Wednesday football as it happened

Live text commentary as Chelsea draw Manchester United in the fourth round of the League Cup after six fixtures on Wednesday.

26 September 2012 Last updated at 22:29

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  1. 2228: 

    That is it from me for what has been a belting night (couple of nights even) of Capital One Cup action. You can watch all the highlights from the last couple of days on The League Cup Show on BBC1 at 23:15 BST. I'll be back on Saturday for the day's fun and games. I'll see thee.


    Bharat, Birmingham, via text: "That means we have Chelsea vs Man Utd on 28th Oct in the league then Chelsea vs Man Utd midweek in the cup and then Man Utd vs Arsenal on the Saturday. Crazy isn't the word"


    Tarron on Twitter: "Wigan Vs Bradford in the 4th round! Come on Latics make this a cup run."


    Steven Broadbent on Twitter: "Chelsea vs Manchester United in the fourth round, quality draw - and gives smaller teams a better chance to win silverwear."

    Charles Davis on Twitter: "What a draw, time for Swansea to go to Anfield and show Rodgers how to play football."

  5. 2225: 

    I can't remember as competitive a looking League Cup fourth round draw as the one we've been handed this season. 12 Premier League teams are in there with four all-top division ties. The lower league teams have all been handed draws that are realistically winnable as well. After the disdain the League Cup has faced down the years it's good to be looking at a draw with true excitement.


    Rich, Swindon via text: "Looking forward to watching town take down another premier league club in the cup, and even more looking forward to the interview with Di Canio afterwards. The train keeps rolling!"

    Sanji, Herts, via text: "The Chelsea v Man Utd match will be one to watch, both have quality in their 2nd team and I cant wait to see which teams younger generations future looks the brighter."

  7. 2218: 
    Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney:

    "It's been just over four weeks since I last played and I'm delighted to be back out on the pitch playing, and it was a good run-out for me and hopefully there's a lot more games to come. I feel good, obviously it's always difficult in your first game back after a few weeks but it's great to get the minutes under my belt and hopefully that can benefit me."

  8. 2215: 
    Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers:

    "It was an outstanding performance. I'm not surprised as our performance level has been good all season. It's great to see the kids playing with confidence. We fully deserved the win. For me it's about talent irrespective of age. We've got a small squad. It's a club where young players are going to get a chance. It's congratulations to Jerome Sinclair. Our future is bright with the young players. The style and definition of our game is improving all the time."


    Scott Prentince on Twitter: "Unbelievable! Boro drawn away for the 11th consecutive time. This time away at Sunderland."

    Jack Allan on Twitter: "Chelsea v United, Reading v Arsenal, Liverpool v Swansea. Who said the Capital One Cup was boring?"

    Tom Warwick on Twitter: "Will Man Utd play their experimental defence against a rampant Chelsea? I think not! What a 4th round tie."

  10. 2212: 
    Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson:

    "I'm very pleased. First to win the tie in an all Premier League clash. But Newcastle had a stronger team than us physically. We played fantastic football and I think we deserved it.

    "Anderson's was a great strike. The second is a great bit of football. A really good performance. It was tough because Ameobi is a massive man. Cisse is a terrific player. Our defence handled it well We want to progress as far as we can. Winning is always important to this club."

  11. 2211: 

    Wigan will be very happy with drawing Bradford, but the League Two side will also be happy to be testing their wits against a Premier League outifit. Other all-Premier League ties see Reading host Arsenal and Tottenham travel to Norwich. It all makes for interesting few days of action later in October. The week of the 29th to be precise.


    Tim on Tiwtter: "Game on for Man Utd in next round, will need to play well for that one but thankfully its away."

  13. 2209: 

    So there we have it. Chelsea v Manchester United stands out, but there is also Brendan Rodgers hosting his former club as Liverpool face Swansea and a north east derby in the shape of Sunderland v Middlesbrough.

    Leeds' reward for beating Everton is another home tie against Southampton while Paolo Di Canio's League One Swindon get a home tie against Manchester City's conquerors Villa.

  14. 2203: 

    Sunderland v Middlesbrough

    Swindon v Aston Villa

    Wigan v Bradford

    Leeds v Southampton

    Norwich v Tottenham

    Liverpool v Swansea

    Chelsea v Manchester United

    Reading v Arsenal

  15. 2203: 

    Here we go. Capital One Cup fourth round draw...


    Jack O'Neill on Twitter: "Let's just hope Liverpool don't get United in the next round."

    Oliver Jones on Twitter: "Hughes out. He's done nothing for this club except sign too many overpaid players. We're in big, big trouble."

  17. 2200: 
    BBC Radio 5 Live summariser Craig Burley at The Hawthorns:

    "When we saw the Liverpool team sheet we thought it could be a nasty evening, but Brendan Rodgers got the balance right. Assaidi and Sahin were excellent tonight Every time Assaidi had the ball he looked for an option, and although West Brom looked average Liverpool definitely deserved to go through. Brendan Rodgers will want his players to go out there and express themselves if it doesn't come off it doesn't come off but that's what they did tonight"

  18. 2158: 
    Newcastle boss Alan Pardew following his side's 2-1 loss at Manchester United:

    "We left ourselves open at times when we were chasing. It was a really good game. We were pressing. We knew if we could get Papiss on and if he could get a chance he'd score. I'm pleased for the players but disappointed for the club because I thought we deserved more. Coloccini is a bit sore. Whether he did enough to play on Saturday I don't know. I'm not sure I should have played Williamson. But we're short at centre-half."

  19. 2157: 

    Right, that is all six games completed without a minute of extra time needed. Six more teams into the draw, all of them from the Premier League. It's going to be a competitive fourth round. League Two Bradford will be licking their lips at the potential of brining one of the big boys to the Coral Windows Stadium.

  20. 2154: 
    FULL-TIME- West Brom 1-2 Liverpool
  21. 2154: 

    Liverpool are holding on at The Hawthorns. A long ball forward by Ben Foster causes a moment of chaos in the Reds box but the Baggies can't get a clean shot on goal and a foul by a home player looks to have ended West Brom hopes.


