MATCH REPORTS: City cruise past Chelsea into FA Cup quarter-finals as holders Wigan take another top flight victim in Cardiff

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Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the FA Cup as Manchester City hosted Chelsea in the day's final fifth round tie.

Manuel Pellegrini's team still had a chance of winning four trophies this term and were keen to extract revenge on the Blues following a 1-0 Premier League home defeat by the west London side earlier this month.

Goals from Stevan Jovetic and Samir Nasri ensured the quadruple was still on for City as they defeated Chelsea 2-0.

Following the postponement of Sheffield Wednesday vs Charlton due to bad weather, the only kick-off at 3pm saw holders Wigan dump out Cardiff 2-1 in south Wales.

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Jose Mourinho is the master of the managerial mind games, but even he doesn't win them all as Manchester City record a comfortable 2-0 win over Chelsea (who didn't even have a shot on target)

So we have three teams in the hat for the FA Cup quarter-final draw tomorrow as the 2011 winners join Sunderland and Wigan in the last eight. That's all from me here - thanks for following.

FULL-TIME: Manchester City 2-0 Chelsea
Beaten man: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho (left) reacts on the touchline as Manchester City counterpart Manuel Pellegrini (right) looks on
Dejection: Chelsea's Eden Hazard (left) and Fernando Torres look on as Chelsea slumped to defeat at City

90min: Four minutes will be added on as Matic is cautioned for a foul on Toure. City heading for a deserved place in the quarter-finals.


87min: As Chelsea begin to throw everyone forward, they now look susceptible to the counter attack. Still with three minutes left, I'm struggling to think of a Chelsea shot on goal - or at least one which has troubled Pantilimon. 


84min: A late show from Chelsea? Possibly. For the first time in this clash they are putting pressure on City as Javi Garcia collects a yellow card for bringing down Mikel.

Manchester City substitution

81min: Chants of BEEEEEAAAAAAAASSST! from the home fans as Alvaro Negredo takes to the pitch in place of Edin Dzeko.

From Sportsmail's Ian Ladyman on Pellegrini's ability to tell the truth

75min: For a split second the game looks all over as Joelon Lescott pounces on a corner from a rebound to fire home, but this time he is ruled offside. Again, it's fractional but again it looks the correct call.

Frustration: Chelsea's manager Jose Mourinho holds this arms out as he watches from the technical area
From Sportsmail's Ian Ladyman on Pellegrini's team selection
Chelsea substitution

71min: It's a final switch from Chelsea as Willian departs in favour of Oscar. 'Top of the league, you're having a laugh' chant the home fans. They have a point on this evidence.

Manchester City substitution

68min: A second change for City as Jesus Navas replaces Silva. The match really is only there to lose now for Manuel Pellegrini's team. Chelsea have been woeful.


66min: It's even more grim viewing now for Blues supporters as City produce a fantastic move to double their lead! Samir Nasri and Davidl Silva combine in a well worked and speedy one-two which results in the Frenchman tapping home from 10 yards out.

There's calls that Silva was offside, but only his arm looks on the wrong side of the defender and as that is not a goal scoring part of the body - the Spaniard gets the benefit of the doubt from me.

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Super sub: Samir Nasri came off the bench to double Manchester City's lead
Sportsmail's Match Zone shows the passing move Manchester City put together to score their second goal

65min: So 20 minutes into the second-half and the game has not really kicked into gear. Fantastic news if your are a City fan, but it's making for grim viewing as a Blues supporter.


62min: Another City players goes into the book as Yaya Toure is cautioned for tripping Matic - that's one too many fouls for the Ivorian.

Chelsea and Manchester City substitution

61min: It's time for Torres as the Chelsea striker replaces Ramires, while Manchester City replace Jovetic for Samir Nasri, making his return from injury.

From OptaJoe

57min: The yellow card comes out and the already booked David Luiz is involved, but it's not the Chelsea player seeing another caution for committing a foul...'s instead Stevan Jovetic, who ridiculously runs straight into the defender trying to take him on, before diving to the ground. Referee Phil Dowd has no hesitation to produce a yellow for simulation.

Looking for it: Stevan Jovetic was booked after trying to win a free-kick off David Luiz
Going down too easily: Jovetic fell to the turf after barging into Luiz

54min: A rare chance for Chelsea to break forward as Willian intercepts a pass in midfield, but despite winning a free-kick on the right near the City box, his set-piece is poor and cleared by the hosts.


