League Cup football as it happened

Live text commentary of the Capital One Cup last 16, with Arsenal winning a thriller at Reading and Bradford knocking out Wigan.

30 October 2012 Last updated at 23:09

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  1. 2309: 

    And so we come to the end of our coverage of one of the most remarkable nights of League Cup football you are ever likely to see. If you want to read the reports and reaction from the matches (and I'm pretty sure you do) it is all on this very website, with more coming in all the time. I'll be back tomorrow to complete our live text coverage of the League Cup last 16. You probably won't want to miss that. I'll see thee.

  2. 2305: 

    Bizarrely tonight is not the first time Reading have been beaten 7-5. The Royals, despite four goals from Kerry Dixon, lost by the same scoreline at Third Division opponents Doncaster Rovers in September 1982.

  3. 2303: 

    More from Reading boss Brian McDermott: "We played really well against one of the best sides around. Now we have to move on, it's embarrassing. We all have to take that on the chin and get on with our preparations for the QPR game."

    McDermott on the injury-time: "If it's four minutes, you don't mind another two minutes, so the game should have been finished. I was waiting for final whistle but I'm sure [the referee] has his reasons."

  4. 2300: 

    I think we also need to give credit tonight to Leeds United, who have also got a bit lost in the jaw on the floor reaction to the Reading v Arsenal game. Leeds outplayed an admittedly much-weakened Southampton team to claim their second successive Premier League scalp in this season's competition. Neil Warnock promised his daughter he'd take Leeds to Wembley this year. So far so good.

  5. 2258: 

    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger: "There were so many turning points, I believe that our first goal at 4-1 was important, and when Olivier Giroud moved to a very offensive 4-2-4 we started to create chance after chance and then we got the miracle goal in the last minute. You cannot play for Arsenal and give up. The players understood that at half time. Give them credit they responded very well. The first set is for us, it was a tennis game today."

  6. 2257: 

    Reading manager Brian McDermott: "It came down to the goal we conceded before half time. We went in at 4-1 and we weren't happy or comfortable. It was suicide what went on in the second half and extra time. You play each game on its merits but it was extraordinary. I've never seen anything like it. We have to dig deep and move onto the next game versus QPR."


    Opta Joe on Twitter: "Reading are the first ever team in the either the League Cup or FA Cup to score five goals and lose the game. History."

  8. 2254: 

    The Bantams have not appeared in the quarter-finals since 1988-89, when they were beaten 1-0 by Bristol City. Tonight is the first time they have ousted a Premier League club from the League Cup since September 1995, when they beat Nottingham Forest over two legs in the second round. With Leeds beating Southampton there is the possibility of a very tasty West Yorkshire derby in the last eight.

  9. 2250: 

    With all the hullabaloo about the Arsenal game (which is fully warranted, of course) we have somewhat neglected the outstanding result achieved by Bradford tonight, who beat Wigan 4-2 on penalties at the DW Stadium to become the first team from outside the top two divisions to reach the League quarter-finals since 2006.


    Former Bradford striker Stan Collymore on Twitter: "Well done the Bantams! Superb result!"


    Tim, via text: "5-7! Reminds me of lunch time football at school. Goals galore!"

    Ed, a neutral glued to my laptop, via text: "Didn't someone suggest Arsenal reimburse the fans at half time? I'd ask for more money if I was them!"

    Dan, Basingstoke, via text: "18 in 5 games? You were saying, Phil? How about 12 in 1?"

    Once the cramp has gone out of my fingers I will be very glad that 18 was such a spectacular underestimate for tonight.

  12. 2244: 

    Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson: "To be honest we didn't start, it was poor, it wasn't Arsenal and it wasn't good enough. But we summed up what we're about, we were 4-0 down and no-one ever gives up at Arsenal and to come back shows a lot of strength and a good mentality."

  13. 2241: 

    Arsenal forward Theo Walcott: "We showed everyone what we can do. We never gave up and we are absolutely knackered. We had to be very direct in our play, and Jason Roberts caused us problems all night, but we just showed our character, and a lot of young players gained good experience tonight. Hopefully we can take that into the Premier League. We were good going forward, but maybe we were not great defensively at times."

  14. 2240: 
    BBC Sport's Matt Newsum at the Stadium of Light:Sunderland 0-1 Middlesbrough

    "Middlesbrough supporters were bouncing in the gods at the end of this one, and made plenty of noise as they were kept behind for security reasons. They fully deserved this win, the midfield were excellent, Andre Bikey and his fellow back-four were superb and in Scott McDonald the Teessiders have a man reborn.

    "Sunderland however are in a difficult position. While they've lost just two games in all competitions, tonight always promised to be a tricky tie and they never really looked up for the fight. Martin O'Neill's side were booed off, and the impending fixture against Aston Villa on Saturday will be huge to reignite the positivity at the Stadium of Light."

  15. 2238: 
    BBC Sport's Nabil Hassan at the Madejski Stadium:

    "Reading have never beaten Arsenal. After tonight they may feel they never will. Incredible game of football."


    Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on Twitter: "So proud of all the boys after that! It's too much for me to handle right now, time for bed, I will try get my head round it in the morning!!!"


    Jack Allan on Twitter: "And people say the Capital One Cup is boring..."

    Abhinav Reddy on Twitter: "1-0, 2-0, 3-0, 4-0; 4-1, 4-2, 4-3, 4-4; 4-5, 5-5, 5-6, 5-7. Please tell me if this is not a tennis score."

    Jordan King on Twitter: "Reading in serious trouble this season. They couldn't hold onto a lead when walking a dog!!"

  18. 2237: 

    It looked to be all over for the Gunners when Noel Hunt made it 4-0 to Reading in the 37th minute (following goals from Jason Roberts, Mikele Leigertwood and a Laurent Koscielny own goal). However, Theo Walcott gave the visitors hope before half-time by pulling a goal back. Olivier Giroud's 64th-minute goal and Koscielny's 89th-minute header heightened Arsenal's hope before Walcott struck to complete the most amazing of comebacks deep into injury time.

    Marouane Chamakh put Arsenal ahead for the first time in the game in extra-time before Pavel Pogrebnyak looked to have sent the game to penalties with a goal in the 116th minute. The Gunners had other ideas, though, and reclaimed the lead in the final minute through Walcott before Chamakh's goal finally sealed the most stunning of wins for Arsene Wenger's side. Phew.

  19. 2230: 

    Are all the games finished? Are we sure? I'm scared to say so for fear that someone might bag another goal on the sly. Right, lets have a quick recap shall we...

    Leeds beat Southampton 3-0 to reach the last eight, where they will be joined by Middlesbrough, who beat Sunderland 1-0. Aston Villa are also in the hat after beating Swindon 3-2 with the last kick of the game. League Two Bradford pulled off the (more traditional) shock of the night by knocking out Premier League Wigan 4-2 on penalties following a 0-0 draw.

