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Jürgen Locadia scores on debut in Brighton stroll against Coventry

For Brighton, this win brought a quarter-final place for the first time since 1986 and the suggestion that Chris Hughton finally has the depth at his disposal to combine a tilt at the FA Cup and a successful relegation fight. For Coventry the battle remains yet more profound; Mark Robins’s League Two side were well beaten but it must be hoped that, at a minimum, such an engaging Cup run has propelled a famous, deeply troubled old name back into the national consciousness for good.

Coventry can take inspiration from their opponents’ own rise from the depths and Brighton’s modern state of health can be divined by the fact that their club record £14m signing from PSV Eindhoven did so much of the damage here. Jürgen Locadia scored on his debut and might have had more; in the event Connor Goldson and Leonardo Ulloa rounded off a satisfying, if not quite routine, afternoon.

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Goals from Southampton’s Wesley Hoedt and Dusan Tadic finish West Brom

If this proves to be the game when the taxi for Alan Pardew is called, then West Brom’s senior players must share culpability.

The Albion manager admitted beforehand his job security was weak after Gareth Barry, Jonny Evans, Boaz Myhill and Jake Livermore broke a curfew on a team-bonding trip to Barcelona at 5.30am on Thursday to appropriate the taxi that had taken them to a fastfood outlet. So losing at home to Southampton for the second time in a fortnight, to depart the FA Cup, only undermines Pardew’s position.

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Ryan Sessegnon sets Fulham on way to win over play-off rivals Aston Villa

Ryan Sessegnon does not turn 18 until May, by which point it is becoming increasingly feasible that Fulham, on this evidence at least, have every chance of celebrating a Premier League return.

The winger’s seventh goal in eight matches kickstarted an impressive victory over Aston Villa before Floyd Ayité’s effort from the halfway line after an error by the goalkeeper, Sam Johnstone, ensured the visitors’ seven-match winning run came to a grinding halt besides the Thames.

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Huddersfield Town v Manchester United: FA Cup – live!

4.54pm GMT

So that’s four changes for Huddersfield, with Terence Kongolo, Philip Billing, Collin Quaner and Danny Williams coming in. United make six changes: Romero, Lindelof, Shaw, Carrick, McTominay and Mata are in or, in other words, Alexis Sanchez, Romelu Lukaku, Chris Smalling, Nemanja Matic and Ashley Young are still in.

4.45pm GMT

Here’s Jose Mourinho on what exactly is up with Paul Pogba:

I don’t know and honestly I don’t care. I focus on the game and just the game and since the moment I know Paul cannot play, I don’t think about Paul. After the match, not now.

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West Brom v Southampton, Brighton v Coventry and more – live!

3.29pm GMT

Marc Richards has equalised for Swindon against Port Vale, who are one his previous 10 clubs. A great journeyman.

3.24pm GMT

West Brom’s marking here looks to be utterly atrocious.

Smart finish, @wesleyhoedt! #saintsfc pic.twitter.com/0eeikEIp7E

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Sheffield Wednesday take Swansea to FA Cup fifth-round replay

Carlos Carvalhal said it would be “OK” if his Swansea City side did not reach the FA Cup quarter-finals but his body language at the final whistle indicated that the impending replay in south Wales is less than acceptable.

This is what so often happens when weakened teams with other ambitions contest cup ties with their collective mindsets half a yard off the pace; in football’s version of “cock up rather than conspiracy” they end up with yet another unwanted fixture.

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Sheffield Wednesday v Swansea City: FA Cup – live!

  • FA Cup fifth-round updates from the 12.30pm GMT game
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1.18pm GMT

45+2 mins: Peeeep! We have had half of the time, and none of the goals.

1.17pm GMT

45+1 mins: Into stoppage time, of which there’ll be just one minute. Wednesday win a corner, from which Reach flicks a header over the bar.

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Wigan Athletic v Manchester City: match preview

Wigan have a tremendous FA Cup record against Manchester City in recent years, though since the last upset – the sixth round in 2014, not the 2013 final – the Latics have dropped another division while Pep Guardiola’s side have gone from strength to strength. It is hard to see a surprise result against the runaway Premier League leaders here, especially as Wigan’s promotion push has faltered over the past few days with two successive defeats. A booking at home to Blackpool means influential midfielder Sam Morsy is out through suspension. Paul Wilson

Monday 7.55pm BBC One

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Willian takes centre stage as Chelsea turn on style to destroy Hull

Quite what the scouts dispatched from Barcelona to this corner of south-west London, charged with casting their eyes over next week’s opponents, could hope to glean from this mismatch is anyone’s guess.

Chelsea barely broke into a sweat in sweeping aside Hull City to secure their passage into the FA Cup quarter-finals. This was a stroll. Maybe the best the scouting reports might confirm is that the Premier League side will be fresh next week.

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Time for Eden Hazard to show he can produce his best on the big occasion | Jacob Steinberg

Chelsea’s hopes of upsetting Barcelona rest on Belgian but he may wonder if his best chance of achieving greatness is to move

This week a clip emerged of three Barcelona players being confronted by a metal railing, with each of them choosing to deal with the obstacle in a different way. While Jordi Alba continued to mooch along the suggested route and Luis Suárez dealt with the inconvenience by jumping over it, Lionel Messi could be seen scurrying under the barrier, like a small child setting off on an adventure at passport control, weaving through the legs and dividing lines and leaving his parents in a state of bewildered panic.

Related: Chelsea’s Conte confident of new Eden Hazard deal despite Real interest

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