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Javier Hernandez

South­ampton 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 2, St Mary´s Sta­dium, Eng­lish FA Cup Fourth Ro­und, Jan­uary 29, 2011. Man­chester Uni­ted came from a goal down to de­feat Foot­ball Lea­gue One te­am South­ampton 2-1 in the FA Cup Fourth Ro­und fix­ture at St Mary’s thro­ugh goals from Mi­chael Owen and Javi­er Her­nandez in the 65th and 75th min­utes of the tie re­spect­ively.

Barclays Pre­mier Lea­gue lead­ers Man­chester Uni­ted came in­to this meet­ing on the back of a dra­mat­ic 3-2 win over Black­pool at Bloom­field Road. The Sea­siders were two goals up wi­th less than twenty min­utes re­maining of nor­mal time be­fore Sir Al­ex Ferguson´s Pre­miership title con­tenders struck back to win the fix­ture cour­tesy of a brace by Di­m­it­ar Ber­batov and one goal from Javi­er Her­nandez. South­ampton, on the oth­er hand, were chas­ing pro­mo­tion to the Cham­pi­on­ship, al­though they had suf­fered a 2-0 de­feat at the hands of Tran­mere Rov­ers at Pren­ton Park in their pre­vi­ous ga­me. Man­chester Uni­ted had over­come North West rivals Liver­pool by 1-0 at Old Traf­ford thanks to an early pen­alty goal from ever­green vet­er­an Ry­an Gig­gs to qual­i­fy for the the fourth ro­und of the FA Cup, whi­le So­ton had beaten Black­pool 2-0 at St Mary´s wi­th goals from Lee Barn­ard and Guly do Pra­do in the third ro­und of the tour­na­ment. South­ampton and Man­chester Uni­ted had last met in the com­pet­i­tion on the 4th of Jan­uary 2009, how­ever, wi­th the lat­ter com­fort­ably win­ning the third ro­und tie 3-0 at the So­uth Coast thro­ugh goals by Dan­ny Wel­beck, Lu­is Nani, and Dar­ron Gib­son.

As things turned out, Man­chester Uni­ted de­feated Lea­gue One out­fit South­ampton by a nar­row 2-1 mar­gin in the FA Cup Fourth Ro­und en­counter at the St Mary’s Sta­dium on the 29th of Jan­uary 2011. For­mer Burn­ley, West Brom­wich Al­bion, and Pre­ston North End mid­field play­maker Rich­ard Chap­low han­ded the hosts a de­served lead in the forty-fifth min­ute of the mat­ch be­fore sec­ond pe­riod goals from stri­kers Mi­chael Owen and Javi­er “Chi­charito” Her­nandez turned the FA Cup ga­me ar­ound for Man­chester Uni­ted. The Reds were with­out key de­fenders Pat­rice Ev­ra, Rio Fer­dinand, Ra­fael da Silva, and Ne­manja Vid­ic be­cause of dif­fer­ent in­jury prob­lems, but the vis­it­ors proved to be the bet­ter te­am at the end of the day. At St Mary´s, Nigel Adkins´s ag­gress­ive and well or­gan­ised si­de dom­in­ated the open­ing fort-five min­utes of the ga­me, re­fus­ing to al­low Man­chester Uni­ted to settle in­to com­fort­able pos­ses­sion. The So­uth Coast­ers went ahead just be­fore the ha­lf-time re­fresh­ments as mid­field mo­tor Rich­ard Chap­low ham­mered a power­ful shot from in­side the pen­alty area pa­st Den­mark in­ter­na­tion­al goal­keeper An­ders Linde­gaard and in­to the top right-hand cor­ner of the net. Old Traf­ford man­ager Sir Al­ex Fer­guson then de­cided to re­place Fa­bio da Silva wi­th Wes Bro­wn at the in­ter­val, whi­le Ry­an Gig­gs and Lu­is Nani came on for Dar­ron Gib­son and Oli­veira An­der­son re­spect­ively thir­teen min­utes in­to the sec­ond ha­lf of the tussle. The al­ter­a­tions wor­ked won­ders as the changes saw Man­chester Uni­ted move up thro­ugh the gears to knock the hosts out of their stride and Owen ev­entually drew the vis­ing te­am level in the sixty-fifth min­ute when the marks­man head­ed ho­me a fine cross from French wing­er Gab­riel Ober­tan, and ten min­utes la­ter in the battle a bril­liant pass from the ir­re­press­ible Gig­gs fou­nd Her­nandez who rolled the ball un­der South­ampton net­mind­er Bar­tosz Bialkowski to bring The Saints down to earth.