    If ever a game deserved its own entry it is Reading v Arsenal...

  20. 2225: 
    FULL-TIME- Reading 5-7 Arsenal
  21. 2221: 
    GOAL- Reading 5-7 Arsenal - Marouane Chamakh

    There's always room for one more goal on a night like this. Arsenal seal the most remarkable of wins as Marouane Chamakh latches on to a ball over the top before lobbing Adam Federici to make it 7-5 to the Gunners. You may remember the Gunners were 4-0 down after 37 minutes. You may also remember it was 5-5 with four extra-time minutes left. This has been one of the most incredible games of football I have ever seen.

  22. 2220: 
    FULL-TIME- Wigan 0-0 Bradford (Bradford win 4-2 on penalties)

    That is that at the DW Stadium. As if there wasn't enough drama tonight in the League Cup, now we have a League Two side pulling off a stunning shock at the home of a Premier League side. What a result for Bradford. They have beaten Wigan 4-2 on penalties after drawing 0-0 after extra-time.

  23. 2218: 
    GOAL- Reading 5-6 Arsenal - Theo Walcott

    Are there words to describe this? Penalties beckon when Theo Walcott strikes late on, stabbing home from six yards after Andrey Arshavin's initial effort is cleared off the line. Incredible, incredible scenes.

  24. 2219: 
    MISSED PENALTY- Bradford 4-2 Wigan - Jordi Gomez
  25. 2219: 
    PENALTY- Bradford 4-2 Wigan - Alan Connell
  26. 2218: 
    MISSED PENALTY- Bradford 3-2 Wigan - Shaun Maloney
  27. 2217: 
    PENALTY- Bradford 3-2 Wigan - Stephen Darby
  28. 2217: 
    PENALTY- Bradford 2-2 Wigan - Ben Watson
  29. 2216: 
    PENALTY- Bradford 2-1 Wigan - Gary Jones
  30. 2216: 
    PENALTY- Bradford 1-1 Wigan - David Jones
  31. 2215: 
    PENALTY- Bradford 1-0 Wigan - Nathan Doyle
  32. 2215: 

    The penalty shoot-out is on at the DW between Wigan and Bradford.

  33. 2214: 
    FULL-TIME- Wigan 0-0 Bradford
  34. 2213: 
    GOAL- Reading 5-5 Arsenal - Pavel Pogrebnyak

    This is absolutely crazy, incredibly so. Arsenal have come back from four goals down to lead 5-4. But just as they seem to be closing in on a famous, famous victory Pavel Pogrebnyak heads home a cross from Chris Gunter.

  35. 2213: 

    Arsenal keeper Damian Martinez has just been booked for time-wasting - a clear sign of the Gunners' mentality for the next five minutes of the game at the Madejski.

  36. 2210: 

    Two minutes to go at the DW Stadium. Penalties are looming between Premier League Wigan and League Two Bradford. In Wigan's favour, keeper Ali Al-Habsi has already saved a penalty this season against Manchester United at Old Trafford and saved five in the Premier League last season.


    Jack McCourt on Twitter: "To all those saying it's one of the greatest comebacks, it's good yes, but against a tired side with low confidence..."

    David Smith on Twitter: "Who wants to watch the Arsenal game when there's a thriller going on at Wigan?!"

    Chris Pinkney on Twitter: "People often forget it's a minimum period of injury time they specify. Never a fixed amount. So Reading can't complain."

  38. 2208: 

    Wigan substitutes Shaun Maloney and Jean Beausejour are causing Bradford's defence all sorts of problems. The League Two side are desperately hanging on but they've not got long to go until the lottery of penalties.

  39. 2208: 

    For the first time tonight, Reading are chasing the game at the Madejski. They start the second half of extra-time well with Sean Morrison heading over from a corner. The big centre-back has even better chance with another header, this time at the back post from a Nicky Shorey free-kick, but Arsenal keeper Damian Martinez pulls out a superb block to deny him.

  41. 2204: 

    We've had nine of them at the Madejski but still no goals at the DW. Wigan's Jordi Gomez misses the best of the chance of the game. With just Bradford keeper Matt Duke to beat, he puts the ball wide.

  42. 2203:  
    Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "How bad does it have to be for Arsenal before they turn up to play?"


    Mark G on Twitter: "Chamakh I take it all back. What. A. Hit."

    Dov Tate on Twitter: "To anyone who put money on Arsenal at 4-0 down, I salute you..."

    Ed Woodhouse on Twitter: "When even Chamakh scores, I suppose you get the feeling it is going to be your night."

  44. 2203: 
    HALF-TIME - EXTRA-TIME- Reading 4-5 Arsenal

    BBC Sport's Nabil Hassan at the Madejski: "At half-time the Arsenal fans sang 'we're gonna win 5-4' and they might just be right. Shame on the 1000 or so fans who left here early."

  46. 2202: 

    Arsenal's Ignasi Miquel is forced to leave the match on a stretcher to be replaced by another Gunners youngster, Jernade Meade.

  47. 2156: 
    GOAL- Reading 4-5 Arsenal - Marouane Chamakh

    Madness! Utter madness! 4-0 down with eight first-half minutes to go, and now Arsenal lead 5-4 with two minutes of the first half of extra-time remaining. Andrey Arshavin finds Marouane Chamakh, who hasn't had the best of games, but pulls out a well-struck low drive that beats Adam Federici to his right and finds the net. The Arsenal fans are delirious.

    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer

    "Fantastic result for Middlesbrough at Sunderland. Well done Tony Mowbray. Is it me or has O'Neill not got a handle on Sunderland job yet?"

  49. 2155: 
    HALF-TIME - EXTRA-TIME- Wigan 0-0 Bradford

    Opta Joe on Twitter: "Reading v Arsenal is the first League Cup game to be 4-4 at 90 minutes since Port Vale v Chester in August 1999. Rare."

  51. 2154: 
    BBC Sport's Nabil Hassan at the Madejski Stadium:

    "A few 100 Arsenal fans had left, as had a 1000 or so Reading fans and they would have missed incredible late drama that has now seen this game head into extra time.

    "Arsenal equalised five minutes into stoppage time, only four had been allocated, as Theo Walcott's late goal sent the away end into delirium.

    "Just as an interesting side note Francis Coquelin and Olivier Giroud both threw their shirts into the crowd at the final whistle thinking the game went to a replay. Embarrassingly they had to ask for them back. Luckily the Arsenal fans obliged."

  52. 2152: 

    Meanwhile, at the DW Stadium, there is a great chance for Wigan's Mauro Boselli but his near post header is off-target. Bradford have been a bit more adventurous in extra-time but you sense a goal will clinch this tie now.