51min: The change doesn't look like it's working for Chelsea as all they have done in this half is defend (which is slightly better than the first half I guess.)

City force a couple of corners but fail to break the Blues backline with them.


48min: Never mind that, it's keeping the goals out which Chelsea need to focus on. James Milner's powerful low cross rebounds back to the midfielder who fires a difficult first time shot over the bar.

SECOND-HALF: Jose Mourinho makes one change at the break

Samuel Eto'o makes way at half-time for Mohamed Salah, much to the bemusement of natural replacement Fernando Torres I guess. Who plays up front now?

From Mail on Sunday's Joe Bernstein at the Etihad Stadium:

'Chelsea beat City out the tunnel for the start of the second half; practically the first race they've won all evening.'

Compalints: Chelsea's Samuel Eto'o and Petr Cech appeal to referee Phil Dowd after the booking of David Luiz (right)
PLAYER WATCH: James Milner (Manchester City) and Eden Hazard (Chelsea)

A reason why Chelsea can't get going in attack is because Eden Hazard has been kept at bay by the more defensive minded James Milner.

Our half-time heat maps show the England midfielder has attempted to control play from around the halfway line, while his Chelsea counterpart has not seen much of the ball and has had to drift across to the right flank to try and make an impact.

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Sportsmail's Match Zone shows how James Milner preferred to play a more holding position on the right side of midfield
While Eden Hazard struggled to have an influence on the left flank and eventually drifted to the right

Still all to play for, but Manchester City deserve their slender one-goal advantage at half-time, if only because they don't look like imploding at the back every few minutes.

City have had a few opportunities to double their lead, while Man City stopper Costel Pantilimon has yet to make a save. So far so good for City but Chelsea simply must improve in all areas after the break.

HALF-TIME: Manchester City 1-0 Chelsea
Calamity: Chelsea keeper Petr Cech collides with team-mate David Luiz trying to clear a cross

44min: I'm shaking my head at David Luiz's defending - it sums up Chelsea's back four so far! The Brazilian clumsily tries to take out Jovetic by using his body as a missile, only to miss the ball as the goal scorer heads the ball down the flank for James Milner.

Milner has all the time in the world to put a low cross into the six-yard-box, but despite his decent delivery, Edin Dzeko fails to get a touch to double City's lead.

Luiz was booked for his 'attempt' at tackling.

From Mail on Sunday's Joe Bernstein

'Joleon Lescott should volunteer to take Vincent Kompany's yellow card for him. Lescott tried to be too clever with a clearance, lost a possession and Kompany had to bodycheck Eden Hazard to prevent further damage being done.

'You can see why Pellegrini wanted a new centre-back in the January transfer window.'


39min: It's a battle Hazard has been losing, so the Belgian switches to the right and finds instant joy (of sorts) as he wins a free-kick after being chopped down by Vincent Kompany.

City survive the set-piece with just their skipper picking up a booking for the foul.

Penned in: Eden Hazard (centre) of Chelsea holds off the challenge of Pablo Zabaleta (left) and James Milner
From Sportsmail's Lee Clayton - who is on a World Cup scouting mission

33min: City are good value for this lead, and Chelsea continue to make mistakes at the back as Azpilicueta fouls Zabaleta needlessly on the touchline to give the hosts a free-kick near the box.

The set-piece played to Edin Dzeko on the edge of the penalty area fails to lead to anything but the Blues are constantly inviting dangerous pressure.


30min: It's all very messy in the Chelsea defence so far - something Jose Mourinho is going to be far from happy with. Both Cech and David Luiz come to clear a cross but only get in each other's way as the ball evades both of them before skating off to safety.

Where's the communication, chaps? Basics!


28min: Parrying shots is something Pantilimon hasn't had to do so far. Ivanovic cuts a low pass back for Willian on the edge of the box, but the Brazilian blasts a strike way over the crossbar.


25min: Cech made a mess of Toure's powerful striker earlier on, but the Chelsea keeper hasn't let it affect his confidence as he leaps to his right to parry clear an Edin Dzeko effort from inside the box.

