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FA Cup third round LIVE! Goal updates and scores as Cambridge and Boreham Wood secure upsets
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FA Cup third round - LIVE!

One of the most popular weekends in the English football calendar has arrived, with the third round of this season’s FA Cup up and running.

Manchester City became the first team to book their place in the fourth round by beating Swindon last night, and with replays eschewed this season, another 21 teams will have joined them by the end of the day.

Championship promotion hopefuls Fulham got their campaign underway with a win at Bristol City in one of six lunchtime kick-offs, which saw Hartlepool and Huddersfield shock Blackpool and Burnley respectively. Cambridge then dumped out top-flight Newcastle.

Brentford won at Port Vale to put their name in the hat for the next round. Watford were knocked out in an all-Premier League encounter against holder Leicester, while non-league Boreham Wood secured an upset victory against AFC Wimbledon.

You can follow all the action from around the grounds with Standard Sport’s LIVE blog below...

No let up in the drama!

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Chelsea take on Chesterfield in the best of the evening kick-offs and we’ll redirect you here to our dedicated live blog for that game at Stamford Bridge.

Huge from the Harriers

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What a day of upsets!

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Cambridge, Kidderminster, Boreham Wood and Wigan all bag HUGE results!

Full time! Kidderminster 2-1 Reading

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The lowest-ranked side in the competition live on! What a turnaround from the Harriers!

Full-time! Leicester 4-1 Watford

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After a brief scare and short power outage, the Foxes take the first step to defending their title.

Around the grounds

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The tie of the round, Barrow have made it 4-4 at Oakwell! Kay’s finish looks set to send this inseparable duo into extra-time.

Wigan will not need it against Blackburn! Aasgaard’s cross-shot seals the Latics’ place in the next round with a 3-2 victory.

Elsewhere, Peterborough have beaten Bristol Rovers 2-1.

Full time! Boreham Wood 2-0 AFC Wimbledon

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The National League team are in the hat!

Full-time! Newcastle 0-1 Cambridge

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The upset of the round at St James’ Park!

Full time! Port Vale 1-4 Brentford

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Mbeumo’s hat-trick secures the Bees’ passage to round four.

Around the grounds

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Barrow managed to make it 3-3 before Barnsley retake the lead with a cool finish from Morris at the death!

QPR and Rotherham finishes 0-0, they’re heading to extra-time along with West Brom and Brighton.

Kidderminster 2-1 Reading

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90 mins: Don’t expect a finish to this one just yet - there are 12 minutes added on after Tetek was taken off on a stretcher for the visitors who desperately need a goal.

Around the grounds

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More drama! Cole’s lovely curled finish might be enough for Barnsley, who lead Barrow 3-2, with Blackburn back level at Wigan after an 89th-minute Ayala goal.

GOAL! Port Vale 1-4 Brentford

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87 mins: Mbeumo seals his hat-trick from the spot.

GOAL! Boreham Wood 2-0 AFC Wimbledon

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87 mins: A lovely cross and finish put the National League side on the verge of the fourth-round!

GOAL! Leicester 4-1 Watford

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85 mins: The holders are through after Albrighton is the last man standing in a long queue of attackers attempting to finish off the Hornets.

Around the grounds

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Brighton are level at West Brom via a Moder goal and now Barrow have completed the comeback at Barnsley! It’s 2-2 at Oakwell after a Driscoll-Glennon’s finish for the ten men.

Newcastle 0-1 Cambridge

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86 mins: Not long left for the League One club to survive... and they’ve even had a goal disallowed for offside.

GOAL! Kidderminster 2-1 Reading

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82 mins: What a turnaround!

Kidderminster have taken the lead against their Championship opponents after Morgan-Smith bundles it home from a corner!

QPR 0-0 Rotherham

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78 mins: What did I say about those QPR misses...

Rotherham come very close to a winner with a header bouncing into the net until Barbet pops up to casually head it off the line.

GOAL! Port Vale 1-3 Brentford

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76 mins: That may just be that as Mbeumo goes on a long run before curling a shot into the bottom corner.

Around the grounds

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Wigan have taken the lead at home to Blackburn thanks to a Whatmough goal, while West Brom lead Brighton but are down to tne-men after Kipre’s red.

Barrow are back in their tie at Barnsley after a sweet Banks strike.

GOAL! Port Vale 1-2 Brentford

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69 mins: Harratt bags on his debut to keep the tie alive!

GOAL! Kidderminster 1-1 Reading

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69 mins: Harriers captain Austin fires the sixth-tier side level against the Royals!

GOAL! Port Vale 0-2 Brentford

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66 mins: Bidstrup wins the ball and the Bees move quickly, Vitaly playing in Mbeumo who bears down on goal and doubles his team’s advantage.