    Luke on Twitter: "£10 tickets at a sold out Emirates Stadium to watch some quality football. Best value for money out there."

    Billy Thomson on Twitter: "Nuri Sahin has been brilliant tonight, Suso is an absolute player too. Great game tonight. Youngsters have done it again."

  23. 2147: 
    BBC Radio 5 Live summariser Craig Burley at The Hawthorns:

    "West Brom's players haven't been able to handle some of the Liverpool youngsters. They have been excellent tonight, they were on the ropes earlier but have re-grouped and the Liverpool supporters have seen some good football from their side."

  24. 2142: 
    GOAL- West Brom 1-2 Liverpool - Nuri Sahin (82 mins)

    Liverpool have scored. It's not Sinclair but that won't matter to the Reds. Suso runs at the Baggies defence before passing wide for Oussama Assaidi and his cross is converted at the back post by Nuri Sahin for his second of the night. He has been the main man for Brendan Rodgers' side.

  25. 2142: 

    Liverpool history being made at the Hawthorns. Jerome Sinclair has become the youngest player to represent the Liverpool first team at the age of 16 years and six days after coming on as a substitute. What a story it would be if he got the winner.

  26. 2141: 

    Late drama at East End Park, with Scott Vernon knocking in the winner for Aberdeen three minutes into added on time. It's rough on Dunfermline who were on top for long spells.

  27. 2140: 

    Five ties, five decisive results. All we're waiting on now is West Brom and Liverpool, who are still drawing 1-1 with about 15 minutes to go. The draw is coming up very soon.


    Ian, via text: "Calm down all you arsenal fans, you're playing Coventry. Second worst team in League One, in fact, second worst team in Coventry."

    Paul, via text: "Arsenal more impressive than Chelsea last night. Giroud aside not one of our starters are First team starters. Chelsea had most of theirs playing"

    Dave, via text: "Admittedly it's only against Coventry but Theo's claim that he could be a centre forward doesn't look too far wrong tonight. "

  29. 2139: 
    FULL-TIME- QPR 2-3 Reading
  30. 2138: 
    FULL-TIME- Norwich 1-0 Doncaster
  31. 2138: 
    FULL-TIME- Manchester United 2-1 Newcastle
  32. 2138: 

    What is it about the Capital One Cup that gets the fans up for some pitch-invading. After the semi-streakers at Emirates, Old Trafford is treated to another bloke looking to make a name for himself. Sir Alex sees the funny side. He won't when he realises it's Lee Sharpe.*

    * It's not really Lee Sharpe.

  33. 2136: 
    FULL-TIME- Arsenal 6-1 Coventry

    Max Armstrong on Twitter: "This is what happens if you play Arshavin in his favoured position. It's only taken 3 years."

    Sam Myles on Twitter: "Looks like we're not missing Van Persie with 12 goals in 2 home game."

    Francisco on Tiwtter: "No wonder why Arshavin wanted to stay at Arsenal and fight for his place. He certainly has done himself a favour tonight."

  35. 2136: 
    FULL-TIME- Carlisle 0-3 Tottenham
  36. 2135: 

    Almost a goal for Liverpool's Sebastian Coates but his shot is superbly saved by West Brom keeper Ben Foster. It remains 1-1 at The Hawthorns.

  37. 2134: 
    MISSED PENALTY- Reading - Pavel Pogrebnyak

    Pavel Pogrebnyak gets up, places the ball, steadies himself and then sees his spot kick saved by Julio Cesar. QPR remain alive but they don't have much time to find the equaliser.

  38. 2133: 
    PENALTY- Reading

    Pavel Progrebnyak has his heels clipped in the box and tumbles giving Reading a penalty from which they could wrap this game up.

  39. 2131: 
    GOAL- Arsenal 6-1 Coventry - Theo Walcott

    Icing on the cake for Arsenal against Coventry. Theo Walcott picks up the ball 40 yards from goal and drives through the City defence before finishing past Joe Murphy.


    Michael Marshall on Twitter: "Mark Hughes? Blackburn - poor, City - poor, and now QPR - poor. Every owner has given him investment but he's always under delivered."

    Aaron Campbell on Twitter: "A possible look into the future of the England team tonight. Powell, Cleverly, Wellbeck, the Ox and Caulker amongst others."

  41. 2131: 
    GOAL- Carlisle 0-3 Tottenham - Gylfi Sigurdsson

    Tottenham make absolutely sure of the win in the last minute as Gylfi Sigurdsson rises to head home Kyle Walker's cross. That is the midfielder's first goal for Spurs.

  42. 2129: 

    We've got about five minutes to go in the 19:45 BST kick-offs. As it stands, Arsenal, Tottenham, Man Utd, Norwich and Reading are going through to round four. West Brom and Liverpool are still locked at 1-1 with about 20 minutes left.


    Omar on Twitter: "Two assists and a goal in his first start of the season? Who needs Hazard when you have Arshavin?"

    Tom Castle on Twitter: "Cisse, Arshavin, Shorey ... who says this is a Cup only for the youngsters?"

  44. 2125: 
    GOAL- QPR 2-3 Reading - Pavel Pogrebnyak

    Reading have been behind twice at Loftus Road but now they lead. Jay Tabb cuts back for Noel Hunt, who sends the ball on to Pavel Pogrebnyak to flick home with the deftest of touches. Told you it was a twisty turny game.

  45. 2125: 

    Almost, almost an equaliser for Newcastle at Old Trafford but the home team are saved by the woodwork. It is a spectacular effort by Papiss Cisse, who controls a ball on his chest and takes another touch before a brilliant over-head kick that rattles the crossbar.

  46. 2121: 
    GOAL- Arsenal 5-1 Coventry - Miquel (80 mins)

    That'll teach Coventry for scoring a goal. Andrey Arshavin's cross from the left is not cleared properly before the ball is swung back in and headed in by Miquel to restore the Gunners' four-goal lead.

