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Five surprises caused in the FA Cup Fourth Round + the Fifth Round ball numbers

Five surprises were caused in the FA Cup Fourth Round, we have seen so far this weekend, creating plenty of talk on social media.

Those first of those came on Friday night when League Two side Northampton Town managed to hold Championship side Derby County to a 0-0 draw.

Northampton forward Vadaine Oliver went closest to scoring, striking the crossbar from close range in the first half.

The Cobblers earn themselves a replay at Pride Park which is set to take place next month either Tuesday the 4th or Wednesday the 5th of February.

 

The first match that did see a team beat higher level opponents was West Brom of the Championship, and it’s all thanks to Conor Townsend’s perfect strike which proved enough to send the Baggies through against Premier League strugglers West Ham.

David Moyes named a strong line-up, but it took until the 90th minute for the hosts to get their first shot on target when Declan Rice tested Jonathan Bond from distance.

Portsmouth from League One also managed to beat a team from a league above in Championship side Barnsley, booking a place in the fifth round for the first time in 10 years.

The six goal thriller saw Ben Close and John Marquis put Pompey 2-0 up going into the break, Cauley Woodrow got one back for the away side 20 minutes into the second half, only for Ronan Curtis to restore his side’s two lead from the restart and then Christian Burgess’ header made it four with 15 minutes remaining, then Conor Chaplin tapped in to give Barnsley a second in stoppage time.

Home side League One side Coventry City managed to draw 0-0 at their Championship opponents Birmingham.

The Sky Blues were left kicking themselves after coming close to securing victory in the closing moments, but instead, they will have to replay the fixture at St Andrew’s.

The last of five surprises caused in the FA Cup Fourth Round so far came at Newcastle United when League One side Oxford United held the Premier League side to a goalless draw.

The U’s had the best chances to win the game Nathan Holland shot tipped over by Karl Darlow and Rob Dickie heading over the bar from a corner) against a full-strength Magpies team which included a debut from Nabil Bentaleb who forcing Oxford keeper Simon Eastwood to make a good save from Simon Eastwood from 20 yards, plus the hosts’ striker Joelinton had two goals correctly disallowed for offside.

Fans gave their reaction after finding out the four surprises caused in the FA Cup Fourth Round (be sure to see which clubs supporters are replying to)…

 

THE FIFTH ROUND BALL NUMBERS:

1 Tranmere Rovers or Manchester United
2 Hull City or Chelsea
3 Southampton or Tottenham Hotspur
4 Sheffield Wednesday
5 AFC Bournemouth or Arsenal
6 Northampton Town or Derby County
7 Leicester City
8 Sheffield United
9 Reading or Cardiff City
10 West Bromwich Albion
11 Norwich City
12 Coventry City or Birmingham City
13 Manchester City or Fulham
14 Newcastle United or Oxford United
15 Portsmouth
16 Shrewsbury Town or Liverpool

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