Unimpressed: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho (centre) looks on from the dugout at the Etihad Stadium

22min: We've not seen much of Chelsea in attack but match winner earlier in the month, Branislav Ivanovic threatens for the visitors.

After collecting a pass on the byline, the defender plays a teasing low ball into the box that leads to confusion between Pablo Zabaleta and keeper Costel Pantilimon,before the latter eventually collects.

From Mail on Sunday's Joe Bernstein at the Etihad Stadium

'You've never seen a quiet man rub his hands together with such inner satisfaction as Manuel Pellegrini did following City's goal. Work to be done on the fist pump though, looked a bit Tim Henmanish.'


16min: Moments later, Stevan Jovetic redeems himself! The Montenegro international collects a pass on the edge of the box, before drilling low across goal and in off the post despite the best intentions of Cesar Azpilicueta and Cech in the Chelsea goal to block the shot.

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Squeezing home: Stevan Jovetic (centre) fires Manchester City into the lead as Chelsea's Petr Cech (left) and Cesar Azpilicueta look on
Sportsmail's Match Zone shows how Jovetic fired Manchester City ahead
Main threat: Manchester City's Stevan Jovetic celebrates scoring his teams first goal

15min: Finally - some football! Petr Cech makes a real mess of Yaya Toure's 25-yard drive to fumble the ball straight into Stevan Jovetic's path, but the forward somehow hits the crossbar in firing over the rebound.


13min: Javi Garcia seems more intent on taking victims rather than the football right now as the midfielder concedes another free-kick after chopping down Jon Obi Mikel.

Heads up: Manchester City's Stevan Jovetic (left) vies with Chelsea's Gary Cahill in an aerial battle

10min: Is it too late to call Cardiff and Wigan back out? Maybe hold another pitch inspection at Sheffield Wednesday just to be sure? Anything for some action!

Still we wait a first real attack as James Milner's low cross for Yaya Toure bounces off the Ivorian and out for a goal kick.


7min: Welcome to Manchester, Willian. After controlling a pass, the Brazilian doesn't even get a moment to think what to do next with the ball as Javi Garcia clatters straight into him to concede a free-kick.


5min: So five minutes have been played and absolutely nothing has happened. Nemanja Matic has cleared a City cross but otherwise it's the Blues looking better in possession.

From Mail on Sunday's Joe Bernstein at the Etihad Stadium

'Hazard and Eto'o in heated discussion before kick off, lots of hand gestures from both men, how they are going to tear City apart.'


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Respect: Manchester City and Chelsea soccer teams line up a hold a moment of silence for former England international Sir Tom Finney who passed away yesterday

Before we kick-off though, there will be a minute's silence held for the late Sir Tom Finney, who passed yesterday aged 91.

Sadly a few members of the crowd were not as silent as others, and it leads to a late burst of respectful applause to help mask that.

One of England's finest footballers deserved better.


Out come the players at the Etihad Stadium - both sides tacking to the pitch in tracksuit tops as the floodlights light up the ground which doesn't have too many empty seats from what I can see.

Chelsea off to make final preparations

Chelsea have completed their warm up at the Etihad Stadium, and are back in the away dressing room for a final team talk as they search for a second win at Manchester City inside a month.

Considering most teams have hardly got as much as a point all season in City's backyard - that would be some achievement. 

Vine via Manchester City

From Opta Joe

Two down, six to go. Sunderland and Wigan are in the hat for the FA Cup quarter-final draw tomorrow, with Cardiff going the same way as fellow top flight outfit Crystal Palace in falling to the Latics in the FA Cup.

Attention now turns to the Etihad Stadium though, as Manchester City host Chelsea in the day's final fifth round tie.

FULL-TIME: Cardiff 1-2 Wigan
That's for you lot! Wigan manager Uwe Rosler celebrates with the fans after the final whistle
From Sportsmail's Riath Al-Samarrai at the Cardiff City Stadium

We are into four added minutes at the Cardiff City Stadium. Are Wigan heading for the quarter-finals by knocking out Premier League opposition in Cardiff?

They may be a Championship outfit these days but this has been a more than respectable defence of the trophy from the Latics.

From Sportsmail's Riath Al-Samarrai at the Cardiff City Stadium

There is some urgency to Cardiff's play now and only a terrific stop from Ali Al Habsi keeps out a rasping shot from Craig Noone. Wigan have everyone behind the ball as they look to hold on to what they have with three minutes left.


