Tuesday football as it happened

Live text commentary of the second round of the League Cup, as League One Swindon win a thriller at Stoke on a night that saw 23 ties.

28 August 2012 Last updated at 22:46

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  1. 2245: 

    That is it for our coverage of tonight's League Cup action. I'm going to go bandage my fingers. Our next text commentary will be for Thursday's Europa League action, when Marc Higginson will be your host. I'll see thee.

  2. 2243: 

    Technically, we've had 10 shocks this evening. So take a bow Carlisle, Coventry, Crawley, Doncaster, Burton, MK Dons, Preston, Sheffield Wednesday, Swindon and Bradford. And a big hand to Aston Villa, Burnley, Middlesbrough, Leeds, Norwich, Wigan, QPR, Southampton, Sunderland, Swansea, West Ham, West Brom and Reading.

    Commiserations to the rest. But then, you want to concentrate on the league, right?

  3. 2238: 

    I don't know about you but I feel utterly drained. Emotionally and physically. I was almost sick in my own mouth on numerous occasions. I haven't felt like this since I went to see Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

    But no, I owe it to a great night of League Cup football to be strong. I owe it to football, which has served us very well tonight (providing you don't support the losing 23 teams).

  4. 2233: 

    10 penalties taken at Turf Moor, five of them successful, three of them by Burnley, who are through to round three at Plymouth's expense. Brian Jensen is the Burnley hero, having saved three spot-kicks.

  5. 2231: 

    The first three penalties in the shoot-out at Burnley have been saved with home keeper Brian Jensen stopping two to one by Plymouth's Jake Cole.


    Mike in London, via text: "At the risk of been a troll, it appears you got most of your predictions wrong!! Maybe next time you will think twice before trying to write off a great club with a proud history like Aston Villa after two league losses!!!"

    I'm crying Mike. Crying! You see what you've done? No.... just leave it, I need to be on my own right now.

  7. 2226: 

    We have a penalty shoot-out on our hands at Turf Moor, where it has finished 1-1 between Burnley and Plymouth.

  8. 2223: 

    It is also over at Coventry, where temporary bosses Richard Shaw and Lee Carsley have guided the home side through to round three with a 3-2 win over Championship side Birmingham. It is the first time Coventry have been in round three in five years and Birmingham have been knocked out of this competition by a club outside the top two divisions in nine years.

  9. 2221: 

    It has finished 2-1 to Carlisle against Ipswich. Prior to this, Carlisle had only qualified for the third round once in 37 seasons. That was in 2009. Town have now been knocked out by lower league opposition in seven of the last 10 seasons.

  10. 2220: 

    Game over at the Britannia. Swindon have beaten Stoke 4-3 with a goal right at the very end of the game. Paolo Di Canio is punching the air and hugging anyone he can get his hands on. Lovely stuff.

  11. 2218: 

    Livingston edge out First Division rivals Dumbarton 3-2 after a thriller at Almondvale that went to extra time. In another all-Division One tie in the Scottish Communities League Cup second round, Hamilton Accies edge out league leaders Partick Thistle thanks to Ali Crawford's stunning strike in added time and a string of fine saves from Kevin Cuthbert.

  12. 2217: 
    GOAL- Stoke 3-4 Swindon - James Collins

    Unbelievable! Swindon have snatched it right at the death! James Collins slides in the Robins' fourth goal and his third of the night. The away fans are going absolutely mad, and they've every right to go mad, because they are on the verge of claiming a famous scalp.


    Chris Hambling on Twitter: "Sat on a train on the way to the office in Brisbane wondering how bad the Swindon defence must be to let in 3 at Stoke!"

  14. 2214: 

    Two results to tell you about in the Blue Square Bet Premier tonight - and the big result concerns leading side Newport, who defeated Hereford 2-0. Good news also for Braintree, who won 4-1 at Woking.

  15. 2208: 
    GOAL- Stoke 3-3 Swindon - Peter Crouch

    What was I just saying? You want drama, you stick with this. Peter Crouch rises to head home a cross from the right and put Stoke level again with nine minutes to go. The one shoot-out situation is upgraded to two.

  16. 2208: 

    As it stands we've only got one penalty shoot-out on the cards. Of the four matches in extra-time, only Burnley and Plymouth are still level at 1-1. I assure you, if you thought the drama was over you are wrong. Like a 1980s horror villain, the League Cup second round just refuses to stay dead.


    Jack Rekesius on Twitter: "Bradford giant killing once again and no coverage! Thanks a bunch"

    Sorry Jack. You may have noticed it has been a bit full on with goals and that tonight. I doff my cap to the Bantams, though, for their sterling efforts tonight.

  18. 2159: 
    GOAL- Stoke 2-3 Swindon - Aden Flint

    The ball is glanced on by Joe Devera from a corner and big Robins centre-back Aden Flint is there to nod home. Stoke have come back from two goals down. Can they come back again? Not if Paolo Di Canio has anything to say about it. The Town boss is chucking his arms around like a mentalist as he instructs his players in half-time of extra-time.

  19. 2201: 

    A little more on Carlisle's second goal. Another substitution had the desired effect for the Cumbrians as they went ahead in extra-time against Ipswich Town. David Symington put them 2-1 in front after fellow replacement Mark Beck rescued a draw in the final minute of normal time.


    Scott in Aberdeen, via text: "Who said League Cup was dead!! Well and truly alive!! Great stuff"

    Josh from Plymouth, via text: "Can we not have a little shout out for Plymouth Argyle? A L2 club with no money forcing a championship club into extra time, and no meantion at all, not to mention howe and fletcher are good mates! shame! Held our own tonight!"

  21. 2157: 

    It has also finished at Reading, where the home side have beaten Peterborough 3-2. So, we've got four games in extra-time, but only two of them are still level. League One Carlisle have taken a 2-1 lead against Ipswich of the Championship, with David Symington getting the goal, and third-tier Coventry now have a 3-2 advantage over Birmingham, who are in a league higher. The Blues fail to clear a cross from the left wing and Carl Baker takes advantage as he swivels and fires in a shot to put the home side ahead.

  22. 2152: 

    It is over at Yeovil. West Brom have sealed a 4-2 win to head off any sniff of a shock. The League One side gave it a good go, but ultimately fell short against their Premier League opponents. Steve Clarke's Baggies career keeps its early momentum up.

  23. 2149: 

    Malaga, BATE Borisov, Anderlecht and Dinamo Zagreb have all booked their places in the Champions League group stage, while Udinese v Braga has gone to extra time.

  24. 2148: 

    Plenty of late drama in two games without any Premier League interest. Substitute Mark Beck bags a last-gasp equaliser for League One side Carlisle to send their tie against Championship visitors Ipswich into extra-time after a 1-1 draw. But an additional half-hour is not needed at the Keepmoat Stadium as Doncaster's David Syers nets an injury-time winner against Hull. Syers's second goal of the night secured a remarkable 3-2 win for the League One team, who trailed 2-0 after just 10 minutes.


    LudaChris on Twitter: "Annoys me when a Crawley win is labelled an "upset". They spend the same amount as Championship teams so no its not an upset"

    James Penney on Twitter: "I don't care if Hughton changed the side completely - we should be beating Scunthorpe more comfortably than that!"

