New signing Demba Ba was the star of the show as his double helped FA Cup holders Chelsea come back from an early scare to beat Southampton 5-1 at St Mary’s.
The Saints went ahead early thanks to the quick wits of striker Jay Rodriguez, but two debut goals Ba began the comeback, with Victor Moses, Branislav Ivanovic and Frank Lampard putting the Blues one step closer to defending their title.
Tottenham v Coventry had been earmarked as a possible shock as many reminisced about the Sky Blues’ 1987 FA Cup final win.
Sunderland staged a magnificent comeback to draw 2-2 with Championship side Bolton.
Chung-Yong Lee and Marvin Sordell’s goals either side of the break put Wanderers in a seemingly comfortable lead, but late goals from Connor Wickham and Craig Gardner meant the Black Cats can take the tie back to the Stadium of Light for the replay.
Peterborough were dumped out at the third-round stage by Premier League opposition for the fifth year running after falling to a 3-0 defeat to Norwich, with goals from Simeon Jackson, Elliot Bennett and Robert Snodgrass putting the Canneries through into the fourth round.
Wigan were given an FA Cup lifeline when a Jordi Gomez penalty earned his side a reply at the DW Stadium after a 1-1 draw with Bournemouth.
Eunan O'Kane’s long-range drive put The Cherries in front but their hopes of progressing to the next round were dashed when Gomez scored the equaliser with 20 minutes left to play.
Reading were another side who went a goal down before coming back to win as they beat Crawley Town 3-1.
Hastings United were the lowest placed team left in the FA Cup but Middlesbrough made light work of them as they ran out 4-1 winners.
There was late drama at Loftus Road as Keiron Dyer’s late, late strike got Harry Redknapp’s QPR side a 1-1 draw with West Brom who had led through Shane Long. The two teams will now play out a replay.
Crystal Palace and Stoke City will face each other again in a third round replay at the Britannia Stadium after playing out a goalless draw in which Palace looked the more impressive side.
And elsewhere there were two big lower league shocks as Macclesfield Town beat Championship leaders Cardiff City 2-1 and Blue Square Premier side Luton Town beat Wolves 1-0.