Michael Owen and Javier Hernandez scored second-half goals as Manchester United fought back to beat League One Southampton 2-1 in their FA Cup fourth-round tie at St Mary’s on Saturday.
The 11-times winners played a weakened side and looked in trouble after Richard Chaplow blasted home an unstoppable shot in the last minute of the first half, but United finished strongly to advance to yesterday’s fifth-round draw.
Holders Chelsea needed a late equalizer by Salomon Kalou to snatch a 1-1 draw at Everton, while Crawley Town became the first minor league team since 1994 to reach the last 16 when they beat League Two Torquay 1-0 away despite having two penalties saved.
Matthew Tubbs got the only goal late in the first half for Crawley, who had already knocked out league clubs Swindon Town and Derby County.
Tubbs was one of the Crawley players to have a penalty saved by Scott Bevan in a match in which both sides had a man sent off.
In two more of the weekend’s five all-Premier League ties, Aston Villa beat Blackburn Rovers 3-1 and Bolton Wanderers drew 0-0 at home with Wigan Athletic.
United manager Alex Ferguson gave goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard his debut, opted for a reserve back four, and left Wayne Rooney, Dimitar Berbatov, Nani and Ryan Giggs on the bench.
It played into Southampton’s hands, and after Chaplow unleashed a screaming shot into the top corner, the home fans were dreaming of an upset.
Yet United, with Giggs and Nani introduced for the last half-hour, improved and leveled after 65 minutes from an Owen header.
Ten minutes later Giggs slid a pass perfectly into the path of Mexican striker Hernandez, who kept his cool as he stumbled to the ground to roll the ball under Southampton goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski and inside the post.
Chelsea played a full-strength team, but looked flat all day and only good goalkeeping by Petr Cech kept them in the game.
Everton, unbeaten against them in five league games, took control after 62 minutes when Louis Saha powerfully headed in a corner.
Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti reacted by sending on Kalou in the 70th minute, and five minutes later the Ivorian finished off a swift counter-attack for the equalizer.
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