    Ian Ridpath on Twitter: "Hull City for the FA Cup !!!!"

    It's not the losing that hurts you Ian, it's the foolish hope that you might actually win. It took me a lot of headbutts against a brick wall and screaming into the football void to teach me that.

  26. 2147: 

    Giant killing acts from two League Two sides as Burton and Bradford dump out Leicester and Watford respectively. Burton ran riot at the King Power Stadium, winning 4-2, while Garry Thompson scored a late, late goal to give Bradford victory over Gianfranco Zola's side.

  27. 2146: 

    Holders Kilmarnock are out of the Scottish Communities League Cup after a night of shocks in the second round. Michael Nelson's late reply was not enough to prevent Killie losing out to Second Division side Stenhousemuir thanks to first-half goals from Brown Ferguson and John Gemmell. Top-flight outfits Hibernian and Ross County also made exits. County paid for sweeping changes as they were hammered 4-1 at home to First Division side Raith Rovers. Hibs were beaten 2-0 away to Second Division outfit Queen of the South. Dunfermline eased past Montrose 3-0, while the two other ties have gone into extra time.


    Hannah, Birmingham, via text: "I'm guessing all the chat about an upset at Villa has stopped now? A poor start to the Premier League season does not mean we're worse than a League One team."

  29. 2142: 

    As things stand we have four games going into extra-time. They are Burnley 1-1 Plymouth, Carlisle 1-1 Ipswich, Coventry 2-2 Birmingham and Stoke 2-2 Swindon.


    Mazen Abdel-Latif "Thats a crazy load of goals!"

    Really Mazen? I hadn't noticed. Oh look, my fingers are bleeding.

  31. 2139: 

    Crawley have pulled off a big upset as a late, late winner by Nicky Ajose makes it 2-1 to send the League One side through at the expense of Championship Bolton. Meanwhile, extra time beckons at Vicarage Road as Bradford makes it 1-1 against Watford as a free kick is pumped into the penalty area and Watford fail to clear. Substitute Kyel Reid takes full advantage

  32. 2137: 
    GOAL- Yeovil 2-4 West Brom - Shane Long

    West Brom are out of sight at Yeovil courtesy of Shane Long's driven finish. The Baggies have now missed out on an appearance in the third round only once in eight seasons.

  33. 2136: 
    GOAL- Stevenage 1-4 Southampton - Ben Reeves

    Indeed it is too late for a comeback - as Ben Reeves scores seconds later to restore the Premier League side's three-goal advantage.

  34. 2135: 
    GOAL- Stevenage 1-3 Southampton - Michael Thalassitis

    Hosts Stevenage net a consolation goal against Southampton through Michael Thalassitis and it should be too late for a remarkable comeback.

  35. 2134: 

    Leeds are almost home and dry against Oxford as defender Tom Lees scores to put Neil Warnock's men 3-0 ahead at Elland Road. And Hull, who are drawing 2-2 at Doncaster after surrendering an early 2-0 lead, are down to 10 men after substitute Paul McKenna's sending off.

  36. 2132: 
    GOAL- Nottingham Forest 1-4 Wigan - Callum McManaman

    Wigan might be down to 10 men after the dismissal of Antolin Alcaraz, but they have restored their three-goal lead through Callum McManaman, who struck from 12 yards after more poor marking from Forest.

  37. 2132: 
    GOAL- Yeovil 2-3 West Brom - Yassine El Ghanassy

    The game at Yeovil swings back in West Brom's favour as Yassine El Ghanassy's shot deflects in. Two-time winners the Baggies need to hold strong now to see off their stubborn League One opponents.

  38. 2129: 
    GOAL- Swansea 3-1 Barnsley - Luke Moore

    Luke Moore's strike from the edge of the area takes a large deflection on its way into the net.

  39. 2130: 

    Crawley are back in their tie with Bolton as Billy Clarke makes it 1-1 at Broadfield Stadium. The striker picked up the ball on the edge of the area before curling a shot into the corner of the net. Elsewhere, Watford finally break Bradford City's resolve to take the lead at Vicarage Road when former Celta Vigo winger Ikechi Anya rifled home a fine effort from outside the box.

  40. 2128: 
    GOAL- QPR 3-0 Walsall - Jose Bosingwa

    Jose Bosingwa scores his first goal for QPR to secure their victory with a rocket into the roof of the net.

  41. 2127: 
    GOAL- Stoke 2-2 Swindon - Jonathan Walters

    Stoke have dragged themselves from two down to all square at the Britannia. A long ball forward breaks for Jonathan Walters and he makes no mistake with his finish. The Robins are going to have to steady the ship now if they are to reach third round of the League Cup for the first time in 15 years.

  42. 2124: 
    GOAL- Aston Villa 3-0 Tranmere - Darren Bent

    The game is well and truly over at Villa Park with Aston Villa and manager Paul Lambert getting a much-needed win. Brett Holman's cross is lashed hom by Darren Bent in the box. The five-time winners are heading for round three.

  43. 2124: 
    RED CARD- Wigan - Antolin Alcaraz

    Does this give Forest a chance now? Antolin Alcaraz goes through Simon Cox and is shown a red card. It is 3-1 to Wigan at the moment with 12 minutes to go.

  44. 2123: 

    The woodwork saves Swansea City as goalscorer Bobby Hassell smacks a 25-yard shot against the crossbar.

  45. 2123: 

    Contrasting fortunes for Lancashire neighbours Preston and Blackburn. An error by young Rovers keeper Jake Kean allows Luke Chadwick to score a second to make it 2-0 to MK Dons. Over at Deepdale, Preston are already looking forward to the third round after Nicky Wroe's second goal makes it 4-1 to impressive North End against Crystal Palace.


    From BBC Sport's Ian Shoesmith via text: "Highly entertaining game at the Ricoh Arena made even more so by the sight of a Coventry fan being kicked out by the stewards for the heinous offence of... Failing to return the ball in a timely fashion to the Birmingham keeper for a goal kick. Said fan received the ball and threw it backwards, over his head. 2-2. Bizarre."

  47. 2119: 
    GOAL- Stevenage 0-3 Southampton - Jason Puncheon

    Southampton are out of sight. Just a minute after Billy Sharp's second, Jason Puncheon adds a third. It is the goal of the game as well - a superb volley from distance.


    Mennel on Twitter: "Sorry but #StevenageFC just been robbed! Never a pass back, ref fit that all wrong!"

    Jack Mills on Twitter: "Us Blackburn Rovers fans want to concentrate on the league (only because we are 2-0 down!)"

  49. 2118: 

    The goals just keep on coming at the King Power Stadium as Burton score a quick-fire double to lead Leicester 4-1. Robbie Weir first fires home from the penalty spot before Jacques Maghoma scores moments later and a cup shock looks firmly on the cards.

  50. 2116: 
    GOAL- Stevenage 0-2 Southampton - Billy Sharp

    The Stevenage fans are not happy at all. The home side are penalised for a supposed pass-back to the keeper, which gives Saints a free-kick. Richard Chaplow's quick thinking sees him pass to Billy Sharp, who rifles in the visitor's second. Cue the inevitable boos from the home crowd.

