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FA Cup as it happened


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By Sam Lyon

1945: Shout it out loud ladies and gentlemen - the magic of the FA Cup lives on. Stevenage and Notts County will dominate the back pages tomorrow and rightly so, but a doff of the cap too to the likes of Brighton, Burton, Leyton Orient, Reading, Sheffield Wednesday and Southampton. Tomorrow, the likes of Charlton, Ipswich and Leicester will attempt to down more exalted rivals, alongside what promises to be a bumper clash between Man Utd and Kenny Dalglish's Liverpool. Jonathan Stevenson will bring you those as well as the fourth-round draw, so make sure you join him, and I'll catch you soon. Bye.

1941: Stevenage boss Graham Westley: "It's a fantastic result and my players deserved what they got. They put in performance against a very good Premier League side that shows what quality they have got. They needed to put something on their CVs that says to managers higher up 'come and get me' and I think they did that."

1938: Stevenage goalscorer Stacy Long: "We deserved the result we got. We worked our socks off and played some great football. Getting into the Football League was massive. We are disappointed with how we are doing in the league this season - today was a change for us and it was just fantastic."

Labo on 606: "Stevenage went for the Winn and totally deserved it. Sorry."

1935: Great scenes at Stevenage - the fans are on the pitch, and in the dressing room the home players are celebrating like they've just got six numbers on the lottery. I'll wager an alcoholic beverage or two will be consumed this evening.

PerryMHewitt on Twitter: "That was simply incredible. Hopefully now we can put our Newcastle grudge to bed. Man Utd/Liverpool at home next please!"

Ben, beleaguered too fan, via text: "RE: 1926 - I refuse to refresh the screen."

GavJB on Twitter: "From a Newcastle point of view, there are also scoreline errors at 1841, 1845 and 1927."

1930: Well, it took a while to get going but what a second half - and we have one of the great shocks of the modern era to boast about. "Where were you were when Stevenage beat Newcastle?" they'll ask. "Reading about it on the BBC Sport website" will be the answer. Erm... might need to find a way to spice that baby up a little, thinking about it.

Full time
1927: FULL-TIME Stevenage 3-1 Newcastle

1926: Scoreline error at 1923. Please refresh.

Stevenage goal: That's that, and the scoreline once again reflects Stevenage's dominance, John Mousinho releasing Peter Winn to clip home an excellent third for the hosts.

1925: GOALFLASH Stevenage 3-1 Newcastle (Winn)

Newcastle goal: Boom. Out of nothing Joey Barton kerplunks a sensational 30-yard strike into the roof of the net. The Toon have two-and-a-half minutes to find a sensational leveller...

1923: GOALFLASH Stevenage 2-1 Newcastle (Barton)

1922: We'll have four minutes of added time.

sinkvenice on 606: "Stacy Long, Scott Laird & Lawrie Wilson have particularly impressed me."
I'd give a shout out to Michael Bostwick, too.

1920: Stevenage happy to see out time now. Zero signs of a Newcastle rally.

1916: Just over five minutes left and Stevenage make their first substitution, David Bridges coming on to replace Ronnie Henry. Stevenage more comfortable than a pair of Christmas slippers and looking far likelier to score a third than Newcastle look like getting a first.

1913: Stevenage are playing with Newcastle like they're a child's toy at the moment. Seriously.

1911: Peter Winn is presented with a fine chance to make it 3-0 after a terrible clearance by Tim Krul, but the Stevenage man flays wide after dallying one-on-one.

1910: Close! Jon Ashton is Chris Day's saviour after the keeper spills Joey Barton's free-kick, Ashton clearing the ball from inside his own six-yard area with several Newcastle players looming.

1908: I meant to add, by the way, that there were rather ugly scenes following that red card from Newcastle - in particular from Joey Barton. The midfielder received a stern talking to for his role in the melee - and I'm using it as an excuse to bust out the handbags graphic. Sue me.

1906: We have 15 minutes remaining.

Red card
Newcastle red card: He might have got away with that penalty decision a few minutes ago but he's not got away with that. Newcastle substitute Cheik Tiote lunges in off the ground at Jon Ashton around halfway and referee Andre Marriner brandishes a straight red card. It was reckless... though Toon fans may argue it wasn't at the player and that the midfielder got the ball. Either way, it's massive advantage Stevenage now.


1900: Just over 20 minutes left in this match, then, but still no sign whatsoever of Newcastle forcing their way back into proceedings. In fact, I've just seen TV replays of a Cheik Tiote challenge on Lawrie Wilson inside the box a few minutes ago - and the more I see it, the more of a penalty it looks. Would that have been the killer blow for the Toon?

rockafellaTtime on Twitter: "Newcastle United - Making me miserable since 1996."

1857: As Newcastle continue to spit and splutter at Broadhall Way, I can bring you some more rather extraordinary post-match reaction - this time from QPR manager Neil Warnock after his side's exit at Blackburn. An absolutely livid Warnock claimed Rovers' El-Hadji Diouf taunted striker Jamie Mackie as the player lay on the ground with a broken leg: "He is calling him all sorts on the pitch. There was no need to put the finger up and call him a disgrace and even the Blackburn people were embarrassed. I can't abide people like that...I think he is the lowest of the low and I can't see him being at Blackburn much longer because I can't see Steve Kean putting up with someone like that in the dressing room." Wow.

1854: Close again for Stevenage as Chris Beardsley heads a corner goalwards and only a desperate clearance from Mike Williamson clears the danger. Borough completely in control as it stands.

1852: Newcastle just need to settle down here - but, if anything, Stevenage are the side looking the more experienced and settled and not their Premier League rivals. Once again Lawrie Wilson cause problems at the heart of the Newcastle defence and the visitors are fortunate his final pass goes awry.

moi_uday on Twitter: "This is a regional cupset... Sunderland 'n Boro out - now Newcastle on the edge."

1848: Newcastle, quite simply, are all over the place at the moment.

Stevenage goal: Would you Adam it? Michael Bostwick stings a beauty in off the far post from range to double Stevenage's lead... and Broadhall Way goes absolutely postal.

1845: GOALFLASH Stevenage 2-0 Newcastle (Bostwick)

BrooksThe3rd on Twitter: "And so the 11 goal bonanza begins?"

1843: Newcastle almost level immediately, home keeper Chris Day doing well to tip Kevin Nolan's curled effort from the angle over the bar.

Stevenage goal: Breakthrough. It's hard to argue Stevenage don't deserve it either, Stacy Long turning inside on the edge of the area and slamming goalwards - his effort taking a huge deflection off Newcastle defender Mike Williamson and past a stranded Tim Krul.

1841: GOALFLASH Stevenage 1-0 Newcastle (Williamson og)

1839: Joey Barton has been switched to a more central role, too, for Newcastle with Peter Lovenkrands, Kevin Nolan and Wayne Routledge operating behind Nile Ranger in a 4-2-3-1 formation.

1837: Right then, back at Broadhall Way we're back up and running - with Newcastle having brought youngsterr Nile Ranger on for Leon Best.

Essien In Midfield on 606: "Walcott has done well to own up."

Jols Barber on 606: "Walcott has been very naive to admit to diving, his card and reputation is marked from now on and I never had him down as a cheat."

1831: A couple of you asking when the draw for the FA Cup fourth round is, by the way - the answer is tomorrow afternoon after the two 1330 GMT kick-offs. Nice.

1827: Now then - Stevenage-Newcastle might have failed to quite fire the chat from you lot so far, so how about this to get your tongues wagging. Arsenal winger Theo Walcott has admitted to diving in an attempt to win a penalty in the 1-1 draw with Leeds today (the one that wasn't given as opposed to the one that was). "I want to apologise to the managers because I actually dived," said the 21-year-old. "I am not the sort of player to do it but I own up to it and apologise. I don't have to own up to it... but I have just expressed how I feel. I hope people respect that." Thoughts?

AndySzpuk on Twitter: "Wouldn't it be ironic if Beardsley hit the winner to knock Newcastle out?"

