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The Dozen: the weekend’s best FA Cup photos

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Eberechi Eze: the young playmaker with the X factor at QPR

The No 10 has captivated the crowds at Loftus Road and helped Steve McClaren’s side turn their Championship season aroundAt Loftus Road, there is a new No 10 in town. Eberechi Eze has a long way to go until he is mentioned in the same breath as Rodney …

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Manchester City’s Phil Foden completes win over outclassed Oxford

The scoreline was nothing like as emphatic as many had predicted, or probably feared in the case of Oxford United’s supporters, but there was never the slightest doubt that Manchester City would take their place in the next round of the competition the…

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Oxford’s Cameron Norman: from tier seven to facing Manchester City

Five months ago the right-back was at King’s Lynn. Now a Carabao Cup test against the Premier League champions awaitsOf all the ways to react to “a massive blow”, Cameron Norman chose the best. That is why he can expect to play for Oxford United agains…

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Christian Ribeiro: ‘I was told to stop or I wouldn’t be walking in my 30s’

The midfielder, who counted Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey among his Wales team-mates, is rebuilding his life after being forced into retirement at Oxford by a knee injuryChristian Ribeiro remembers the phone call from the Oxford United physiotherapist a…

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Saïss and Bonatini take Wolves four points clear with win over Fulham

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Pep Clotet: ‘We can keep fine tuning to see if Oxford can reach the next level’ | Nick Ames

Oxford United’s Spanish manager is eager to put into practice ideas he has picked up in a career that has taken in stints at Swansea City and Leeds United

Pep Clotet admits to being a keen history student and it was with some pleasure that, a fortnight into his tenure as Oxford United manager, he accepted an invitation to dinner at the 462-year-old St John’s College. “I had the luxury of a talk about the college’s traditions afterwards, and a walk around town where they explained a few more things to me,” he says. “It’s a fantastic city. So much has happened here.”

The Kassam Stadium does not provoke quite as much feeling but, if Clotet has his way, it could become a necessary add-on to circuits of the dreaming spires. His appointment at the start of July marked a considerable change for both parties but made a degree of sense. Oxford had just lost Michael Appleton, who led the League One club to eighth place – their highest finish in 17 years – last season but opted to become Craig Shakespeare’s assistant at Leicester City; the 40-year-old Clotet, his stock high after spells as Garry Monk’s No2 at Swansea City and Leeds United, was looking to strike out on his own and came with excellent reviews.

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League One and League Two: a fan from each club previews the 2017–18 season

If the fans who spoke to us are right, Bradford City, Bristol Rovers, Bury, Charlton and Southend United – and a few other clubs – will be in the play-offs

• Championship: fans preview the season

It would be nice to stay clear of relegation and have a comfortable season with a few big wins to keep us going. I’d like a number of our younger players to establish themselves here rather than being bought by Premier League clubs.

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FA Cup photo essay: the road to Wembley

Guardian photographer Christopher Thomond documented each round of this year’s FA Cup. Starting with his local team Stockport County in the first round, he followed the winner of each game to the final at Wembley on Saturday.

Click here to view Chris Thomond’s photo essays from each round

Edgeley Park, Saturday 5 November

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Coventry and Oxford’s day out masks chaos of Checkatrade Trophy revamp | Barry Glendenning

Sunday’s final at Wembley will be well attended but that has been far from the norm since the Football League allowed under-23 teams to compete

Despite vastly reduced numbers going through the turnstiles for the early rounds of this season’s revamped Checkatrade Trophy, more than 72,000 tickets have been sold for the final, between Coventry City and Oxford United. Sunday’s crowd at Wembley will fall short of the record for a Football League Trophy denouement – 80,841 watched Wolves beat Burnley in 1988 – but it is a significant increase on the 59,230 supporters who attended last year’s decider, when Oxford lost a thriller 3-2 to Barnsley.

The Football League is likely to see Sunday’s attendance as vindication for its much-maligned overhaul of the tournament, which has left fans of lower-league clubs nonplussed, but there is little doubt the appearance of two League One teams in the final has done them a huge favour.

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FA Cup photo essay – Middlesbrough v Oxford United in the fifth round

The Guardian photographer Christopher Thomond is documenting the road to Wembley, starting with his local team Fleetwood Town in the first round and following the winning side from each game, all the way to the final. Here is the fifth-round tie, when League One side Oxford United went to the Riverside to take on Middlesbrough

Check out Chris’ FA Cup Road To Wembley project so far

Middlesbrough scraped into the FA Cup sixth round after fending off a second-half comeback from League One Oxford United at the Riverside, who were cheered on by more than 3,000 travelling fans.

It took the emergence of the heavy artillery from the bench to prevent an unwanted replay, with Cristhian Stuani’s winner settling a fascinating tie and sending Boro into the quarter-finals, after Oxford had fought back from 2-0 down.

