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FA Cup Sunday including Sheffield United, Hull and Manchester City - LIVE!

Follow the latest news and scores from today's three FA Cup quarter-finals including Sheffield United v Charlton, Hull v Sunderland and Manchester City v Wigan.


FA Cup holders Wigan reach the semi-finals after beating Manchester City once again.
by Sam Dymond

  • Today's results

    • Sheffield United 2 (Flynn, Brayford) Charlton 0 FT
    • Two goals in two minutes steers League One club to a ninth straight win and an FA Cup semi-final
    • Hull 3 (Davies, Meyler, Fryatt) Sunderland 0 FT
    • Tigers reach first FA Cup semi-final since 1930 after netting three times in nine second half minutes
    • Manchester City 1 (Nasri) Wigan 2 (Gomez, Perch) FT
    • FA Cup holders return to Wembley after surviving second half onslaught
    • FA Cup semi-final draw: Hull v Sheffield United, Wigan v Arsenal
    3/9/2014 6:02:36 PM
  • Good morning and welcome to The Independent's live coverage of Sunday's three FA Cup quarter-finals.

    No doubt there are those looking at today's fixtures and sneering, but the sneerers are likely to be the same people who claim the FA Cup no longer conjures the magic of a bygone era. So let's embrace the unfashionable, and dare to dream along with the fans of Sheffield United, Charlton, Sunderland, Hull City and Wigan this afternoon as they ponder a Wembley semi-final and beyond.

    The Latics, of course, proved it possible last year, and although a consequence of their glory was relegation to the Championship, you won't find one supporter who will tell you it wasn't worth it. Admittedly, you might not find a Wigan fan at...(No lazy slurs about Wigan's support here - Ed). Athletic famously beat Manchester City in that final last May, and have the opportunity to embarrass them once again this afternoon at the Etihad Stadium.

    First, though, we begin at noon at Bramall Lane where League One Sheffield United hope to continue a wonderful cup run that has seen them account for Aston Villa, Fulham and Nottingham Forest. Today, the Blades face Charlton Athletic, whose exploits in this competition are proving a welcome distraction from their league troubles.

    From the Steel City to Humberside. At two o'clock, Hull City and Sunderland meet at the KC Stadium. The visitors had a sniff of glory at Wembley last weekend in the Capital One Cup, and will be eager to revisit London next month, if only to run amok in Covent Garden once again. However, Steve Bruce has already seen his team do the double over his former club in the Premier League, and will be desperate to get his hands on the trophy he lifted on two occasions.

    Stay with us throughout the day for all the up-to-the-minute news and scores from , and if you want to have your say on the FA Cup, then tweet @sammydymond or email sam.dymond@gmail.com.
    3/9/2014 11:40:52 AM
  • The teams are in at Bramall Lane for Sunday's first FA Cup quarter-final. Nigel Clough names the same side that beat Nottingham Forest in round five so recalls the seven players he rested for Tuesday's League One win over Peterborough. Chris Powell, meanwhile, springs a surprise by giving a first Charlton Athletic start to former Sheffield Wednesday striker Marcus Tudgay.

    Sheffield United: Howard, Brayford, Harris, Coady, Maguire, Collins, Flynn, Doyle, Baxter, Scougall, Murphy

    Subs: Hill, Porter, Miller, McGinn, Davies, Long, Freeman

    Charlton: Hamer, Wilson, Wiggins, Cousins, Wood, Morrison, Poyet, Jackson, Church, Tudgay, Harriott

    Subs: Hughes, Dervite, Green, Ghoochanneijhad, Thuram-Ulien, Nego, Ajdarevic

    Referee: Lee Mason
    3/9/2014 11:49:09 AM
  • The Boomtown Rats famously didn't like monday's, but I've got the right hump with Wednesday at the moment because if the Owls had done their part a fortnight ago, we could have been waking up bleary-eyed this morning to a Sheffield derby, and in an FA Cup quarter-final.

