Queens Park Rangers vs. Chelsea
Chelsea, facing an opponent who barely bothered to show up, made very hard work of things against QPR, scoring only when Daniel Sturridge took a dive to win a penalty, which was converted by Juan Mata. Once the Blues got the lead, however, the match was not in doubt - the hosts offered no serious attacking threat until the 98th minute and deserved their 1-0 loss. Chelsea's Brazilian midfielder Ramires appeared to sustain a major knee injury in the second half.
Blackpool vs. Sheffield Wednesday
An injury time penalty saw Blackpool claw their way back against Sheffield Wednesday to earn an FA Cup replay. It looked as though Clinton Morrison's second half goal would be enough to give the Owls a win at Bloomfield Road, but in the 93rd minute David Batth brought down Gary Taylor Fletcher and Kevin Phillips made no mistake in leveling things, the match finishing at 1-1.
Bolton's mini-renaissance continued with an FA Cup win against Swansea City that was more convincing than the 2-1 score would otherwise indicate. The Trotters had most of the possession and most of the chances only to go behind thanks to Luke Moore's classy finish just before half time, but they struck back before the interval when Darren Pratley headed in a Martin Petrov free kick. Chris Eagles put the hosts in the driving seat when he knocked home a rebound, and although Swansea showed some fight in the late stages, hitting the woodwork twice, Bolton wouldn't have deserved to be pegged back.
Derby County vs. Stoke City
Stoke threw their weight around against Championship opponents Derby, going ahead early after a corner kick when Cameron Jerome slammed home from close range, Robert Huth providing the assist while manhandling everyone in his path, and although the fist hour of the match wasn't particularly convincing from the visitors, they finished very strongly and got a deserved second when Huth slipped a shot between Frank Fielding's legs. The match finished 2-0.
Hull City vs. Crawley Town
Crawley Town won this match 1-0, which would be a much nicer story if they weren't the very epitome of evil.
Leicester City vs. Swindon Town
Jermaine Beckford notched a brace against Swindon, leading the Foxes to a 2-0 win that was more interesting than it probably should have been. Despite going ahead early, Leicester failed to dominate the first half against their lesser opponents, and it took some good goalkeeping by Kaspar Schmeichel to maintain their lead with Swindon playing neat passing football. Beckford's second, which saw the striker bounce on a loose ball twelve yards from goal just after the restart, killed much hope of a Swindon comeback, and Leicester were able to see the game out in relatively comfortable fashion.
Millwall vs. Southampton
Darius Henderson was the hero for Millwall as the forward managed to strike very late to level the score and earn a replay against second-place Championship club Southampton. It was a deserved draw - Millwall had the best chances of the match and really ought to have netted before the 89th minute. A host of blown opportunities looked as though they'd be punished by Richard Lambert, who headed a Dan Harding cross in just after the half hour mark, but Henderson popped up at the last minute to save the hosts, doing well to hold off a pair of defenders before lashing past Bartosz Bialkowski to make it 1-1.
Sheffield United vs. Birmingham
Although Sheffield United are on a good run of form in League One, they were out of Birmingham's league in this FA Cup tie and everyone knew it. Nathan Redmond got the Birmingham party started in the 18th minute and Adam Rooney added a second just before the break, with goals also coming in the 58th and 78th minutes. The only scare of the night for the visitors came when the Blades hit the crossbar just after halftime, but by that point Birmingham were already two goals to the good. The one-sided match ended up finishing 4-0.
Stevenage vs. Notts County
A Damion Steward own goal in the 12th minute would prove to be Notts County's undoing as Stevenage emerged from a closely-fought game as 1-0 winners. Stewart, who was somewhat unfortunate to have deflected Luke Freeman's shot past Stuart Nelson and into the back of the net, nearly managed to redeem himself in the last minute with an equaliser only to see Stevenage goalkeeper Chris Day deny him.
Simeon Jackson scored a late winner as the Canaries beat West Brom 2-1 at the Hawthorns to advance to the fifth round of the FA Cup. Grant Holt and Marc Antoine-Fortune traded goals around the interval before Jackson robbed Craig Dawson inside the Baggies box and hit a shot past Ben Foster and into the back of the net. West Brom rallied, testing Jed Steer several times between Jackson's 85th minute goal and the end of the match, but ultimately couldn't find the net, falling out of the cup at the second hurdle.
Brighton and Hove Albion vs. Newcastle United
We got our first big giant-killing of the round as Championship side Brighton dispatched Newcastle at the Amex Stadium. It wasn't a great match by any means and most of the more interesting moments were sadly rather unsavoury - Yohan Cabaye kicking Adam El-Abd in the face comes to mind - but Brighton, though probably worse than Newcastle on the night, defended sturdily enough that it's difficult to begrudge them their 1-0 win. The goal came when, in the 76th minute, Will Buckley surged down the left and his attempt at a driven cross ricocheted off Mike Williamson and spun out of Tim Krul's reach.
Sunderland vs. Middlesbrough
Middlesbrough came reasonably close to pulling off an upset at the Stadium of Light thanks to Barry Robson's superb early volley, but they were ultimately foiled by the returning Frazier Campbell. Campell was the beneficiary of James McClean's interception of Robson's backpass, and the striker - who'd been out for almost eighteen months thanks to a string of knee injuries - made no mistake when he slotted past Danny Coyne to earn a replay.