FA Cup 2015/16 Fourth Round Review

Derby County 1 v 3 Manchester United

A seventh successive FA Cup triumph for Manchester United over Derby County in the FA Cup, as you have to go back to when the Red Devils were known as Newton Heath for the last time the Rams won this Cup fixture.

Colchester United 1 v 4 Tottenham Hotspur

The first ever meeting in the FA Cup between these two clubs goes the way of the Premier League side, but it is Colchester’s best Cup run for 10 years.

Aston Villa 0 v 4 Manchester City

For the second successive season Villa’s Cup run comes to an end by being on the wrong end of a 4-0 scoreline. It’s the seventh time in nine Cup meetings between the two sides that Manchester City has come out on top.

Bolton Wanderers 1 v 2 Leeds United

This is the third successive win for Leeds United over Bolton Wanderers in the FA Cup and bow gives them a three game to two lead. Bolton are eliminated from the competition in the Fourth Round for the fourth successive season.

Arsenal 2 v 1 Burnley

The march to a third successive FA Cup win is still on, although the Championship side made the Gunners work for it. Arsenal are in to the 5th Round for the sixth successive season after beating their opponents for the sixth successive time in the FA Cup. Like Derby, Burnley last beat Arsenal in the Cup when they were still using a former name, Woolwich Arsenal.

Bury 1 v 3 Hull City

It’s taken 102 years but Hull City have finally avenged their FA Cup defeat to Bury just before the First World War. Reaching the Fourth Round was the best Cup run for the Shakers in eight years.

Nottingham Forest 0 v 1 Watford

This victory means that Watford now have a two-one lead over Nottingham Forest in FA Cup encounters and takes the Hornets into the Fifth Round for the first time in seven years.

Oxford United 0 v 3 Blackburn Rovers

Another upset was not to be, but Oxford United have had their best FA Cup run this Century, last reaching the Fourth Round in 1999.

Portsmouth 1 v 2 AFC Bournemouth

This victory for AFC Bournemouth not only avenges the defeat of their only previous FA Cup meeting with Portsmouth, but also takes the Cherries into the Fifth Round for the first time since 1989. Portsmouth had their best Cup run since reaching the final in 2010.

Shrewsbury Town 3 v 2 Sheffield Wednesday

The only upset of the Fourth Round so far as Shrewsbury Town twice came from behind to knock out their second successive Championship side and reach the Fifth Round for the first time in 25 years.

Crystal Palace 1 v 0 Stoke City

Palace finally beat Stoke City in the FA Cup at the third time of asking. The Eagles have been eliminated in the competition over the last three years in Round Three (2013), Round Four (2014) and Round Five (2015), so are they heading for the Quarter Finals this season?

Reading 4 v 0 Walsall

Reading now hold a two-one lead over Walsall in head-to-head FA Cup meetings and prevented the Saddlers from at least equalling their best ever Cup run in the process. However, it was the first time they had reached the Fourth Round in 10 years.

Carlisle United 0 v 3 Everton

Everton progress to the Fifth Round of the FA Cup for the 53rd time, second only to Arsenal on 55, as Carlisle United can console themselves with achieving their best FA Cup run for 19 years.

Milton Keynes Dons 1 v 5 Chelsea

Chelsea cruise into the 5th Round for the 49th time in their history whilst MK Dons have to settle for making the Fourth Round for only the second time in theirs.

West Ham United 2 v 1 Liverpool (A.e.t.) – following 0-0 draw

West Ham finally overcome Liverpool in the FA Cup at the sixth attempt and lay to rest the ghost of the FA Cup Final from 10 years ago. Liverpool are knocked out in the 4th Round of the Cup for the first time in three years.

Peterborough United 1 v 1 West Bromwich Albion (WBA won 4-3 on penalties) – following 2-2 draw

Peterborough United fail to make the Fifth Round for the first time in 30 years in the cruellest of fashions, but have equalled their best Cup run in eight years. That penalties win makes it three FA Cup wins out of three for The Baggies over The Posh.

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