  51. 2114:  
    Danny Mills, BBC Radio 5 live at Hillsborough

    "The game is starting to warm up now. Fulham are trying to show purpose and get forward more. But as the game opens up it could allow Sheffield Wednesday to use their pace and catch them on the break."


    MJF via text: "Capital One should look into the identity theft crime going on at the Britannia. Blatant impersonation of a Premier League side."

  53. 2111: 
    GOAL- Aston Villa 2-0 Tranmere - Chris Herd

    Stephen Ireland is released down the winger and his cross is converted by Chris Herd in the box. A much-needed win for Villa looks very, very likely now. Villa last exited at the second-round stage in 1991, against Grimsby. Doesn't look like that fact is going to change tonight.

  54. 2112: 

    Doncaster haul themselves back to 2-2 against Championship opponents Hull at the Keepmoat Stadium. Towering defender Rob Jones equalises for Dean Saunders's men on 57 minutes to overturn the Tigers's early two-goal lead.

  55. 2110: 
    GOAL- QPR 2-0 Walsall - Bobby Zamora

    Mark Hughes has his first win of the season in sight thanks to Bobby Zamora's audacious chip over the keeper following Kieron Dyer's excellent through-ball. Walsall, now 2-0 down, have it all to do at Loftus Road. QPR were knocked out in the second round by League Two Rochdale last season. They clearly weren't in the mood for a repeat tonight.

  56. 2110: 
    GOAL- Swansea 2-1 Barnsley - Bobby Hassell

    Bobby Hassell's looping header looks like it was touched over the line by Marlon Harewood but it's Hassell who is credited with the goal. Barnsley back in the game.


    James Penney on Twitter: "How many times will we hear "We want to concentrate on the league" tonight?"

    At full-time, count the number of teams who get knocked out by lower league opponents. That many.

  58. 2109: 

    Leicester have given themselves a lifeline as they halve the deficit minutes after Burton had extended their lead. Anthony Knockaert's powerful effort gave Ross Atkins no chance in the Burton goal and Leicester trail 2-1.

  59. 2107: 
    GOAL- Sunderland 2-0 Morecambe - James McClean

    Dominant Sunderland strengthen their grip on the game against Morecambe. James McClean fires home his second from inside the box and Morecambe's hopes of just a second appearance in the third round are fading fast.

  60. 2105: 
    GOAL- Stoke 1-2 Swindon - Kenwyne Jones

    Premier League Stoke are back in it against their League One opponents. Kenwyne Jones rises highest in the box to head home a Michael Kightly cross. It's five years since a club from outside the top two divisions knocked out Stoke and the Potters are battling hard to prevent it happening here.

  61. 2105: 
    GOAL- Yeovil 2-2 West Brom - Reuben Reid

    Reuben Reid is having an excellent time against his former club - the striker heading home at the far post for his second of the night.

  62. 2104: 
    GOAL- Norwich 2-1 Scunthorpe - Wes Hoolahan (pen)

    Norwich regain the lead against Scunthorpe from the penalty spot after Wes Hoolahan is fouled by Niall Canavan, the ex-Blackpool player picking himself up to score.

  63. 2104: 

    Burton Albion look firmly on course to claim a Championship scalp as Cleveland Taylor puts them 2-0 up at Leicester City. The Foxes had started the second-half well but Taylor volleyed home to leave the home side with a mountain to climb to stay in the competition.

  64. 2102: 

    Are Blackburn heading for their first defeat of the season? Luke Chadwick has just given League One MK Dons the lead against Rovers after Grant Hanley loses possession.

  65. 2101: 
    GOAL- Swansea 2-0 Barnsley - Luke Moore

    Luke Moore doubles Swansea's lead by turning in the box and planting a left-foot shot into the top-right hand corner of Ben Alnwick's goal.

  66. 2101: 

    As it stands we have five potential shocks on the cards with teams from lower leagues beating their supposed betters. It is still 2-0 to Swindon at Stoke, it is now 2-0 to Burton at Leicester, Preston 3-1 Palace, Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Fulham and MK Dons 1-0 Blackburn.

  67. 2056: 
    GOAL- West Ham 2-0 Crewe - Modibo Maiga

    Crewe's hopes of causing a shock at Upton Park look to be running out of steam as the Hammers double their lead through Modibo Maiga. The Mali striker pounces on a fumble from Railwaymen keeper Alan Martin, who could not hold Kevin Nolan's shot, to fire in his first goal since a £4.7m summer move from French side Sochaux.

  68. 2056: 
    GOAL- Stevenage 0-1 Southampton - Tadanari Lee

    Japanese striker Tadanari Lee converts Billy Sharp's 53rd-minute cross as Premier League side Southampton go 1-0 ahead as they look to avoid an upset at League One high-flyers Stevenage. Last season was the first time the Saints had got past the second round in three years. They are now on course to repeat that.

  69. 2054: 
    GOAL- Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Fulham - Gary Madine (pen)

    Could a shock be on the cards at Hillsborough? Sheffield Wednesday, unbeaten in 17 games under boss Dave Jones, lead through Gary Madine's 50-minute penalty against top-flight opponent's Fulham. Chris Maguire was hacked down by Cottagers defender Stephen Kelly before Madine coolly slotted past Mark Schwarzer.

  70. 2052: 

    The Reading third goal against Peterborough has now been given as a Nathaniel Knight-Percival own goal. It was initially down as a Garath McCleary goal.

  71. 2050: 
    GOAL- Nottingham Forest 1-3 Wigan - Simon Cox

    Anything Maynor Figueroa can do, Simon Cox can do better (arguably). The Forest striker chests a long ball down before setting himself and blasting a shot into the top corner of the Wigan net from 30 yards. Forest have a glimmer of hope with a very timely screamer.

  72. 2050: 

    The 19:45 BST kick-offs are up and running.

  73. 2048: 

    You call that a madcap first half? Pah, I laugh in your face League Cup. Come on. Bring it!

    Are you all ready? Tough luck if you're not because we're going back in.


    Jwmadrid on Twitter: "I suggest #Arsenal buy a striker from Swindon!!!"

    James Hunter on Twitter: "The Di Canio revolution continues! Premier League football here we come"

    Olawale Shodipe on Twitter: "Reading vs Peterbrough What a game!"

  75. 2044: 
    GOAL- Yeovil 1-2 West Brom - Shane Long

    A mistake by the Yeovil keeper Marek Stech allows Shane Long to nip in and put the Baggies in front. From a goal down to goal up in a flash. WBA showing the League Cup form that has seen them miss out on an appearance in the third round only once in the last seven seasons.

  76. 2043: 

    Very few goals around the continent so far, although Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb are in charge of their tie against Maribor of Slovenia. Dinamo lead 1-0 on the night and 3-1 on aggregate. Only one other goal in the four other matches and that went to Udinese who now lead their tie against Braga 2-1 on aggregate thanks to Pablo Armero's first-half effort.

