FA Cup 2014 4th Round: Examining Most Important Results

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FA Cup 2014 4th Round: Examining Most Important Results
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The fourth round of the FA Cup provided a mix of talking points this weekend, with the field now entering its more intriguing stages and the true contenders for the title rising to the fore.

The Premier League big guns were once again back in the spotlight, but the beauty of the tournament is its all-encompassing nature, where it's not only the usual suspects who leave us with cause for chatter.

Some results stood out as especially important to certain sides, whether it be as a result of how their season has gone up until now or merely for the manner in which a win or loss came about.

FA Cup Results (as of Saturday, Jan. 25)
Home Score Away
Arsenal 4-0 Coventry City
Bournemouth 0-2 Liverpool
Birmingham City 1-2 Swansea City
Bolton Wanderers 0-1 Cardiff City
Huddersfield Town 0-1 Charlton Athletic
Manchester City 4-2 Watford
Port Vale 1-3 Brighton & Hove Albion
Rochdale 1-2 Sheffield Wednesday
Southampton 2-0 Yeovil Town
Southend United 0-2 Hull City
Sunderland 1-0 Kidderminster Harriers
Wigan Athletic 2-1 Crystal Palace

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Read on for a breakdown of the most interesting outcomes from this FA Cup weekend, outfits both big and not so big featuring ahead.

 

Huddersfield Town 0-1 Charlton Athletic

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Charlton's hopes of Championship survival currently lie in great uncertainty as Chris Powell's side lingers in the bottom three of England's second tier, taking any positives where it can.

The Addicks sit 22nd in the table, and the FA Cup is a double-edged sword in the way that while advancing across numerous platforms is great, it also promises to thin a squad that arguably needs concentration among its priorities.

However, a 1-0 at the John Smith's Stadium provided Chris Powell's side with rare reason for cheer on Saturday, a Simon Church finish in the 54th minute giving the visitors the only goal of the game.

The FA Cup's official Twitter account provides highlights of the result:

Prior to the match, Charlton may not have been overly confident of besting a team that had already overcome them 2-1 earlier in the league campaign, but redemption was earned by booking a spot in the FA Cup's next stage. 

 

Wigan Athletic 2-1 Crystal Palace

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Cup holders Wigan Athletic took two matches to get the better of MK Dons in the opening game of their title defence but gave a far more confident display against top-flight opponents Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Ben Watson and James McClean provided the necessary goals for a 2-1 win over the Eagles as the People's Republic of Wigan continued in their journey of winning back-to-back competitions, however unlikely that may be.

The FA Cup's official Twitter account provides highlights of the result:

Currently sitting 11th in the Championship standings, a mediocre league campaign hasn't been the bounce-back response that the DW Stadium outfit may have been hoping for.

The Times' Tony Barrett was swift to heap praise on Wigan's stars:

That being said, the Latics will be mightily encouraged by their ability to overcome Tony Pulis' staunch Palace defence, with a good chance that another Premier League opponent will be placed opposite them in the fifth round.

 

Manchester City 4-2 Watford

Most of Manchester City's games this season have been dominant encounters, almost monotonous in the rampaging fashion in which the Citizens' thriving resources in attack have gone about their business.

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However, this weekend's victory over Watford was a far more encouraging test of the mental attributes that Manuel Pellegrini's side possesses, the vast wealth at the Etihad Stadium having clearly brought in some of the best physical talent around.

Having found themselves 2-0 down at the halfway point, City responded magnificently to the examination placed upon them by their Championship counterparts.

It was of course through Sergio Aguero's hat-trick that goals from Fernando Forestieri and Troy Deeney were first cancelled out, Aleksandar Kolarov's addition adding a fourth to the mix as well.

The FA Cup's official Twitter account provides highlights of the result:

The Premier League titans showed in last year's collapse to Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup final that minnows can all too often pose an issue for the bigger clubs, but perseverance paid off on this occasion in what was a much-needed test of City's toughness.

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