Arsenal Beats Huddersfield in Cup, Manchester City Ties; Spurs Lose 4-0

Arsenal needed a late penalty to beat Huddersfield 2-1 in the fourth round of English soccer’s F.A. Cup, while Manchester City will require a replay after a 1- 1 tie at Notts County. Fulham beat 10-man Tottenham 4-0.

Cesc Fabregas’s 86th-minute spotkick yesterday secured a win for the Gunners, who had a man dismissed at the Emirates after 41 minutes. Arsenal has a trip to Leyton Orient in the next round. Edin Dzeko’s 80th-minute goal kept City in the competition.

“We played a little bit below par and Huddersfield is a good team, they have shown that,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger told reporters. “In the end we had the quality just to make the difference.”

Elsewhere, Victor Obinna got a hat-trick as West Ham defeated Nottingham Forest 3-2, and Stoke won 1-0 at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Arsenal, which secured the last of its 10 F.A. Cup titles in 2005, played more than half its match against Huddersfield with 10 men after Sebastien Squillaci was red-carded.

An own goal from Peter Clarke gave the Gunners a 22nd- minute lead, with Alan Lee tying the game for Huddersfield, which plays in the third-tier League One, after 66 minutes.

The opening goal came from a deflection as a Nicklas Bendtner shot hit Clarke and went into the bottom corner of the net. Lee almost responded soon after for Huddersfield, though was denied by Squillaci.

Injury Blow

Arsenal then suffered an injury blow as Samir Nasri limped off with a hamstring injury.

Huddersfield’s Anthony Pilkington headed wide on 38 minutes and another attack by the League One team resulted in the dismissal of Squillaci four minutes later when the center-back blocked a run from Jack Hunt.

Huddersfield created several opportunities after the interval and tied the game when Lee headed in from a Pilkington cross.

Both sides had chances to win and the Gunners secured a place in the next round after Jamie McCombe was adjudged to have fouled Bendtner in the penalty area.

“It was tough, tough, tough, because it had all the ingredients of a typical cup game,” Wenger said.

Manchester City, aiming to win the competition for a first time since 1969, will face a home replay after being held at Meadow Lane.

City Rescue

Notts County, struggling in League One, appeared to be heading for an upset when Neal Bishop headed the Magpies into the lead after 59 minutes.

Dzeko then rescued City with his first goal since joining this month from Wolfsburg for 27 million pounds ($43 million).

“The replay will be different,” City manager Roberto Mancini told reporters.

At Craven Cottage, Danny Murphy got two penalties for Fulham in the first half, with Brede Hangeland and Moussa Dembele also scoring before the interval.

Tottenham center-back Michael Dawson was red-carded after 13 minutes as he conceded the second penalty. Murphy had scored the game’s opening goal from a spotkick only three minutes earlier.

Obinna got his first goals since November as West Ham advanced at Upton Park. The Hammers, who last reached the final in 2006, recovered from 2-1 behind to oust their Championship opponent.

Dele Adebola and David McGoldrick scored for Forest.

Penalty Save

Robert Huth headed Stoke into the fifth round, getting the only goal at Molineux after 80 minutes. He then conceded a penalty in the final minute, but Thomas Sorensen saved from Nenad Milijas.

Two days ago, Manchester United won 2-1 at Southampton, defending champion Chelsea tied 1-1 at Everton, non-league Crawley Town defeated Torquay 1-0, and Birmingham rallied to beat Coventry 3-2.

Aston Villa defeated Blackburn 3-1, Bolton and Wigan tied 0-0, Leyton Orient won 2-1 at Swansea, Burnley beat Burton Albion 3-1, and Brighton won 1-0 at Watford. Sheffield Wednesday beat Hereford 4-1, while Reading defeated Stevenage 2-1.

Fifth-round draw (weekend of Feb. 19-20):

     West Ham                 vs   Burnley
     Notts Co. or Man. City   vs   Aston Villa
     Stoke City               vs   Brighton
     Birmingham City          vs   Sheffield Wednesday
     Leyton Orient            vs   Arsenal
     Everton or Chelsea       vs   Reading
     Manchester United        vs   Crawley Town
     Fulham                   vs   Bolton or Wigan

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