  77. 2041: 
    GOAL- Reading 3-2 Peterborough - Nathaniel Knight-Percival own goal

    An inswinging Danny Guthrie cross is heading towards Garath McCleary, who is marked at the near post, but the ball finds the net. It looks like the midfielder got the last touch, but in fact it came off Peterborough's Nathaniel Knight-Percival. Reading have now scored 33 goals in 13 ties, since they last failed to find the net against Arsenal in a League Cup fourth round tie in November 2005.

  78. 2040: 

    Leaders Newport, who have made a 100% to the new season, are being held 0-0 by fourth-placed Hereford as the teams reach the half-time break. In the night's other game, Braintree Town did lead 1-0 at Woking through Dan Holman's 16th-minute opener, before Brett Williams equalises for the hosts on the stroke of half-time.

  79. 2039: 

    Impressive Preston, first-round winners over Huddersfield, are within sight of another scalp from the Championship after racing into a 3-1 interval lead over Crystal Palace at Deepdale. Goals by Nicky Wroe, Akpo Sodje and Jeffrey Monakana have put the League One club in command, Aaron Wilbraham scoring for Palace. Blackburn are being made to work hard at MK Dons where it is goalless at the break.

  80. 2039: 

    It has been a good half for League Two Burton, who lead Championship Leicester 1-0 at the King Power Stadium courtesy of Chris Palmer's goal. Not so much joy for Burton's League Two rivals Gillingham, however, as they are losing 1-0 at home to Middlesbrough. Mustapha Carayol with the goal for Tony Mowbray's side. A goal from on-loan Arsenal striker Benik Afobe has given Bolton the lead at Crawley while the game between Watford and Bradford is goalless at the break.

  81. 2039: 

    Scottish Communities League Cup holders Kilmarnock are heading for a shock defeat at home to Second Division part-timers Stenhousemuir, John Gemmell adding to Brown Ferguson's penalty. The two other Scottish Premier League clubs in second-round action are also two goals behind. Hibernian are behind away to another Second Division outfit, Queen of the South, while Ross County are losing at home to First Division side Raith Rovers. Elsewhere, First Division Dunfermline are 2-0 ahead of Montrose from two divisions below. The all-First Division ties are level, with Hamilton and Partick failing to hit the net, while Livingston and Dumbarton are all square at 1-1.

    Danny Mills, BBC Radio 5 live at Hillsborough

    "Sheffield Wednesday haven't been outclassed and it is goalless at the break. Fulham have played well within themselves, Mark Schwarzer was only forced into a couple of routine saves. Fulham need to play with a bit more tempo. If complacency sets in Sheffield Wednesday could cause an upset here."

  83. 2037: 

    Swansea lead at the break thanks to Danny Graham's 24th-minute goal but both goalkeepers have been called into action. Barnsley stopper Ben Alnwick turned Nathan Dyer's 20-yard shot around the post while Gerhard Tremmel saved Tomasz Cywka's 25-yard volley in the home goal.

  84. 2037: 
    GOAL- Yeovil 1-1 West Brom - Chris Brunt

    Ah, Chris Brunt. Why tap it in when you can blaze into the net from distance. The Baggies midfielder picks up the ball and absolutely belts it into the Yeovil net from over 30 yards to get his side back on terms with their League One opponents.


    Burnley are ahead against Plymouth. An expert Charlie Austin header at the far post put the home side ahead going into the break. Meanwhile, there's plenty of action at the Ricoh Arena. Coventry were 2-1 up but Jonathan Spector powered in a shot to draw Birmingham level just before the break.

  86. 2033: 

    We're reaching half-time in the games that kicked off at 19:45 BST. Thank God. I can breathe again for 15 minutes. 15 beautiful minutes before the madness starts again.

  87. 2030: 
    GOAL- Nottingham Forest 0-3 Wigan - Jordi Gomez

    It is all over at Forest as Jordi Gomez extends the away team's lead with a cracking strike from 20 yards. His effort rifled into the net and left the keeper with no chance.


    LudaChris on Twitter: "Swindon absolutely bossing Stoke right now and giving them a lesson in how to play football while we're at it"

    Aren Hoyle on Twitter: "Rudolph Austin, knew it'd only be a matter of time before he scored. He's certainly softening the blow of Snodgrass leaving."

    James Welham on Twitter: "Figueroa, take a bow. You Maynor see a better goal than that all season."

  89. 2026: 
    GOAL- Stoke 0-2 Swindon - James Collins

    It's a second goal for Swindon as James Collins heads in Raffaele De Vita's cross. Stoke are staring down the barrel of a giant killing. Collins almost has a hat-trick soon after as his shot is cleared off the line.

  90. 2027: 

    Game on at the Keepmoat Stadium as Doncaster's David Syers halves Hull's early two-goal lead, while just up the A1 in West Yorkshire, teenage full-back Sam Byram doubles Leeds's advantage against unbeaten League Two leaders Oxford.

  91. 2024: 
    GOAL- Aston Villa 1-0 Tranmere - Fabian Delph

    Sighs of relief around Villa Park as Fabian Delph forces the ball over the line after meeting Enda Stevens' superb chipped cross.

  92. 2024: 

    Possible upset on the cards at the King Power Stadium as Burton have the lead at Championship side Leicester. Chris Palmer's first goal of the season has given the League Two side the lead. Leicester have not lost to a club outside the top two divisions since a third-round exit against third-tier Grimsby in October 1997. And Burton's first-round victory on penalties over Sheffield United was their first success in four seasons of participation in the League Cup.

  93. 2021: 
    GOAL- Nottingham Forest 0-2 Wigan - Maynor Figueroa

    Doesn't look like a shock at Forest. Maynor Figueroa has just absolutely smashed his side into the lead with a rising shot from an angle outside the box on the right. From the moment it left his boot it was heading for the top left corner of the home goal.

  94. 2020: 
    GOAL- Reading 2-2 Peterborough - Chris Gunter

    But the Royals are soon back on level terms as a cross from Chris Gunter evades everyone and ends up in the net.

  95. 2020: 
    GOAL- Norwich 1-1 Scunthorpe - Mark Duffy

    If Simon Lappin's goal for Norwich was special, then Mark Duffy's equaliser for League One Scunthorpe was extra special, the midfielder beating one player before rifling the ball into the net from distance.

  96. 2020: 
    GOAL- West Ham 1-0 Crewe - Nicky Maynard

    West Ham score through ex-Crewe striker Nicky Maynard - who else. Maynard, who joined the Hammers from Championship side Bristol City in January, sweeps home Ricardo Vaz Te's cross on 34 minutes.

  97. 2019: 
    GOAL- Reading 1-2 Peterborough - Lee Tomlin

    The goals are flying in at Reading. No sooner had the home side equalised than Peterborough are back in front after Lee Tomlin beats keeper Adam Federici with a shot from a tight angle.

  98. 2018: 
    GOAL- Norwich 1-0 Scunthorpe - Simon Lappin

    Simon Lappin puts Norwich ahead against Scunthorpe with a powerful effort from 22-yards, only his fourth goal in five years at Carrow Road.

  99. 2017: 
    GOAL- Reading 1-1 Peterborough - Pavel Pogrebnyak

    Reading quickly equalise against Peterborough as Pavel Pogrebnyak levels. His first effort is blocked before he swings a boot at the loose ball and scores.