Around the grounds

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Peterborough are back ahead against Bristol Rovers thanks to a fine run and finish by Mumba, while Wigan and Blackburn have exchanged strikes at DW Stadium.

And, finally, the lights are back on at the King Power.


QPR 0-0 Rotherham

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62 mins: Will QPR come to rue all these missed chances? Gray is the next man to fire at goal, after a cross from Dykes, but he fires over.

Leicester 3-1 Watford

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58 mins: The lights have gone out at the King Power. Play has been stopped.

Newcastle 0-1 Cambridge

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57 mins: The away end goes wild for a second time after a long VAR delay confirms the opener after an offside check. But Shelvey got a touch as the ball went through to the attacker.

GOAL! Leicester 3-1 Watford

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54 mins: A third for the holders as Lookman crosses for Barnes to add his name to the scoresheet.

GOAL! Newcastle 0-1 Cambridge

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56 mins: A big upset is on the cards at St James’ Park with 5,000 fans in the away end going wild! The hosts fumble a number of attempts to clear the ball and Ironside turns it home!

Port Vale 0-1 Brentford

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54 mins: Port Vale are on the ascendancy in the early moments of the half, can they get back on level terms?

Newcastle 0-0 Cambridge

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54 mins: On debut, Trippier lines up a free-kick just under 30 yards out... and hits the wall. As you were.

Newcastle 0-0 Cambridge

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51 mins: Lots of pressure for the Magpies at St James’ Park with Murphy going close before firing a one-on-one effort past the goalkeeper - only for the flag to go up.

GOAL! West Brom 1-0 Brighton

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47 mins: The first goal of the second-half in these matches comes via Robinson for Championship West Brom against top-tier Brighton, is an upset on the cards?

Second-half begins!

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Time for another 45 minutes of FA Cup third-round action!

When is the draw?

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The FA Cup fourth round draw takes place at around 4.5pm on Sunday, January 9 2022 at the London Stadium. It will be broadcast on ITV.

Around the grounds

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Boreham Wood look good value for a spot in the fourth-round with a 1-0 lead over AFC Wimbledon at Meadow Park, although non-league colleagues Kidderminster are down a goal at home to Reading.

Cambridge are holding Newcastle at the break with Brighton goalless in their game at West Brom.

Peterborough and Bristol Rovers are all square after trading goals, as are the stalemates between QPR and Rotherham Wigan and Blackburn. Barnsley’s two goals and a red card for Barrow could spell the end of the tie at Oakwell.


Half-time! Leicester 2-1 Watford

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A deft chip from Maddison added to an early Tielemans penalty to set the holders on course for the fourth-round, but a quickfire Joao Pedro reply means this one is far from over...


Half-time! Port Vale 0-1 Brentford

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Brentford hit the bar through Wissa moments before the whistle goes at Vale Park, with the Bees a goal to the good thanks to Forss’ finish.

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(Action Images via Reuters)

GOAL! Kidderminster 0-1 Reading

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44 mins: Puscas scores his first goal of the season to put the Championship side ahead at Aggborough!

QPR 0-0 Rotherham

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43 mins: The Championship club are getting closer to an opener as Vickers in the Rotherham goal denies Austin from a corner.

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Into the final knockings of the first-half across the country, and every game is still very much up for grabs! Watch this space...

Newcastle 0-0 Cambridge

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37 mins: VAR is only in operation at Premier League grounds today and officials have another look at a penalty shout from the visitors, after Ritchie tangles with Knibbs. Replays suggest it’s the right call to play on.

QPR 0-0 Rotherham

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35 mins: It’s been mostly QPR in West London, with their visitors yet to have an attempt at goal.

Kidderminster 0-0 Reading

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33 mins: The Royals upping the ante in the Midlands as Camara and Drinkwater combine to pick out Puscas, but the pass is just beyond the Romanian who would have been through on goal.

Around the grounds

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An Andersen header has put Barnsley ahead at home to Barrow, while Bristol Rovers have fought back against Peterborough.

A Szmodics opener, after he squeezed around the goalkeeper to finish, has been cancelled out by a Coutts penalty.

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(Getty Images)

GOAL! Leicester 2-1 Watford

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28 mins: Steady on... Joao Pedro puts Watford on the board with a chipped finish.

GOAL! Port Vale 0-1 Brentford

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27 mins: Bidstrup races up the pitch before setting up Forss for a powerful finish and the Premier League side lead!

GOAL! Leicester 2-0 Watford

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25 mins: Maddison doubles the Foxes’ lead, a simple two-pass move out from the back sees Lookman feed the midfielder who dinks the keeper for 2-0.

Port Vale 0-0 Brentford

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23 mins: The Bees come close as a long-throw causes mayhem in the Port Vale box, forcing Stone into a double save to deny Stone and Wissa.

