LONDON -- Aston Villa was dumped out of the FA Cup by third-tier side Sheffield United in the biggest shock of the third round on Saturday, while 10-man Manchester City was held by Blackburn. Ecco Shoes Sale Uk . Villas humbling came days after manager Paul Lambert branded the cup as a "distraction," but rather than making wholesale changes, it was still a strong side that lost 2-1. "It is just a bit sad that the FA Cup, such a wonderful competition, takes a back seat but that is the reality of it," Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough said. Backing down from the earlier comment, Lambert tried to insist he wasnt decrying the worlds oldest football cup competition that has lost some of its lustre as Premier League riches have soared. "I never demeaned the competition one bit," Lambert said. "I respect its history and I respect what the competition is about." Blackburn earned a replay against City after goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon fumbled Rudy Gestedes header before Scott Dann rushed in to sweep the ball into the net to cancel out Alvaro Negredos opener. City was left hanging on to the 1-1 draw after Dedryck Boyata was sent off in the 85th minute when a foul on D.J. Campbell earned him a second yellow card. "Im not disappointed," City manager Manuel Pellegrini said. "Of course, everyone wants to win all of the games but we were playing against a very strong team at home." Due to the replay, Abu Dhabi-owned City has cancelled a friendly in the Gulf nation on Jan. 14. The standout pairing of the third round was a one-sided contest as Premier League leader Arsenal overpowered north London rival Tottenham with the 2-0 victory secured by Santi Cazorla and Tomas Rosicky. Southampton squeezed into the fourth round by beating Burley 4-3, Everton breezed through with Nikica Jelavic scoring twice in a 4-0 rout of Queens Park Rangers, and Stoke held on for a 2-1 win over Leicester, which leads the second-tier League Championship. Ole Gunnar Solskjaers reign as Cardiff manager began with a 2-1 win at Newcastle. After Papiss Cisse put the Magpies in front at St. James Park, substitutes Craig Noone and Fraizer Campbell hit back with goals for the south Wales club. Substitutes scoring winning goals seemed apt as the former Manchester United striker, who was known for his exploits from the bench, began life in English management. "When you turn games around, its fantastic," Solskjaer said. "Thats the best feeling you have in a game." In other all-Premier League clashes, Dwight Gayle and Marouane Chamakh gave Crystal Palace a 2-0 win at West Bromwich Albion, and Norwich drew 1-1 with Fulham. Holder Wigan, which was relegated from the Premier League after winning the cup in May, was held to 3-3 by M.K. Dons. In surprising results involving lower-league sides, Leeds of the Championship lost 2-0 at fourth-tier side Rochdale, and non-league club Macclesfield -- the lowest ranking team still in the cup -- earned a replay at Championship club Sheffield Wednesday by drawing 1-1. Cheap Ecco Shoes Online . After making his All-Star debut in Fridays Rising Stars Challenge, the Raptors sophomore centre wont be sticking around for the duration of the weekends festivities, thinking about the big picture instead. Ecco Outlet Uk . -- Dee Ford prefers to keep things simple: Play hard and fast, and let others worry about his NFL draft stock. http://www.cheapeccouk.com/ . Trailing 4-1 in the final set, Sharapova steadied her erratic service game and took command again to beat the 56th-ranked American 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 on clay at the Magic Box tennis centre. The ninth-ranked Russian looked to be cruising before McHale broke late in the second set to tie the match and then took her commanding lead in the final set after breaking Sharapova. After getting bounced in five games during the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs last season by the Ottawa Senators, the Montreal Canadiens are looking to learn from the experience and improve on it. "Last year didnt go the way we wanted it to, but we need to look at what went well and what didnt go so well. Hopefully this year we will be better," Brendan Gallagher said after practice. This year, the Canadiens have a little more depth to work with by adding players like Daniel Briere, Dale Weise, Mike Weaver, Douglas Murray and arguably, the biggest addition to this playoff roster, Thomas Vanek, who the Canadiens were able to land at the trade deadline. Vanek, along with his linemates Max Pacioretty and David Desharnais have been have been a force to be reckoned with for the Habs. The three have combined for 29 points in the last 10 games of the regular season, and will be the line the Habs will count on to lead them in scoring this post-season. "Five-on-five play will be a difference maker and thats where our line needs to be good," Thomas Vanek told the media. Ecco Shoes Wholesale Uk. Based on the way the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Montreal Canadiens have played each other this season, one can only expect to see a low scoring series. Three of the four games between the two clubs ended with 2-1 scores that were decided in overtime or shootouts "That was playoff hockey to a ‘T this year against Tampa" said goaltender Carey Price. After a successful Olympic run that saw Price win gold in Sochi, the 26-year-old goaltender will try and build off the experience he gained during his time with Team Canada. "Seeing how other guys conducted themselves during pressure situations and how previous Stanley Cup winners prepared for the game was valuable," Price added. Goaltending on the Lightning side of things is still questionable with Ben Bishop getting injured with just three games left in the regular season. Travis Moen will travel with the team to Tampa Bay but is not cleared to play. Hes still recovering from the concussion he suffered back on March 24. ' ' '