  100. 2017: 

    League Two Gillingham have made a flying start to the season but their 100% win record in all competitions looks to be in threat as they trail Middlesbrough 1-0. Mustapha Carayol raced through before firing home to put the visitors ahead.

    Ipswich, still smarting from a 6-0 drubbing at Championship rivals Blackpool on Saturday, lead League One hosts Carlisle through on-loan Tottenham midfielder Massimo Luongo. And Jamaican midfielder Rodolph Austin nets his first goal in English football as Leeds go ahead against League Two visitors Oxford United.

  101. 2016: 

    All three SPL clubs are in early trouble in the Scottish Communities League Cup ties. Nicky Clark has put Queen of the South ahead at home to Hibernian. Brown Ferguson put another Second Division side, Stenhousemuir, in front away to Kilmarnock from the penalty spot. And Greig Spence has put First Division side Raith Rovers ahead of Ross County in Dingwall.

  102. 2015: 
    GOAL- QPR 1-0 Walsall - Shaun Wright-Phillips

    Shaun Wright-Phillips opens the scoring for Mark Hughes's side with a sliding toe-poke following excellent work by Bobby Zamora in the 29th minute.

  103. 2015: 
    GOAL- Reading 0-1 Peterborough - Paul Taylor

    Peterborough take the lead at Reading through a Paul Taylor shot from the edge of the box.

  104. 2014: 

    Coventry had an escape when Chris Burke's shot hit the crossbar for Birmingham and the home side take advantage by not only equalising but then going on to take the lead. Kevin Kilbane slides a pass into the run of Cody McDonald, who slots in a leveller, before Kilbane, 35, rifles in a second for the Sky Blues.

  105. 2014: 
    GOAL- Yeovil 1-0 West Brom - Reuben Reid

    Reuben Reid once played for West Brom but he has scored against them after heading home from a set piece.

  106. 2014: 

    Bolton have the lead against League One Crawley as Benik Afobe is put through one-on-one by Martin Petrov and the on-loan Arsenal striker makes no mistake, rounding the keeper before slotting the ball into the empty net. Somewhat harsh on Crawley, who had dominated the early stages against their Championship opponents. Still, plenty of time to go yet.

  107. 2012: 
    GOAL- Stoke 0-1 Swindon - James Collins

    Swindon take the lead at Stoke. A James McEveley cross is dropped by keeper Thomas Sorensen and James Collins pounces for Swindon.

  108. 2011: 
    GOAL- Nottingham Forest 0-1 Wigan - Mauro Boselli

    Ronnie Stam's cross from the right is perfectly swung over to be met by Mauro Boselli. From that distance, the striker makes absolutely no mistake. Forest have never lost to Wigan in four matches, could this be the first?

  109. 2010: 
    GOAL- Swansea 1-0 Barnsley - Danny Graham

    Danny Graham has just put the Swans ahead from a couple of yards out, scoring with his chest after a cross from Angel Rangel.

  110. 2008: 
    GOAL- Sunderland 1-0 Morecambe - James McClean

    Adam Johnson makes an early impact for his new club, swinging in a corner which James McClean heads in at the near post. Not the best start to Morecambe's attempts to reach the third round for just the second time. Happy days for the Black Cats.

  111. 2005:  
    Danny Mills, BBC Radio 5 live at Hillsborough

    "So far Fulham have been very patient and passed the ball about. Sheffield Wednesday are organised and have not allowed Fulham to get in behind. But there hasn't been any shots on goal."

  112. 2005: 

    Swindon have started well at Stoke. With Jermaine Pennant down injured, the Robins play on and Raffaele De Vita fires a shot just past the post. The City fans aren't happy that the game was allowed to continue. They would have been absolutely irate if Swindon had scored.

  113. 2001: 

    Chance for Wigan at Nottingham Forest. Andy Reid gifts the ball to Jordi Gomez on the edge of the box and he lashes the ball past the post. Forest are unbeaten in their last five league and cup games but they almost fell behind there.

  114. 1959: 

    Speaking of the Tigers, they've only gone and scored again. Jay Simpson has made it 2-0 to Hull at Doncaster. I can only imagine that Mr Ridpath is now frothing at the mouth as he bashes out another tweet. Sorry Ian but I won't repeat it here. You've had your 15 minutes.


    Paul Thompson on Twitter: "Blackburn fan hoping for a defeat! Can't be distracted by the Cup this year, we have to focus on promotion."

    Ian Ridpath on Twitter: "34 Seconds and 1-0 Up!!! (A record in this cup?) I said it once and i'll say it again, right now infact...HULL CITY for the cup"

    I'm a convert. Ian's right. This is Hull's year. Of course, if it doesn't work out the Tigers could always go have a prowl round Essex to give the tabloids something to write about.

  116. 1957: 

    It goes from bad to worse for managerless Coventry. Birmingham's Darren Ambrose swings in a free-kick and Peter Lovenkrands is left unmarked to head in at the near post.

  117. 1956: 

    Almost bad to worse for Southampton, but they avoid falling behind when Stevenage hit the woodwork.

  118. 1951: 

    Southampton had the ball in the net through Billy Sharp but it is ruled out for offside. Early scare but League One Stevenage can breathe again.

  119. 1950: 

    West Ham: Henderson, O'Brien, Spence, Diarra, Potts, O'Neil, Nolan, Taylor, Maynard, Maiga, Vaz Te. Subs: Spiegel, Demel, Fanimo, Driver, Moncur, McCallum, Hall.

    Crewe: Alan Martin, Mellor, Davis, Ellis, Bunn, Murphy, Westwood, Moore, Robertson, Max Clayton, Leitch-Smith. Subs: Garratt, Dugdale, Turton, Guthrie, Ray, Daniels, Osman.

  120. 1950: 

    Bryan Ruiz has pulled up with an injury in Fulham's warm-up ahead of their tie at Sheffield Wednesday and the Costa Rican is replaced by experienced winger Damien Duff in Martin Jol's starting XI.

  121. 1949: 

    Two early goals. Hull have taken the lead at Doncaster (who haven't touched the ball yet), with Aaron McLean scoring the goal, and League One Preston are 1-0 up against Crystal Palace of the Championship. Nicky Wroe with the goal.

  122. 1948: 

    Three lower-league outfits get the chance to take Scottish Premier League scalps as six ties take place in the second round of the Scottish Communities League Cup. Queen of the South, now in Division Two, might have the best chance of upsetting the odds as Hibernian visit Dumfries. Second Division side Stenhousemuir are at Kilmarnock's Rugby Park, while First Division outfit Raith Rovers will hope to overcome SPL newcomers Ross County in Dingwall. Elsewhere, there are two all-Division One ties, with Livingston hosting Dumbarton and leaders Partick Thistle visiting Hamilton Accies. Dunfermline, relegated from the SPL last season, host Third Division minnows Montrose.

  123. 1947: 

    The majority of the Capital One Cup games are now under way. Brace yourselves, it's about to get messy.

  124. 1946: 

    Watford: Bond, Hodson, Dickinson, Taylor, Thompson, Hogg, Forsyth, Jenkins, Beleck, Anya, Mujangi Bia. Subs: Almunia, Doyley, Murray, Vydra, Abdi, Garner, Caffetti.