    However, let's not to discredit the achievements of Charlton Athletic, who, like the Blades, are having a fine run in the FA Cup, making a welcome distraction from their league troubles. The Addicks dropped to the foot of the Championship yesterday without playing.
    3/9/2014 12:00:45 PM
  • Sheffield United 0 Charlton 0: The home side get the second FA Cup quarter-final underway amid a cracking atmosphere at Bramall Lane; a football ground that, in this day and age of identikit modern all-seater stadia is still an intimidating throwback for away fans to visit. 
    3/9/2014 12:05:52 PM
  • Sheffield United 0 Charlton 0: Rampaging centre-back Harry Maguire gets the crowd on their feet (not that they weren't standing already) with an incisive run through the heart of the Charlton midfield. The defender then finds Jamie Murphy on the left wing, who does well to make space for himself before delivering a ball into the middle that results in little other than panic defending, eventually being cleared to safety.
    3/9/2014 12:15:31 PM
  • Sheffield United 0 Charlton 0: The visitors force their first spell of pressure as they attack their mass of fans in the wonderfully named Jessica Ennis stand. Captain Johnnie Jackson sends a teasing corner over from the right, but neither attacker or defender can get a head on the ball, and that too is dispatched downfield without an effort on goal being registered.
    3/9/2014 12:22:49 PM
  • Sheffield United 0 Charlton 0: Co-commentating for BT Sport, Owen Hargreaves brings a touch of Spain to the Steel City by likening Sheffield United's false nine Jose Baxter to Lionel Messi. It's a ridiculous comparison, of course, considering the Argentine's propensity for going missing each time he pitches up in England.

    Meanwhile, Marcus Tudgay tests Mark Howard with a scuffed shot from the edge of the area, but the home goalkeeper scampers across his box to turn the ball away.
    3/9/2014 12:39:32 PM
  • Sheffield United 0 Charlton 0: On-loan Liverpool midfielder Conor Coady has the ball in the back of the Charlton net five minutes before the half-time break, but the linesman's flag had long gone up for offside.

    Moments earlier, Johnnie Jackson was rightly booked for what can be described at best as an 'industrial challenge' on Ryan Flynn, joining his victim on a yellow card.
    3/9/2014 12:45:43 PM
  • Sheffield United 0 Charlton 0: Bob Harris has an old-school football name, and he nearly scored an old-school FA Cup goal in injury time at the end of the first half. Again, Sheffield United's attack began with Maguire bringing the ball out of defence, and when Murphy pulled the ball back from the wing to Harris, the left back curled a shot from 25 yards just over the bar with Ben Hamer beaten.
    3/9/2014 12:50:37 PM
  • Half-time - Sheffield United 0 Charlton 0:
    3/9/2014 12:50:49 PM
  • The Sheffield United groundsman: still not as wet as anybody who attended the Blades' fourth round tie with Fulham at Bramall Lane.

    3/9/2014 1:02:37 PM
  • Sheffield United 0 Charlton 0: The second half has started in a similar vein to the first, and it's looking more and more likely that if there is it be a decisive goal, it will come from a set-piece. Harry Maguire nearly finds it after collecting Stefan Scougall's pass in the box following Jose Baxter's corner, but after rolling his marker, the defender was only able to fire into the side netting.
    3/9/2014 1:17:01 PM
  • Sheffield United 0 Charlton 0: The best opportunity of the afternoon has come and gone in the blink of an eye for Callum Harriott. A quickly taken free-kick sent Marcus Tudgay into the box, and when the forward looped the ball over the outrushing Mark Howard, Harriott was unmarked ten yards from a gaping goal. Unfortunately for the young Charlton midfielder, his thumped his first time effort the wrong side of the post and the game remains goalless.
    3/9/2014 1:23:56 PM
  • Mid-table in League One versus bottom of the Championship, and putting many top-flight clubs to shame...


