LONDON (Sporting Alert) – Defending champions Chelsea, Norwich, Reading, Manchester City and Tottenham were the amongst Barclays Premier League sides that picked up wins in the English FA Cup third round tie on Saturday.
However, Manchester United needed a last gasp equaliser from Robin van Persie to earn a replay with West Ham, following the 2-2 draw, while Sunderland, Fulham and Wigan were all held as well.
An out of sort Newcastle United said goodbye to the FA Cup tournament, however, after losing 2-0 at Brighton.
But it was a good day for Chelsea and their new recruit Demba Ba, who scored twice in the Blues’ 5-1 thrashing of Southampton on the road.
“It is always important for a striker to score goals but more than just the goals was his contribution for the team,” Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez said on the club’s website at www.chelseafc.com.
“His movement and understanding of things we were wanting to do was really good. He was very clever and he could understand the movement of the players. He did everything well on the pitch.
“I prefer to have this selection problem now than to have just one striker. It is important to have good players and different options, and Ba and Torres can compete or play together.”
Frank Lampard also came off the bench to score a penalty kick in the victory as well.
Carlos Tevez started and scored for Manchester City in their 3-0 win over Watford, with Tottenham hammering Coventry 3-0 as well and Aston Villa edging Ipswich Town 2-1 after going down a goal.
Reading cruised past Crawley Town 3-1, Norwich turned back Peterborough United 3-0, but Wigan, Stoke and Fulham were all held on the day.
English FA Cup 3rd Round Results and Scores – Jan. 5
BOLD = Premier League team results
FULL-TIME: Brighton 2 : 0 Newcastle
FULL-TIME: Aldershot 3 : 1 Rotherham
FULL-TIME: Aston Villa 2 : 1 Ipswich Town
FULL-TIME: Barnsley 1 : 0 Burnley
FULL-TIME: Blackburn 2 : 0 Bristol City
FULL-TIME: Bolton 2 : 2 Sunderland
FULL-TIME: Charlton Athletic 0 : 1 Huddersfield
FULL-TIME: Crawley Town 1 : 3 Reading
FULL-TIME: Crystal Palace 0 : 0 Stoke City
FULL-TIME: Derby County 5 : 0 Tranmere Rovers
FULL-TIME: Fulham 1 : 1 Blackpool
FULL-TIME: Hull City 1 : 1 Leyton Orient
FULL-TIME: Leeds 1 : 1 Birmingham
FULL-TIME: Leicester City 2 : 0 Burton Albion
FULL-TIME: Luton 1 : 0 Wolves
FULL-TIME: Macclesfield Town 2 : 1 Cardiff City
FULL-TIME: Manchester City 3 : 0 Watford
FULL-TIME: Middlesbrough 4 : 1 Hastings Utd
FULL-TIME: Millwall 1 : 0 Preston NE
FULL-TIME: Nottm Forest 2 : 3 Oldham Athletic
FULL-TIME: Oxford United 0 : 3 Sheffield Utd
FULL-TIME: Peterborough United 0 : 3 Norwich
FULL-TIME: QPR 1 : 1 West Brom
FULL-TIME: Sheffield Wed 0 : 0 MK Dons
FULL-TIME: Southampton 1 : 5 Chelsea
FULL-TIME: Southend Utd 2 : 2 Brentford
FULL-TIME: Tottenham 3 : 0 Coventry
FULL-TIME: Wigan 1 : 1 Bournemouth
FULL-TIME: West Ham 2 : 2 Manchester United