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FA Cup: Five-Star Chelsea Cruise Past Chesterfield at Stamford Bridge

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Chelsea scored four times in the first 40 minutes to drop Chesterfield 5–1, while Everton avoided another damaging defeat for manager Rafael Benitez as they needed extra time to beat Hull 3–2. . Newcastle United’s poor on-field weather reached a new low on Saturday as they were knocked out of the FA Cup 1-0 by third-tier Cambridge, while non-league sides Kidderminster and Boreham Wood also advanced to the fourth round. Booked your place. England international Kieran Trippier made his debut as Newcastle’s first signing since the controversial takeover by the Saudi Sovereign Wealth Fund.

But the Magpies still won only one match throughout the season and were embarrassed two divisions below them in front of a furious full home at St. James’ Park.

Joe Ironside scored the only goal in the second half in 11 minutes as he turned around to set home fire from close quarters after a Golmouth scuffle.

“It showed how I dreamed about it last night,” said Ironside, who grew up idolizing Newcastle’s record goal scorer Alan Shearer.

“Shearer was my hero,” he said. “Now I have made a winner in St. James’s Park.”

Newcastle’s two goals were denied and Joelinton was thwarted by a big save in stoppage time by Dimitar Mitov.

But he was shown no mercy by the full-time disgruntled home fans as he now has to brace himself to stay in the Premier League.

“I don’t think there was anything wrong with our attitude, we couldn’t provide quality to score,” said Newcastle manager Eddie Howe.

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Sixth-tier Kidderminster moved 79 places away from Reading in the English football pyramid to beat the championship side 2–1.

George Puskas put the Royals ahead at Aegborough Stadium, but Sam Austin made Amari Morgan-Smith the winner eight minutes ahead of time.

The full-time whistle struck a pitch from fans on both sides, with some angry Reading fans facing their own manager, Veljko Paunovic.

Boreham Wood also upset their top two divisions with a 2–0 win over AFC Wimbledon.

Goals from Tyrone Marsh and Adrian Clifton at half-time saw a National League side enter the fourth round for the first time.

But there was no such story for non-league Chesterfield against the European champions at Stamford Bridge.

Timo Werner, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Andreas Christensen, Romelu Lukaku and Hakim Ziyech were on target as Chelsea’s strength shone from the depths.

“We have confidence in our players and we had to manage the load in the next four matches and the next two weeks so as not to overload the players,” said Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel. “We started well and decided the game early.”

Everton fell just a minute behind Tyler Smith’s header at Hull, but bounced back through Demarai Gray and Andre Gomes to take the lead at half-time.

Ryan Longman equalized with a surprise strike and Hull nearly snatched the tie when Keane Lewis-Potter hit the late post.

However, a long-range effort from Andros Townsend ensured that the Premier League side prevailed and the pressure was eased on Benitez.

Holders Leicester saw an injury crisis and a power cut at King Power and took aim at Yuri Tylemans, James Maddison, Harvey Barnes and Mark Albrighton to beat Watford 4–1.

Crystal Palace came from behind to beat Millwall 2-1 in a derby in south London when the Eagles took a knee before kick-off.

“We as a football club are against discrimination of any kind and it is certainly not something we want to see on the field,” Palace manager Patrick Vieira said.

Southampton with 10 men survived 90 minutes of play and beat Swansea 3–2 after extra time.

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After beating West Brom 2–1 after extra time, Brighton also had to come down with a goal to defeat the championship opposition.

Brentford beat Port Vale 4–1, but Burnley were the first top-flight side since a 2–1 home loss to Huddersfield.

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