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Ferguson sets up Everton tie

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Midfielder Barry Ferguson's first goal for Birmingham was sufficient to seal a 1-0 victory over Nottingham Forest in an FA Cup third round replay at St. Andrews and clinch a visit to Everton.

Alex McLeish's £1million summer capture from Rangers broke the deadlock 16 minutes into the second half and earned a fortunate victory for the home side.

Blues fielded a full strength side but were often second best against a Forest team which showed seven changes from the line-up that had overcame West Brom on Friday.

Super-sub Jamie Ward helped fire Sheffield United into the fourth round as QPR made their familiar early exit despite a late rally in the 3-2 clash.

The Blades were clinging onto Lee Williamson's early opener when Ward scored with his first touch and then immediately set up a third for Richard Cresswell. A late Rangers comeback, courtesy of Akos Buzsaky's penalty and Damion Stewart's header, set up a nervy finish but the hosts were unable to arrest their dismal FA Cup record.

Substitute Gavin Williams grabbed a 92nd-minute equaliser as Bristol City earned a third round replay following their 1-1 draw against Coca-Cola Championship rivals Cardiff.

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Jamie Ward
Akos Buzsaky
West Bromwich Albion
Bristol City
Football
Championship
Premier League
Cardiff City
Alex
Damion Stewart
Lee Williamson
Nottingham Forest
Richard Cresswell
Everton
Queens Park Rangers
Sheffield United
Birmingham
FA Cup
Gavin Williams
Barry Ferguson

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