In oth­er FA Cup ga­mes, Ful­ham out­classed Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur 4-0 score at Craven Cot­tage, Ever­ton were held to a 1–1 draw by Chel­sea at Good­ison Park, Swansea City suf­fered a 2-1 loss at the hands of Ley­ton Ori­ent at Liberty Sta­dium, Torquay Uni­ted lost 1-0 ag­ainst Craw­ley To­wn at Plain­moor, Wat­ford were beaten 1-0 by Brighton and Hove Al­bion at Vicar­age Road, Bol­ton Wan­derers and Wi­gan Ath­let­ic played out a goal­less draw at Ree­bok Sta­dium, Arsen­al edged out Hud­dersfield To­wn by a 2-1 mar­gin at Emir­ates Sta­dium, Burn­ley com­fort­ably de­feated 3–1 Bur­ton Al­bion at Turf Moor, Steven­age were beaten 2-1 by Read­ing at Broadhall Way, Birm­ing­ham City over­came Cov­entry City by 3-2 at St Andrew´s, As­ton Vil­la had no prob­lems in de­feat­ing Black­burn Rov­ers 3-1 at Vil­la Park, Shef­field Wed­nesday trashed Here­ford Uni­ted 4-1 at Hills­bor­ough Sta­dium, West Ham Uni­ted be­at 3–2 Not­ting­ham For­est at Boleyn Gro­und, Wolver­hampton Wan­derers suc­cumbed to a 1-0 loss ag­ainst Sto­ke City Mo­lineux Grounds, and Man­chester City could on­ly man­age a 1-1 draw ag­ainst Notts Coun­ty at Mead­ows Lane. And af­ter over­com­ing South­ampton by 2-1 at St Mary´s Sta­dium, Sir Al­ex Ferguson´s men would now meet gi­ant killers Craw­ley To­wn in the fifth ro­und of the FA Cup. South­ampton Te­am: Bar­tosz Bialkowski, Dan Hard­ing, Jose Fonte, Dan­ny But­ter­field, Dan­ny Seaborne, Mor­gan Schneider­lin, Guly, Rich­ard Chap­low, Rick­ie Lam­bert, Lee Barn­ard, Al­ex Oxlade-Cham­ber­lain. Sub­stitutes:  Ry­an Dick­son, Oscar Gobern, Frazer Richard­son, Aar­on Mar­tin, Ry­an Doble, Dany N’Guess­an, Kelvin Dav­is. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: An­ders Linde­gaard, Fa­bio da Silva, Chris Smalling, John O’Shea, Jon­athan Evans, Dar­ron Gib­son, Paul Scho­les, Mi­chael Owen, Oli­veira An­der­son, Javi­er Her­nandez, Gab­riel Ober­tan. Sub­stitutes: Ry­an Gig­gs, Lu­is Nani, Wes­ley Bro­wn, Di­m­it­ar Ber­batov, Way­ne Roo­ney, Bebe, To­masz Kusz­czak.

 

Javier Hernandez Quickfacts

Born and bro­ught up in Guadala­jara, Javi­er Her­nandez star­ted out his goal scor­ing ca­reer wi­th loc­al te­am Club De­port­ivo Guadala­jar for whom he sco­red 26 goals in 64 Lea­gue ap­pear­ances be­fore the in­dus­tri­ous stri­ker joi­ned forces wi­th Man­chester Uni­ted for an un­dis­closed trans­fer fee in 2010.

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Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Va­lencia 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Arsen­al 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 2 Sun­der­land 0
Birm­ing­ham City 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
West Brom­wich Al­bion 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 2
Man­chester Uni­ted 2 Sto­ke City 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Liver­pool 0
Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur 0 Man­chester Uni­ted
Man­chester Uni­ted 5 Birm­ing­ham City 0
Black­pool 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 3

Man­ager: Sir Al­ex Fer­guson

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