Date: 11th January 2016 at 9:52am
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The Scunthorpe run in the FA Cup is over for another year after the third round defeat against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Scunthorpe battled hard but in the end the reigning (but struggling, this season) Premier League Champions went through after a two-nil win with Branislav Ivanovic crossing into Diego Costa to open the scoring early on with Ruben Loftus-Cheek adding the second midway through the second half.

Luke Daniels made some fine saves to keep Scunthorpe in it, with the ‘keeper denying Cesc Fabregas and Pedro with Kevin van Veen claiming a penalty, which wasn’t given with Jordan Clarke going closest for the Iron but his effort from range was hit the post, via the help of Chelsea ‘keeper Asmir Begovic.

These were the other results.

Saturday 9th January 2016
Wycombe 1-1 Aston Villa
Arsenal 3-1 Sunderland
Birmingham 1-2 Bournemouth
Brentford 0-1 Walsall
Bury 0-0 Bradford
Colchester 2-1 Charlton
Doncaster 1-2 Stoke
Eastleigh 1-1 Bolton
Everton 2-0 Dag & Red
Hartlepool 1-2 Derby
Huddersfield 2-2 Reading
Hull 1-0 Brighton
Ipswich 2-2 Portsmouth
Leeds 2-0 Rotherham
Middlesbrough 1-2 Burnley
Newport P-P Blackburn
Northampton 2-2 MK Dons
Norwich 0-3 Man City
Nottm Forest 1-0 QPR
Peterborough 2-0 Preston
Sheff Wed 2-1 Fulham
Southampton 1-2 Crystal Palace
Watford 1-0 Newcastle
West Brom 2-2 Bristol City
West Ham 1-0 Wolves
Man Utd 1-0 Sheff Utd

Sunday 10th January 2016
Oxford Utd 3-2 Swansea
Carlisle 2-2 Yeovil
Chelsea 2-0 Scunthorpe
Tottenham 2-2 Leicester
Cardiff 0-1 Shrewsbury

Some interesting results, with some upsets, but on the whole those expected to go through did go through or at least remained in the competition! Well, I would say anyway.

But the stand out results (on Saturday), with them causing upsets to progress, have to be the wins for Walsall, Colchester and Peterborough beating Brentford (Bees boss Dean Smith’s former side) one-nil, Charlton two-one and Preston two-nil respectively, to put all of the League 1 side through against the Championship sides to see them into the next round keep those cup dreams alive.

The win of the round though (which came on Sunday, one of a couple of upsets) has to be the three-two win for League 2 side over Swansea at the Kassam Stadium! The Premier League side are struggling this season, with the U’s doing well in League 2 but that’s a great result as it was for Shrewsbury! Thrashed seven-one in League 1 recently by Chesterfield the Shrews then went to Cardiff and pulled off an upset win against the 2008 finalists going back with a one-nil win and a place in round four!

Mentions have to go to Wycombe for holding struggling Premier League side Aston Villa to a one-one draw at Adams Park with Eastleigh (with the game eventually going ahead after a number of pitch inspections) denied a win by a late Bolton equaliser in a one-one draw.

Portsmouth who were also within a couple of minutes of beating Ipswich who grabbed a two-two draw late on at Portman Road with League 2 promotion rivals Northampton also involved in a two-all draw with another Championship side MK Dons with one more two-two draw seeing a dramatic injury-time goal from West Brom denying struggling Championship side Bristol City a win over the Premier League side.

Following the defeat we know our name isn’t going to be in the pot for the next round so it’ll be a case of ‘concentrating on the league!’

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