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In brief: Beckham will wait in wings

Published 09/01/2011 | 05:00

David Beckham could be in the stands at White Hart Lane today as Tottenham look to get their quest for FA Cup glory off to a flying start against Charlton (1.30).

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Negotiations over a potential two-month loan deal for the LA Galaxy midfielder continued yesterday, with the 35-year-old keen on a move to the London club.

Despite there still being several obstacles to overcome, Spurs boss Harry Redknapp was confident of a deal being struck yesterday and even suggested the former England skipper could come to watch his side in action today.

The Spurs boss, who won the trophy with Pompey in 2008, admits that despite a packed fixture schedule, he is hoping his team can go all the way this year.

"We want to try to get to the final. It would be nice if we can," Redknapp said. "We're in every competition and we'll try to do our best in every competition."

Kidd hopes for City progress

ManchesTer City's latest new-boy, Edin Dzeko, is not eligible to play a part in his side's FA Cup clash against Leicester today (4.0), having completed his £27m move from Wolfsburg after the registration deadline.

City are also without David Silva and Mario Balotelli, who remain sidelined with knee injuries. That could mean a recall for Adam Johnson as City boss Roberto Mancini goes head-to-head with Sven-Goran Eriksson.

Assistant manager Brian Kidd insists that City are gradually improving as they look to end their search for silverware. "We are not the finished article," he said.

"As far as everyone at this club is concerned, we are still a work in progress. The boss wants everybody to work hard and he will look for improvement."

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County stun Sunderland

Paul Ince got the better of former Manchester United team-mate Steve Bruce as League One Notts County dumped Sunderland out of the FA Cup on 2-1 scoreline.

Sunderland only came to life in the closing stages of the game, and by that point, they were trailing 2-0 after keeper Simon Mignolet had fumbled Craig Westcarr's fifth-minute flick into his own net before Lee Hughes struck with 15 minutes left.

Darren Bent's 81st-minute penalty kept the tie alive until the final whistle, but County held out to claim a famous victory which was little more than they deserved.

Blues storm past Millwall

Birmingham strolled into the fourth round of the FA Cup as they made light work of a potential upset by brushing aside Championship team Millwall with a 4-1 hammering at the New Den.

A brace from Matt Derbyshire and a free-kick from David Murphy put the Blues 3-0 up at half-time. Cameron Jerome came off the bench to head home with his first touch to make it 4-0.

Millwall grabbed an injury-time consolation through Danny Schofield but the gulf in class between the two sides was evident throughout and Birmingham fully deserved the win.

Pressure on Grant lifted

Jonathan Spector was on target to boost West Ham's under-fire manager Avram Grant as they beat Barnsley 2-0 at Upton Park.

The American put the Hammers ahead before substitute Frederic Piquionne rifled home a late second.

Meanwhile, Cardiff earned themselves a home replay after holding Stoke at the Britannia Stadium. Michael Chopra put Cardiff in front in the eighth minute, only for Tuncay to equalise on 45 minutes after latching onto Ricardo Fuller's header.

Hoilett helps see off QPR

Junior Hoilett's first goal for Blackburn was enough to beat Championship leaders QPR after Rovers has missed a host of chances at Ewood Park.

Mame Biram Diouf (twice), Ryan Nelsen, Gael Givet and El-Hadji Diouf could all have given their side a comfortable lead.

But 20-year-old Hoilett showed them all how it should be done with a shot from the edge of the penalty area late in the second half to put Rovers through.

Diame double denies Tigers

Mohamed Diame netted twice as Wigan booked their place in the next round with a 3-2 victory over Hull.

He opened the scoring after 21 minutes before Callum McManaman grabbed his first for the Latics 11 minutes after the break. Nick Barmby netted either side of Diame's second, but the visitors held on.

Meanwhile, former Ireland player Clinton Morrison helped Sheffield Wednesday sweep Bristol City aside 3-0. Gary Teale gave the visitors a lead and Neil Mellor made it two before Morrison scored the third.

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