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FA Cup third round football as it happened


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By Phil Dawkes
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1955: That is your lot for what has been a rollercoaster of an FA Cup third-round Saturday. It started all slow and flat, went mad in the middle with plenty of ups, downs, thrills and spills, before flattening out again to a fairly predictable conclusion. Tomorrow promises to give us even more excitement, with Sunderland travelling to Peterborough, the Owls facing the Hammers, 2010 winners Chelsea hosting 2008 winners Portsmouth and a certain Manchester derby. Join me again for that. Join me!

Fulham hat-trick hero Clint Dempsey on Twitter: "This game is a rollercoaster. Stay strapped in for them ups and downs. But I did put that biscuit in the basket a few times today."

Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish on ESPN: "It was a very pleasing perfomance and the players controlled it well. We knew it was a potential banana skin but the players handled it. I thought they had a great mentality. We got a wee bit sloppy and complacent at the end and got punished."

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Joe, from Milton Keynes, via text: "Not enough praise for MK Dons' performance today. The boys in white looked much superior throughout the 90 minutes against a strong QPR line-up."

Bristol Rovers caretaker manager Shaun North on ESPN: "We had a little plan knowing we wouldn't have much of the ball. I'm disappointed with the goals we conceded. I think a lot of lower-league sides would like to keep a high tempo up against Premier League teams but that was never going to happen."

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Jonny, from Burton upon Trent, via text: "Nice to see Villa winning for once - let's see whether we can keep it up in the league!"

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BBC Radio 5 live pundit Mark Bowen at the Memorial Stadium: "Bristol Rovers started well but then they got a bit tired and sloppy. They gifted Villa their second and third goals and it cost them in the end."

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Keith via text: "How condescending everyone is. Really not helpful to bemoan Bristol Rovers' lack of ability and say they look like a team struggling. We can't all have money. They are doing their best and don't need to be talked down to like that."

1930: And that is the full-time whistle. Villa are through, but they tried their best to throw a spanner in their progression late on.

1930: Almost immediately after the penalty, Villa are down the other end and Michael Poke saves superbly to dent Marc Albrighton another goal. Where was this kind of action earlier? We've waited 90 minutes for this?

Bristol Rovers penalty: Lifted by their late goal, Bristol charge forward again and in a melee in the box referee Howard Webb gives a penalty for handball against Stephen Warnock. Scott McGleish has the chance to add a second for his side in the same number of minutes and give us one hell of an injury time period, but his spot-kick is saved low down to his left by Brad Guzan.



1924: They're not going to get the clean sheet, though, and they have Richard Dunne to largely thank for that. His woefully misjudged back-pass goes straight to Scott McGleish, who has yards of space and plenty of time to chip Brad Guzan. We're going to win 4-3 sing the home crowd.

1923: GOALFLASH Bristol Rovers 1-3 Aston Villa (Scott McGleish)

barrcode1988 on Twitter: "All three of Villa's goalscorers are homegrown players. Jealous."

1922: Rovers are pressing, looking for something to take away from the game, but Villa are just playing out time now. The game's won and they just want to preserve the clean sheet. We're into the last minute of normal time.

Everton midfielder Tim Cahill on Twitter: "In the next round and job done. Tamworth players and fans were excellent today."

1918: Not that it matters much in the context of this game but Darren Bent looked a bit slow off the mark there. Gabriel Agbonlahor looks to release the England striker on goal but he is rocking on his heels a bit and fails to reach the pass.

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BBC Radio 5 live presenter Mark Pougatch on Twitter: "Day at Fleetwood ends mysteriously in a full car park where someone had let themselves into my car, taken the handbrake off & pushed it clear!"

1916: The visitors take the opportunity to make a third and final substitution with Barry Bannan replacing Stiliyan Petrov, who set up the first goal and has been a typically industrious figure in Villa's midfield all evening.

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Andy, Holmes Chapel, via text: "Macclesfield in the hat for the fourth round for the first time in our 127-year history. Keith Alexander and Richard Butcher - their spirit lives on."

Aston Villa: It is another superb finish from a Villa player. This time it is Ciaran Clark, who drives forward from the halfway line unchallenged, reaches the edge of the home penalty area before cutting inside and curling a neat finish inside the far post. As Gordon Ramsey would (probably) say: successful FA Cup third-round trip to Bristol Rovers, done.

1911: GOALFLASH Bristol Rovers 0-3 Aston Villa (Ciaran Clark)

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Chris via text: "Plenty of pluck and effort but at the end of the day a frightening lack of quality. Can see why Bristol Rovers are struggling."

1910: The ball is in the Villa net courtesy of Aaron Downes' emphatic close-range finish, but the whistle has long since gone for handball against the defender during his first aerial challenge from a corner.

Everton skipper Phil Neville on Twitter: "Tamworth players can be really proud of their efforts today - I do love the FA Cup!"

1908: Aston Villa forced into a substitution. James Collins limps off the field to be replaced by Gary Gardner. Apparently, Collins has a tight calf.

1904: What a goal that would have been for Villa. Gabriel Agbonlahor flicks the ball to Stephen Ireland in the box, whose first-time pass finds Marc Albrighton but his volleyed cross fails to find Darren Bent at the back post. This is the kind of confidence a seemingly untouchable 2-0 lead does for a side.

1902: At the other end, Rovers nearly hit straight back as Joe Anyinsah is fed in the box before turning and firing a deflected shot across goal and wide. The resulting corner is headed over by Aaron Downes. Why didn't Rovers show such attacking intent before going 2-0 down?

Aston Villa goal: If you take the first 20 minutes of this half, you have to assume that is that for this tie. Villa have being totally in command, and now the scoreline starts to reflect that. The ball is fed into Gabriel Agbonlahor 30 yards from goal and striker controls well, weaves away from two men to give himself a clear sight of goal. His final act is to classily sweep a side-foot shot into the bottom right-hand corner of Michael Poke's goal from 20 yards.

1856: GOALFLASH Bristol Rovers 0-2 Aston Villa (Gabriel Agbonlahor)

bob613mcqueen on Twitter: "Proud to be a Hull fan today! Came back after our goal drought and have reached the fourth round. Last time - quarter-finals!"

1851: Villa look way too comfortable. You'd think they were 3-0 up, not just 1-0. If Rovers are to get back into this they need to get stuck in, raise the crowd and make this a proper old school cup tie. Maybe someone should release a dog onto the pitch? That always used to stoke things up during playground games of football when I was a nipper.

BBC Radio 5 live
Stoke boss Tony Pulis, criticised by Gillingham chairman Paul Scally after their bitter fall-out, told BBC Radio 5 live he was pleased with the reaction of his former club's supporters before the Potters' 3-1 win: "To be warmly applauded by four sides of the ground is pretty special. It doesn't happen very often. I think the Gillingham fans remember what I did at this football club."

1848: Villa are controlling this now. They are having all the possession and passing the ball around as neatly as the pitch will allow. Gabriel Agbonlahor wastes a superb chance to swing over a dangerous cross by over-hitting it, but you sense that more goals are in the offing for the visitors.

1843: Stephen Warnock is having a shocker. Again he has loads of space on the right but his cross is massively over-hit, to the back post without a Villa player anywhere near it. Rovers can clear with ease. I have a personal gripe about professional footballers not being able to beat the first man with crosses but that was equally criminal.

BBC Radio 5 Live
Swindon manager Paolo Di Canio reckons his League Two side's 2-1 success over Premier League strugglers Wigan was the "best moment of his life". He told BBC Radio 5 live : "This is something special - an amazing performance against a team three divisions above us. The players have been fantastic because to play under me is difficult."

1840: Early chance for Rovers, but they spurn it as Scott McGleish completely scuffs Joe Anyinsah's pull-back with a goal there for the taking. Villa were alseep and that was a glorious opportunity for the home side to rattle their top-flight opponents.

1838: The second half is under way and we have a change for the visitors with Gabriel Agbonlahor replacing Emile Heskey, who has suffered a recurrence of an Achilles injury. The pacey Agbonlahor is sure to provide a very different challenge to the Rovers backline than that which they faced from big Emile.

Before that, here is beautifully bonkers Swindon boss Paulo Di Canio after the 2-1 win over Wigan: "My lads today deserve something from the club - to do something and put their names in the stadium. Normally you do this when you win something important, but I don't want a big statue. Maybe just a small plaque with all their names because they did something special".

1834: We're staring down the final straight now, with 45 more minutes to go in this FA Cup third-round Saturday. Second-half kick-off shortly.

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Anon via text: "A story that's gone unmentioned recently. Darlington Football Club played what is most likely their last game in the club's history if a buyer isn't found over the weekend. A sad day for the fans after a 3-0 defeat at Barrow today. R.I.P Darlington."

1832: Notable mentions to Crawley, who beat Bristol City; Wrexham, who drew at Brighton; Notts County, who beat Doncaster; Stevenage, who saw off Reading; and to three non-league teams, who fought valiantly, but fell at the third-round hurdle.

1829: This seems as apt a point as any to remind you of what happened earlier today. The fourth round draw will include Premier League teams Swansea, Everton, Fulham, Stoke, Newcastle, Norwich, Tottenham and West Brom. Wolves must try again after a 0-0 draw at Birmingham, as must QPR and Bolton following draws at MK Dons and Macclesfield respectively. The major casualty was Wigan, who lost 2-1 at Swindon.

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BBC Radio 5 live pundit Mark Bowen at the Memorial Stadium: "When you look at the way Aston Villa started the game, they were trying to find out what Bristol Rovers were like. Certainly Bristol didn't look like a side devoid of any confidence in the opening stages. It's important they don't concede a second goal now."

Bristol Rovers 0-1 Aston Villa HT - Marc Higginson reports: "It's not particularly pretty, but it's certainly effective. Villa hold a fairly comfortable lead with Bristol Rovers lacking any bite up front. It's no surprise that Stiliyan Petrov and Marc Albrighton linked up for the goal - those two, in particular, are showing their Premier League class against the League Two battlers."

1821: Those two minutes pass by with little incident (barring a ball-boy having to look around in Rovers' pitch-side open-air tool shed for the ball) and that's the break, with Villa leading 1-0.

1819: We've got two minutes of injury time to see our way through before a welcome half-time.

BurntwoodVilla on Twitter: "Albrighton did really well to POKE that shot past the keeper to score..."

1817: Well, he got one right earlier, but Marc Albrighton got that one very wrong. Stephen Warnock crosses deep to the back post where Albrighton is lurking unmarked, but his volley is completely mis-hit and goes embarrassingly wide. The home crowd enjoyed it. Albrighton most certainly did not.

Wigan defender Emmerson Boyce, who played in the Latics' shock 2-1 defeat at Swindon, on Twitter: "Like to say thank you [to] the fans that travelled down - sorry we could not get a result for you. Swindon played well and got a great result."

