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FA Cup third round as it happened

SELECTED RESULTS
Arsenal 3-1 Plymouth
Chelsea 1-1 Southend
Coventry 2-0 Kidderminster
Forest Green 3-4 Derby
Hartlepool 2-0 Stoke
Hull 0-0 Newcastle
Kettering 2-1 Eastwood Town
Macclesfield 0-1 Everton
Man City 0-3 Nottm Forest
Middlesbrough 2-1 Barrow
Portsmouth 0-0 Bristol City
Preston 0-2 Liverpool
Sheff Wed 1-2 Fulham
Sunderland 2-1 Bolton
West Brom 1-1 Peterborough
West Ham 3-0 Barnsley
Results from every third-round game

GOALFLASHES AND MAJOR INCIDENTS (all times GMT)

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By Caroline Cheese (with a lot of help from Chris Bevan)

1934: Another cracking day in FA Cup third-round history as Southend hold Chelsea, Hartlepool knock out Stoke and Nottingham Forest, fresh from sacking their manager on Boxing Day, thrash moneybags Manchester City 3-0. I think we can all agree that you've been the stars though, along with Chris 'Mr FA Cup' Bevan. Hopefully see you tomorrow for more of the same.

1930: Your Player of the Day as it stands is appropriately enough from the story of the day at Eastlands where Nottingham Forest goalscorer Nathan Tyson is soaring on 8.65, while Manchester City's scores are plummeting. There is plenty of time for you to have your say though, so for goodness sake, get involved.
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1924: Preston a bit unlucky to concede that late goal after having marginally the better of the second half. And if Jon Parkin hadn't foolishly dragged back Jamie Carragher (see 1847), who knows what would have happened?

1919: FULL-TIME Preston 0-2 Liverpool

1918: GOAL Preston 0-2 Liverpool
That's that then. With Preston piling forward in search of an equaliser, Diego Cavalieri launches a goal-kick and Youl Mawene misjudges the header, allowing Steven Gerrard to pick up the ball on the halfway line and canter clear. He takes his time before setting up Fernando Torres to tap in his first goal since 5 October.

1917: "Be glad when this game is over. Fair play, Preston last 20 minutes have really had a go. "
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1916: We're about halfway through three minutes of added time at Deepdale.

1914: Several of you have been asking how BBC Sport's Jonathan Stevenson - my live text commentating husband and a Nottingham Forest fan - has coped with this afternoon's events at Eastlands. He has this to say: "It's not really a shock is it? It's just the footballing stars re-aligning."

1911: Preston have their tails up, but the ball just will not fall for them. Ross Wallace has a chance to pile on the pressure as he floats a long-free-kick into the box - but Diego Cavalieri catches.

1907: Whistles from the Preston fans as Javier Mascherano takes his sweet time to leave the pitch. Fabio Aurelio eventually comes on.

1906: A final substitution from Preston, who have less than 10 minutes to salvage a replay. Barry Nicholson replaces Richard Chaplow.

1905: "We are bitterly disappointed with the level of performance that we produced. Nottingham Forest fully deserved to win. They showed more desire and energy. I didn't expect the other team to show more desire but I am just being honest. I am not telling anyone anything they didn't see themselves. I have known the frailties in the team from day one."
Manchester City boss Mark Hughes after the 3-0 defeat by Forest

1903: Fabulous turn from Steven Gerrard on the edge of the box, but Youl Mawene is alert to the danger and blocks the shot.

1900: Jamie Carragher looks a bit unlucky to give away a free-kick as Ross Wallace goes down under the slightest of touches on the left wing. Wallace's delivery comes to Sean St Ledger right in front of goal but the ball is behind him and he can't enough power on the shot.

1858: Fernando Torres makes his long-awaited return for Liverpool with a touch over 15 minutes remaining, replacing the misfiring Robbie Keane.

1857: Preston have a free-kick in a good position, a yard to the right of the penalty area. Ross Wallace puts it wastefully beyond the far post, straight out of play. Shocker.

1856: "Ever since Alonso went off Liverpool have lost the control of the game."
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1854: The Preston fans are again calling for a penalty - but that's very optimistic. Ross Wallace pushes the ball past Jamie Carragher and tries to overtake the right-back but with the ball out of his reach, he goes down.

1850: This is getting very lively now. Preston want a penalty as Daniel Agger and Jon Parkin tangle in the box but referee Martin Atkinson sees it as 50-50.

1847: Sean St Ledger heads home for Preston - but it won't count. Diego Cavalieri punches a free-kick rather unconvincingly and Richard Chaplow delivers the ball back in from the left. As the cross comes over, Jon Parkin hauls back Jamie Carragher as the defender looks to get to his feet and the free-kick is given.

1847: The lively Albert Riera manages to escape the attentions of Billy Jones and gets in a shot from a tricky angle which goes past the far post. Neil Mellor will not be scoring against his former club - he is replaced by Stephen Elliott.

1845: "Winning is fantastic but on Monday morning I will be back to my normal job, getting the reserve team ready for a game against Lincoln City away on Wednesday. That is how things are in football."
Nottingham Forest caretaker boss John Pemberton after the 3-0 thrashing of Man City

1842: "I give credit to my team for doing the job seriously, and also to Plymouth who had a great game. The gap between the Championship and the Premier League has been reduced and looking at the FA Cup results today, you could see that."
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger after the 3-1 win over Plymouth

1841: Preston are forced into a change as defender Callum Davidson hobbles off holding his back. Eddie Nolan is on.

1839: "Re 1834: Same old excuse from Scolari!"
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1837: Better from Preston. Jon Parkin wins the ball in midfield and tries to release rampaging defender Sean St Ledger, but his ball is just too strong and Liverpool keeper Diego Cavalieri can collect.