England centre-back Gary Cahill is surprisingly declared fit for Chelsea's FA Cup fifth-round tie at Manchester City.

Cahill had been expected to miss the clash at the Etihad Stadium with a calf injury but recovers to partner David Luiz in defence.

City have second-choice Costel Pantilimon in goal while Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic start up front. Samir Nasri is on the bench after five weeks out.


Mats Daehli has been one of the few Cardiff players to impress today and he goes close to grabbing an equaliser. After taking on the Wigan players inside the box, he forces a corner with a blocked shot which the Latics survive.

Pressure: Cardiff City's Mats Daehli (left) challenges Wigan's Jean Beausejour
Cardiff and Wigan substitutions

Into the last 10 minutes and both managers have made their final substitutions. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has sent on Kim bo-kyung on for Magnus Eikrem in search of an equaliser, while Uew Rosley has replaced Jordi Gomez with Stephen Crainey.

Full line-ups from the Etihad Stadium

Man City: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy, Milner, Javi Garcia, Toure, Silva, Dzeko, Jovetic. Subs: Hart, Richards, Nasri, Negredo, Kolarov, Jesus Navas, Demichelis.

Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Luiz, Azpilicueta, Mikel, Matic, Ramires, Willian, Hazard, Eto'o. Subs: Cole, Lampard, Torres, Oscar, Schurrle, Salah, Schwarzer.

Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)

From Mail on Sunday's Mark Ryan at the Cardiff City Stadium

'Mats Daehli must have the shortest legs in football but he is one of the few Cardiff players to have impressed. The home fans are getting impatient now.'

''Premier League, you're having a laugh,' sing Wigan fans. So far they would appear to have a point.'

From Sportsmail's Riath Al-Samarrai at the Cardiff City Stadium:

'Hate to say this as it doesn't reflect well on the competition, but the atmosphere here really is poor.'

Tough times: Cardiff City's manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer watches on from the touchline
Wigan substitution

Cardiff look no close to finding an equaliser as now Wigan make a second switch. Callum McManaman is replaced by James McClean with 23 minutes left.

Chelsea starting XI

Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, David Luiz, Azpilicueta, Mikel, Matic, Ramires, Willian, Hazard, Eto'o.

Cardiff substitution

Second change for the hosts as Jo Inge Berget is replaced by Craig Noone - time for the big guns.

From Mail on Sunday's Mark Ryan at the Cardiff City Stadium

'Wigan manager Uwe Rosler had a long word in the ear of Ben Watson, explaining why he was substituted.'

So maybe it was a strop sort of limp down the tunnel?

few words: Wigan player Ben Watson (c) is congratulated by manager Uwe Rosler after being taken off
Manchester City starting XI

Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy, Garcia, Toure, Milner, Silva, Jovetic, Dzeko.

Meeting the fans: Vincent Kompany of Manchester City greets a supporter as he arrives at the Etihad Stadium
Wigan substitution

Concern for Wigan as Ben Watson has limped off down the tunnel after being replaced by Josh McEachran. 

The Latics still lead Cardiff in what has been an even second half so far, as McCann has gone close to doubling the holders' advantage.

From Mail on Sunday's Mark Ryan at the Cardiff City Stadium

'Quite funny that Ben Watson can't stand talking about his FA Cup final heroics any more...and now he might just have made himself an FA Cup hero all over again!'

Scoring long range screamers is only going to encourage an FA Cup conversation, Ben!

Meanwhile kick-off is just over an hour away at an overcast Etihad Stadium, as Manchester City prepare to host Chelsea in the day's final fifth round clash.

Calm before the storm: Stormy conditions led to Manchester City's home match with Sunderland being called off on Wednesday, but conditions were good before the clash with Chelsea
SECOND HALF: Cardiff make a change at the break

As we restart in south Wales, Don Cowie replaces Gary medel for Cardiff. Team news for Manchester City v Chelsea will be in shortly - so make sure you stick with us!

PLAYER WATCH: Wilfried Zaha (Cardiff)

A defensive mess, an attacking weapon, but Wilfried Zaha has been keen to get everywhere for Cardiff in the first half just to get some possession.

He hasn't had THAT many touches on the ball but the forward on loan from Manchester United has certainly put himself about the pitch to try and find where he is most effective.

