There were few genuine shocks in the third round of the FA Cup but Blyth Spartans and Southport came very close to upsetting the odds
"Derby are flying high in the Championship but they needed a 92nd minute penalty to get past Southport of the Conference. Backed at a high of 10.519/2, the draw came in to 1.21/5 before Chris Martin's winner from the spot. Derby were backed at 6.05/1."
For just over 50 minutes Blyth Spartans were in English football's dreamland - two nil up on Birmingham of The Championship and heading for the fourth round of the FA Cup.
With one-and-a-half feet in the next round of the Cup, the Northern Premier League side were backed at 1.528/15 to win on Betfair. But Gary Rowett's visitors put together a lethal eight-minute, three-goal burst, to swiftly end Blyth's hopes. The scoreline didn't change after that rewarding backers of the 2-3 scoreline at 36.035/1.
Derby are flying high in the Championship but they needed a 92nd minute penalty to get past Southport of the Conference. Backed at a high of 10.519/2, the draw came in to 1.21/5 before Chris Martin's winner from the spot. Derby were backed at 6.05/1.
While goals were in short supply in that clash they enjoyed a glut at Millwall where Ian Holloway's side shared six goals with Bradford in a rather more entertaining draw. In a topsy-turvy game both sides held the lead - Millwall touched 1.241/4 and the visitors 1.282/7. The draw was backed at 6.05/1.
Nottingham Forest's good early season form is a faded memory now, and Stuart Pearce's strugglers felt the pain of another defeat today, with League One's Rochdale making the fourth round from the tie at Spotland.
Bournemouth went a goal behind away to Rotherham but the Championship high-scorers did what they do best, scoring five without reply. Eddie Howe's team were backed at 6.25/1 to win.
In the only all-Premier League tie, Leicester are through to the fourth round after beating Newcastle 1-0. West Brom also made it through after a 7-0 win over Gateshead. A home win of four goals or more for the Baggies was backed at 13.5.