Five of the best: FA Cup third round goals

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The FA Cup third round provided little in the way of giant-killing feats, with the majority of the Premier League's big-boys safely navigating their way through.

Holders Chelsea were given a brief scare at Southampton when they went one-goal down, before bouncing back emphatically to win 5-1 at St Mary's, courtesy of goals from Victor Moses, Branislav Ivanovic, Frank Lampard, and a brace from January signing, and debutant, Demba Ba.

Manchester City saw off the challenge of Watford with a comfortable 3-0 victory at the Etihad Stadium, with goals from Carlos Tevez, Gareth Barry, and academy prospect Marcos Lopes.

Tottenham ensured their place in the fourth round with a victory by the same 3-0 scoreline, against their 1981 FA Cup final opponents Coventry City at White Hart Lane. A Clint Dempsey brace either side of another Gareth Bale strike confirmed the win for Andre Villas-Boas's side.

Meanwhile, Spurs's north London rivals Arsenal were forced into a replay following a 2-2 draw with Swansea at the Liberty Stadium. Kieran Gibbs's wonderful volley, and a well-taken Lukas Podolski goal were cancelled out by Michu and Danny Graham for the Swans.

Manchester United also kept themselves in the hat after Robin van Persie's sensational stoppage-time strike earned Sir Alex Ferguson's men a replay following a 2-2 draw with West Ham at Upton Park.

Joe Cole marked his return to east London by twice assisting James Collins who put the Hammers ahead after Tom Cleverley's early United effort.

Aston Villa came back from 1-0 down to win 2-1 away at Ipswich Town, while fellow Premier League strugglers Sunderland staged a magnificent comeback to draw 2-2 away at Bolton Wanderers.

Norwich City saw off Peterborough United with a resounding 3-0 win at London Road, while Jordi Gomez's late penalty gave Wigan Athletic a 1-1 draw and replay against League One Bournemouth.

Reading were another top-flight side that went a goal behind, but recovered magnificently to claim a 3-1 victory over Crawley Town, while lowest-placed side left in the competition, Hastings United, lost 4-1 against Championship side Middlesbrough.

The only other all-Premier League encounter saw QPR and West Brom draw 1-1 at Loftus Road, thanks to a last-gasp goal from Kieron Dyer, who scored for the first time in six years. Fulham and Blackpool also drew 1-1 while Crystal Palace and Stoke City played out a goalless draw at Selhurst Park.

Last, but not least, the two biggest shocks of the round came at Macclesfield Town who beat Championship leaders Cardiff City 2-1, while Blue Square Bet Premier side Luton Town sealed their place in the fourth round following a 1-0 victory over struggling Wolves at Kenilworth Road.

After another enthralling round of fixtures, GiveMeFootball brings you five of the best FA Cup goals of the weekend…

Victor Moses | Chelsea

Robin van Persie | Manchester United

Clint Dempsey | Tottenham

Kieran Gibbs | Arsenal

Carlos Tevez | Manchester City

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