1813: At the other end, Rovers try to get themselves back into the game almost immediately, but Villa keeper Brad Guzan is equal to Chris Zebroski's long-range effort. Decent response from Rovers, though.

1812: Villa are hitting their stride now. Well, most of them are. Alan Hutton cuts in from the right and plays a ball inside, which Stephen Ireland steps over to release Stephen Warnock on the left. Unfortunately, Warnock is not at the races and his shot is sliced horribly wide of goal.

Aston Villa goal: Marc Albrighton has been Villa's most threatening player so far and he further illustrates this by opening the scoring for the away side. The midfielder is found superbly by Stiliyan Petrov's pass down the inside left channel and he makes no mistake in tucking a shot past Michael Poke.

1807: GOALFLASH Bristol Rovers 0-1 Aston Villa (Marc Albrighton)

1805: Half-an-hour without a goal. After the 3pm kick-offs I don't really know what to do with myself. These fingers of mine are feeling under-used. A bit like Darren Bent must feel right now, because he is largely anonymous.

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Jack Heathcote, via text: "What a great shift put in by the Lambs today. Most of the game Everton didn't know what to do. Proud to be a Tamworth fan tonight."

rbradley85 on Twitter: "Villa team selection puts a lot of pressure on McLeish. If Villa don't perform today the fans will be even more frustrated."

1803: This could be a blow for Rovers. Or is it? Mustapha Carayol is forced off but veteran striker Scott McGleish will replace him. McGleish scored six FA Cup goals last season for Leyton Orient. Rovers would love another couple from him this evening.

1759: Moments after making a superb save, Michael Poke charges out to punch away a cross from deep but totally misjudges it. Luckily for him, his physical presence is enough to put off Stiliyan Petrov and the midfielder is unable to direct his header towards goal.

1757: Villa are looking dangerous. Stephen Ireland releases Stephen Warnock in acres of space down the right and his full-back finds Emile Heskey, but his shot is blocked for a corner. From the resulting set-piece Heskey draws a superb tip-over from home keeper Michael Poke. The visitors are slowly turning the screw.

1753: Villa have identified right-winger Marc Albrighton as their chief outlet. All their positive play is heading in his direction. Only the lack of accuracy of Albrighton's crosses are preventing Alex McLeish's side creating anything truly meaningful.

1752: The visitors have definitely upped their game. They are growing as a force now, and the home side are penned in their own half.

1751: Villa threaten again as the Rovers defence hesitates from a Villa throw-in on the left allowing Emile Heskey to nip in and poke a shot over the bar. It was a tough ask for the striker to get his effort on target.

1749: Villa make their first real foray into the overs half, as Marc Albrighton is found with a wonderful cross-field pass before crossing to where Emile Heskey and Darren Bent are lurking. The home defence prove stubborn, though, and clear the danger. However, it is a sign of the quality Villa have to bring to the table.

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MK Dons manager Karl Robinson told BBC Radio 5 live he was unhappy despite seeing his side earn a 1-1 home draw against QPR: "I feel our performance levels were magnificent. But two key decisions went against us. Anyone who watches the highlights will know which two I mean."

1745: Rovers are still on top, although they're not threatening much. A long ball forward skips away from a lone home attacker. Villa could do with some possession just to get a foothold on what is, admittedly, uncertain terrain.

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Luke, Kent, via text: "Phil, you have so far posted 10,500 words this afternoon. I'm struggling with my dissertation, can I just submit your text commentary?"
You pay your licence fee Luke. Technically, you already own this.

1741: The first signs of the pitch's influence on this game are showing through with passes bobbling and leaping unpredictably. Bristol's rugby team play on here, of course. They haven't done so for two weeks, but the wear and tear is still very visible. It looks like my 15-year-old face.

1739: Five minutes gone and it's been all the home side so far. Villa yet to settle. They've been giving the ball away as well, which won't please manager Alex McLeish.

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Anon Cheltenham fan, via text: "Had no luck when it mattered most but credit to Spurs who are a very strong side. Means we can focus on promotion from League Two!"

1736: Rovers' Chris Zebroski has a charge at Stephen Warnock and beats the full-back for pace before sending over a cross that is cleared. Zebroski looks to have a yard on him. Could be a potential avenue for the home side to explore.

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James, on a bus back to Tamworthshire, via text: "Fantastic brave performance from our Tamworth boys. We're proud of you, we're proud of you."

1733: Following the touching minute's applause for Dunford, we're down to business with Villa kicking off.

Swindon chairman Jeremy Wray: "This is what I remember FA Cup ties being like. We had a chance to play our football and we won it on merit. Absolutely superb. Next round let's hope it is Manchester away (he doesn't specify City or Utd) and then a home round."

1731: Before kick-off there is a tribute to former Rovers chairman Denis Dunford, who died earlier this year. Three generations of his family are in attendance for this evening's game.

BBC Radio 5 Live
Salisbury player-manager Darrell Clarke, after his non-league side's 3-1 defeat at League One high-flyers Sheffield United, on BBC Radio 5 live : "We've had a tough day - Sheffield United have got some fantastic players and keep the ball well. But I'm proud of my players - they never chucked in the towel. The pleasing thing was to get a goal in front of our 2,500 fans, who were magnificent."

1727: The Memorial Stadium pitch looks wonderfully ready to cut up and get good and muddy. Just what we like to see for a third-round tie with a League Two side hosting a Premier League outfit. Sell-out crowd as well. All the iconography is there. The teams are out, we're moments away from kick-off.

Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish: "It would be fantastic [to win the FA Cup with Villa]. It is a long time since we last won it, but this club has a great history and heritage in the competition and it would be nice to give the fans something to smile about with a cup run. But we have to go out there and give it our best tonight, we can't just expect to turn up and win."

1722: If Bristol Rovers do beat Villa it will be a huge shock. Premier League Villa may not have won the FA Cup since 1957, but they have seven triumphs to their name. The furthest League Two Bristol Rovers have gone in the competition is the quarter-final, which they have achieved on three occasions (the last in 2007-08). However, they were the first Third Division team to win an FA Cup tie away to a Premier League side, when in 2002 they beat Derby County 3-1 at Pride Park Stadium. Question is, have Rovers packed their sling-shot?

Final Score pundit Steve Claridge on the afternoon's action: "There have been one or two surprises which we second guessed. Other than that it's gone according to plan."

1717: If I could just request another refresh, we'll see the back of the redundant Final Score video and radio commentaries. Smashing. We're narrowing our focus to Bristol Rovers v Villa.

Bristol Rovers caretaker manager Shaun North has told ESPN: "We will be doing our best to get a good result. We hope we can get at them, and all we can do is be competitive. It has been a tough week for the players [after the departure of manager Paul Buckle], but this game is a nice distraction. I am quite excited about it."

OxfordLatics on Twitter: "I am ashamed and embarrassed to be a Wigan fan tonight. Typical Wigan, typical Martinez."

1714: It's a strong Villa side. Alex McLeish is clearly taking no chances. Bristol Rovers may be hampered by the absence of top scorer Matt Harrold, who has 11 goals this season. Still, Villa have been struggling of late and if Rovers get amongst them early anything could happen. We've been a bit short-changed with upsets so far. Are we going to end spectacularly with a big one?

Bristol Rovers v Aston Villa
Bristol Rovers: Poke, Woodards, Downes, Bolger, Sawyer, Anyinsah, Stanley, Dorman, Carayol, Zebroski, Richards. Subs: Cronin, Smith, McGleish, Lee Brown, Anthony, McLaggon, Goddard.
Aston Villa: Guzan, Hutton, Dunne, Collins, Warnock, Albrighton, Ireland, Petrov, Clark, Bent, Heskey. Subs: Marshall, N'Zogbia, Agbonlahor, Delph, Bannan, Weimann, Gardner.
Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)

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Ben, Stoke, via text: "There were 73 goals in the 3pm kick-offs, that's why we love the third round!"

SCOTTISH CUP UPDATE: Hearts scrape through against Ayrshire juniors Auchinleck Talbot, with Gordon Smith netting the only goal after 84 minutes at Tynecastle. Hibs hold on at the end as they edged out Second Division leaders 3-2 at Central Park and St Johnstone are relieved to see off Brechin 2-1 in Perth. Aberdeen and Motherwell each score four with no reply against Forfar and Queen's Park, respectively. Dundee United hammer six past Airdrie United but Ross County are the day's highest scorers, knocking seven past Stenhousemuir.

Marc Higginson reports: "The Pirates are a wounded bunch after losing their manager Paul Buckle on Tuesday, so the League Two strugglers will be desperate to restore some pride against the Villans. There is nothing better than an FA Cup giantkilling to remedy a team's ills, but Alex McLeish's men beat Chelsea 3-1 last time they hit the road and are the obvious favourites. This competition is their only realistic opportunity of silverware this season, and they will be hoping their trip to the Memorial Stadium is remembered for all the right reasons."

1706: We may not have had a flurry of them there cupsets but I don't think those second 45 minutes let the first 45 down. Goals galore, thrills and spills. What more can you ask for? I can only imagine what that FA Cup drinking game has done to jonjepp. Bad news for jonjepp, but good news for us: we've still got one more match to come.

BEST OF THE REST: Matt Phillips ensured Blackpool avoided a banana skin at Fleetwood, with his hat-trick helping the Tangerines get the better off the Cod Army at Highbury. Salisbury did score a consolation at Sheffield United, courtesy of Lloyd Macklin, and the non-leaguers were not disgraced in a 3-1 defeat. Watford eased past Bradford, and League One Notts County earned an impressive victory at Championship side Doncaster. Middlesbrough held on for a narrow win against Shrewsbury, while Nottingham Forest and Leicester will meet again in a replay following their 0-0 draw.

BEST OF THE REST:Bristol City were reduced to 10 men in the closing stages of their 1-0 defeat at Crawley as Stephen Pearson sees red for a second booking, while a late header from Aaron Martin gave Southampton a 2-1 win at Coventry. Derby beat Crystal Palace 1-0, while Wrexham earn a replay with a 1-1 draw at Brighton. Hull see off Ipswich 3-1 with Cameron Stewart adding a third in stoppage time, and Stevenage see off Reading with a 1-0 win at the Madejski.

Swindon manager Paulo Di Canio: "I'm very happy for all these people [fans]. We can make something special for these fans. I want to dedicate this win to them and also my father [who died recently]."

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BBC Radio 5 live pundit Mark Lawrenson on Macclesfield's 2-2 draw against Premier League visitors Bolton: "It was an outstanding cup tie. Macclesfield were extremely organised, quick on the break and played some lovely football. In the end Bolton just sneaked that equaliser and then could have gone on to win."

