Amid the focus on Brighton’s first quarter-final appearance for 32 years and an impressive first outing for Jürgen Locadia, Chis Hughton was keen to hail one of his team’s more unsung heroes. Connor Goldson scored a well-directed header in the first half and it was the centre-back’s first goal since returning from surgery on a heart defect, which ruled him out of the closing months of their promotion season. This was Goldson’s sixth appearance of this campaign; Hughton hoped to loan him to Ipswich in August but could not source appropriate cover and the 25-year-old, far more involved since December, is beginning to grow in stature. “Connor has earned it and everyone knows what we think about him,” Hughton said. “He has knuckled down, made a full recovery. Credit to our medical staff here in the first place.” He might just have earned himself a place in Hughton’s last-eight team at Manchester United. Nick Ames
No surprises at the Amex from the poor transportation to the result as the Premier League side waltz into the next round.
Barcelona have increased their lead through Jordi Alba and will extend their lead at the top of the table.
Jose Mourinho was asked about Paul Pogba’s absence and how long the midfielder will be out, he told BT Sport: :“I don’t know, and honestly I don’t care.”
Not the best sign.
Rondon scored a stunning goal to reduce the deficit but the damage was already done by Hoedt and Tadic to send the Saints through.
The Sky Blues have given themselves some hope after striker Clarke-Harris got a chance and stuck it into the back of the net from inside the area.
Shrewsbury are set to miss out on the opportunity to extend their lead at the top of League One as they are currently losing to Rotherham at home. Would be disappointing for the Shrews with Wigan not playing this week.
Burton have not managed to break down 10-man Nottingham Forest so Sunderland will avoid dropping to last place in the Championship at the current rate.
The big question of the day now is whether Southampton can hold on at West Brom. There is one certainty and that is that neither manager will want an extra game as they look to improve their league form.
It’s good to be back...
1386 - Leonardo Ulloa has scored his first goal for Brighton since May 2014 against Nottingham Forest - 1386 days ago. Return. pic.twitter.com/vf97B0Qu7r
RED CARD! Barcelona’s afternoon has been made a lot easier after Eibar’s Orellana was dismissed for his second booking.
The striker is back at the club and back on the scoresheet as the big striker gets on the end of a Bruno cross to put send Brighton through.
Fulham are now 2-0 up against Aston Villa as Ayite spots Johnstone off his line and proves his point by scoring a stunner from distance.
Huddersfield: Lossl, Kongolo, Billing, Van La Parra, Williams, Ince, Quaner, Mounie, Zanka, Schindler, Hadergjonaj.
43' - temporary stop in play. A recorded earthquake in the area. Incredible.
No need for PSG to panic as after going behind in the sixth minute, they are 3-1 ahead in the 25th minute, Draxler, Neymar and Di Maria have all scored.
Ryan Sessegnon has put Fulham ahead against Aston Villa. This lad really is the real deal, isn’t he?
7 - Ryan Sessegnon has scored seven league goals so far in 2018 - only Manchester City's Sergio Aguero (9) has netted more in England's top four tiers. Flourishing. pic.twitter.com/RX1f5dG6qe
Six years after leaving the club, Shaun Miller has scored for Crewe to give them the lead against Colchester as they look to move away from the relegation zone. It’s his second this returning to the club on loan in January.
Things are not over at The Hawthorns as Krychowiak crosses one to the edge of the box where Rondon is waiting and he smashes it home!
Saints break on the Baggies and Tadic is the man who is offered the chance to finish off the stylish move and he does it with aplomb. Game over?
Could PSG’s week be going from bad to hilariously worse? Aholou has put Strasbourg 1-0 ahead after six minutes in the French capital.
Brighton are certainly dominating against Coventry. The Sky Blues will need to do plenty to get back into this match.
The second-half goals are flying in as Danny Newton puts Stevenage out of sight against Yeovil, putting his side 3-0 up.
It is very much as you would expect it to be as Locadia and Goldson eased the hosts in front after the delay to kick-off.
West Brom and Southampton are playing once again. Can the Baggies do anything?
Messi really should improve his finishing...
Messi has scored 20 La Liga goals and has now hit the woodwork 15 times in the league, too. https://t.co/YuQm7n17Re
It really is the magic of the FA Cup.
669 - Connor Goldson has scored his first competitive goal for Brighton since April 2016 versus QPR – 669 days ago. Rush.
