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Corner taken right-footed by Glenn Whelan from the right by-line, Header on goal by Danny Pugh from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Ricardo Fuller takes a shot. Peter Brezovan makes a save.
Francisco Sandaza has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.
Glenn Whelan takes a outswinging corner.
Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Ryan Shawcross misses to the left of the goal.
Dean Whitehead is brought on as a substitute for Jermaine Pennant. Corner taken short by Glenn Whelan.
Glenn Whelan takes a shot. Tommy Elphick gets a block in.
Jake Caskey takes a shot. Save by Thomas Sorensen.
Ricardo Fuller takes a shot. Save made by Peter Brezovan.
Marcos Painter takes a shot. Save by Thomas Sorensen.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Glenn Whelan from the right by-line, clearance by Liam Bridcutt.
Marcos Painter is caught offside. Thomas Sorensen takes the indirect free kick.
Marc Wilson is cautioned. Elliott Bennett fouled by Marc Wilson, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Elliott Bennett.
Cristian Baz on for Ashley Barnes.
Booking for Jermaine Pennant for unsporting behaviour. Jermaine Pennant challenges Gordon Greer unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Liam Bridcutt.
The ball is crossed by Jonathan Walters, Peter Brezovan makes a save.
Elliott Bennett decides to take a short corner, clearance by Glenn Whelan.
Corner taken by Elliott Bennett played to the near post, clearance by Ricardo Fuller.
Ashley Barnes concedes a free kick for a foul on Marc Wilson. Direct free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.
Shot from a long way out by Liam Bridcutt goes wide of the left-hand post.
Kenwyne Jones replaces John Carew.
Jake Caskey on for Agustin Battipiedi. The referee blows for offside against Glenn Murray. Ryan Shawcross takes the indirect free kick. Francisco Sandaza on for Glenn Murray.
Unfair challenge on Elliott Bennett by Danny Pugh results in a free kick. Inigo Calderon restarts play with the free kick.
Agustin Battipiedi challenges Robert Huth unfairly and gives away a free kick. Thomas Sorensen takes the direct free kick.
Ashley Barnes is caught offside. Thomas Sorensen takes the indirect free kick.
Glenn Whelan challenges Gary Dicker unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tommy Elphick takes the free kick.
Gary Dicker concedes a free kick for a foul on Ricardo Fuller. Free kick crossed by Glenn Whelan.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Robert Huth by Glenn Murray. Thomas Sorensen takes the free kick.
Glenn Whelan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Elliott Bennett. Free kick taken by Inigo Calderon.
Volleyed right-footed shot by Ashley Barnes. Thomas Sorensen makes a save.
Ryan Shawcross finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Stoke 3-0 Brighton.Assist on the goal came from Jonathan Walters.
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Jermaine Pennant.
Ricardo Fuller takes a shot. Blocked by Tommy Elphick.
Matthew Etherington goes off and Ricardo Fuller comes on.
Ryan Shawcross is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Peter Brezovan.
Jermaine Pennant fouled by Gary Dicker, the ref awards a free kick. Matthew Etherington takes the direct free kick.
Shot by Rory Delap from outside the box goes over the net.
Foul by Inigo Calderon on Matthew Etherington, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Matthew Etherington.
Jonathan Walters has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.
The referee blows for offside against John Carew. Indirect free kick taken by Tommy Elphick.
Ashley Barnes has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Rory Delap challenges Liam Bridcutt unfairly and gives away a free kick. Peter Brezovan takes the direct free kick.
Jonathan Walters grabs a headed goal from close in. Stoke 2-0 Brighton.The assist for the goal came from Marc Wilson.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Ashley Barnes. Thomas Sorensen takes the free kick.
Robert Huth gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Glenn Murray. Free kick taken by Liam Bridcutt.
Jonathan Walters takes a shot. Peter Brezovan makes a save.
Headed effort on goal by Jermaine Pennant from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the goal.
John Carew scores a headed goal from close in. Stoke 1-0 Brighton.Assist on the goal came from Rory Delap.
Jermaine Pennant takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Gary Dicker.
Inswinging corner taken by Matthew Etherington, Gary Dicker manages to make a clearance.
Liam Bridcutt fouled by Glenn Whelan, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Liam Bridcutt.
Corner taken right-footed by Jermaine Pennant to the near post, Elliott Bennett makes a clearance.
Glenn Murray challenges Marc Wilson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Shawcross.
Marc Wilson concedes a free kick for a foul on Glenn Murray. Gary Dicker restarts play with the free kick.
Pulis opposed to cup changes
Stoke boss Tony Pulis fears the Football Association is in danger of killing the world's greatest cup competition if they continue to tinker with it too much.
At present there is talk of scrapping replays and the introduction of seedings, potentially for the 2012/13 season onwards, both ideas Stoke chairman Peter Coates this week voiced his opposition to.
Coates is firmly supported by Pulis, who has also expressed his own displeasure at the way the fixtures have been spread this season as witnessed this weekend with fourth-round replays among fifth-round ties.
Throw in the fact the final itself this year is on the penultimate Saturday of the season, kicking off at 5.30pm following a host of Premier League games, and Pulis is far from happy.
