FA Cup

Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha handed another one-match ban

Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha will miss the FA Cup fifth-round tie with Doncaster after losing an appeal against an additional one-match ban following his red card against Southampton. Zaha appealed against the extra sanction, which came after he sarcastically clapped referee Andre Marriner following his dismissal, despite accepting a charge of improper conduct. He missed the win over Fulham before returning against West Ham, but will now serve an additional one-match suspension after his appeal was rejected by an independent regulatory commission, and a £10,000 fine upheld. The Football Association said in a statement: “Wilfried Zaha will be suspended for Crystal Palace’s game against Doncaster Rovers in the Emirates FA Cup on Sunday [17 February 2019]. “The forward accepted a char...

Michy Batshuayi could start for Palace against Doncaster

The Chelsea loanee has come off the bench in the last two matches. Roy Hodgson could hand Michy Batshuayi his first Crystal Palace start in their FA Cup fifth-round clash against Doncaster on Sunday. Batshuayi has made two appearances from the substitutes bench following his arrival on loan from Chelsea on deadline day. The 25-year-old striker, who spent the opening half of the season with Spanish side Valencia, has made an impact on Hodgson. And, although Hodgson insisted he will not ring the changes for Palace’s match against the League One side, Batshuayi is in contention for his full debut. “In training and in the matches he has played so far, he has been everything we wanted him to be,” said Hodgson. “He is a very lively character, and he is pleased to be back ...

Nuno let emotions get better of him last time Wolves faced Bristol City

The manager was sent to the stands when the teams clashed at Ashton Gate in December 2017. Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo admits he let emotions get the better of him against Bristol City last season, as he prepares to return to Ashton Gate. The Championship fixture between the two sides at the end of 2017 saw Nuno sent to the stands after impeding on Bristol City’s technical area, while there were red cards for Wolves defender Danny Batth and home goalkeeper Frank Fielding. The Portuguese had to watch the remainder of the match from the director’s box, where he did not hold back his celebrations when Ryan Bennett scored what proved to be an injury-time winner for Wolves and saw them open up a 10-point lead at the top of the table. Nuno’s team travel to Bristol City again on Sunday, this ...

Martial and Lingard sidelined for at least two weeks

Duo suffered problems during the Champions League defeat to Paris St Germain. Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial are set to be sidelined for at least a fortnight following their respective injuries in Manchester United‘s 2-0 defeat to Paris St Germain in midweek. Lingard was withdrawn shortly before the interval in the first leg of the Champions League last-16 fixture because of a hamstring issue while Martial did not reappear for the second half due to a groin complaint. United went on to concede twice in the pair’s absence as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer suffered his first defeat as the club’s interim manager. Jesse Lingard came off injured against PSG (Martin Rickett/PA) And the Norwegian expects both Lingard and Martial to miss the FA Cup fifth-round encounter at Chelsea on Mo...

Joe Day vows not to lose any sleep over facing Sergio Aguero and company

Newport goalkeeper Joe Day does not plan to lose any sleep over the prospect of facing Sergio Aguero and company in the FA Cup on Saturday after missing the birth of his twin girls in the last round. Day hit the headlines in the fourth round after becoming a father to Sophia Grace and Emelia Lillie during County’s FA Cup giant-killing of Middlesbrough. That impressive 2-0 win set up a fifth-round tie against Pep Guardiola’s Premier League champions – and Day insists he is sleeping soundly ahead of another sell-out Rodney Parade occasion. 👶👶 | A huge congratulations to ‘Keeper Joe Day and his wife Lizzie who gave birth to twins Sophia Grace Day and Emelia Lillie Day last night. Mother Lizzie and the two girls are all healthy and already looking forward to the #EmiratesFACu...

Manchester City team news: Injury, suspension list vs. Newport County

Sports Mole looks at the latest injury and suspension news for Manchester City ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup tie at Newport County. Manchester City will continue their bid for the quadruple when they face Newport County in the FA Cup fifth round on Saturday evening. Pep Guardiola‘s side had been seven points adrift of leaders Liverpool a couple of weeks ago, but City now find themselves at the top of the standings on goal difference. The North-West giants produced one of their best performances of the season on Sunday as they thrashed Chelsea by a 6-0 scoreline at the Etihad Stadium. City have reached the last 16 of the FA Cup by recording convincing victories over Rotherham United and Burnley. Here, Sports Mole looks at City’s latest injury and suspension news ahead of thei...

