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King hat-trick sends Stoke crashing out, Baggies thrash West Ham and The Yak is back

Two Championship sides and one from the Premier League progressed to the quarter-finals this afternoon.

Soccer - FA Cup Fifth Round - Blackburn Rovers v Stoke City - Ewood Park Norwegian striker Joshua King bagged three for Blackburn.

Blackburn Rovers 4
Stoke City 1

JOSHUA KING’S HAT-trick sent 10-man Stoke City crashing out of the FA Cup as Blackburn Rovers sealed a terrific 4-1 victory at Ewood Park.

Peter Crouch’s third goal in as many games had put Mark Hughes’ side ahead early on in a scrappy first half, with Blackburn failing to stifle Stoke’s forward line.

However, despite riding their luck at times, the hosts regrouped to complete a fantastic first-half turnaround.

King, replacing Jordan Rhodes in the starting line-up, levelled with a smart header before Rudy Gestede put them ahead with a coolly taken penalty after Geoff Cameron had been sent off for bringing the striker down in the area.

Norway international King’s quick-fire double early in the second half put the result beyond all doubt, as Hughes suffered a second consecutive humiliating defeat against a former club and the Championship outfit sailed into the quarter-finals.

West Brom 4
West Ham 0

Britain Soccer FA Cup West Brom goalscorer Brown Ideye. Source: AP/Press Association Images

A Brown Ideye brace helped West Brom into the FA Cup quarter-finals with a 4-0 victory over West Ham at The Hawthorns.

West Brom are into their first FA Cup quarter-final since 2008 after Brown Ideye’s brace helped ensure a 4-0 win over Premier League rivals West Ham.

The Nigeria international striker — who has found form following the recent appointment of Tony Pulis at The Hawthorns — scored either side of James Morrison’s first-half stunner to help seal progression against 10-man West Ham.

The hosts led after 20 minutes courtesy of Ideye’s third goal in as many games and again made the most of their first-half dominance to double the advantage before the break.

While Adrian got a touch to Morrison’s long-range strike shortly before the interval, the West Ham goalkeeper could not keep it out, with Ideye’s second early in the second half effectively ending the game as a contest.

Derby County 1
Reading 2

Soccer - FA Cup - Fifth Round - Derby County v Reading - iPro Stadium Yakubu. Source: EMPICS Sport

Blackburn and West Brom were joined in the quarter-finals by Reading, who won 2-1 at fellow Championship side Derby County courtesy of a late strike by former Portsmouth, Middlesbrough and Everton striker Yakubu.

The former Nigerian international, who joined on transfer deadline day, fired home with nine minutes remaining after Darren Bent had cancelled out Hal Robson-Kanu’s opener.

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