Carlisle’s on-loan midfielder Craig Roddan has been given permission by Liverpool to appear in the FA Cup tie against Brentford.Details
Cup heroes: Macclesfield’s match-winner against Cardiff, Matthew Barnes-Homer (right), celebrates with team-mate Amari Morgan-Smith (Picture: Getty Images) Minnows Macclesfield’s first ever FA Cup fourth-round tie could come against Premier League opponents after the Blue Square Bet Premier side were drawn to face either Wigan or Bournemouth. The Silkmen stunned Championship high-fliers Cardiff 2-1 yesterday to end a 139-year quest to progress beyond round three. Roberto Martinez’s top-flight Latics or Eddie Howe’s League One Cherries now stand in the way of another historic result. The only other non-league side left in the competition, Luton, have been handed Premier League trip to Norwich. The Hatters also ousted Championship opposition in Wolves. Elsewhere, the draw failed to throw up any truly mouth-watering ties, as the Premier League’s big guns avoided each other. Holders Chelsea will hope to avoid an upset at either Southend or Brentford. The victors of the Manchester United v West Ham replay will have to host either Fulham or Blackpool, while Manchester City will travel to either Crystal Palace or Stoke. Tottenham will take on either Leeds or Birmingham. Arsenal could face Newcastle’s conquerors Brighton – but first face the none-too-easy task of trying to see off Swansea at the Emirates Stadium after their thrilling 2-2 draw with the Swans at the Liberty Stadium today. Arsenal or Swansea face a trip to Brighton (Picture: Getty) FA Cup fourth round draw: Norwich v Luton Oldham v Mansfield or Liverpool Macclesfield v Wigan or Bournemouth Derby v Blackburn Hull or Leyton Orient v Barnsley Middlesbrough v Aldershot Millwall v Aston Villa Leeds or Birmingham v Tottenham Brighton v Swansea or Arsenal Crystal Palace or Stoke v Manchester City West Ham or Manchester United v Fulham or Blackpool Southend or Brentford v Chelsea Reading v Sheffield United Huddersfield v Leicester QPR or West Brom v Sheffield Wednesday or MK Dons Bolton or Sunderland v Cheltenham or Everton Ties to be played on the weekend of January 26-27.Details
Steven Gerrard, Liverpool FC midfielder: Phil Kirkbride: A teatime kick-off and Hard-Fi? Whatever happened to the traditions of FA Cup final day?
FLAMES, fireworks and a whole lot of faffing around set the tone for a day Liverpool FC will want to forget in a hurry.Details
Liverpool will host the first NextGen Series semi-final against Ajax at Anfield on March 14 (7pm), with Inter Milan facing Marseille in the other semi-final at Brentford’s Griffin Park on March 21.Details