighton side, Craig Mackail-Smith dropping to the bench.

1623: Liverpool beat Brighton on their way to the League Cup final earlier this season and looked very sparky in attack with Luis Suarez and Craig Bellamy combining well up front. Andy Carroll will have the chance to impress up front on this occasion.

Liverpool v Brighton (1630 GMT)

Kenny Dalglish says Wembley places are on offer as Liverpool aim to warm up for next Sunday's Carling Cup final against Cardiff with victory over Brighton. "If someone plays well against Brighton it gives you a problem for the team the following week," said the Liverpool manager. This is the second meeting between the two clubs this season. Brighton went a further eight games without a win after losing to Liverpool in the Carling Cup back in September, and manager Gus Poyet said: "That Carling Cup tie took a lot from us. We gave everything we had."

Sam Borni on Twitter: "Cracking game, just what I wanted! Everton v Sunderland in the quarters of the FA Cup!

1618: The weekend of the 17 and 18 March is the one to mark in your diaries for that little lot. There are a fair few ifs, buts and maybes in there with some replays to come but Everton and Sunderland, two teams hitting rich veins of form, facing each other will be a tasty encounter.





1613: Here we go...

Stevenage goalkeeper Chris Day, a former Tottenham player: "At the end it got stretched, but we had a couple of chances. It's a tight pitch, it was bobbly, they passed the ball for fun but anything they slung in our centre halves gobbled up. The replay will be a long shot, it'll be the first time I've been down there this season without having to pay to get in!"

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp after his side's 0-0 draw with Stevenage: "It was what I expected, I've been around long enough. They're a difficult team to play against, the pitch was bumpy, the ball was bobbling everywhere and it was very difficult to play good football. They worked hard and they're a dangerous side. It was difficult to get the ball down and play, these are not easy games but we competed well, if your attitude is not spot-on you're going to be in trouble. We're still in the Cup and we're at home but I wouldn't under-estimate Stevenage by any means."

1608: Wembley HQ is coming through loud and clear. The last eight, the sixth round, the quarter-finals, call it what you will, it is coming out of the pot imminently.

Liverpool v Brighton (1630 GMT)

Neil Johnston reports: "Their trophy cabinet has been gathering dust for six years, but suddenly Liverpool find themselves within sight of a cup double. The Carling Cup finalists will have to end Brighton's unbeaten start to 2012 if they are to advance to the last eight of the FA Cup though. The Championship club have already claimed one Premier League scalp in the shape of Newcastle. Can they follow in the footsteps of Northampton, Barnsley and Reading who have all produced cup shocks at Anfield in recent years?"

1608: The draw for the quarter-final is coming up sharpish and then we will turn our attentions to Anfield.

1607: Stevenage deserve every penny of their share of the White Hart Lane gate after that performance. And if you think they lack the wherewithal to give Tottenham problems away from home territory, cast your mind back to 1998 and St James' Park.

Liverpool v Brighton (1630 GMT)

Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Skrtel, Jose Enrique, Henderson, Gerrard, Adam, Downing, Suarez, Carroll. Subs: Doni, Maxi, Coates, Kuyt, Spearing, Shelvey, Kelly.

Brighton: Brezovan, Calderon, Greer, Dunk, El-Abd, Buckley, Bridcutt, Navarro, LuaLua, Vokes, Barnes. Subs: Ankergren, Noone, Mackail-Smith, Vicente, Harley, Vincelot, Agdestein.

Referee: Andre Marriner (W Midlands)

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty's FT snapshot from the Lamex Stadium: "Stevenage fans delighted at the prospect of a replay and rightly so. Spurs nowhere near their best but take nothing away from Stevenage. Real fight and resilience."

From Jon Tattz in Oldbury via text: "Get used to this Harry. When England are drawing 0-0 with a team they should be easily beating, the press and fans won't nearly be so kind."

Mark Bright on BBC Radio 5 live: "Stevenage were very professional in their performance, they worked tirelessly and unselfishly, they have earned the right to go to Tottenham and play there - that will be a different game. Look at who Harry had on at the end - Lennon, Bale, Defoe, Saha, Parker, he really wanted to win this game today. Full credit to Stevenage, you can see why they've got a really strong home record."