With Paul Pogba absent through illness for Manchester United later, Jose Mourinho has called Ethan Hamilton into the squad to face Huddersfield. The youngster played 90 minutes last night for the club’s under-23 side.
It looks like Brighton are heading through to the next round after defender Goldson jumps highest at the back post to head home a corner.
This delayed kick-off at Brighton is ruining my plan for a half-time tea break. Not that I drink tea, but I am not like Burnton, I do partake in coffee.
JR is not expecting any good news for West Brom.
He says: “The only real drama left for the second half at The Hawthorns is whether or not Pardew will remove McClean before he gets a red card.”
Some poor marking cost the Baggies when they let Hoedt free at a corner to gives the Saints the lead.
Who had 15.42 in the sweepstake for the first person to say this?
“Taxi for Pardew?” It comes via email from Ian.
Can he maintain this record? If he scores every time he shoots, he will be a bargain.
1 - Jürgen Locadia has scored on his Brighton debut, netting with his first shot on target for the Seagulls. Impact.
Barcelona are leading at Eibar. Suarez’s goal might be able to help the Catalans ease their way to a win ahead of their Champions League clash with Chelsea.
Peter emails in...
“A bunch of British footballers stole a taxi in Spain? I hope they drove on the right side of the road!”
It is the dream debut in the end for the striker who has put his new team ahead by netting from close range following a Knockaert cross in the delayed kick-off.
As Burton face 10 men, they could be set to pick up all three points and move off the bottom by overtaking Sunderland who are currently 2-0 down at home to Brentford. Chris Coleman might ask to go back to Wales.
The Arsenal slayer, Eric Lichaj, has seen red for Nottingham Forest at Burton Albion after a terrible challenge on Martin Samuelsen, who is currently on loan from West Ham. Not what Aitor Karanka will have wanted.
Marc Richards has equalised for Swindon against Port Vale, who are one his previous 10 clubs. A great journeyman.
West Brom’s marking here looks to be utterly atrocious.
No more pitch problems for Doncaster as Alex Kiwomya has scored for the home team against Fleetwood. Always great to see such a nostalgic name make some headlines.
Defender Wesley Hoedt has made the week slightly worse for Pardew by volleying in a corner for Southampton. All very simple for the Saints.
Not too much going on around the country. Southend are leading at home against Portsmouth, while Karl Robinson’s Charlton are 1-0 up at his former club MK Dons.
This certainly is worth noting.
@Will_Unwin Worth noting that Chris Hughton was in the Spurs side that lost that iconic final. I like to think he's been nurturing a deep-seated sense of bitterness ever since, and this is his opportunity to finally secure his long-dreamed-of revenge.
Seems to be a modern epidemic of kids and their signs in the search for memorabilia. Will it work?
J.R has emailed in to mention Pardew’s finest hours.
He said: “Good to see Barry and Evans rewarded with a start after disgracing the club and insulting the supporters. Good job, King Pards! As for his wallet getting stolen, I guess the thief just saw it and said “I’m having that!”
The best thing about today is that there is not too long a wait for the FA Cup quarter final draw. It is on this evening as opposed to being on The One Show, which is a relief to all. You will be able to join me for all the numbers being pulled out later.
Just in case you are one of those folk who can’t remember the joys of Coventry winning the FA Cup, here is a gently video reminder of their finest day.
It has been a great start to today’s FA Cup action as Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea play out a 0-0 draw. Can the 3pm kick-offs compete with that?
It is a proud day for Coventry at Brighton not just because they are in the fifth round of the FA Cup but due to the fact they have included six graduates from their own academy which is an impressively feat for a League 2 club.
I can assure you that Paul Pogba is not the only man suffering from illness today but some of us just have to get on with the job because we are professionals.
Gutted I won’t be at Huddersfield but I need to get better. Come on United @ManUtd
Barcelona are playing at Eibar this afternoon in their tiny Ipurua stadium in the Basque Country as they prepare to face Chelsea. Sid Lowe spoke to Thomas Vermaelen about the ups and downs he has enjoyed/endured in his time at the Nou Camp.
There is a Brighton debut for Jurgen Locadia following his £14m move to the club in the transfer window. Breaking him in against a League 2 team might be a nice welcome for someone it is hoped will score the goals to guarantee survival in the Premier League.