1834: "I need to teach to my players more concentration when they arrive in front of goal. We played very well and created 15 chances but only one goal. Southend only had one shot on goal."
Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari after the 1-1 draw with Southend

1832: More wastefulness from Liverpool. Robbie Keane attacks Steven Gerrard's free-kick from the right at the near post but he can't get any direction on it and the ball goes behind for a corner - from which Daniel Agger plants a free header wide.

1830: Liverpool bring on Lucas to replace the injured Xabi Alonso, and the second half is up and running.

1829: Middlesbrough striker Jeremie Aliadiere was stretchered off against Barrow earlier today but boss Gareth Southgate believes he has suffered heavy bruising rather than a leg fracture. Barrow midfielder Mike Pearson suffered a double break of his right leg in the same game.

1825: "'Keep playing Keane, he is proven a class goalscorer at many clubs.' Ahh... the Shevchenko theory."
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1824: Fernando Torres is on the bench tonight after recovering from his hamstring injury. Will Robbie Keane get regular starts once the Spaniard is restored to the line-up? Seems unlikely on this form.

1822: "You have to feel that if Torres was on the pitch he would have scored the ones Keane has missed."
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1815: Xabi Alonso stays down in the penalty area after seeing that shot blocked and has some treatment before climbing gingerly to his feet and hobbling down the tunnel.

1813: HALF-TIME Preston 0-1 Liverpool

1813: Robbie Keane is again unmarked at the far post but having missed two easy chances, he decides to set up Albert Riera instead. His shot is blocked but the ball comes to Xabi Alonso, whose effort is also stopped by a desperate Preston challenge. Liverpool should be further ahead.

1811: Robbie Keane is smiling - but several thousand Liverpool fans at Deepdale are not. Steven Gerrard's cross from the left finds the striker unmarked a few yards out but he stabs the shot disastrously wide.

1809: Sean St Ledger produces a brilliant last-ditch challenge to prevent Jamie Carragher crossing from the right byeline. The Liverpool defender wants a corner, but he doesn't get one and he's very far from happy about that. Referee Mark Halsey calls over skipper Steven Gerrard and Carragher to calm things down.

1807: Cheeky. Ross Wallace nutmegs Jamie Carragher on the left and brushes past the Liverpool right-back but his cross is easily collected by Diego Cavalieri.

1804: Robbie Keane has two bites of the cherry - but can't take either. He beats the defender well but shoots too close to Andy Lonergan and then can't control the rebound.

1802: Preston give Daniel Agger room to shoot - dangerous - but Youl Mawene gets the block in. The news you've all been waiting for: Matt Smith is the new Doctor Who. Doctor Who? Never heard of him.

1800: Yellow for Richard Chaplow after the Preston midfielder flies in on Xabi Alonso with his foot high. The Spaniard gives Chaplow a sideways look as he hobbles back to the halfway line.

1756: Steven Gerrard cuts in from the right and shoots left-footed over the bar. It's a typically bustling performance from the England midfielder, who doesn't seem at all worried by the occasional booing from the home fans.

1754: "Shout out to Barrow AFC. Top effort from a team 95 places below Boro in the League system! 7,000 fans there roaring the Bluebirds on!"
Jack, Riverside Stadium, via text on 81111

1751: GOAL Preston 0-1 Liverpool
Albert Riera picks up the ball on the right-hand side of the box and has to work his way back so he can get in a left-foot shot - but what a shot, an absolute screamer into the far corner. The Preston defence might have been more alert to the danger but a cracking strike from the Spaniard.

1748: "Re 1702: I make it four non-league teams in the fourth round draw. Don't forget Blyth are playing Monday night after the balls are drawn."
Paul, a very happy Robin on the way home from Pompey, via text on 81111
Indeed, well spotted. The draw is at 1525 GMT tomorrow folks.

1747: Preston work the ball to Richard Chaplow in space just outside the box but his low shot is straight at Diego Cavalieri.

1745: "Re 1728: Too many knee-jerk reactions with firing managers. The man's won the World Cup! I get the feeling I won't enjoy this "bedding in" season but Scolari simply must be given more time."
Matt via text on 81111

1742: "What a game! Looks like we will be playing West Brom in the Championship next season!"
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1740: Steven Gerrard turns in a flash and unleashes a vicious, dipping effort from 25 yards which Preston keeper Andy Lonergan fumbles before collecting.

1738: Albert Riera beats two Preston defenders with embarrassing ease and cuts the ball back from the byeline but Robbie Keane miscues and the shot goes wide.

1735: Preston look a bit more lively in the opening stages. This is the first time these two teams have met since 1961-2 when they were both in the old Second Division. They met five times in total that season, with Liverpool winning both league games but Preston knocking the Reds out of the Cup.

1732: On-loan Sunderland winger Ross Wallace goes close with a free-kick for Preston. His curling effort from 25 yards bounces just in front of goal but fizzes past the post.

1731: News just in... All the replays are on Tuesday 13 January, except Newcastle v Hull and Southend v Chelsea which will take place the following evening.

1729: Rafa Benitez is back in the Liverpool dugout after recovering from his kidney stones, but he's sitting in the row behind assistant Sammy Lee, studiously texting someone.

1728: "Four wins from 12. Don't think I'm the only one starting to question whether Scolari can take us to the next level."
Anon via text on 81111

1726: Sensational atmosphere from a capacity crowd at Deepdale as Liverpool get the game under way.

1722: Out come the players at Deepdale for the last kick-off of the day. Liverpool have been knocked out by lower division opposition in two of the last four seasons.

1718: "For the club hopefully we get the right draw now and give the fans a day out they deserve. The financial aspect is also important, the chairman is hoping to build a new stadium and this all helps."
Kettering manager Mark Cooper

1717: Liverpool make four changes from the side that beat Newcastle last weekend. Steven Gerrard is in the side after his eventful week, while Robbie Keane, Albert Riera and Xabi Alonso also start. Preston bring in former Liverpool striker Neil Mellor as well as Jon Parkin and Chris Sedgwick from the side that drew 1-1 with Barnsley.

