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Saturday, January 5, 2013

FA Cup Action

Demba Ba: one of the signings in the January Transfer Window

The first fixtures of the third round of the FA Cup kick off with some upsets and some predictable victories as teams get new January signings acquainted with their new clubs. 

Southampton 1-5 Chelsea
Despite taking the lead in the first half with a cool finish from Rodriguez off of a brilliant pass from Puncheon, the Saints failed to hold the lead, conceding two to Chelsea's new man Demba Ba. The Senegalese striker equalized for his new club 35 minutes into his debut for the Blues and added to the goal tally in the 61st minute to make it 4-1. Moses and Ivanovic both found the back of the net for the visitors and Chelsea's hero Frank Lampard remained cool and collected despite the controversy surrounding his treatment at the hands of the London club and slotted home a penalty in the 83rd minute.
QPR 1-1 West Bromwich Albion
Shane Long celebrates his goal
against QPR in the FA Cup Third Round
An equalizer in stoppage time from Dyer gave the fans at Loftus Road something to cheer about on top of their shocking midweek victory over the current European Champions Chelsea. After a 78 minute stretch of a 0-0 scoreline, Shane Long gave the visiting side the lead from twelve yards out after the Brazilian shot-stopper Julio Cesar had denied him and his teammates throughout the match. Dyer struck his first goal since 2007 in the 92nd minute of the match to put the scoreline level and secure a good result for QPR. The replay will take place at the Hawthorns on January 16th.
Brighton & Hove Albion 2-0 Newcastle United
By far one of the most shocking results from the FA Cup action so far was Brighton & Hove Albion's victory over Premier League side Newcastle United. Not one, but two goals set the two sides apart. The home side, who play their football in the Championship, put two past Newcastle in the 33rd and 87th minute. Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was rightfully disappointed, telling the press that the side they saw out on the pitch in Brighton was "a shadow of our best team."
West Ham United 2-2 Manchester United
Robin van Persie again proves he was worth every penny of his transfer price as he saves United with a last-minute equalizer against West Ham. The home side had been looking strong thanks to the return of Joe Cole from Liverpool. Cole assisted both of Collins' goals in the 27th and 59th minute and was an important part of West Ham's midfield. Young Tom Cleverly was the first to get on the score sheet when he found the back of the net in the 23rd minute but it took van Persie's late goal off of a brilliant ball from Ryan Giggs to secure United the replay at Old Trafford.

Clubs Advancing 

Brighton's 2-0 victory over Newcastle puts them through to the next round.
Tottenham Hotspur with a 3-0 victory over Coventry City.
Aston Villa with a narrow 2-1 victory over Ipswich Town.
Huddersfield Town defeated Charlton Athletic 1-0 thanks to a very early goal from Beckford
Macclesfield Town advance past Cardiff City thanks to a, 85th minute equalizer and a penalty awarded in the 88th minute.
Barnsley advance past Burnley thanks to a late goal from young Danny Rose at Oakwell Stadium.
Manchester City sealed their victory with a presumable 3-0 win over Watford.
Leicester City defeated Burton Albion 2-0 with two early goals.
Millwall held off Preston North End to go through with a 1-0 victory.
Derby County thrashed Tranmere Rovers 5-0 to advance to the next round.
Crawley Town scored in the first minute but fell to Reading 3-1.
Aldershot Town's Danny Hylton scored a hattrick to carry his side through past Rotherham United
Middlesbrough gave Hastings United a heavy 4-1 defeat at the Riverside .
Sheffield United soundly defeated Oxford United in Oxfordshire 3-0.
Chelsea and their new man Demba Ba soundly progressed with a 5-1 victory over fellow EPL side Southampton.
Norwich City predictably advanced passed Peterborough United with a 3-0 victory
Blackburn Rovers defeated Bristol City 2-0 at home.
Nottingham Forest went up 1-0 thanks to an early own goal but Oldham Athletic quickly corrected and won 2-3.
Luton Town's goal in the 46th minute was enough to put them past Wolverhampton Wanderers with a 1-0 victory.

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