man city in fa cup shocker

LONDON - Nottingham Forest stunned one of the world's wealthiest clubs by knocking Manchester City out of the FA Cup with a 3-0 third round win in front of the Premier League club's own fans on Saturday.

LONDON - Nottingham Forest stunned one of the world's wealthiest clubs by knocking Manchester City out of the FA Cup with a 3-0 third round win in front of the Premier League club's own fans on Saturday.

Southend too shocked one of soccer's cash-rich teams in Chelsea by grabbing an injury-time equaliser in a 1-1 draw away to the Premier League's second-placed side.

Third-tier Hartlepool also ensured the third round stage lived up to its reputation for upsets with a 2-0 win over Premier League Stoke City.

FA Cup holders Portsmouth were held to a goalless draw at home to Bristol City while Premier League basement side West Brom could only manage a 1-1 draw with League One Peterborough.

Arsenal saw off Plymouth 3-1, with Robin van Persie scoring twice, while Premier League leaders Liverpool, in captain Steven Gerrard's first match since being charged with assault, won 2-0 away to Preston.

At Eastlands, Nottingham Forest, former European champions but now struggling in the second tier, struck twice before half time to pile the pressure on City boss Mark Hughes, who was without injured Brazilian superstar Robinho.

Nathan Tyson's shot from outside the box put Forest ahead before Wales striker Robert Earnshaw scored to make it 2-0.

Forest's victory was completed 15 minutes from time when Joe Garner seized on a poor City throw-in to lash the ball past Joe Hart.

Third tier Southend held out for over half an hour at Stamford Bridge, before falling behind when Salomon Kalou headed in a Frank Lampard corner.

But they levelled in the 90th minute as Peter Clarke marked his 27th birthday with a goal.

Albert Riera's put Liverpool ahead in the 25th minute at Deepdale with a fierce shot. Preston thought they'd levelled late on through Sean St Ledger but his effort was ruled out for a foul in the box by Jon Parkin on Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher. Fernando Torres scored his first FA Cup goal in stoppage time.

In the day's all-Premier League clashes Hull and Newcastle played out a goalless draw while Sunderland avenged a recent league defeat with a 2-1 win over Bolton.

Middlesbrough were made to sweat by non-league Barrow before winning 2-1 and Fulham defeated Sheffield Wednesday by the same scoreline. Everton beat Macclesfield 1-0 while West Ham ran out 3-0 winners over Barnsley.

Forest Green, in the third round for the first time in their 118-year history, stunned manager-less Derby through Jonathan Smith's 14th minute volley. Derby, who play Manchester United in the semifinals of the League Cup on Wednesday, found themselves 2-0 down thanks to Alex Lawless' effort.

Rob Hulse pulled a goal back for Derby with a 40th minute header and on the stroke of half time they levelled through Martin Albrechtsen.

Forest Green regained the lead 18 minutes from time through Paul Stonehouse only for Paul Green to equalise. In the 87th minute Derby's revival was complete when Steve Davies scored from the penalty spot. - Sapa-AFP

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