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Saturday, January 5, 2013
Carlos Tevez guides City to easy win

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Carlos Tevez took the spotlight off Mario Balotelli with a classy performance crowned by a stunning free kick as Manchester City eased to a comfortable 3-0 FA Cup third round win over Watford on Saturday.

Even with Sergio Aguero rested, Balotelli was on the bench following his training ground bust-up with manager Roberto Mancini this week.

It was left to Tevez, the source of such controversy at the club last season, and a goal on his debut by teenage Portuguese midfielder Marcos Lopes to put the smile back on Mancini's face.

Lopes, nicknamed 'Rony' after the Brazilian forward Ronaldinho, only turned 17 last week and struck the third in injury time after Gareth Barry had made in 2-0 just before the break.

Balotelli came on for Edin Dzeko in the 70th minute to a mixed reaction, with some booing and some cheering.

The first match of the third round saw an upset as Premier League side Newcastle went out 2-0 to the Championship's Brighton at Amex Stadium.

The Seagulls repeated last season's cup heroics by dumping an under-strength Magpies out of the competition with Andrea Orlandi supplying an outstanding opener.

The second was delivered by substitute Will Hoskins, who tucked home David Lopez's defense-splitting pass, as the playoff hopefuls completed a comfortable win.

Newcastle were further frustrated by captain Shola Ameobi's second-half sending off. Omeobi was deeply unlucky to receive the second yellow from referee Lee Probert and will miss Saturday's match against Norwich.

In another upset, two goals in the last five minutes by Matthew Barnes-Homer saw Conference side Macclesfield claim a 2-1 win over Championship leaders Cardiff.

The Bluebirds went ahead when Nathaniel Jarvis forced the ball home from close range but Macclesfield leveled when Barnes-Homer slotted into the center of the goal with five minutes to go.

The game was turned completely on its head when Barnes-Homer scored from the penalty spot with two minutes to go after he had been fouled by Jarvis.

Bournemouth had to settle for a replay against Wigan after a 1-1 draw at the DW Stadium. The League One side took the lead four minutes before the break thanks to a fine goal by Eunan O'Kane.

However, the Premier League side leveled through a fortuitous penalty with Jordi Gomez's spot-kick parried by the keeper but the midfielder pounced on the rebound to slot home with 20 minutes left.

Fulham needed an equalizer 10 minutes from time to earn a 1-1 draw at home to Blackpool.

Ludovic Silvestre put the Seasiders ahead with half an hour to go when he fired home a 25-yard shot. However, Robert Harris' clearance from Bryan Ruiz's corner could only find Giorgos Karagounis on the edge of the box and he looped a volley into the net.

Sunderland came from two goals down to claim a 2-2 draw at Bolton.

The Trotters went ahead in the 12th minute following a defensive mistake by Carlos Cuellar, his ball pounced on by Chung-Yong Lee whose low shot went into the center of the goal.

Poor defending again saw Bolton double their lead as Marvin Sordell slotted home into the bottom left-hand corner from close range.

Connor Wickham gave Sunderland hope just a minute after coming on (60) and Craig Gardener sent an unstoppable equalizer into the roof of the net from 35 yards with 15 minutes left.

Aston Villa came from behind to beat Ipswich 2-1.

Michael Chopra pounced just after the half-hour for the visitors but Villa made a perfect start to the second half, with Darren Bent stabbing home after good work by Charles N'Zogbia just 36 seconds after the break.

Gabriel Agbonlahor put a fine ball in that found Andreas Weimann, who powered home a header to give Villa the lead with seven minutes to go.

Reading came from a goal down after 14 seconds to win 3-1 at League One Crawley. Nicky Adams fired Crawley ahead but two from Adam Le Fondre and a Noel Hunt strike saw the Royals through.

Norwich eased to a 3-0 victory at Championship Peterborough. Elliott Bennett put the Premier League side ahead after half an hour following Robert Snodgrass' pass and they doubled their lead four minutes before the break, Simeon Jackson getting in behind the defense. Snodgrass got a third with 20 minutes left.

In an all-Premier League clash, QPR and West Brom drew 1-1. Shane Long put the Baggies ahead with a low shot with 11 minutes to go before Kieron Dyer leveled in injury time.

Crystal Palace and Stoke shared a 0-0 draw at Selhurst Park.

Luton had to endure nine minutes of injury time to send Wolves out of the competition. Alex Lawless fired the Hatters ahead just 34 seconds into the second half as he lashed an unstoppable volley home.

Robbie Simpson scored twice as League One Oldham won 3-1 at Nottingham Forest. Matt Smith's 13th-minute own goal put the hosts in front but the Latics leveled with a shot from distance by Simpson.

Simpson headed home four minutes later and things got worse for Forest. Danny Collins was given a straight red card for a foul on Matt Smith and from the resulting free-kick Jose Baxter made it 3-1.

A stoppage-time goal by Nick Proschwitz saw Hull scrape a 1-1 draw against Leyton Orient. The League One side went ahead with 12 minutes to go when Dean Cox's cross was met with a bullet header by David Mooney. However, Proschwitz's downward header earned a replay for the Championship high-flyers.

Hastings' on-loan goalkeeper Liam O'Brien saved a penalty from Ishmael Miller before Middlesbrough went on to win 4-1. Merouane Zemmama (two), Andrew Halliday and Miller scored for Boro with Bradley Goldburg on target for Hastings.

Leeds and Birmingham drew 1-1, Huddersfield won 1-0 at Charlton, who had Dorian Dervite sent off, Blackburn beat Bristol City 2-0 and Barnsley won 1-0 against 10-man Burnley.

Danny Hylton scored a hat trick and was then sent off for serious foul play as Aldershot beat Rotherham 3-1 with both sides finishing with 10 men, Leicester won 2-0 over Burton, Derby eased past Tranmere 5-0, Sheffield United won 3-0 at Oxford and Sheffield Wednesday drew 0-0 with MK Dons.

Millwall beat Preston 1-0 while Southend drew 2-2 with Brentford.

Information from Press Association was used in this report.




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