  53. 2152:  
    Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "This is such an open game. But Reading don't look out of their depth. But you cannot help thinking QPR, Reading's opponents on Saturday, are laughing because they are using a lot of energy here."

  54. 2152: 

    Sean Morrison rises to meet a Nicky Shorey free-kick from the left but the Reading defender's header drifts harmlessly over the bar. The home crowd still seemed to be shell-shocked after seeing their side throw away a four-goal lead.


    Steven, Cambridge, via text: "Wengie time?"

  56. 2148: 

    Right, I think I've just about managed to catch my breath now after that frantic end to the 90 minutes at the Madejski. I think that game is a very clear lesson in never leaving a football match until the final whistle is blown. Amazingly, Arsenal are favourites to win this now. The Reading players must be shattered.


    Daily Telegraph football correspondent Henry Winter at Reading v Arsenal: "Amusing....Giroud and Coquelin threw their shirts into crowd thinking game was over. Had to request them back for extra time!"

  58. 2144: 

    Extra-time is already under way at the DW Stadium and that is joined by the game at the Madejski.

  59. 2144: 
    Scottish Communities League Cup latest

    Celtic are comfortably through to the semi-finals, they beat St Johnstone 5-0. The game between Aberdeen and St Mirren has gone to extra time, Josh Magennis equalising for Aberdeen in the second minute of injury time. It's currently 2-2.

  60. 2143: 
    FULL-TIME- Reading 4-4 Arsenal

    Nobody saw this coming at half-time. Arsenal have come back from four goals down to force extra-time.


    Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on Twitter: "I'm shaking I'm buzzing so much!!!"

  62. 2139: 
    GOAL- Reading 4-4 Arsenal - Theo Walcott (90 mins)

    Incredible! Absolutely incredible! The four minutes of added time were up but somehow Arsenal have managed the seemingly impossible. Theo Walcott's shot from inside the area appears to cross the line courtesy of Nicky Shorey's arm before the defender pokes clear but Carl Jenkinson is there to make sure by driving in. The Arsenal players fans go wild in celebration, the Reading players and fans go nuts in condemnation at the amount of added time that was played.

  63. 2138: 
    FULL-TIME- Sunderland 0-1 Middlesbrough
  64. 2137: 
    FULL-TIME- Swindon 2-3 Aston Villa
  65. 2136: 
    FULL-TIME- Leeds 3-0 Southampton
  66. 2135: 
    FULL-TIME- Wigan 0-0 Bradford

    We're going to have at least one game in extra-time as League Two Bradford claim an impressive 0-0 draw with Premier League Wigan in normal time.

  67. 2135: 
    GOAL- Leeds 3-0 Southampton - Luciano Becchio (90 mins)

    Luciano Becchio tucks in a penalty to seal a resounding victory after Daniel Seaborne brings down Michael Tonge.

  68. 2133: 
    GOAL- Swindon 2-3 Aston Villa - Christian Benteke (90 mins)

    Right at the death, Aston Villa steal victory at Swindon. Eric Lichaj pulls the ball back for Christian Benteke and he scores to give Villa the win.

  69. 2132: 
    GOAL- Reading 4-3 Arsenal - Laurent Koscielny (89 mins)

    Surely this isn't going to happen? Arsenal are within a goal of sending this game to the most unlikely of extra-time periods. Laurent Koscielny rises to head home from a corner from the left. There are four minutes of injury time left for the Gunners to salvage something.

  70. 2132: 

    Aston Villa come within a whisker of claiming a late winner against Swindon as Andreas Weimann's shot clips the post. Just a ffew minutes to go at the County Ground. Extra-time looms.

  71. 2128: 
    GOAL- Leeds 2-0 Southampton - El-Hadji Diouf (88 mins)

    Game over at Elland Road. Leeds United are heading into the last eight. Rodolph Austin drives forward before firing a shot that is saved by Kelvin Davis. However, the ball falls to El-Hadji Diouf, who makes no mistake with a finish from close range. Nigel Adkins decision to change his entire starting XI has backfired here.

  72. 2128: 

    Aston Villa respond to those crazy three minutes by sending on Darren Bent.

  73. 2124: 
    GOAL- Swindon 2-2 Aston Villa - Miles Storey (81 mins)

    Unbelievable! Two goals in three minutes and the game is levelled up at the County Ground. It is Miles Storey again, who cheekily backheels in the equaliser. Paolo Di Canio sets off down the touchline in utter jubilation. By the looks of it, that tops a night with Madonna.

  74. 2123: 

    Sunderland continue to enjoy more possession and territory than Middlesbrough, but the Premier League side have failed to stretch Boro keeper Jason Steele. The Championship visitors still lead through Scott McDonald's first-half flick with about 15 minutes left.

  75. 2121: 
    GOAL- Swindon 1-2 Aston Villa - Miles Storey (78 mins)

    Game on at Swindon as the home side make it 2-1. Miles Storey is perfectly placed to side foot in a cross to send the County Ground wild. The Premier League side have just over 10 minutes to hold on and it is very likely that this is exactly what they will be doing.

  76. 2121: 

    That is a great save from Adam Federici. The Reading keeper dives low to his right to push away a header from Olivier Giroud in the box.

  77. 2119: 

    15 minutes to go at the Madejski and Arsenal have a chance from a 25-yard free-kick. Olivier Giroud lines it up but strikes the ball straight into the wall. Reading are firmly holding on to their two-goal cushion.


    Richard, Scotland, via text: "Re Rich (2106). Manchester United were hammered 4-0 by West Ham in the League Cup in 2010 and the Hammers went on to be relegated. It does happen to the others. Let's all keep our hair on."

  79. 2118: 

    A rare sight of goal for Bradford at Wigan as Zavon Hines breaks quickly before unleashing a powerful shot that Ali Al-Habsi tips around the post. It's an even better save considering it's the first thing the Omani international has done this evening and it even earns him a pat on the back from Hines.

  80. 2117: 

    Arsenal still plugging away in pursuit of further goals at Reading to narrow the gap. Olivier Giroud fires a low shot on goal but Adam Federici is equal to it to palm the ball away.

  81. 2116: 

    Joe Jordan on BBC Radio 5 live: "I sense Aston Villa think it is all over and that is a dangerous thing."


    Opta Joe on Twitter: "Under the stewardship of Arsene Wenger, Arsenal have conceded four goals on 22 occasions. Lapse."


    Adam Bull on Twitter: "Giroud appears to have shone coming on with the pressure off being 4-1 down. Maybe this will be the boost he needs?"

    Alex Wardle on Twitter: "Re Rich, Cardiff. Man City lost 4-2 to a Villa team who are at a similar points level to Reading. Mancini still in charge..."

