Chelsea put their league woes behind them with a 7-0 thrashing of Championship side Ipswich Town. With both sides enduring a poor run of form in their respective leagues, the Premier League side showed their class with a dominant victory at Stamford Bridge.
Daniel Sturridge scored twice for Chelsea
It took over half-an-hour for the holders to find a way through, but two goals in the space of 60 seconds all but ended the tie. Salomon Kalou opened the scoring, slamming home from close range after Marton Fulop failed to deal with Nicolas Anelka's fierce strike.
Daniel Sturridge doubled Chelsea's lead from the restart, backheeling into the Ipswich net, before Carlos Edwards deflected the ball into his own net from Frank Lampard's free-kick as Chelsea took a 3-0 lead into half-time.
Anelka scored his first and Chelsea's fourth shortly after the break, and Sturridge added another goal to his account. Frank Lampard scored two in two minutes to seal the rout, and progress into the fourth round, where they will meet Everton.
Jermain Defoe struck twice to sink his old club as Tottenham avoided an FA Cup upset with a 3-0 win at home to Charlton. Andros Townsend scored on his debut to put Spurs ahead shortly after half-time with a well-struck strike from 20 yards.
Defoe sealed the victory with a superb individual goal at White Hart Lane, jinking past two defenders before slotting the ball past Rob Elliot. And he followed up with a rebound to put the result beyond the League One side.