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Sportsmail's Match Zone shows Wilfried Zaha's heat map from the first half

So are we on our way to the first upset of the fifth round. Cardiff looked to be in total control of the game after finding the equaliser, but that stunning Ben Watson strike has given the holders the lead at the break.

Who will join Sunderland in the hat for tomorrow's quarter-final draw at 3.33pm...

...Yes, the FA are that strict on the timing. No, I don't know why.

HALF-TIME: Cardiff 1-2 Wigan
Temporary boost: Fraizer Campbell of Cardiff (obscured, right) scores the first Cardiff goal through a crowd of players but the Bluebirds went into half-time behind

What a chance for Cardiff to equalise in two additional minutes of the first half. After Steven Caulker nodded the ball towards goal from a corner, Cala appeared to divert the ball over the line.

He even went off to celebrate, but Al Al Habsi somehow keeps the ball out to preserve the Latics' lead.

From Mail on Sunday's Mark Ryan at the Cardiff City Stadium

'What a thunderbolt from Watson. Debate here about whether Cardiff should have had a better wall. But from 30 yards out you don't expect the keeper to be left for dead!'

From OptaJoe
GOAL! Cardiff 1-2 WIGAN

If nothing else, Wigan have been clinical. It's their first shot on goal since opening the scoring and wouldn't you know it, this one has gone in too!

Last year's Wembley hero Ben Watson has pounced again by lashing home a 35-yard free-kick which David Marshall wasn't going to stop in a month of Sundays.

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Thunderstruck: Wigan Athletic's Ben Watson (left) celebrates scoring his sides second goal
Sportsmail's Match Zone shows the long distance Ben Watson scored from for Wigan
From Sportsmail's Riath Al-Samarrai at the Cardiff City Stadium

Since the equaliser though, it has been all Cardiff. Zaha continues to dive into his box of tricks as Campbell goes close to scoring his second goal by nodding over the bar from the midfielder's cross.

From Mail on Sunday's Mark Ryan at the Cardiff City Stadium

'Cardiff are a little lucky to be level but Zaha is finally starting to threaten big-time and contributed to the equaliser.'


Typical. Just as I lay into Cardiff - they equalise! It's their first real effort of the match but Fraizer Campbell's work rate has paid off as he drills a left foot shot from inside the box into the corner.

Level terms: Cardiff midfielder Gary Medel congratulates Fraizer Campbell on his equaliser
From Sportsmail's Riath Al-Samarrai at the Cardiff City Stadium

'Do the other 10 Cardiff players feel guilty when they see Fraizer Campbell doing all the chasing and hassling?'

Who knows, Riath, but one thing for sure is that Wigan are looking much the better side.

The Latics launch a counter attack to win a corner, but from the set-piece Jodi Gomez volleys wll off target. We've had close to little response from Cardiff.

From OptaJoe
Chraged down: Wigan player Ben Watson (centre) challenges Wilfried Zaha of Cardiff
From Sportsmail's Riath Al-Samarrai at the Cardiff City Stadium

'Seeing the good and bad of Wilfried Zaha here. He's had a couple of delightful little runs, with a few unnecessary stepovers thrown in (that seems like a tired criticism of young creative players but usually true).

'But it was his poor marking that allowed Chris McCann such an easy finish for Wigan's goal.'

From Mail on Sunday's Mark Ryan at the Cardiff City Stadium:

'Sluggish defending from Cardiff and Zaha was sleeping as McCann stole in.'

GOAL! Cardiff 0-1 WIGAN

For any of you who saw Rickie Lambet's miss earlier on, this is how you finish from close range!

Jordi Gomez drills a zipping ball across the face of the goal and on hand to tap home is Chris McCann. The Latics have no intentions of letting go of this trophy it seems.

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Sportsmail's Match Zone shows how Wigan took the lead at Cardiff
In front: Wigan player Chris McCannn (centre) celebrates after scoring the opening goal
From Sportsmail's Riath Al-Samarrai at the Cardiff City Stadium

And I thought that Ben Watson shot would lead to an end-to-end pulsating encounter...

...the game has hit a major lull as Wigan have dropped back into their own half, allowing Cardiff to take control of possession. The Bluebirds are not keen to take too many chances though as they knock the ball around with patience.