  84. 2113: 

    So, as it stands only one game is heading to extra-time as League Two Bradford are holding Premier League Wigan 0-0 at the DW Stadium. If there are no more goals, Reading, Leeds, Middlesbrough and Aston Villa are heading to the quarter-finals.

  85. 2112: 

    Craig Burley on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: "Southampton haven't really created much up to now and we are approaching the 70th minute. Leeds will be anxious to get a second goal, just so they don't have to sit on their lead in the final stages of the game."

  86. 2111: 

    Sunderland are pressing for an equaliser against north-east rivals Middlesbrough in a lively encounter at the Stadium of Light. It is a great run and shot from Black Cats midfielder Stephane Sessegnon but his effort flashes wide.

  87. 2111: 

    Swindon almost pull a goal back against Villa. Matt Ritchie sends in an inviting cross which Gary Roberts throws himself towards only to see his header go narrowly wide.

  88. 2110: 
    BBC Sport's Nabil Hassan at the Madejski Stadium:

    "Arsenal are giving it everything they've got here at the Mad Stad and that second goal has set up a terrific last 30 minutes or so. It's nervy fom the Reading fans who have gone very, very quiet while manager Brian McDermott is giving the technical area turf an absolute battering."

  89. 2107: 
    GOAL- Reading 4-2 Arsenal - Olivier Giroud (64 mins)

    Arsenal edge further back into the game. A corner from the right is steered into the goal by the head of substitute Olivier Giroud. The comeback is on. There are 25 minutes to go and Arsenal need two goals to take this to extra-time. Prepare yourself for an engrossing finale.

  90. 2106: 

    A couple of half-chances for Wigan but still no breakthrough against Bradford. Jordi Gomez's shock is heroically blocked by Stephen Darby. Moments later, Daniel Redmond heads just wide from a Ronnie Stam cross. The frustration is starting to build for Roberto Martinez's side.


    Rich, Cardiff, via text: "Will this make Mr Wenger or the 'board' do anything? Arsenal fans, do not hold your breathe. Embarrassing. Can't see Chelsea, Man Utd or City doing this!"

  92. 2106: 

    Leeds are still in charge at Elland Road and Luke Varney remains in the thick of things. The forward has a shot from an angle in the box saved by Kelvin Davis. Southampton have been carved open a number of times in this game but will Leeds eventually regret not taking their chances?

  93. 2102: 
    Scottish Communities League Cup latest

    Kris Commons completes his hat-trick for Celtic. Tony Watt is pulled down in the box and the Scotland international lashes home the resulting penalty to put Neil Lennon's side 4-0 up.

  94. 2101: 

    As if to underline Brent's point in the last text, Marouane Chamakh gets himself a booking for protesting after a penalty is not awarded for a Chris Gunter handball in the box. To be fair to the Arsenal striker Gunter did handle, but he was only ever going to get a yellow card for running over to the assistant waving his arms in rage.


    Brent, London, via text: "Chamakh appears to have lost all motivation as a footballer. Arshavin too. This is awful."

  96. 2058: 

    Arsenal have the talent to score more goals here and Serge Gnarby illustrates that by driving into the box from the left before firing a low shot across goal and just a yard or so past the far post.


    Adam Wilkinson on Twitter: "Utter facepalm at whoever sent that text in calling for Adkins's head."

    Dan Dowling on Twitter: "Re Charlie 20:46. You want the man who got you back into the Prem sacked after nine games?"

  98. 2056:  
    Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "Arsenal look devoid of confidence at the moment. Reading have got their tails up. It is testing times for a very young Arsenal defence."

  99. 2056: 

    Joe Jordan on BBC Radio 5 live: "Swindon have started the second half well. They haven't really created a chance but they have had good movement and good crosses."


    Jeremy Wright on Twitter: "Who's talking about the 'Steve Bould effect' now?"

  101. 2055: 

    Again, Reading pour forward and Jason Roberts' lay-off is driven over the bar by Mikele Leigertwood. Almost immediately, Arsenal hit back at the other end as Theo Walcott tears away but his shot is blocked.

  102. 2054: 

    Reading so close to making it 5-1 against Arsenal. Hal Robson-kanu's header is pushed behind by Damian Martinez and then, when the resulting corner is not properly cleared, a cross is deflected over his own bar by Miquel. Replays show the Royals should probably have had a penalty as well as Noel Hunt is muscled to the ground by Marouane Chamakh. It is a couple of big let-offs for the Gunners.

  103. 2050: 

    Early chance for Leeds in the second half from a free-kick, but El-Hadji Diouf curls his effort well over the bar.


    Injured Leeds United striker Ross McCormack on Twitter: "Should easy be 4/5 nil at half time! Hope we don't live to regret it."

  105. 2047: 

    We are back under way in five Capital One Cup games. Drama to come.


    Southampton fan Charlie, via text: "Time for Adkins to go. Woeful choices/tactics again. This could have been a chance to bring the first team and build their confidence. Just can't believe we've had another 45 minutess without a shot following Spurs on Sunday."


    Joe Oriade Kalou on Twitter: "5-4, we're gonna win 5-4, we're gonna win 5-4."

    Mark G on Twitter: "Arsenal fan, missed the first half. Turned TV on for second half. What happened? Is this a joke?"

    Mr Hedley on Twitter: "Worth remembering Newcastle came back from 4-0 down last year after an awful first half. Their opponents that day? Arsenal."

  108. 2044: 

    Undoubtedly the story of that half of League Cup football was Arsenal being torn apart by Reading. Something has to give at the Madejski as Reading have never beaten the Gunners (they haven't even managed a draw), while Arsenal have never come back from three goals down at half-time to win.

  109. 2043: 
    Scottish Communities League Cup latest

    Kris Commons is enjoying the freedom of Celtic Park tonight, he's scored two and created the other for Gary Hooper. Celtic's lead looks unassailable against St Johnstone. The other game, Aberdeen v St Mirren however is anyone's guess, it is 1-1 right now.

  110. 2042: 
    BBC Sport's Jonathan Smith reports:Wigan 0-0 Bradford

    "Wigan silenced the huge Bradford following with a bright start and Spaniard Jordi Gomez has controlled the game from the centre of midfield and went closest to giving the Latics the lead with two delightful volleys. But Bradford forward Nakhi Wells has caused the Premier League side plenty of problems and the tension will grow the more the game remains goalless."


    Mark, via text: "Another gutless performance by Saints in the first half at Leeds. Eleven different players, just as bad as the Spurs first half."

    Middlesbrough fan, via text: "Scott McDonald has come alive in the last three games. Boro's goal drought is over!"