    Bradford: McLaughlin, Darby, McHugh, Oliver, McArdle, Meredith, Atkinson, Gary Jones, Thompson, Connell, Hines. Subs: Duke, Reid, Hanson, Hannah, Baker, Doyle, Bass.

    Referee: Christopher Sarginson (Staffordshire)

  125. 1945: 

    Doncaster: Gary Woods, Quinn, Rob Jones, McCombe, Spurr, Syers, Harper, Keegan, Husband, Coppinger, Blake. Subs: Sullivan, Paynter, Cotterill, Meade, Middleton, Mullen, Binns.

    Hull: Amos, Dudgeon, Faye, Chester, Dawson, Evans, Olofinjana, Cairney, Stewart, Simpson, Mclean. Subs: Oxley, McKenna, Cooper, Devitt, Aluko, Bruce, Proschwitz.

    Referee: Steven Rushton (Staffordshire)

  126. 1945: 

    We've just been told that West Brom's tie at Yeovil has been delayed due to crowd congestion, with kick off put back 15 minutes to 20:00 BST.

  127. 1944: 

    Henri Lansbury has just been introduced to the crowd at Nottingham Forest. The midfielder joined Forest for £1m from Arsenal. Meanwhile, Jimmy Bullard has been introduced to the fans at MK Dons. I'm guessing with him and Alan Smith there the Dons physio will be on red alert.

  128. 1942: 

    Stevenage: Day, Gray, Ashton, Roberts, Charles, Freeman, Dunne, Tansey, Rodgers, Akins, Haber. Subs: Arnold, Grant, Furlonge, Ball, Thalassitis, N'Gala, Shroot.

    Southampton: Gazzaniga, Richardson, Ward-Prowse, Lee, Shaw, Butterfield, Chaplow, Seaborne, Hammond, Puncheon, Sharp. Subs: Kelvin Davis, Stephens, Chambers, Reeves, Moore, Hoskins, Sinclair.

    Referee: Oliver Langford (W Midlands)

  129. 1941: 

    Milton Keynes Dons: Martin, Otsemobor, MacKenzie, Williams, Chicksen, Powell, Gleeson, Potter, Chadwick, Bowditch, MacDonald. Subs: McLoughlin, Lowe, Ibehre, Ali, Galloway, O'Shea.

    Blackburn: Kean, Orr, Grant Hanley, Dann, Markus Olsson, Nunes, Etuhu, Jorge, Vukcevic, Rochina, Junior. Subs: Usai, Martin Olsson, Lowe, Formica, Morris, Goodwillie, Ribeiro.

    Referee: Mick Russell (Hertfordshire)

  130. 1940: 

    I said the Barton to Marseille move might be off. Well now it might be back on. His agent - Willie McKay - has told BBC 5 live that a deal to take QPR midfielder to Marseille could happen tomorrow. McKay says the two clubs have resumed contact and he expects Barton to fly to France tommorow, with Stephen M'Bia heading in the opposite direction.

  131. 1938: 

    Swansea Record signing Ki Sung-yueng made his Swansea debut against Barnsley after the Welsh club received international clearance. The South Korean midfielder is one of eight changes from the win over West Ham, with Kyle Bartley also being handed a debut in defence. Jonathan de Guzman, Angel Rangel and Danny Graham are the three players to retain their places.


    Crip Cooke on Twitter: "Everybody's saying there'll be an upset at Villa Park tonight. Lambert's named a squad more than capable of winning comfortably"

    Ian Ridpath on Twitter: "Optimistic, but, I say (From my seat in WA State) Hull City for the cup!!! (Bearing in mind we have never reached the 5th round)"

    It's that kind of blind, mad faith that I can get completely on board with. They won't do what you've said, but by God I respect you for saying it. Now have a sit down. Oh, you are.

  133. 1935: 

    Nottm Forest: Camp, Halford, Ayala, Collins, Harding, Cohen, Gillett, Moussi, Reid, Cox, McGoldrick. Subs: Evtimov, Guedioura, Greening, Lascelles, Moloney, Blackstock, Majewski.

    Wigan: Al Habsi, Ramis, Alcaraz, Figueroa, Stam, Jones, Watson, Beausejour, Crusat, Boselli, Gomez. Subs: Pollitt, Kone, Di Santo, McManaman, Fyvie, Lopez, Miyaichi.

    Referee: Geoff Eltringham (Tyne & Wear)

  134. 1933: 

    Chris Hughton makes 11 changes to his side as he searches for his first win as Norwich boss against League One Scunthorpe at Carrow Road. Defender Ryan Bennett, who was an unused substitute in Saturday's 1-1 draw with QPR, starts and Wes Hoolahan returns to captain the side.

    Striker Mauro Boselli gets a rare chance to shine for Wigan as Latics boss Roberto Martinez makes seven changes to the side who beat Southampton for the tie at Championship club Nottingham Forest. Goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi, Antolin Alcaraz, Ivan Ramis and Maynor Figueroa are the only four to survive.

  135. 1932: 

    Gillingham: Nelson, Fish, Davies, Barrett, Martin, Lee, Jackman, Payne, Allen, Kedwell, Burton. Subs: Forecast, Flanagan, Whelpdale, Strevens, Frampton, Montrose, Dack.

    Middlesbrough: Steele, Friend, McManus, Hines, Rhys Williams, Smallwood, Carayol, Halliday, Arca, Emnes, Park. Subs: Ripley, Zemmama, Ledesma, Reach, Luke Williams, Miller, Haroun.

    Referee: Gavin Ward (Surrey)

  136. 1930: 

    Yeovil: Stech, Ayling, Hinds, Webster, McAllister, Marsh-Brown, Blizzard, Upson, Foley, Hayter, Reid. Subs: Stewart, Young, Ralph, Ince, Nkumu, Ugwu.

    West Brom: Myhill, Jones, Tamas, Dawson, Jara Reyes, Gera, Thorne, Brunt, El Ghanassy, Long, Rosenberg. Subs: Foster, Yacob, Mulumbu, McAuley, Hurst, Fortune, Berahino.

    Referee: Darren Sheldrake (Surrey)


    James Tingley on Twitter: "Gillingham are off to a flyer under Martin Allen and have already claimed one championship scalp. Watch out for them tonight"

    Sam Robinson on Twitter: "Can't wait to see @AJohno_11 and @stevenfletch10 play first match for Sunderland!! Watch out Morecambe!!!"

    Gadge Murphy on Twitter: "Waghorn, Schlump and Knockaert at Leicester. Don't ever say they don't have class. Some class names"

    It sounds like a law firm in Narnia.

  138. 1929: 

    Sheff Wed: Bywater, Buxton, Beevers, Llera, Daniel Jones, Antonio, Pecnik, Coke, Semedo, Madine, Maguire. Subs: Jameson, Reda Johnson, Rodri, McCabe, Mayor, Lee, Lavery.

    Fulham: Schwarzer, Kelly, Hangeland, Baird, Kacaniklic, Sidwell, Briggs, Hughes, Kasami, Ruiz, Rodallega. Subs: Stockdale, Duff, Diarra, Riether, Halliche, Trotta, Smith.