1658: And that goal is the last act at Sports Direct Arena. Newcastle go through. Everton are also through after beating brave Tamworth. West Brom are into the fourth-round draw as well courtesy of a 4-2 win over Cardiff, but QPR will have to have a replay with MK Dons after drawing 1-1 at Stadium MK. Still, after not winning a cup tie since 2001, a draw is a step in the right direction for Neil Warnock's men.

1656: Heartbreak for Blackburn but joy for Newcastle. In injury time Jonas Gutierrez winds his way into the box and finishes past Rovers keeper Mark Bunn. Steve Kean again suffers, but it is a deserved winner for Newcastle, who largely dominated the game.

1654: GOALFLASH Newcastle 2-1 Blackburn (Jonas Gutierrez)

1654: Full-times are coming in across the country. Fulham, Tottenham, Swindon, Norwich and Swansea are all through. Macclesfield and Bolton will replay at the Reebok following their 2-2 draw.

1652: Drama at Stadium MK. A mix-up between Dons keeper David Martin and his defence sees Heidar Helguson with the ball at his feet in front of an open goal. He duly equalises for 10-man QPR. Meanwhile, Simon Cox, who had only scored once this season before today, guides home his hat-trick from close-range after Peter Odemwingie fires a superb low cross into the Irish striker's path. That seals West Brom's progress at Cardiff's expense.

1651: GOALFLASH West Brom 4-2 Cardiff (Simon Cox - hat-trick)

1650: GOALFLASH MK Dons 1-1 QPR (Heidar Helguson)

1649: Things go from bad to worse for QPR. Having used all three subs Neil Warnock watches Alejandro Faurlin get stretchered off. The visitors are down to 10 men and in desperate need of a goal. It doesn't look like coming though.

1647: Danny Graham seals victory for Swansea after good play from Wayne Routledge and Joe Allen sets up the striker. Brave Barnsley's challenge is over.

Final Score pundit Matt Holland on QPR trailing 1-0 at MK Dons: "MK Dons play terrific football and have scored 69 goals this season before today. QPR have got a bad history in the FA Cup so I thought it would be a difficult game for them. And so it has proved."

QPR midfielder Joey Barton on Twitter: "Ah, well. Looks like Fleetwood's FA Cup run is over - hard lines. Come on Rangers...."

1647: Almost a late winner for Bolton at Macclesfield as Martin Petrov hits the woodwork with a free-kick. Town hanging on a little.

1647: GOALFLASH Barnsley 2-4 Swansea (Danny Graham)

1646: Fulham rub salt into Charlton's wounds as Damien Duff's right-footed strike deflects into the net to make it 4-0 to the Cottagers. Meanwhile, Giovani is rewarded for a fine display against Cheltenham when he curls a third goal for Spurs.

1645: GOALFLASH Fulham 4-0 Charlton (Damien Duff)

1643: West Brom are 3-2 up against Cardiff and their midfielder James Morrison wastes an opportunity to seal victory at The Hawthorns as after rounding Cardiff keeper and with an open goal at his mercy, Morrison hit the side netting.

1642: GOALFLASH Tottenham 3-0 Cheltenham (Giovani dos Santos)

1642: Clint Dempsey completes his hat-trick from the penalty spot after Bryan Ruiz is brought down by keeper John Sullivan. At Goodison, Tamworth are heading out after a battling performance as Leighton Baines gives Everton a 2-0 lead from the penalty spot following Samuel Habergham's foul on Royston Drenthe.

BEST OF THE REST: We obviously got too carried away - the FA Cup can do that to you - because Blackpool have now scored a fourth and fifth against Fleetwood. Sheffield United have made it 3-0 against Salisbury while Notts County have gone 2-0 up at Doncaster. It's still goalless between Nottingham Forest and Leicester.

1639: GOALFLASH Everton 2-0 Tamworth (Leighton Baines)

1638: GOALFLASH Fulham 3-0 Charlton (Clint Dempsey - hat-trick)

BEST OF THE REST: League Two big spenders Crawley take the lead over Bristol City when the prolific Matthew Tubbs latches onto a long ball to steer past David James.

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BBC Radio 5 live pundit Mark Lawrenson on David Wheater's leveller for Bolton: "You could see as soon as the ball left his head that it was curling towards goal. The keeper had no chance. It's important Macclesfield don't do anything mad. They will take 2-2."

1637: David Wheater equalsies for Bolton from Martin Petrov's free-kick. Could the giantkilling be quashed there? But a shock could be on at the County Ground. Matt Ritchie tries his luck with a left-footed shoot from outside the box and his effort takes a big deflection to beat Ali Al Habsi. Swindon fully deserve to be ahead.

1635: GOALFLASH Swindon 2-1 Wigan (Paul Benson)

BEST OF THE REST: Surely not? They can't, can they? Jamie Vardy has pulled one back for Fleetwood against Blackpool. They still trail 3-1, so it really would be the magic of the cup if they turned this one around.

1634: Two Norwich subs make an instant impact as they make it 4-1 against Burnley. Aaron Wilbraham forces a save from Lee Grant and then fellow replacement Steve Morison finishes on the rebound.

1633: GOALFLASH Macclesfield 2-2 Bolton (David Wheater)

BEST OF THE REST: Non-league side Wrexham equalise at Brighton thanks to a cracking goal from Adrian Cieslewicz. He embarks on a mazy run from the right wing and fires in from 15 yards. Elsewhere, Southampton make it 1-1 at Coventry thanks to a goal from James Ward-Prowse.

BEST OF THE REST: With Fleetwood out of the running for a giantkilling, we are relying on teams like Shrewsbury to haul themselves level at Middlesbrough. However, they remain 1-0 down with an hour gone. Notts County are well worth their narrow lead against Doncaster.Salisbury are going the same way as fellow non-leaguers Fleetwood - out of the FA Cup. Sheffield United have doubled their lead, with Ched Evans continuing his prolific season. Watford are also virtually guaranteed of progress, as they now lead Bradford 4-1.

1631: GOALFLASH Norwich 4-1 Burnley (Steve Morison)

1630: A dazzling run from Hatem Ben Arfa, which sees him beat three or four players, ends with the Frenchman firing in sublimely from inside the box. A contender for goal of the season and Newcastle are level.

1629: GOALFLASH Newcastle 1-1 Blackburn (Hatem Ben Arfa)

1627: QPR are now at real risk of continuing their dreadful FA Cup run. Dean Bowditch puts MK Dons ahead after dispossessing Heidar Helguson who tried to control on his chest in his own penalty area. Bowditch fires into the bottom corner.

1627: GOALFLASH MK Dons 1-0 QPR (Dean Bowditch)

1626: Is this going to be the shock of the afternoon? Arnaud Mendy's 25-yard strike finds the top left-hand corner of Bolton's net to start wild scenes of celebrations at Moss Rose.

1625: GOALFLASH Macclesfield 2-1 Bolton (Arnaud Mendy)

1624: West Brom striker Simon Cox's 25-yard cracker beats Cardiff keeper Tom Heaton to put the Baggies back in charge at the Hawthorns. Meanwhile, at Oakwell, Barnsley have dragged themselves back into the tie courtesy of Ricardo Vaz Te's touch from an inswinging free-kick.

1622: GOALFLASH Barnsley 2-3 Swansea (Ricardo Vaz Te)

1622: GOALFLASH West Brom 3-2 Cardiff (Simon Cox)

1621: Clint Dempsey makes it 2-0 to Fulham against London rivals Charlton, grabbing his second of the game with a dinked finish after nice link-up play with Bryan Ruiz.

1620: GOALFLASH Fulham 2-0 Charlton (Clint Dempsey)

BEST OF THE REST: Fleetwood's dream is almost certainly over now, with Thomas Ince making it 3-0 to Blackpool at Highbury. It was good while it lasted…

Chris Bevan at Moss Rose for Macclesfield v Bolton: "It is still tight and tense at Moss Rose, where Bolton are toiling rather than turning the screw. Macclesfield look dangerous, particularly when their goalscorer Colin Daniel gets on the ball, and their fans are still making plenty of noise, particularly the old gent sat in front of me with the loudest old-school football rattle I have ever heard. Still all-square, and still in the balance."

1618: A neat build-up sees Adam Drury feed in Andrew Surman to finish superbly. Breathing space for Norwich, who must surely be destined for round four now at Burnley's expense.

1617: GOALFLASH Norwich 3-1 Burnley (Andrew Surman)

Final Score pundit Steve Claridge after Blackpool's second goal in their Lancashire derby at Fleetwood: "As ever in these games it's not about the little side, it's about the bigger side and how they prepare. If they set up right then they will go out and win the game."

1614: Joe Mason pulls Cardiff level with a close-range finish after a pass from Rob Earnshaw. At Oakwell, Wayne Routledge breaks down the left before pulling the ball back for Nathan Dyer to double Swansea's lead. And Robert Huth converts from a corner to extend Stoke's lead at Gillingham. Meanwhile, at Norwich Grant Holt and Simeon Jackson have both hit the post in quick succession for the home side. It remains 2-1 to the Canaries there.

1612: GOALFLASH Gillingham 1-3 Stoke (Robert Huth)

1612: GOALFLASH Barnsley 1-3 Swansea (Nathan Dyer)

1610: GOALFLASH West Brom 2-2 Cardiff (Joe Mason)

BEST OF THE REST: Poor Fleetwood's FA Cup dream appears to be all but over, with Blackpool now leading 2-0 at Highbury. In-form Matt Phillips is the Tangerines' hero with a fine strike. And what about QPR? No FA Cup win since 2001 and they are currently 0-0 at MK Dons. Will they break their hoodoo?

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Ollie, terrified of a Crawley victory, via text: "Hey, come on Phil, quit your complaining - spare a thought for those at freezing January stadiums texting in with their frostbitten fingers with no guarantee of being published. Now that's commitment."
Those at freezing January stadiums texting in with their frostbitten fingers with no guarantee of being published I salute you.

robwmitch on Twitter: "Re 15.55: You've shattered my illusion that you dictate these updates to a lowly minion while you sit watching every match!"
You're description is about right. Except I'm the minion.

1605: Swansea have turned it round at Oakwell early in the second half. Danny Graham receives the ball halfway in the Barnsley half, turns and lashes the ball in from 30 yards. That may well be the first Graham goal from outside the box I've ever heard of.

1604: GOALFLASH Barnsley 1-2 Swansea (Danny Graham)

1601: We've got games restarting all over the country. Hold on to your bobble hats, this is going to be a bumpy ride.

SCOTTISH CUP UPDATE: Ayrshire juniors Auchinleck Talbot are holding on against Hearts as we reach half time, with the Edinburgh side having missed a penalty. Cowdenbeath gave Hibs a fright with a Greg Stewart goal after 19 seconds but the visitors have since scored twice. St Johnstone scored early against Brechin but have been pegged back at McDiarmid Park and St Mirren can't find a way through at home to Hamilton. Motherwell, Dundee United and Aberdeen all enjoy two-goal cushions.