FULL-TIME Stevenage 0-0 Tottenham

1555: Laurie Wilson throws over a late cross before Scott Parker is a foot too short to get his head on a tempting cross at the other end. Don Cowan then strides upfield from halfway and slashes wide from a difficult angle and distance, but neither side can find a winner.

1553: Stevenage are holding their shape well, jockeying their Tottenham counterparts on the edge of the area and refusing to commit themselves. Canny stuff from the League One side.

Stevenage manager Gary Smith tells ITV: "I think there's one or two chances left in this tie. We might get one of those. My players have worked tirelessly and it's been a wonderful effort. We have to see it out."

1548: Luke Freeman is replaced by Phil Edwards for Stevenage.

1546: Aaron Lennon has come on for Danny Rose and he works himself into a great position before seeing his cross cut out. Lennon looks the likeliest source of a late breakthrough for the visitors and Stevenage are quick to double up on him every time he has the ball.

John Graham on Twitter: "Personally surprised at the tempo Stevenage have kept it at. Fitness must be a priority at the club."

Mark Bright on BBC Radio 5 live: "Stevenage are really working hard, holding a good defensive line, and once the Spurs players are looking up there is nobody to hit."

BREAKING TEAM NEWS: Luis Suarez starts his first FA Cup match for Liverpool in a team that shows three changes from the side that lost to Manchester United.

1541: There is 10 minutes left at the Lamex Stadium and a Stevenage goal would probably be decisive from this point in with Tottenham toling in vain as they attempt to overhaul their hosts' well-organised rearguard.

From Vinny in Newcastle via text: "Re Tom, swap you for Shola Ameobi?"

1537: Gareth Bale bursts in behind Scott Laird on the right and cuts the ball back. It is a little behind Louis Saha and the Frenchman would have been better to let it run through to Scott Parker behind him rather than attempt a flamboyant flick that trickles to Chris Day.

1533: Tottenham started the second half at a better pace but have not managed to maintain their tempo. Scott Parker controls the ball in the box but is flagged offside.

1530: Luke Freeman has a chance to try and find the forehead of big Ben May but curls his free-kick straight into the arms of Carlo Cudicini.

1528: Stevenage make a change now with Ben May replacing Chris Beardsley up top.

From Tom in London via text: "I would happily sell Jermain Defoe and replace him with any other Premiership striker. He has played atrociously today and will never reach the level he clearly believes himself to already be at."

From Bill Gordon via text: "Not much hope for England's future if Redknapp can't unlock the mighty Stevenage!!"

1527: Niko Kranjcar replaces Kyle Walker as Tottenham go to 4-4-2.

1525: Joel Byrom hammers another effort goalwards. It is on target this time and dips nastily just at the end of its flight. Carlo Cudicini spills it a couple of yards in front of him and Ryan Nelsen hurries across to hack clear ahead of Chris Beardsley.

1523: Stevenage's Joel Byrom smacks a sweet-as-a-nut strike just a whisker wide of the top corner of Carlo Cudicini's net.

1520: In Scotland, Celtic can increase their gap at the top of the Scottish Premier League to 17 points with a win at Hibernian today. BBC Scotland has full live audio and text coverage on today's SPL action.

Mark Bright on BBC Radio 5 live: "We're quick to criticise officials when they get decisions wrong so we should praise them when they get them right. That's a big decision in this Cup tie."

1517: Louis Saha has the ball in the net as he crashes home from Danny Rose's low cross, but the sharp-eyed Darren Cann flags for offside as the Frenchman's finish clips off the offside Scott Parker before hitting the net.


1515: Michael Bostwick clearly fancies his chances from distances as he cracks another in from long range. He has not very close so far and it is another wild one off his right peg.

Stevenage manager Gary Smith talking to ITV: "It's only to be expected that Tottenham have upped the tempo. But we have got to continue working hard and keep possession a little bit better."

From Tim in Newcastle, via text: "Really looking forward to the next round draw today - this is definitely Sunderland's year so we'll take anyone at the fortress of light."

The draw for the quarter-finals is up after this match. Sunderland are the highest ranked team definitely through to the last eight so far.

1508: Stevenage stand off Gareth Bale and are almost made to pay as the Welshman surges forwards and drives a shot goalwards which Chris Day has to get down to sharply to turn away.

