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FA Cup action today

It's the FA Cup fourth round today and all three of our sides who're still in the cup are facing tough away games.

Sheffield United will be hoping to continue their cup exploits when they travel to Preston North End.

Chesterfield will have the backing of almost 6,000 fans when they go to Championship Derby County.

But it is Bradford City who face the toughest test of all, an away tie at Premier League Chelsea.

David Hirst reports:

Chesterfield to be backed by fans in Derbyshire Derby

Chesterfield will have the backing of almost 6,000 fans in their FA Cup Derbyshire Derby with Derby tomorrow

The Spireites, who've had a good season in League One so far, are looking to make it into the fifth round for the only the second time in 60 years.

Both clubs have a lot of respect for each other and the match is a sell-out

Chesterfield manager Paul Cook believes that support could inspire them into the fifth round:

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Bradford thrash Millwall to set up fourth round tie at Premier League leaders

Bradford produced another night to remember at Valley Parade and booked a coveted trip to Chelsea by sending 10-man Sky Bet Championship strugglers Millwall spinning to a 4-0 FA Cup third-round replay defeat.

Bradford City's Jon Stead celebrates scoring their second goal Credit: Press Association

West Yorkshire club Bradford defied the odds to reach the Capital One Cup final two years ago with famous wins against Arsenal and Aston Villa along the way and in their latest cup outing they swept aside the Londoners, who never recovered from the early dismissal of defender Mark Beevers.

Ian Holloway's side were reduced to 10 men in the sixth minute, found themselves 3-0 down at half-time following goals from James Hanson, Jon Stead and Andy Halliday and conceded a fourth when Billy Knott struck early in the second period.

Nobody among the 11,859 crowd was allowed to catch breath in a frenetic opening 45 minutes, which also saw both Bradford manager Phil Parkinson and assistant Steve Parkin sent to the stands for their part in a mass melee.

Beevers was shown a straight card by referee James Adcock for hauling down Bradford striker Hanson, who would otherwise have been clean through on goal as he ran on to defender Rory McArdle's excellent pass.

Millwall were made to pay within two minutes. McArdle flicked on Halliday's corner and Hanson headed home at the far post into the top corner.

The Londoners were dealt another hammer blow with the first half barely 17 minutes old. Bradford winger Filipe Morais swung over a free-kick from the left and Stead pounced on fit-again Andrew Davies' knockdown to side-foot a low left-footed shot beyond Millwall goalkeeper David Forde.

Forde was lucky not to follow Beevers down the tunnel soon after when the game threatened to combust.

Millwall defender Alan Dunne's full-blooded challenge sent Hanson clattering into the advertising boards and triggered a furious exchange between players from both sides, with Forde, who had charged from his area, Parkinson and Parkin all in the thick of it.

Dunne, Forde and Bradford midfielder Billy Knott were all booked for their part, while referee Adcock promptly marched to the home dugout and ordered Parkinson and Parkin to the stands.

Bradford delivered the knockout punch following a sweeping move in the 39th minute when Knott sent Morais clear down the right and Halliday slammed home the Portuguese's fine cross at the far post.

Bradford went straight on the offensive after the break and added to their tally through Knott, who forced the ball home from close range after defender James Meredith's shot had been blocked.

Home substitute Francois Zoko hit the post with a left-footed effort in the 73rd minute and Bradford fans sang 'Bring on the Chelsea'.

For Millwall, third bottom in the table with two wins now from 22 matches in all competitions, it was a night to forget in a wretched season.

Substitute Magaye Gueye's bobbling 86th-minute shot was their first effort on target all evening and it was all a far cry from their own memorable FA Cup run two years ago when they reached the semi-finals.

FA charges Chesterfield FC with breach of cup rules

The FA has charged Chesterfield FC with a breach of FA Cup rules, after allegedly fielding an ineligible player in their FA Cup Second Round Proper fixture against Milton Keynes Dons.

MK Dons were beaten 1-0 at home by Chesterfield on Saturday 6 December 2014, during which fixture Georg Margreitter featured for the away side.

It is alleged that Margreitter – on loan to Chesterfield from Wolverhampton Wanderers – played in the fixture without the necessary written permission having been received by The FA as at the 12noon deadline on Friday 5 December 2014. Chesterfield FC has until 5pm on Thursday 11 December to reply to the charge.

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FA Cup Third Round Draw

Games to be played on the weekend of 3 and 4 January:

  • Arsenal vs Hull
  • Manchester City vs Sheffield Wednesday
  • Rotherham vs Bournemouth
  • Huddersfield vs Reading
  • Sunderland vs Leeds
  • Millwall vs Bradford
  • Scunthorpe/Worcester vs Chesterfield
  • Barnsley/Chester vs Middlesborough
  • QPR vs Sheffield United
  • Doncaster vs Bristol City
  • Cambridge/Mansfield vs Bury/Luton

Today's football results

Today's results Credit: Press Association

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Huddersfield Town v Brentford

Ipswich Town v Leeds United

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Cambridge United v Mansfield Town

Sheffield United v Plymouth Argyle

Milton Keynes Dons v Chesterfield

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Today's football fixtures

Today's football fixtures Credit: Press Association

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Blackburn Rovers v Sheffield Wednesday

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Cambridge United v Mansfield Town

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