Brighton v Grimsby: FA Cup quarter-final – stay | FA Cup

Referee Jarred Gillett removes an inflatable from the pitch.

Key occasions

53 min Arsenal now lead Palace 3-1, Xhaka and Schlupp with the targets because the final replace.

GOAL! Brighton 2-0 Grimsby (Ferguson 51)

Evan Ferguson is a celebrity! Colwill begins the transfer with a agency ball into midfield, then Mac Allister curls in in direction of Ferguson. However there’s not simply work to do, there’s a complete bloody shift, and doesn’t Ferguson do it brilliantly, extending a leg to cushion the ball down earlier than sweeping it into stride and away from the defender with one other good contact, earlier than calmly opening physique to cross previous Crocombe. Sport over, and what a participant Ferguson goes to change into; what a participant he already is.

49 min March crosses but once more from the proper, a deflection sends it looping in direction of the far nook … and agains the far put up! However the ball bounces straight into the trail of Undav … who completely splatters his shot over the bar!

48 min “Simply catching up with recreation now,” says Nick Shaw. “With that peach/pink Grimsby package, at first look I assumed Estupinan was attempting to slide-tackle a streaker.”

47 min “Right here’s a contribution from Germany,” says Wolfgang Ludwig-Mayerhofer. “When Michael Ballack was enjoying for FC Bayern, I used to be at all times questioning why they didn’t chant ‘Child Child Ballack-Ballack’. (Child Child Balla-Balla was an enormous hit right here in Germany, coated by a German band. I truly thought that hopefully no-one exterior Germany would know this sort of nonsense, however I simply came upon that it was initially written and sung by Chubby Checker.”

46 min We go once more…

Two adjustments for Grimsby: Hunt and McAtee for Inexperienced and Orsi; Brighton ship Colwill on for Estupinan.

Adam Lallana tells BBC that De Zerbi wasn’t impressed with the tempo of Brighton’s first-half efficiency, but in addition notes that he’s “by no means blissful”. I concern for Grimsby after the break.

Half-time: Brighton 1-0 Grimsby

Grimsby are nonetheless in it, however Brighton can step this up if they should, so it’s arduous to see something past a house win. See you in 12 minutes.

45+1 min Mitoma wriggles free at inside-left and shakes off his marker; he ought to shoot, however as a substitute squares for March, whose shot is smothered at supply, after which Grimsby counter for the half-second it takes for Brighton to get again at them.

45 min We’ll have one minute of added time.

43 min “Thematically, Naby Keita suits extra with the Sickbed of Cuchulainn,” returns Niall Mullen.

He’s an odd deal, him – I do know that, as you say, he’s struggled with harm, however even when match he’s regarded nothing just like the participant he was meant to be.

42 min Right here come Brighton once more, Mac Allister turning one other cross down the left for Mitoma, who cuts again … just for Gross to thrash huge. Grimsby can’t get something going, however they’re nonetheless within the recreation.

40 min “An entire couplet of mine very personal, of just about 50 years standing,’” emails Richard Hirst. “‘I’d like to show the world to sing Fulham AFC. With Jimmy Dunne and SuperMitch and Alan Mullery.’ What a profession I may (not) have had.”

Nearly u[ there with “But when we meet again, introduced as friends, please don’t let on that you knew me when I was hungry and it was your world.”

38 min Brighton are looking likely again, Caicedo winning possession high, accepting a return -pass from March, and skating across the face of the box before pulling a shot just wide of the near post.

37 min Brighton win a corner from the left, swerved towards the far corner by Gross; Crocombe tips it behind for another, from the other side. March goes short with this one, and after decent trickery from Gross, Mitoma shoots wide.

35 min “Naby Keita to the Pogues’ Navigator is a perfect fit!” tweets Andrew Gilbert.

33 min Now here come Brighton again, Undav, who’s played fairly well, sliding Gross down the right. His cross is a goodun too, and Mitoma’s sliding in at the far post! But – and this is pet hate of mine – rather than go with the foot that’s farthest from the ball, allowing himself a split-second long to get to it and more control when he does, he extends the nearer one and sends a shot wide. that should’ve been 2-0.

32 min Sanchez comes to the edge to snaffle a long ball and Grimsby want a penalty, but a VAR check shows he, ands the ball, were on the line.

31 min “Dissing the Kaiser Chiefs?” wonders Joe Pearson. “I predict a riot!”

The most sedate, one-paced riot ever.

30 min “Divock Origi he’s my baby…” announces Niall Mullen.

29 min Arsenal now lead Palace 2-0, Bukayo Saka with the second goal.

27 min Given loads of time on the ball, Webster snaps a ball in behind to meet the run of Ferguson – who pointed where he wanted the ball, received it … and botched his first touch thereby ruining his shot. Still, though, that was good play.

27 min I guess there’s Rooney Rooney Rooney Rooney, if we’re admitting the existence of the Kaiser Chiefs.

25 min Brighton have stepped it up again, March mooching down the right and coming inside to curve a left-footed cross towards the near post. And Undav is right there, but can only direct his glance straight at Crocombe. A yard either side, though, and that was in – there was pace on that ball.

23 min The corner comes to nowt, Grimsby enjoy the 0.00063s for which they think they’ve a counter, then Estupinan slides in to make a challenge which stops it before it’s really got started.

21 min Brighton are struggling to get overloads out wide, so haven’t actually caused Grimsby too many problems aside from the goal. They’re happy in possession though, circulating possession until an opportunity arises … and here they come, Estupinan and Caicedo combining to find Mac Allister, who releases Mitoma … and his his cross flashes through the corridor before it’s stuck behind for a corner.

20 min A quiet period. In the words of Ryan Giggs, Grimsby would’ve took that.

Referee Jarred Gillett removes an inflatable from the pitch.
Referee Jarred Gillett removes an inflatable from the pitch. Photograph: Andrew Couldridge/Action Images/Reuters

18 min “Not a footballer,” tweets Pressure Drop Radio, “but La Isla Bonita by Madonna could have been written for Stanislas Warwinka…”

Ha! If we’re moving beyond football, Alborosie’s Kingston Town begins by referencing Sibley Dom Dom, the Surrey and England opener.

17 min But no, Grimsby move down the right, Efete finding Clifton who wins a thrown close to the corner flag. Contextually, this is a chance, but Maher’s long hurl is headed clear by Dunk and the whistle then goes for a foul of of some sort.

15 min Grimsby are struggling to get out, and a second Brighton goal looks inevitable. As I type that, Estupinan slips and gives the ball away, but Crocombe will now kick long, so presumably it’ll come straight back.

14 min Oh, Gabriel Martinelli has put Arsenal in front. They needed that after their midweek disappointment.