It's Wigan's 41st game of the season but you wouldn't think it judging by the opening five minutes. Ben Watson picks up the ball inside the box but his shot towards the corner flies just wide of David Marshall's post.

All cheers: A Wigan Athletic fan stands among the Latics supporters at the Cardiff City Stadium

A quiet start in Wales, but some great scenes before the game as the whole ground led an applause for Sir Tom Finney, who passed away yesterday, with the Latics fans chanting 'One Tom Finney'. 

Tribute: Cardiff City and Wigan Athletic teams lineup for a minute's applause in memory of Sir Tom Finney

Remember to get the most out of our live coverage by following the action with our excellent Match Zone service.

It features the line-ups, formations, key match stats as well a player comparison tool.

In addition there are heat maps and detailed maps of all the goals as they go in. Check it out on the above link.


The teams are out in south Wales, The FA Cup fifth round resumes shortly...

From OptaJoe
From Sportsmail's Riath Al-Samarrai at the Cardiff City Stadium

'No Nick Powell for Wigan today, which is a shame. He changed the game last time I saw him versus MK Dons earlier in the competition.

'Since joining on loan from Manchester United he's been excellent, according to folk at the club, but is rested today.

'Cardiff have made five changes to their team, giving starts to their new Norwegian trio. Mats Daehli was compared to David Silva by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer when he signed him so let's see...'


We already have one side through to the quarter-finals then, and it's those cup specialists Sunderland that have advanced in the day's early kick-off.

They already have a Wembley date with Manchester City in the Capital One Cup final next month, and a stunning Adam Johnson strike ensures they are just one more win away from securing a double booking to Wembley.

read the full match report above.


Later on today is 'the big one' as Manchester City host Chelsea, and Sportsmail's Martin Keown has given us his preview on the action due to take place at the Etihad Stadium.

The former Arsenal and England defender touches on why City must take advantage of Chelsea's weakness in defence - with the Blues without the crocked John Terry. Read more on the above link.

VIDEO : Wigan players warm up at Cardiff

Sunshine baths the Cardiff City Stadium, as the Wigan players warm up in south Wales. Despite being holders they caused an upset of sorts in the previous round by knocking out Crystal Palace - can they dispose of more Premier League opposition this afternoon?

Full line-ups from the Cardiff City Stadium

Cardiff: Marshall, Theophile-Catherine, Caulker, Cala, Taylor, Medel, Eikrem, Daehli, Berget, Zaha, Campbell. Subs: Turner, Kim, Noone, Gunnarsson, Cowie, Lewis, John.

Wigan: Al Habsi, Perch, Boyce, Ramis, Beausejour, Watson, McManaman, McCann, Espinoza, Gomez, Fortune. Subs: Holgersson, Crainey, McEachran, Rogne, McClean, Nicholls, Barnett.

Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)


We were due to have two games kicking off at 3pm in the FA Cup, but if you've been outside recently you would have noticed it's been rather wet and windy.

It's played havoc around the country and Hillsborough is no exception with the turf in Yorkshire failing a pitch inspection at 10.30am this morning. The two Championship sides will fight another day for a quarter-final place.

No go: Referee Mark Clattenburg inspects the pitch at Sheffield Wednesday before calling the game off
Cardiff starting XI

Marshall, Taylor, Caulker, Cala, Theophile-Catherine, Medel, Eikrem, Daehli, Berget, Zaha, Campbell.


The fifth round is already underway in the FA Cup, but the appeal of a quarter-final spot hasn't really been able to sell the tickets at the Stadium of Light.

Just 16,777 are inside the ground in the North East for Sunderland v Southampton and the majority will be pleased with the score as the Black Cats lead the all-Premier League tie 1-0.

You can follow all the action on the above link with Ashley Clements.

Wigan starting XI

Al Habsi, Perch, Boyce, Ramis, Beausejour, Watson, McCann, Espinoza, Gomez, McManaman, Fortune.

Magic of the cup?

Forgive me for holding traditional values (it is FA Cup weekend after all) but there was a time when you could expect fair few of the fifth round ties to take place at 3pm on a Saturday.

Today we have just one. It's the holders in action as Wigan take on Cardiff but all eyes will be on the Etihad Stadium as later on Manchester City clash with Chelsea.

Up for the cup: Three Cardiff fans take their seats inside the ground