  112. 2041: 

    It is worth mentioning that just before the break Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor had a penalty shout turned down when he tumbled in the box. Here are Joe Jordan's thoughts on BBC Radio 5 live: "Aston Villa are comfortable in that it is 2-0. They have also been comfortable since that second goal. They have kept good possession and by doing that they have created some good opportunities. I think Swindon boss Paolo Di Canio has got his work cut out with his half-time team talk. Villa might also have had a penalty."

  113. 2040:  
    Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "If that's the future for Arsenal there's a major problem for them. I've not seen any reaction from Arsenal. It is a dilemma for Reading as they have to look at the bigger picture. Does Brian McDermott take players off? Jason Roberts and Noel Hunt have been fantastic and have to play in the next Premier League match."

  114. 2039: 

    Craig Burley on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: "Leeds have been the better side. We talked about it being a great opportunity for them because of the 11 changes for Southampton and the Saints don't look like they have played together before. They haven't passed it, the big stars are at home and Emmanuel Mayuka is on his own up front. If Nigel Adkins doesn't change it, I can see more goals for Leeds."

  115. 2039: 
    BBC Sport's Nabil Hassan at the Madejski Stadium:Reading 4-1 Arsenal

    "Arsenal fans ended the half by singing 'we're gonna win 5-4', followed by 'we want our money back'. I guess their sense of optimism is admirable and Theo Walcott's goal on the stroke of half time might just tempt them to hold off on heading for the M4. Reading for what it's worth have been sensational."

  116. 2037: 

    It is half-time in all five of the night's League Cup ties.


    Rahul, via text: "Woeful and simply embarrassing for Arsenal. Remember the days when our promising young guns would regularly tear about more experienced teams in the league cup? How things change, decline in the squad at all levels."

    Ian, Cornwall, via text: "Chamakh, Arshavin, Djourou and Walcott are an embarrassment! They are meant to be the senior players yet are the worst on the pitch by a distance!"


    Qasim Elegbede on Twitter: "Surely, Wenger and board MUST REFUND fares and tickets of those suffering Gunners who braced the wintery night trip to Reading!"

    Cash O'Sullivan on Twitter: "Arsenal isn't a model football club. It's a model business. Where has my Arsenal gone?"

    Ryan Langdon on Twitter: "Reading could get double figures here!!!! Totally dominating a poor Arsenal team."

  119. 2033: 
    GOAL- Reading 4-1 Arsenal - Theo Walcott (45 mins)

    To be fair to Arsenal, they have been the better side for the final five minutes of the half and take advantage when Theo Walcott latches on to an Andrey Arshavin through-ball to race clear of the defence and chip over Adam Federici and in. There is not a hint of a celebration from the scorer or his team-mates. It is going to take one hell of a second-half to make amends for their shambolic display in the first 45.

  120. 2032: 

    Arsenal are applying a bit of late pressure and it results in their first shot on target, courtesy of Marouane Chamakh's low drive, saved by Adam Federici. It is the 43rd minute. The Arsenal fans are not shy in letting their feelings be known. "We want our Arsenal back" is the chant.

  121. 2031: 

    BBC Sport's Matt Newsum at the Stadium of Light: "Boro have the lead their pressure has warranted and Scott McDonald got the goal, cutely flicking home Ishmael Miller's cross at the near post. McDonald had already hit the bar, while Grant Leadbitter and Faris Haroun also went close. Sunderland have looked dangerous in flashes, but Boro look like a team in form and confident."


    Ahmet Kemal on Twitter: "Arsenal are being totally out played, out passed and out thought!!!!"

    Janniky on Twitter: "That is a great header from Hunt...but this Arsenal performance is an absolute disgrace."

    Kevin Beirne on Twitter: "It's not even half time and the Reading fans are already cheering each pass and laughing at the Arsenal players... Embarrassing."

  123. 2029: 

    Craig Burley on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: "What's wrong with going on a cup run for Southampton? They have six days until their next game, so there is plenty of time for rest. A full-strength team here probably would have been too much for Leeds. As Reading are showing, a cup run can inspire you and you can take the confidence into the league."

  124. 2026:  
    Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "Don't underestimate this Reading performance but as an Arsenal player this is an embarrassment."

  125. 2026: 
    GOAL- Swindon 0-2 Aston Villa - Gabriel Agbonlahor (39 mins)

    The Swindon dream is fading. Aston Villa score on the counter-attack to put daylight between themselves and the home side. Gabriel Agbonlahor drifts in from the left and drills in a low shot. If Paolo Di Canio is going to be enjoying a metaphorical wild night with Guy Ritchie's ex tonight his side are going to have to do something special.

  126. 2026: 
    GOAL- Sunderland 0-1 Middlesbrough - Scott McDonald (39 mins)

    Visitors Middlesbrough grab a not undeserved lead in the Wear-Tees derby at the Stadium of Light. Good work by Ishmael Miller down the right ends in a near post cross to Scott McDonald who ghosts in front of the home defence to flick into the net. Middlesbrough have failed to beat Sunderland in their last six meetings in all competitions. They have given themselves a good chance of ending that run now.

  127. 2023: 
    GOAL- Reading 4-0 Arsenal - Noel Hunt (37 mins)

    This is embarrassing for Arsenal. Their defence is an absolute shambles. Reading spread the ball wide for Garath McCleary and his cross is headed home via the post by Noel Hunt, who had beaten Carl Jenkinson in the air with ease. Some Gunners fans are leaving to seek refuge in the belly of the stand. I bet some of the away defence wish they could do the same.

  128. 2023: 

    Craig Burley on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: "That was a super finish from Michael Tonge, he just guided it into the net. It was coming from Leeds, they certainly deserve their lead."

  129. 2022: 

    Sunderland respond after Middlesbrough clip their crossbar with a decent chance of their own. Adam Johnson whips in a great cross to the near post but John O'Shea can only head past the wrong side of the woodwork.


    Martyn Thompson on Twitter: "Can't believe the difference between Aston Villa's Premier League team and their cup team. Complete difference."

    Will Tench on Twitter: "Swindon behind despite there resilience. Let's not forget they were behind against Wigan last year."

  131. 2019: 
    GOAL- Leeds 1-0 Southampton - Michael Tonge

    Leeds have been the most positive side at Elland Road and they are rewarded as Michael Tonge gives them the lead. It was inevitable that Luke Varney would play a part as he drives down the right and provides a cross that breaks for Michael Tonge to guide a shot into the net from the edge of the area.

  132. 2018: 
    Scottish Communities League Cup latest

    Aberdeen - who are 12 unbeaten - fell behind early but a mistake from St Mirren goalkeeper Craig Samson allowed Scott Vernon to level. Celtic have enjoyed the lion's share of the possession against St Johnstone and have a deserved breakthrough in the form of a deflected Kris Commons strike.