Half time
1821: HALF-TIME Stevenage 0-0 Newcastle
Paul Fletcher's HT snap-shot:
"So far, so good for the League Two side. It has hardly been a Cup classic, with chances at a premium, but that won't bother the noisy home fans inside Broadhall Way. Not a lot between the two teams - and Stevenage have arguably been the more threatening."

1821: The half-time whistle blows.

1818: We'll have three minutes of first-half injury time.

1816: With half-time approaching I can't help but feel Newcastle, rather than Stevenage, will welcome it more to be honest.

1813: Newcastle have resorted to the long-ball tactic in the last 10-15 minutes - and Stevenage's defenders are lapping it up. Poor ol' Leon Best is rather isolated at the moment.

1809: The Stevenage fans continue to make a right racket, though. Fair play.

1808: That's better, though, Stevenage full-back Scott Laird making progress down the left and forcing the Newcastle defence to scramble his cross behind for a corner. The set-piece comes to nothing, however.

1807: It's, erm, not exactly a classic is it?

1804: And there we are - the best effort of the match, Stevenage midfielder Michael Bostwick forcing a smart low save to his right from Toon keeper Tim Krul with a drilled effort from the edge of the area.

1802: As you'd expect, the stats suggest Newcastle have dominated possession in this opening half hour - but in truth the last five minutes have been all about Stevenage as the League Two side settle into things. The hosts looking a particular danger at set-pieces - though Toon keeper Tim Krul came out to punch clear well from their most recent corner.

1759: What's that? You want more reaction to Roy Hodgson's departure from Liverpool earlier today? You got it. Here's Blackpool boss Ian Holloway: "It's a sign of the times. Liverpool had stability over the years, they are one of the best clubs in the world. Everyone should have a good look at themselves. I feel sorry for Roy, he's a great manager. I'm sure he's devastated, [but] he'll get another job."

1756: "Chance" for himself, not "save". Obviously.

1755: Stevenage just enjoying a bit of a spell at the moment and Lawrie Wilson almost creates a fine chance for himself, bustling his way into the Newcastle area before running out of steam and giving away a foul as he fails to get his shot away.

1751: Quarter of a sniff at goal for Stevenage defender Jon Ashton but his flicked header from a deep free-kick floats harmlessly wide. Yet to really spark into life this match, I must say.

1749: Wayne Routledge is seeing plenty of ball on the Newcastle right but Stevenage defender Scott Laird, so far, is just about holding his own at the moment. Just about.

1746: It's still very nip and tuck early on at Broadhall Way, where Stevenage's physical approach is just impacting on Newcastle's efforts to get the ball down and play. The visitors looking comfortable, mind.

1744: And talking of managers, Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier has had his say on Roy Hodgson's departure from Liverpool earlier today, saying: "Roy got manager of the year last season so he was a great manager then and he still is today. He's a fantastic person, I know him well but this world has become brutal, I mean it - if you lose two games you are in the firing line. I feel for him but Kenny [Dalglish] has been a friend for a long time too."

1741: Chance for Stevenage as Mark Roberts is inches away from connecting properly with a header from Peter Winn's whipped corner. Early warning sign for Newcastle perhaps?

1740: Here's some news that might interest Charlton and Crystal Palace fans, by the way - with BBC Sport's Mark Mitchener reporting that Bournemouth's much-coveted manager Eddie Howe told reporters after his side's 3-0 win over Plymouth in League One that he had a "very big decision to make" over his future, though he would not confirm if he had been offered the vacant manager's job at either of the London clubs. Hhmm...

1737: Close. Coming in from the left wing almost pays off immediately for Joey Barton as he gets on the end of Wayne Routledge's cross, but his near-post volley is turned around the post by Stevenage keeper Chris Day.

1736: It looks from the early exchanges like Joey Barton has been positioned out on the left wing to accomodate Kevin Nolan and Alan Smith in the middle, so it'll be interesting to see how that pans out. The two teams just feeling each other out at the moment.

1734: Less than a minute in and we have blood already, Kevin Nolan shedding a drop or two after wearing a clearance full in the face. Ouch. There will be a delay here while he gets mopped up.

1733: We are up and running people.

1731: The Stevenage fans are already in fine voice. The atmosphere is buzzing.

1729: We're moments away, then... Stevenage-Newcastle - it's up to you to round off a quite delightful day of FA Cup third-round action. Do not let us down.

Paul Fletcher reports:
"Stevenage play a 4-4-2 formation, with Chris Beardsley and Peter Winn up front. Newcastle make five changes from the team that thrashed West Ham so there are chances for the likes of Alan Smith and James Perch to impress, while Peter Lovenkrands and Leon Best start in attack."

captain_retro on Twitter: "I'm glad we've had some upsets today, got them out of the way before Newcastle's match."

NufcDazzla84 on Twitter: "Its a strong XI, Alan Pardew's definitely taking it seriously which is great to see."

1723: Some breaking news for me to relay to you from BBC London by the way - QPR striker Jamie Mackie suffered a double fracture of the leg against Blackburn today and faces a seriously lengthy spell on the sidelines. Terrible news on the back of a narrow defeat.

ElSquirrel on 606: "Stevenage 5-6 Newcastle."

Day, Henry, Ashton, Roberts, Laird, Bostwick, Mousinho, Long, Winn, Beardsley, Wilson. Subs: Bayes, Foster, Griffin, Odubade, May, Bridges, Sinclair.
Newcastle: Krul, Perch, Coloccini, Williamson, Simpson, Barton, Smith, Nolan, Routledge, Lovenkrands, Best. Subs: Soderberg, Guthrie, Tiote, Kadar, Ranger, Ferguson, Airey.
Referee: Andre Marriner (W Midlands)

boss Alan Pardew makes five changes to the team that trounced West Ham in midweek for the trip to Stevenage, with Leon Best, Alan Smith and Joey Barton all starting.

Paul Fletcher reports:
"Here we go again. Stevenage took Newcastle to a replay in a feisty and bad-tempered fourth-round tie in 1998. Stevenage were at home in the first match and drew 1-1, with Giuliano Grazioli scoring their equaliser. Newcastle won 2-1 in the replay, with Alan Shearer grabbing all their goals in the tie. This year's match-up is the only one between a Premier League side and a League Two outfit. What price a cupset?"

1711: And, yep, Stevenage-Newcastle still to come. Anyone remember the first time these two sides met back in 1998? No? Well our very own Mike Henson is on hand to refresh your memories - check out his walk down memory lane.

Hitchings on 606: "How long until the 100-goal barrier is smashed today?"

farjann on Twitter: "89 goals today if I'm not mistaken. Plus, Newcastle have yet to play!"

FA Cup Danny: "Lincoln 3-4 Hereford. They reach round three, where they'll play Wycombe on Tuesday. In round three - Norwich 0-1 Leyton Orient. Definite Cupset. Preston 1-2 Nottingham Forest. Late drama. Swansea 4-0 Colchester. Easy. Torquay 1-0 Carlisle. Long, fruitless journey home. Watford 4-1 Hartlepool. Hornets sting late..."

FA Cup Bevos: "Burton beating Middlesbrough was a big shock but Brighton also sprang a surprise by sending neighbours Portsmouth back down the coast with their tails between their legs. An injury-time goal by Seagulls substitute Francisco Sandaza rounded off a fine 3-0 win for Gus Poyet's men. Elsewhere, Sheffield Wednesday caused an upset by thumping Bristol City by the same scoreline and a late Robert Taylor goal for Port Vale could not stop them tumbling to a 4-2 defeat at Burnley. Coventry held off Crystal Palace 2-1 and Dover's big Cup adventure came to an end after they failed to recover from conceding two early goals at Huddersfield."

1700: No doubting the Cupset of the day, then, with League One Notts County beating Premier League Sunderland by two goals at the Stadium of Light. But it's not just Paul Ince's boys celebrating a surprise win tonight - the likes of Brighton, Burton, Leyton Orient, Reading, Sheffield Wednesday and Southampton will all be popping Champagne corks this evening. And you know what - not a single 0-0 in either the FA Cup third or second rounds today. What a Cup competition this is. And still Stevenage-Newcastle to come.

