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FA CUP 3rd round-draw

Here are the fixtures for teams across the Midlands for the third round of the FA Cup.

Stoke v Wrexham

Aldershot/Rochdale v Nottingham Forest

West Brom v Gateshead

Blyth Spartans v Birmingham

Aston Villa v Blackpool

Derby v Southport

Fulham v Wolves

Leicester v Newcastle

Scunthorpe/Worcester v Chesterfield

Cambridge/Mansfield v Bury/Luton

All ties will be played across the weekend beginning January the third.

Chesterfield's 3rd round FA Cup place "in doubt"

Chesterfield FC's place in the third round of the FA Cup could be in doubt after they were charged with fielding an ineligible player in their second-round win at MK Dons.

The Spireites surprised the in-form Dons with a 1-0 win on Saturday, fielding on-loan Wolves defender Geog Margreitter in their side - but without receiving written permission from Wolves. The League One club now have until 5pm on Thursday to respond to the charge.

"It is alleged that Margreitter - on loan to Chesterfield from Wolverhampton Wanderers - played in the fixture without the necessary written permission having been received by The FA as at the 12 noon deadline on Friday 5 December 2014...As a consequence it is alleged they are in breach of FA Cup Rule 15 (j) (i) for fielding an ineligible player".

– FA statement

"We notified the FA as soon as it came to our attention that the necessary written permission from Wolverhampton Wanderers to allow Georg Margreitter to play in the match had not been received.....We had a verbal agreement with Wolverhampton Wanderers to play Georg but unfortunately we did not ensure that the consent was received in writing....We will of course provide The FA with our full co-operation as they investigate the matter."

– Chris Turner, Chesterfield FC Chief Executive


Replay for Port Vale as they squander two-goal lead

Port Vale will have to travel to Plymouth, as they squandered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 in today's FA Cup third round match at Vale Park.

Gavin Tomlin and Tom Pope put the hosts in front in the first half, only to be pegged back in the second half, thanks to strikes from Reuben Reid and Ben Purrington.

The replay is due to take place in the week beginning 13th January.


Derby County battle to defeat against Chelsea

Derby County fell to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Premier League giants Chelsea, and were knocked out of the FA Cup.

Jon Obi Mikel heads Chelsea into the lead Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The hosts contained Chelsea for an hour at the iPro Stadium, with Samual Eto'o tackled when he should have scored and Ramires hitting the post just before half time.

The game was fairly even in the second half, with Derby battling hard, until the away side took the lead thanks to a header by Jon Obi Mikel, from a Willian free kick.

Chris Martin forces a save out of Mark Schwarzer Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire/Press Association Images

They put the game beyond Derby when Oscar drove past Lee Grant in the Derby goal five minutes later.

Once Derby were two goals down though, they came back into the game, creating a few chances and putting Chelsea on the back foot.

Chris Martin had the best effort when he forced a smart save out of Mark Schwarzer from a tight angle. But it wasn't enough, and Derby succumbed to a second defeat this week.

Derby County hold Chelsea at half time at the iPro

Derby County have managed to hold Chelsea to a 0-0 draw at half time at the iPro Stadium.

The home side started well, with a couple of half chances, and keeping hold of possession. But as the half went on, Chelsea began to dominate, seeing plenty of the ball.

Derby's Jeff Hendrick battles with Jon Obi Mikel Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Samuel Eto'o had the best chance when he went one-on-one with Lee Grant in the Derby goal, but he took too long and allowed defenders to get back and challenge.

Chelsea again went close just before the whistle, when a deflected Ramires drive hit the base of the post, but Derby managed to hold on to make it through to half time unscathed.

Andy Reid praises hat-trick hero Paterson

Nottingham Forest midfielder Andy Reid has praised Jamie Paterson, after his hat-trick helped them to a 5-0 win over West Ham United at the City Ground.

The striker scored three second half goals after Djamel Abdoun had given Forest the lead, and Reid capped off the win with a fifth strike late on.

Andy Reid celebrates with Jamie Paterson Credit: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport

Reid said the side always knew Paterson had fantastic ability, and that he had been a breath of fresh air since coming in from Walsall in the summer.

Watch the full interview on the ITV Football website

Paterson hat-trick helps Nottingham Forest to win

A hat-trick for Jamie Paterson helped Nottingham Forest to a 5-0 win over Premier League side West Ham United at the City Ground.

The goals were the striker's first for the club after signing from Walsall in the summer, and all three came in the second half.

Jamie Paterson celebrates his hat-trick Credit: John Walton/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Djamel Abdoun put Forest in front from the penalty spot early on, and Paterson made it comfortable for the home side in the second half with three fine goals.

Andy Reid sealed the win with a late strike, after good work from the lively Abdoun, putting Forest through to the fourth round, where they will face Ipswich or Preston.

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