Weekend Football Round-up (26th-27th January)

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FA Cup

The fourth round of the FA Cup produced some brilliant games involving London sides. In Sunday’s West London derby Brentford lead Chelsea to draw 2-2. It needed a late Fernando Torres equaliser to keep the Blues in the hat for the Fifth round draw.

Arsenal saw off a brave Brighton performance to win 3-2 at the AMEX Arena. Theo Walcott scored the winner in the 85th minute after Olivier Giroud scored twice earlier in the game for Arsenal.

Millwall came from behind to pile on more misery for Premier League strugglers Aston Villa. Danny Shittu equalised in the 27th minute, before John Marquis scored the winner late in the match.

West London sides Fulham and QPR however, both lost their fourth round ties. Fulham went down 4-1 at Old Trafford to Manchester United, whilst QPR were humiliated at home by the MK Dons 4-2, in a game they were trailing 4-0 at one point.

Another London side on the end of a cup upset were Tottenham Hotspur. A 2-1 defeat by Championship side Leeds, saw Luke Varney and Ross McCormack score. Clint Dempsey replied but Spurs were deservedly beaten.

Championship

Watford’s fine form continued as they comfortably won 3-0 at the City Ground. Matěj Vydra scored twice and Troy Deeney netted the other as Gianfranco Zola’s men move up to 4th.

Charlton remain mid table after their loss at home to struggling Sheffield Wednesday. Johnny Jackson’s strike just after half time had given the Addicks a 1-0 lead, which they held until the final 5 minutes when Wednesday scored 2 late goals to steal all 3 points.

League One

Leyton Orient beat Notts County 2-1 to move 15th and just 9 points off the Play-Off places, in what looks to be a tight tussle for the play-off places. Dave Mooney and Mathieu Baudry scored the goals to keep Orient’s push alive.

League Two

It wasn’t a great day for the 3 London sides in action in League 2 on Saturday as none of them picked up 3 points.

AFC Wimbledon were pegged back from 2-0 to draw 2-2 at home to table topping Port Vale. The result leaves the Dons bottom of the football league. Fellow strugglers Barnet lost 1-0 to Burton Albion and Dagenham and Redbridge went down 2-1 at home to Morecambe.

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