Both Newcastle and Tottenham were forced to unwanted replays after draws in the FA Cup fourth round, while West Ham were knocked out by 10-man West Brom.
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Newcastle United 0-0 Oxford United
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 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 £81m 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.
Southampton 1-1 Tottenham
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.
West Ham 0-1 West Brom
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.
Hull 1-2 Chelsea
Goals from Michy Batshuayi and Fikayo Tomori helped Chelsea hold off a late Hull fightback with a 2-1 win in the FA Cup fourth round.
Batshuayi’s sixth-minute deflected opener set Chelsea on their way to a dominant opening half where they passed up a number of chances to add to their lead, and found home goalkeeper George Long in inspired form.
Hull improved after half-time but a sucker-punch second looked to have sealed Chelsea’s path when Tomori headed in Ross Barkley’s free-kick just after the hour.
But with 12 minutes to go, substitute Kamil Grosicki’s free-kick took a massive deflection off Mateo Kovacic’s boot to find the far corner and give the hosts a lifeline.
The Sky Bet Championship side pushed for a late equaliser in front of a sell-out home crowd but could not test Willy Caballero any further, as Chelsea progressed to round five for the fifth season in a row.
Brentford 0-1 Leicester
Kelechi Iheanacho’s close-range finish after four minutes was enough to send Leicester through to the FA Cup fifth round in a battling 1-0 win over Sky Bet Championship side Brentford at Griffin Park.
Ayoze Perez and Marc Albrighton both had chances to extend that lead in the opening period but the Bees produced a valiant second-half performance.
Thomas Frank’s men were the better side after the restart, with Emiliano Marcondes striking the post before substitute Bryan Mbeumo saw his effort ruled out for offside.
The result means Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers extends his remarkable unbeaten run to 32 British cup matches ahead of his side’s Carabao Cup semi-final second leg against Aston Villa on Wednesday morning.
Burnley 1-2 Norwich City
Second-half goals from Grant Hanley and Josip Drmic sent Norwich into the FA Cup fifth round for the first time in eight years with a 2-1 win at Burnley.
Hanley nodded home the Canaries’ opener from a Mario Vrancic free-kick in the 53rd minute and Drmic struck the second four minutes later after Joe Hart palmed Lukas Rupp’s attempted lob into his path.
Erik Pieters gave Burnley hope with a 72nd-minute drive but there was to be no grandstand finish from Sean Dyche’s men as the hangover from their midweek win at Manchester United began to kick in.
Millwall 0-2 Sheffield United
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.
Coventry City 0-0 Birmingham City
Reading 1-1 Cardiff City
Portsmouth 4-2 Barnsley
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