1715: "Absolutely brilliant! At last Forest's strikers are proving their worth. I didn't expect anything from this game, but bring on Man Utd in round four!"
James, Forest fan for life, via text on 81111

1713: TEAMS Preston v Liverpool
Preston: Lonergan, Jones, Mawene, St. Ledger, Davidson, Sedgwick, Chaplow, McKenna, Wallace, Parkin, Mellor. Subs: Chris Neal, Brown, Nicholson, Carter, Whaley, Nolan, Elliott.
Liverpool: Cavalieri, Carragher, Hyypia, Agger, Insua, Alonso, Mascherano, Babel, Gerrard, Riera, Keane. Subs: Reina, Torres, Aurelio, Leiva Lucas, Ngog, El Zhar, Skrtel.

1711: "I said we'd score three. Absolutely delighted Forset fan still rockin at the City of Manchester!"
Dave, Forest fan, via text on 81111

1706: Least surprising news of the day: the odds on Mark Hughes surviving the season as City boss have lengthened considerably. I've had plenty of chat from City fans, but not a lot from a Forest point of view so let's be having you.

1702: Four Premier League sides have gone, five face replays. Four non-league clubs will be in the fourth-round hat, including Histon whose game against Swansea was called off.

1700: Full-time pretty much everywhere now and what a gripping afternoon it has been - from Manchester City's humiliation at the hands of Nottingham Forest to Forest Green's seven-goal thriller against Derby to Southend's stunning 1-1 draw at Chelsea.

1658: Non-league Torquay defeat Championship Blackpool, the two teams separated by 60 places. Matt Green is the hosts' hero.

1656: Luiz Felipe Scolari's Chelsea must travel to Roots Hall for a replay after Peter Clarke's late, late leveller for Southend. West Brom face a replay against Peterborough.

1653:Ipswich are now out of sight against Chesterfield - Jon Stead has just put them 3-0 up. The Spireites had a reprieve when Droylsden were thrown out of the Cup after beating them in the second round but there doesn't seem any way back for them now.

1652: The full-time whistle goes at Eastlands and Manchester City are dumped out by struggling Championship side Nottingham Forest.

1651: GOAL Chelsea 1-1 Southend
Wow. Where were Chelsea? Luiz Felipe Scolari's side have not been able to finish off Southend and Peter Clarke pops up unmarked in the box to head home an injury-time leveller for the Shrimpers. Clarke turns 27 today by the way - happy birthday!

1650: "Posh fans celebrating a well-deserved equaliser! We're pushing on for the winner!"
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1647: GOAL Sheff Wed 1-2 Fulham
Andrew Johnson takes advantage of a tiring Sheffield Wednesday defence to put the Premier League side ahead with a couple of minutes remaining.

1646: GOAL Coventry 2-0 Kidderminster
Leon Best seems to have wrapped things up for Coventry - his goal has made it 2-0 against Kidderminster.

1644: GOAL West Brom 1-1 Peterborough
Darren Ferguson's League One side look like earning a replay as Craig Mackail-Smith strikes late on, finishing off a Aaron Mclean cross from close range.

1644: GOAL Forest Green 3-4 Derby
Steve Davies steps up to coolly slot home from the spot. Less than five minutes left too - can 10-man Rovers raise their game one final time?

1643: RED CARD Forest Green
Darren Jones gets his marching orders for a foul on Kris Commons in the box and Derby have a chance to take the lead for the first time in the game with this penalty.

1643: GOAL Arsenal 3-1 Plymouth
Roman Larrieu keeps out Robin van Persie's first effort but not the second and that's job done for the Gunners you'd think.

1642: GOAL Middlesbrough 2-1 Barrow
A glimmer of hope for Barrow after Jason Walker heads home Steve McNulty's cross. There will be a lot of injury time at the Riverside too as Barrow's Mike Pearson picked up a serious injury in the second half. Jeremie Aliadiere was stretchered off for Boro before the break.

164o: Joe Ledley makes it 2-0 to Cardiff against Reading. Ledley supposedly attracting a bit of Premier League interest in this transfer window.

1639: "Performance was a massive disgrace. Hughes out."
Greg, massive City fan, via text on 81111

1637: GOAL Sunderland 2-1 Bolton
Ebi Smolarek makes it an interesting final 11 minutes at the Stadium of Light. The substitute gets his first for the club when his effort looks to take a deflection and loops over Sunderland keeper Marton Fulop.

1637: All square at The Valley, as Arturo Lupoli scores a Norwich equaliser which makes it 1-1 against Charlton - and possibly eases the pressure on Glenn Roeder.

1634: GOAL Man City 0-3 Nottm Forest
There's your story of the day. Joe Garner has been on the pitch for less than a minute when he latches on to a wayward throw-in by Didi Hamman and drives the ball past Joe Hart. The home fans are off.

1634: GOAL Forest Green 3-3 Derby
Hold on to your hats - Paul Green levels for the Rams. He is in the right place when a ball is flicked on inside the area and blasts home from close range.

1634: Manchester City have thrown on their less than prolific striker Jo to try to find a way to reduce the deficit against Nottingham Forest. He's just had a gilt-edged chance too, with the ball dropping to him inside the six-yard box, but his shot is blocked and City still trail 2-0.

1631: GOAL West Ham 3-0 Barnsley
Herita Ilunga crosses for Carlton Cole to head in his third goal in as many matches. That's the cue for Kieron Dyer to come on to make his first appearance since August 2007.

1630: GOAL Forest Green 3-2 Derby
Forest Green are back in front against Derby after Paul Stonehouse finds the bottom corner with a shot from the edge of the box.