1656: The full-times rolling in now, what an afternoon of thrills and spills we've had.

FA Cup Bevos: "You want a Cupset, I'll give you a Cupset. Burton of League Two have beaten Middlebsrough of the Championship thanks to a double-strike by Shaun Harrad. He got his second, and the winner, deep in injury-time after getting on the end of a free-kick. No time for Tony Mowbray's side to come back from that."

1654: Game over at Upton Park thanks to Frederic Piquionne's late strike - how under-fire West Ham boss Avram Grant will welcome that result.

1653: GOALFLASH West Ham 2-0 Barnsley (Piquionne)

1652: Substitute Guilherme Do Prado books Saints' place in the fourth round with the hosts' second against Blackpool - he's been on for just seven minutes but that was a sublime finish - and Stiliyan Petrov makes Aston Villa comfortable after yet more good work by Kyle Walker, who's been excellent on debut.

FA Cup Danny: "Utter drama. Luke Chambers nets on 89 minutes to make it Preston 1-2 Nottingham Forest. Phil Brown set to start with a loss. Focus on the league? Elsewhere, a good day for Danny. The FA Cup version (me) gets his FA cup. Watford's Danny Graham, gets his side's fourth. Watford 4-1 Hartlepool. Comfortable."

FA Cup Bevos: "They have left it very late but Burton are back in it against Middlesbrough. Adam Bolder fired in a cross from the right and Shaun Harrad got on the end of it to bundle it home. All-square, and still time for a winner."

1649: GOALFLASH Sheff Utd 1-3 Aston Villa (Petrov)

1649: GOALFLASH Southampton 2-0 Blackpool (Do Prado)

1649: Game over at the Reebok, Johan Elmander slapping in from 20 yards to put York to bed. The first Bolton goal, by the way, came after York's Neil Barrett had missed the best chance of the game. Ouch. Nick Barmby's header sets up a grandstand finish against Wigan, while Jonathan Greening restores Fulham's four-goal lead over Peterborough after McCann's penalty had reduced the deficit.

1648: GOALFLASH Bolton 2-0 York (Elmander)

1647: GOALFLASH Hull 2-3 Wigan (Barmby)

1647: GOALFLASH Fulham 6-2 P'Borough (Greening)

1645: GOALFLASH Fulham 5-2 P'borough (McCann pen)

FA Cup Danny: "Easy for Swansea. They're 4-0 up on Colchester thanks to Scott Sinclair."

FA Cup Bevos: "Burnley can almost start looking forward to Sunday's draw for round four because they are now 4-1 up against Port Vale. Lee Collins fouled Tyrone Mears in the box and Graham Alexander converted the penalty. Game over? Looks that way. Elsewhere, Neil Danns has pulled a goal back for Crystal Palace against Coventry, who now lead 2-1 with 10 minutes left. And Dover's travelling fans are making plenty of noise despite having little to shout about. They have just seen Huddersfield almost go 3-0 up, with only a fine double save by Ross Flitney denying Kevin Kilbane and Alan Lee."

1644: Heartbreak for York late on. The Blue Square Premier side have battled so courageously - and matched their Premier League opponents for long periods - but with six minutes left Bolton's Kevin Davies hammers home off the underside of the bar from eight yards. Leighton Baines's curler gives Everton a fifth goal and a fifth different scorer.

1642: GOALFLASH Bolton 1-0 York (Davies)

1642: GOALFLASH Scunthorpe 1-5 Everton (Baines)

1641: Young Canadian striker David Hoilett finishes clinically from 15 yards to give weakened Blackburn a late lead against weakened QPR, while Sunderland are back in it against Notts County as Darren Bent scores from the spot. Late drama in that one maybe?

1639: GOALFLASH Sunderland 1-2 Notts County (Bent pen)

FA Cup Danny: "Cracking cup tie at Sincil Bank. It's now Lincoln 3-4 Hereford and the third round beckons for the Bulls. Tension. Elsewhere, Swansea are now 3-0 up against Colchester. Easy."

1638: GOALFLASH Blackburn 1-0 QPR (Hoilett)

1637: Shock of the day - on. Lee Hughes doubles Notts County's lead at Sunderland and already the home fans are streaming through the exits. Fulham are so comfortable again thanks to Diomansy Kamara's hat-trick goal, while Wigan are almost as comfortable as Mohamed Diame strokes in their third. Aston Villa are down to 10 men thanks to a second yellow card for Ashley Young, while Wolves' George Elokobi is dismissed after an awful lunge.

1636: RED CARD, Elokobi, Wolves

1635: GOALFLASH Hull 1-3 Wigan (Diame)

1635: GOALFLASH Fulham 5-1 P'borough (Kamara, hat-trick)

1634: RED CARD, Young, Aston Villa

1634: GOALFLASH Sunderland 0-2 Notts County (Hughes)

1633: Comeback on? Maybe at the KC Stadium where Nick Barmby reduces Hull's arrears against Hull from close range, probably not at Craven Cottage despite Lee Tomlin pulling a goal back for Peterborough, and definitely not at Glanford Park, surely, as Marouane Fellaini fires in from 20 yards to give Everton a three-goal lead. Stiliyan Petrov has just missed a fine chance one-on-one to restore Aston Villa's lead against Sheffield United from Stewart Downing through-ball, meanwhile, his shot well saved.

1632: GOALFLASH Hull 1-2 Wigan (Barmby)

1631: GOALFLASH Scunthorpe 1-4 Everton (Fellaini)

1630: GOALFLASH Fulham 4-1 Peterborough (Tomlin)

1629: It's still Stoke 1-1 Cardiff, but the Premier League side are knocking on the door with ever-increasing vigour in that one - even if Ricardo Fuller and Tuncay have both missed decent chances from inside the area.

FA Cup Danny: "One man who is loving the FA Cup third round is Piero Mingoia of Watford. He's lashed in from 25 yards on his debut in professional footballl to bring make it 1-1 against League One opponents Hartlepool. And, moments later, Marvin Sordell strikes to make it Watford 2-1 Hartlepool. Elsewhere, League One Leyton Orient are still leading Norwich 1-0. Can they can the Canaries?"

FA Cup Bevos: "Bristol City haven't lost at home since the start of October but that unbeaten run looks like it will be over pretty soon because Clinton Morrison has just rounded off a neat move to put Sheffield Wednesday 3-0 up with around 25 minutes left to play."

1626: Peterborough lost 4-0 at this stage against Tottenham last year - and it looks like the London FA Cup third round curse is striking them again at Craven Cottage, Zoltan Gera increasing Fulham's lead with a header.

1624: GOALFLASH Fulham 4-0 Peterborough (Gera)

1623: Couple of typo corrections made, please refresh. Thanks.

FA Cup Bevos: "It's taken Middlesbrough almost an hour, but they are finally ahead against Burton Albion in the first ever meeting between these two sides. Gary O'Neil grabbed the goal, bending a super free-kick into the top corner after Leroy Lita was fouled. Boro's celebrations saw a flare lobbed on to the pitch, and play was held up for a while. Elsewhere, Sheffield Wednesday of League One are now 2-0 up against Bristol City of the Championship, with Neil Mellor heading home after being left all alone in the box.

1620: I haven't mentioned it much (at all) but it's entertaining fare between Blackburn and QPR - and it's the Championship side who are edging things both in terms of play and chances in that one. Reading, leading 1-0, are looking good too with West Brom down to 10 men thanks to a second booking and red card for Jonas Olsson - who had been on the pitch for less than 15 minutes. Blimey.

1619: SENT OFF, Olsson, West Brom

1618: A terrific minute for a trio of Premier League sides. Everton break quickly, Jermaine Beckford crosses from the right and Seamus Coleman headed in from 10 yards to restore their two-goal lead, Diomansy Kamara finishes one-on-one from Danny Murphy's pass to put Fulham three up, and Wolves midfielder Stephen Hunt equalises from the penalty spot at the Keepmoat to out the Premier League battlers back in it. Jubbly.

