Four-goal wins for Chelsea, Man City and Wigan
LONDON (AP) – The FA Cup produced a flurry of goals rather than any shocks on Sunday as Chelsea, Manchester City and Wigan all scored four times to knock out lower-league opposition.
Defending champion Chelsea broke Brentford’s resistance with a potent second-half attacking display to beat the third-tier club at the second attempt with a 4-0 win.
Held by Brentford three weeks ago, Chelsea couldn’t find a breakthrough until the 54th minute of the fourth-round replay when Juan Mata struck from the edge of the penalty area.
Oscar found the net for the second time in four days, Frank Lampard side-footed in his 199th Chelsea goal, and captain John Terry headed in the fourth.
Chelsea will play at Middlesbrough on Feb 27 in the fifth round to decide who plays the winner of Monday’s match between Manchester United and Reading.
Man City is already through to the quarterfinals, in which it will play Barnsley, after thrashing second-tier club Leeds 4-0.
Yaya Toure put City ahead after five minutes before Sergio Aguero scored from the penalty spot, helped to set up Carlos Tevez’s goal after the break and then collected his second.
Huddersfield spared the blushes of lower league teams, slightly, by at least scoring in a 4-1 loss to Wigan, although the second-tier club was already 3-0 down by that stage.
The cup shocks came on Saturday with second-tier club Blackburn winning at Arsenal and third-tier team Oldham holding Everton. In the quarterfinals next month, Everton or Oldham will host Wigan, and Blackburn will play Millwall in an all-League Championship encounter.
Just how lucrative a cup run can be to lower-league teams was highlighted by Brentford estimating that it has earned more than $1 million from the two fourth-round matches against Chelsea.
The seventh-place team in League One did manage to repel waves of attacks by Chelsea with a disciplined display in the first half, and even found the net through Marcello Trotta. But the referee had already blown for a foul on Brentford midfielder Adam Forshaw.
Chelsea’s finishing was wayward in the first half, although Oscar did hit the post. After the break, the intensity was raised – and Brentford paid the price.
Goalkeeper Petr Cech launched the ball forward, Demba Ba held off the Brentford defence, and Mata picked up possession before crisply striking into the net.