QPR at fault for allowing Crystal Palace’s Ebere Eze to attend FA Cup tie

Crystal Palace winger Eze was allowed to sit in the directors’ box at Loftus Road to watch his former club despite the current ban on fans and the national lockdown.

The Football Association is understood to be looking into the incident which seems to be the latest in a string of footballers breaching Covid-19 protocols.

“We know the situation that society is facing in this country, we are all very aware of it,” said Warburton at a pre-match press conference.

“QPR as a club have stringent protocols in place that we apply very strongly to every single player and staff member.

“On this occasion we should have declined the request. It’s as simple as that. We made the error.

“Eberechi is an outstanding character. I can’t speak highly enough of him. He made a request, we should have said no.

“On this rare occasion we have made a mistake, it’s as plain and simple as that. It will not happen again.”

Eze, who joined Palace from Rangers for around £20million in the summer, was pictured not wearing a mask as he sat in the stands.

Palace have so far declined to comment but Eagles boss Roy Hodgson said last week that no further breaches of Government guidelines by his players will be accepted after Luka Milivojevic broke the rules on New Year’s Eve.

Palace captain Milivojevic issued an apology after his household mixed with Fulham forward Aleksandar Mitrovic and his family.

There were further breaches of the regulations over the festive period involving Tottenham, West Ham and Manchester City players.

Leeds United dumped out of the FA Cup by League Two Crawley Town

Marcelo Bielsa’s side struggled for any sort of fluency in the first half as John Yems’ side grabbed their opportunity for an upset.

The impressive Tom Nicholls was at the heart of Crawley’s best moments as the former Bristol Rovers man twice tested Kiko Casilla before the break.

However, with Leeds unable to get a grip on it after the restart, Crawley hit them with a quick-fire double.

Nick Tsaroulla got the ball rolling for the hosts as he tucked home Ashley Nadesan’s flick for the he turned goal scorer to turn home Nichols ball.

Leeds were stunned into submission by that with Jordan Tunnicliffe put Crawley in dreamland with a third.

Crawley boss Yems even found time to hand former TOWIE star Mark Wright late cameo appearance on what was an embarrassing afternoon for Leeds.

Full Time from The People’s Pension Stadium it’s Crawley Town 3 Leeds United 0

Manchester City stroll in FA Cup Fourth Round with Birmingham City win

City were dominant through at the Etihad with the game wrapped up inside their first half thanks to a brace from Bernardo Silva and Phil Foden’s brilliant strike.

Silva has found himself on the edge of Guardiola’s plans so far this season but the Portuguese star crashed home a fine opener.

Birmingham never really recover form that setback as Silva quickly made it 2-0 before fans favourite Foden bulleted home a third.

And it was all one-way traffic again after the break as Silva was expertly denied a hat trick by visiting keeper Andre Prieto.

Birmingham did almost nick a consolation late on as winger Jeremie Bela tested Zak Steffen but it wasn’t to be on a straightforward afternoon for City.

Full Time at the Etihad Stadium it’s Manchester City 3 Birmingham City 0

Chelsea batter Morecambe in 4-0 FA Cup Fourth Round win

The Blues never really needed to get out of second gear as Frank Lampard’s side flexed their goal scoring muscles.

Chelsea were on front foot from the word go here as Mason Mount fired home a superb opener.

Lampard’s hosts then laid siege to the Morecambe goal before the break before Timo Werner tapped home a second.

And there was no let up after the restart as Callum Hudson-Odoi’s solo goal made the game safe on 48 minutes.

Morecambe keeper Mark Halstead worked overtime from there to keep the score respectable before Kai Havertz’s late header wrapped it up for Lampard.

Full Time from Stamford Bridge it’s Chelsea 4 Morecambe 0

Manchester United power into the FA Cup Fourth Round win 1-0 Watford win

Despite creating a host of chances on the night, it was to captain for the night Scott McTominay’s early goal proved the key difference between the teams.

The hosts were on top from the start in this one as Dan James’s drive tested Daniel Bachmann before McTominay bulleted home Alex Telles’ corner.

That early goal opened the game at both ends with Hornets defender Adam Masina denied by David De Gea before Eric Bailly skidded a header just wide.

United continued to dominate things after the break with Bachmann called into action to deny Juan Mata and Mason Greenwood.

United talisman Marcus Rashford did almost make the game safe in the final minutes but Bachmann was there once again to keep the score down.

Full Time from Old Trafford it’s Manchester United 1 Watford 0

Arsenal edge out Newcastle in FA Cup win

The Gunners finally broken their visitors resistance after the 100 minute mark with crucial goals from Emile-Smith Rowe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Arsenal looked bright and breezy in the opening stages with Reiss Nelson and Nicolas Pepe testing Martin Dubravka.