    3/9/2014 1:25:53 PM
  • GOAL! Sheffield United 1 Charlton 0: The League One side are in front! Jose Baxter has been then most creative player on the pitch this afternoon, and the former Everton youngster has just set up Ryan Flynn for the opening goal with a wonderful cross from deep on the left. The curling delivery cut out each one of Charlton's defenders, and there was the Sheffield United right winger, arriving at the far post to toe-poke a finish past Ben Hamer and into the top left-hand corner. 
    3/9/2014 1:26:08 PM
  • GOAL! Sheffield United 2 Charlton 0: Two goals in two minutes and surely Sheffield United of League One are heading to Wembley! With their tails up, Jamie Murphy went on a surging run and cut in from the left wing before playing a square ball across the area to John Brayford. The full-back took a touch to steady himself before unleashing a shot from 25 yards that took a wicked deflection and wrong-footed Hamer. The noise inside this famous old ground is deafening!
    3/9/2014 1:27:05 PM
  • The third FA Cup quarter-final, and the second of the day, is just twenty minutes away. Here's how Hull City and Sunderland line up at the KC Stadium.

    Sunderland: Ustari, Bardsley, Dossena, O'Shea, Vergini, Cattermole, Colback, Larsson, Giaccherini, Fletcher, Scocco

    Subs: Ki, Johnson, Cuellar, Celustka, Bridcutt, Borini, Mannone

    Hull: McGregor, Figueroa, Rosenior, Chester, Davies, Meyler, Huddlestone, Elmohamady, Sagbo, Aluko, Fryatt

    Subs: Harper, Bruce, Faye, Henderson, Quinn, Boyd, Koren

    Referee: Craig Pawson
    3/9/2014 1:39:19 PM
  • As stats go, it's not the most exciting, but let's roll with it...


    3/9/2014 1:40:54 PM
  • Sheffield United 2 Charlton 0: The home side have the ball in the net again, but once more Conor Coady sees an effort of his own chalked off for offside after he followed in a shot that had rebounded out off the post. The midfielder is now on a hat-trick - of disallowed goals.

    Meanwhile, Jose Baxter is booked for a two-footed challenge on Charlton substitute Danny Green, and is immediately replaced by Nigel Clough. On in his place has come Ben Davies. 
    3/9/2014 1:46:24 PM
  • Memories of Alan Cork as John Brayford celebrates that goal that ensures Sheffield United are off to Wembley.

    3/9/2014 1:48:51 PM
  • Sheffield United 2 Charlton 0: Sheffield United are four minutes of added time away from an FA Cup semi-final, four minutes of added time away from a trip to Wembley and four minutes of added time away from a club record ninth straight win in all competitions. Their opponents from the Championship haven't mustered a response since being hit by those two goals in as many minutes midway through the second half, and Charlton will shortly become the Blades latest FA Cup scalp.
    3/9/2014 1:52:26 PM
  • FULL TIME - Sheffield United 2 Charlton 0:
    3/9/2014 1:54:47 PM
  • There's no rest for the wicked as we race off to Hull and back...
    3/9/2014 2:03:40 PM
  • Hull 0 Sunderland 0: From one raucous atmosphere to another; the noise emanating from inside the KC Stadium is just as cacophonous as Bramall Lane earlier this afternoon. The home fans nearly have reason for further cheer inside the opening five minute too as Sunderland stand-in goalkeeper Oscar Ustari completely misjudges Maynor Figueroa's cross from the left. Fortunately for the Argentine stopper, the ball drops on to the crossbar and diverts away to safety.
    3/9/2014 2:08:13 PM
  • The Blades could face Arsenal again in this year's semi-finals...


    The draw will be made later today.
    3/9/2014 2:14:58 PM
  • Hull 0 Sunderland 0: Tom Huddlestone is the first player in Craig Pawson's notebook after a poor studs-up challenge on a Sunderland player. However, any outrage from watching football fans was curtailed on noticing that the recipient was Lee Cattermole, or as Countdown's Clarke Carlisle more eloquently put it, "Lee Cattermole receiving a taste of his own medicine."

    Meanwhile, some crisp passing from the visitors opens up Hull's defence down the right flank, but Ignacio Scocco was only able to sky Phil Bardsley's cross over the bar.
    3/9/2014 2:22:27 PM
  • Hull 0 Sunderland 0: And there's no prizes for guessing the second name in Craig Pawson's notebook! Not wanting to be outdone by one mentalist operating in the north-east, Lee Cattermole thunders into the back of David Meyler and receives his customary caution. Hull players are furious with the foul, Sunderland players are furious with the booking.
    3/9/2014 2:33:56 PM
  • PENALTY SAVED! Hull 0 Sunderland 0: Sunderland players are incensed once again as Craig Pawson points to the penalty spot after Sebastian Larsson clipped Sone Aluko's feet in the box. There was only slight contact as the Hull forward attempted to turn the Swedish midfielder, but it was enough to stop Aluko in his tracks and the decision appears the correct one.