1630: "Just watching Boro-Barrow, Alves looks like he's finally found his natural level."
Chris via text on 81111

1629: Happy days Hornets fans. Grzegorz Rasiak gives Watford the lead against League One Scunthorpe.

1627: "Portsmouth look a terrible side. We will be lucky to get a replay. I miss Harry!"
Ash at Fratton Park, via text on 81111

1625: GOAL Sunderland 2-0 Bolton
Sunderland double their advantage through striker Djibril Cisse, who does well to volley home after good work from Carlos Edwards.

1624: Pure poetry from Crewe's Danny Shelley, as his sweetly-struck free-kick makes it Millwall 2-2 Crewe.

1623: GOAL Middlesbrough 2-0 Barrow
The wheels have just come off for Barrow. Stewart Downing makes good progress down the left flank and crosses to the back post where Afonso Alves is waiting to head home his second goal of the game and double Middlesbrough's lead.

1621: GOAL Kettering 2-1 Eastwood Town
Eastwood pull one straight back as Paul Robinson seeing his deflected shot loop over Lee Harper.

1621: Arsenal's second goal has gone down as an own goal by David Gray. Poor old Nicklas Bendtner can't buy a goal.

1621: GOAL Kettering 2-0 Eastwood Town
Gareth Seddon puts Kettering 2-0 up after being put through by Richard Graham.

1621: GOAL West Brom 1-0 Peterborough
The Premier League side have stepped up a gear since being outplayed in the opening 45 minutes and go in front when a corner from the left by Jonathan Greening is headed in by Jonas Olsson.

1619: Elsewhere, Ipswich are in control against Chesterfield after scoring two goals inside three minutes. Jon Walters broke the deadlock from the spot after a handball by Phil Picken and Pablo Counago doubled their advantage soon after. And Cardiff are ahead too, against fellow Championship high-flyers Reading, thanks to a Ross McCormack header from Roger Johnson's cross.

1615: GOAL Coventry 1-0 Kidderminster
Coventry settle the nerves against Kidderminster, Leon McKenzie puts the Championship side ahead.

1615: GOAL Sunderland 1-0 Bolton
Sunderland go in front at the Stadium of Light after a spell of pressure when Kieran Richardson swings in a dangerous ball that Kenwyne Jones heads home. He follows it up with some crazy dance antics. Sunderland looking to avoid a third straight third-round defeat.

1615: Barnsley's best chance so far - a shot from Diego Leon wide on the right which is turned onto the post by Robert Green, and the West Ham keeper does well to block the follow-up shot for a corner.

1615: A flicked header by Kenwyne Jones almost gives Sunderland an early second-half goal but Ricardo Gardner again comes to Bolton's rescue when he clears off the line for the second time.

1611: GOAL Arsenal 2-1 Plymouth
They've gone goal-crazy in north London. Karl Duguid pulls one back from Luke Summerfield's free-kick. Game on again.

1609: GOAL Arsenal 2-0 Plymouth
Captain fantastic Robin van Persie turns provider, his cross turned in by Plymouth debutant David Gray, who gets in ahead of Nicklas Bendtner.

1608: We're pretty much back under way around the grounds now.

1605: GOAL Arsenal 1-0 Plymouth
Stand-in skipper Robin van Persie pops up with the goal, heading in from close range after Samir Nasri's corner. Relief all round at the Emirates.

1604: "Very boring game here, Chesterfield look like causing an upset. Ipswich are a terrible side, lucky to be 0-0."
James at Portman Road, via text on 81111

1603: "Micah Richards has a poor positional sense. He's been able to shine at youth level because of his early physical development, but in terms of pure defending, he's far from great. He's better suited to right back where his defensive deficiencies won't be exposed as much."
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1600: Two games tomorrow by the way, including Southampton v Manchester United at 1600 GMT. They've played before you know...
When Saints shocked Man Utd

1559: "Anyone's game at Hull today. Not surprising as both teams are both down poop creek. N'Zogbia has been taken off injured for Newcastle."
Anon via text on 81111

1557: At half-time, Nottingham Forest and Torquay are the only clubs to be leading against sides in higher leagues - but there are plenty of Cupset possibilities elsewhere, not least at the Emirates where Plymouth are holding Arsenal.

1554: "I remember not so long ago people were hailing Micah Richards as the solution to some of England's defensive problems. How times change."
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1552: Boos for Manchester City at half-time. Not surprising really. There are 28 places between them and Nottingham Forest, and an even bigger gulf in bank balances.

1550: It's quite literally a total turnaround at the New Den. Andy Frampton's scored, that's two goals in five minutes and now Millwall are 2-1 up against Crewe.

1550: "Another great team selection from Mark Hughes. Why does he persist with Micah Richards? He is rubbish!"
Anon via text on 81111

1547: And the goals are flying in now. Millwall have levelled against Crewe thanks to Marc Laird.

1546: GOAL Forest Green 2-2 Derby
Er, suddenly things are not looking quite so rosy for Forest Green at the New Lawn. Martin Albrechtsen gets the final touch after an almighty goalmouth scramble and, right on half-time, Derby are level.

1545: GOAL Macclesfield 0-1 Everton
Leon Osman opens the scoring with a stunning half-volley which smashes into the top corner of the net off the underside of the crossbar.

1543: GOAL Man City 0-2 Nottm Forest
Blimey. Good work by Chris Cohen on the left, he squares to Matt Thornhill whose misdirected shot is turned in by Rob Earnshaw.

1541: GOAL Forest Green 2-1 Derby
Rob Hulse heads in from close range and the Championship side are very much back in the game.

1541: GOAL Man City 0-1 Nottm Forest
As you've probably heard, Manchester City have signed Wayne Bridge today. It looks like they could do with a few more new players too as they have just gone behind to Championship strugglers Nottingham Forest. Micah Richards fails to deal with a long ball and Nathan Tyson fires home an unstoppable shot from the edge of the box.

