Alex Scott’s cheeky Gary Lineker joke after replacing him for BBC’s FA Cup tie

Alex Scott appeared to be in good spirits after she replaced Gary Lineker as the host of the BBC's FA Cup coverage for the quarterfinal clash between Brighton & Hove Albion and Grimsby Town.

The former Arsenal defender was called up at short notice to replace Lineker, who was suffering with a "nasty cold" forcing him to take the afternoon off from presenting.

Lineker, who returned to air for the first time on Saturday night for Manchester City's FA Cup 6-0 win over Burnley, was audibly croaky, with his voice said to have "deteriorated overnight" according to the BBC.

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And after last weeks controversy, that saw Lineker refuse to front the BBC's football coverage, Scott cracked a light hearted joke to her co-hosts Danny Murphy and Glenn Murray over his absence.

"Everyone in the house apart from Gary Lineker," said Scott, which got a nice chuckle out of Murphy and Murray.

On the pitch however, it was Brighton who were laughing as Roberto Di Zerbi's side strolled into the FA Cup semifinal after they dispatched League Two side Grimsby Town.

After only going in 1-0 up at the break thanks to Denis Undav, the Seagulls managed to find the back of the net four more times in the second half, with Solly March, Kaoru Mitoma and an Evan Ferguson brace sending Brighton to Wembley.

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Brighton, who are enjoying an incredible season this term, will face one of either Manchester United or Fulham, who were still yet to play their quarter-final before the semifinal draw had been made.

In the other half of the draw, Sheffield United have been handed the unenviable task of taking down Manchester City. The Blades faced off against Blackburn Rovers in their quarterfinal, managing to win the tie in dramatic fashion at Bramall Lane 3-2 thanks to Tommy Doyle's injury time screamer.

Conversely, City's quarterfinal display was less dramatic, with Guardiola and co breezing past Burnley 6-0 in a game that saw Erling Haaland bag his sixth hat-trick of the season.


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