    The Nigerian international steps up to take the penalty himself, but his effort is weak and allows Oscar Ustari time to get down low to his right and keep the ball out. Suddenly, Sunderland's players seem much more pleased with matters.
    3/9/2014 2:35:10 PM
  • Half-time - Hull 0 Sunderland 0:
    3/9/2014 2:47:06 PM
  • Evil mastermind Steve Bruce concorts a genius plan ahead of the second half.

    3/9/2014 3:02:38 PM
  • Hull 0 Sunderland 0: It's been an uneventful opening fifteen minutes to the second half. Hull have been limited to a couple of tame long rangers from Tom Huddlestone while Sunderland's Jack Colback tried an audacious lob from the edge of the penalty area that Allan McGregor comfortably gathered. 

    In a bid to open up a packed away defence, Steve Bruce has brought on the tricky George Boyd in place of Yannick Sagbo.
    3/9/2014 3:18:25 PM
  • GOAL! Hull 1 Sunderland 0: Hull City have the lead in the simplest manner! David Meyler was tripped by John O'Shea by the corner flag, and when Tom Huddlestone swung over the resulting free-kick, centre-back Curtis Davies rose above everyone to plant a thumping header back past Oscar Ustari and into the far corner. The Tigers are 20 minutes from parading themselves at Wembley.
    3/9/2014 3:26:06 PM
  • GOAL! Hull 2 Sunderland 0: Just as they did for Sheffield United at Bramall Lane, two goals in quick succession midway through the second half will surely be enough to take Hull City into the FA Cup semi-finals! Sunderland threw bodies up for a corner, but when the ball was cleared to George Boyd, the substitute hooked the ball downfield. Lee Cattermole should have dealt with it, but the Black Cats midfielder waited for the bounce and allowed David Meyler to nip in ahead of him and race through on goal. The former Sunderland player showed fine composure as he bore down on Ustari and neatly side footed past the goalkeeper to double Hull's lead.
    3/9/2014 3:29:51 PM
  • GOAL! Hull 3 Sunderland 0: Lee Cattermole is surely angling for a transfer to Tottenham Hotspur. Following Spurs' defensive horror show last night, the Sunderland man has just confirmed his side's exit from the FA Cup with a calamitous backpass. There was no danger when Cattermole picked up the ball in midfield,  but it didn't stop him sending it straight back towards the unmarked Matty Fryatt, who had the simplest task in rolling a shot past Ustari to make it 3-0.
    3/9/2014 3:35:42 PM
  • The game is up for Sunderland at the KC Stadium, so let's check out the starting line ups for the repeat of last season's FA Cup final, Manchester City versus Wigan, which kicks off at five past four.

    Manchester City: Pantilimon, Richards, Clichy, Touré, Lescott, Demichelis, Navas, García, Agüero, Negredo, Nasri

    Subs: Hart, Kompany, Milner, Dzeko, Kolarov, Rodwell, Silva

    Wigan: Carson, Boyce, Crainey, McCann, Perch, Ramis, McManaman, McEachran, Fortuné, McArthur, Gómez

    Subs: Holgersson, Rogne, McClean, Espinoza, Barnett, Al-Habsi, Maynard

    Referee: Anthony Taylor
    3/9/2014 3:43:55 PM
  • Curtis Davies foreshadows how many goals Hull were going to score this afternoon after netting the first.

    3/9/2014 3:46:49 PM
  • Hull 3 Sunderland 0: The game is into three minutes of injury time, and having already beaten Sunderland 1-0 and 2-0 in the Premier League this season, Steve Bruce and his Hull side are moments away from a 3-0 victory that will take them to Wembley for their first FA Cup semi-final since 1930. The good news for Sunderland is that they won't be meeting the Tigers again anytime soon.
    3/9/2014 3:51:41 PM
  • FULL TIME - Hull 3 Sunderland 0:
    3/9/2014 3:51:55 PM
  • We're moments away from both the FA Cup semi-final draw and the repeat of last year's final, Manchester City v Wigan, so it seems the perfect opportunity to take a glimpse back to last May when Bet Watson reminded us that there's plenty of magic left in the old competition...

