Tuesday 20 March 2018

FA Cup round-up: Arsenal forced to replay, Reading upset Baggies, Everton and Watford advance

Reading's Lucas Piazon, Michael Hector and Ola John celebrate after the game
Reading's Lucas Piazon, Michael Hector and Ola John celebrate after the game

FA Cup holders Arsenal will face a fifth-round replay at Championship promotion-chasers Hull after being held to a frustrating goalless draw at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners created a host of chances in a one-sided clash but were unable to make the breakthrough, with Hull goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic in outstanding form.

Jakupovic made a string of fine saves, including one fine fingertip on to the post from a Joel Campbell free-kick, while Arsenal also had two penalty appeals turned down.

Both sides made numerous changes - nine by Arsenal by 10 for Hull - indicating priorities lay elsewhere, but the teams were fully committed. In all Arsenal had 24 shots to their opponents' six as they continually pressed, but Hull's performance was one of great resilience.

Another Championship side, Reading, provided the upset of the day as they came from behind to beat Premier League West Brom 3-1.

After a goalless first half, Darren Fletcher looked to have put the Baggies on course for the quarter-finals when he broke the deadlock in the 53th minute.

But Paul McShane grabbed a quick reply as he headed home from an Oliver Norwood free-kick and Michael Hector repeated that feat to put the Royals ahead 18 minutes from time.

Saido Berahino and Fletcher had late chances as West Brom sought an equaliser but Chelsea loanee Lucas Piazon settled it in injury time.

Watford saw off Championship Leeds courtesy of an own goal from Scott Wootton early in the second half.

Wootton miscued a clearance and turned into his own net from a Ben Watson cross after 53 minutes.

Leeds were unable to get back into the game and Etienne Capoue, who earlier had a goal disallowed, spurned a late chance to make Watford's victory more convincing.

Everton claimed a place in the quarter-finals as second-half goals from Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku gave them a 2-0 win at Bournemouth.

The Merseysiders had Joel Robles to thank for saving a penalty from Charlie Daniels in the first half after a handball by James McCarthy.

Barkley put the Toffees ahead with a deflected long-range effort after 55 minutes before Lukaku struck from close range 14 minutes from time.

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