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Sunday 06 January 2013

FA Cup review: Demba Ba hits brace as Chelsea cruise

A round-up of the Premier League clubs in action in the third round of the FA Cup

  • Demba Ba scores his second goal and Chelsea's fourth against Southampton

  • Joe Cole set up two goals on his debut for West Ham against Manchester United

  • Tal Ben Haim made his debut for QPR in the draw with West Brom

  • Arsenal have the chance to avenge last month's League defeat by Swansea on Sunday

Chelsea’s defence of the FA Cup began comfortably as they eased past the difficult opening challenge of a trip to Southampton as Demba Ba scored twice on his debut in the third-round tie.

Southampton went ahead in the 22nd minute. Jason Puncheon slipped the ball through to Jay Rodriguez, who ran on to the pass and scored, but Ba, who joined from Newcastle United a day earlier, equalised 10 minutes before the break. Eden Hazard made his way down the left and threaded the ball through to Juan Mata, whose shot from an acute angle was followed in by Ba.

Chelsea took the lead on the stroke of half-time, Ashley Cole and Victor Moses exchanging the ball before the latter scored. Rafael Benitez’s side got a third goal through Branislav Ivanovic, who headed home Mata's cross seven minutes after the break. Ba made it four and Frank Lampard completed the scoring with a late penalty.

Manchester United needed an injury-time goal from substitute Robin van Persie to stay in the competition as a West Ham United team inspired by Joe Cole, on his debut, came close to knocking out the league leaders.

Tom Cleverley had put Sir Alex Ferguson’s side in front but it was immediately cancelled out by James Collins’s header from Cole’s cross. West Ham took the lead in carbon-copy fashion through Cole crossing to Collins to head in and looked to be on course for victory until Van Persie took Ryan Giggs’s pass and finished calmly.

The replay at Old Trafford will take place on Wednesday 16 January and, as a result, the Barclays Premier League tie between Arsenal and West Ham that was postponed from December 26 will happen on January 23.

In the third all-Premier League clash an injury-time equaliser from Kieron Dyer means that Queens Park Rangers and West Bromwich Albion must play again after they drew 1-1. Shane Long put West Brom ahead with a low shot with 11 minutes to go before Dyer’s late leveller. Tal Ben Haim made his debut in defence for QPR, having joined on a free transfer this week.

The replay has forced the Barclays Premier League fixture between QPR and Tottenham at Loftus Road to move to 12.45pm on Saturday 12 January. The replay at The Hawthorns will take place in the week commencing Monday 14 January.

After the match QPR manager Harry Redknapp confirmed that he is fighting to keep Ryan Nelsen at the club after the New Zealand defender was offered a coaching role at his former club DC United in the MLS.

Manchester City were never threatened as they beat Watford 3-0. Carlos Tevez, Gareth Barry and 17-year-old debutant Marcos Lopes got the goals. Joleon Lescott started for City in the defence and after the match sought to squash speculation that he was looking to leave the club in this month’s transfer window through lack of first-team action.

"Joleon Lescott has ruled out the possibility of any loan move during the January transfer window," said a statement by the player’s spokesman. "Despite speculation linking him with several Premier League clubs, Joleon has no desire to leave Manchester City."

The first match of the day featured an upset as Newcastle’s recent struggles in the Barclays Premier League were replicated in the FA Cup as they went out 2-0 to Brighton & Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium.

Brighton got past an understrength Newcastle with Andrea Orlandi supplying an outstanding opener before substitute Will Hoskins sealed the win against opposition, for whom captain Shola Ameobi was sent off for two yellow cards. As a result Ameobi will miss Saturday's Barclays Premier League match against Norwich City.

Wigan Athletic had to battle to earn a replay against Bournemouth after a 1-1 draw at the DW Stadium. The League One side took the lead four minutes before the break thanks to a fine goal by Eunan O'Kane. The Premier League team levelled after a penalty with Jordi Gomez's spot-kick was parried by the goalkeeper but the midfielder pounced on the rebound to slot home with 20 minutes left. Angelo Henriquez, who was signed on loan from Manchester United this week, came as a second-half substitute.

