Chelsea ease into next round
David Luiz and John Obi Mikel (AFP)
London - Chelsea and Liverpool each avoided potential FA Cup third-round
banana skins on Sunday with victories over lower-league opponents, but
West Ham United were thrashed 5-0 by Nottingham Forest.
beat in-form Championship side Derby County 2-0, with Liverpool avenging
their shock defeat by third-tier Oldham Athletic in last season's
competition with a 2-0 success at Anfield.
Derby have won 10 of
their 15 league games since former England manager Steve McClaren took
over, but they fell to second-half goals from John Mikel Obi and Oscar
as Chelsea set up a fourth-round tie with Stoke City.
Chelsea enjoyed the best of the first half at Pride Park but they were largely restricted to pot shots from distance.
went close on three occasions, while Ramires saw a low shot come back
off the base of the left-hand post in first-half stoppage time.
Chelsea continued to labour in the second period, manager Jose Mourinho
introduced Eden Hazard and Fernando Torres from the bench, and in the
66th minute the visitors made the breakthrough.
wide on the left yielded a free-kick and from Willian's wicked,
in-swinging cross, Mikel glanced home a header to mark his 300th Chelsea
appearance with his fourth goal for the club.
Oscar got on the
score-sheet shortly afterwards, gathering a pass from Hazard and beating
Lee Grant at his near post with a powerful shot.
have added a third but after rounding Grant he got the ball caught under
his feet, while Ramires also saw a deflected shot skim the bar.
will visit either Bournemouth or Burton Albion in round four after
seeing off Oldham, who stunned Brendan Rodgers's side 3-2 at Boundary
Park in the fourth round last season.
Iago Aspas, a close-season
signing from Celta Vigo, broke the deadlock in the 54th minute by
dispatching a cross from Raheem Sterling to claim his first goal for the
The Spaniard then hit the post, but Liverpool did not
secure victory until Oldham's James Tarkowski put through his own goal
with eight minutes to play.
West Ham became the second Premier
League team to be eliminated by lower-league opposition in this season's
competition when they were crushed 5-0 by Championship side Forest at
the City Ground.
A day after Aston Villa fell to third-tier
Sheffield United, West Ham were undone by a 14-minute hat-trick from
Forest forward Jamie Paterson, sandwiched by an early Djamel Abdoun
penalty and a late Andy Reid strike.
West Ham manager Sam
Allardyce made nine changes to his starting XI and gave debuts to three
young players, but he told ITV: "What choice did I have? I don't think I
"I make the decisions for the benefit of everyone at the
football club. We have a huge amount of problems in terms of available
Sunderland overcame third-tier Carlisle United 2-1 at the Stadium of Light to take their place in round four.
Johnson put Sunderland ahead with a 34th-minute free-kick and then
supplied the cross from which Sean O'Hanlon put through his own goal
after Matty Robson had levelled the scores.
A 90th-minute strike from 20-year-old French midfielder El-Hadji Ba completed victory for Gus Poyet's men.
Moyes will take charge of his first FA Cup tie as Manchester United
manager later on Sunday when Swansea City visit Old Trafford.