1616: GOALFLASH Doncaster 2-2 Wolves (Hunt pen)

1616: GOALFLASH Fulham 3-0 Peterborough (Kamara)

1616: GOALFLASH Scunthorpe 1-3 Everton (Coleman)

FA Cup Danny: "Quick one. Preston 1-1 Nottingham Forest, Paul Anderson levelling for the visitors with a fine run and finish past Andy Lonergan."

1615: No less than Southampton deserve as Lee Barnard taps in after Rickie Lambert's shot was only parried by Paul Rachubka, while a first senior start for Callum McManamana - and a beauty of a goal to mark it - cutting in from the wing before curling a delightful finish into the corner to double Wigan's lead.

1614: GOALFLASH Southampton 1-0 Blackpool (Barnard)

1613: GOALFLASH Hull 0-2 Wigan (McManaman)

FA Cup Bevos: "Goals are flying in all over the place. Chris Eagles has just put Burnley 3-1 up against Port Vale and, to continue the ornithological theme, the Owls have just gone ahead against the Robins at Ashton Gate, where Gary Teale has put Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 ahead. Meanwhile, Middlesbrough think they have broken the deadlock at Burton when Kris Boyd taps in from close range after Tony McMahon's shot hits the underside of the bar but the linesman says otherwise. Offside."

FA Cup Danny: "A lot of people love the FA Cup third round. Not me. I hate it. I love the FA Cup second round replay instead. It's now Lincoln 3-3 Hereford, Ashley Grimes levelling for the Red Imps. (By the way, I love the FA Cup third round really, just to be clear)."

1608: Owen Coyle has fired a rocket up his Bolton side by the look of things - and sent on star striker Kevin Davies - and they are piling the pressure on Blue Square Premier York now, a complete turnaround from the first half.

1606: The comebacks start here folks. Carlos Cuellar fells Lee Williamson in the box to allow Sheffield United's Jamie Ward to draw one back from the spot against Aston Villa, while over at Scunthorpe Josh Wright plays a ball over the top and Michael Collins rifles a superb finish past Tim Howard. It's 1-2 in those.

1604: GOALFLASH Sheff Utd 1-2 Aston Villa (Ward pen)

1603: GOALFLASH Scunthorpe 1-2 Everton (Collins)

1602: There's just time for a word from Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on the departure earlier today of Roy Hodgson from Liverpool: "I am shocked because I rate Roy Hodgson as a great manager. It puts our job into perspective because he was manager of the year in July. It shows you how quickly we lose our qualities because he had to go six months later. Of course it is a shock and I feel our job suffers today."

1601: Right folks, the next 45 minutes will see heroes made and villains cast. Erm, possibly. Fasten your seatbelts.

FA Cup Bevos: "After conceding two goals in the first 10 minutes against Huddersfield, Dover have dug in at the Galpharm Stadium and Olly Schulz had an effort cleared off the line by Terriers goalscorer Gary Roberts before the break. Elsewhere, it's goalless at half-time between Bristol City and Sheffield Wednesday and Burton versus Middlesbrough but Coventry have breathing space against Crystal Palace and Burnley have their noses ahead against Port Vale. More drama to come, probably."

joe_606 on 606: "Sam, I know it's the FA Cup and all that but where are the goal signs? Come on man."
Mate, we're covering 24 matches at once here and I only have two hands - you think I have time to insert graphics as well?

1555: Plenty of interest for fans of the underdog today so far isn't there? Off the top of my head, Doncaster, Reading, Notts County, Brighton, Leyton Orient and Hartlepool are all on course to turn the form book on its backside. And Blue Square Premier York, level at Bolton, are doing themselves and their division no end of credit at the Reebok Stadium. Don't take your eyes off any of those in the second half whatever you do.

FA Cup Bevo's: "Portsmouth's afternoon has just got even worse. On the stroke of half-time, Ibrahima Sonko handled from a corner and Ashley Barnes stepped up to put Brighton 2-0 ahead. Ten-man Pompey are on the rocks, and we could have a cupset on the cards."

FA Cup Danny: "Third round half-time o'clock. Norwich 0-1 Leyton Orient. Preston 1-0 Nottingham Forest. Swansea 1-0 Colchester. Torquay 1-0 Carlisle. Watford 0-1 Hartlepool. But undoubtedly tie of the (second) round is at Sincil Bank. Lincoln City 2-3 Hereford. Extra-time = off. Octane = high."

1550: The half-time whistles ringing out up and down the country to draw a fascinating and frantic first half to a close. What a second half we have in store...

1548: Fulham double their lead when Damien Duff's cross deflects into the path of Dickson Etuhu who pokes home, while a long ball from the keeper leads to Stoke's equaliser, the ball falling to Tuncay 20 yards out and he picks his spot to make it 1-1 against Cardiff.

1546: GOALFLASH Fulham 2-0 Peterborough (Etuhu)

1545: GOALFLASH Stoke 1-1 Cardiff (Tuncay)

1544: Not a great couple of minutes for a couple of Premier League sides - but a great couple for fans for cupsets. Doncaster striker Billy Sharp levels things up against Wolves with a fine finish, before James Hayter puts the hosts ahead just a minute later with his 10th of the season. Shane Long, meanwhile, puts Reading ahead against West Brom with a neat finish one-on-one.

1543: GOALFLASH Doncaster 2-1 Wolves (Hayter)

1542: GOALFLASH Reading 1-0 West Brom (Long)

1541: GOALFLASH Doncaster 1-1 Wolves (Sharp)

FA Cup Danny: "Preston 1-0 Nottingham Forest. Darren Carter gets Phil Brown's reign off to a decent start with a fine finish. Back in the second round, it's now Lincoln 2-2 Hereford - Stuart Fleetwood with the Bulls' equaliser. Extra time = back on. FA Cup = Drama."

1539: A super strike and Nenad Milijas, from all of 35 yards, drills Wolves into the lead at the Keepmoat Stadium.

1538: GOALFLASH Doncaster 0-1 Wolves (Milijas)

1538: It's all going rather swimmingly for Everton at Glanford Park, Jermaine Beckford - who was earlier denied by a wonder save from Joe Murphy - glancing a Leighton Baines cross home to make it 2-0. Stoke's Marc Wilson, meanwhile, hits the bar with a free-kick from over 30 yards out with Cardiff keeper David Marshall beaten - and the woodwork denies Southampton too, Rickie Lambert blasting against the underside of the bar. Southampton having the better of things against Premier League Blackpool in that one.

FA Cup Danny: "Still 0-0 between Preston and Nottingham Forest. Billy Davies has brought his side to Deepdale to face his fellow club and their new boss Phil Brown. And Watford are 0-0 with Hartlepool. But Garry Monk has put Swansea 1-0 up against Colchester."

FA Cup Bevos: "Plenty of drama early in the south coast derby between Brighton and Portsmouth, leaving last season's losing finalists Pompey with a real uphill struggle if they are to progress any further this time round. First Pompey striker Dave Kitson saw red for lashing out at Radostin Kishishev, and now the Seagulls are ahead after Chris Wood crashed home a shot from the edge of the area."

1535: GOALFLASH Scunthorpe 0-2 Everton (Beckford)

1534: Diomansy Kamara heads Fulham into the lead from all of four yards from Chris Baird's cross, while Marc Albrighton smashes an unstoppable shot in to double Villa's lead at Bramall Lane. Boaz Myhill, meanwhile, is keeping West Brom in it at Reading, pulling off a fine save from Noel Hunt's flicked header.

1532: GOALFLASH Sheff Utd 0-2 Aston Villa (Albrighton)

1532: GOALFLASH Fulham 1-0 Peterborough (Kamara)

1531: Deserved lead for West Ham as Jonathan Spector gets on the end of some fine work by Mark Noble to slot past Tykes keeper Luke Steele.

1530: GOALFLASH West Ham 1-0 Barnsley (Spector)

1526: Jon Walters should do better with a header for Stoke, but it's straight at Cardiff keeper David Marshall and the Welsh side remain 1-0 up.