1505: Niko Kranjcar is in his shorts and shirts as the teams trot out. He could be coming on soon, but the second half gets under way with the Croatian still on the sidelines.

1504: The vocal home fans apparently did a rendition of the Only Fools and Horses theme tune during the first half in honour of their London visitors. Not sure that Harry Redknapp, with his aversion to his "wheeler dealer" tag, will appreciate it that much.

Matt Bennett on Twitter: "Spurs looking very average today, don't look up for it at all, Stevenage unlucky not to be winning."

1459: Stevenage are acquitting themselves very well so far and in terms of performance have just about made up the two divisions separating them from the visitors.

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty's HT snapshot from the Lamex Stadium: "Spurs finally starting to show their greater quality as half-time approached but Stevenage can also take encouragement from the way they went about their work"

Mark Bright on BBC Radio 5 live: "Stevenage are very disciplined, very organised, you can see why they're doing well in the league, they've given a good account of themselves in the first half. Spurs haven't really caused many problems for them at the back. I think Harry will say 'we need to move the ball quicker.' It's a really, really good Cup tie."

HALF-TIME Stevenage 0-0 Tottenham

1449: Stevenage finish in the ascendancy as Scott Parker is required to get a block on Michael Bostwick's long-range effort and from the resulting corner Chris Beardsley almost gets his reward for sticking his head in where it hurts. Michael Dawson boots clear from just in front of the Stevenage striker's face.

Sam Borni on Twitter: "Stevenage need to just go for it in this game. Pile forward at those opportunities!"

1449: Younes Kaboul takes a free-kick from 25 yards out and it is straight from the Alex school of set-pieces with searing power behind his shot. Fortunately for Stevenage the direction is a little awry.

1446: Chris Beardsley's full-blooded volley thumps Louis Saha slap bang in the chest. That doesn't prevent the Stevenage appeals going up for a penalty though. The man that matters, Phil Dowd, is unmoved.

Alex Denvir on Twitter: "Spurs missing Modric's influence on keeping the ball in the midfield, his quality obvious when he's absent."

1443: Stevenage head up the other end and have the Tottenham defence in retreat as Darius Charles makes his way to the edge of the box. He dallies just a little too long though and the chance to shoot is gone.

1440: Tottenham splutter into life and create a couple of decent chances. First Danny Rose's cross is just a couple of inches too high for Kyle Walker before Louis Saha is bustled out off it by a scrambling Scott Laird after finding some space in the box.

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney on Twitter: "Hope to see Steve Bruce get the Wolves job. Be good to see him back in football #bruceyforwolves"

Harry for England. Now Brucie for Wolves. Wayne Rooney is the managerial kingmaker clearly.

1435: Stevenage are containing Tottenham with relative ease so far. Not a lot of punch at the other end though from the hosts as top-scorer Chris Beardsley bodges a shot wide from the edge of the box.

Stevenage manager Gary Smith tells ITV: "It's been very, very competitive. We've tried to disrupt Tottenham's fluency and it's looking very positive. If we can mount a bit more pressure there might be room for a first goal."

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty on Twitter at the Lamex Stadium:"Harry Redknapp deep in discussion with Kevin Bond. Stevenage encouraged by a pretty untroubled first 20 minutes."

1428: Louis Saha twists and turns before sending a shot flashing across the face of goal for Tottenham.

1426: Harry Redknapp is out of the touchline imploring his side to get a hold of the ball and start stringing some passes together. The Stevenage fans are growing in confidence as they chant "who are ya?" at the Spurs boss.

Mark Bright on BBC Radio 5 live: "Stevenage are pressing Spurs all over the park."

1424: Plenty of midfield ping-pong, but Stevenage finally get their foot on it as Michael Bostwick drills one in low after beationg Jake Livermore. His effort is blocked but Chris Beardsley almost gets a sight of goal from the loose ball before Ryan Nelsen steps in.

1420: First sniff of a chance for Tottenham as Danny Rose darts away from Ron Henry on the left and arrows a ball in hard and low to Jermain Defoe but the striker steers the half-chance wide at the near post.

Mark Bright on BBC Radio 5 live: "Very tidy from Stevenage in defence, they're not too worried about Spurs having the ball 10-15 yards inside their own half."

1417: Gareth Bale's ball forward asks too much of Danny Rose and a promising chance to counter is gone for the visitors.