    Ben Watson's winning goal for Wigan vs Manchester City, FA Cup Final 2013
    by thefacup via YouTube

    3/9/2014 4:01:14 PM
  • FA CUP SEMI-FINAL DRAW!

    Hull City v Sheffield United
    Manchester City or Wigan v Arsenal

    The ties will played at Wembley on the weekend of 12/13 April.
    3/9/2014 4:05:04 PM
  • Manchester City 0 Wigan 0: Wigan have picked up where they left off in May with an assault on the Manchester City goal in the opening two minutes. Callum McManaman started affairs by teasing Joleon Lescott on the right wing, and then Jordi Gomez blazed over from the edge of the box when the ball fell loose. The start will have pleased Wigan manager and former Manchester City striker Uwe Rosler, who was given a rapturous welcome from the home supporters before kick-off.
    3/9/2014 4:13:01 PM
  • The FA Cup still means something to certain clubs, judging by Hull City's fans reaction to being drawn against League One Sheffield United in the semi-final...


    Be warned though, this is how supporters of Aston Villa, Fulham, Nottingham Forest and Charlton Athletic celebrated too. Probably.
    3/9/2014 4:25:12 PM
  • Manchester City 0 Wigan 0: As expected, the home side have started to dominate possession, but they've yet to penetrate a Wigan defence that is being well marshalled by Emmerson Boyce, and have failed to test Scott Carson.

    Meanwhile, Manuel Pellegrini is stalking his technical area while wearing a Manchester City hoodie, which is the most offensive touchline action from a manager since Alan Pardew went nuts at the KC Stadium.
    3/9/2014 4:31:09 PM
  • PENALTY! GOAL! Manchester City 0 Wigan 1: Here we go again! The FA Cup holders, Wigan Athletic, lead Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium! Marc-Antoine Fortuné escaped from Martin Demichelis just inside the penalty area, and in typically cumbersome style, the Argentine defender stepped across the French forward and brought him tumbling to the ground. Anthony Taylor had no hesitation in pointing to the spot and, after debate between Jordi Gomez and James McArthur over who was going take the kick, the Spanish midfielder confidently placed the ball past Costel Pantilimon.
    3/9/2014 4:34:26 PM
  • Lightning can't strike four times, can it?


    3/9/2014 4:44:45 PM
  • Manchester City 0 Wigan 1: Tempers are starting to run wild out on the pitch. Manchester City's midfield, fuelled by frustration, have launched a number of robust challenges on Jordi Gomez and Callum McManaman, much to the annoyance of the Scouse winger, who indicates to Anthony Taylor that he was a recipient of Yaya Toure's elbow. Samir Nasri, meanwhile, is booked for booting the ball away at a Wigan free-kick, while Emmerson Boyce escapes a yellow card for ploughing into Alvaro Negredo.
    3/9/2014 4:51:28 PM
  • Half-time - Manchester City 0 Wigan 1:
    3/9/2014 4:54:56 PM
  • On second thoughts, it may have been Javi Garcia's elbow that Callum McManaman was complaining about.

    3/9/2014 4:59:41 PM
  • Do you remember when Manchester City were really good?


    3/9/2014 5:00:57 PM
  • Jordi Gomez puts Wigan 1-0 up against Manchester City in the FA Cup - again.