FA Cup Danny: "Hmmm. Championship high-fliers Norwich find themselves 1-0 down at home against League One strugglers Leyton Orient. Dean Cox's corner is lashed in by Jimmy Smith. Cupsets are not just for the Premier League you know.... And it's Lincoln 2-1 Hereford - extra-time is cancelled. For now."

1524: Advantage Wigan at Hull, then, as Daniel de Ridder's shot falls to Mohamed Diame, who taps in from close range. Over at Glanford Park, meanwhile, a slick Everton move ends with Marouane Fellaini blazing a golden opportunity to make it 2-0 to the Toffees way over the bar.

FA Cup Bevos: "Crystal Palace fans have had a pretty miserable 2011 so far, and it doesn't look like the Cup is going to provide them with much New Year cheer because Coventry have just scored two goals in quick succession against the Eagles, with the in-form Freddy Eastwood and then Carl Baker on target. Meanwhile, at Turf Moor, Jim Gannon's first game as Port Vale boss briefly got better with Robert Taylor equalising - but Tyrone Mears has just put Burnley back in front from a free-kick."

1522: FULL-TIME Millwall 1-4 Birmingham

1522: GOALFLASH Hull 0-1 Wigan (Diame)

Anon via text: "Kyle Walker 'slotting home' does absolutely no justice to his goal. He jinked past three Sheff Utd players on a run from the half way line before wrong footing the goalkeeper."
As I can't see it, I'll take your word for it pal.

1519: Late consolation for Millwall against Birmingham, then, as substitute Danny Schofield takes the ball down and slams home from 12 yards out in stoppage time.

1518: GOALFLASH Millwall 1-4 Birmingham (Schofield)

1515: And the early indications are that York are threatening a cupset at the Reebok Stadium, too, the Blue Square Premier side currently camped in the Bolton half and forcing a number of chances.

FA Cup Bevos: "Bad news for one of our non-league sides already. They think it's all Dover at the Galpharm Stadium where Huddersfield are already 2-0 up against the Blue Square South side thanks to goals by Scott Arfield and Gary Roberts. Burnley have also netted early against Port Vale, with Clarke Carlisle making the most of some poor defending to head home for the Clarets."

FA Cup Danny: "It's Lincoln 1-1 Hereford. In some ways, it's today's stand-out fixture in that it's not a third-rounder. It's a second-round replay, postponed three times during the Big Freeze 2010 (remember that?). So, it's the one match today which could go to extra-time and penalties. Sheer, unadulterated drama."

1510: Two early cupset possibilities people! Michael Chopra hits the post with a header and then reacts quickly to fire past Sorensen from the rebound to put Cardiff in front at Stoke, while League One Notts County - managed by Paul Ince - are leading at Sunderland thanks to Craig Westcarr, who has profited from an error by keeper Simon Mignolet. No such worries for Aston Villa so far, though, Kyle Walker slotting home from the edge of the area just nine minutes into his Villa debut against his boyhood club.

1509: GOALFLASH Sheff Utd 0-1 Aston Villa (Walker)

1508: GOALFLASH Stoke 0-1 Cardiff (Chopra)

1507: GOALFLASH Sunderland 0-1 Notts County (Westcarr)

1507: Chances at both ends in the Doncaster-Wolves affair already, Stephen Ward blasting into the side-netting for the visitors and James Hayter forcing a fine save for the hosts.

1506: First blood to Premier League Everton at Championship side Scunthorpe, Louis Saha firing into the corner left-footed to make it two-in-two for the French frontman.

1505: GOALFLASH Scunthorpe 0-1 Everton (Saha)

jfeehily9 on Twitter: "Right, start of the best two hours of the year!!!!"

1503: I can tell you, by the way, that of the 10,000 fans at the Reebok Stadium - around 4,500 have travelled over to the match from York, says the Bolton website. Impressive away support. Very impressive.

1501: It's turning into a rout at the New Den and Birmingham are cruising into the fourth round. Cameron Jerome has not been on long for the still-sluggish Nikola Zigic, but he's alert enough to head Keith Fahey's fine cross low past David Forde for Birmingham's fourth.

1500: GOALFLASH Millwall 0-4 Birmingham (Jerome)

1500: The 1500 kick-offs start getting under way up and down the country.

1458: Don't forget people, we have a feast of radio commentary links on the right-hand side for web users to dip into for their aural pleasure. Please bear in mind my Disclaimer from 1211 if you can, I'd appreciate it greatly. We'll be hearing from FA Cup Bevos and FA Cup Danny soon, too... which is nice.

1457: My colleague Chris Bevan, by the way, spoke to Dover Athletic striker Adam Birchall this week about how he has got his life back on track since leaving Arsenal. Birchall is the top scorer in this year's FA Cup with 11 goals and he smells an upset in his side's tie with Huddersfield today: "I always feel brilliant on Cup days, I always have done. I don't know whether it's because you grow up watching it and all the greats playing in it and you think 'wow I'm now a part of what they were a part of' but, even as low down the ladder as I am, it's a chance to try and live the dream."

Sheff Utd:
Simonsen, Parrino, Bartley, Ertl, Kozluk, Williamson, Montgomery, Britton, Ward, Bogdanovic, Evans. Subs: Long, Calve, McAllister, James, Slew, Harriott.
Aston Villa: Friedel, Walker, Cuellar, Dunne, Bannan, Pires, Clark, Reo-Coker, Ashley Young, Agbonlahor, Albrighton. Subs: Marshall, Downing, Delfouneso, Petrov, Hogg, Collins, Herd.
Referee: Michael Jones (Cheshire)

1453: Still waiting for the official Sheff Utd-Aston Villa line-ups, but I can tell you that Robert Pires starts for Villa despite his thinly-veiled dig at manager Gerard Houllier on Friday, while Kyle Walker - on loan from Tottenham - goes straight into the starting line-up. Sheffield United boss Micky Adams, in charge for his first match at home, starts with Leon Britton and Daniel Bogdanovic.

Bogdan, Ricketts, Cahill, Knight, Alonso, Moreno, Mark Davies, Cohen, Petrov, Blake, Klasnic. Subs: Jaaskelainen, Robinson, Muamba, Taylor, Elmander, Kevin Davies, O'Halloran.
York: Ingham, Parslow, McGurk, Chris Smith, Meredith, Barrett, Jonathan Smith, Carruthers, Chambers, Rankine, Weir. Subs: Knight, Reed, Till, Mackin, Young, Constantine, Racchi.
Referee: Keith Hill (Hertfordshire)

1450: Team-news-tastic isn't it peeps? Two more to come...

1448: HULL v WIGAN
Duke, Solano, Zayatte, Gerrard, Dawson, Harper, Ashbee, Bullard, Stewart, Fryatt, Simpson. Subs: Oxley, Cooper, Barmby, Devitt, Koren, Holohan, Bradley.
Wigan: Al Habsi, Lopez, Steven Caldwell, Boyce, De Ridder, Gomez, Thomas, Diame, McArthur, Figueroa, McManaman. Subs: Nicholls, Robinson, Golobart, Mustoe, Redmond, Buxton, Morris.
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)

Bialkowski, Richardson, Martin, Seaborne, Harding, Puncheon, Hammond, Schneiderlin, Lallana, Barnard, Lambert. Subs: Forecast, Dickson, Fonte, Do Prado, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Connolly, Gobern.
Blackpool: Rachubka, Eardley, Keinan, Edwards, Baptiste, Tomsett, Sylvestre, Southern, Phillips, Euell, Ormerod. Subs: Halstead, Barkhuizen, Roberts, Younda, Francis-Reynolds, Dodd, Jobe.
Referee: Danny McDermid (Hampshire)

