London: Demba Ba made an instant impact with two goals on his Chelsea debut as the holders romped to an emphatic 5-1 victory at Southampton in the FA Cup third round on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Frank Lampard became Chelsea’s joint second highest goal-scorer of all time alongside Kerry Dixon when he converted a penalty in the second half.
Newcastle United, the club Ba left on Friday, continued their dismal run of form with a 2-0 defeat at Championship (second tier) side Brighton and Hove Albion — a rare upset on one of the most eagerly-awaited days in the English season.
Goals from Andrea Orlandi and Will Hoskins earned Brighton a repeat of their fourth round victory over Premier League Newcastle last season, condemning Alan Pardew’s side to an 11th defeat in 14 matches.
Manchester United’s Robin van Persie scored in stoppage time as the side remained in the competition by the skin of their teeth and denied West Ham a famous win. The match ended 2-2.
Tom Cleverley gave West Ham the lead when he side-footed in before James Collins headed the equaliser and his first goal for the club. Collins gave the Hammers the lead with another header after the break. With seconds remaining, Van Persie latched on to Ryan Giggs’ through-to earn the visitors a draw.
Manchester City had no trouble ousting League Championship club Watford, with a 3-0 victory, while Tottenham beat third-tier club Coventry by the same score in a rematch of the 1987 final.
Fulham drew 1-1 at home to Blackpool, while third tier Bournemouth earned a replay with Wigan Athletic after holding them to a 1-1 draw.