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FA Cup Third Round weekend provides few upsets ahead of Fourth Round draw


One of the most anticipated weekends in the English Football calendar, the weekend's FA Cup Third Round fixture provided little in the way of shocks.

Maidstone United, who were the lowest ranked side left in the competition, overcame League One Stevenage to reach the Fourth Round for the first time in their history.

The only other non-league side to at least make it into the draw were Eastleigh, who snatched a late draw at League Two Newport, despite being down to ten men for the majority of the game.

Should they win their replay they will most likely face even tougher opposition next, with only two Premier League sides being knocked out, and both by fellow top flight sides.

Tottenham overcame Burnley on Friday before the tie of the round on paper saw Liverpool leave it late to beat Arsenal 2-0 at the Emirates on Sunday.

Whilst the likes of Bournemouth and Brighton had scares and several clubs face tricky replays, eighteen Premier League sides will be in the draw which will take place ahead of the final fixture of the round, as Wigan host Manchester United.

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