  47. 2121: 
    GOAL- Arsenal 4-1 Coventry - Callum Ball (78 mins)

    With the game wrapped up, Arsenal switch off and Coventry punish them. Carl Baker gets away down the right before crossing for substitute Callum Ball to slide home. Something for the City fans to savour.

  48. 2121: 

    Still 1-0 at Carrow Road but Norwich are looking on course for progressing to the fourth round at the expense of Doncaster. Grant Holt has just gone close for the home side but his diving header is clawed away by Gary Woods.

  49. 2120: 

    A cup upset? Well, no not really but the ease with which Third Division Rangers swept SPL leaders Motherwell aside was something of a surprise. The second-half goals came from Lee McCulloch and Dean Shiels. Dunfermline and Aberdeen remain locked at 0-0.

  50. 2119: 
    GOAL- QPR 2-2 Reading - Nicky Shorey (76 mins)

    Once again, Reading hit back quickly after falling behind. And again, Nicky Shorey is involved as he plants in a free-kick from the edge of the box. More twists and turns than a twisty turny thing at Loftus Road.


    Tom Easdown on Twitter: "Stewart downing should be asking Shane ferguson for crossing lessons, absolute beaut of a cross for cisse's goal."

    Andrew Scammell on Twitter: "I like many others had never heard of Assaidi, but he is twice the player Downing is, attacks people with a good cross."

  52. 2116: 
    GOAL- Arsenal 4-0 Coventry - Theo Walcott (74 mins)

    Arsenal are rubbing salt into Coventry wounds now. Theo Walcott collects a throughball and charges through the Coventry defence before striking a shot across goal and in.

  53. 2115: 

    Tottenham are looking comfortable against Carlisle and only a fine double save from Mark Gillespie prevents the visitors from adding a third. The Carlisle keeper first denies Ryan Mason's header before denying Gylfi Sigurdsson from the follow up.

  54. 2114: 
    GOAL- QPR 2-1 Reading - Djibril Cisse (71 mins)

    Piledriver, thunderbolt, er, shot. Call it what you will, it is a superb goal from Djibril Cisse, who lashes home an effort from 22 yards to put QPR 2-1 ahead against fellow top-flight side Reading.

  55. 2113: 

    Alan Pardew has worked his magic once with a change. Can he do it again as Gael Bigirimana replaces Cheick Tiote for Newcastle at Old Trafford.


    Craig, Hemel Hempstead, via text: "All the prem teams have now scored, who says there is no interest in this cup?"

  57. 2112: 

    Daniel Pacheco comes even closer for Liverpool with a dipping shot that clips the top of the crossbar before going over.

  58. 2112: 

    Samet Yesil comes agonisingly close to making it 2-1 to Liverpool at West Brom. His effort is blocked by Ben Foster but the ball bounces down and just over the bar.

  59. 2107: 

    Manchester United so close to making it 3-1 as Javier Hernandez blazes a shot against the crossbar.

  60. 2107: 
    GOAL- Arsenal 3-0 Coventry - Andrey Arshavin (63 mins)

    Andrey Arshavin adds his name to the list of players benefitting from a rare start in the Capital One Cup as he chests down and finishes in the box to make it 3-0 to the Gunners. Arsene Wenger challenged the Russian to play his way back into his plans. That's a fine way to start.

  61. 2106: 

    West Brom v Liverpool is back under way at the Hawthorns.

  62. 2104: 
    GOAL- Manchester United 2-1 Newcastle - Papiss Cisse

    And what a last throw of the dice. Substitutes Shane Ferguson and Papiss Cisse make an immediate impact as the former crosses and the latter rises to head home from close range. Game back on.

  63. 2103: 

    Newcastle's response to Manchester United's second goal is to bring on Papiss Cisse and Shane Ferguson. Last throw of the dice from Alan Pardew.


    Darren, Staines, via text: "Giroud's confidence is probably like one of those slowly up, suddenly down rollercoasters."

    Shoey, at The Emirates, via text: "Not one, but two streakers invaded the pitch after Arsenal were awarded a penalty. They led the stewards a merry dance for a good couple of minutes, sparking the biggest cheers of the evening. It worked as a distraction though, as Giroud's penalty was superbly saved by Joe Murphy"

  65. 2059: 
    GOAL- Arsenal 2-0 Coventry - Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (57 mins)

    Arsenal haven't let the penalty miss bother them. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain lets rip from way out and his effort dips and swerves before beating Joe Murphy. The Gunners look home and dry now.

  66. 2059: 
    GOAL- Manchester United 2-0 Newcastle - Tom Cleverley (58 mins)

    Tom Cleverley missed a sitter in the first half but he makes no mistake with a much harder chance here. Danny Welbeck sets him up on the edge of the area and Cleverley curls a shot low into the corner of the net for his first Manchester United goal. It would be fair to say he enjoyed it as well.


    Vince, Hertford, via text: "Great Giroud regains his confidence from a goal just to have it destroyed by that penalty save. I fear he might have a tough season."

    Mark, Manchester, via text: "Watching Wayne Rooney dictating the game from midfield is a joy. Look no further Sir Alex he is your new Paul Scholes."

    Scott, Liverpool, via text: "An evening packed full of first goals for players at their new clubs, Sahin, Giroud, Hoilett, Verthongen. What are the odds on one for Liverpool's Yesil or Sterling?"


    Phil, Liverpool via text: "To Phil in Wallasey, er didn't we won this 'pointless exercise' last season."

    Jon, Eastleigh via text: "Loving Liverpool fans saying how much they need to get out of the League Cup when just seven months ago they were claiming winning it made their season."

  69. 2055: 
    GOAL- Carlisle 0-2 Tottenham - Andros Townsend (53 mins)

    Andros Townsend scores for Tottenham to all but send Andre Villas-Boas's side through to next round. The winger runs from the half way line, takes on two defenders before shooting low into the net.

  70. 2052: 
    MISSED PENALTY- Arsenal - Olivier Giroud

    Olivier Girous has the chance to double his Gunners tally but his effort is saved by Joe Murphy. Arsenal have a corner from the save and Miquel hits the bar with a header following the delivery. It remains 1-0.