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FA Cup: talking points from the fifth round matches

Zlatan Ibrahimovic was Manchester United’s match-winner again, Burnley were tormented by Lincoln and themselves, and Arsenal need to pitch in at Sutton

Zlatan Ibrahimovic was the match-winner again for Manchester United and his late goal against Blackburn Rovers was another fine and composed finish to add to his season’s collection. That made it 24 goals in all competitions and the Swede has now scored in the FA Cup, Coppa Italia, Copa del Rey and Coupe de France. For United, he has been a stellar signing and there is a reason why the prolific forward can get away with statements such as the one after his midweek hat-trick against St Etienne when he declared: “Wherever I went I won, so I am like Indiana Jones.” The only concern for United is that they are perhaps becoming reliant on Ibrahimovic’s goals. Every team wants a scorer who can find the net more than 20 times a season but there is always the risk of an injury providing a major setback to their tactical approach. United struggled to craft many scoring opportunities against a side second-bottom in the Championship until Ibrahimovic broke free and slotted coolly past Jason Steele. But Ibrahimovic has now made himself king of the cups and United were toasting their talisman once again. James Riach

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Middlesbrough’s Cristhian Stuani strikes late to halt Oxford fightback

Aitor Karanka’s belief that his relegation-threatened side can afford to take the FA Cup seriously is set to be tested. Not that too many Teessiders will be overly confident about actually winning the trophy after seeing Middlesbrough canter into a two-goal lead only to fold alarmingly and permit Oxford United to draw level.

It took the emergence of the heavy artillery from the bench to prevent an unwanted replay, with Cristhian Stuani’s winner settling a fascinating tie and sending Boro into the quarter-finals.

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Middlesbrough v Oxford United: match preview

Aitor Karanka knows that, 20 years ago, a Middlesbrough side starring Juninho and Fabrizio Ravanelli combined reaching two cup finals with relegation but said there is “no reason” why his team cannot twin survival with FA Cup glory. After knocking Newcastle out in the fourth round, Michael Appleton’s League One Oxford may prove awkward opponents and all eyes will be on Gastón Ramírez, the Uruguay playmaker is set for his first start since Karanka rejected his January transfer request. Louise Taylor

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The Dozen: the weekend’s best FA Cup photos

Your weekend roundup of the best photography from the FA Cup fourth round

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FA Cup roundup: Oxford United cruise past Newcastle into fifth round

• Blackburn beat Blackpool 2-0 amid fans’ protest at Ewood Park
• Burnley sink Bristol City, while Huddersfield polish off Rochdale

Given the contrasting recent FA Cup pedigrees of Oxford United and Newcastle United, it is debatable whether the League One side’s 3-0 win over Rafael Benítez’s team constitutes much of a shock. Oxford, who knocked out Swansea City and reached the fourth round last season, have gone one better this year after an emphatic victory over the Championship promotion chasers at the Kassam Stadium.

After a goalless first half, Kane Hemmings, who has scored in every round so far, put the home side in front two minutes after the break with his 13th goal of the season, turning the ball in from close range after Chey Dunkley headed Chris Maguire’s cross back from the far post.

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FA Cup fourth round: match previews

All the news for this weekend’s FA Cup fourth-round matches

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FA Cup fourth round: match previews

All the news for this weekend’s FA Cup fourth-round matches

Venue Ewood Park, Saturday 3pm

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FA Cup fourth round: 10 things to look out for this weekend

Will Daniel Sturridge get a chance to regain his verve? Will Ranieri fine-tune for a relegation battle? Will Ravel Morrison return to Old Trafford?

A clutch of (fool)hardy Lincoln City fans queued through Wednesday night in sub-zero temperatures in order to get their gloved hands on the last tickets for their club’s biggest and indeed only fourth-round FA Cup tie since 1976. Those fans were evidently not discouraged by the fact that the National League leaders had suffered their heaviest defeat of the season the previous night, when they were beaten 3-0 by Barrow, whose rugged approach on a treacherous pitch fairly knocked Danny Cowley’s men out of their impish stride. The Championship leaders, Brighton, will probably not resort to such robust tactics but are still likely to provide the toughest test yet for a Lincoln side who have already beaten two opponents from leagues above them. The Cup run has generated around £500,000 for the club and given special memories for a generation of supporters who are dreaming of even better days ahead, starting, just maybe, on Saturday. PD

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FA Cup roundup: Adebayo Akinfenwa’s late winner breaks Stourbridge hearts

• Third round’s lowest-ranked side beaten 2-1 by Wycombe
• Oxford win 3-2 away at Rotherham; QPR lose 2-1 at home to Blackburn

Stourbridge, the lowest ranked side in the third round, were beaten 2-1 at League Two Wycombe. Dan Scarr cancelled out Sam Wood’s opener 20 minutes from time, but the Northern Premier League team were left heartbroken by Adebayo Akinfenwa’s late winner.

Oxford’s manager, Michael Appleton, distanced himself from the vacant England Under-21 job after seeing his side knock out Championship club Rotherham with a 3-2 away win. Goals from former Miller Ryan Taylor, Phil Edwards and substitute Kane Hemmings secured a fourth-round place. “Talk about that job is pure speculation. It is a fantastic role for whoever does get it but I’m just keeping my focus on Oxford. I’m delighted with this win. We knew the game was there to be taken.”

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