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Newcastle to field 'strongest team' for cup clash

Newcastle United are planning to field their strongest team possible for this weekend's FA Cup tie against in-form Watford, according to Steve McClaren.

The Magpies travel to Vicarage Road in the Third Round of the cup, looking to improve on their recent poor record in the competition.

Newcastle have crashed out of the FA Cup at the Third Round stage in four of the last five seasons, leading to criticism from fans that the club have fielded weakened teams in cup games.

The Newcastle Head Coach did reveal there are some injuries within his team, but insisted he will select the strongest side available to him on Saturday.

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'Class of 92' can't influence Salford FA Cup tie

The 'Class of 92' will have no influence over the result of Friday's FA Cup tie between Salford City and Hartlepool United, says Pools boss Ronnie Moore.

Salford play in the eighth tier of English football, but caused a major cup upset by beating Notts County in the previous round to earn a Second Round clash with Hartlepool.

The club are part owned by Manchester United's 'Class of 92' academy players which includes Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and brothers Gary and Phil Neville.

But despite their fame, Moore insists the group can't influence what happens on the pitch at Moor Lane tomorrow night.

Middlesbrough out of FA Cup after 2-0 defeat at Arsenal

Olivier Giroud ends Boro's FA Cup hopes with two early goals for Arsenal. Credit: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport

Middlesbrough's FA Cup hopes are over after losing 2-0 away at Arsenal.

The FA cup holders took the lead early on with two goals from Olivier Giroud, ending Boro's remarkable run in the competition.

Middlesbrough had beaten Manchester City 2-0 to secure their place in the fifth round.

Sunderland could face Chelsea conquerers Bradford City: FA Cup 5th round

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Sunderland have drawn Bradford City for the fifth round of the FA Cup.

They are get to cement their place in the next stage of the competition having held Fulham to a 0-0 draw at home this weekend.

The Black Cats will now travel to Craven Cottage on February 3 to see who will face Bradford City, who produced a shock victory against Premier League leaders Chelsea to advance to the next round of the FA Cup.

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Sunderland to play Fulham in the FA Cup 4th Round

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Sunderland will play Fulham in the fourth round of the FA Cup, following the Cottager's victory over Wolves last night.

Heavy snow hit the Molineux during extra time, which ended 3-3, with goals from Cauley Woodrow, Ross McCormack, Dave Edwards and Rajiv van La Parra.

Hugo Rodallega's goal in the penalty shootout earned Fulham a 5-3 win on penalties against the Wanderers.

Fulham's Seko Fofana takes on the Wolverhampton Wanderers' defenders in the snow in last night's match Credit: PA

The game is on Saturday 24th January at 3pm.

Spartans boss proud despite cup exit

Blyth Spartans manager Tom Wade is proud of his team after their FA Cup Third Round exit at the hands of Birmingham City.

The Northumberland club, who play six divisions below Birmingham, led 2-0 at half-time at Croft Park after a brace from captain Robbie Dale. But the Championship side scored three goals in six second-half minutes to record a 3-2 win.

The defeat spells the end of another famous FA Cup run for Blyth. But the club's exploits caught the eye of many throughout the football world, including former FIFA World Player of the Year, Luis Figo. The ex-Real Madrid star began following Spartans on Twitter over the weekend.

Former World Players of the Year Luis Figo now follows Blyth Spartans on Twitter Credit: Twitter

Blyth Spirit: Spartans downed by Birmingham

Two goals in the first half had Blyth Spartans FC dreaming of an FA Cup upset, but Birmingham City came back strong in the second half to equalise then take the lead.

Part-time barman Robbie Dale scored both goals towards the end of the first half, to the delight of the horde of home fans in the 4,400 capacity stadium.

Lee Novak got Birmingham City on the scoreboard early in the second half before two goals from Wes Thomas sealed their place in the fourth round.

Full match report from ITV Sport. Blyth Spartans FC 2 - 3 Birmingham City

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