25 Jan 2009

Swansea upset FA Cup holders

5:41 pm on 25 January 2009

Swansea City has caused a huge upset in English football's FA Cup, knocking out holders Portsmouth.

The Welsh side deservedly won the fourth round match with a 2-0 performance.

But there was little room for FA Cup romance elsewhere with none of the other unfancied teams managing upset victories.

Minor League Kettering Town came close to achieving a draw against Premier League Fulham before Andrew Johnson and Bobby Zamora scored late goals to give the visitors a 4-2 win.

Doncaster Rovers of the Championship held high-flying Premier League visitors Aston Villa to a goalless draw and Burnley of the Championship also drew 2-2 at West Bromwich Albion.

Minor League Torquay United held Championship side Coventry City until the 87th minute before the visitors scored the only goal.

Apart from Portsmouth, none of the Premier League teams involved in fourth round ties lost, with West Ham United seeing off League One (third division) Hartlepool United's challenge, Chelsea beat Ipswich 3-1 and Manchester United scored twice in two minutes to defeat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1.

Sunderland and Blackburn Rovers drew 0-0.

Hull City reached the fifth round for the first time in 20 years with a 2-0 win over League One (third division) Millwall and Middlesbrough scored a 2-1 win at Championship leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Cardiff City are still to host Arsenal while Liverpool play their second Merseyside derby in a week when Everton visit.