  71. 2050: 
    PENALTY- Arsenal

    Andrey Arshavin is bundled over in the box by Reece Brown and the result is a penalty to the home side. Before the spot-kick can be taken a couple of streakers take to the pitch. I say streakers, the two fellas kept their shorts on. Call yourselves streakers?!

  72. 2048: 

    The second halves are under way in the five 19:45 BST League Cup kick-offs.

  73. 2048: 
    HALF-TIME- West Brom 1-1 Liverpool

    Matt Graham on Twitter: "Glad to see Anderson getting some game time and making the most of it. Always enjoy watching him play."

    Jonathan Brook on Twitter: "If Anderson can avoid injury & doughnuts for breakfast this season, he could provide a big slice of what Utd missed last season."

    Tom Lowe on Twitter: "Anderson has been criticised over the past, but that strike proves he is top class."

  75. 2044: 

    West Brom close to going ahead again as Graham Dorrans drives a free-kick across goal from the left. Andre Wisdom gets a touch to send it behind for a corner, which the home side can do little with.


    Phil, Wallasey, via text: "I'm a huge liverpool fan but the reds need to get out of this competition asap. We lost Lucas last season because of this pointless excercise."

    Katy, via text: "Rodgers is a strong minded guy. Fair play to him. He will make us great again."

    Sak, London, via text: "Liverpool's reserve team has at least scored against WBA, something the 1st team failed to do."

  77. 2041: 

    The words "here's Stewart Downing" followed by "that's a poor cross" is becoming way too familiar. The Liverpool midfielder has time on the right to deliver. To be fair to him he does... but straight into Ben Foster's hands.

  78. 2039: 

    Rangers have made a cracking start to the second half at Ibrox, with goals from Lee McCulloch and Dean Shiels. SPL leaders Motherwell are up against it now. It's 0-0 at half time between Dunfermline and Aberdeen, with the First Division side well on top.

  79. 2038: 
    BBC 5 live sports extra summariser Dion Dublin at Old Trafford:

    "Maybe Newcastle will feel slightly hard done by. Their strength is getting balls in the box, and defending-wise they have done well, but a couple of bits of magic from Anderson and Wayne Rooney and Manchester United are 1-0 up."


    Jamie Hardesty on Twitter: "Last time we won at Old Trafford was February 12th 1972. A stronger starting 11 could have changed that. Man Utd look poor."

    Ashley Marks on Twitter: "That's how you finish, Cleverley. Wonder strike from Anderson."

    Toby Pascoe on Twitter: "Giroud scores! Nice finish will hopefully settle his nerves and now show us his real class. In Arsene we trust."

  81. 2035: 
    BBC Radio 5 live summariser Phil Brown at Brunton Park:

    "Tottenham have scored one goal from a set piece and that is the only difference between them and Carlisle at the moment. Carlisle boss Gregg Abbott will be delighted with his side's performance, but they need that cutting edge."

  82. 2035: 

    So, with five games at half time, West Brom and Liverpool play out the final 15 minutes of their first half. It is 1-1 at the Hawthorns. Liverpool have the upper hand after equalising. Nuri Sahin has looked good. His cross from the left just evades the head of Sebastian Coates.

  83. 2033: 
    HALF-TIME- QPR 1-1 Reading
  84. 2032: 
    HALF-TIME- Norwich 1-0 Doncaster
  85. 2032: 
    HALF-TIME- Arsenal 1-0 Coventry
  86. 2031: 
    HALF-TIME- Carlisle 0-1 Tottenham
  87. 2031: 
    HALF-TIME- Manchester United 1-0 Newcastle

    Rupert, London, via text: "Me and my buddy sam reckon that Liverpool are still in with a shout for 4th place. This match is just a warm up for the boys."

  89. 2029: 
    GOAL- Manchester United 1-0 Newcastle - Anderson (44 mins)

    He's been frustrated by his lack of first-team opportunities and Anderson has taken it all out on Newcastle. He picks the ball up 40 yards from goal and drives on, holds off the challenge from Dan Gosling and squeezes a well-struck shot past Rob Elliot and inside the post.

  90. 2026: 
    BBC Radio 5 live summariser Phil Brown at Brunton Park:

    "It is not a great goal but it has put Spurs 1-0 up. Carlisle manager Gregg Abbott has to emphasise to his players that he was just getting his team playing well, they were just starting to enjoy themselves and he needs to get them to get that back in the second half."

  91. 2026: 
    BBC 5 live sports extra summariser Dion Dublin at Old Trafford:

    "Tom Cleverley was in two minds then; he could have gone for pace or lifted it over Rob Elliot and he chose the wrong option, maybe, but it was a great move in the build-up. That was easily the best chance of the half so far."

  92. 2024: 
    GOAL- Arsenal 1-0 Coventry - Olivier Giroud (39 mins)

    He's taken some stick in the early stages of his Arsenal career but Olivier Giroud has just taken his first step to proving the doubters wrong. His first goal for the Gunners comes courtesy of a composed finish after being played in by Francis Coquelin.


    Akil Sharma on Twitter: "Really good chance for Giroud to open his account in English football tonight. Quality player for Montpellier, needs to click."

    Daniel Sharpe on Twitter: "Who needs European football when you've got the Hawthowns on a Wednesday night?"

    Zain Patel on Twitter: "Nuri Sahin will want to prove his worth today to get ahead of Jonjo Shelvey in the pecking order for the first team."

  94. 2022: 
    GOAL- Carlisle 0-1 Tottenham - Jan Vertonghen (37 mins)

    They haven't had it all their own way early on but Tottenham have been given something to smile about in Carlisle. Gylfi Sigurdsson's cross is headed home by defender Jan Vertonghen.

  95. 2022: 

    That's a bad miss. Tom Cleverley is the red-faced perpetrator after Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez work an opening for him in the box. He has only Rob Elliot to beat from 15 yards but puts it past the post.


    Alan, Liverpool, via text: "Had dinner in a pub in Liverpool and Cadamateri was on the next table to me with his girlfriend. He had gammon and egg, so did I."

