FA CUP THIRD ROUND REVIEWS
BLYTH SPARTANS 2 BIRMINGHAM CITY 3
GOALS:-BLYTH: DALE 35, 41. BIRMINGHAM: NOVAK 52;
THOMAS 55, 58.
Birmingham City came from two down with three goals in six second-half minutes to avoid an embarrassing FA Cup upset at non-league Blyth. Robbie Dale, the Blyth skipper, scored his sixth and seventh FA Cup goals. But the Blues' comeback started with a Lee Novak goal, before Birmingham striker Wes Thomas equalised, then got the winner within four minutes.
DERBY COUNTY 1 SOUTHPORT 0
GOAL:-DERBY: MARTIN PEN 90.
A Chris Martin injury-time penalty saved Derby County any embarrassment, as they overcame Conference side Southport in the FA Cup third round. Southport were close to earning a replay against Championship team Derby until Luke Foster felled Johnny Russell in the 92nd minute at the iPro Stadium. Striker Martin converted from the spot, making up for several Derby misses.
LEICESTER CITY 1 NEWCASTLE UNITED 0
GOAL:-LEICESTER: ULLOA 39.
Leicester City knocked Newcastle United out of the third round of the FA Cup, thanks to a Leonardo Ulloa header at the King Power stadium. The hosts, bottom of the Premier League, went ahead when Ulloa headed home Anthony Knockaert's cross. He could have doubled Leicester's advantage after the break, but the striker headed wide in front of goal.
ROCHDALE 1 NOTTINGHAM FOREST 0
GOAL:-ROCHDALE: VINCENTI PEN 12.
Peter Vincenti scored from the penalty spot as League One Rochdale knocked Championship outfit Nottingham Forest out of the FA Cup at the Spotland. Rochdale were awarded the spot-kick after defender Joe Rafferty was tripped by Forest winger Michail Antonio, and forward Vincenti duly converted. The visitors had chances to equalise in the second half but could not find a way past Rochdale goalkeeper Josh Lillis.
ARSENAL 2 HULL CITY 0
MERTESACKER 20; SANCHEZ 82.
Arsenal began their defence of the FA Cup with a win, as Hull City failed to gain revenge for last year's final defeat. Per Mertesacker rose above the Hull defence to powerfully head in the opener from Alexis Sanchez's corner. Arsenal controlled the first half and almost doubled their lead when Hull's Paul McShane cleared off the line. Sanchez's sharp turn and calm finish inside 18 yards sealed victory.
CHELSEA 3 WATFORD 0
GOALS:-CHELSEA: WILLIAN 58; REMY 70; ZOUMA 72.
Chelsea progressed to the FA Cup fourth round at the expense of Championship Watford, thanks to three second-half goals. After a drab first half, JosÈ Mourinho brought on Willian and Diego Costa, who provided some much-needed spark. Willian struck from 25 yards to give the hosts the lead, while Loic Remy doubled Chelsea's advantage with a well-taken half-volley from 12 yards. Kurt Zouma completed the scoring, heading in Cesar Azpilicueta's cross.
MANCHESTER CITY 2
SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 1
GOALS:-CITY: MILNER 66, 90. WEDNESDAY: NUHIU 14.
James Milner scored an injury-time winner to help Manchester City come from behind. Atdhe Nuhiu put the Owls ahead when he swept home Stevie May's pass. City failed to register a shot on target for more than an hour until Milner equalised by sliding the ball through the keeper's legs. Milner, playing in an advanced striking role, completed the win from close range in injury time.
QUEENS PARK RANGERS 0
SHEFFIELD UNITED 3
GOALS:-SHEFF UTD: McNULTY 36; CAMPBELL-RYCE 49, 90.
Queens Park Rangers' dismal FA Cup run continued when they were knocked out by League 1 Sheffield United. The Premier League side have now won only two FA Cup matches in the last 14 seasons. Blades top scorer Marc McNulty scored the opener, before Jamal Campbell-Ryce twice capitalised on QPR's defensive errors to complete a memorable win in London.
IPSWICH TOWN 1
GOALS:-SOUTHAMPTON: SCHNEIDERLIN 33. IPWICH: AMBROSE 19.
Championship side Ipswich Town frustrated Premier League side Southampton to earn an FA Cup third-round replay. Darren Ambrose, making his first start for Town since rejoining them in September, put the visitors ahead with a header from Tyrone Mings's cross. But Saints scored a deserved equaliser when Morgan Schneiderlin capitalised on hesitation between Ipswich 'keeper Dean Gerken and defender Christophe Berra.
YEOVIL 0 TOWN MANCHESTER UNITED 2
GOALS:-UNITED: HERRERA 64; DI MARIA 90.
Goals from Ander Herrera and Angel Di Maria sent Manchester United into the FA Cup fourth round at the expense of Yeovil. The League One side matched United for the first hour and had a great chance to take the lead, but Kieffer Moore scuffed his shot at David de Gea. Louis van Gaal's side improved as the game went on and led when Herrera hooked a superb strike into the net. Substitute Di Maria then ran through to seal the win on his return from injury.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 2
CARDIFF CITY 3 COLCHESTER UNITED 1
SATURDAY, JANUARY 3
BARNSLEY 0 MIDDLESBROUGH 2
BOLTON WANDERERS 1
WIGAN ATHLETIC 0
BREMTFORD 0 BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION 2
CAMBRIDGE UNITED 2 LUTON TOWN 1
CHARLTON ATHLETIC 1
BLACKBURN ROVERS 2
DONCASTER ROVERS 1
BRISTOL CITY 1
FULHAM 0 WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS 0
HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 0
MILLWALL 3 BRADFORD CITY 3
PRESTON NORTH END 2
NORWICH CITY 0
ROTHERHAM UNITED 1 AFC BOURNEMOUTH 5
TRANMERE ROVERS 2
SWANSEA CITY 6
WEST BROMWICH ALBION 7 GATESHEAD 0
SUNDAY, JANUARY 4
ASTON VILLA 1 BLACKPOOL 0
DOVER ATHLETIC 0 CRYSTAL PALACE 4
STOKE CITY 2 WREXHAM 1
SUNDERLAND 1 LEEDS UNITED 0
MONDAY, JANUARY 5
BURNLEY V TOTTENHAM
AFC WIMBLEDON V
TUESDAY, JANUARY 6
EVERTON V WEST HAM UNITED