1415: Kyle Walker's first touch carries the ball over the sideline as he attempts to burn off the attentions of two Stevenage defenders. Tottenham are still struggling to find their rhythm with Stevenage's Ron Henry doing a good job of breaking up their play.

Mark Bright on BBC Radio 5 live: "Spurs haven't been able to get hold of the ball. The grass is very short but it's slightly bobbly which obviously doesn't play into Spurs' hands."

1410: Chris Beardsley gets his head to an early corner in front of Danny Rose but directs his efforts into the advertising hoardings. An enterprising start from Stevenage, but we saw one of those from Crawley as well...

1406: Stevenage have an early chance to put he ball into the Tottenham box but Luke Freeman's free-kick is woeful and never looks like clearing the first man.

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty on Twitter at the Lamex Stadium: "Spurs' fans opening salvo: "Arsene Wenger - we want you to stay".

Mark Bright on BBC Radio 5 live: "Harry's shown Stevenage a lot of respect, gone with three centre backs to cope with Stevenage's aerial threat."

1406: Stevenage have an early chance to put he ball into the Tottenham box but Luke Freeman's free-kick is woeful and never looks like clearing the first man.

1404: We are up and running at the Lamex Stadium.

1403: We swing north to Hertfordshire where the teams are out on the pitch. There is a traditional pre-season friendly between these two sides every season. This might have a bit more bite about it.

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp knows they are regarded as FA Cup favourites in many quarters, but knows they face tough task at Stevenage if they are to progress to the last eight. He said: It'll be a tough game at Stevenage.They'll work their socks off but we've got a big chance. We grew up with the tradition of the FA Cup. When I was a kid, it was the big day of the year, so it would be lovely to go Wembley with Tottenham this year."

Stevenage manager Gary Smith is not daunted despite watching Spurs thrash Newcastle last week, saying: "The first 45 minutes of football were inspiring, a wonderful performance, as good as I've seen live for a long, long time. It will be different here on this pitch because it gives us our best chance of performing."

Stevenage v Tottenham (1400 GMT)

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at the Lamex Stadium: "Harry Redknapp's entered into the FA Cup spirit at The Lamex Stadium at Stevenage by exchanging high-fives with the club's giant mascot on his arrival - but there is a serious business ahead for Spurs against the League One side who feel they have the opportunity to create a fifth round upset on their own territory today."

Steve Claridge on BBC Radio 5 live: "Just about the right result, I think the sending off worked in Stoke's favour, it sorted out what they needed to do. After 10 minutes they were all over the shop and it looked like we might have a shock but it was a very comfortable afternoon in the end."

FULL-TIME: Crawley 0-2 Stoke

1355: Almost a consolation, and a pretty strong case for a penalty in the process, for Crawley. Tyrone Barnett's acrobatic volley is cleared off the line by Danny Collins' elbow and the Stoke defender seemed to shrug deliberately into the ball.

1352: Crawley's Sergio Torres slashes wide from the edge of the box as the game heads into three minutes of injury time.

1350: Crawley are happy to pop the ball aboout amongst themselves near the centre circle but as soon as they advance to within 30 yards of goal they find themselves up against a wall of Stoke players. They have not looked like working a way round that barrier in the second half.

Steve Claridge on BBC Radio 5 live: "He's been very good today, Jon Walters, showed just the right attitude you need in these games."

1346: Tony Pulis withdraws Cameron Jerome in favour of Andy Wilkinson as he looks to shut this game down. Six minutes of normal time remain.

1345: Scott Neilson has looked lively since his arrival from the substitutes' bench and his cross threatens to waft in under Asmir Begovic's bar before assistant referee Sian Massey rules that it has already gone out for a goal-kick.

Stevenage v Tottenham (1400 GMT)

Stevenage: Day, Henry, Ashton, Roberts, Laird, Wilson, Byrom, Bostwick, Freeman, Charles, Beardsley. Subs: Julian, Edwards, Long, Reid, Myrie-Williams, May, Cowan.

Tottenham: Cudicini, Walker, Dawson, Kaboul, Nelsen, Rose, Parker, Livermore, Bale, Saha, Defoe. Subs: Friedel, Lennon, Kranjcar, King, Khumalo, Dawkins, Luongo.

Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty on Twitter at the Lamex Stadium: "Former Spurs keeper Pat Jennings - complete with still luxurious hair - is giving benefit of his experience to a group of Stevenage fans."

1338: A scampering run from Scott Neilson has Stoke backpedalling before he slips the ball to Sanchez Watt just inside the area. Watt ignores Kyle McFadzean's run outside him but does not strike his shot cleanly enough to trouble Asmir Begovic.

1336: Sanchez Watt, on loan from Arsenal, sends a shot whistling narrowly over the top from 20 yards out. Stoke, a man down, are content to drop off Crawley and so far the hosts don't look like having the craft to open then up.

1333: Twenty minutes to go and Crawley need a goal soon if they are to make Stoke sweat in the final stages. No sign of it coming so far though.

1331: Dean Howell has a pop from a free-kick 30 yards out but he scuffs his shot under a leaping a Stoke City wall and Asmir Begovic drops on it with time to spare.

1329: Stoke look to have total control but they are briefly stretched as Dean Howell's cross is controlled by Tyrone Barnett. Danny Collins dives in to block the striker's shot.

BREAKING TEAM NEWS: Stevenage name an unchanged side from their 1-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday for their match against Tottenham.

Steve Claridge on BBC Radio 5 live: "That's better from Crawley, at least they're getting numbers in the box. That's something that might have happened earlier in the game."

1324: Scott Neilson lashes high and wide after a quick short-corner routine works a bit of space for Crawley out wide.

1321: Stoke come close to a third as Glenn Whelen's corner flies through a packed penalty box with Jonathan Walters and Peter Crouch coming closest to getting a touch. "Evans, Evans what's the score?" the away fans enquire.

1319: Crawley are up against it now. "Two nil in your Cup final" is the chant coming from the Stoke fans.

GOALFLASH: Crawley 0-2 Stoke (Crouch)

Glenn Whelen's swirling free-kick picks out Peter Crouch at the far post as the striker out-jumps his man and guides a pinpoint header back across Rene Gilmartin.

BREAKING TEAM NEWS: Ryan Nelsen will make his full Tottenham debut in a side showing six changes.

Steve Claridge on BBC Radio 5 live: "Crawley have got to keep two front players up, not have one dropping off. When they get the ball they got to be patient and get some width, they're very narrow still, and just do everything with quality, not just for the sake of it."

1311: David Hunt has been replaced by Scott Neilson. Presuambly he was given the chance to run off a knock and has not managed to do so.

1310: Crawley boss Steve Evans has told ESPN that Rory Delap's red-card challenge has left a five-inch gash in David Hunt's leg.

1307: We are back up and running at Broadfield.

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty on Twitter: "Harry Redknapp has arrived at Stevenage and obliged the club's giant mascot with a high five."

1302: A couple of points from ESPN's half-time coverage. Former Crawley striker Matt Tubbs has stood up for the referee. "In 2012 that is a red card," he said of Rory Delap's challenge. They are also reporting that there was an altercation between Crawley boss Steve Evans and Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross in the tunnel at the break. There could be some spice to this second half.

1258: The referee Mike Jones escaped with only by a few boos from the home fans to warm his ears. Considering both Tony Pulis and Steve Evans were foaming with anger at points in that first 45 minutes, it could have been a lot worse for the official.

Steve Claridge on BBC Radio 5 live: "The red card almost gave Stoke designated jobs to do whereas before I don't think they were clear, there were almost too many players in the same positions."

Jefferson Lake's HT snapshot: "Crawley have arguably been the better side in this anything-but-cosy Sunday lunchtime tie but Stoke, 60 places above them in the Football League ladder and a man lighter after Rory Delap's controversial red card, lead through Jon Walters' penalty at the interval."

HALF-TIME: Crawley 0-1 Stoke

1250: Ryan Shotton swipes Sergio Torres' legs from under him and the crowd are briefly calling for a second Stoke red card for the foul on the Argentine. They will have to make do with the yellow that referee Mike Jones opts for instead.

1248: Stoke's opener has taken the wind out of the sails of Crawley's fans and players. Steve Evans' pep-talk will have to pick his side up at the break.

Steve Claridge on BBC Radio 5 live: "You won't get a better penalty, fantastic strike, low hard and into the corner. The sort of break you need, but they were starting to get a foothold."