1539: GOAL West Ham 2-0 Barnsley
Mark Noble is clipped by Mounir El Haimour - who is booked - and the midfielder picks himself up to convert the penalty. Doesn't look like Barnsley will be repeating their 2007-8 heroics.

1539: Hmmm, things are certainly going well so far for non-league sides playing managerless Championship clubs. Forest Green are leading Derby and now Torquay are ahead against Blackpool too after Gulls striker Matthew Green latches on to a long ball and fires home from the edge of the box.

1537: Darren Ferguson's Peterborough side are proving tough nuts for West Brom to crack and Baggies keeper Scott Carson has had to be on his toes, while Craig Mackail-Smith hit the woodwork for the League One side.

1535: It's been a scrappy opening half hour at the Stadium of Light, with Sunderland coming closest to a breakthrough when El-Hadji Diouf's corner was cleared off the line by Ricardo Gardner.

1533: "How is Francis Jeffers still playing football - awful player! Great goal from Tommy Spurr though."
Dave at a very cold Hillsborough

1532: GOAL Chelsea 1-0 Southend
No sign of drama at Stamford Bridge. Frank Lampard crosses from a corner and Salomon Kalou heads, unchallenged, into the Southend net. That goal had been coming.

1531: More woe for Arsenal. Defender Mikael Silvestre limps off to be replaced by Kieran Gibbs.

1529: "This game stinks of a Cup upset, the Arsenal back four and keeper look so nervous for some crazy, and Bendtner is just useless."
Martin at the Emirates, via text on 81111

1528: "A Forest Green player came into the small local sports shop I work in two hours before the game to buy footy socks! His team-mates were in his Ford Fiesta outside!!"
Si in Stroud, via text on 81111

1527: GOAL Kettering 1-0 Eastwood Town
Craig Westcarr smashes a volley into the top of the net from six yards out after good work from Richard Graham on the wing.

1526: Elsewhere, London-based FA Cup fans, Jonjo Shelvey has put Charlton 1-0 up against Norwich. Earlier, Dennis Lawrence gave Crewe the lead at Millwall.

1525: GOAL Middlesbrough 1-0 Barrow
Middlesbrough have not won at the Riverside since beating Manchester City at the end of October but they have just gone ahead against Blue Square Premier side Barrow. Afonso Alves beats the offside trap and calmly slots home for his first goal since that win over City.

1523: GOAL Sheff Wed 1-1 Fulham
Terrific equaliser from the Championship side. Tommy Spurr scores with a swerving effort from 25 yards, the movement in the air beating Mark Schwarzer.

1522: "The game showing in Bermuda is Forest Green v Derby. The ground is so small, it feels like you are watching somebody's camcorder footage... Great stuff. First goal was a screamer. How wonderful for him that he scored a goal like that on the telly!"
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1522: "We are the worst team ever, fact!"
Paul in Derby, via text on 81111

1520: GOAL Forest Green 2-0 Derby
Alex Lawless catches the Derby defence napping, running in behind to beat Roy Carroll at his near post. Great warm-up for Derby, who face Manchester United in the Carling Cup semis on Wednesday.

1518: Shortly before that flurry of goals, Nat Brown squandered a glorious chance to put Macclesfield ahead against Everton, heading over after a well-worked free-kick.

1517: "Re 1419: I played against John Rooney last year for my U18's game. He tried a Wayne-esque chip when our keeper was off his line, but it hit the crossbar. It was pretty impressive to be fair, but he didn't do a lot apart from that."
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1515: GOAL Sheff Wed 0-1 Fulham
Andrew Johnson taps in from close range to put the Premier League side ahead.

1514: GOAL Forest Green 1-0 Derby
We could have an upset on the cards at the New Lawn. A fantastic 25-yard strike by Forest Green midfielder Jonathan Smith flies past Derby goalkeeper Roy Carroll and into the top corner of the net. That's four goals in six games for Smith - and it spells trouble for the managerless Rams.

1511: GOAL West Ham 1-0 Barnsley
Defender Herita Ilunga has time to control Mark Noble's free-kick at the far post before side-footing in his first goal for the club.

1510: "I've got flu, my exams are in two days and I haven't done any revision and my best mate just broke his leg - but who cares, it's the FA CUP!!!"
Charlie, London, via text on 81111

1509: Nathan Tyson's cross finds Lewis McGugan unmarked at the far post but the Forest man spurns the chance to put his side ahead against Manchester City.

1508: "Just came home from Hartlepool, where we fully deserved to beat Stoke. Our man of the match Micky Nelson, a dead ringer for Steven Gerrard, managed something Gerrard couldn't - putting a goal past Stoke!"
Anon via text on 81111

1505: And now an early chance for Forest Green against Derby and it is a good one too - Martin Albrechtsen's clearance is charged down by Adriano Riglioso, putting the Rovers striker clean through but Rams goalkeeper Roy Carroll comes out brilliantly to deny him.

1505: Macclesfield have an early chance against Everton, Terry Dunfield shooting into the stands from the edge of the box.

1503: Right then, hold onto your hats, we're getting under way around the grounds.

1459: Hartlepool reach the fourth round for only the second time in their history - and have they set the tone for third-round day? Let's hope so. The fourth-round draw, by the way, is at around 1525 GMT tomorrow.

1458: Here's Manchester City boss Mark Hughes speaking about his new signing Wayne Bridge, who has just sealed his move from Chelsea. "He's of the right quality and he's the type of player we need to attract. We need good players that understand this league and we'll look to carry on in that way and add more if we can."

