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FA Cup 2014: Sunday's Third Round Results and Biggest Storylines

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 05:  Fabio of Manchester United reacts following his red-card challenge on Jose Canas of Swansea City during the FA Cup with Budweiser Third round match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford on January 5, 2014 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistJanuary 5, 2014

There was a Premier League club involved in all but one of Sunday's six FA Cup fixtures as the tournament once again pitted sides of all shapes and sizes against one another.

The English giants were out in force as Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool all took to the FA Cup stage while West Ham United, Swansea City and Sunderland were also in action.

However, not every performance was as comfortable as the last, with all Sunday's third-round results and the biggest talking points from the day's action detailed below.

2013-14 FA Cup Fourth Round, Sunday's Results
ResultTime
Nottingham Forest 5-0 West Ham12 p.m. GMT/7 a.m. ET
Sunderland 3-1 Carlisle United2 p.m. GMT/9 a.m. ET
Derby County 0-2 Chelsea2:15 p.m. GMT/9:15 a.m. ET
Liverpool 2-0 Oldham Athletic3 p.m. GMT/10 a.m. ET
Port Vale 2-2 Plymouth3 p.m. GMT/10 a.m. ET
Manchester United 1-2 Swansea City4:30 p.m. GMT/11:30 a.m. ET
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David Moyes' Red Devils Dumped Out By Swansea City

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 05:  Manchester United Manager David Moyes reacts during the FA Cup with Budweiser Third round match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford on January 5, 2014 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livese
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Michael Laudrup's Swansea City turned around some poor form at the optimum moment to hand Manchester United a shock 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford in the late kickoff.

The hosts were drawing 1-1 until a 76th-minute substitution appearance from Fabio lasted just four minutes, with the 23-year-old showing his immaturity by lunging into a tackle on Jose Canas that was rewarded with a red card.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 05:  Wilfried Bony of Swansea City celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the FA Cup with Budweiser Third round match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford on January 5, 2014 in Manchester, Engl
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The defeat serves as just another bitter turn in David Moyes' opening season as boss at the Theatre of Dreams, his side lacking the killer touch to finish the game off with neither 11 men nor 10.

Wilfried Bony lapped up the one-man advantage and sent in an 90th-minute winner, booking his side a spot in the competition's fourth round as a result.

 

Sam Allardyce's Hammers Embarrassed at the City Ground

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 01:  Sam Allardyce the West Ham manager looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Fulham and West Ham United at Craven Cottage on January 1, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)
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With his side currently languishing in the Premier League's relegation zone, Sam Allardyce failed to give West Ham United fans much cause for hope after the east Londoners succumbed to a 5-0 defeat at Nottingham Forest.

As the scoreline suggests, this was by no means a fluke for the City Ground hosts, who were ruthless in the way they went about their business against Allardyce's youthful lineup.

The hero of the day was undoubtedly 22-year-old Jamie Paterson, who grabbed a trio of goals to push Forest into a healthy lead, and other additions coming from Andy Reid and Djamel Abdoun.

NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - JANUARY 05:  Jamie Paterson of Nottingham Forest celebrates as he scores their fourth goal and completes his hat trick during the FA Cup with Budweiser Third round match between Nottingham Forest and West Ham United at City Ground on
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Allardyce's position at Upton Park has come under increasing scrutiny of late, and this most recent result will by no means have helped his hopes for the future.

Per talkSPORT's Ian Abrahams, the manager does at least acknowledge that results are needed to improve his standing, however:

 

Reds Get Revenge Over Last Season's Tormentors

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 05: Korey Smith of Oldham takes on Lucas of Liverpool during the Budweiser FA Cup third round match between Liverpool and Oldham Athletic at Anfield on January 5, 2014 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images
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Liverpool were left wanting the last time they came up against Oldham Athletic, bowing out of the 2012-13 tournament thanks to a 3-2 defeat against the Latics in the fourth round.

However, Brendan Rodgers' men learnt from their mistakes and were comfortable in a 2-0 win this time around, Iago Aspas opening the scoring before James Tarkowski unfortunately deflected a Raheem Sterling shot into his own net.

Liverpool can be hopeful of their chances of advancing further, too, with a fourth round meeting against either Bournemouth or Burton Albion awaiting them.

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