FA Cup fifth round Sunday round-up: Wolves and Crystal Palace avoid upsets, Swansea come from behind v Brentford


FA Cup results

  • Bristol City 0-1 Wolves
  • Doncaster 0-2 Crystal Palace
  • Swansea 4-1 Brentford

Roy does the Rovers at Keepmoat

Roy Hodgson equalled his best run in the FA Cup as his Crystal Palace side moved into the quarter-finals with a 2-0 win over League One Doncaster.

First-half goals from Jeffrey Schlupp and Max Meyer proved enough for Palace to win their fifth-round tie in Yorkshire.

Palace, the finalists in 2016, are one win away from a semi-final spot which would represent manager Hodgson’s best return in the knockout competition.

There may have been comfort in the scoreline, but the Premier League side had to work hard for their victory.

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  • Crystal Palace have won away at Doncaster for the first time since August 1960, ending a six game winless run in all competitions (D2 L4).
  • Crystal Palace have reached the quarter-final stage of the FA Cup for the second time in the last four seasons; as many as in their previous 33 campaigns.
  • Doncaster haven’t beaten top-flight opposition in the FA Cup since January 1985 (1-0 vs QPR), drawing two and losing six since.
  • Crystal Palace have scored in their last nine games in all competitions, their longest run since netting in 10 successive games in March 2016.
  • No Crystal Palace player has provided more goals (7) or assists (4) than Andros Townsend in all competitions this season.
  • Jeffrey Schlupp has scored five goals in all competitions for Crystal Palace this season; his most in a single campaign since 2011-12 (six for Leicester).

Cavaleiro helps Wolves win at in-form Bristol City

Wolves booked a first FA Cup quarter-final appearance for 16 years after they ended Bristol City’s long unbeaten record with a 1-0 win at Ashton Gate.

Midfielder Ivan Cavaleiro’s first-half finish brought City’s 15-match undefeated run and nine-match winning streak to a halt.

The Championship club had their moments, but ultimately could have few complaints after they struggled to consistently impose themselves on the fifth-round contest.

Wolves had not reached the competition’s last eight since 2003, but Nuno Espirito Santo’s team look solid bets to maybe go all the way to Wembley this season.

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  • Wolves have qualified for the FA Cup quarter-finals for the first time since the 2002-03 season, and the first time as a top-flight club since 1980-81.
  • Bristol City have been eliminated from their last six FA Cup fifth round ties (1981, 1990, 1992, 1994, 2001 and 2019).
  • Matt Doherty has been involved in five goals in his last three FA Cup appearances (3 goals, 2 assists).
  • Ivan Cavaleiro’s goal for Wolves was the first shot of the match in the 28th minute.
  • Since the start of the 2014-15 season, Matt Doherty has assisted more Wolves goals than any other player in all competitions (22).
  • Bristol City suffered their first defeat in all competitions since losing 0-2 to Leeds United in November, ending a run of 15 games without defeat.
  • Nuno Espirito Santo has won two away matches against Bristol City at Ashton Gate; only the second team he’s won twice away from home at as Wolves boss, along with Sheffield Wednesday.

Swans come from behind against the Bees

Dan James inspired an amazing second-half comeback as Swansea reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup with a 4-1 victory over 10-man Brentford.

The Bees controlled the first half to deservedly lead thanks to Ollie Watkins’ 28th-minute strike but Swansea equalised through goalkeeper Luke Daniels’ own goal before James, Bersant Celina and George Byers found their way onto the scoresheet.

Brentford’s misery was completed by the dismissal of Ezri Konsa and a yellow card for manager Thomas Frank following a touchline altercation with Swansea striker Oli McBurnie.

It was an incredible turnaround and one which Wales winger James – who almost joined Leeds on transfer deadline day last month – was right at the heart of.

James won the free-kick which went in off the back of goalkeeper Daniels, while his searing pace took him 70 yards to blast Swansea 2-1 ahead and he was also involved as Konsa was sent off.

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  • Swansea have qualified for the FA Cup quarter-final in consecutive seasons for the first time since doing so in 1925-26 and 1926-27.
  • Brentford have lost each of their last six matches against Swansea in all competitions.
  • Daniel James has scored twice and assisted once in three FA Cup appearances at the Liberty Stadium for Swansea City.
  • Brentford’s Neal Maupay had a hand in four goals in four FA Cup appearances this season (3 goals, 1 assist).
  • Bersant Celina has scored in each of his last two FA Cup appearances for Swansea, also netting against Gillingham in the fourth round.
  • Swansea have scored 18 goals in their last four home FA Cup matches against non-Premier League opponents.


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