1456: "Congratulations Hartlepool. Two out of two Cupsets after my Spurs downed Premier League high fliers Wigan yesterday."
Hossam, Loughton, via text on 81111

1455: A bit of interesting team news from the all-Premier League tie at the KC Stadium, where Hull host Newcastle. Magpies goalkeeper Shay Given appears desperate to move on this month but that does not stop boss Joe Kinnear from picking him here, while Andy Carroll makes his first start of the season and partners Michael Owen up front. Hull boss Phil Brown makes seven changes from the side that lost to Aston Villa on Tuesday with goalkeeper Matt Duke, defender Nathan Doyle and winger Stelios - who between them have made five appearances for the Tigers this season - among those who come in.
Kinnear rules out Given departure

1453: "I think the players have been fantastic. They've worked their socks off, battled hard and scored two excellent goals. I think... no, I know we deserve the game."
Hartlepool caretaker boss Chris Turner

1451: FULL-TIME Hartlepool 2-0 Stoke

1449: West Ham captain Lucas Neill, who is rumoured to be a target for former club Blackburn, is missing from the line-up to face Barnsley, although it could be explained by the ankle injury that kept him out against Stoke. And Kieron Dyer is on the bench, having last played in August 2007 when he broke his leg at Bristol Rovers.

1447: Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate makes six changes to the team which narrowly lost to Manchester United, but the likes of Stewart Downing, Mido and Jeremie Aliadiere play in a strongish looking line-up for the visit of Barrow.

1443: Football moves quickly these days. City have completed the signing of Wayne Bridge - for a reported 10m. Seems a lot to me. Anyway, Stoke have less than five minutes to salvage a replay...

1437: Petr Cech is rested for Chelsea while Didier Drogba starts up front in place of Nicolas Anelka. Ricardo Carvalho makes his first start since October in a pretty strong side from Luiz Felipe Scolari.

1436: And more breaking news from Eastlands - Manchester City have agreed personal terms with Chelsea defender Wayne Bridge, having already agreed a 10m fee for the England defender. Now he just needs to pass a medical to complete the move.
Man City agree a fee for Bridge

1435: Elano starts in midfield for Manchester City against Notttingham Forest despite reports in Italy linking him with a move to Lazio but fellow Brazilian Robinho and Stephen Ireland will both sit this one out. Caretaker manager John Pemberton takes charge of Nottingham Forest for the final time - new boss Billy Davies will watch this one from the stands before taking charge on Monday.

1433: GOAL Hartlepool 2-0 Stoke
Feeling the magic yet? David Foley, a first-half substitute, scores with a 30-yard screamer to put the Monkey Hangers on the verge of our first Cupset.

1432: Four changes for Sunderland, who face fellow Prem side Bolton. Pascal Chimbonda, El-Hadji Diouf and Carlos Edwards all come into the starting line-up and Anton Ferdinand returns from illness. Bolton make just one change, with Fabrice Muamba replacing the suspended Gavin McCann.

1430: Shortly after careering into the Hartlepool dug-out, Andrew Davies has to come off for Stoke, replaced by Andy Wilkinson. About 20 minutes remaining.

1428: News from the Emirates Stadium. Lukasz Fabianski makes a rare start in goal for Arsenal against Plymouth and Gunners boss Arsene Wenger also gives starts to Aaron Ramsey and Robin van Persie. Argyle give a debut to David Gray in defence - that's their on-loan Manchester United defender, not the bloke who sang 'Babylon'.

1426: Sheffield Wednesday host Fulham in one of seven Championship v Premier League ties. The Owls have not won an FA Cup tie for five years, and have not beaten a top-flight side in the competition for 16 years. Fulham have been knocked out of the third round in two of the last three years.

1423: "Hartlepool are the better side and are creating the better chances. It's a real struggle for Stoke."
BBC Radio 5 Live analyst Steve Stone

1419: Wayne Rooney's little brother John is on the bench for Macclesfield against Everton, who field a strong side. The only change from the win over Sunderland is Victor Anichebe for Marouane Fellaini.

1417: Rest easy, BBC 5 Live host Mark Pougatch is almost at Rockingham Road for Kettering v Eastwood Town, the only all-non-league tie. The hosts are in the the third round for the first time since 1991-2. Eastwood are in uncharted territory. They beat Wycombe in the last round, a team which was the only undefeated team in the Football League at the time.

1413: "You can put men on the moon, but you can't play football in Birmingham when it's a bit cold!"
Pete, bored Wolves fan, via text on 81111

1411: "The FA Cup is alive and kicking! Hopefully Plymouth are not later! 2-1 Arsenal, Eboue (don't know why) with the winner."
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1406: GOAL Hartlepool 1-0 Stoke
The hosts win a free-kick as midfielder Matty Robson tangles with Andrew Davies. Robson delivers and Michael Nelson thumps a header into the bottom corner to put the League One side ahead against their Premier League opposition.

1406: Former England wicketkeeper and huge Forest Green fan Jack Russell has been on BBC Radio 5 Live talking about Rovers' chances against Derby today. He is more concerned about the frost at one end of the New Lawn pitch than any threat the Rams might pose but he can rest easy - the game will go ahead. Russell may be best known for his cricket skills but he also worked as Rovers' goalkeeping coach a couple of years ago. "Deep down, I always wanted to be a goalkeeper, not a wicketkeeper," he says.

1403: They're back up and running at Victoria Park.

1401: "I got up at 8:30 this morning to watch Leyton Orient v Sheff Utd. Got the train down to London and now I'm gutted to find just as we're about to get off our third train, it's been postponed."
Anon via text on 81111

1356: On to Hull v Newcastle, one of three all-Prem ties. Hull have fallen at the first hurdle in five of the last six years, including third-round defeats in each of the last three years. Newcastle boss Joe Kinnear has an FA Cup winners' medal from Tottenham's 2-1 win over Chelsea in 1967.

