Sunday, January 25, 2009

FA Cup Matches

The magic of the FA Cup was illustrated with the first of the 14 fourth-round ties, which pitted two famous neighbours against each other.

Derby County drew 1-1 with Nottingham Forest at County's Pride Park on Friday night.

The two clubs are now in The Championship, the second tier of English football.

Both goals came from low right-wing crosses, dummies and clinical finishes.

Rob Hulse put Derby ahead in the 35th minute and Robert Earnshaw equalised in the 64th.

Nigel Clough was the new manager in charge of Derby County, the club his father, Brian, took to the First Division title in 1972.

Brian then moved on to manage Nottingham Forest in 1975, where he won promotion to the First Division in his first season in charge and immediately won the First Division title. He also won two European Cups with Forest, beating Malmo in 1978-79 and Hamburg in 1979-80.

Incidentally, Nottingham Forest beat Derby County 3-1 in the FA Cup Final of 1898, played at Crystal Palace.

The replay of this fourth-round tie will be at Forest's City Ground on 4th February. Nigel Clough will take his team along Brian Clough Way, the road leading to the stadium.

At lunch time on Saturday, Division One side Hartlepool United lost 2-0 at home at Victoria Park to Premier League side West Ham United.

The goals came just before half-time, the first through Velon Behrami and the second from a controversial penalty by Mark Noble. The handling offence was clearly outside the box.

Other Results:

Doncaster 0-0 Aston Villa
Manchester United 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Kettering Town 2-4 Fulham
Portsmouth 0-2 Swansea
West Bromwich Albion 2-2 Burnley
Chelsea 3-1 Ipswich Town
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-2 Middlesbrough
Sheffield United 2-1 Charlton Athletic
Sunderland 0-0 Blackburn Rovers
Hull City 2-0 Milwall
Torquay United 0-1 Coventry City
Watford 4-3 Crystal Palace


Anonymous said...

Doncaster 0 Aston Villa 0

Anonymous said...

Liverpool 1 Everton 1.

The Pool had 75% of the play . Only stout defending by the depleted Toffeemen secured a draw.