  133. 2019: 

    Joe Jordan on BBC Radio 5 live: "You have to hand it to Christian Benteke. He's worked hard. It was a good cross from Stephen Ireland and Benteke got in front of his marker to give the keeper no chance. Swindon will not let their heads drop but it's a lift for Villa. Even though they are a Premier League side, you want an early goal and they can dictate the game now."

  134. 2018: 

    BBC Sport's Nabil Hassan at the Madejski Stadium: "There is a sense of disbelief at the Madejski Stadium after 20 breathless minutes. Arsenal find themselves 3-0 down and manager Arsene Wenger has the look of a man resigned to his fate as he sits slumped in his chair. The away fans continue to cheer on their team but they will know unless they can score before half time this game is all but over."

  135. 2017: 

    Craig Burley on BBC Radio 5 live at Elland Road: "A mix-up at the back for Southampton, and Luke Varney nipped in just before Kelvin Davis and shot from 18-20 yards but the ball came back off the frame of the goal. It's just not going for him tonight. It looked as if he was going to get clattered by Davis as well so Varney did well to avoid that."

  136. 2017: 

    Scott McDonald has gone close for Middlesbrough, who are putting in a decent display against Sunderland. The Australian clipped bar with a chipped effort from the edge of the box.

  137. 2017: 

    Wigan are on top against Bradford and playmaker Jordi Gomez is pulling the strings. The Spaniard almost gives them the lead with an acrobatic volley, which is inches over the bar.

  138. 2015: 
    GOAL- Swindon 0-1 Aston Villa - Christian Benteke

    Moments after Swindon come close with a Paul Benson shot that beats Shay Given but is cleared off the line by Matt Lowton, Villa rub salt in the wound by taking the lead. Stephen Ireland's ball finds Christian Benteke and his header finds the net. Simple stuff from the Premier League side.


    James Billot on Twitter: "Arsenal's depth is woefully shallow. Without a Cazorla in the line-up, there will and has been absolutely no spark. This is truly tragic."

    Tom Bradshaw on Twitter: "Who are this team playing in red against Reading? I don't recognise my own team they're playing so badly."

    Andy on Twitter: "Arsenal's wait for a trophy goes on.........and on.........and on."


    Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand on Twitter: "Wow, Reading FC are not messing about here....3-0 up against Arsenal after 20mins...."

  141. 2012: 

    Leeds' Luke Varney is looking to make amends for his howler of a miss earlier as he drives into the box before curling a shot just past the post. Soon after that, Varney is given another chance with a volley from 18 yards but this time the crossbar denies him. It really isn't going for the forward tonight.

  142. 2009: 

    Joe Jordan on BBC Radio 5 live: "Aston Villa just produced a passing passage of play and that's what manager Paul Lambert will want. He will want his side to do that and hope to eventually break down Swindon."


    Talking Sport on Twitter: "It had to be Jason Roberts. Contentious few weeks but the big bad wolf responds in the only way he knows how."

    Matt Fallon on Twitter: "Jason Roberts knocked Arsenal out at semi-final in 2006 with last minute goal for Wigan, now this!"


    BBC Radio 5 live summariser Craig Burley on Luke Varney's miss at Elland Road: "If you have never kicked a ball in your life, if that ball had fallen to you in that position I would have put money on you scoring."

  145. 2007:  
    Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "All credit to Reading. They have asked questions about Arsenal, who have made a very poor start. Arsenal look so mechanical in their play and it looks to me like Reading want to win this a little bit more. This is a real examination of Arsenal and their young players. They will have to dig deep."

  146. 2006: 
    GOAL- Reading 3-0 Arsenal - Mikele Leigertwood (20 mins)

    Unbelievable! It's 3-0 to Reading! And Arsenal keeper Damian Martinez will not want to watch this one again. Mikele Leigertwood skips away from his marker and drives to the edge of the box before firing an effort on goal. Martinez dives to try and palm it away one handed but his effort is not strong enough and the ball diverts into the net. The Gunners players, staff and fans look shell-shocked. Remember, Reading have never beaten Arsenal.

  147. 2004: 
    GOAL- Reading 2-0 Arsenal - Laurent Koscielny og (18 mins)

    Reading double their lead. They are tearing into the Gunners. Chris Gunter is put in down the right by Garath McCleary and his cross is deflected in at the near post by the swinging boot of Laurent Koscielny. Arsenal are all over the shop. Reading are flying.

  148. 2004: 

    Sunderland have come the closest to breaking the deadlock in their match against Middlesbrough. Former Boro player Adam Johnson shot from a tight angle but his effort was punched off the line by Jason Steele.

  149. 2004: 

    Wigan are stepping things up against Bradford. Mauro Boselli races clear of the Bradford defence but as he tries to take the ball around Matt Duke the Bantams keeper smothers the ball.

  150. 2003: 

    Craig Burley on BBC Radio 5 live at Elland Road: "Trust me, we are talking about miss of the century. The ball goes into the back post, and it's side-footed across the face of the goal and it looked to me as if Varney was a yard and a half off the line with an open goal. The goalkeeper is nowhere to be seen, he's in a different parish. You cannot believe this!"

  151. 2002: 

    What a miss from Leeds' Luke Varney! The ball is crossed to the back post where the striker is waiting with the goal completely at his mercy yet somehow he manages to miss from a yard and a half out with his header. It won't matter how many times you see that, you will struggle to work out how he did not score.

  152. 2002:  
    Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "It was a fantastic cross from Hal Robson-Kanu for the Reading goal and a fantastic finish from Jason Roberts."

  153. 1958: 
    GOAL- Reading 1-0 Arsenal - Jason Roberts (12 mins)

    The first goal of the night comes at the Madejski and it is an absolute belter. Noel Hunt spreads the ball out wide for Hal Robson-Kanu and his superb cross swings behind the Arsenal defence and is hammered in on the volley by Jason Roberts. Make that 15 successive League Cup ties Reading have now scored in.


    Neil Speak on Twitter: "Re 1945. January. Darren Bent. Liverpool. Sorted."

  155. 1956: 

    Wigan almost ahead against Bradford when skipper Ivan Ramis heads home a Jordi Gomez free-kick but the flag's immediately up to rule it out. There's not many complaints from the Wigan players. Even fewer from Bradford.


    Laurence, via text: "Djourou and Koscielny were the CBs when Arsenal beat Barcelona 2-1 last year. And Arshavin got the winner. Shows you how quickly football changes."

  157. 1955: 

    Another chance for Reading against Arsenal as Jay Tabb collects a lay-off from Jason Roberts and beats a man in the box before Damian Martinez slides out to block at his feet.

  158. 1954: 

    Leeds have started pretty well against Southampton, looking to make amends for their lacklustre display against Birmingham on Saturday. A nice bit of play from Michael Tonge results in a ball being driven into the box but Southampton are able to clear.