Leicester 1-0 Watford

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20 mins: Watford have come back into the game a touch since the opener, Tufan attempting an acrobatic effort that cleared the crossbar.

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(Action Images via Reuters)

Newcastle 0-0 Cambridge

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18 mins: A full St James’ Park for Newcastle’s game against League One Cambridge, with a strong team put out by Eddie Howe and Saint-Maximin sending a header over the bar in the best of the action so far.

Port Vale 0-0 Brentford

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16 mins: Chances for both sides so far with Thompson almost getting on the end of a cross to put the Bees ahead, before Amoo is shut down by Sorensen down the other end.

GOAL! Boreham Wood 1-0 AFC Wimbledon

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12 mins: Talking of non-league teams, Marsh has put Boreham Wood ahead with a fine finish into the corner at Meadow Park!

Kidderminster 0-0 Reading

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10 mins: One game without a huge amount of attention on it is sixth-tier Kidderminster hosting Championship Reading with a big atmosphere at Aggborough but little in the way of chances so far.

GOAL! Leicester 1-0 Watford

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5 mins: An early penalty, confirmed by VAR after a long wait, is slammed home by Tielemans!

Full-time! Bristol City 0-1 Fulham

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Harry Wilson’s extra-time cross that beat everybody is the difference in the last of our lunchtime games to finish.


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The 3pm games are starting across the country in the FA Cup third-round.

Among the games featuring capital clubs are Port Vale vs Brentford, Leicester vs Watford, Boreham Wood vs AFC Wimbledon and QPR vs Rotherham.

Bristol City 0-1 Fulham

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112 mins: Into the last few minutes of extra-time as the Cottagers look to cling onto their place in the fourth-round, following an all-Championship slog in the West Country.

GOAL! Bristol City 0-1 Fulham

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104 mins: The breakthrough! Just after Mitrovic is denied by a fine save, Wilson puts the Cottagers a goal ahead!

Bristol City 0-0 Fulham

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102 mins: All a bit scrappy now with Fulham breaking out to set up Kebano for a cut inside onto his right foot, and he whips a fierce effort inches wide of the far-post.

Extra-time: Bristol City 0-0 Fulham

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We’re back underway at Ashton Gate with Bristol City snuffing out a Harry Wilson break and dealing with the subsequent corner.

Around the grounds

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Huddersfield and Hartlepool have the first upsets of the weekend!

Pearson’s late header against Burnley seals the Terriers’ a spot in the fourth-round while Hartlepool have sealed their own comeback victory at home to Blackpool.

Coventry beat Derby 1-0 while Palace, 15 minutes behind the rest, stil lead Millwall 2-1.

Extra-time required!

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Bristol City and Fulham finish goalless after the 90 minutes... Another 30 (and maybe penalties) will be needed.

Bristol City 0-0 Fulham

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90 mins: Lots of Robins’ pressure now with five minutes to be added on...

Around the grounds

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A late own goal from O’Toole has given Middlesbrough a 3-2 win at Mansfield, after a valiant comeback from the League Two side.

Hartlepool still lead Blackpool 2-1 at Victoria Park while Huddersfield have levelled up at Premier League Burnley after a Koroma finish at the far-post.

And Crystal Palace have turned it around at Millwall, Olise and Mateta’s goals making it 2-1 at The Den.

Team news: Boreham Wood

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AFC Wimbledon make the short journey to Boreham Wood today, one of the lowest-ranked teams left in the competition.

Bristol City 0-0 Fulham

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79 mins: The home team are on the ascendancy but was that the chance to win it? A ball across the area reaches the unmarked O’Dowda at the far-post and he skies a right-footed effort over the bar.

Team news: QPR

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Rotherham are the opponents for the R’s today and Mark Warburton makes four changes with his first-choice defence in place at Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.

Team news: Newcastle

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Kieran Trippier is in for his Toon debut versus Cambridge with Eddie Howe naming a strong XI.

Bristol City 0-0 Fulham

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75 mins: It looks like we’re heading to extra-time in this one - just as we are in Mansfield after an 85th-minute goal from Oates to make it 2-2 at home to Middlesbrough.

Team news: Brentford

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Brentford welcome back Kristoffer Ajer to their team for the trip to Port Vale as new signing Jonas Lossl starts in goal.

Team news: Watford

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A few changes for the Hornets, who have new signing Hassane Kamara on the bench.

Team news: Leicester

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Young midfielder Lewis Brunt gets a start for Leicester against Watford, in an otherwise strong line-up from Brendan Rodgers.

Around the grounds

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Hartlepool are looking good for an upset at home to Blackpool after goals from Ferguson and Grey to start the second period - they lead 2-1.

And Crystal Palace are level thanks to a sweet Olise finish in the first minute after the break.