1555: I don't know what we were all worried about an hour ago. As trailers for the main event go, Birmingham v Wolves was totally misleading. The last 45 minutes have just flown by. And guess what? We've only got a whole another 45 minutes still to come. I would punch the air in delight if my fingers weren't almost welded to this keyboard. Best sentence I've heard all day from the boss: would you like a tea?

MORE BEST OF THE REST: Fleetwood are still behind against neighbours Blackpool, but they are giving their local rivals a real game. Jamie Vardy, in particular, is proving to be a handful. Jeff Hughes has given Notts County the lead against Doncaster while Middlesbrough are beating Shrewsbury, also 1-0. Nottingham Forest and Leicester cannot be separated, but Sheffield United and Watford hold leads over Salisbury and Bradford respectively.

BEST OF THE REST: Tom Cairney puts Hull 2-0 up over Ipswich with a fine 30-yard drive, while Wrexham are proving stubborn opponents at Brighton in a goalless draw. Crawley v Bristol City is also scoreless at the break. Upsets still available in both of those games. Coventry lead Southampton 1-0, and Derby are 1-0 up over Carling Cup semi-finalists Crystal Palace. Stevenage go in 1-0 up at Reading.

damiendavis on Twitter: "Atmosphere at the County Ground is electric! Swindon well worth the draw so far. Possible upset on the cards?"

Rested Tottenham right-back Kyle Walker on Twitter: "Lovely team goal Gio again with a lovely pass to Defoe and a square ball to Pav for a tap in. 2-0 Spurs."

Final Score pundit Steve Claridge after League Two high-flyers Swindon's equaliser against Premier League visitors Wigan: "Di Canio brought a lot of players in and he's got some hits who are really taking effect. They are battling for automatic promotion this year."

BEST OF THE REST: Middlesbrough have taken the lead against plucky Shrewsbury, thanks to Marvin Emnes. The promotion-chasing Championship side have been pushed hard, however, by the Shrews - who have missed four good chances to score. There are still no goals in the derby clash between Nottingham Forest and Leicester, while Watford are 2-1 up against Bradford - Marvin Sordell on the scoresheet.

1548: Kenwyne Jones' blushes are spared as his team-mate Cameron Jerome makes it 2-1 to Stoke. He finishes superbly from a Ryan Shotton long throw.

1546: GOALFLASH Gillingham 1-2 Stoke (Cameron Jerome)

1546: Stoke have a golden opportunity to take the lead at Gillingham. Jonathan Walters' cross finds Kenwyne Jones at the far post but he heads just wide with the goal gaping. It would have been easier to score. It remains 1-1.

1544: Slick passing from Spurs allows Roman Pavlyuchenko a simple finish from six yards. The home side easing past Cheltenham without breaking sweat as it stands.

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Graham L, Moscow, via text: "Following on the internet in Moscow - third round day is a must around the globe."

1543: GOALFLASH Tottenham 2-0 Cheltenham (Roman Pavlyuchenko)

1542: Blue Square Premier Bet leaders Wrexham are giving a good account of themselves so far at the Amex Stadium against Brighton. Jake Speight has looked lively for Andy Morrell's side while Kazenga LuaLua has been prominent for the home side but it's still goalless.

jbutler23 on Twitter: "Very surreal hearing 5 live handing over to Highbury... only for it to be the Fleetwood-Blackpool match!"

1542: Swindon strike back against Premier League Wigan. The Robins almost equalise immediately as Ali Al Habsi does well to save from Matt Ritchie. But they do draw level when Alan Connell heads home from 12 yards.

1540: GOALFLASH Swindon 1-1 Wigan (Alan Connell)

1540: Cardiff's Rob Earnshaw celebrates his 400th career start as the Wales striker guides in Fillip Kiss' cracking low cross past West Brom keeper Ben Foster. Meanwhile, a Morten Gamst Pedersen corner is met in the air by Grant Hanley and David Goodwillie turns in from one yard for his second goal in two games to put Blackburn in front against Newcastle. Jonathan Walters levels for Stoke after a neat interchange with Cameron Jerome, receiving the return pass before firing underneath Gills goalkeeper Ross Flitney, who will feel he could have done a lot better.

1539: GOALFLASH West Brom 2-1 Cardiff (Rob Earnshaw)

1538: GOALFLASH Gillingham 1-1 Stoke (Jonathan Walters)

1538: GOALFLASH Newcastle 0-1 Blackburn (David Goodwillie)

1537: West Brom take a two-goal lead as Simon Cox converts Nicky Shorey's free-kick, while Wigan go in front after Callum McManaman slots home with a rebound after Ben Watson's penalty kick hits the post.

BEST OF THE REST: Crawley are still holding Championship side Bristol City - who have striker Nicky Maynard in dangerous form. He's gone close from range. Elsewhere, League One side Stevenage lead at Reading thanks to Darius Charles's low shot from the edge of the area. Aaron McLean has struck to put Hull 1-0 up over struggling Ipswich.

Final Score pundit Matt Holland on Blackpool's opener at non-league neighbours Fleetwood: "Fleetwood will be disappointed to have gone a goal behind but they are a decent side and have got the crowd behind them. I wouldn't rule them out yet."

1535: GOALFLASH West Brom 2-0 Cardiff (Simon Cox)

1534: GOALFLASH Swindon 0-1 Wigan (Callum McManaman)

1533: Two goals in 90 seconds at Oakwell. Ricardo Vaz Te gives the home side the lead against the run of play with a well-struck shot. Straight back down the other end, Swansea level thanks to Angel Rangel's finish. Meanwhile, a handball in the box from Andrew Croft's cross gives Norwich a chance to restore their two-goal lead from the spot. But Grant Holt's effort hits the post.

1530: GOALFLASH Barnsley 1-1 Swansea (Angel Rangel)

1530: GOALFLASH Barnsley 1-0 Swansea (Ricardo Vaz Te)

1529: League one Charlton have reacted well to going behind with Fulham thankful to David Stockdale for producing two fine saves to keep the score at 1-0.

BEST OF THE REST: It's been a bad few minutes for the non-league sides. After Salisbury went behind at Bramall Lane, Fleetwood are also one goal down - Lomana LuaLua putting Blackpool ahead at Highbury. Nottingham Forest and Leicester remain goalless, while Shrewsbury are battling hard against Middlesbrough.

From Chris Bevan at Moss Rose for Macclesfield v Bolton: "Looks like we have a proper Cup tie on our hands here. Roared on by an extremely lively crowd, who clearly fancy their side's chances of causing an upset, Macclesfield responded brilliantly to going behind and had two excellent chances before Colin Daniel equalised. Bolton have conceded an average of over two goals a game in the Premier League this season, and their defence is not doing much better against League Two opposition."

BEST OF THE REST: Non-league Salisbury - the lowest-ranked team left in the FA Cup - have fallen behind to Sheffield United. Chris Porter has scored his eighth goal of the season to dampen any hopes of a shock.

1524: Jermain Defoe puts Spurs ahead, getting the final touch on the line after Giovani cut in from the right and lobbed keeper Scott Brown.

1524: GOALFLASH Tottenham 1-0 Cheltenham (Jermain Defoe)

1524: To quote Kevin Keegan, I'll love it if it carries on like this I'll love it, absolutely love it. My fingers won't though. I'm already getting typers strain. But I'm nothing if not a digit martyr.

BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC Radio 5 live pundit Mark Lawrenson on Colin Daniel's equaliser for Macclesfield: "It was a well-worked goal. The goalscorer did really well because he had to hold up the ball and wait for help. Then he took a touch and drilled a low left-foot shot into the bottom corner. Game on!"

1520: The Gills lead thanks to Danny Kedwell's goal after a flick-on from Lewis Montrose. Tony Pulis's Stoke behind against his former team.

1519: GOALFLASH Gillingham 1-0 Stoke (Danny Kedwell)

BEST OF THE REST: Watford took an early lead at home to Bradford, courtesy of young striker Troy Deeney, but James Hanson tapped home an equaliser to level the tie up. Fleetwood are still holding out against Blackpool, as are Salisbury at Sheffield United. Coventry take an early lead over Championship leaders Southampton as Gary McSheffrey drives into the roof of the net, while in another all-Championship tie Derby lead Crystal Palace 1-0 thanks to Theo Robinson's close-range effort at the second attempt. It's goalless at Crawley v Bristol City and Brighton v Wrexham.

1518: Macclesfield hit back quickly against Bolton to level matters as Colin Daniel scores after controlling a cross From George Donnelly. And it is goals galore at Carrow Road as Burnley get themselves back in it through Jay Rodriguez's header from a free-kick.

1516: GOALFLASH Norwich 2-1 Burnley (Jay Rodriguez)

1515: GOALFLASH Macclesfield 1-1 Bolton (Colin Daniel)

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Anon via text: "Goals galore - never doubt the FA Cup. Even without shocks it's pure entertainment. Love it!"

1515: MK Dons have the ball in the net with Jabo Ibehre prodding home. But the flag is up. It looks a close one and that is a let-off for the Premier League side. Meanwhile, Joe Collister is already overworked in the Tamworth goal. Moments after John Heitinga breaks the deadlock, the Tamworth keeper is down to save well from Victor Anichebe.

1514: Norwich are on fire. Simeon Jackson heads them into a commanding early lead from Adam Drury's cross. It's started well. Forget that early game. The spells are being cast.

1513: GOALFLASH Norwich 2-0 Burnley (Simeon Jackson)

1512: Minutes after Moussa Dembele goes close for Fulham, Clint Dempsey makes it 1-0 to the Cottagers flicking the ball past John Sullivan to open the scoring. It is a controversial opener for West Bromwich Albion, their first goal at The Hawthorns in four games, as Peter Odemwingie seemed about 10 yards offside when he collected the ball Craig Dawson before he cracked the ball past Cardiff keeper Tom Heaton.

1512: Blackburn are right up against it in the early stages at Newcastle, with goalkeeper Mark Bunn called upon to make three saves in the first six minutes.

marcwebber on Twitter: "Cheltenham mascot insisted on shaking Harry Redknapp's hand as he walked to his seat. Harry quite shocked."

1511: GOALFLASH Fulham 1-0 Charlton (Clint Dempsey)

1510: Grant Holt heads Norwich in front from a Wes Hoolahan cross. Ivan Klasnic has given Bolton the lead after Macclesfield fail to clear a corner and Johnny Heitinga scores from a corner for Everton. West Brom are in front thanks to Peter Odemwingie.