West Ham:
Green, Faubert, Tomkins, Spector, Reid, Hines, Noble, Barrera, Boa Morte, Nouble, Obinna. Subs: Boffin, Parker, Upson, Sears, Spence, Piquionne, Edgar.
Barnsley: Steele, Hassell, Shackell, Foster, Hill, Trippier, Doyle, Arismendi, Hammill, Lovre, O'Connor. Subs: Preece, O'Brien, Morales Neumann, Butterfield, Colace, Gray, Bennett.
Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire)

Murphy, Andrew Wright, Mirfin, Jones, Nolan, Collins, Josh Wright, O'Connor, Woolford, Dagnall, Forte. Subs: Slocombe, Togwell, Raynes, Grant, Godden, McClenahan, Cowan Hall.
Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Heitinga, Distin, Baines, Coleman, Fellaini, Osman, Bilyaletdinov, Saha, Beckford. Subs: Mucha, Arteta, Neville, Gueye, Yakubu, Rodwell, Anichebe.
Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)

Sullivan, Chambers, Lockwood, O'Connor, Mills, Coppinger, Wilson, Hird, Oster, Hayter, Sharp. Subs: Gary Woods, Friend, Martin Woods, Brooker, Webster, Fairhurst.
Wolverhampton: Hahnemann, Doherty, Stearman, Berra, Elokobi, Jarvis, Edwards, Milijas, Hunt, Ward, Fletcher. Subs: Hennessey, David Jones, Mujangi Bia, Doyle, Davis, Winnall, Batth.
Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)

Mignolet, Angeleri, Da Silva, Ferdinand, Richardson, Malbranque, Riveros, Colback, Reid, Gyan, Bent. Subs: Carson, Reed, Adams, Bramble, Bardsley, Elmohamady, Henderson.
Notts County: Nelson, Thompson, Edwards, Pearce, Harley, Ravenhill, Davies, Bishop, Judge, Westcarr, Hughes. Subs: Mitchell, Lee, Hawley, Hunt, Burgess, Sodje, Woods.
Referee: Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire)

Stockdale, Pantsil, Hughes, Hangeland, Baird, Davies, Murphy, Etuhu, Duff, Dempsey, Kamara. Subs: Etheridge, Salcido, Gera, Riise, Eddie Johnson, Greening, Halliche.
Peterborough: Lewis, Little, Langmead, Zakuani, Rowe, Whelpdale, Clayton, McCann, Arron Davies, Tomlin, Mackail-Smith. Subs: Collis, Wesolowski, Agard, Bennett, Mendez-Laing, Nana Ofori-Twumasi, Obika.
Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

1442: A cheeky refresh of this page will see Final Score appear at the top, by the way. Get involved people.

1441: What a match that was and Arsenal now face a tricky trip to Elland Road. Arsene Wenger said before the match he didn't want a replay - one suspects he might've taken it with five minutes to go, though, right?

1440: FULL-TIME Arsenal 1-1 Leeds

1440: Millwall striker Steve Morison hits his spot-kick to Maik Taylor's left - but it's nowhere near the corner of the goal, and the Birmingham keeper bats it away with his giant mitts. Surely that's the Blues through to the fourth round? They still lead 3-0 at the New Den.



1438: Stunning save! Denilson gets his foot behind a stinging effort from range and it's heading into the corner all the way - until Kasper Schmeichel flings himself to his right to fingertip the shot past the post. Brilliant.

1437: Great chance for Arsenal to win it - route one football almost paying dividends when Nicklas Bendtner strides through on goal, but he slices his shot wide and it's a complete waste.

make nine changes for their trip to Southampton.

Bunn, Salgado, Hanley, Nelsen, Givet, Hoilett, Lowe, Pedersen, El-Hadji Diouf, Mame Diouf, Mwaruwari. Subs: Fielding, Roberts, Linganzi, Goulon, Doran, Morris, Cotton.
QPR: Kenny, Orr, Gorkss, Hill, Borrowdale, Derry, Faurlin, Clarke, Mackie, Moen, Hulse. Subs: Cerny, Cook, Andrade, Tofas, Doughty, Harryman.
Referee: Peter Walton (Northamptonshire)

1435: We'll have four minutes of stoppage time at the Emirates.

Arsenal goal: This time the penalty decision stands - Ben Parker penalised for pulling at Theo Walcott's shirt eight yards out - and up steps Cesc Fabregas to score from the penalty spot. A replay beckons...

1434: GOALFLASH Arsenal 1-1 Leeds (Fabregas pen)


1433: Controversy. Arsenal think they have a penalty when Theo Walcott is felled by Alex Bruce and referee Phil Dowd gives the spot-kick. However, he changes his mind within moments thanks to a linesman's flag - though the offside appeared to come after the foul. Let-off for Leeds in my book, that.

1432: You have to score there Mr Walcott. Andrey Arshavin sets Walcott clear but the subsitute's first-time finish is straight at keeper Kasper Schmeichel.

Sorensen, Shotton, Shawcross, Huth, Higginbotham, Pennant, Wilson, Whelan, Sanli, Walters, Fuller. Subs: Nash, Jones, Pugh, Tonge, Delap, Etherington, Wilkinson.
Cardiff: Marshall, Quinn, McNaughton, Hudson, Naylor, Burke, Rae, McPhail, Whittingham, Chopra, Keogh. Subs: Heaton, Drinkwater, Blake, Matthews, Wildig, Meades, John.
Referee: Mark Halsey (Lancashire)

1430: A bit of respite for Leeds as a misdirected Nicklas Bendtner pass slips past Andrey Arshavin inside the Leeds box.

team against Doncaster is a strong one, with just four changes to the side that beat Chelsea last time out.

Federici, Cummings, Matt Mills, Pearce, Harte, Kebe, Leigertwood, Karacan, McAnuff, Long, Hunt. Subs: McCarthy, Tabb, Ingimarsson, Antonio, Church, Robson-Kanu, Howard.
West Brom: Myhill, Hurst, Zuiverloon, Scharner, Cech, Jara, Dorrans, Barnes, Brunt, Morrison, Miller. Subs: Carson, Cox, Shorey, Bednar, Olsson, Fortune, Thomas.
Referee: Jon Moss (W Yorkshire)

1426: You know that update at 1422? Scrap that. Arsenal are now very much camped in the Leeds half. Less than 10 minutes remaining.

1425: Cesc Fabregas free-kick, Nicklas Bendtner with a free header - over.

1423: Final roll of the dice for Arsenal, Carlos Vela on to replace Tomas Rosicky. Can Vela - heavily linked with a loan move away from the club - say ta-ra with a leveller?

1422: Less than 15 minutes of normal time for Leeds to survive now - and Arsenal are hardly camped in the visitors' half.

ricki379 on Twitter: "Biggest upset of the day? Notts County v Sunderland must be a decent shout surely!"

1419: HALF TIME Millwall 0-3 Birmingham

In the only Premier League v non league tie of the third round Bolton have named a strong side against York, although captain Kevin Davies is on the bench so Zat Knight takes the armband. Tamir Cohen is back for the Trotters after compassionate leave.

1416: If that had have crept in the near post, Wojciech Szczesny would not have got near it. Robert Snodgrass going within inches of a second with a fine whipped free-kick from 25 yards.

1415: It looks all over at the New Den before half-time. Millwall were battling back and most of the New Den thought James Henry had scored - but his high shot grazed the outside of the post. Steve Morison then had a 'goal' rightly ruled out for offside. And now, just before half time, Birmingham striker Matt Derbyshire dinks the ball home in a one-on-one with the calmness of a zen master.

1414: GOALFLASH Millwall 0-3 Birmingham (Derbyshire)

1412: Another change for Arsenal - Theo Walcott on to replace Marouane Chamakh.

1409: Close! Leeds, refusing to sit on their lead, earn a corner and it takes a fine stop on the stretch from Wojciech Szczesny to keep Arsenal in it - Luciano Becchio heading Robert Snodgrass's corner powerfully at goal, the home keeper getting across to push it away. Super game.

1406: Stunning defending. The Arsenal onslaught has started in earnest and Marouane Chamakh looks certain to level six-yards out, only for Andy O'Brien to get an absolutely vital touch on the cross to just put the Moroccan striker off and his header flies away from goal.