1351: "Just on my way to Man City v Forest on a coach. Not sure I'm liking playing Robinho, but we're hoping Vassell is playing so we stand a chance! I feel 3-2 Forest, Earnshaw hat-trick."
David, optimistic Forest fan, via text on 81111

1349: "Forgettable," says BBC 5 Live's Dave Woods as he sums up the first half at Victoria Park. Meanwhile, BBC 5 Live presenter Mark Pougatch is racing from Histon to Kettering after the game at the Glass World Stadium - where Pougatch had been due to host from - was postponed.

1347: HALF-TIME Hartlepool 0-0 Stoke

1347: Manchester City v Nottingham Forest pits four-times winners against twice winners of the FA Cup. City boss Mark Hughes was the only player to pick up four FA Cup winners' medals in the 20th century. That's all.

1344: "Praying for severe snowfall over City of Manchester Stadium. The thought of watching Robinho running rings around Wes Morgan is filling me with horror."
Sharoni the depressed Red, via text on 81111

1341: By the way, other sport has had the temerity to carry on today, despite it being FA Cup third-round day. Grrr. Andy Murray is up against world number one Rafa Nadal in a money-spinni... sorry, a glittering showpiece tournament in Abu Dhabi. Piers Newbery is watching for you:
Live text - Murray v Nadal

1336: "They should play even if the pitch is frozen. When I did PE in school we had to play whatever the weather!"
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1334: Hartlepool have to make a second change before half-time. Michael Mackay, who is only just back after illness, is replaced by David Foley. Mackay scored twice in Pools' 3-2 win against Fleetwood Town in the last round.

1330: Doesn't seem to be much happening at Victoria Park so I'll continue to bombard you with FA Cup facts. Forest Green v Derby is one of four Blue Square Premier v Championship ties. Rovers are in the third round for the first time in their 118-year history. They face a managerless side, who have won two in 10 games.

1327: "Re 1321: Seeing as 'Anon' is probably nearly there, he might as well park up and enjoy the sales in the Birmingham Bullring. Shopping in Birmingham is really good these days."
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1322: And while we're on the subject of frozen pitches, if you're off to Brisbane Road for Leyton Orient v Sheff Utd, you're in for disappointment because that one's gone too.

1321: "Set off this morning at 7am to get to the Birmingham game, my radio has broken and I've been held up by two accidents, but the excitement is keeping me going! ! CMON YOU BLUES!!"
Anon via text on 81111
Please tell me you're joking 'Anon'... If not, turn around, go home, it's off.

1317: Hartlepool are forced into an early change, as defender Antony Sweeney limps off to be replaced by Jamie McCunnie.

1313: "I am a stretcher-bearer at Macclesfield today! So if the BBC need an inside view on injuries, I am your man! Macclesfield 1-1 Everton."
Nick travelling to Moss Rose, via text on 81111

1312: Big Phil Scolari will get his first taste of the FA Cup later as Chelsea host League One Southend. The Blues are looking to equal their club record of 11 successive seasons in the fourth round. By contrast, the Shrimpers have reached the fourth round once in 15 seasons.

1309: Testing corner from Hartlepool and Vincent Pericard's attempted defensive header drifts dangerously towards goal before Andrew Davies heads away.

1307: "Loving the FA Cup fever on my way to the Ricoh. Hoping for some more magic after tonking Blackburn last year!"
Pete, Cov fan, via text on 81111

1304: Bless all of you for texting and 606-ing. I did actually realise Stoke are in the third round (see 1255). I am a girl, but I am not that bad.

1302: "Keep on you rip-roaring Potters! Fancy us to turn our recent form around today!"
Chris, stuck at work, via text on 81111

1300: And we're off.

1259: According to BBC Radio 5 Live's Mark Clemmitt, Victoria Park is not quite full for the visit of Stoke. The Premier League club haven't taken up their full allocation. Hartlepool, remember, knocked out West Brom in the Carling Cup this season.

1255: Stoke reached the fifth round in 2006, the fourth round in 2007 and the third round in 2008. Don't fancy their chances of getting past the second round this year...

1249: "As an Everton fan, why am I fearing this game so much? The four wins in five years didn't help to ease the nerves. Oh no, I'm having flashbacks of Shrewsbury and Oldham!!!"
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1247: "As an FC United fan, I can vouch how good Eastwood Town are - they've beat us twice in the last five weeks! Still, I'll be cheering them on as they're flying the flag for the Unibond - come on The Badgers!!"
Paul, Manchester, via text on 81111

1242: Hartlepool have a bit of giantkilling form. They defeated Premier League side Crystal Palace in 1992-3, thanks to an Andy Saville penalty. Their current side is a bit leaky at the back, conceding seven goals in the last two league games.

1236: It's a weakened side from Stoke boss Tony Pulis: Thomas Sorensen, Danny Higginbotham and Danny Pugh all dropping out. Ricardo Fuller and Richard Cresswell are suspended, while Andy Griffin and Amdy Faye are injured so seven changes in all by Pulis.

1234: TEAMS Hartlepool v Stoke
Hartlepool: Lee-Barrett, Sweeney, Nelson, Collins, Humphreys, Jones, Liddle, Clark, Robson, Mackay, Porter. Subs: Budtz, McCunnie, Monkhouse, Power, Foley, Rowell, Tait.
Stoke: Simonsen, Davies, Shawcross, Sonko, Dickinson, Soares, Olofinjana, Whelan, Tonge, Delap, Pericard. Subs: Sorensen, Higginbotham, Lawrence, Kitson, Diao, Abdoulaye Faye, Wilkinson.

1230: "On the way to the Arsenal with my boy, Tom, he reckons 3-1 to the Wenger boys. Cup fever on the Guildford to Waterloo train!"
Anon via text on 81111

1227: "On our way to the Riverside to see the mighty Barrow take on Boro. Last time we got to the third round we lost 1-0 to Bolton. We just want to see us score. 7000 Barrovians going mad will be some sight!"
Barrow fan via text on 81111

1225: Macclesfield confirm that their game against Everton definitely goes ahead. Toffees boss David Moyes might not be best pleased about that. He has a miserable FA Cup record, winning four ties in five years and losing in the third round the last two years.