    Referee: Paul Tierney

  139. 1928: 

    Reading: Federici, Gunter, Pearce, Gorkss, Harte, McAnuff, Leigertwood, Karacan, Guthrie, McCleary, Pogrebnyak. Subs: McCarthy, Shorey, Mariappa, Le Fondre, Hunt, Tabb, Cummings.

    Peterborough: Olejnik, Little, Brisley, Knight-Percival, Ntlhe, Swanson, Bostwick, McCann, Boyd, Taylor, Tomlin. Subs: Day, Sinclair, Newell, Clarke-Harris, Richens, Grant, Gordon-Hutton.

    Referee: Andy D'Urso (Essex)

  140. 1928: 

    Preston: Simonsen, Keane, Huntington, Wright, Laird, Monakana, Wroe, Procter, Welsh, Hayhurst, Sodje. Subs: Stuckmann, Robertson, Amoo, Cummins, Buchanan, Beardsley, King.

    Crystal Palace: Price, Ward, Martin, Blake, Wright, Williams, Moxey, O'Keefe, Appiah, De Silva, Wilbraham. Subs: Speroni, Parr, Dikgacoi, Garvan, Zaha, Ramage, Moritz.

    Referee: Eddie Ilderton (Tyne & Wear)

  141. 1927: 

    QPR: Green, Bosingwa, Nelsen, Ferdinand, Da Silva, Wright-Phillips, Park, Faurlin, Hoilett, Johnson, Zamora. Subs: Murphy, Traore, Derry, Cisse, Mackie, Onuoha, Dyer.

    Walsall: Grof, Purkiss, Holden, Featherstone, Andy Taylor, Adam Chambers, Butler, Cuvelier, Hemmings, Grigg, Paterson. Subs: Walker, Jones, Bowerman, Williams, Benning, Downing, Baxendale.

    Referee: Michael Naylor (Sheffield)

  142. 1927: 

    Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert makes six changes for the tie with Tranmere, with goalkeeper Brad Guzan, defenders Enda Stevens and Eric Lichaj, midfielders Stephen Ireland and Fabian Delph as well as striker Andreas Weimann called into the starting line-up.

    Just the 10 changes for West Brom for their game against Yeovil. Don't know if striker Shane Long has upset Baggies boss Steve Clarke but he is the only player to keep his place from the team which drew 1-1 with Tottenham in their last game.

  143. 1926: 

    Swansea: Tremmel, Rangel, Tate, Davies, Bartley, de Guzman, Agustien, Dyer, Ki, Graham, Moore. Subs: Vorm, Williams, Michu, Dobbie, Lita, Gower, Richards.

    Barnsley: Alnwick, Cranie, Wiseman, Stones, Hassell, Golbourne, Dawson, Cywka, Mellis, Davies, Dagnall. Subs: Lidakevicius, Collins, Foster, Harewood, Etuhu, Clark, Rose.

    Referee: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire)

  144. 1925: 

    A lot of chat about a potential upset at Villa Park tonight (which I've added to). This is probably largely fuelled by their pretty average start to the season and new boss Paul Lambert's admission that he has a very big task on his hands turning the club around.

    Tranmere aren't the easiest of opponents, either. The League One side have taken seven points from an available nine this season. The two clubs last met in a two-legged League Cup semi-final tie in 1994. Tranmere triumphed 3-1 at home but Villa won the return leg by the same score before clinching the tie on penalties. They went on to beat Manchester United in the final.

  145. 1924: 

    Leeds: Ashdown, Lees, Kisnorbo, Pearce, Drury, Byram, Brown, Austin, White, Gray, Diouf. Subs: Kenny, Peltier, Becchio, Varney, Thompson, Poleon, McCormack.

    Oxford Utd: Clarke, Batt, Raynes, Wright, McGinty, Heslop, Chapman, Capaldi, Potter, Constable, Rigg. Subs: Brown, Pittman, Evans, Boateng, Marsh, Craddock, Lynn.

    Referee: Gary Sutton (Lincolnshire)


    James in Manchester, via text: "Looking forward to seeing Gorman in action tonight for Plymouth. He has a big future ahead of him."

    Chris, via text: "Evening Phil, fancy a few shocks tonight. Crawley, Forest & MK Dons to upset the odds. Get a quid on it!"

  147. 1920: 

    Coventry: Murphy, Willis, Brown, Edjenguele, Hussey, Jennings, Barton, Kilbane, Baker, McDonald, Elliott. Subs: Dunn, Malaga, McSheffrey, Ball, O'Donovan, Christie, Daniels.

    Birmingham: Doyle, Spector, Caldwell, Davies, Gordon, Burke, Mullins, Gomis, Ambrose, King, Lovenkrands. Subs: Lucas, Ibanez, Morrison, Elliott, Rooney, Zigic, Redmond.

    Referee: Dean Whitestone (Northamptonshire)

  148. 1920: 

    Aston Villa: Guzan, Lichaj, Lowton, Baker, Stevens, Herd, Delph, Bannan, Ireland, Weimann, Bent. Subs: Given, N'Zogbia, Holman, Delfouneso, Johnson, Burke, Williams.

    Tranmere: Fon Williams, Holmes, Taylor, Gibson, Bakayogo, Thompson, Wallace, Palmer, Robinson, Cassidy, Akpa Akpro. Subs: Mooney, Harrison, Kirby, Stockton, Power, Kay, Bell-Baggie.

    Referee: James Adcock (Nottinghamshire)

  149. 1920: 

    Stoke: Sorensen, Shotton, Upson, Huth, Wilson, Pennant, Whitehead, Cameron, Kightly, Jones, Jerome. Subs: Nash, Ness, Shawcross, Walters, Wilkinson, Delap, Crouch.

    Swindon: Foderingham, Devera, Flint, McCormack, McEveley, Ritchie, Miller, Navarro, De Vita, Williams, Collins. Subs: Bedwell, Rooney, Ferry, Risser, Nathan Thompson, Storey, Smith.

    Referee: Nigel Miller (Durham)


    Matt Graham on Twitter: "definitely can see Oxford United winning tonight, Constable and Alfie Potter to score"

    barrcode34 on Twitter: "You're prediction for my beloved Nottm Forest/Wigan game, Phil?"

    To save myself tears from your potential ire, I'll say 34-0 to Forest (seriously, 2-1 Wigan. Please don't hate me).

  151. 1918: 

    Crawley Town: Jones, Sadler, McFadzean, Davis, Connolly, Adams, Torres, Akpan, Ajose, Cooper, Forte. Subs: Kuipers, Clarke, Simpson, Hunt, Bulman, Akinde, Neilson.

    Bolton: Lonergan, Alonso, Ream, Knight, Riley, Petrov, Andrews, Mark Davies, Vela, Eagles, Afobe. Subs: Bogdan, Mills, Wylde, Kevin Davies, Ricketts, Sordell, Pratley.

    Referee: Graham Scott (Oxfordshire)

  152. 1918: 

    Carlisle: Collin, Potts, Edwards, Murphy, Chantler, Noble, Thirlwell, Berrett, McGovern, Cadamarteri, Robson. Subs: Gillespie, Simek, Welsh, Madden, Beck, Symington, Bugno.