GOALFLASH: Crawley 0-1 Stoke (Walters pen.)

Kyle McFadzean clumsily barges into back of Ryan Shawcross as the pair contest a bouncing ball on the edge of the box. It is a needless one. There is not a lot of contact but referee Mike Jones points straight to the spot. Jonathan Walters duly dispatches from 12 yards with a sledgehammer strike.


1242: After looking a little rattled in the first few minutes, Stoke have reorganised well after Rory Delap's dismissal. Crawley have been kept to pot shots from distance for the most part. Tyrone Barnett is the latest to try his luck, but his effort limps well wide.

Steve Claridge on BBC Radio 5 live: "The fourth official is earning his money today there's no doubt about that."

1239: Josh Simpson catches Jonathan Walters a little late as the striker plays the ball upfield. Referee Mike Jones does not whistle though and soon has Dean Whitehead, amongst others, in his ear. I suspect the Stoke staff will be queueing up to offer an assessment of the official's first-half performance at the break.

1234: Crawley's Kyle McFadzean catches one sweetly from way, way out and Asmir Begovic has to watch it all the way into his arms. At the other end, Cameron Jerome squirms free and sends one whizzing across the face of the hosts' goal. Half an hour gone.

Layton Wilson on Twitter: "Ref is having a shocker so far, never a red card then misses a clear foul in the box for Crawley."

Ad Harkin on Twitter: "Shocking decision, never a red."

1229: Stoke are not seeing as much of the ball, but they are slicker coming forward than Crawley. A foul on Jonathan Walters gives the visitors a free-kick in a promising position, but Dean Howell heads away Glenn Whelan's set-piece.

Chris Cassettari on Twitter:"I'm betting on Torres to do today what Torres couldn't do yesterday! Or for any other game this season saying that!"

Steve Claridge on BBC Radio 5 live: "It's not a two-footer, not a great challenge, but not a two-footer. The referee doesn't give the decision straightaway, he almost looks at what's going on first, I don't think he's even going to give a free-kick, he looks at the reaction of the manager and then sends him off. For me that's a strange decision."

1224: Tony Pulis can at least take some solace from the fact that Ryan Shawcross has just escaped punishment for blocking off a Crawley attacker as he leaps for the ball in the box.


Tony Pulis is fuming on the touchline. Rory Delap is always stretching to make the tackle on David Hunt, but he looks to have made at least some connection with the ball. The Irishman is not helped though by a show of studs and Steve Evans marching a few feet on to the pitch to remonstrate with the officials.

1218: Dean Howell and Sergio Torres, both big of hair, have made good progress down the left flank for Crawley. Steve Evans will be delighted with his side's performance so far.

1215: Jonathan Walters whips a shot across the face ofRene Gilmartin's goal before Tyrone Barnett suffers a rush of bood to the head and clouts a shot well over from a tight angle after working his way free of Matthew Upson. Open stuff so far.

1211: The game remains goalless, but only by the width of the Stoke crossbar. David Hunt's corner rebounds off Peter Crouch and bounces off the woodwork to safety. First signs of Stoke looking uncomfortable at the back.

1208: Crawley are hoisting the ball into the Stoke box at every opportunity. The sun is very low in the sky and could come into play as the game goes on. It is behind Asmir Begovic in the Stoke goal at the moment, but it will be right in his eyes come the second half.

1205: The hosts have an early corner. David Hunt's initial delivery is seen off by Stoke but Ryan Shotton clears the follow-up behind to concede a second inside the first three minutes.

1201: Crawley get us under way.

Simon via text: "Whizzing along up the motorways to Anfield. Plenty of Albion fans flooding up. We're gonna give King Kenny a good kick in the Crown Paints today!"

Liverpool v Brighton is a 1630 GMT kick-off this afternoon

1158: It is a bright and breezy day down in Sussex and the home fans are in raucous mood. The players are making their way out of the tunnel into some spring sunshine. Kick-off is two minutes away.

DerekJBright on Twitter: "At possibly the only pub in Sydney showing the Crawley game! Can't wait for it, not looking forward to work in five hours."