  159. 1950: 

    Joe Jordan on BBC Radio 5 live: "End-to-end start between Swindon and Aston Villa, whose striker Christian Benteke should have done better with his header from six yards."

  160. 1950: 

    An early Reading corner comes to nothing as Emmanuel Frimpong rises to head clear for Arsenal. The home side get another chance from a second corner soon after and they come within an inch or two of taking advantage as Sean Morrison's header crashes against the post before deflecting away off keeper Damian Martinez.


    Camron, via text: "Wow, Darren Bent can't even get a start in the League Cup and yet Paul Lambert tries to argue there is no rift."

  162. 1945: 

    We are under way. Games on.

  163. 1945: 

    This is a nice little stat, courtesy of our very own Nabil Hassan. Reading have scored 239 league cup goals in their history and conceded exactly the same amount.

    In addition to that, the Royals have netted in each of their last 14 League Cup ties, scoring a total of 35 goals. But they have managed only one clean sheet in the last 11 league and cup games.

  164. 1943: 

    The teams are coming out at the Madejski, which some of you will be able to see. I can assure you there are also teams out on pitches in the four other ties tonight. Kick off is just a minute or so away.


    Alex Storey on Twitter: "It doesn't look right with Wigan v Bradford as a football match rather than a Rugby League one!"


    Tim, Leicester, via text: "Let's hope Di Canio 'Cherishes' the game with a win and Swindon celebrate with a 'Holiday'! Otherwise he'll end up a 'Beautiful Stranger' and his 'Papa will Preach'!"

  167. 1940: 

    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger: "We have 11 good players on the pitch it is down to them to become a good team and produce a good performance. It is great for us to have Emmanuel [Frimpong] back. He has been out for a long, long time - he has worked very hard to get back and now he is impatient to show how fit he is. This is one chance for a trophy and you want to take it."

  168. 1939: 

    Reading manager Brian McDermott: "It is a full house here tonight against a great team and one of the best managers in the world. I can't wait. I just want it to be a special game. The fans will get behind us, we know they will. Arsenal have brought a big contingent. There is only so much you can do about the result but I just want us to perform."


    Mike Barker on Twitter: "Bradford taking 5000 to Wigan, the away fans will out number the home fans."

    Adam Smith on Twitter: "Would Leeds, at Elland Road, beating Southampton constitute a shock or would Southampton winning be the shock?!"

    Angus Haig on Twitter: "No complaints with Chamakh. If he regains his confidence then can offer us a real option upfront. Talent is there, mentally not."

  170. 1939: 
    Leeds v Southampton

    Leeds make four changes to the side which lost to Birmingham on Saturday with Jamie Ashdown replacing Paddy Kenny in goal, while Aidan White, Michael Brown and Luke Varney are all included. Southampton change their whole team following defeat by Tottenham two days ago with Emmanuel Mayuka making his first start for the club. Tadanari Lee returns from an arm injury.


    Arsenal fan via text: "Re 18:25. Henry has more chance of scoring again tonight than Chamakh."

  172. 1938: 
    Swindon v Aston Villa

    Swindon make four changes as defender Jay McEveley, midfielders Simon Ferry and Gary Roberts as well as striker James Collins, who scored a hat-trick in the win over Stoke in the last round, all return to the starting line-up. Aston Villa make five changes. Keeper Shay Given, defender Eric Lichaj, midfielders Stephen Ireland and Barry Bannan as well as striker Andreas Weimann replace Brad Guzan, Joe Bennett, Marc Albrighton, Fabian Delph and Brett Holman.

  173. 1936: 
    LINE-UPS- Leeds v Southampton

    Leeds: Ashdown, Peltier, Lees, Pearce, White, Byram, Austin, Brown, Tonge, Varney, Diouf. Subs: Kenny, Drury, Green, Becchio, Pugh, Norris, Gray.

    Southampton: Kelvin Davis, Butterfield, Hooiveld, Seaborne, Reeves, Mayuka, Chaplow, De Ridder, Ward-Prowse, Lee, Do Prado. Subs: Gazzaniga, Shaw, Stephens, Chambers, Hoskins, Sinclair, Isgrove.

    Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)

  174. 1936: 
    Wigan v Bradford

    Wigan make nine changes from the side that beat West Ham in the Premier League with just goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi and skipper Ivan Ramis keeping their place. Bradford also make six changes - three forced with Ricky Ravenhill suspended and Andrew Davies and Luke Oliver injured.

  175. 1935: 
    Reading v Arsenal

    As expected Arsene Wenger has made 11 changes from the side that beat QPR 1-0 on Saturday. In come Theo Walcott, Emmanuel Frimpong, Carl Jenkinson among others while Marouane Chamakh makes his first start for Arsenal since the FA Cup third-round victory over Leeds on January 9. Meanwhile, Reading manager Brian McDermott makes six changes with Adam Federici and Noel Hunt returning to the side after injury, while there are also starts for Chris Gunter, Sean Morrison, Hal Robson-Kanu and Gareth McCleary.

  176. 1933: 

    Not one to hide his emotions, how is Swindon manager Paolo Di Canio feeling ahead of his League One side's Capital One Cup tie against Aston Villa? He says: "You can't wait to start when you have time to wait and I don't know why but I feel positive, I feel happy, I have a positive energy."

    The County Ground is a sell out and Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert says: "It's another tough game we are facing on Tuesday. It's not going to be a foregone conclusion. I've been there a few times with (former club) Norwich."


    Elliott Bambrough on Twitter: "All four lower league sides formerly of the Prem. Oh for a goal from Windass, Yeboah, Ravanelli and Fjortoft! Those were the days!"

    Alex Meek on Twitter: "All these same people were predicting Villa to lose to Tranmere and Man City, NOT gonna happen again this time either."

    Toby Millington on Twitter: "Amazed at the contempt with which some teams treat the cup competitions, don't they realise cup runs can revitalise squads?"


    BBC football commentator Darren Fletcher on Twitter: "Arrived at Wigan for the League Cup game against Bradford...Bradford expected to bring 5000 fans to the DW."

  179. 1932: 

    Lee Cattermole has often made himself the centre of attention during his career, largely as a result of failing to end games. However, tonight he is the main man for more positive reasons. The Sunderland midfielder recently signed a new deal that will keep him at the club until 2016 and this evening he faces the club where he began his career, Middlesbrough.

    The 24-year-old will be hoping to perform better tonight than in the last round against MK Dons. Yep, you guessed it, he was sent off.

  180. 1929: 
    LINE-UPS- Swindon v Aston Villa (1945 GMT)

    Swindon: Foderingham, Devera, McCormack, Flint, McEveley, Ritchie, Miller, Ferry, Roberts, Benson, Collins. Subs: Bedwell, Archibald-Henville, Nathan Thompson, Williams, Louis Thompson, Storey.

