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Loftus-Cheek slammed home Chelsea's second. Getty Images

Full time: Chelsea 2-0 Scunthorpe United

Guus Hiddink's side are into the fourth round after sweeping aside their League One opponents. Diego Costa and substitute Ruben Loftus-Cheek scored in either half and bar the odd effort from range and a penalty shout for a foul on Van Veen, Scunthorpe never looked like causing a shock. That is all we have time for on this FA Cup live text but we have live coverage of Tottenham-Leicester on the other side, so please join us for that.

Three added minutes to be played in west London. This one was over some time ago however.

Scunthorpe have kept going all afternoon and they almost get the goal they deserve. Clarke hits one from the corner of the penalty area and via Begovic's hand strikes the post.

Diego Costa hobbles off for Chelsea. Bit of a concern, given the lack of strikers at Guus Hiddink's disposal. We wait to hear more on that one.

The game has turned into a slightly scrappy affair amid a host of changes from both sides. Scunthorpe looking for what would likely be a consolation goal and a memory to take away from Stamford Bridge, but Chelsea are holding firm.

Update from Brunton Park where Francois Zoko has equalised for Yeovil Town at Carlisle United. Around 15 minutes or so to go in that game.

Scunthorpe going hell for leather now and they almost half the deficit when Van Veen's free-kick from the left catches out Begovic but thunders into the side-netting.

Goal: Chelsea 2-0 Scunthorpe United (Ruben Loftus-Cheek)

Scunthorpe's race may be run. The League One side have huffed and puffed but Ruben Loftus-Cheek has hammered Chelsea into a two-goal lead. Azpilicueta crossed low from the left and the substitute arrived on cue to slam home his first ever Chelsea goal.

Scunthorpe have had a series of opportunities from set piece and while I don't wish to label a Football League club as being an expert in route one football, it has been surprising how wasteful they have been. Chelsea have given them ample opportunity to stay alive in this game.

Chelsea really have not got going in this second half and their poor performance thus far is defined by a shot by Ramires which flies wide. Scunthorpe threaten again down the left through Laid but there is an offside given against Stephen Dawson.

This is of course not the only FA Cup tie going on today. Earlier, Oxford United knocked out Premier League Swansea City while in Cumbria Carlisle United are currently leading Yeovil Town through a Danny Grainger goal. Still half an hour left in that one.

Scunthorpe still very much in this tie and should they have had a penalty? Van Veen runs as the Blues back four and he gets brought down by Ramires from behind. Referee Craig Pawson waves away the strong and lengthy appeals from the Iron players.

Back under way at Stamford Bridge. One change for Chelsea as Ruben Loftus-Cheek replaces Oscar.

Half time: Chelsea 1-0 Scunthorpe

Overall, Scunthorpe might be slightly frustrated but that first half. A soft goal conceded after Diego Costa got a feather on a cross by Branislav Ivanovic which was thrashed into his own net by Scott Laid has Chelsea ahead but the Premier League ave not cemented their lead. Scunthorpe have had a number of set pieces which have been wasted and they have more than held their own in the opening 45 minutes. There remains hope for the League One side.

Scunthorpe have grown into this game and after a flurry of corners they have a free-kick in a good point wide on the left after a foul by Branislav Ivanovic. Jamie Ness takes it and it is pulled back to Scott Laid but he completely misses his kick. Nice idea, horrible execution.

A third Scunthorpe corner for the home side to deal with and Begovic wins the ball easily. The Iron win the ball back straight away however and Williams shoot goalwards but the Bosnian gets down to keep it out. The longer Scunthorpe can keep this game 1-0....

A glimpse of the Chelsea goal for Scunthorpe as they win a corner which leads to Stephen Dawson's drive, which is blocked by Kurt Zouma. Otherwise, it has been 27 minutes of running after the ball for the visitors.

Now Oscar curls wide as Chelsea slice through their League One opponents. Serious team put out by Guus Hiddink, and so far this is a serious performance.

It is all Chelsea so far and Fabregas' long ball puts Pedro away and it takes another fine was from Daniels with his left hand to keep the score at 1-0. Scunthorpe hanging on.

The hosts looking back to their old selves and they almost double their lead when Fabregas shoots from range but Daniels tips it over.

Goal: Chelsea 1-0 Scunthorpe (Scott Laid own goal)

The floodgates open after just 12 minutes. Branislav Ivanovic crosses from the right and as Diego Costa runs across the face of goal Scott Laid inadvertently slashes past Luke Daniels. Poor goal to give away but the threat of Costa there for all to see.

Slow start to the game at Stamford Bridge. No real chances for either side so far, with Williams having an effort from range which was blocked by Cahill. Bit of a sterile atmosphere, bar the travelling Scunthorpe support, too.

Under way at Stamford Bridge. Scunthorpe couldn't, could they?