  97. 2017: 
    GOAL- West Brom 1-1 Liverpool - Nuri Sahin (17 mins)

    Liverpool are level. It is a decent strike from Nuri Sahin from 25 yards, but home keeper Ben Foster has to take a look at himself for allowing it to sneak past him at his near post. Sahin won't care, though, as he notches his first goal in English football.

  98. 2014: 

    Wayne Rooney's first real involvement in the game at Old Trafford nearly fashions a goal for his strike partner Danny Welbeck. Rooney's long ball releases Welbeck, who cuts inside and shoots but sees his effort saved by Newcastle keeper Rob Elliot.

  99. 2014: 

    A crackling opening period promised great things at Ibrox but the game has fizzled out and it's Rangers 0-0 Motherwell at Half-time. Nicky Law had a great chance to open the scoring when he found himself in behind the Rangers defence but could not get past Rangers keeper Neil Alexander, who made a crucial tackle outside his area. It's also goalless in the early stages of Dunfermline v Aberdeen, with the First Division side looking lively.

  100. 2013: 
    GOAL- Norwich 1-0 Doncaster - Alexander Tettey

    Alex Tettey scores on his first start for Norwich as the midfielder launches a stinging effort from outside the penalty area that clips the post on its way into the net. City have not progressed beyond the third round since 1995-96 but they've given themselves a good chance of righting that tonight.


    Demetris Ioannides on Twitter: "Jamie Carragher has played 555 more games for Liverpool than all his teammates tonight put together."

    Mike Greathead on Twitter: "Liverpool started well again... Probably a defeat again, how long will Rodgers get?"

    Martin Bialkowski on Twitter: "Liverpool seem out of their depth here. Even Carragher is shaky on the ball."

  102. 2013: 

    Samed Yesil comes within ayard of getting Liverpool level at the Hawthorns. He is unmarked to get a head on Oussami Assaidi's cross but he glances his effort from just four yards out wide of the far post. That's a head in hands moment for the young striker.


    Matt Harris, via text: "Cadamarteri came to a shop arcade in Liverpool called The Palace & asked my mate if he sold any 'Happy Hardcore'. Never forget it."

  104. 2010: 

    West Brom look to hit Liverpool again. Romelu Lukaku pulls back for Markus Rosenburg, who has a good chance to score but sees his shot saved by Brad Jones.

  105. 2008: 

    A good chance for Manchester United as Anderson steams down the middle of the pitch and plays a return pass with Tom Cleverley, but the Brazilian's shot is expertly tipped wide by Newcastle keeper Rob Elliot.

  106. 2008: 

    Chances for both sides in the early stages of the clash between Norwich and Doncaster at Carrow Road. Norwich's Alex Tettey lets fly with a 25-yard effort, which goes over the bar before City keeper Mark Bunn does well to tip Robbie Blake's shot wide at the other end of the pitch.

  107. 2007: 
    Former Hull City manager Phil Brown on BBC Radio 5 live at Brunton Park:

    "There is no question about the attitude of the two teams tonight, they are both up for it but on a big night like this but the players need to minimise their mistakes. There have been a couple for Carlisle and it will be just down to nerves at the minute."

  108. 2007: 
    BBC 5 live sports extra summariser Dion Dublin at Old Trafford:

    "Newcastle are starting to get on the ball more now with James Tavernier, Haris Vuckic, Gabriel Obertan and Cheick Tiote becoming more comfortable, but most of the play has been in the middle of the pitch rather than in either third. Manchester United need to avoid giving too many free-kicks away because Newcastle know their opponents have an inexperienced defence."


    Steve, via text: "I wish that football fans, especially Spurs fans would shut up about AVB. They do not know what has been discussed with Lloris, he may have been given a programme showing him when he will play, let AVB do his job and stop assuming."

    Andrew, Nottingham, via text: "Can people calm down about Lloris. This is a League Cup match against Carlisle managers start their reserves. Lloris is the future of Tottenham and he knows."

    Gary, via text: "Lloris must be gutted he's not starting at Carlisle...he knows he's in long-term first team plans, AVB keeping our 3rd choice keeper involved by picking him makes sense. Fuss about nothing"

  110. 2004: 
    GOAL- West Brom 1-0 Liverpool - Gabriel Tamas (3 mins)

    Disastrous start for Liverpool at West Brom. A free-kick is swung in and Brad Jones spills it, allowing Gabriel Tamas to finish from close range. Liverpool's nightmare at the Hawthorns continues.

  111. 2002: 
    GOAL- QPR 1-1 Reading - Kaspars Gorkss (16 mins)

    Reading hit back immediately at Loftus Road as Kaspars Gorkss rises high to head home a Nicky Shorey free-kick against his former club to make it QPR 1-1 Reading. Gorkss doesn't celebrate on the outside. Inside he'll be pretty chuffed, though.

  112. 2002: 

    The game is under way at the Hawthorns, where West Brom are hosting Liverpool.

  113. 2000: 
    GOAL- QPR 1-0 Reading - Junior Hoilett (14 mins)

    The first goal of the night comes at Loftus Road where the home side have gone ahead against Reading. Junior Hoilett beats a couple of men en route into the box before firing low into the bottom corner. Rangers have qualified for the fourth round only once in the last 16 years. They've made a good start in pursuit of improving that record.

  114. 1959: 

    Big chance for Newcastle at Old Trafford. Shola Ameobi's header back across the penalty area is inviting for Dan Gosling on the volley from 12 yards but he slices his effort over the bar. He should have done better.

  115. 1955: 

    Carlisle have started brightly as they look to cause an upset against Tottenham. Former Everton trainee Danny Cadamarteri has caused the Spurs defence a few problems but it is the visitors who have the first shot of the match as Iago Falque is picked out by Gylfi Sigurdsson but his shot is saved.

  116. 1955: 

    Chance for Coventry at Arsenal. Franck Moussa crosses for Stephen Elliott, who should do better but heads wide.


    Lisa, via text: "Not a QPR fan but would like to see Kieron Dyer make it through without picking up an injury. Looked such a talent when he was younger - shame all the injuries took their toll. Heart says Carlisle for a shock win."