Hughton calls for FA action after derogatory chants were aimed at Gaetan Bong

Brighton boss Chris Hughton has called for the Football Association to clamp down on derogatory chanting after Gaetan Bong was targeted by West Brom fans. The defender was subjected to boos and chants when he came on as a substitute in the Seagulls’ 3-1 extra time FA Cup fourth round replay win. It was his first return to The Hawthorns after he accused Baggies striker Jay Rodriguez of a racist comment last season. Rodriguez was charged by the Football Association but the allegation was “not proven” having claimed he told Bong his breath smelled, with Albion fans singing Bong was a “smelly b******” on Wednesday. “It’s down the authorities and governors of our game, and what we see and hear, for people to deal with,” said Hughton, who called the booing of Bong by Burnley fans in support of f...

Result: Glenn Murray at the double as Brighton beat West Brom

Glenn Murray sent Brighton into the FA Cup fifth round after they finally saw off West Brom. The striker climbed off the bench to score twice in extra time and clinch a 3-1 fourth-round replay win. The Seagulls will host Derby next week after coming from behind to win at The Hawthorns. Kyle Bartley’s bizarre goal, when the defender hooked in from almost behind the goal, opened the scoring late on. 🙌 | That man Murray sends @OfficialBHAFC through to the fifth round! pic.twitter.com/SWnXDqpv58 — The Emirates FA Cup (@EmiratesFACup) February 6, 2019 But Brighton’s Florin Andone levelled with eight minutes left having escaped a first-half red card following an elbow on Sam Field. Leon Balogun and West Brom’s Hal Robson-Kanu hit the bar in the first half for either side in front of just 8,645 a...

Matt Doherty urges Wolves to go all out for FA Cup glory

Matt Doherty has targeted FA Cup glory and believes Wolves have no excuses not to go for the trophy. The defender scored twice in Tuesday’s 3-2 fourth round replay win over Shrewsbury to book a fifth round tie at Bristol City. Just seven Premier League sides remain in the competition and, with Chelsea also hosting Manchester United in the next round, another will drop out. Four-time winners Wolves have not lifted the Cup since 1960 but six-goal Doherty feels they should aim to end the drought. He said: “Considering we are seventh in the league now and there are not many Premier League teams left we have got to look at it and back ourselves to go and win a trophy. “If we beat Bristol now we are not far away from Wembley. It will be one more after that. “So it has opened up for us if we can ...

Joe Day: I ran off the pitch and was told two little girls were waiting for me

Newport goalkeeper Joe Day has spoken of his double delight after becoming a father to twin girls during his side’s FA Cup giant-killing of Middlesbrough. The 28-year-old rushed from the Rodney Parade pitch at the end of Tuesday night’s fourth-round replay, having learnt his wife Lizzie had gone into labour. She had baby girls Sophia Grace and Emelia Lillie at the Royal Gwent Hospital during the first half of Newport’s 2-0 victory, which set up a fifth-round tie at home to Premier League champions Manchester City a week on Saturday. 👶👶 | County’s Number One Joe Day has spoken about his joy at beating @Boro on Tuesday evening – as well as his rush to the Royal Gwent Hospital to meet his twin daughters! 🍼#NCAFC👶 Full Story 👶https://t.co/yf3PLG1ziZ — Newport County AFC (@NewportCounty) ...

Come on the County – a closer look at Newport’s FA Cup exploits

Newport have pulled off a string of big FA Cup results on home turf over the last 13 months, recording victories against Leicester, Middlesbrough and Leeds, and forcing a replay against Tottenham. Now they are aiming for a fifth – and which would be the biggest yet – with Manchester City due to visit Rodney Parade on February 16. Here, Press Association Sport looks back at their proud recent record under manager Michael Flynn. Newport 2 Leeds 1 – January 7 2018 Shawn McCoulsky, on loan from Bristol City, wrote his name into Newport’s history books with an 89th-minute winner against the Sky Bet Championship visitors in this third-round tie. It completed a late turnaround for Newport, who had trailed to Gaetano Berardi’s ninth-minute strike. But Newport were level through a 76th-minute own g...

Double delight for Day – Keeper celebrates cup upset by becoming father to twins

The 28-year-old rushed from the Rodney Parade pitch at the end of Tuesday’s fourth-round replay. Newport goalkeeper Joe Day has become a father to twin girls after dashing to attend their birth following his side’s FA Cup giant-killing of Middlesbrough. Day, 28, rushed from the Rodney Parade pitch at the end of Tuesday’s fourth-round replay, having learnt his wife Lizzie had gone into labour. Baby girls Sophia Grace and Emelia Lillie arrived later in the evening. 👶👶 | A huge congratulations to ‘Keeper Joe Day and his wife Lizzie who gave birth to twins Sophia Grace Day and Emelia Lillie Day last night. Mother Lizzie and the two girls are all healthy and already looking forward to the #EmiratesFACup Fifth Round! 🏆#OneClubOneCounty 💛 pic.twitter.com/dzJu9oMCRS — Newport County AFC (@Ne...

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