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Swansea knock holders Portsmouth out

January 24, 2009 22:59 IST

Swansea City scored the day's biggest upset when they knocked holders Portsmouth out of the FA Cup with a deserved 2-0 fourth-round win at Fratton Park on Saturday.

Portsmouth, who beat Cardiff City in the Cup final in May, had no answers against another Welsh side, Championship (second division) Swansea winning with goals from Nathan Dyer, on loan from Portsmouth's arch-rivals Southampton, and a penalty from Jason Scotland.

There was little room for FA Cup romance elsewhere with none of the other unfancied teams managing upset victories.

Minor League Kettering Town came close to achieving a draw against Premier League Fulham before Andrew Johnson and Bobby Zamora scored late goals to give the visitors a 4-2 win.

Doncaster Rovers of the Championship held high-flying Premier League visitors Aston Villa to a goalless draw and Burnley of the Championship also did well to draw 2-2 at West Bromwich Albion with a late equaliser from Martin Paterson.

Minor League Torquay United held Championship side Coventry City until the 87th minute before the visitors scored the only goal.

Apart from Portsmouth, none of the Premier League teams involved in the afternoon's matches lost with West Ham United seeing off League One (third division) Hartlepool United's challenge at Victoria Park.

Chelsea beat Championship side Ipswich 3-1 at Stamford Bridge with Michael Ballack scoring twice and Frank Lampard once.

Sunderland and Blackburn Rovers drew 0-0 in the only all-Premier League match of the afternoon and Manchester United were playing Tottenham Hotspur later in another top-flight clash (1715 GMT).

Hull City reached the fifth round for the first time in 20 years with a 2-0 win over League One (third division) Millwall and Middlesbrough scored a 2-1 win at Championship leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers.

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