FA Cup fourth round review: Leicester edge Brentford, Slaven Bilic wins on return to West Ham and Oxford force Newcastle replay

Slaven Bilic: West Brom boss victorious on his return to the London Stadium

A review of Saturday's FA Cup fourth round action...

FA Cup results

  • Brentford 0-1 Leicester
  • Brentford 0-1 Leicester
  • Burnley 1-2 Norwich City
  • Coventry City 0-0 Birmingham City
  • Millwall 0-2 Sheffield United
  • Newcastle United 0-0 Oxford United
  • Portsmouth 4-2 Barnsley
  • Reading 1-1 Cardiff City
  • Southampton 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur
  • West Ham United 0-1 West Bromwich Albion
  • Hull City 1-2 Chelsea

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Bilic wins on West Ham return

Celebrations for West Brom after Conor Townsend's goal at West Ham in the FA Cup

Slaven Bilic dumped his former club out of the FA Cup as West Brom sank woeful West Ham 1-0 at the London Stadium.

Bilic, sacked by the Hammers in 2017, came back to haunt them, with his Championship pace-setters running out deserved winners thanks to Conor Townsend's early strike.

Gallingly for West Ham, this was pretty much their strongest available line-up while Bilic made eight changes to his, with the Croatian's priority lying with the promotion race.

Not only that, but Albion also played the final 18 minutes with 10 men after Semi Ajayi was sent off for a second booking.

Iheanacho fires Foxes into FA Cup fifth round

Leicester celebrate Kelechi Iheanacho's goal at Brentford in the FA Cup

A much-changed Leicester side progressed into the fifth round of the FA Cup thanks to an early strike by Kelechi Iheanacho at Brentford.

Brendan Rodgers called upon the former Manchester City striker with Jamie Vardy injured and he delivered to keep them on course for silverware in two competitions this season.

Next up for the Foxes is a Carabao Cup semi-final second leg against Aston Villa and they go into it after this 1-0 win where most of their regulars were rested.

Oxford force Newcastle replay

Marcus Browne passed up an opportunity to dump Newcastle out of the FA Cup as League One outfit Oxford secured a deserved fourth-round replay with a 0-0 draw at St James' Park.

The on-loan Middlesbrough midfielder, our anytime goalscorer tip at 13/2, typically shot straight at Karl Darlow after finding himself one-on-one with the keeper in front of a sell-out crowd of 52,221.

Karl Robinson's men were far from overawed on an afternoon when the Magpies misfired horribly despite fielding a Β£81million frontline of Joelinton, Miguel Almiron and Allan Saint-Maximin - although the Brazilian did have two goals correctly ruled out for offside.

Newcastle will have another chance to reach the fifth round for the first time since 2006, but their failure to convert home advantage will now reduce their winter break.

Batshuayi bags for Chelsea in win at Hull

Michy Batshuayi: Chelsea forward celebrates his FA Cup goal at Hull

Chelsea secured safe passage to the FA Cup fifth round as Fikayo Tomori's header helped end his former club Hull's hopes of an upset.

After last weekend's last-gasp loss at Newcastle was compounded by a late Arsenal leveller on Tuesday, Frank Lampard's Blues avoided a frustrating week getting any worse at the Sky Bet Championship play-off hopefuls.

Hull looked bright at times in front of their first sell-out crowd since dropping out of the Premier League in 2017, but Chelsea ran out 2-1 victors as Michy Batshuayi's deflected opener and a Tomori header proved enough despite Kamil Grosicki's late goal from a free-kick.

City had not won any of their previous 10 FA Cup encounters with the Blues and were facing an uphill battle from the sixth minute, when Batshuayi's strike went in off Ryan Tafazolli as Lampard's side put a sloppy start behind them.

Superb saves from goalkeeper George Long kept Hull's hopes alive heading into half-time and highly-rated Jarrod Bowen went close to drawing level during a fine start to the second period by Grant McCann's men.

But Tomori, who spent the 2017-18 campaign on loan at the KCOM Stadium, ended that period of ascendancy for McCann's side by scoring a close-range header, with Chelsea digging deep after substitute Grosicki's deflected free-kick went in off Mateo Kovacic.

Boufal seals Southampton/Spurs replay

Sofiane Boufal: Southampton ace celebrates his goal against Tottenham in the FA Cup

Sofiane Boufal's late leveller earned Southampton an FA Cup fourth-round replay against Tottenham after a 1-1 draw at St Mary's.