1508: GOALFLASH West Brom 1-0 Cardiff (Peter Odemwingie)

1508: GOALFLASH Everton 1-0 Tamworth (Johnny Heitinga)

1506: GOALFLASH Macclesfield 0-1 Bolton (Ivan Klasnic)

1505: GOALFLASH Norwich 1-0 Burnley (Grant Holt)

1505: Gillingham fans unanimously applaud former manager Tony Pulis, who "rather obviously" makes his way into the centre circle to take the ovation, perhaps sending a message to Gills chairman Paul Scally - who criticised Pulis this week.

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Farrell via text: "No sign of Fulham not taking the FA Cup seriously. Full strength side. Ground 90% full."

1503: I can tell you that Barrow v Darlington has been delayed by 10 minutes due to crowd congestion. There are 600 Darlo fans inside the stadium with many more outside. Many Darlington fans fear this could be there last game in existence as the search for a new owner of the club continues. Let's all hope it isn't.

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Anon via text: "Has the situation got that desperate at Blackburn that Steve Kean has put himself on the bench?"

1501: And the crazy, mad, crazy madness has begun. Good luck everyone.

1500: Just another refresh will bring you individual commentaries to your right. As Arnie once bellowed to Predator: Do it! Do it now!

Dagenham & Redbridge 0-0 Millwall FT: Well done Dagenham. Without 11 first-team players for a variety of reasons, the League Two strugglers have forced a replay against Millwall after a hard-fought game at Victoria Road.

1458: Right. Are you ready? We're minutes away from kick-off in 23 FA Cup ties. Bring the magic boys, bring the magic.

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Richard, Swansea, via text: "Swansea keeper Gerhard Tremmel making his debut after taking his boots (and gloves) along to their summer training camp and asking for a game. Now that's the magic of the cup!"

MORE SELECTED TEAM NEWS: Cardiff make 10 changes for their tie against Premier League West Brom, who make just the one. By the way, Swindon's tie against Wigan is being shown live on TV in Italy - anything to do with Paolo di Canio?

BBC Radio 5 live
Tamworth boss Marcus Law, ahead of his side's tie at Everton, on BBC Radio 5 live : "We want to relive our playground - go out, live our dreams and enjoy it."

SELECTED TEAM NEWS: Wigan make nine changes for their match against Swindon, Everton make six, as do Stoke, Norwich make five, but Fulham put out a strong side against League One leaders Charlton that includes former Addick Danny Murphy

Fulham v Charlton
Fulham: Stockdale, Kelly, Senderos, Hangeland, John Arne Riise, Murphy, Frei, Dempsey, Dembele, Ruiz, Zamora. Subs: Etheridge, Sidwell, Orlando Sa, Kasami, Gecov, Duff, Hughes.
Charlton: Sullivan, Solly, Taylor, Morrison, Wiggins, Green, Pritchard, Hollands, Jackson, Wright-Phillips, Kermorgant. Subs: Pope, Hughes, Evina, Hayes, Wagstaff, Euell, Cort.
Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)

Gillingham v Stoke
Gillingham: Flitney, Lee, Richards, Lawrence, Frampton, Jack Payne, Whelpdale, Weston, Montrose, Jackman, Kedwell. Subs: Gazzaniga, Oli, Rooney, Fish, Davies, Rance, Stefan Payne.
Stoke: Begovic, Woodgate, Shawcross, Huth, Upson, Shotton, Palacios, Delap, Jerome, Jones, Walters. Subs: Nash, Higginbotham, Whelan, Fuller, Diao, Pennant, Whitehead.
Referee: Mark Halsey (Lancashire)

Newcastle v Blackburn
Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Coloccini, Williamson, Santon, Obertan, Abeid, Cabaye, Gutierrez, Ben Arfa, Best. Subs: Elliot, Perch, Gosling, Ryan Taylor, Shola Ameobi, Sammy Ameobi, Vuckic.
Blackburn: Bunn, Olsson, Givet, Hanley, Henley, Pedersen, Petrovic, Nzonzi, Vukcevic, Goodwillie, Rochina. Subs: Kean, Formica, Slew, Blackman, Yakubu, Morris, Lowe.
Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)

Norwich v Burnley
Norwich: Rudd, Martin, Whitbread, Ayala, Drury, Fox, Crofts, Surman, Hoolahan, Holt, Jackson. Subs: Steer, Johnson, Morison, Bennett, Lappin, Barnett, Wilbraham.
Burnley: Grant, Amougou, Edgar, Easton, Mee, Wallace, Marney, McCann, Rodriguez, Paterson, Austin. Subs: Stewart, Stanislas,Hines, Bartley, Treacy, MacDonald, Jackson.
Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)

Swindon v Wigan
Swindon: Foderingham, Caddis, Flint, McCormack, Kennedy, Ritchie, Ferry, Jonathan Smith, De Vita, Connell, Murray. Subs: Phil Smith, Devera, Benson, Gabilondo, Cibocchi, Magera, Louis Thompson.
Wigan: Al Habsi, Boyce, Caldwell, Lopez, Mustoe, Maloney, Thomas, McArthur, Watson, McManaman, Di Santo. Subs: Pollitt, Gohouri, Moses, Gomez, Sammon, Dicko, Redmond.
Referee: Peter Walton (Northamptonshire)

1445: Did you say you wanted commentaries? Well, you're in luck. If you refresh your page now a link to our FA Cup radio chat will appear in the top right of your page. Just in time for the magic to happen.

Tottenham v Cheltenham
Tottenham: Cudicini, Bassong, Livermore, Dawson, Rose, Lennon, Pienaar, Kranjcar, Giovani, Pavlyuchenko, Defoe. Subs: Gomes, Kaboul, Van der Vaart, Falque, Bostock, Carroll, Parrett.
Cheltenham: Brown, Bennett, Elliott, Garbutt, Jombati, Pack, Low, Penn, Summerfield, Spencer, Mohamed. Subs: Book, Lowe, Andrew, Duffy, Goulding, Smikle, Graham.
Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

BREAKING TEAM NEWS: The magic of the FA Cup sees Wigan manager Roberto Martinez make nine changes for the game at Sunderland with only goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi and midfielder Ben Watson keeping their places from the 4-1 home defeat to Sunderland in midweek, Swindon are unchanged from the side that beat Wimbledon on Monday.

West Brom v Cardiff
West Brom: Foster, Jones, Dawson, McAuley, Shorey, Jara Reyes, Dorrans, Morrison, Thorne, Cox, Odemwingie. Subs: Fulop, Mattock, Tchoyi, Woods, Mantom, Tamas, Fortune.
Cardiff: Heaton, Quinn, Gerrard, Keinan, Naylor, Kiss, Blake, McPhail, Conway, Gestede, Earnshaw. Subs: Marshall, Gyepes, Mason, Evans, Oshilaja, Wharton, Ralls.
Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)

MK Dons v QPR
MK Dons: Martin, Smith, Shaun Williams, MacKenzie, Lewington, Chadwick, Gleeson, Potter, Bowditch, Ibehre, Daniel Powell. Subs: McLoughlin, Doumbe, Flanagan, O'Shea, Lobjoit, Alli, Collins.
QPR: Cerny, Young, Gabbidon, Hall, Hill, Mackie, Derry, Faurlin, Smith, Macheda, Campbell. Subs: Murphy, Helguson, Bothroyd, Buzsaky, Connolly, Andrade, Orr.
Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)

Macclesfield v Bolton
Macclesfield: Veiga, Bateson, Brisley, Brown, Tremarco, Hamshaw, Wedgbury, Mendy, Diagne, Daniel, Donnelly. Subs: Collis, Morgan, Mukendi, Fairhurst, Fisher, Hewitt, Whiteoak.
Bolton: Bogdan, Riley, Wheater, Knight, Robinson, Eagles, Reo-Coker, Pratley, Petrov, Klasnic, Kevin Davies. Subs: Lynch, Sanli, Mark Davies, Blake, Ngog, Boyata, O'Halloran.
Referee: Jon Moss (W Yorkshire)

Everton v Tamworth
Everton: Howard, Coleman, Heitinga, Distin, Neville, Donovan, Fellaini, Bilyaletdinov, Gueye, McFadden, Anichebe. Subs: Hahnemann, Baines, Drenthe, Stracq, Vellios, Duffy, McAleny.
Tamworth: Collister, Tait, Habergam, Courtney, Francis, Thomas, Patterson, Barrow, Christie, Kanyuka, McKoy. Subs: Hedge, Oji, St Aimie, McDonald, Shariff, Taylor, Wallen.
Referee: Robert Madley (West Yorkshire)

Barnsley v Swansea
Swansea: Tremmel, Rangel, Monk, Williams, Taylor, Britton, Agustien, Orlandi, Routledge, Dyer, Graham. Subs: Moreira, Bessone, Allen, Sigurdsson, Sinclair, Lita, Moore
Barnsley: Steele, Hassell, McEveley, Foster, Davies, Done, Perkins, McNulty, Addison, Vaz Te, Drinkwater. Subs: Preece, Edwards, Wiseman, Noble-Lazarus, Gray, Taylor, Digby
Referee: Stuart Attwell

Wolves striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake: "A draw was a fair result. I should have done better with the second chance, I live off my chances. We have to deal with a replay now."

Birmingham defender Curtis Davies: "We had clean sheets on both sides, there were limited chances. A replay is not what we wanted but we are used to playing games in midweek now. Wolves had the clearer chances, it was a typical cup tie. A 0-0 was inevitable."

Siji_Banjo on Twitter: "I've been ranting and raving to my Spanish pal about the beauty of FA Cup all week, only for Birmingham and Wolves to let me down."

SCOTTISH CUP UPDATE: First Division Dundee and Kilmarnock will have to do it all again after an action-packed 1-1 draw at Dens Park. The First Division side will be kicking themselves after Matt Lockwood's poor penalty was saved by Cammy Bell.

QPR midfielder Joey Barton on Twitter: "Sitting here like a melon, wish I was playing. I love the FA Cup, have done since I was a nipper. Dreams will be started and finished today."

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BBC Radio 5 live pundit Dion Dublin following the full-time whistle at St Andrew's: "Both teams played below par and both managers will not be happy. But they've got a chance to put it right next time. I hope it's a lot better."

1434: OK, that wasn't great. But never fear, here comes the 3pm cavalry. Team news is starting to drop, and I'll bring you that ASAP.

Sam Sheringham reports: "The only all-Premier League game today sees an in-form Newcastle side looking to pile the pressure on Rovers boss Steve Kean. African Cup of Nations-bound Demba Ba and Cheick Tiote miss out for the Magpies, while Blackburn rest Yakubu and Chris Samba."

1433: As a gift to help make up for the poor start to this FA Cup third round Saturday please accept our Final Focus video. If you refresh now, it should appear at the top of your page.

