FA Cup round-up (N-Z)
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The French forward has upset Spurs by wanting to play for Mali in the African Cup of Nations, although the North Londoners claim it has not placed his future at the club in doubt, and there were reports that he would be left out of the game against The Eagles.
However, the former West Ham striker started and shone at White Hart Lane, bagging an outstanding treble to sink Iain Dowie's men.
The match ended in bitter circumstances with Gus Poyet dismissed and Danny Butterfield wrongly sent off after Jamie Smith crudely up-ended Bobby Zamora.
Portsmouth needed a last gasp winner from Yakubu Aiyegbeni to see off brave Blackpool at Fratton Park.
Sebastien Schemmel netted only his second goal in England to put injury-hit Pompey in front with a header, but Scott Taylor replied with a well-taken effort for Steve McMahon's battlers.
Gareth Evans was sent off in the dying seconds to compound the visitors' misery.
Marlon King's first goal for Nottingham Forest ensured West Brom will be left to concentrate on trying to gain promotion to The Premiership this term.
The striker signing from Gillingham kept his cool to steer a 54th minute penalty past Russell Hoult to send out-of-form Forest through.
Northampton Town earned a replay with Rotherham United courtesy of Martin Smith's 63rd minute equaliser after confusion inside The Millers' box.
Ronnie Moore's side had taken the lead eight minutes earlier when Richie Barker converted a Chris Sedgwick free kick at the far post.
Preston and Reading shared a six-goal thriller at Deepdale with Ricardo Fuller once again proving his credentials to the watching Premiership scouts.
The burly striker netted twice in a frantic first half with Brian O'Neil also on the scoresheet for North End.
Shaun Goater ended a goal drought by bagging Reading's first goal while the other two strikes were both scored by Preston players - Michael Jackson and Claude Davis. Amazingly, there was no scoring after the break!
Conference side Scarborough rescued a draw with Southend to ensure them of a happy trip back north on the motorway.
Jay Smith took only nine minutes to hand the league side the advantage but the plucky visitors levelled with 16 minutes left, through Scott Kerr's first-ever senior goal.
Julio Arca was Sunderland's hero as they sneaked past Hartlepool United in front of around 40,000 fans at The Stadium of Light.
A rousing atmosphere was a testament to the North East's passion for the game and Argentinian Arca finished clinically after Michael Proctor caused problems in the visitors' defence.
Hartlepool had their chances, and performed well, but Mick McCarthy's men progress into the hat for the fourth round draw.
Swansea City star Lee Trundle was the two-goal hero for the Welsh side as they overcame Macclesfield Town at Vetch Field.
After the opening goal arrived just before half time, Matthew Tipton squared the tie, but Trundle had the final word with a 70th minute winner.
West Ham defeated Wigan Athletic with all the goals coming late in the all-Division One affair.
Hayden Mullins broke the deadlock on 80 minutes and David Connolly grabbed a second five minutes later to send The Hammers through even though a 90th minute own goal by Wayne Quinn gave some hope to the home side.
Wimbledon and Stoke City must replay after a 1-1 draw in Milton Keynes.
John Eustace scored after only 12 minutes to put Stoke in front, but Adam Nowland levelled matters in the second half.
Bolton gave themselves another chance of sealing passage into the fourth round of the FA Cup after Kevin Nolan's late strike rescued a 1-1 draw away to Tranmere.
Rovers had taken the lead shortly after half time when Simon Howarth stabbed home from close range after Micky Mellon's initial shot hit the post.
Chelsea came from behind twice to take their tie against Watford to a replay at Stamford Bridge with a 2-2 draw.
Heidar Helguson had scored a controversial opener only for an Eidur Gudjohnsen penalty to level things up.
Gavin Mahon then put the Division One side ahead only for Frank Lampard to again equalise for The Blues.
Click below for match summaries:
Northampton 1-1 Rotherham
Nottm Forest 1-0 West Brom
Portsmouth 2-1 Blackpool
Preston 3-3 Reading
Southampton v Newcastle
Southend 1-1 Scarborough
Sunderland 1-0 Hartlepool
Swansea 2-1 Macclesfield
Tottenham 3-0 Crystal Palace
Tranmere 1-1 Bolton
Watford 2-2 Chelsea
Wigan 1-2 West Ham
Wimbledon 1-1 Stoke