It was a big night for Spurs, as stand-in manager Tim Sherwood took control of the Londoners for the first time – following Andre Villas-Boas sacking on Monday – but he was unable to guide his side past the Hammers. It looked as if the White Hart Lane outfit were set to bounce back from their disappointing weekend loss to Liverpool, but two goals in the last 10 minutes from Matt Jarvis and Modibo Maiga cancelled out Emmanuel Adebayor’s second-half opener. Andros Townsend also left the field of play with an injury to cap a thoroughly disappointing evening for the Lilywhites, although the extent of the problem is not yet known.
Meanwhile Manchester United eased into the semi-finals with a 2-0 win over Stoke. Heavy rainfall and hailstones saw the clash temporarily postponed by referee Mark Clattenberg half way through the opening period. Play eventually got back underway, but it took until after the interval for David Moyes’ men to break the deadlock. Ashley Young – brought in as one of the Red Devils’ many changes from their weekend win over Aston Villa – combined well with Javier Hernandez on the edge of the Stoke box before rifling past Thomas Sorensen. Despite some pressure from the Potters, United doubled their lead courtesy of Patrice Evra just over 15 minutes later, as the defender curled home a right-footed effort from 12 yards out.