The latter is likely a one-off given the Champions League final is at Wembley this year, with UEFA rules stating no match can be played at a final venue over the two preceding weeks.
Pulis, whose side take on npower League One leaders Brighton at the Britannia Stadium in a fifth-round clash, believes the way the FA Cup has gone this season, and could go in the future, is all part of further pandering to the needs of the big clubs.
"Everything is going towards what the big clubs want. They are dictating the way football is run in England, and we have to accept that," said Pulis.
"The national teams are taking up more room to play games, and then you've the Premier League, and the Premier League will look after the Premier League. All part of the food chain.
"But we should keep the luck of the draw otherwise you might not get fixtures like we have this weekend, with Brighton coming to us, and in particular Crawley at Manchester United.
"Crawley supporters could wait a lifetime for something like this to happen again, so I don't think it's something we should take away from those football clubs.
"But I understand what's going on. There are a lot of European games, we've international fixtures in March, so the FA have to find room for it somewhere.
"But it's dropped down in priorities, and they'll kill it if they mess around with it too much.
"The chairman is more traditional than me, so he will be devastated if they do mess about with it."
Thomas Sorensen takes over in goal from Asmir Begovic after playing in Stoke's three previous FA Cup ties this season, whilst the only doubt is Matthew Etherington with a hamstring problem.
Chris Wood and Matt Sparrow should be in the Brighton squad.
On-loan West Brom striker Wood was substituted early on during last Saturday's 4-1 win over Hartlepool with a foot injury and midfielder Sparrow has missed two games with a knee problem, but both players returned to training on Thursday.
Bulgarian midfielder Radostin Kishishev is out for personal reasons, winger Craig Noone is cup-tied and Jim McNulty (ankle), Jamie Smith (foot) and Alan Navarro (cruciate) are long-term absentees.
Goalkeeper Peter Brezovan has played in all the previous rounds and is set to come in for regular number one Casper Ankergren again.
Albion are bidding to reach the last eight for only the third time in the club's history.
Potters cruise into last eight
Stoke secured a place in the FA Cup quarter-finals for a second successive season with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Brighton at the Britannia Stadium.
The visitors were undone by three first-half headers, with John Carew netting after 14 minutes and his strike partner Jon Walters making it 2-0 eight minutes later.
Walters then set up Potters captain Ryan Shawcross just before the interval, and although Brighton improved in the second period, they were unable to reduce the deficit.
It seemed Tony Pulis' team might have a considerable threat to contain with the npower League One leaders going into the game having scored eight times in their previous two matches.
As it turned out, though, the Barclays Premier League side were rarely troubled and - certainly in the opening 45 minutes - did most of the attacking themselves.
Rory Delap caused the visitors problems with his long throws in the early exchanges, Seagulls goalkeeper Peter Brezovan fisting one on to Agustin Battipiedi's head and giving away a corner which Jermaine Pennant scuffed as he slipped over.
A Delap delivery yielded another corner soon after and the 34-year-old almost met it at the back post when it was swung in by Matthew Etherington.
It came as little surprise, then, that it was Delap's throw that led to Stoke's opener just before the quarter-hour mark.
The towering figure of Carew was there to flick it towards goal and the glove of Brezovan was not enough to stop the ball going in.
The hosts were already looking well and truly in charge and after Pennant headed Danny Pugh's cross wide and Walters struck a low drive into Brezovan's arms, they extended their advantage.
Marc Wilson crossed and Walters arrived at the near post to net his third goal of the competition this season by nodding the ball across Brezovan.
Stoke continued to press and Walters headed Pennant's pass off-target from a good position, with his protests that he had been impeded waved away by referee Howard Webb.
Pennant then laid the ball to Delap, who blasted high and wide from outside the box.
Etherington, who had missed last week's defeat at Birmingham with a hamstring problem and appeared to be in some discomfort, was substituted for Ricardo Fuller towards the end of the half, but the Potters' momentum did not let up.
Fuller won a corner in the 43rd minute after breaking into the box and from Pennant's delivery, Walters flicked the ball on for Shawcross to head home a third.
Brighton tried to get going after the restart, with Ashley Barnes sending in one shot that Thomas Sorensen dealt with and then a header which he could not apply any power to under the attention of two defenders.
Two minutes later Elliott Bennett fell in the box and claimed he had been fouled by Robert Huth, but play continued.
Brighton manager Gus Poyet made a double substitution, introducing Jake Forster-Caskey and Fran Sandaza for Battipiedi and Glenn Murray.
The Seagulls were fortunate not to find themselves further behind within moments, though, as Carew's pass went unconverted after he slipped the ball across a gaping goal.
The Norwegian was then brought off by Pulis, with Kenwyne Jones taking his place.
There was another moment of uncertainty for Brezovan as he caught Walters' cross, but only just managed to keep it from crossing the line.
Brighton - late as it was - were growing into the game, though, and after Cristian Baz had come on for Barnes, Sorensen dived at the feet of Sandaza to halt a slick move.
Baz then drew a save out the Danish stopper, but at the other end, Brezovan was called into action to block a fierce Fuller effort.
Forster-Caskey also tried his luck to no avail and Fuller sent a shot into the side-netting seconds before the final whistle.
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