Newcastle United FC were early casualties in Saturday's FA Cup third round games, but Tottenham Hotspur FC, Manchester City FC and Chelsea FC made confident progress, Demba Ba scoring twice on his debut for the latter.
UEFA Europa League contenders Newcastle proved to be the fall guys as the top division sides entered the competition for the first time this season, losing 2-0 at Brighton & Hove Albion FC, with Shola Ameobi being sent off for the Magpies just after the hour mark. The worst results for the remaining top-tier sides were draws against lower-league opposition which mean Sunderland AFC, Stoke City FC, Fulham FC and Wigan Athletic FC have replays ahead.
League leaders Manchester United FC needed a late Robin van Persie goal to snatch a 2-2 draw at West Ham United FC, with a last-gasp strike also securing a 1-1 draw for bottom side Queens Park Rangers FC against West Bromwich Albion FC. However, the day's other all-Premier League tie ended far from equal, Chelsea recovering from conceding first to win 5-1 at Southampton FC, Demba Ba (35, 61) scoring twice on his debut following his transfer from Newcastle yesterday.
City and Tottenham also had reason to be proud of their work, with 3-0 wins against Watford FC and Coventry City FC respectively.
FA Cup third round results
Aldershot Town FC 3-1 Rotherham United FC
Aston Villa FC 2-1 Ipswich Town FC
Barnsley FC 1-0 Burnley FC
Blackburn Rovers FC 2-0 Bristol City FC
Bolton Wanderers FC 2-2 Sunderland AFC
Brighton & Hove Albion FC 2-0 Newcastle United FC
Charlton Athletic FC 0-1 Huddersfield Town AFC
Crawley Town FC 1-3 Reading FC
Crystal Palace FC 0-0 Stoke City FC
Derby County FC 5-0 Tranmere Rovers FC
Fulham FC 1-1 Blackpool FC
Hull City AFC 1-1 Leyton Orient FC
Leeds United AFC 1-1 Birmingham City FC
Leicester City FC 2-0 Burton Albion FC
Luton Town FC 1-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC
Macclesfield Town FC 2-1 Cardiff City FC
Manchester City FC 3-0 Watford FC
Middlesbrough FC 4-1 Hastings United FC
Millwall FC 1-0 Preston North End FC
Nottingham Forest FC 2-3 Oldham Athletic FC
Oxford United FC 0-3 Sheffield United FC
Peterborough United FC 0-3 Norwich City FC
Queens Park Rangers FC 1-1 West Bromwich Albion FC
Sheffield Wednesday FC 0-0 Milton Keynes Dons FC
Southampton FC 1-5 Chelsea FC
Southend United FC 2-2 Brentford FC
Tottenham Hotspur FC 3-0 Coventry City FC
West Ham United FC 2-2 Manchester United FC
Wigan Athletic FC 1-1 AFC Bournemouth
Swansea City AFC v Arsenal FC
Mansfield Town FC v Liverpool FC
Cheltenham Town FC v Everton FC
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