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FA CUP 5TH ROUND WRAP: Liverpool edge past Palace as Blackburn in cruise control over Stoke

Liverpool are through to the quarter-finals of the 2014/15 FA Cup courtesy of a come-from-behind 2-1 victory at Crystal Palace on Saturday.

The Reds were staring down the barrel of another aberration in south London when Fraizer Campbell opened the scoring for the Eagles in the 15th minute at Selhurst Park.

But Brendan Rodgers' side were able to make the most of their dominance by responding through Daniel Sturridge four minutes into the second half before Adam Lallana grabbed the eventual winner with a follow-up finish just before the hour-mark.

The victory keeps alive Liverpool's hopes of making it through to the Wembley final where captain Steven Gerrard would make his ultimate appearances for the Merseyside club.

Championship side Blackburn Rovers have joined the Reds in the final eight by recording a surprise 4-1 win over top flight Stoke City at Ewood Park.

Potters veteran Peter Crouch allowed the visitors to go ahead in the 10th minute before Joshua King replied with the first of his treble in the 36th minute.

The former Manchester United youngster added a second in the 50th minute, after Rudy Gestede's penalty on the stroke of half-time, before completing his hat-trick in the 55th minute to send the Lancashire outfit through in fine fashion.

In a similar vein, West Bromwich Albion hammered West Ham United 4-0 at The Hawthorns with special service from the in-form Brown Ideye who netted a double.

The Nigerian striker added to the two goals in his past two league games by hitting the back of the net in the 20th and 57th minutes while James Morrison and leading scorer Saido Berahino also tallied in the Baggies' big win.

And in the all-Championship meeting, Reading edged past Derby County 201 at the iPro Stadium thanks to second-half goals from Hal Robson-Kanu and Yakubu either side of Darren Bent's 61st-minute leveler.

Sunday and Monday's remaining fifth round fixtures are as follows:

Aston Villa (PREM) v Leicester City (PREM) - Villa Park, Birmingham Bradford City (L1) v Sunderland (PREM) - Valley Parade, BradfordArsenal (PREM) v Middlesbrough (CHA) - Emirates Stadium, London Preston North End (L2) v Manchester United (PREM) - Deepdale, Preston - *Monday night

2014/15 FA Cup - fifth round

West Bromwich Albion (PREM): 4 (Brown Ideye 20'/57', James Morrison 42', Saido Berahino 72') West Ham United (PREM): 0 (red card: Morgan Amalfitano 70') The Hawthorns, West Bromwich

Blackburn Rovers (CHA): 4 (Joshua King 36'/50'/55', Rudy Gestede (p) 45+7') Stoke City (PREM): 1 (Peter Crouch 10') Ewood Park, Blackburn - 13,934

Derby County (CHA): 1 (Darren Bent 61') Reading (CHA): 2 (Hal Robson-Kanu 53', Yakubu Aiyegbeni 82') iPro Stadium, Derby - 21,337

Crystal Palace (PREM): 1 (Fraizer Campbell 15') Liverpool (PREM): 2 (Daniel Sturridge 49', Adam Lallana 58') Selhurst Park, London

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