Sunday, January 6, 2013

Results from Saturday FA fixtures.

Saturday fixtures for the FA cup saw a lot of great comebacks, debut performances and amazing saves from the likes of Joe Cole, Demba Ba & Robin Van Persie. 
Robin van Persie's finish was 'world class', says Sir Alex Ferguson, as Manchester United snatch draw
After 90 minutes of play and with 3 minutes left in added time, the Red Devils were down by 2-1 however, Robin Persie’s goal at stoppage time earned a third-round replay for the Premier league leaders. 
Following his transfer from Liverpool this week, Joe Cole made his second debut for West Ham United, it was indeed a good comeback for the midfielder as he set up a double for defender James Collins with amazing crosses from the left flank in each half turning the tie around after Tom Cleverly had fired United into the lead on 23 minutes.
Demba Ba scores against Southampton
Current FA champions Chelsea FC had somewhat of a slow start earlier on in Saturday’s fixture against Southampton, midfield creativity from Juan Mata who was central to all of Chelsea’s attack help turn the score around after Southampton struck first courtesy of Jason Puncheon. However, two goals from debutant Demba Ba plus strikes from Victor Moses, Branislav Ivanovic and Frank Lampard maintained their unbeaten run in the FA Cup third round which stretches back to 1999. Chelsea’s 5-1 victory over Southampton was a combination of team work and dedication, speaking on Ba’s performance club manager Benítez said. “It’s always important for a striker to score goals but more than that it is the contribution to the team and the understanding of what we want to do.”
Talking-to: Gianfranco Zola has a soft spot for Mario Balotelli after managing him for Italy Under 21s
Just two days after his training grounds squabble with manager Roberto Mancini, and following a 4-week absence, Mario Balotelli returned to action only to be  welcomed with jeers and boos from Manchester City fans. Balotelli who came in at the 70th  minutes in City’s 3-0 FA Cup third-round victory over Championship side Watford was given a hug and affectionate talking-to by Zola, who managed the controversial striker for Italy's under-21 side.
                           Results from Saturday's fixtures
                             TIME        Home                                               Away
12:30:Brighton & Hove Albion      2 - 0       Newcastle United
15:00:Crystal Palace        0 - 0       Stoke City
15:00:Tottenham Hotspur             3 - 0       Coventry City
15:00:Wigan Athletic       1 - 1       AFC Bournemouth
15:00:Fulham     1 - 1       Blackpool
15:00:Aston Villa              2 - 1       Ipswich Town
15:00 Charlton Athletic   0 - 1       Huddersfield Town
15:00:Barnsley   1 - 0       Burnley
15:00:Macclesfield Town              2 - 1       Cardiff City
15:00:Manchester City    3 - 0       Watford
15:00:Leicester City         2 - 0       Burton Albion
15:00:Derby County         5 - 0       Tranmere Rovers
15:00:Millwall    1 - 0       Preston North End
15:00:Derby County         5 - 0       Tranmere Rovers
15:00:Crawley Town        1 - 3       Reading
15:00:Aldershot Town     3 - 1       Rotherham United
15:00:Middlesbrough      4 - 1       Hastings United
15:00:Oxford United        0 - 3       Sheffield United
15:00:Southampton         1 - 5       Chelsea
15:00:Queens Park Rangers          1 - 1       West Bromwich Albion
15:00:Peterborough United          0 - 3       Norwich City
15:00:Bolton Wanderers               2 - 2       Sunderland AFC
15:00:Nottingham Forest              2 - 3       Oldham Athletic
15:00:Hull City    1 - 1       Leyton Orient
15:00:Blackburn Rovers  2 - 0       Bristol City
15:00:Leeds United AFC  1 - 1       Birmingham City
15:00:Southend United   2 - 2       Brentford
15:00:Luton Town            1 - 0       Wolverhampton Wanderers
15:00:Sheffield Wednesday          0 - 0       Milton Keynes Dons
17:15:West Ham United 2 - 2       Manchester United