Bristol City 0-0 Fulham

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60 mins: It really is all Fulham now and a City counter-attack goes nowhere before the visitors get back on the ball.

Will we see a breakthrough?

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Just the one second-half goal thus far and it’s come at Mansfield where Hawkins has put the minnows on the board. It’s 2-1 to Middlesbrough with 15 minutes left...

Bristol City 0-0 Fulham

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51 mins: A better start from Fulham and Quina looks to wriggle free down the left flank before smacking a cross right into the nether-regions of City midfielder Scott.

He stays down. Not nice.


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We’re back underway at Ashton Gate with Bristol City and Fulham locked at 0-0.

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Kieran Trippier is at St James’ Park for Newcastle’s game with Cambridge - will he be making his debut?

Team news for the 3pm kick-offs in half an hour.

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(AFP via Getty Images)

Around the grounds

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Coventry lead Derby 1-0 through a Hyam goal just before the break, with Rodriguez’s header from a deep cross putting Burnley ahead at home to Huddersfield.

Middlesbrough are in a commanding position at Mansfield thanks to two early goals and, in the latest lunchtime kick-off, Millwall lead Crystal Palace thanks to Afobe’s finish after a major Butland error.


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It’s goalless at Ashton Gate after a tight 45 minutes in which the hosts probably just about edged the best of the play.

Bristol City 0-0 Fulham

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40 mins: Chance!

Martin is put through on goal by a sweet Benarous ball and has his effort diverted behind by Gazzaniga.

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How that Millwall goal went in. Look away now, Palace fans...

Around the grounds

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Millwall lead at home to Crystal Palace after a defensive error puts Afobe through for a simple finish.

Burnley are also in front against Huddersfield through a Rodriguez header.

Bristol City 0-0 Fulham

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29 mins: A huge cheer of irony from the home end as former Robin Decordova-Reid has a run on goal and fires his shot into the near-post side netting.

Bristol City 0-0 Fulham

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26 mins: Massengo is causing problems for the Cottagers backline, with the visitors unable to break out in the last few minutes.

Bristol City 0-0 Fulham

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18 mins: Appeals for a handball in the Fulham box after a cross from the right, they are turned down but City have the ball back quickly enough and Carvalho commits a foul for a free-kick in a good position.

Martin’s effort is straight at Gazzaniga.

Around the grounds

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Keshi Anderson has given Blackpool a fifth-minute lead at Hartlepool in a goal that would not be out of place on a certain 90s football Twitter account.

Bristol City 0-0 Fulham

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10 mins: We’ll be largely focusing on events in Bristol for the lunchtime kick-offs on this blog.

Fulham under a bit of pressure early on with a well-hit Wells cross almost meeting Scott for a header on goal.

For Millwall vs Crystal Palace, join Malik and Dan for our dedicated live blog.

Around the grounds

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Middlesbrough showing no sign of letting Mansfield trouble them this afternoon, Caolan Boyd-Munce has made it 2-0 with a close-range finish.

More kick-offs!

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Four games are getting underway across the country...

Fulham take on Bristol City, Burnley host Huddersfield, Coventry face Derby and Hartlepool welcome Blackpool to Victoria Park.

Ikpeazu screamer

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That’s a bit of alright...

First goal of the day!

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That didn’t take long! Middlesbrough lead at Mansfield with an Ikpeazu curler.

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Five minute warning until we get underway on this Saturday of third-round action!

Bristol City vs Fulham (12:30pm)

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And here’s the Bristol City team...

Bristol City vs Fulham (12:30pm)

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Here’s how Fulham will lineup...

Bristol City vs Fulham (12:30pm)

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Our focus among the early kick-offs will be on Ashton Gate, where Bristol City host promotion-chasing Fulham.

The Cottagers went on a dismal run of form prior to Christmas, going five league games without a win, and have slipped out of the automatic promotion places for the time being.

However, Marco Silva’s side have not played since December 20 because of Covid postponements and the Portuguese will be hoping the break will allow his side to re-find their early season form.

Today’s fixtures...

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There are 21 in all to get through today but we’ll start with a look at the lunchtime kick-offs:

  • Mansfield vs Middlesbrough (12:15pm)

  • Hartlepool vs Blackpool (12:30pm)

  • Bristol City vs Fulham (12:30pm)

  • Burnley vs Huddersfield (12:30pm)

  • Coventry vs Derby (12:30pm)

  • Millwall vs Crystal Palace (12:45pm)

Last night...

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Before we come on to today’s games, there is already one team in the hat for the fourth round after Manchester City took care of Swindon last night.

Despite a Covid outbreak in the camp that saw manager Pep Guardiola forced into isolation, City were able to field a strong team and ran out 4-1 winners, with youngster Cole Palmer particularly impressive as he notched a goal and an assist.

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(Manchester City FC via Getty Images)

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