Spurs, Villa through to cup quarters
Tottenham and Aston Villa reached the last eight of the FA Cup after victories in their respective fifth round replays on Wednesday.
Roman Pavlyuchenko continued his form, scoring twice as Spurs beat Bolton 4-0 while John Carew converted two late penalties in Villa's 3-1 defeat of Crystal Palace. The £13.8 million Russia international Pavlyuchenko, who was starting only his third game of the season after bagging a double off the bench against Wigan at the weekend, put Spurs ahead after 23 minutes with a tenacious turn and finish.
Tottenham's passage was sealed with own goals either side of half-time from Bolton goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen and defender Andy O'Brien. Pavlyuchenko then rounded off the evening with the fourth goal, which he slotted past Jaaskelainen after being picked out in the box by substitute Danny Rose. Tottenham will face Fulham in the last eight.
John Carew won and converted two late penalties to keep Aston Villa on course for a second Wembley final as they disposed of Crystal Palace 3-1 at Villa Park. Villa took the lead three minutes before half-time but, like in the first leg, there was controversy, with the ball appearing to go out of play off James Milner, but referee Martin Atkinson awarded a corner.
Agbonlahor was first to react to Ashley Young's centre and sent a back header into the corner of the net for his 14th goal of the campaign. However, Palace drew level after 72 minutes when defender Stephen Warnock was adjudged to have brought down Alan Lee in the area and Darren Ambrose converted the penalty. Carew had the final say for the Carling Cup finalists with his double blast after both penalties were conceded by Matthew Lawrence.
City's silverware hopes ended
Ryan Shawcross and Tuncay struck in extra time as Stoke dramatically emerged victorious from their three-game epic with Manchester City to book a meeting with Chelsea. Craig Bellamy had ensured the match at the Britannia Stadium finished 1-1 after 90 minutes by immediately cancelling out Dave Kitson's late opener. But Stoke made a numerical advantage after Emmanuel Adebayor's harsh sending off count by reclaiming the lead through Shawcross from a Rory Delap throw and Tuncay finished the job.
Villa will now travel to Reading after the Royals staged a remarkable comeback to claim a 3-2 victory at West Brom. Gylfi Sigurdsson was the matchwinner in the fifth minute of extra time, just moments after Brian Howard's strike in the third of four stoppage-time minutes at the end of normal time had brought a dramatic end to the replay.
The final whistle was greeted by a mass melee involving players, stewards and officials, with a Reading player appearing to be shown a red card. Robert Koren handed the Baggies a sixth-minute lead before Jimmy Kebe levelled almost immediately.
The hosts restored the lead shortly after half-time when Koren turned on the edge of the area before firing a low shot that went straight through Adam Federici's grasp and into the back of the net. The Baggies appeared set to progress until Howard silenced the home crowd in the third minute of stoppage time. And there was worse to come for Albion in extra time as Sigurdsson settled matters with a sublime curling effort from 25 yards.