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Anon via text: "Bored of revising so decided to use my computer to examine your live text so far. You have used the letter 'e' 3387 times and 'a' 2531 times but 'z' only 14 times. Shocking!!"
Let's try and even this up a bit then. That game sent me to zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

1430: And that is the final act of the match, which ends in a dramatic fashion that the preceding 90 minutes didn't really deserve. It ends 0-0 and a replay at Molineux beckons.

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1429: It's the last minute of injury time and we have just had the best chance. Matt Jarvis cuts inside from the left and fires at goal but Colin Doyle pushes it superbly onto the post. Steven Fletcher has a fantastic chance with a follow-up header but he can't generate the required power and Doyle turns it away with his arm. Almost a dream finish for Wolves.

Applemask_ on Twitter: "Neither team needs a replay, but I'd argue that after this match they both flaming deserve one."

twinatsamtic on Twitter: "Re 1348: Not to sound sound like a raging alcoholic or anything...but jonjepp needs to post a link to that game!"

1425: Just as the clock ticks to 90 minutes, Birmingham threaten as Nathan Redmond fires off a low shot on goal. Dorus de Vries is equal to it though.

1424: We're into injury time. And we're going to have four minutes of it.

1423: There are some Birmingham fans who have seen enough and are heading for the exits. To be fair, if they'd left half-an-hour ago they wouldn't have missed much more.

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Dean, Coventry, via text: "Wonder how many will be at the Ricoh? Boycott and protest against our owners. Blackburn think they have got it bad!"

class317 on Twitter: "Spurs/Cheltenham fans, travel via Victoria line to Seven Sisters or to Tottenham Hale then NXEA train to Northumberland Park!"

1419: I think conservatism has kicked in, though. Neither team wants to be too adventurous and risk losing. We're in who dares wins time. Otherwise these two will have a replay on their hands that neither really needs.

1417: Right, we've got about six minutes to go. I'm demanding someone to step up to the plate and win this thing for their team. This is the FA Cup. It deserves better.

BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC Radio 5 live pundit Dion Dublin at St Andrew's: "Neither team has taken this game by the scruff of the neck. The game has been quite dour."

1416: Following on from the BEST OF THE REST entries below, I should explain that our reporters will be bringing you all the immediate goal details from the ties involving Premier League clubs, but I will be keeping you up to date with the other ties as well. And if there are any shocks in the pipeline I'll be letting you know about those as well. And when steam starts rising off my keyboard I'll be sure to let you know about that.

BREAKING TEAM NEWS: James McFadden starts for the first time since returning to Goodison as Everton look to avoid a giant-killing at the hands of Tamworth. Midweek goalscoring hero and goalkeeper Tim Howard also starts.

1415: Jean Beausejour has just come on and he gets an immediate chance to make a big difference, but his attempt on goal inside the box following a cross from the right is struck poorly and poses little threat to the gathered Wolves defenders, who block and clear.

MGR1994 on Twitter: "Unless this game improves Birmingham and Wolves should offer full refunds for whoever was unlucky enough to buy tickets."

FA CUP BEST OF THE REST PREVIEW: League Two leaders Crawley Town find themselves in an unusual position as they start their home game with Championship side Bristol City as favourites with the bookies. Mind you, with transfer targets including Hearts midfielder Rudi Skacel, Crawley boss Steve Evans is not singing off the same hymn sheet as his lower league rivals. Conference leaders Wrexham are in fine form as they travel to Brighton, while there are all-Championship ties at Coventry v Southampton, Crystal Palace v Derby and Hull v Ipswich. Last year's giant killers Stevenage - who beat Newcastle - travel to Reading.

FA CUP BEST OF THE REST PREVIEW: Blackpool might be playing it down, perhaps wary of an upset, but their visit to Fleetwood is massive to their non-league neighbours. On the only other occasion the two sides met in 1980, Blackpool beat the 'Cod Army' 4-0. Salisbury, who are the lowest-ranked team left in the competition, will be hoping to topple the four-time winners Sheffield United, while Shrewsbury, who are no strangers to giantkilling acts themselves - just ask Everton, will hope to worry Middlesbrough. Nottingham Forest have history on their side against east Midlands neighbours Leicester - winning the only previous FA Cup meeting between the sides 5-1. But don't worry too much Foxes fans, it was in 1901! Bradford will hope to progress past the fourth round for the first time since 2000 at Watford, while Doncaster will be bidding to avoid a minor upset against Notts County - who took Manchester City to a replay last season.

BREAKING TEAM NEWS: There are 10 changes in the Tottenham line-up to face Cheltenham this afternoon and six for Stoke, who play Gillingham. A clear sign of priorities.

1409: Nathan Redmond has been quiet this half but he still remains a threat to Wolves. He runs at the heart of the visitor's defence but his eventual shot is blocked and falls to Adam Rooney, who sees his volley easily saved by Dorus De Vries. Can either team force what would likely be a winner? Birmingham are looking more like doing so.

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Anon via text: "Lots of frustrated Cheltenham and Spurs fans on train line from Liverpool Street Station to White Hart Lane. Standstill for half an hour behind broken down train!"

1403: Stephen Hunt tries for a moment of glory, flicking up a rolled back free-kick and volleying from 25 yards. It's dipping, but not enough and Colin Doyle can watch it sail over the bar. That is Hunt's last act, as Matt Jarvis comes on. Can the recent England man make a difference. Birmingham have also made a change: Jean Beausejour on for Jordon Mutch.

1401: This game at St Andrew's could test the resolve of even the most ardent of FA Cup fans. I can see the theory: local rivals, plenty of passion, potential upset of sorts. We've none of that. But hold on. Here's a chance for Wolves. Kevin Doyle is felled by Curtis Davies for a free-kick in a dangerous area.

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 live pundit Dion Dublin on Sylvan Ebanks-Blake's missed opportunity at St Andrew's: "The ball came to him perfectly - it's an absolutely free chance to hit the target. And he puts it over the bar."

Chris Bevan at Macclesfield v Bolton: "Macclesfield have just unfurled a huge banner in the centre-circle reading: 'Keith Alexander, Richard Butcher - Their spirit lives on, Forever Silkmen'. It is on show every home game but is especially significant today as this is the first anniversary weekend of Macc midfielder Butcher's death aged 29. Alexander was Macc's manager when he passed away in March 2010 aged 53. Current boss Gary Simpson, who was Alexander's assistant, remembers them when he is in the dug-out by wearing Alexander's trademark yellow socks and Butcher's squad number '21' on his back."

__Jef___ on Twitter: "I want to watch the Midlands match but to add more excitement into my life I've started to clean the bathroom."

Dagenham & Redbridge 0-0 Millwall HT: Millwall have had the better chances, but League Two Dagenham will still fancy their chances of an upset after frustrating their Championship visitors. Harry Kane, on loan from Tottenham, has caused the home defence plenty of problems but it remains goalless.

1353: Awesome, something's happened at St Andrew's. It's a terrible miss by Wolves, though. Michael Kightly's pull back from the right gives Sylvan Ebanks-Blake a clear sight of goal from 12 yards but he inexplicably puts it over the bar. Best chance, worst miss. By far.

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Shropshire Spurs fan via text: "Does anyone else think it's brilliant that Jamie LILLYWHITE is reporting on the Spurs game? An omen perhaps?"

Jamie Gavin reports: "Tony Pulis returns to his former club to face Gillingham counterpart Andy Hessenthaler - the man he broke the Gills' transfer record to sign in 1996. Pulis is expected to give some of his fringe players a run out, but he will want to avoid an upset at Priestfield, where the Potters have only ever won once."

Chris Osborne reports: "The last time QPR won an FA Cup match was in January 2001. It is a run which stretches 11 years and - including replays - 15 games. MK Dons have never got past the third round since the club's inception in 2004. So something has to give."

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Anon via text: "Re 1316: 'A game against a team from not far away' - there's a word for that........derby."

1348: Right, I'm breaking rank. This is about as magic as Ali Bongo. Adam Rooney has chance to volley on goal from inside the area but it is blocked by Eggert Jonsson.

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Will, Woking, via text: "BINGO! Stuart Hall describes Tamworth's 6000 travelling fans as the whole town having turned up!"

jonjepp on Twitter: "About to embark on the FA Cup drinking game. The same game gave me the worst hangover of 2011 when we played last year."

BBC Radio 5 Live
Salisbury defender Danny Webb, son of Chelsea's 1970 FA Cup winning goalscorer David, on BBC Radio 5 live : "Cup day is usually about Chelsea for my dad so today it's nice for my team to be in the spotlight. I'm proud of his achievements and I'm hoping to make him proud today."

1344: It is an early end to the game for Birmingham defender Liam Ridgewell, who grimaces as he leaves the pitch to be replaced by Steven Caldwell. Ridgewell makes a nice gesture of handing his shirt to a youngster. Bless.

1342: Wolves pushing forward and it could have been a clear opening as Michael Kightly's pass beats the Birmingham defence. However, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake moved earlier and is adjudged offside. If the striker had left it Kevin Doyle would have been in on goal.

1338: The second half is under way.

1338: The players are on their way out for the second half at St Andrew's. Hopefully, they are bringing some magic with them.

Arindam Rej reports: "Norwich's Carling Cup mauling, 4-0 at home against MK Dons in August, showed what can happen when they shuffle the pack - and Burnley boss Eddie Howe (who got his job after Norwich manager Paul Lambert was linked with it) says he is treating the FA Cup with respect."

John Sinnott reports: "Swindon manager Paolo di Canio was involved in one of the great FA Cup shock 11 years when he scored the winner in West Ham's fourth-round win over Manchester United at Old Trafford. Di Canio ignored the protesting Fabien Barthez, who appealed for offside in vain, and stroked the ball home. The question is has Di Canio got that FA Cup magic as a manager? Wigan you have been warned."

Jamie Lillywhite reports: "Just the 67 league places between the teams but Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has insisted there will be no complacency as Spurs begin their quest to win the FA Cup for the first time since Des Walker's own goal sealed a 2-1 victory over Nottingham Forest nearly 21 years ago. Former Forest defender Michael Dawson is set to return to the Spurs defence the first time since August."

Peter Shuttleworth reports: "Injury-ravaged West Brom have not won, nor scored, in their last three Premier League games but the FA Cup tie with Championship high-fliers Cardiff is no welcome distraction as the Baggies have not beaten the Bluebirds in five games."

Neil Johnston reports: "Lambs to the slaughter? Don't you believe it. Everton have succumbed to both Oldham and Shrewsbury in the FA Cup during David Moyes's decade in charge and while few give Conference side Tamworth much chance, they are capable of making it an uncomfortable 90 minutes for the Toffees. The Lambs will be backed by 3,000 fans at Goodison - three times as many as turned out when Tamworth's FA Cup adventure began at home to Kings Lynn in October."