1403: Probably not what Leeds wanted to see - Cesc Fabregas, still looking for first FA Cup goal, comes on to replace Alex Song. I've seen worse players come off the bench, I'll be honest.

1401: They've been buzzing all day - but the Leeds fans are positively leaping out of their skin at the moment. The visitors have more than 35 minutes to survive, however, and one can fully expect an Arsenal rally surely. This just got very, very interesting.

Leeds goal: Man Utd last year... Arsenal this? It looks a definite penalty when Max Gradel is felled inside the area by Denilson's outstretched leg - and up steps Robert Snodgrass to slam home a fine spot-kick. Cupset o'clock?

1359: GOALFLASH Arsenal 0-1 Leeds (Snodgrass pen)


1357: There's been a paucity of quality free-kicks this season, but Birmingham full-back David Murphy pulls a doozy out of the top drawer to double the visitors' lead, curling into the top corner from just outside the area.

1356: GOALFLASH Millwall 0-2 Birmingham (Murphy)

1353: Arsenal knocking on the door straight away in this second half, and Nicklas Bendtner - as he so often does - is proving a handful. Unfortunately for Arsenal, Bendtner - as he so often does - is just struggling to finish off his excellent approach play with a decent cross or finish. If he keeps getting in the right areas, however...

j_grodes on Twitter: "Surely the obvious upset of the day is Sheff Utd v Villa! Although I can easily see a stalemate happening."

1350: The second half kicks off between Arsenal and Leeds.

1347: We have our first FA Cup third round goal. A Birmingham break pays dividends against the run of play, Matt Derbyshire with a fine lobbed finish from Jean Beausejour's pass.

1346: GOALFLASH Millwall 0-1 Birmingham (Derbyshire)

Former Birmingham and Millwall defender Kenny Cunningham on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: "Steve Morison is running down the channels very well. It looks like his physical strength and awareness will be a great outlet for Millwall today."

1345: Sniff at goal for Millwall, but striker Steve Morison gets his finish all wrong and he sends his effort wide.

1343: Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson told BBC Sport: "Roy leaving was inevitable but I was one of those who thought he was a sensible appointment. The trouble is, Liverpool are a team in decline, with average players [and] I think unfortunately Roy was the wrong man at the wrong time for Liverpool and it has been a case of thanks but no thanks. I consider Kenny a friend and I just hope that whatever happens from now until the end of the season doesn't sully his name. I don't want it to damage his reputation because ultimately you can only be as good as your worst player. It will take Liverpool a long time to get back into that top four, especially with Tottenham and Man City going so strongly."

1341: I don't know if any of you are aware of this yet, but Roy Hodgson left Liverpool today by "mutual consent". I can see how that might've slipped under the radar. With a break in proceedings at the Emirates and matters fairly quiet at the New Den, anyone fancy a spot more reaction to that news? It's coming up people...

paultwentworth on Twitter: "Bruce and O'Brien looking resolute for Leeds - do Arsenal have it in them to break them down? Think a giantkilling is on the cards!

1338: At the New Den, there's a fine long-range shot by Millwall midfielder James Henry, saved well by Birmingham keeper Maik Taylor. The hosts have started strongly, actually, with all-time goalscorer Neil Harris linking the play well.

Half time
1336: HALF-TIME Arsenal 0-0 Leeds
Chris Bevan's HT snapshot:
"The 8,500 visiting fans are enjoying their first visit to the Emirates but, after a decent start, Leeds were hanging on by the break. It's still goalless as it stands, though, and therefore still in the balance."

1334: There's the half-time whistle at the Emirates.

1331: Kasper Schmeichel, too, has played his part in keeping Arsenal at bay so far - and he makes another neat save at the near post from Nicklas Bendtner on the back of a fine run into the box from the Dane. Alex Bruce, meanwhile, looks like he might be struggling with a knee injury sustained in a collision with his own player. They won't want to lose him, Leeds, that's for sure.

1330: Millwall-Birmingham gets under way.

1329: Leeds' defence very much the stand-out story of the match so far, with Alex Bruce and Andy O'Brien outstanding so far. Arsenal's failure to test the visitors' full-backs may wrankle with Arsene Wenger a touch.

arsenalynch on 606: "What a game so far! End-to-end brilliance, can't wait to see this as a Premier League fixture!"

1326: The match has settled again after that frantic five-minute period of Arsenal pressure - Nicklas Bendtner lashing over from range on the back of the hosts' latest burst forward.

iwasrory on Twitter: "Upset of the weekend? QPR vs Blackburn has giant killing all over it."

Forde, Smith, Shittu, Robinson, Craig, Henry, Abdou, Mkandawire, Barron, Morison, Harris. Subs: Mildenhall, Schofield, Grabban, Hackett, Ward, Lisbie, Marquis.
Birmingham: Taylor, Parnaby, Dann, Jiranek, Murphy, Hleb, Gardner, Mutch, Beausejour, Zigic, Derbyshire. Subs: Doyle, Johnson, Larsson, Phillips, Jerome, Michel, Fahey.
Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)

1319: Superb defending once again from Leeds - Alex Bruce this time - as he slides in to clear the danger just as Nicklas Bendtner looks to have got clear from Alex Song's through-ball. From the resulting corner Marouane Chamakh heads straight at Leeds keeper Kasper Schmeichel - he really should have done better.

DieHardGooner on 606: "Some good last ditch defending from Leeds."

1315: And now, from the follow-up corner, Luciano Becchio clears from under his own bar after another Sebastien Squillaci header. Leeds clinging on all of a sudden.

1314: Off the line! Great work from Jonathan Howson on the Leeds line to clear with inches to spare as a goalmouth scramble ends with Sebastien Squillaci - I think - forcing the ball goalwards. Denilson follows up with a dipping 25-yarder that is tipped round the post by keeper Kasper Schmeichel.

1313: Stinging effort. Andrey Arshavin forces a smart save low down from Kasper Schmeichel with a drilled left-foot shot across goal from 20 yards.

1311: It's been a fine start from Leeds' centre-halves Alex Bruce and Andy O'Brien, in particular, so far and visiting manager Simon Grayson will undoubtedly be delighted with the first 25 minutes of this match. Arsenal still just about bossing possession and the attacking threat, however.

1308: A rare bit of space for Tomas Rosicky in and around the Leeds box after a good surge by Nicklas Bendtner, but Andy O'Brien defends well to head clear the Czech's cross with Bendtner pressing inside the area.

1306: Leeds continuing to close Arsenal down well, allowing the home defence time on the ball but pressing the midfield and attack at every opportunity. Arsene Wenger's side, as a result, yet to really hit full pelt at the Emirates.

Stratford91 on Twitter: "Surely Alex Song's gold hair and beard combo deserves a mention?"

Premier League Birmingham make seven changes, with Nikola Zigic and Alexander Hleb both given starts in south-east London. The Championship hosts, Millwall, don't alter their line-up so much. Amid three changes, the familiar names of Neil Harris and Danny Shittu return.

1300: And now a chance for Leeds, Robert Snodgrass laying in Luciano Becchio, but Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny out quickly to save the Argentine's first-time effort 12 yards out.

1258: Leeds might want to guard against defending with such a high line for the rest of the match - Arsenal tore right through them in that move and, with their pace, could do so time and again if that continues.

1257: Best chance of the game by a mile - and it should be 1-0 Arsenal. Tomas Rosicky sets Andrey Arshavin clear on goal but the Russian, after a touch, is denied low down by Leeds keeper Kasper Schmeichel, who had spread himself well 16 yards out. Big chance.

1254: Nicklas Bendtner, Alex Song and Tomas Rosicky combine with some fine one-touch play as the latter bursts into the box, but Andy O'Brien is across well to get the ball away. It's been a lively ol' start in London - and I make it honours even so far.

1251: Pop at goal from outside the area by Luciano Becchio - but it's way off target.

1249: Leeds burst forward for the first time but Robert Snodgrass's cross from the left after good work from Max Gradel is cut out easily. The visitors are here to compete, though, for sure.