We now turn our attention to Stamford Bridge where Chelsea take on Scunthorpe United of League One. Players in the tunnel and we're approaching kick-off.

Full time at the Kassam Stadium and Swansea City become the victim of the first FA Cup third round giant-killing as they are knocked out by League Two Oxford United. Kemar Roofe is the hero with two second half goals for the U's who are into the fourth round.

Into stoppage time at the Kassam Stadium where Oxford continue to lead Swansea. Kemar Roofe, who is set to be the hero of the third round, is off as Michael Appleton looks to see out the win. Still time for the Premier League side though.

Mark Robbins has his own FA Cup tale to tell from his days with Manchester United. He scored the goal which kept Alex Ferguson from the sack at Old Trafford, against Nottingham Forest, and which begun the club's route to their first major trophy under the Scot. The rest, as they say, is history. Robbins will be hoping to eclipse that achievement this afternoon.

Less than 10 minutes to go and Oxford are holding on against Premier League Swansea. Bafetimbi Gomis has reduced the advantage, but the League Two side have dug in and continue to probe through the exciting Kemar Roofe. Alan Curtis' side need some late inspiration.

It has not exactly been a rosy season for Scunthorpe thus far, following expectations they could compete for a a top six finish in League One this term. Mark Robbins' side are 15th in the third tier, eight points adrift of the play-off places. In Paddy Madden have one of the most potent forwards in the division and he could pose Chelsea real problems this afternoon, if he gets the right service.

Back to the game at the Stamford Bridge, with kick off little more than half an hour to go. One of the main criticisms of Jose Mourinho during his second spell at Chelsea was his refusal to use young players more often, instead entrusting his senior players throughout the campaign while filling his squad with big-name foreign signings. Guus Hiddink can today be accused of a similar failure, with the likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek for fixture against a Scunthorpe side who are 44 places below them in the Football League. If there was an opportunity to flood the team with academy players it was today, surely?

Some game at the Kassam Stadium as Swansea get a goal back. Jack Cork feeds Bafetimbi Gomis, who sweeps home. Twenty four minutes left and Oxford's lead has been reduced to 3-2.

Our first FA Cup third round giant-killing is close to being completed as Oxford go 3-1 up against Premier League Swansea. Kemar Roofe finishes off a sweeping move to net his second and Alan Curtis' worst nightmare is coming true. Still little under half an hour remaining.

The FA Cup third round returned with a vengeance yesterday, but if you missed any of the action here is our comprehensive review of the day.

Finally we have confirmation of the Scunthorpe team and they make one change from the draw with Wigan, with Murray Wallace replacing Niall Canavan. Build up on the way.


Scunthorpe: Daniels, Clarke, Mirfin, Wallace, Laird, Dawson, Ness, Bishop, Williams, Madden, van Veen.

No genuine cup shocks yesterday but could we be in store for one at the Kassam Stadium? Oxford lead Swansea City four minutes into the second half through Kemar Roofe's fine goal. We'll keep you up to date with how that progresses.

We await confirmation of the Scunthorpe team, but in the mean time let's look at the Chelsea side. It is a strong side named by Guus Hiddink, with Courtois, Terry and Hazard the only senior players omitted. Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Kenedy are on the bench.


Chelsea: Begovic; Ivanovic (c), Zouma, Cahill, Azpilicueta; Ramires, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Pedro; Diego Costa.

Scunthorpe fans enjoying their day at Stamford Bridge.

Plenty of lower league sides have more than held their own in the third round, Exeter, Wycombe, Bristol City and Eastleigh being the stand out performers - but we are without a genuine giant killing. Could Scunthorpe United be the team to produce the shock which could ignite this weekend? Chelsea may have recovered recent and are unbeaten under Guus Hiddink but even they are vulnerable to a shock. Bradford City will tell you that after last season's win in west London.

Team news on the way from both sides, but what do we already know about how both sides might line up?

Loic Remy and Radamel Falcao are both missing for Chelsea, who are likely to begin with their only fit striker Diego Costa in attack. Eden Hazard is also out.

A hamstring injury is not expected to keep Paddy Madden out for Scunthorpe, while Tom Hopper and Gary McSheffrey are both expected to feature. Conor Townsend is ineligible.

FA Cup third round day may have had sprinkles of magic, with Eastleigh and Wycombe Wanderers both getting replays against high profile opposition, but we are yet to have a shock to capture the imagination; but what chance of one at Stamford Bridge? Chelsea's ship has been steadied by Guus Hiddink since the departure of Jose Mourinho and the Dutchman will be hoping to add some silverware to a tough campaign, much like he did in his first interim spell in charge. Visitors Scunthorpe are flailing in the third tier but have a manager in Mark Robbins who has his own FA Cup tale to tell. Could he cause one of the great cup shocks in recent years? Team news ahead of the game on the way.