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FA Cup: Grimsby stun Southampton as Tottenham crash out

It was another dramatic night in the FA Cup fifth round on Wednesday as Grimsby Town reached the quarter-finals of the competition for the first time in 84 years with a 2-1 win at Premier League Southampton.

The League Two outfit recorded a famous win at St Mary’s and have since been drawn against Brighton & Hove Albion in the FA Cup quarter-finals.

Mariners sink Saints

Southampton, who find themselves in the midst of a relegation battle and who are 1/3 to drop down to the Championship this season, were their own worst enemies against the Mariners.

A misjudged header from Saints defender Lyanco saw the ball hit his hand in the box before referee Thomas Bramall pointed to the spot and Gavan Holohan made no mistake with the penalty.

Defender Duje Caleta-Car was the next home player to have a moment of madness as he flung a hand out into Danilo Orsi in the box and saw another penalty awarded to the visitors.

Holohan struck home another confident effort to take the visitors into a 2-0 lead and, while Caleta-Car did pull one back, before Theo Walcott had a goal chalked off, Grimsby held on for a memorable win.

While Saints manager Ruben Selles must now focus on trying to help the South Coast outfit avoid the drop, Town find themselves just one win away from a semi-final trip to Wembley.

Spurs' wait for silverware goes on

Tottenham found themselves as serious contenders to win the FA Cup this year after a favourable draw against Championship opposition in Sheffield United.

The Blades had seen off the challenge of Wrexham over two games in the fourth round and weathered the storm against Spurs to win 1-0 at Bramall Lane thanks to Iliman Ndiaye’s second-half strike.

While United are now 50/1 to win the FA Cup as they prepare to face Blackburn Rovers in the quarter-finals, the Londoners' wait for silverware rumbles on. 

Spurs have been desperate to end their wait for a trophy, with their last success coming back in 2008 with victory in the League Cup final.

Tottenham’s only real chance of silverware this season comes in the Champions League, but the north London outfit have work to do as they find themselves 1-0 down after the first leg against AC Milan in the last-16 of the competition.

United stay on course for cup double

Having already claimed the EFL Cup this season, Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United are still in the running to win the FA Cup after a 3-1 win over West Ham on Wednesday.

Said Benrahma gave the visitors the lead at Old Trafford with a fine strike in the 54th minute, before squandering two great chances to put the tie to bed.

West Ham were made to pay for missing their opportunities as Nayef Aguerd’s header went past his own keeper, before goals from Alejandro Garnacho and Fred saw United set-up a quarter-final encounter with Fulham at Old Trafford.

Kompany heading back to the Etihad

Burnley manager Vincent Kompany will return to the Etihad Stadium to take on his former club Manchester City after the Clarets saw off Fleetwood Town in the fifth round.

The Championship frontrunners were made to work for the victory over their League One opponents, who were down to 10 men after Cian Hayes was sent off for a high challenge on Josh Cullen just before half-time.

Fleetwood looked like they were going to take the game into extra-time, but Connor Roberts struck in the 90th minute to take the Clarets through to the quarter-finals.

Kompany can now look forward to the challenge of taking on City in familiar surroundings for the former Belgium international, who enjoyed his best years as skipper of the Citizens.

The Burnley boss has been impressing with his efforts in the Championship with the Lancashire outfit and now has the chance to pit his wits against his former manager Pep Guardiola, with a semi-final spot at Wembley up for grabs.

City are the 11/10 favourites to lift the FA Cup this season, with United at 2/1 and Brighton the current third favourites at 11/2.

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