Blackburn snatch last-minute equalizer to stay alive in FA Cup

Blackburn snatch last-minute equalizer to stay alive in FA CupLondon  - Premier League side Blackburn Rovers needed a last-minute goal to avoid an upset in the FA Cup fifth round on Saturday as they salvaged a 2-2 draw at home to Coventry City.

Fulham and Hull City will both require replays if they are to advance to the last eight, while West Ham United came from behind to force a 1-1 draw with fellow Premier League side Middlesbrough.

For a while, it looked as if Coventry would get the better of Rovers for the second successive season but a mistake in the dying seconds cost the Championship side dear.

Roque Santa Cruz gave the home side the perfect start with the opening goal after just two minutes, but Aron Gunnarsson volleyed a fine equaliser on 61 minutes and Michael Doyle put the visitors ahead 14 minutes from time.

But with time running out, stand-in goalkeeper Andy Marshall could not hold a shot from Keith Tracey and Christopher Samba fired in the rebound.

Jason Scotland scored his 12th goal in 12 games to force a replay for Championship side Swansea City after their 1-1 draw with Fulham.

Fulham took the lead just before half-time through an own goal by Swansea captain Garry Monk, but Mark Gower found Scotland, who fired an excellent equaliser into the bottom corner.

Kamil Zayette scored the equalizer as Hull drew 1-1 at Sheffield United, while West Ham had Herita Ilunga to thank for their goal in a 1-1 draw at home with Middlesbrough.

Later on Saturday, Chelsea will be hoping to put on a show for their new manager Guus Hiddink when they travel to Watford.

The Dutchman will watch the match from the stands before getting to grips with the side in their next Premier League match, having replaced Luiz Felipe Scolari until the end of the season.

On Sunday, favourites Manchester United travel to Derby, while Everton play Aston Villa. (dpa)