    George, Bristol, via text: "Ever been to Carlisle on a wet night? Lloris is probably delighted to be at home."

  118. 1953: 

    No clear-cut chances of note to bring you from elsewhere just yet. It's been a tame start to this second successive night of League Cup third round action. Although in writing that last sentence I have just given fate all the motivation it needs to do everything in its power to destroy my typing fingers.


    Gareth on Twitter: "If Newcastle win tonight, I'm going to get in my canoe and have a paddle down to the pub to celebrate."

    Do you mind swinging by Salford Quays and rowing us home first?

  120. 1950: 

    Another early opportunity for Manchester United. Marnick Vermijl swings over a lovely cross from the right and into the box where Javier Hernandez rises well but heads past the far post. Far from a capacity crowd at Old Trafford but the home crowd will be happy with the start their side has made.

  121. 1948: 

    Manchester United have the first pop of the night at Old Trafford. Alex Buttner shoots from distance but it is also rising and clears the bar by some distance.


    Simon, London via text: "Lloris left out of the squad??? I hope he doesn't go nuts and demand to leave. He looked good against lazio, like he had glue on his gloves."

    Josh, via text: "I feel for Hugo Lloris. Without a doubt one of the best goalkeepers in the world and not even starting ahead of Cudicini. What is Villas-Boas playing at? Levy will be thinking he's wasted his money."

  123. 1945: 

    Five League Cup fourth round matches up and running. Game on. West Brom v Liverpool starts at 2000 BST.

  124. 1943: 

    We've got teams heading out on to pitches in five of the night's Capital One Cup games. In a couple of minutes we'll be kicking off.

  125. 1942: 
    West Brom v Liverpool

    West Brom are showing five changes from the win over Reading at the weekend. Strikers Marc-Antoine Fortune and Markus Rosenberg come into the side, with defender Gabriel Tamas plus midfielders Graham Dorrans and George Thorne also starting. Liverpool make 11 changes from the 2-1 defeat by Manchester United on Sunday as most of the regular first-teamers are given the night off. Striker Samed Yesil, 18, makes his Reds debut, while 19-year-old right-back Andre Wisdom makes his second start for the club, along with winger Oussama Assaidi. Centre-back Sebastian Coates, midfielders Jordan Henderson and Nuri Sahin as well as winger Stewart Downing get the chance to push for more first-team action. Striker Jerome Sinclair is on the bench. At 16 years and six days old, he will become Liverpool's youngest ever player if he plays.


    Joshua Proffitt on Twitter: "Very excited Liverpool fan, looking forward to seeing this young team & Carragher perform, full confidence in the young players."

    Ryan on Twitter: "Bit of info on Jerome Sinclair: Better than Frank, not as quick as Scott, stronger than Trevor but not as clever as Clive."

    Jamie Atkins on Twitter: "Interesting that Arsenal and United opt for inexperienced defences. Goals galore?"

  127. 1942: 
    LINE-UPS- West Brom v Liverpool

    West Brom: Foster, Jones, Olsson, Tamas, Ridgewell, Mulumbu, Dorrans, Thorne, Rosenberg, Fortune, Lukaku. Subs: Luke Daniels, Yacob, Long, El Ghanassy, McAuley, Dawson, Berahino.

    Liverpool: Jones, Wisdom, Carragher, Coates, Robinson, Henderson, Sahin, Downing, Pacheco, Yesil, Assaidi. Subs: Gulacsi, Wilson, Fernandez Saez, Sterling, Coady, Sama, Sinclair.

    Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)

  128. 1940: 

    If you want to have a little refresh of this page, as if by magic, like the shop keeper from Mr Benn, a video featuring Midweek Score will appear.


    Viv Powers on Twitter: "Really excited with the youngsters that Brendan Rogers is showing faith with, Andre Wisdom is a future England star."

    Charlie Fee on Twitter: "Glad to see Alan Pardew fielding a strong (ish) side tonight. I think he'll be taking the cup very seriously this season."

  130. 1937: 
    QPR v Reading

    There are four QPR changes from the loss to Tottenham. Midfielder Kieron Dyer makes his first start since last August, while midfielder Stephane Mbia makes his debut. Reading make seven changes. Winger Jimmy Kebe makes his first start of the season after a hamstring injury, while defender Adrian Mariappa, who signed in the summer from Watford, makes his Royals debut.


    Greg, Richmond via text: "These Liverpool, Arsenal and United youngsters are going to have their work cut out already trying to impress after Chelseas performance last night."

    Ned, via text: "Fancy Carlisle to to get the major upset tonight, and to meet Swindon in the last 16."

  132. 1935: 
    Carlisle v Tottenham

    Defender Michael Dawson and midfielder Tom Huddlestone both make their first starts of the season for Tottenham as manager Andre Villas-Boas makes several changes to his side for tonight's game at League One Carlisle. Jermain Defoe, who scored the 199th goal of his club career in the win over QPR at the weekend is on the bench, with Clint Dempsey starting in attack. No place in the squad for goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, though, with Carlo Cudicini starting in goal. Carlisle, meanwhile, make just one change from the side that beat Coventry on Saturday, with cup-tied Joe Garner replaced by on-loan Huddersfield forward Kallum Higginbotham.

  133. 1934: 
    Arsenal v Coventry

    Arsenal name Andrey Arshavin in their starting line-up for the first time since January and include Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Olivier Giroud in a strong forward line. Emmanuel Frimpong is on the bench after being injured while on loan at Wolves last season. For Coventry, Mark Robins hands debuts to Frank Moussa and James Bailey among five changes to the team which lost at home to Carlisle.

  134. 1932: 
    Man Utd v Newcastle

    Manchester United have Wayne Rooney back in the fold while Darren Fletcher makes his first start for 10 months after a bowel condition and is made captain for the evening. Twenty-year-old Belgian defender Marnick Vermijl and Scott Wooton, 21, also makes their debuts among an inexperienced defence. Newcastle bring back duo Fabricio Coloccini and Cheick Tiote following injury.