Fulham also needed an equaliser to earn a 1-1 draw at home to Blackpool. Ludovic Silvestre put Blackpool ahead with half an hour to go when he fired home a 25-yard shot. However, with 10 minutes remaining Robert Harris's clearance from Bryan Ruiz's corner could only find Giorgos Karagounis on the edge of the box and he looped a volley into the net.

Sunderland came from two goals down to claim a 2-2 draw at Bolton Wanderers. Bolton went ahead in the 12th minute after a defensive mistake by Carlos Cuellar was pounced on by Chung-Yong Lee, whose low shot went into the centre of the goal.

Bolton doubled their lead as Marvin Sordell slotted home into the bottom left-hand corner from close range. Connor Wickham gave Sunderland hope just a minute after coming on in the 60th minute and Craig Gardener sent an unstoppable equaliser into the roof of the net from 35 yards with 15 minutes left.

Stoke City shared a 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
All these ties will be replayed in the week commencing January 14.

Darren Bent started and scored as Aston Villa came from behind at Villa Park to beat Ipswich Town 2-1. Michael Chopra pounced just after the half-hour for the visitors but Villa made a perfect start to the second half, Bent stabbing home after good work by Charles N'Zogbia just 36 seconds after the break. Villa took the lead with seven minutes to go as Gabriel Agbonlahor put a fine ball in, finding Andreas Weimann, who powered home a header.

Reading were another team who had to come from behind against lower opposition to advance to the fourth round, conceding after 14 seconds before winning 3-1 at League One side Crawley Town. Nicky Adams fired Crawley ahead but two from Adam Le Fondre and a Noel Hunt strike sent Reading through.

Norwich City had no such worries as they eased to a 3-0 victory at Peterborough United. Elliott Bennett put the Premier League side ahead after half an hour following Robert Snodgrass's pass and they doubled their lead four minutes before the break, Simeon Jackson getting in behind the defence. Snodgrass got a third with 20 minutes left.

Clint Dempsey, with two goals, and Gareth Bale, with one, tormented Coventry City as Tottenham Hotspur eased to a 3-0 win at White Hart Lane.

The remaining three ties all feature Barclays Premier League clubs. Arsenal travel to Swansea City tomorrow looking to avenge the 2-0 home defeat inflicted by the Welsh club in the league last month. The two Merseyside clubs visit lower-level opposition hoping to avoid a shock. Liverpool are away to Mansfield Town tomorrow while Everton travel to Cheltenham Town on Monday evening.

The draw for the fourth round of the FA Cup will take place on Sunday at 3.30pm GMT.

FA Cup third round results and fixtures

Saturday 5 January

Aldershot Town 3-1 Rotherham United
Aston Villa
2-1 Ipswich Town
Barnsley 1-0 Burnley
Blackburn Rovers 2-0 Bristol City
Bolton Wanderers 2-2 Sunderland
Brighton & Hove Albion 2-0 Newcastle United
Charlton Athletic 0-1 Huddersfield Town
Crawley Town 1-3 Reading
Crystal Palace 0-0 Stoke City
Derby County 5-0 Tranmere Rovers
Fulham 1-1 Blackpool
Hull City 1-1 Leyton Orient
Leeds United 1-1 Birmingham City
Leicester City 2-0 Burton Albion
Luton Town 1-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Macclesfield Town -1 Cardiff City
Manchester City 3-0 Watford
Middlesbrough 4-1 Hastings United
Millwall 1-0 Preston North End
Nottingham Forest 2-3 Oldham Athletic
Oxford United 0-3 Sheffield United
Peterborough United 0-3 Norwich City
Queens Park Rangers
1-1 West Bromwich Albion
Sheffield Wednesday 0-0 Milton Keynes Dons
Southampton 1-5 Chelsea
Southend 2-2 Brentford
Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 Coventry City
West Ham United 2-2 Manchester United
Wigan Athletic
1-1 AFC Bournemouth

Sunday 6 January
1.30pm Swansea City v Arsenal
4pm Mansfield Town v Liverpool

Monday 7 January
7.45pm Cheltenham Town v Everton

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Key Points

  • Debutant Demba Ba scores twice as Chelsea beat Southampton 5-1 in the FA Cup third round
  • Manchester United need a late Robin van Persie goal to draw with West Ham United
  • Newcastle United are the only Premier League side to exit early on Saturday