1248: As you might expect, Arsenal are right into their passing patterns nice and early - but Leeds are buzzing around the hosts with plenty of effervescence, I sense a right royal tussle here.

1246: We are up and running at a packed Emirates Stadium.

1244: For now, though, let's focus on the mouth-watering match at the Emirates, the first meeting between Arsenal and Leeds since Arsenal's 'Invincibles' beat Leeds 5-0 in April 2004. Odds on a repeat?

1241: I'll bring you some cracking Mark Lawrenson chat on Roy Hodgson's exit from Anfield in a bit, but first up let me point you in the direction of Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty's analysis. Hodgson's departure makes it 24 managerial casualties so far this season - and if Football League is more your bag, our very own Paul Fletcher has provided his take on all things lower league for you too. The "Sacking Season" really is in full swing.

InfostradaLive on Twitter: "Arsenal are unbeaten in last 28 home matches in FA Cup. Only Sheffield Wednesday's 32-match streak from 1923-1947 is longer."

Chris Bevan reports:
"Almost exactly 12 months ago, I was at Old Trafford to see Leeds, then of League One, beat Manchester United in the biggest shock of last season's FA Cup. Can they spring another surprise at the Emirates? If Arsenal's line-up is as youthful as expected, they might have a chance but, with his side near the top of the Championship, Leeds boss Simon Grayson could probably live without another Cup run after last year's success almost derailed their promotion bid."

Steve on 606: "I cant believe Wenger has let Sanchez Watt play against us. He is a quality player and can cause defences problems even at the highest level."

PGB Addick on 606: "Arsenal aren't mucking around with that team then."

1233: As promised, I'll be bringing you the odd bit of chat on Roy Hodgson's departure from Liverpool today - let's kick off with a bit of Lee Dixon: "I'm a little bit surprised Kenny didn't get the job in the first place. When Kenny comes in, instantly the players will listen to what he's got to say." The Daily Telegraph's Henry Winter: "He never really left Liverpool in his heart, he's part of the fabric of the club. There is unfinished business there definitely. He's been watching the games, seeing the weaknesses, seeing how he would have done it. The key thing is he'll have the Kop 100% behind him." And ex-Reds player David Fairclough: "I'm not surprised. Unfortunately things weren't working out for Roy, 10,000 fans stayed away from Anfield last week and the warning signs have been there for quite a while. The team have not been playing in the way we'd have liked."

Chris Bevan reports:
"Aaron Ramsey is in Arsenal's squad for the first time since February as Arsene Wenger makes nine changes. Ramsey is joined on the bench by captain Cesc Fabregas and Theo Walcott, while Kieran Gibbs returns to the starting line-up after a month out with injury. Leeds United make three changes to the side that lost its 12-game unbeaten run at Cardiff on Tuesday, with Luciano Becchio, Alex Bruce and Sanchez Watt all coming in. Watt, on a season-long loan from Arsenal, was given permission to play by Wenger on Wednesday."

jpdbkk on 606: "He 'fizzed the ball in' is my pet hate. How on earth can you 'fizz' a football?"

Szczesny, Eboue, Djourou, Squillaci, Gibbs, Rosicky, Denilson, Song, Arshavin, Bendtner, Chamakh. Subs: Fabianski, Fabregas, Vela, Walcott, Ramsey, Clichy, Miquel.
Leeds: Schmeichel, Connolly, Bruce, O'Brien, Parker, Watt, Howson, Johnson, Gradel, Snodgrass, Becchio. Subs: Higgs, Collins, Paynter, Hughes, Bromby, Somma, McCormack.
Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)

Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon on Twitter: "Another manager falls... madness this year. Anyway finished training and going home to watch Arsenal-Leeds - hoping for an upset, but I can't see it."

1222: If you don't want to rely on my witterings, though, you do have the option of some audio commentary - hurrah. We have a veritable feast of radio links for you to dip in and out of - check out our full list of FA Cup commentaries and make the most of what they have to offer. May I suggest headphones in and this page up alongside it - you won't miss a thing.

Der_Wanderfalke on Twitter: "Forget cupset & chillax. The worst is bromance, that word hacks me off so much I could punch a gorilla. Villa to win please!"

Sam in Newcastle heading to Stevenage via text: "I hope to be proven wrong but does this not echo when Shearer took over at Newcastle. I know Shearer had no experience and only 8 games but loo k what happened. Best of luck to Kenny Dalglish though."

1218: Oh who am I kidding? Roy Hodgson's departure from Liverpool is - understandably - the hottest topic around right now, so feel free to air your thoughts on that on here as well. I'll be dropping in reaction and comment on that throughout the day as and when I get it, so don't even think about going anywhere.

1217: Then, of course, there are all you fine people. I am going to need each and every one of you today so why don't you Tweet me @sampatricklyon, text me via 81111 or get on 606. Your starter for 10 - your favourite FA Cup memories?

gunner-zp on 606: "There's been some great Arsenal-Leeds clashes over the years, hope its another cracker today."

alexp1986 on Twitter: "With Wenger fielding an under-strength team and a resurgent Leeds, I can see a big cupset at the Emirates today!"

1215: And right now, if you refresh this page, Football Focus will appear at the top of this here commentary - happy days. Bear in mind, however, this message from Dan Walker if you will: "Today's Football Focus is a pre-recorded story of the week. We'll put Hodgson at the end. No other way round it." So there you have it, folks.

1213: Fear not, though, good people - this is very much the place to be to follow all the drama as and when it happens. I shall start off by focusing my efforts on the matches involving Premier League clubs - with a mind to switching to the big stories as and when they happen elsewhere if necessary. But fear not, for I have two not-so-glamorous assistants today in the form of FA Cup Bevos and FA Cup Danny who will be bringing you the 'very best of all the rest'. Between us, we'll keep you up to date and entertained. Hopefully.

oliverhj84 on Twitter: "Sam can we PLEASE avoid use of the word "cupset" today? It's almost as annoying as "chilax"!"
Erm... no. Sorry.

1211: If you take a glance at today's fixture list, you'll see what I mean. Book-ended by the mouth-watering clashes between Arsenal and Leeds and Stevenage and Newcastle are 24 third-round matches as well as that second-round replay. To make things even more complicated I will only have TV pictures of the early and late games - and none in between. Therefore, not only will I not be able to pay due credence to each and every fixture, but also a lot of the time between 1500 and 1700 I'll be flying kind of blind. For this I apologise in advance. I'll try my best but - at all times - please remember what shall henceforth be referred to as... The Disclaimer. Ey fank yaow.

1209: It's also the weekend that ensures my fingers are likely to be a sad, bloody mess come this evening. Wish me luck.

1208: Yep, just when you thought you'd found yourselves slipping into the slumber of surely the year's most depressing month, along comes the FA Cup to buoy your spirits and swell your heart. It's the weekend of football that makes the impossible possible, the weekend that makes and shatters dreams in equal measure, the weekend that throws the form book out of the window and promises wonder, excitement and intrigue. And yes, it's the weekend that provokes immeasurable hyperbole from the world's media, including yours truly.

Cesc Fabregas and Aaron Ramsey start on the bench for Arsenal v Leeds, who are as expected. The Gunners start with the likes of Kieran Gibbs, Nicklas Bendtner and Tomas Rosicky.

1205: But that's all for tomorrow, of course, and before then we have an absolutely monstrous day of FA Cup third-round football today. Even if you've just left one of the most high-profile jobs in the country you'd have to be a little excited right? Right?!

1204: What Liverpool could probably do without in the midst of such upheaval, then, is a tie against arguably their bitterest rivals Man Utd in a televised Sunday afternoon Cup match. Oh... erm... oops.

1202: One of the great days on the English and Welsh calendar... unless, of course, you're Roy Hodgson. The former Inter Milan and Fulham boss has left Liverpool "by mutual consent" with Kenny Dalglish taking over until the end of the season. Massive.

1200: Still the greatest domestic cup competition in the world and still one of the great days on the English and Welsh football calendar. Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to the Third Round of the FA Cup.

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