    Steven, Hull, via text: "Great to see Rooney back for the red devils, Newcastle United be afraid, be very afraid."

    Tom, Brighton, via text: "Downing playing in the middle? He plays where he wants, shame he doesn't do anything."

  136. 1931: 
    Man Utd v Newcastle

    Man Utd: De Gea, Vermiji, Wootton, Keane, Buttner, Cleverley, Fletcher, Anderson, Rooney, Welbeck, Hernandez. Subs: Johnstone, Evans, Powell, Lingard, Brady, King, Tunnicliffe.

    Newcastle: Elliot, Perch, Williamson, Coloccini, Tavernier, Obertan, Tiote, Gosling, Marveaux, Vuckic, Shola Ameobi. Subs: Harper, Anita, Cisse, Amalfitano, Bigirimana, Sammy Ameobi, Ferguson.

    Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)

  137. 1929: 
    LINE-UPS- Arsenal v Coventry

    Arsenal: Martinez, Yennaris, Djourou, Miquel, Andre Santos, Angha, Walcott, Coquelin, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Giroud, Arshavin. Subs: Shea, Squillaci, Frimpong, Chamakh, Bellerin, Eisfeld, Gnabry.

    Coventry: Murphy, Clarke, Wood, Brown, Reckord, Bailey, Barton, McSheffrey, Moussa, Baker, Elliott. Subs: Dunn, Hussey, McDonald, Fleck, Ball, Edjenguele, Daniels.

    Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)

  138. 1929: 
    LINE-UPS- Carlisle v Tottenham

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

    Tottenham: Cudicini, Smith, Dawson, Caulker, Vertonghen, Townsend, Huddlestone, Sigurdsson, Falque, Dempsey, Mason. Subs: Gomes, Lennon, Defoe, Walker, Sandro, Obika, Carroll.

    Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)


    Dave Stringer on Twitter: "Moses Ashikodi was another world beater on Champ Man. They badly overrated Millwall's academy somewhat"

    Aaron Bower on Twitter: "I'll see your Cherno Samba and raise you a Tonton Zola Moukoko."

    Matthew Vernon on Twitter: "Re: Cherno Samba, does anybody happen to know what happened to Mark Kerr of Falkirk, another hot prospect on early Champ Man?"

    Mark Kerr. The best £400,000 a Champ Manager will ever spend. He's now playing for Dundee in real life, via a spell in Greece. In an alternative universe me and him won three Champions Leagues together

  140. 1925: 
    Norwich v Doncaster

    Norwich captain Grant Holt is named in the starting line-up for tonight's Capital One Cup tie against Doncaster, with Canaries boss Chris Hughton making wholesale changes as expected. Recent signings Jacob Butterfield, Alexander Tettey and goalkeeper Mark Bunn all make their debuts for the Premier League side. Former Burnley striker Robbie Blake will be the main threat for Doncaster and he partners Iain Hume in attack as the League One side look to cause an upset.


    Edd, Manchester, via text: "If henrique does get on at old Trafford tonight he'll have a bit of pressure on him. Each of our new summer signings have scored on their home debut so far."

    Peter from Reading, via text: "Good night of footie to be had, only shock result I can see is Liverpool beating West Brom."

    Adam Alumia, via text: "Won't be easy against Newcastle tonight but our mix of youth and experience will get us through!"

  142. 1921: 
    LINE-UPS- Norwich v Doncaster

    Norwich: Bunn, Butterfield, Ward, Ryan Bennett, Tierney, Elliott Bennett, Fox, Chris Martin, Tettey, Holt, Kane. Subs: Rudd, Turner, Jackson, Hoolahan, Morison, Barnett, Murphy.

    Doncaster: Gary Woods, Quinn, Martis, McCombe, Spurr, Cotterill, Martin Woods, Harper, Husband, Blake, Hume. Subs: Maxted, Rob Jones, Syers, Brown, Bennett, Middleton, Keegan.

    Referee: Darren Deadman (Cambridgeshire)

  143. 1920: 
    LINE-UPS- QPR v Reading

    QPR: Julio Cesar, Dyer, Mbia, Hill, Onuoha, Park, Faurlin, Granero, Hoilett, Cisse, Mackie. Subs: Green, Diakite, Derry, Wright-Phillips, Nelsen, Zamora, Ehmer.

    Reading: McCarthy, Cummings, Mariappa, Gorkss, Shorey, Kebe, Karacan, Tabb, Robson-Kanu, Pogrebnyak, Hunt. Subs: Taylor, Gunter, Le Fondre, McAnuff, McCleary, Morrison, Church.

    Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire)


    Nick Duly on Twitter: "Arshavin's got a game! Looked good at the EUROs, expecting a little now - a little too much probably?"

    Graeme McCombe on Twitter: "Another QPR loss tonight and there has to be big questions about Hughes surely after spending so much in 18months!"

    Thunda on Twitter: "Tonight I get to see the highly rated youngsters I know from playing hours of Football Manager! Liverpools future looks bright!"

    You need to be careful judging players on Football/Champ Manager. Two words: Cherno Samba

  145. 1916: 

    History suggests that Tottenham should have little trouble overcoming Carlisle in their Capital One Cup clash tonight. Spurs have not been eliminated from the League Cup by a team from the third tier of English football since 1979, but League One Carlisle have recent pedigree of causing upsets, having won two of their last three ties against higher division opposition.

  146. 1916: 

    It will be an emotional evening for Norwich against Doncaster as they pay tribute to John Bond, the club's second longest serving manager, who passed away aged 79. On the pitch, this is a game that would appear to represent a chance for Norwich to restore confidence, having failed to win their opening five league fixtures. Doncaster have never won at Carrow Road and it is seven years since they progressed beyond this stage of the competition.

  147. 1915: 

    The one game each of QPR and Reading have won this season came in the last round of the Capital One Cup. Whether they see their third round tie as an escape from their league troubles or an uneccessary distraction remains to be seen. Whatever happens it could get feisty as there have been five sendings-off in the last four meetings between the teams.

