Young Academic’s Scott Beaman brings you his round up of the weekend’s third round action. Although there is still tonight’s clash between AFC Wimbledon and Liverpool to be played, as well as Burnley Vs Spurs and a couple tommorow, you will find everything you need to know about every other tie played below…
Friday 2nd January
Despite increasingly tempestuous times at the club Cardiff City will advance after beating Colchester Utd 3-1 in front of their smallest attendance of the season.
In a 2nd Round replay (after fielding an ineligible player in their initial 1-0 victory) Chesterfield beat MK Dons and will now face Scunthorpe Utd in the 3rd Round on Tuesday 6th January.
Saturday 3rd January
In terms of upsets the FA Cup seemed to deliver more anguish than magic on Saturday as Birmingham City came from two goals behind to knock out Blyth Spartans and Southport suffered a 1-0 defeat thanks to a last minute penalty from Derby County.
At The Reebok Stadium debutant Zach Clough’s decisive finish against local rivals Wigan Athletic helped Bolton Wanderers to advance, while their lancastrian counterparts Blackburn Rovers – with as as many as seven players out with injury, claimed a convincing 2-1 victory over Charlton Athletic.
Championship leaders Bornemouth channeled their rampant league form with a 5-1 victory over Rotheram United whilst Ian Holloway’s Millwall will now look forward to a replay with Bradford City after their 3-3 draw. The same goes for Wolves who will head to Craven Cottage to replay Fulham after a 0-0 at The Molineux.
Cambridge United are in the draw for the Fourth Round for the first time in fifteen years after a 2-1 victory at Luton Town and despite being reduced to ten men after Adam Clayton’s red card Middlesborough defeated Barnsley with goals from Jelle Vossen and Daniel Ayala.
Reading beat Huddersfield Town 1-0. Doncaster Rovers will replay Bristol City after a 1-1 draw at Keepmoat Stadium.
Stuart Pearce was visibly disappointed after his Nottingham Forest side continued their recent poor form and were beaten 1-0 by Rochdale whilst Caretaker Manager John Carver failed to produce a result for Newcastle Utd as they crashed out of the competition at the hands of Leicester City.
Tony Pulis marked his arrival to West Brom and the 2014-15 season with a 7-0 win over Gateshead, in form striker Berahino scored four. Brighton won away at Brentford 0-2 and Swansea looked convincing in a 6-2 victory over Tranmere Rovers. Preston North End made light work of Norwich in a comprehensive 2-0 victory.
Sunday 4th January
Sunday’s games saw Barclays Premier League sides back in action after a day’s rest from their hectic christmas schedule and current league leaders (on alphabetical order) Chelsea resumed their winning ways against Blackpool with goals from Remy, Zouma and Willian sealing a 3-0 victory.
Manchester City beat Sheffield Weds despite initially trailing at The Etihad Stadium. Man of the Match James Milner bagged two goals, including a last minute winner
Alan Pardew made a promising start to his new reign at Crystal Palace as they looked unrecognisable from their recent performances. They won 0-4 at Dover Athletic.
QPR looked shambolic at Loftus Road as they lost 0-3 to Sheffield United, Sunderland beat Leeds United 1-0 and despite a raucous display from team and fans alike Yeovil were beaten 2-0 by Manchester United
Stephen Ireland was decisive for Stoke City as they put Wrexham and their cup dream to the sword in a 3-1 home win and Christian Benteke scored in 88th minute as Aston Villa beat Blackpool 1-0. Ipswich Town held on for the replay after a 1-1 draw dominated by Southampton.
In the late kick-off Arsenal beat Hull 2-0 at The Emirates Stadium with goals from Mertesacker and Sanchez.
Remaining 3rd Round Fixtures
Burnley v Tottenham
Wimbledon v Liverpool
Everton v West Ham
Scunthorpe v Chesterfield
Bristol City v Doncaster
Wolves v Fulham
Bradford v Millwall
Ipswich v Southampton