    3/9/2014 5:06:57 PM
  • GOAL! Manchester City 0 Wigan 2: An early goal at the start of the second half is no surprise, the fact that it's gone to Wigan bloody well is! The Championship club have double their lead a minute after the break in front of their 4,000 fans. Manuel Pellegrini may have sent Manchester City out early for the restart with harsh words ringing in their ears, but their players were just as lethargic in trying to stop James McArthur from bustling his way down the left flank. When the Wigan midfielder pulled a cross back across goal, James Perch stole in ahead of Gael Clichy to steer the ball inside the post. Are Wigan on their way back to Wembley?!
    3/9/2014 5:11:57 PM
  • Manchester City 0 Wigan 2: Desperate times call for desperate measures, and Manuel Pellegrini has gone all Barry Fry in the hope of retrieving this tie. The Chilean manager has made a treble substitution, bringing on David Silva, James Milner and Edin Dzeko in place of Yaya Toure, Jesus Navas and Alvaro Negredo. The 2011 winners have 35 minutes to rescue the game, but it's worth remembering that in round four they turned a two-goal deficit around against Championship Watford, scoring four times in the final half hour.
    3/9/2014 5:21:50 PM
  • James McArthur and James Perch can't believe how hilariously bad Manchester City actually are.

    3/9/2014 5:26:18 PM
  • Manchester City 0 Wigan 2: Maybe, just maybe, Wigan's luck is in, and how they've earned it if that's the case. Edin Dzeko is inches away from bringing Manchester City back into the game, expertly heading Gael Clichy's deep delivery back across goal, only to see it clatter the foot of the far post and evade the arriving David Silva. Moments later, Sergio Aguero gets on the end of another cross, this time from the right, but sends his volley straight down the throat of Scott Carson.
    3/9/2014 5:32:03 PM
  • GOAL! Manchester City 1 Wigan 2: It was always going to take something special to bring City back into this game the way they were playing, and Samir Nasri has just provided it. A corner from the left wing was nodded by Micah Richards back to the Frenchman 20 yards from goal, and he brilliantly drilled a left-footed volley first time, low, past Scott Carson and into the bottom right-hand corner. Game on with 22 minutes remaining!
    3/9/2014 5:33:43 PM
  • Manchester City 1 Wigan 2: The Wigan goal is under siege with ten minutes remaining of this FA Cup quarter-final, and Emmerson Boyce has just denied Edin Dzeko an equaliser with an astonishing bit of defending. The centre half somehow managed to divert the striker's finish behind from almost underneath the crossbar following James Milner cleverly drilled ball across the face of goal.
    3/9/2014 5:48:22 PM
  • Manchester City 1 Wigan 2: Three minutes plus five minutes of injury time for Wigan Athletic to hold on for a famous win - another famous win - over Manchester City. That's more than enough time for the hosts though, who have made scoring late goals at that end of the Etihad Stadium something of a speciality.
    3/9/2014 5:54:58 PM
  • FULL TIME - Manchester City 1 Wigan 2:
    3/9/2014 6:00:53 PM
  • Here's one in the eye for those who like to criticise the away support of smaller clubs...


    3/9/2014 6:05:02 PM
  • Normally, the holders of a competition taking a further step towards defending their title would not be considered spectacular, but then the FA Cup isn’t a normal competition. 

    Every bit as sensational as Wigan Athletic lifting the trophy last May at Manchester City’s expense was today’s quarter-final, where the Latics defeated the same opposition on their own patch, and as a Championship club. And, just as it was at Wembley, it was richly deserved. Former Manchester City hero Uwe Rosler got his tactics brilliantly right as Wigan boss, and his team did him proud; defending resolutely, none more so than Emmerson Boyce, and attacking with intent when necessary.

    The reward for Wigan is another trip to Wembley, this time to take on Arsenal in the semi-final. Write them off at your peril. 

    Yet the Championship side aren’t the lowest placed team left in the competition, and that’s because there was magic in the South Yorkshire air when Sheffield United took on Charlton Athletic at Bramall Lane this afternoon. Two goals in two second half minutes were enough for the League One outfit to take another scalp on this astonishing cup run, and move Nigel Clough one round closer to winning the competition his father never could.

    Quickfire goals were the order of the day at the KC Stadium too where Hull City smashed three in nine minutes past Sunderland to book their place in the last four for the first time since 1930. The Tigers will face the Blades.

    And that brings us to where we came in. To those who sneer at the FA Cup, talk to Wigan fans. Speak to those at Sheffield United. Have a word with the supporters of Hull. They still love the greatest club competition in the world. They still believe in its magic.
    3/9/2014 6:39:52 PM
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