Nabil Hassan reports: "Charlton go into their third-round tie at Fulham yet to concede a goal in the competition. For Fulham, Saturday's game is already their 36th this season. The 64-game record between the pair is close, Fulham have won 22, Charlton 21, with 21 drawn."

Bruce Pope reports: "Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers is likely to hand debuts to goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel and midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson as he seeks to rest some players key to their Premier League campaign. Barnsley have on-loan Manchester United midfielder Danny Drinkwater available after a thigh problem, as they seek a good start to an FA Cup campaign 100 years after lifting the trophy for the one and only time in their history."

Chris Bevan, at Moss Rose, reports: "I was at Bolton's last FA Cup tie too - that disastrous 5-0 semi-final defeat by Stoke at Wembley - and little has gone right for them since. Their league form may, at last, be on the up but their mission today is simply to avoid an upset at a soggy - and sold-out - Moss Rose. Sixty-four league places separate them from League Two side Macclesfield, with the Silkmen looking to secure a place in the fourth round for the first time in their 138-year history."

Aled Williams reports: "Brighton manager Gus Poyet is without four first choice defenders, who are absent through either injury or suspension, for the Seagulls first game against Wrexham since May 2004 and so youngster Grant Hall is set for his first Albion start. The Welsh club, renowned for their FA Cup giant-killing exploits, travel to the Amex Stadium having lost only once in 19 league and cup games."

1334: It's all Millwall but still goalless at Victoria Road. Harry Kane, James Henry, Paul Robinson and Liam Feeney have all gone close without hurting the League Two club.

BBC Radio 5 Live
Macclesfield manager Gary Simpson on BBC 5 live ahead of the home tie with Bolton: "The only difference is we've had to come in a bit earlier than normal to sort the tickets because a lot of players have brought their families. It's a day that hopefully they can go out and enjoy. But they can only enjoy it if they don't get battered so they have to put the effort in."

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Dan, Wimbledon, via text: "Not sure you're properly conveying what a dreadful game of football Birmingham v Wolves is. It's a good job I already love football, because if it was the first time I had seen it I wouldn't be watching again!"

1330: While I've got a moment, with regards to the 23 matches I've got to take care of from 1500 GMT, and we're a bit limited in terms of pictures for a lot of these and as such I can only ask that you bare with me with regards to updates. I'll endeavour to bring you all the latest as quickly as possible, but I am just a mere mortal man. I'm not Don Draper.

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BBC Radio 5live pundit Dion Dublin at St Andrew's: "I expected more from Wolves, to have more of the ball and affect the game. They haven't and that's all down to Birmingham. They have played well and Chris Hughton has got them set up right."

1323: Like just about everything else in this half, it comes to nothing and that is half-time. Pretty forgettable stuff, but we're only warming up. There's another 45 minutes for amends to be made before it really gets crazy at 1500 GMT.

1321: Wolves are going to have a corner, right at the end of injury time.

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Andy, London, via text: "I'm a Blues fan and sad to see Roger injured. Was a great servant and the move away was always coming once we were down. No boos from me!"

1319: I can tell you it is still 0-0 between Dagenham & Redbridge and Millwall at Victoria Road. We could really do with a goal from somewhere. Come on fellas, prove these FA Cup third round nay-sayers wrong!

ChandlerDBA on Twitter: "Anyone underwhelmed by the FA Cup isn't a true footy fan. You probably support Man U, Arsenal or Chelsea."

1316: Kevin Doyle still hasn't switched that radar on. Again he blazes well wide from 20 yards.

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Anon via text: "Birmingham City v Wolves is NOT a derby! Birmingham v Aston Villa is a derby. Wolves v West Brom is a derby. Birmingham v Wolves is just a game against a team from not far away!"

1313: Fresh from the set-back, though, Wolves threaten as Stephen Ward's pass allows Sylvan Ebanks-Blake to beat Curtis Davies and shoot on goal from 10 yards, but Colin Doyle saves well low down. That was a proper chance.

1312: Understandably, Johnson does not look happy on the bench. If it is ligament damage that could be a lengthy lay-off. Which will have big implications for Wolves Premier League battle against the drop. Looks like Richard Stearman has gone to centre-back for Wolves, with Foley at right-back.

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Anon via text: "Cup shock at Everton...Tim Howard starts at number 9. "

1311: Johnson's game is over. There is a spattering of applause from the home crowd but not much. No sympathy at all. Kevin Foley coming on to replace him.

1309: Roger Johnson is in pain again. Worse this time, and it doesn't look good. He has landed badly on his ankle after an aerial challenge with Adam Rooney. Looks like the former Birmingham players' game could be over. Not what Wolves need.

1308: Almost a break of play for the home side then. Wolves only half-clear a corner and when it is redelivered back in from central a flick-on just skips ahead of Adam Rooney, who could well have been offside. FA Cup third round Saturday has yet to get going. But it will. Oh yes, it will.

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Chris via text: "I just looked at the fixtures and kick-off times - my heart goes out to you Phil as you have to tackle 24 games at 3pm. Hope you had a good sleep last night!"

ewtr22 on Twitter: "Anyone else really underwhelmed by the FA Cup nowadays? Round three used to be a magical time and I just don't feel it anymore."
Sacrilege! How could you ewtr22? I can't even look at you right now.

1301: Well, we've had a quarter of this game now and there is little to choose between them. Wolves are trying to threaten, but clearly haven't fine-tuned the radar. Kevin Doyle is the latest to take a punt from distance but he miscues it well, well wide. Not Geoff Thomas against France wide, but still pretty poor.

Skipper Chris Giles broke off from Salisbury's pre-match meal ahead of their game at Sheffield United to tell BBC Football Focus : "I've had a light breakfast today - because I'm going to be chasing Ched Evans around all afternoon! Today is a day of cliches but we want to make a good account of ourselves and whatever happens happens."

1258: Looks like Roger Johnson isn't going to get an easy ride from the Birmingham crowd. The big centre-back prompts mocking by heading over from a corner. There are also audible suggestions from the home crowd that money may have been a significant factor in his move to Wolves.

1256: Former Birmingham boss Steve Bruce is in the crowd, watching his old club. Probably a better bet than going to see Sunderland, who are doing just fine (in a rubbing salt in the wound way) since Bruce departed and Martin O'Neill took over.

1255: Birmingham enjoying a decent spell at the moment and it is they who threaten to break the deadlock. David Murphy's cross from the left is met with a swinging first-time shot from Jordon Mutch. But he can't keep it down and Dorus De Vries in the Wolves goal is untroubled.

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James S via text: "John Akinde hasn't scored for Crawley since he left guess who? Today's opponents Bristol City. Surely he won't score his first goal today, will he?"

1250: Birmingham apply their first bout of real pressure, forcing a Wolves defender to head behind from a free-kick before Wade Elliott swings over a useful outswinging corner. Wolves survive, though, and it remains 0-0.

1249: Young Nathan Redmond looks an exciting talent on the Birmingham wing, though. He's looking to get at the Wolves defence at every opportunity. City rate him highly, as do a few other clubs across the country if transfer rumours are to be believed.

1247: We're still waiting for a first effort on goal at St Andrew's. As you would expect, there is plenty of physical exertion on show, but precious little quality. Too many balls going astray as either team approaches the final third.

keving1991 on Twitter: "Spare a thought for us supporters who have a free Saturday having seen our teams knocked out of the cup in earlier rounds..."

Neil Johnstone reports: "It is eight years since the likes of Dennis Wise and Tim Cahill lined up for Millwall in the FA Cup final against Manchester United. Paul Robinson, who missed out on playing in the final after rupturing cruciate knee ligaments, will be looking to ensure the Lions avoid a shock at Victoria Road as Dagenham & Redbridge, 22nd in League Two, make only their second appearance in the third round in nine seasons."

Dagenham & Redbridge v Millwall
Dagenham & Redbridge: Lewington, Doe, Nurse, Wearen, Ogogo, Woodall, Bingham, Ilesanmi, Green, Spillane, Abdulla. Subs: Hogan, McCrory, Rose, Arber, Edmans, Reed, Green.
Millwall: Mildenhall, Dunne, Barron, Smith, Robinson, Ward, Henry, Trotter, Marquis, Kane, Feeney. Subs: Forde, Craig, Bouazza, Batt, Wright, McQuoid, Abdou.
Referee: Graham Salisbury (Preston)

Wrexham player-manager Andy Morrell, whose Blue Square Premier leaders travel to Championship side Brighton, has played down his hopes of the Welshmen recreating their famous 1991 giantkilling against Arsenal. He told Robbie Savage on BBC Football Focus : "It's just another game for us - the same as Brentford in the round before. We've been favourites in most games this season so it's a chance to be underdogs."

1243: All-in-all it is quite a low-key opening, considering it is a derby. The crowd are playing their part to provide an atmosphere, but so far there is little in terms of goalmouth action to bring you.

1242: I think it's fair to say the pitch at St Andrew's is not the best. We've already a few bobbles that have caused players a few problems. But then, poor pitches are a staple part of the FA Cup third round.

1240: Wolves' new signing Eggert Jonsson has an early sighter, but his first-time effort from 25 yards is high and wide, much to the mocking delight of the home crowd.

1238: Wolves defender Roger Johnson, who of course joined the club from Birmingham, makes an early crunching tackle. St Andrew's will be familiar with that. The challenge leaves Johnson hobbling slightly, but he'll be OK.

1235: And FA Cup third-round Saturday is under way.

1235: We're going to have a minute's applause for former Birmingham defender Gary Ablett, who won the FA Cup with both Everton and Liverpool. He played more than 100 games for Birmingham. Former team-mate Michael Johnson held Ablett's shirt during the applause.

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Gaz, Wigan, via text: "I'm watching Chorley v North Ferriby Utd today which is playing host to Blackburn fans boycotting today's FA Cup game."

1230: Speaking of kick-offs, we're seconds away from one at St Andrew's, where Birmingham are hosting midlands rivals Wolves in our early game. While I'm loath for this to come off as critical, the simple truth is that there are a lot of empty seats at St Andrew's. I'm sure those in attendance will make up the absences, though. Such is the passion of the FA Cup.

BBC Radio 5 live
Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor on BBC Football Focus : "My first FA Cup game was against Yeading away - it was a very difficult game. It was 0-0 at half-time, Graeme Souness gave us the hairdryer treatment and eventually we got the result we wanted."

Wolves manager Mick McCarthy: "We're playing a team who believes they should be in Premier League rather than us. There's local rivalry too so the pressure certainly isn't off. We know Birmingham are a tough team, especially here at St Andrews."

Birmingham manager Chris Hughton: "European competition has benefitted us with the morale of the squad but we have played six or seven games more than anyone else in this division. We have had to manage our squad but I'm hopeful our team today can get something from the game."