    Ipswich: Loach, Edwards, Chambers, Smith, Cresswell, Emmanuel-Thomas, Luongo, Drury, Carson, Chopra, Martin. Subs: Lee-Barrett, Delaney, Scotland, Stevenson, Murray, Ainsley, Lawrence.

    Referee: Scott Mathieson (Cheshire)

  153. 1917: 

    Norwich: Rudd, Francomb, Turner, Ryan Bennett, Tierney, Fox, Lappin, Hoolahan, Surman, Morison, Chris Martin. Subs: Ruddy, Russell Martin, Johnson, Holt, Jackson, Pilkington, Barnett.

    Scunthorpe: Slocombe, Ribeiro, Mirfin, Canavan, Newey, Duffy, Gibbons, Walker, Ryan, Barcham, Grella. Subs: Severn, Grant, Jennings, Hughes, Howe, Keegan, Prutton.

    Referee: Phil Gibbs (West Midlands)

  154. 1916: 

    Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, St. Ledger, Konchesky, Whitbread, Danns, James, Gallagher, Knockaert, Schlupp, Waghorn. Subs: Logan, Morgan, King, Beckford, Moore, Futacs, Nugent.

    Burton Albion: Atkins, Diamond, Holness, O'Connor, Bell, Taylor, Weir, Zola, McCrory, Chris Palmer, Maghoma. Subs: Lyness, Corbett, Webster, Kee, Richards, Yussuf, Dyer.

    Referee: Darren Drysdale (Lincolnshire)

  155. 1916: 

    Reading are at full strength against Peterborough as they field the same starting line-up which led against Chelsea before being beaten 4-2 last time out.

  156. 1915: 

    Sunderland: Westwood, Gardner, Bramble, O'Shea, Colback, Johnson, Cattermole, Larsson, McClean, Sessegnon, Fletcher. Subs: Mignolet, Campbell, Kilgallon, Meyler, Cuellar, Saha, Elmohamady.

    Morecambe: Roche, Parrish, Haining, Fenton, Threlfall, Wright, Alessandra, McDonald, Fleming, Reid, Brodie. Subs: Arestidou, Ellison, Burrow, McCready, Drummond, Redshaw, Carlton.

    Referee: Robert Madley (West Yorkshire)

  157. 1915: 

    Of course, much of the current football chat is around transfers, which clubs are desperately trying to rush through ahead of Friday's deadline. Today, we've seen Swansea reject a £6.2m bid from Man City for Scott Sinclair, Aston Villa fail with an offer for Genk striker Christian Benteke. and Joey Barton's move from QPR to Marseille seemingly fall through.

    In a move that has actually gone through, Nottingham Forest have signed England Under-21 midfielder Henri Lansbury from Arsenal for a fee believed to be in excess of £1m.

  158. 1910: 

    Southampton boss Nigel Adkins picks a completely different starting XI from Saturday's top-flight defeat by Wigan for their tie at League One high-flyers Stevenage.

  159. 1910: 

    Apparently, goalkeeper Julio Cesar is going to be in attendance at QPR tonight to watch what might soon be his new side in action. I'm sure that'll do Rob Green's confidence no end of good.


    Nick in Accrington, via text: "Let's just hope that the league cup (and burnley in particular) can provide an amazing live performance. Like Prince."

  161. 1908: 

    Right, I'm going to stick my neck out by predicting some shocks tonight. It's crazy, it's foolish, it's a cue for Twitter folk to go all troll on me. But I laugh in the face of such abuse... and then cry later. At home. In the dark.

    Here's where I reckon we could see a shock: Aston Villa, Gillingham, Leeds, MK Dons and Sheffield Wednesday.

  162. 1905: 

    Burnley: Jensen, O'Neill, Mee, Duff, Lafferty, Bartley, Hewitt, Stock, MacDonald, Austin, Treacy. Subs: Grant, Trippier, McCann, Wallace, Vokes, Stanislas, Edgar.

    Plymouth: Cole, Berry, Nelson, Blanchard, Williams, Cowan-Hall, Young, Hourihane, Gorman, Sims, Chadwick. Subs: Chenoweth, Feeney, Bhasera, Lennox, Lecointe, Richards, Gurrieri.

    Referee: Andrew Madley (West Yorkshire)

  163. 1903: 

    Stuttgart ease through their Europa League qualifying tie against Dinamo Moscow with a 3-1 aggregate win following a 1-1 draw on the night. The Germans did the damage with a 2-0 victory over Dan Petrescu's side at the Mercedes-Benz Arena last week. Vedad Ibsevic, who scored twice in that game, got the visitors' goal meaning Dinamo's Aleksandr Kokorin's leveller was a mere consolation.


    Alex Beard on Twitter: "Look for Matt Ritchie to prove his class tonight v Prem opposition. Been in fantastic form for Swindon this year."

    Nathan Bees on Twitter: "Yeovil have started the season like a house on fire, I fancy them to upset the Baggies tonight"

    Andy Baldwin on Twitter: "Phil, I'm disappointed because I'm looking out for the worst of the worst tonight. Eagles really need to get going tonight"

    I've already covered the worst of the worst. It was called England v Italy at Euro 2012.

  165. 1900: 

    Sunderland (who host Morecambe) make four changes from their last match - which seems like an age ago thanks to the weather - two of which are pretty significant. New signings Steven Fletcher and Adam Johnson come in for their Black Cats debut.

    Meanwhile, Colombian striker Hugo Rodellega makes a first Fulham start since his summer Bosman move from Wigan at unbeaten Championship side Sheffield Wednesday and France midfielder Alou Diarra is also handed a full debut for West Ham, who host League One outfit Crewe.

  166. 1853: 

    So that is how we're going to roll tonight. To make it more fun for you why not get in touch to tell us where you see the shocks coming, which teams are about to be taught a lesson and which young players could be about to introduce themselves to the footballing world in style? As a bonus topic, with the frenzy on before the closure of the transfer window why not nominate some suggestions for players you'd realistically like your team to sign? You can tweet us using the hashtag #bbcfootball or text us on 81111 (UK). Be sure to put your name on the texts.

  167. 1850: 

    We've got a whole 23 knock-out ties of Capital One Cup football to bring you tonight, complete with the possibility of extra-time and penalties. 'But how will you manage to achieve this feat?' I hear you cry. Well, here's how: I'll be focusing on the ties featuring Premier League sides (so that'll be 12 in total), bringing you goal flashes from these games. Among that, I'll be bringing you the best of the rest, concentrating on where the big stories are coming from. With a bit of luck this means you won't miss any of the important action.

  168. 1845: 

    Milk, Littlewoods, Rumblelows, Coca Cola, Worthington, Carling and now Capital One*. The English League Cup has had more names than Prince. It has also been written off by many. Like Prince. However, year after year it just keeps trundling on. Like... oh, you get the idea.

    Tonight, the cup competition that isn't the FA Cup has called the big boys out to play. Well, some of them. There are 12 top-flight teams in the fray, along with some characters from across the Football League, who will definitely have packed their sling shot.

    *Other dairy, retailers, soft drinks, beer and credit card companies are available.

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