West Brom are heading towards the drop so this is the last thing they will have wanted. Not to mention Pardew also having his wallet and phone stolen during the trip to Barcelona.
The failed West Brom stag party in Barcelona is something we’ll never be able to forget, especially as those involved are Pardew’s most trusted men who have let him and the rest of the team down. However, for the neutral, it is quite funny. In Pardew’s reign the club have stolen as many taxis as won Premier League games.
Speaking of people requiring taxis, if Southampton lose today Pellegrino might require a black cab to whisk him away from West Bromwich via the collection of his P45 as his side continue to struggle.
‘Taxi for Alan Pardew’ might be a premature call but despite the beleaguered West Brom head coach claiming his players’ second-half rally proved they were behind him, his future appears in jeopardy after this latest setback.
Jonny Evans lost the captaincy but kept his place as Pardew gambled on his team responding to “one crazy evening” in Barcelona by reaching the FA Cup quarter-finals.
West Bromwich Albion will start on the back foot after the club revealed they are investigating four senior players over an incident at their warm-weather training camp in Spain. However Southampton’s victory earlier in February at the Hawthorns could serve as excellent motivation. Revenge would be sweet and Alan Pardew will be focused on earning a quarter-final spot that could spark his side into life for a tilt at Premier League survival. Graham Searles
Let’s call it the Denis Irwin rule, the dictum that when a player is described as underrated so often then it’s probably no longer valid to call him underrated. It’s starting to happen to Roberto Firmino, whose all-round excellence for Liverpool has been recognised much more in recent times. The 26-year-old’s range of skills defy stereotypes. His Brazilian flair was evident in his ingenious flick for Mo Salah’s goal at St Mary’s, Liverpool’s second in a routine victory, and he has a resting heart-rate when all is manic in the opposition penalty area. Yet Firmino is also one of Liverpool’s best defenders and shows a rare appetite for donkey work. He also scores and makes all kinds of goals – including the first early on against Southampton – is two-footed and subtle in his passing and movements. Firmino might not be underrated but he is certainly unique. Rob Smyth
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Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:56:31 +0000: Pellegrino appointed Southampton manager - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Southampton | BBC Southampton appoint Mauricio Pellegrino as their new manager, with the 45-year-old former Alaves boss replacing Claude Puel.
Thu, 15 Jun 2017 08:42:32 +0000: Southampton sack manager Puel - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Southampton | BBC Southampton sack boss Claude Puel after one season in charge, when they finished eighth in the Premier League and reached the League Cup final.
Wed, 14 Jun 2017 08:00:05 +0000: Premier League fixtures in full - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Southampton | BBC Find out your club's full fixture list for the 2017-18 Premier League season.
Tue, 13 Jun 2017 14:24:39 +0000: Barnsley sign Saints defender McCarthy - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Southampton | BBC Barnsley sign Southampton defender Jason McCarthy for an undisclosed fee on a three-year deal.
Wed, 07 Jun 2017 18:20:44 +0000: Liverpool end interest in Van Dijk - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Southampton | BBC Liverpool apologise to Southampton over "any misunderstanding" and end their interest in defender Virgil van Dijk.
Southampton manager Nigel Adkins has been a busy man in the transfer market this summer as he looks to reinforce his squad for the start of next season after a great run which saw them promoted to the English top flight via the play offs. Adkins is now desperate to bring in new names to the club so that he can secure their position in the top flight for another season at least.
The first signing of the summer sees promising young full back Nathaniel Clyne arrive at St Mary`s from Crystal Palace after the promise of the clubs plans to attempt to quality for Europe this season were very enticing for the player. Southampton though will need to pay a large compensation fee to his current club if the deal goes through as due to the players age his former club feel they are due some type of payment from the saints after he signed a new four year deal last week.
Another player who has just be signed by the club is talented striker Jay Rodriguez after he recently arrived from Burnley for a fee which is believed to be around the six and a half million pounds mark. Adkins has long been an admirer of the player and is extremely happy with the signing which he sees as just perfect to bolster his attacking line for next season.
A shocking bit of news right now for Southampton is the fact that their attempts to bring defender Alexander Buttner to St Mary`s may be in tatters after his current club Vitesse Arnham have halted the move after another club have come into the frame for the players signature. Southampton may now find themselves in a bidding war for the player who they see as a perfect addition to their squad so as of now all dealings over the player have hit a premature halt.
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