Heavyweights step up to inflict knockout blows
Smooth as silk ... Sergio Aguero. Photo: Getty Images
London: The FA Cup produced a flurry of goals rather than any shocks on Sunday as Chelsea, Manchester City and Wigan all scored four times to knock out lower-league opposition.
Defending champions Chelsea broke Brentford's resistance with a potent second-half attacking display to beat the third-tier club at the second attempt with a 4-0 win.
Held by Brentford three weeks ago, Chelsea couldn't find a breakthrough until the 54th minute of the fourth-round replay when Juan Mata struck from the edge of the penalty area. Oscar found the net for the second time in four days, Frank Lampard side-footed in his 199th Chelsea goal, and captain John Terry headed in the fourth.
Chelsea will play at Middlesbrough on February 27 in the fifth round to decide who plays the winner of Monday's match between Manchester United and Reading.
Manchester City are already through to the quarter-finals, where they will play Barnsley, after thrashing second-tier club Leeds 4-0.
Yaya Toure put City ahead after five minutes before Sergio Aguero scored from the penalty spot, helped to set up Carlos Tevez's goal after the break and then collected his second.
Huddersfield spared the blushes of lower league teams, slightly, by at least scoring in a 4-1 loss to Wigan.
In the quarter-finals next month, Everton or third-tier team Oldham will host Wigan, and Blackburn will play Millwall in an all-Championship encounter.