Spurs were heading to the fifth round after Son Heung-min put them ahead just before the hour mark, but substitute Boufal came off the bench to fire home in the 87th minute.

It means the tie will be settled by another game, to take place when both sides were due to be on their winter break from the Premier League.

Jose Mourinho, who celebrates his 57th birthday on Sunday, was three minutes away from a welcome win but the Saints were worthy of a draw after piling late pressure on.

Christian Eriksen was not involved for Spurs ahead of a proposed move to Inter Milan, although a potential replacement in Giovani Lo Celso shone, brilliantly setting up the goal.

But that was not enough to get the job done as Boufal slammed home a deserved equaliser.

Blades' away record continues in the cup

Mo Besic and Ollie Norwood provided two moments of rare class as Sheffield United ground out a 2-0 FA Cup win at Millwall.

Everton loanee Besic whipped home his first Blades goal on his 13th appearance, before Norwood wrapped up the fourth-round victory amid an insipid clash at The Den.

Aiden O'Brien scuffed a glorious early chance for Millwall and the hosts never recovered, with two clinical finishes sufficient to put Chris Wilder's men in the hat for the fifth round draw.

Norwich seal third win in five

Mo Besic and Ollie Norwood provided two moments of rare class as Sheffield United ground out a 2-0 FA Cup win at Millwall.

Everton loanee Besic whipped home his first Blades goal on his 13th appearance, before Norwood wrapped up the fourth-round victory amid an insipid clash at The Den.

Aiden O'Brien scuffed a glorious early chance for Millwall and the hosts never recovered, with two clinical finishes sufficient to put Chris Wilder's men in the hat for the fifth round draw.

Pompey beat Championship opposition

Portsmouth progressed to the fifth round of the FA Cup for the first time since 2010 by comprehensively beating Championship Barnsley 4-2.

Goals from Ben Close, John Marquis, Ronan Curtis and Christian Burgess helped the home side cause an upset at Fratton Park, despite replies from Cauley Woodrow and former Pompey forward Connor Chaplin.

The opener came in the 37th minutes when Andy Cannon teed up Close to fire into the bottom corner.

Marquis doubled the lead on the stroke of half-time, poking Curtis' goalward header in on the line.

Woodrow brought Barnsley back into contention with a 30-yard screamer just before the hour but the comeback was short-lived as three minutes later Curtis raced onto goalkeeper Alex Bass' long punt downfield to finish neatly.

Burgess sealed the win with a header from Steve Seddon's corner 14 minutes from time, before Chaplin got Barnsley's second goal in added time against the club where he began his career.

Landlords fail to make tenants pay

An unusual set of circumstances saw Coventry welcome landlords Birmingham in an FA Cup fourth round tie which ended in a replay following a drab goalless draw.

The two clubs worked together to allocate both sets of fans an equal number of tickets, with a 21,193-strong crowd in attendance.

They watched a scrappy, even game which began to be edged by Coventry following the introduction of on-loan Aston Villa youngster Callum O'Hare and Sky Blues striker Max Biamou.

The pair combined to create the first real opportunity of the game after 77 minutes. O'Hare fed Biamou who attempted to bend in a shot from just inside the 18-yard box. Blues goalkeeper Lee Camp was alert, though, and able to make the save.

O'Hare should have put Coventry through at the death when he was presented with an open goal after Amadou Bakayoko looped a header across goal, but he did not connect - much to the delight of the Birmingham faithful.

Championship duo head for replay as visiting fans warned over racist chanting

Reading and Cardiff shared a scrappy 1-1 draw in their all-Championship FA Cup fourth-round tie at Madejski Stadium.

Cardiff went ahead early on through Callum Paterson but Reading equalised in the eighth minute from Yakou Meite's seventh goal of the season.

Robert Glatzel and skipper Sol Bamba missed good chances to settle it for Cardiff towards the end.

Midway through the first half, as play continued, an announcement was made over the public address system to Cardiff fans urging them to desist from alleged racist and homophobic chanting that was deemed "not acceptable".

Reading were reduced to 10 men in the 81st minute when centre back Tom McIntyre was dismissed for collecting a second yellow card.

Both sides had reached round four with replay victories - Reading 2-0 at League One Blackpool, Cardiff 4-3 at League Two Carlisle.

The respective managers made a total of 18 changes from their previous outings in the Championship - the entire 11 by Reading's Mark Bowen and seven by Cardiff's Neil Harris.

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