  148. 1914: 

    If Scottish Communities League Cup action is what you're after why not sling your hook over to our Scottish pages where you will find plenty of live text chat on Rangers v Motherwell and Dunfermline v Aberdeen.


    George Ford on Twitter: "Could be a bit of a risk starting with Rooney. Personally would of had him on the bench"

    Thorn of Crowns on Twitter: "Brendan Rodgers' genuine trust in Liverpool's youth one of the most refreshing things this season"

    Bishop on Twitter: "Looking forward to see Arsenal youngsters, another opportunity to present their future to the world"

  150. 1910: 

    Steve Clarke helped Liverpool win the League Cup last season when he was assistant boss at Anfield. This time around, as Baggies boss, he will be plotting their downfall as the Reds begin the defence of the trophy. West Brom have already beaten the Merseysiders this season with a 3-0 win on the opening day of the Premier League campaign and the Midlands side have won three of the last four games between the two clubs. Liverpool have yet to win a top-flight game this season but will be out for a bit of revenge.

  151. 1908: 

    Despite a 3-0 victory for Alan Pardew's side the last time Manchester United and Newcastle met in the league last season, the course of this encounter could well be shaped by the mix of personnel on show. For the hosts, the returning Darren Fletcher (who is named captain) and Wayne Rooney feature in an otherwise youthful outfit, while Newcastle's Chieck Tiote and Fabricio Coloccini return from injury.


    Matt Cartwright on Twitter: "Interesting team from spurs tonight, would have thought we'd have out lloris in goal. Nice to see Dawson playing."

  153. 1905: 

    Coventry's two victories this season have both come in the League Cup, and new boss Mark Robins may look at a trip to Arsenal as a test of his team's nerve. It will certainly offer respite from a profligate start in League One, but they will come up against a young and skilful Arsenal team who include Nico Yennaris. He was a mascot last time Arsenal hosted the Sky Blues 12 years ago.


    Courteney, Bristol, via text: "Looking forward to mouth-watering fixtures tonight. There's nothing like the cup football. Particularly savouring prospect of a small upset at Old Trafford. Time the Toon put together a good run in this competition; especially as they have never won it. Hoping Pardew fields a strong side. One note: Referee tonight is from Manchester. Not saying anything, but is an interesting appointment."


    Liverpool make 11 changes for the game against West Brom. Andre Wisdom starts in defence, there is a debut for Samed Yesil up front. Jerome Sinclair is on the bench.

    Arsenal have Andrei Arshavin in their starting XI, along with Theo Walcott. Nico Yennaris - more about him in a bit - is also in the Gunners line-up.


    Ben Skliar-Ward on Twitter: "West Brom Reserves 3 : 0 Liverpool - told you now."

    Alec on Twitter: "Giroud to get his first goal for arsenal tonight he'll never get a better chance!!!"

    Billy Thomson on Twitter: "Jerome Sinclair must have a brilliant excuse for not doing his homework. "Sorry I was playing for Liverpool last night""

  157. 1901: 

    Expect to see a fair few youngsters on show tonight as club's look to the future as well as the present. Liverpool are apparently really pushing the boat out tonight with da yoof. After celebrating his 16th birthday last week, Jerome Sinclair could become the youngest ever player to represent Liverpool tonight. Striker Sinclair joined the Reds two years ago, ironically from West Brom. Sinclair wasn't even born when Euro 96 was taking place. I've wasted my life.

  158. 1857: 

    Striker Wayne Rooney starts for Manchester United for the first time since injuring his leg against Fulham a month ago. Midfielder Cheick Tiote returns for Newcastle, as does defender Fabricio Collocini.

  159. 1855: 

    When the Scottish Premier League leaders take on a Third Division side the result would normally be a foregone conclusion but not this time, with Rangers at home to Motherwell. Ally McCoist turned 50 on Monday and the Gers boss was given a few extra grey hairs when Queen of the South were victorious at Ibrox last week. Motherwell are unbeaten domestically this season but manager Stuart McCall, a former Rangers hero, insists the home side are favourites. Elsewhere, Aberdeen visit Dunfermline for a place in the quarter-finals. You can follow a live text commentary of these games on the BBC website.

  160. 1854: 

    Before we start on the night's games, I think it is appropriate to take a moment to pay respects to former Norwich and Manchester City manager John Bond, who has died at the age of 79. Bond, who made 444 appearances as a player for West Ham United between 1950-1966, also managed Bournemouth, Burnley, Swansea City, Birmingham City, Shrewsbury Town and Witton Albion.

    Howard Wilkinson, chairman of the League Managers' Association, said this today: "John was a real character with a great sense of humour and presence. He will be sadly missed."

    There will be a minute's silence before Norwich's game against Doncaster tonight, with both sides wearing black armbands.


    Matt Fallon on Twitter: "Strong squad for Arsenal tonight. Should be a home banker, but never rule out a cupset. Love cup football!"

  162. 1849: 

    With such a delightful sextet of matches I can imagine you folk have plenty of wise words to chuck into the mix. Are you backing the big boys, plumping for an upset or are you just excited by the prospect of seeing a load of, well, prospects play? Whatever your bag I want you to get in touch. You can contact us via Twitter using the hashtag #bbcfootball or text us on 81111 (UK). Names on the texts are needed.

  163. 1845: 

    Manchester United v Newcastle is one of three all-Premier League encounters in the League Cup tonight, along with QPR hosting Reading and holders Liverpool's trip to West Brom.

    Each of the other three of the evening's games features a top-flight outfit with Arsenal,Tottenham and Norwich facing League One sides Coventry, Carlisle and Doncaster respectively. Not bad Capital One Cup, not bad at all.

  164. 1840: 

    That Philippe Albert chip, the Eric Cantona winner at St James' Park when he slipped a bit as he wheeled away in celebration, "and I'll tell you, honestly, I will love it if we beat them, love it". Just three of the many reasons why Manchester United v Newcastle has proven to be one of the most entertaining rivalries in modern football.

    Tonight, the two lock horns again with a place in the fourth round of the League Cup at stake. And that, my friends, is just the tip of Wednesday's Capital One-sponsored iceberg.

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