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Warnock sacked after QPR draw with MK Dons, as Di Canio celebrates the 'best moment of my life'

Friday saw the start of what is one of the greatest weekends in football's history every year. It's FA Cup third round weekend - there are always shocks.

Even before the drama that was to unfold in the Manchester derby on Sunday, there had been plenty of talking points during Saturday's games - and QPR manager Neil Warnock was sacked after his side could only manage a draw against MK Dons.

Oldham took the lead against Liverpool in Friday night's game, but the Reds bounced back to win 5-1.

Birmingham held Wolves to a 0-0 draw in Saturday's first game of the day - and it was the same scoreline in the 1pm kick-off, as Dagenham & Redbridge held on for a replay against Millwall.

The goals flowed in the later kick-offs and Paulo Di Canio was celebrating after his Swindon side came from behind to beat Premier League Wigan 2-1.

"It was a day to remember for the rest of our lives, it was something special," said Di Canio. "We proved what we can do, it wasn't coincidence. For me this is the best moment in my life."

Macclesfield held Bolton to a 2-2 draw and non-league Wrexham drew 1-1 at Brighton, while MK Dons led QPR 1-0 until Rangers equalised in the 89th minute - but the result was not enough to keep Warnock in a job.

"This decision has been made in the best interests of the club and I can assure everyone that this is not a decision that was made lightly," said QPR's Malaysian owner Tony Fernandes.

"Sadly, our recent run of poor form has seen us slip alarmingly down the table and the board felt it was the right time to make a change."

Last season's FA Cup heroes Crawley Town beat Bristol City 1-0 and Stevenage caused an FA Cup shock as they won by the same scoreline at Championship high-flyers Reading, while Martin Allen's Notts County came out on top at Championship strugglers Doncaster, winning 2-0. 

In the all Premier League clash, a goal in the fifth minute of stoppage time from Jonas Gutierrez earned Newcastle a 2-1 win against Blackburn

In Saturday's late game, Aston Villa were cruising towards an easy win at Bristol Rovers, but Scott McGleish scored for the home side in the last minute then saw his penalty saved in stoppage time as Villa held on for a 3-1 victory. 

Even after Sunday's games and the fourth round draw, FA Cup third round weekend isn't over. There is still a big game to look forward to on Monday. Thierry Henry is back. Will Leeds United follow up last season's third round replay win against Arsenal and dump them out again - or will Henry be back with a bang for the Gunners?

Henry is likely to feature and could even start, but Robin Van Persie could be rested and Arsenal are without Gervinho, who is taking part in the Africa Cup of Nations. Johan Djourou is also missing through suspension, and the Gunners have fitness problems in defence.

Saturday's other results:

Barnsley 2 Swansea 4; Coventry 1 Southampton 2; Derby 1 Crystal Palace 0; Everton 2 Tamworth 0; Fleetwood 1 Blackpool 5; Fulham 4 Charlton 0; Gillingham 1 Stoke 3; Hull 3 Ipswich 1; Middlesbrough 1 Shrewsbury 0; Norwich 4 Burnley 1; Nottingham Forest 0 Leicester 0; Sheff Utd 3 Salisbury 1; Tottenham 3 Cheltenham 0; Watford 4 Bradford 2; West Brom 4 Cardiff 2.

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