Crawley v Stoke

Jefferson Lake reports: "Crawley Town manager Steve Evans believes his team's tie against Stoke City is an entirely different proposition to their game against Manchester United last season. Evans' men lost 1-0 at Old Trafford last time around but he said: "We probably went up there more in hope that we could keep our dignity rather than win. I think there is a real belief within the camp that we can beat Stoke and that is the difference. We think we can be in the quarter-finals." Tony Pulis knows it will be a "really tough game" but is delighted to still be in a competition both Manchester clubs are not."

1152: Stoke boss Tony Pulis is not entirely happy with the Thursday-Sunday rhythm that his side's Europa League involvement has set them on. There is a bit of a contrast between the opponents that they and Thursday's opponents Valencia are facing this weekend as well. While Los Che head to the Nou Camp to play Barcelona, it is the Broadfield Stadium for the Potters.

Eli Richards on Twitter: "I predict an entire Football League whitewash today - but then again I am an Arsenal fan."

Jack Cornell on Twitter: "I am a Liverpool fan living in Crawley, hoping and expecting a double victory today, 2-1 in both games I think."

Russ Pearce on Twitter: "Only five hours till kick-off but already got the blue and white stripes on in Vietnam! Going to be a late one here!"

Crawley v Stoke

Jefferson Lake reports: "Rene Gilmartin makes his debut for Crawley after signing on loan from Watford as cover for the injured Scott Shearer. Also in for the Red Devils is Josh Simpson for the cup-tied Billy Clarke, while Stoke make six changes from the side that lost to Valencia on Thursday, with Cameron Jerome given the nod up front."

1140: With Rory Delap and Ryan Shotton starting for Stoke and David Hunt in the Crawley first XI, we have some of the finest long-throw exponents in the game involved in this contest. Prepare yourselves for a penalty-box bombardment.

Crawley Town v Stoke

Crawley Town: Gilmartin, Howell, Mills, Davis, Hunt, Torres, Bulman, McFadzean, Simpson, Barnett, Watt. Subs: Kuipers, Akpan, Wilson, Akinde, Wassmer, Neilson, Wickham.

Stoke: Begovic, Shotton, Collins, Shawcross, Upson, Delap, Whitehead, Whelan, Walters, Crouch, Jerome. Subs: Nash, Jones, Fuller, Wilson, Diao, Etherington, Wilkinson.

Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)

1136: Let's have a look at how the Red Devils and the Potters are lining up for this one then...

Crawley v Stoke

Jefferson Lake reports: "Sixty league places separate Crawley Town, the lowest-ranked team in this year's FA Cup, and last year's finalists Stoke City, who go into the game on the back of a four-game losing streak. Crawley, 250/1 shots for the trophy outright, haven't conceded a goal in putting out Bury, Redbridge, Bristol City and Hull City to get this far. Only Manchester United have beaten Steve Evans' men in their last 10 FA Cup ties - and even that was at Old Trafford."

1131: I'm not sure whether it was particularly wise or witty, but Crawley manager Steve Evans has called out Stoke's squad as containing a "top, top Championship players". I'm not sure that will be taken as a compliment by a Stoke team that have not looked close to returning to the second tier in four seasons in the Premier League.

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty on Twitter: "The circus is in town in Stevenage - but think I'll take in the FA Cup tie with Spurs instead."

BBC Sport's Conor McNamara on Twitter: "By this week last year Charlie Adam had four times as many goals for Blackpool as he has for Liverpool so far this season. Due one?"

1126: The doors are open for your pearls of wit and wisdom. Text on 81111, tweet on #bbcfootball and I'll string them together into something nice to accompany all the action.

BREAKING TEAM NEWS: Peter Crouch and Cameron Jerome start up front for Stoke with Kenwyne Jones on the bench. More to come shortly.

1123: Stoke, Tottenham and Liverpool are the Premier League sides hoping to emerge unscathed from the rough and tumble of the FA Cup fifth round today. League Two Crawley, League One Stevenage and Championship Brighton will be the Football League underdogs coming out swinging. This is how the card looks this afternoon:

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1120: It isn't just the members of David Haye and Dereck Chisora's entourages that are nursing bruises this morning. Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas's ego is a little fragile after he had to deny suggestions that Didier Drogba led the half-time team talk in the yesterday's draw with Birmingham. Meanwhile Arsene Wenger is sore after his Arsenal side, having suffered a 4-0 whupping at the hands of AC Milan, were soundly beaten by Sunderland.

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