But despite the positive start in North London the game descended into a slug fest after the break with half chances for Willock and Andy Carroll.

The introduction of Smith-Rowe tipped the balance for Arsenal in the extra 30 as the England U20 international superbly fired home.

Newcastle threw the kitchen sink at it in the final minutes but Arsenal wrapped it up in last few seconds as Aubameyang tucked home his first goal in over a month.

Full Time at the Emirates Stadium it’s Arsenal 2 Newcastle 0

West Brom dumped out of the FA Cup at Blackpool

The Baggies were lucky to survive until the shootout as their determined hosts enjoyed the better of it on a cold day by the sea.

Both sides created chances in busy first 45 minutes with Jerry Yates confidently tucking home before the break.

The visitors did haul themselves back into after the restart as Semi Ayjai nodded home.

However, they were unable to build on that the hosts continued to dominate with cup hotshot Gary Madine slotting them back in front.

Allardyce’s team were given a lifeline in the final minutes as Matheus Pereira tucked home from the spot.

But again they failed to grasp the nettle as Kyle Edwards missed a brilliant chance in extra time before penalty misses from Edwards, Pereira and Darnell Furlong sent Blackpool through.

Full Time at Bloomfield Road it’s Blackpool 2 West Brom 2 with the Seasiders winning it on penalties.

Burnley into the FA Cup Fourth Round after MK Dons penalty shootout win

The Clarets needed a 94th minute strike from Matej Vydra before the steadiness from the spot secured a place in the last 32.

Sean Dyche’s side were comfortably the better team in the first 45, but despite carving out chance after chance, Dons keeper Lee Nicholls proved a one-man barrier.

And with Burnley banging on the door with no luck before the break, the visitors took full advantage as Cameron Jerome nodded past Will Norris.

That setback seemed to dent Burnley’s confidence after the restart with Robbie Brady’s drive their best effort.

But despite looking set for an FA Cup giant killing, the cup gods were shine on Dyche for once, as substitute Vydra tapped in Joel Mumbongo’s free kick.

However, the Czech international almost reversed his good work in extra time as he wasted two brilliant chances and missed in the shoot out.

But Burnley keeper Norris got him out of jail with two crucial penalty stops to send Dyche’s team through.

Full Time at Turf Moor after 90 minutes it was Burnley 1 MK Dons 1 with the Clarets edging out a 4-3 win on penalties.

Fulham edge out extra time FA Cup win at QPR

The Cottagers struggled to create much inside the first 90 minutes but extra time strikes from Bobby Reid and Neeskens Kebano proved the difference on the night.

Rangers were the better side in the opening stages as Illias Chair and Bright Samuel both tested Marek Rodak before the break.

The expected Fulham response never really got going in the second period with Joe Bryan’s snapshot the only real test for Seny Dieng.

But the Cottagers looked refreshed in the extra 30 minutes as Scott Parker’s charges showed their top-flight edge.

Reid proved the key in the door for Parker as he lashed home the breakthrough goal from outside the box before Kebano tucked home Josh Onomah’s pass to seal it.

Full Time at Loftus Road it’s QPR 0 Fulham 2

Leicester City outclass Stoke City to reach FA Cup Fourth Round

Boss Brendan Rodgers opted to rest key pair Jamie Vardy and James Maddison for this one with Dennis Praet and Ayoze Perez returning to the starting team.

But despite the changes, the Foxes dominated from the start as James Justin’s thunderbolt put them in front before the break.

Michael O’Neill’s hosts did look to make a game of it after the restart, but Leicester’s attacking power proved to be too much as Marc Albrighton’s swept home Youri Tielemans pass.

And that strike took the sting out of Stoke in the final ten minutes as Perez and the in form Harvey Barnes wrapped up a deserved place in the next round.

Full Time from the Bet365 Stadium it’s Stoke City 0 Leicester City 4

Sheffield United pick up first win of 2020/21 with FA Cup victory at Bristol Rovers

Chris Wilder’s team have endured a miserable first half of the campaign but a 3-2 FA Cup win over Bristol Rovers should provide a little respite.

Wilder’s team have looked a shadow of themselves in the last few months but he was handed an early boost in this one as Joe Day bundled home an own goal.

But despite the early setback, the visitors kept their composure as Alfie Kilgour nodded home a Zain Westbrooke free kick.

Both sides looked to force the issue after the break, as Oli Burke fired home John Fleck’s pass before Max Ehmer scuffed home a second Rovers equaliser.

But in a season with little going in United’s favour they conjured an immediate response as Jayden Bogle tucked home inside the box.

Scottish international Burke struck a post late on as United pushed for a fourth but in the end there was no need as Wilder’s struggling side march on.

Full Time from the Memorial Stadium it’s Bristol Rovers 2 Sheffield United 3