1228: This may interest you: the 52 teams playing in third-round ties today account for 66 FA Cup wins between them, while the 12 teams not playing their ties today (two of which played last night, with the remainder playing tomorrow and Monday) have an impressive 50 trophy-kiss-and-lifts between them*. Or maybe it won't interest you. Regardless, I don't want you to use that as an excuse not to stay with me today, because it's going to kick off in a big way.
*The remaining 14 Cup wins belong to now defunct teams.

BBC Radio 5 live
Fleetwood Town chairman Andy Pilley, whose club host illustrious neighbours Blackpool, tells BBC Radio 5live : "I'm extremely excited - both towns are excited about the game. It's an enormous day which means a lot to both towns."

Birmingham v Wolves
Birmingham: Doyle, Spector, Davies, Ridgewell, Murphy, Elliott, Mutch, N'Daw, Gomis, Redmond, Rooney. Subs: Butland, Caldwell, King, Beausejour, Fahey, Zigic, Reilly.
Wolves: De Vries, Stearman, Johnson, Berra, Ward, Kightly, Henry, Jonsson, Hunt, Ebanks-Blake, Doyle. Subs: Hennessey, Elokobi, Edwards, Fletcher, Frimpong, Jarvis, Foley.
Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)

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Joe, Salisbury, via text: "If Salisbury beat Sheffield United today I am going to get the Salisbury emblem tattooed."

1225: I'm Phil Dawkes, and I'll be taking through until the close of play for this special FA Cup third round text commentary, or as a friend of mine recently described it, tommentary. And as we're speaking cringeworthy mashed up words, where are we getting a cupset from today? Memorial Stadium? Stadium MK? Goodison Park?

1223: With 26 red hot ties, featuring 52 impassioned teams from up and down the professional league ladder (and a quartet from outside it), if today doesn't excite you, you don't deserve to call yourself a football fan. You're one of those dead-eyed pleasureless monsters who populate garden centres and stare at shrubs on a Saturday afternoon, ignorant to the joy, the passion, the heart-break, the - bingo alert - sheer magic of the FA Cup.

1221: Is it that time again already? You bet your big-handled trophy it is! It's FA Cup third round Saturday, one of the biggest events in the football calendar, up there with the likes of the opening day of the Premier League, play-off final weekend and the times Michael Owen actually starts a game for Manchester United (I suspect that won't be tomorrow).

By Tom Rostance
BBC Sport

1217: Anyway, that's quite enough from me for one day. Here to take the reins of a crazy afternoon is our very own horse whisperer - Phil Dawkes.

1214: Of course it wouldn't be Saturday without Football Focus. Refresh your screen now and you can watch it at the top of the page. Might be good fodder for our games of FA Cup bingo.

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Anonymous via text: "Re FA Cup bingo: The inevitable shot of someone watching for free on a roof near a lower league ground."

1207: There is a load of Scottish Cup action to enjoy today as well, with the first of 14 games kicking off at 1230. You can follow a designated live text commentary of those games - including the marvellously named Auchinleck Talbot at Hearts - right here.

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David, London, via text: "Re FA Cup bingo: Footage of teletext hero Roy Essandoh scoring for Wycombe."

YusufPatel69 on Twitter: "'FA Cup Bingo' - Lower league pitches turning into an absolute mudbath by 90 minutes."

1157: I should mention as well that we have plenty, a host, a plethora of BBC radio commentaries for your enjoyment this afternoon. They are all clickable via this here link, and we'll be sticking some of the top ones in this screen later on.

1153: A line on the Wolves team by the way - though don't expect this for every game or your screens will explode come 1415 - Roger Johnson starts for Wolves at former club Birmingham. Set for a frosty reception? Birmingham welcome back the fit-again pair of Liam Ridgewell and Jordon Mutch, while Sylvan Ebanks-Blake gets a rare start for Wolves.

designstranger on Twitter: "Re FA Cup bingo: 'They must have brought the entire town'."

jimbo_6930 on Twitter: "Keep an eye on the Swindon game today. Di Canio is evidence of the fine line between genius and madness. The County Ground is his fortress."

Charlie, Portsmouth, via text: "Re FA Cup bingo: A Premier League manager saying they can concentrate on the league after being knocked out by lower league opposition."

1142: A pitch invasion is always a good call, but we had the first 'magic of the cup' statement ages ago. Keep up lads.

M_Bolton89 on Twitter: "Lower league pitch invasion for 'FA Cup Bingo'?"

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Chris in Cambridge, on text: "Re FA Cup bingo: I'd have have mention of the 'magic of the cup', 'plucky underdogs' and half and half scarves."

Padster77 on Twitter: "Signs of panic at Arsenal and Man United with return of Henry and rumoured return of Scholes? Both seem like desperation moves."

Neil Johnston reports: "It is eight years since the likes of Dennis Wise and Tim Cahill lined up for Millwall in the FA Cup final against Manchester United. Paul Robinson, who missed out on playing in the final after rupturing his cruciate knee ligament, will be looking to ensure the Lions avoid a shock at Victoria Road as Dagenham & Redbridge, 22nd in League Two, make only their second appearance in the third round in nine seasons."

1133: Our second early game today is an all-London affair (more or less) as Dagenham face Millwall. Here's your scene-setter...

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Adam via text: "Wrexham and Cheltenham fans' buses driving alongside each other - great banter. Good luck to Cheltenham - we are off to the seaside to beat Brighton!"

1130: Tremendous shout from James in Norwich (below). I'll add these to the mixer: A child in face paint crying after a crushing defeat, John Motson in a sheepskin coat, and a match-winning goal from either a plumber, fireman or taxi driver.

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James, Norwich, via text: "How about a spot of 'FA Cup Bingo' to liven up proceedings? What would you have on your card? I'll start it off with 'card & foil replica FA Cup'."

Sam Sheringham reports:
"Wolves face the familiar quandary of whether to go all out for FA Cup glory to the potential detriment of their battle against relegation from the Premier League. West Midlands rivals Birmingham offer a cautionary tale, having won the Carling Cup last season before suffering a slump in their league form so severe that they slipped into the bottom three and could not escape the drop. Both managers may choose to shuffle their packs after a busy festive programme, and there could be a frosty reception for Wolves defender Roger Johnson if he plays against his old club."

1127: So just over an hour to go until the first game of the day. Here's what to expect...

Crippto89 on Twitter: "Marker pen and revision set to one side for the rest of the day. FA Cup time now."

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Mark, Middlesbrough, via text: "Let's not forget about Darlington today. A decade of mismanagement means today could be their final game. Fans have raised £8,000 for players who haven't been paid for months and there are over a thousand heading to their game at Barrow. A credit."

A credit indeed Mark. As a lower league fan lucky enough to have witnessed an away win at their magnificent stadium, I for one would be sad to see Darlo go.

1119: Just gone 11am and I've already seen THAT Ronnie Radford goal. The quintessential FA Cup strike?

1117: The 'magic' of the FA Cup has claimed its first victim of the year there in Chris (below). That is ridiculous.

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Chris, London, via text: "I don't have a ticket but I'm going to go for a walk around White Hart Lane later to soak up the atmosphere - it's the FA Cup!"

Charlton striker Jason Euell, whose side travel to London rivals Fulham, on Twitter: "Game day! FA Cup third round always a good date in the calendar. The day for heroes and upsets, let's have both at Craven Cottage."

1113: My shock-o-meter is registering strongly at MK Dons v QPR this afternoon - the Dons are on goalscoring form in League One while QPR haven't won an FA Cup match in any round since 17 January 2001! Phenomenal form.

1111: Winners of today's ties will trouser £67,500. Nothing to the big boys maybe, but that sort of dosh can make a huge difference to the likes of Fleetwood, Cheltenham, Salisbury and Dagenham. Further incentive if it were needed.

cleeson7 on Twitter: "Short-term Scholes could be an answer but it should not hide the fact we need a new centre midfielder. Scholes is a genius mind."

Everton midfielder Tim Cahill on Twitter: "FA Cup game today and a big welcome to Goodison for Tamworth. Let's hope this is the start of a cup run for the Blues. #facup"

1105: Here's a big one in today's Daily Mail: they reckon Newcastle striker Demba Ba could be available for £10m due to a cheeky release clause in his contract. True? Who knows. Worth £10m? Absolutely.

brendan_bennett on Twitter: "Huge game for Bristol Rovers today. Managerless and no win in six games. Beating Villa would help us forget the terrible season so far!"

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Ollie, Nuffield, via text: "Best day in the football calendar for me. Let the magic of the FA Cup begin."

1100: And here ahead of Birmingham v Wolves is Roger Johnson in the Daily Express. Johnson moved from the Blues to Wolves in the summer and says "the club had been relegated and I was asked if I would like to leave. I'm not slagging off the board - that's how it was." Incendiary.

1055: I've saved you all a couple of quid and had a flick through the morning papers - here's the headlines: The Sun reckon that Paul Scholes is contemplating coming out of retirement to help Manchester United's midfield problems. Is that the answer?

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Sven, a Wolves fan on text via 81111: "Already got my 9-year-old nephew fascinated with Wolves, our second trip away to St Andrew's today. Poor kid doesn't know how many years of suffering he has ahead."

1050: It's a big day for Stoke boss Tony Pulis then - he took the Potters all the way to the final last season but is back at one of his old stomping grounds this afternoon - at League Two side Gillingham. And here is a gem of a stat from the archives; Stoke's head to head against Gillingham in the league is their worst against any side still playing professional football. Worse than their record against Arsenal, worse than their record v Man Utd. I could go on - but you probably know what worst means. Stoke have played the Gills 10 times in the league, they have won just once. What's that cup adage about league form counting for nothing?

nazzaman007 on Twitter: "These Cheltenham fans are here at White Hart Lane already. Wow, talk about dedication!"

1045: Of course, we can hardly rave on about such a mammoth day on the footballing calendar without hearing from you lot. Any Tamworth fans out there on the way to Goodison Park? Bringing the spirit of the Lamb up the M6? How about Fleetwood fans - suitably stoked? Let's hear it. Tweet the commentary via the hashtag #BBCFootball, Tweet me @TJRostance or text in via 81111 (UK).

1038: Cast your eyes down the fixture list, and we have some pure FA Cup gold for you today. Some of my favourites are Fleetwood v Blackpool, Everton v Tamworth, Nottingham Forest v Leicester, Sheffield United v Salisbury, MK Dons v QPR and Gillingham v Stoke. And it all kicks off with a right tasty derby: Birmingham v Wolves.

1030: Morning all - feeling suitably wired? Get your heads around this lot - we've got 26 FA Cup third-round ties for your delectation this afternoon. One of the biggest afternoons of the football season, and I smell an upset in the air. Or two. Maybe three. Four or more? Steady on...

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