English FA Cup: Anichebe scores twice as Chelsea, Man City crash out

Nigerian striker, Victor Anichebe, scored two goals for his team, West Brom, as they secured a 2-1 win over Birmingham City in one of the FA Cup fourth round games played on Saturday across England.

It was however a tale of woes for front runners in the English Premier League, Chelsea and Manchester City, as they were shockingly sent packing following shock home defeats to Bradford and Middlesbrough.

While the Blues were handed a 2-4 defeat, City were made to look ordinary succumbing 0-2 to Boro.

The Blues had started their Fourth Round FA Cup tie quite brightly as they were two goals up in the 37th minute.

Garry Cahill got the opener in the 20th minute before Brazilian Ramires doubled the advantage.

However, Bradford mustered a remarkable comeback starting with Jonathan Stead’s goal five minutes before half time.

Bradford continued from where they stopped in the first half as they registered three second half goals with Felipe Morais, Andrew Halliday and Mark Yeates netting in the 74th , 81st and 90th minute to give their team a surprise win at the Bridge.

Before Saturday’s shock beating, the previous time Chelsea lost at home in the FA Cup against a 3rd tier team (or lower) was in 1985, when they lost 3-2 to Millwall.

At the Etihad, hopes that City will come out smoking against Boro turned out not to be as the Citizens huffed and puffed but failed to make any positive impact against the visitors.

Goals from Bamford (53′) and Kike (93′) condemned City to their second successive defeats they suffered same way they did against Arsenal last weekend.

England – FA Cup January 24 Results

Blackburn Rovers 3 – 1 Swansea City
Birmingham City 1 – 2 West Bromwich Albion
Cardiff City 1 – 2 Reading
Chelsea 2 – 4 Bradford City
Derby County 2 – 0 Chesterfield
Manchester City 0 – 2 Middlesbrough
Preston North End 1 – 1 Sheffield United
Southampton 2 – 3 Crystal Palace
Sunderland 0 – 0 Fulham
Tottenham Hotspur 1 – 2 Leicester City


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