1221: "Freezing cold at work on a Saturday. Without the FA Cup I'd probably be crying tears the size of October cabbages! Come on Arsenal, stick five past these jokers."
Kyle, Kingston, via text on 81111

1218: For those of you tipping Plymouth for a Cupset against Arsenal, hear this: the Gunners have never been knocked out of the FA Cup by lower-league opposition with Arsene Wenger at the helm, while the Pilgrims have not beaten a top-flight side in the FA Cup since 1984.

1216: Had a few texts wondering why Birmingham don't have under-soil heating. It does seem odd, given they were in the Premier League last season. That game will also be played on Tuesday 13 January I think.

1212: Referee Phil Crossley explains his decision to postpone the Histon-Swansea tie, which will now be played on Tuesday, 13 January. "I can understand everybody's disappointment but I had to make an independent decision. I wanted the game to be played but given the conditions I couldn't guarantee the players' safety, which is of paramount importance."

1208: "I reckon the Cup shocks are going to come from the Arsenal game where Plymouth will sneak a draw. Bristol City to stun Pompey with a 2-1 win, Macclesfield to do the impossible against Everton and win and giant killers Barnsley to dump West Ham out of the FA Cup. If all that becomes true I will be a rich man. I love the FA Cup."
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1204: Barrow will be taking 7,000 fans to the Riverside today. Remarkable. The Bluebirds have not reached the fourth round in their 104-year history, and this is their first appearance in round three since 1991.

1159: Boo to you Jack Frost. The big derby between Birmingham v Wolves is postponed because of a frozen pitch, while Histon v Swansea has gone as well...

1154: This year's third-round draw didn't have its romantic hat on... although I'm not sure if cup draws wear hats, romantic or otherwise. Anyway, what I'm trying to say is that only two of the eight non-league sides drew top-flight opposition. Blyth Spartans host Blackburn on Monday, while Barrow travel to Middlesbrough at 1500 GMT today. Boro have not been knocked out by a non-league side since 1912 - when they were beaten by minnows West Ham.

1151: "The Green Army is set to invade North London. Come on Argyle!! Let's beat Wenger's kids."
JP (The Canadian Argyle fan) via text on 81111

1148: "I do love FA Cup third-round day. I'm heading to Ninian Park later, it's a sell out and should be a electric atmosphere. Bring on Wembley!! (yes, I know I'm being optimistic)"
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1145: Right about now, the referee is inspecting the pitch at St Andrews, where a frosty pitch threatens Birmingham v Wolves.

1143: "I was feeling the magic and just about to leave home but Cheltenham v Donny Rovers has just been called off. At least Cheltenham are in the fourth-round draw!"
Greg, Basingstoke, via text on 81111

1141: Now I know exactly what some of you may be thinking: why isn't my team's tie at the top of this page? Well, that's because I have not yet developed fingers faster than the speed of light - but trust me, I am working on it. In the mean time, you'll have to settle for goalflashes on selected 3pm ties. But don't panic, I'll also be providing regular updates from the others, with the help of my glamorous assistant, BBC Sport's very own Mr FA Cup, Chris Bevan.

1138: Your contributions, as always, are very, very welcome on 606 or via text on 81111, especially if you're actually off to a game. Talking of which, if you're about to set off for Cheltenham, sit down, have a cup of tea, stick the telly on, their game against Doncaster is off.
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1134: Yes, today is the day we meet the next Doctor Who (1735 GMT BBC1, folks) but before that, it's FA Cup third-round day, featuring a record eight non-league sides. The lowest-placed side are Eastwood Town, who are in the Unibond League Premier Division. They're up against Kettering of the Blue Square Premier, meaning at least one non-league team will get to the fourth round.

1130: Morning everyone. Can you feel it? The magic?

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see also
Arsenal 3-1 Plymouth
03 Jan 09 |  FA Cup
Cardiff 2-0 Reading
03 Jan 09 |  FA Cup
Charlton 1-1 Norwich
03 Jan 09 |  FA Cup
Chelsea 1-1 Southend
03 Jan 09 |  FA Cup
Coventry 2-0 Kidderminster
03 Jan 09 |  FA Cup
Forest Green 3-4 Derby
03 Jan 09 |  FA Cup
Kettering 2-1 Eastwood Town
03 Jan 09 |  FA Cup
Man City 0-3 Nottm Forest
03 Jan 09 |  FA Cup
Millwall 2-2 Crewe
03 Jan 09 |  FA Cup
Hartlepool 2-0 Stoke
03 Jan 09 |  FA Cup
Hull 0-0 Newcastle
03 Jan 09 |  FA Cup
Ipswich 3-0 Chesterfield
03 Jan 09 |  FA Cup
Leicester 0-0 Crystal Palace
03 Jan 09 |  FA Cup
Macclesfield 0-1 Everton
03 Jan 09 |  FA Cup
Middlesbrough 2-1 Barrow
03 Jan 09 |  FA Cup
Portsmouth 0-0 Bristol City
03 Jan 09 |  FA Cup
Preston 0-2 Liverpool
03 Jan 09 |  FA Cup
QPR 0-0 Burnley
03 Jan 09 |  FA Cup
Sheff Wed 1-2 Fulham
03 Jan 09 |  FA Cup
Sunderland 2-1 Bolton
03 Jan 09 |  FA Cup
Torquay 1-0 Blackpool
03 Jan 09 |  FA Cup
Watford 1-0 Scunthorpe
03 Jan 09 |  FA Cup
West Brom 1-1 Peterborough
03 Jan 09 |  FA Cup
West Ham 3-0 Barnsley
03 Jan 09 |  FA Cup


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