    Aston Villa: Given, Lowton, Herd, Vlaar, Lichaj, Weimann, Ireland, El Ahmadi, Bannan, Agbonlahor, Benteke. Subs: Guzan, Bent, Albrighton, Holman, Delph, Stevens.

    Referee: Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire)

  181. 1926: 
    BBC Sport's Matt Newsum reports:Sunderland v Middlesbrough

    "There's a familiarity to this Wear-Tees derby between Sunderland and Middlesbrough, helped by the number of players to have represented both clubs. Lee Cattermole, Adam Johnson and Matt Kilgallon on the home side, and Justin Hoyte and Grant Leadbitter for the visitors. Sunderland won the FA Cup tie between the two sides last season, but with four straight Championship wins, Boro are in good form."


    Nick the Gooner, Watford, via text: "The last time Chamakh started for Arsenal was against Leeds in the FA Cup. He was subbed off for Thierry Henry who went on to score the winner. An Opta worthy fact I think."

    Steve, west London, via text: "Great to see Chamakh earning his £50,000 this week!"

  183. 1925: 

    Southampton may well cherish tonight's distraction away from all matters Premier League. Nigel Adkins side suffered another defeat at the weekend, going down 2-1 at home to Tottenham to leave them with just four points from a possible 27. The Saints got a bit of a hammering at Elland Road last season but dug in and came away with a 1-0 win. They would probably snap your hand off for that again tonight.

  184. 1925: 
    LINE-UPS- Reading v Arsenal (1945 GMT)

    Reading: Federici, Gunter, Gorkss, Morrison, Shorey, Tabb, McCleary, Leigertwood, Robson-Kanu, Roberts, Hunt. Subs: Stuart Taylor, Pearce, Pogrebnyak, Le Fondre, McAnuff, Church, Harte.

    Arsenal: Martinez, Jenkinson, Koscielny, Djourou, Miquel, Arshavin, Frimpong, Coquelin, Walcott, Chamakh, Gnabry. Subs: Shea, Giroud, Squillaci, Bellerin, Eisfeld, Meade, Yennaris.

    Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)

  185. 1924: 
    LINE-UPS- Wigan v Bradford (1945 GMT)

    Wigan: Al Habsi, Ramis, Watson, Lopez, Stam, Fyvie, Jones, Redmond, Gomez, Boselli, McManaman. Subs: Pollitt, Kone, Maloney, Beausejour, Golobart, Kiernan, Orsula.

    Bradford: Duke, Darby, McHugh, McArdle, Meredith, Hines, Thompson, Doyle, Atkinson, Wells, Hanson. Subs: McLaughlin, Connell, Gary Jones, Baker, Brown, Bass, Swain.

    Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire)

  186. 1923: 

    Former Tottenham coach Joe Jordan on BBC Radio 5 live ahead of Swindon v Aston Villa: "On the field Paolo Di Canio had great ability but once or twice he got into trouble. He had great enthusiasm and still shows that as a manager. But when you're on the bench and leading that dressing room, you have to be careful that your emotions don't get carried away."

  187. 1921: 

    You would have thought Neil Warnock would have enough on his plate trying to meet the high demands of the Leeds fans, but he has only gone and heaped more expectation on himself by promising his daughter he'll manage Leeds in the final at Wembley.

    United have to beat Southampton first, something they've not been to good at of late. Saints have won five of the last six league encounters between the sides, including both games in last season's Championship.

  188. 1917: 
    LINE-UPS- Sunderland v Middlesbrough (1945 GMT)

    Sunderland: Westwood, Bardsley, O'Shea, Cuellar, Colback, Johnson, Cattermole, Vaughan, Sessegnon, Fletcher, Saha. Subs: Mignolet, Campbell, Wickham, McFadden, Kilgallon, Meyler, McClean.

    Middlesbrough: Steele, Hoyte, Hines, Bikey, Friend, Ledesma, Leadbitter, Bailey, Haroun, Miller, McDonald. Subs: Leutwiler, Zemmama, Halliday, Parnaby, Park, Reach, Smallwood.

    Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)


    BBC Sport's Nabil Hassan at Reading v Arsenal: "Reading have never beaten Arsenal and looking at tonight's team sheet they will never get a better chance. 30 mins until kick-off."


    Liam Hamilton, Norway, via text: "Sat in snowy Ulsteinvik, Norway, with fingers crossed for a Bradford win tonight at Wigan. Come on City!"

  191. 1917: 

    So, beating Stoke was like spending a night with Madonna according to Paolo Di Canio. The Town fans will be hoping they get into the groove tonight. And Di Canio will be telling his players to express yourself and keep it together. If they beat Villa they really will be causing a commotion.



    BBC football commentator Conor McNamara on Twitter: "They are playing Madonna over the soundsystem at Swindon. If you missed it, here is why."

  193. 1911: 
    BBC Sport's Ben Smith reports:Reading v Arsenal

    "Only last week, Arsene Wenger said the League Cup was Arsenal's lowest priority this season. And yet for a club that has gone seven years without a trophy, the feeling among the fans is that beggars can't be choosers. Arsenal have never lost to Reading and victory tonight would see them qualify for the quarter-finals for the 10th season in a row. The Royals may still be without a league win this season but Spurs are the only side to have won at the Madejski since January."

  194. 1910: 
    BBC Sport's Jonathan Smith reports:Wigan v Bradford

    "It's eight years since these clubs met and, since then, Wigan have established themselves in the Premier League while Bradford are reeling in the lower reaches of the Second Division. But Phil Parkinson's side have made a strong start to the season and will hope to upset the Latics, who are bidding for their second League Cup quarter-final in three years."


    Ciaran Corbett on Twitter: "I take it people have forgot Villa knocked out Man City away in the last round?"

    Luke Julyan on Twitter: "Interesting team for tonight! Chamakh hasn't started in a while and HAS to prove himself!"

    Harry Agar on Twitter: "Backing the Bantams to cause the biggest upset tonight. Come on Bradford!"

  196. 1909: 
    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan reports:Leeds v Southampton

    "Southampton get a brief respite from their Premier League woes but come up against a Leeds side aiming to reach the League Cup quarter-finals for the first time since 1996. Neil Warnock took Sheffield United to the semi-finals of this competition 10 years ago and three players in his current side - Paddy Kenny, Michael Brown and Michael Tonge - were part of that run. First, though, Leeds will hope to improve their mixed form since their third-round victory over Everton."

  197. 1908: 
    BBC Sport's Mandeep Sanghera reports:Swindon v Aston Villa

    "Swindon are enjoying their best run in the League Cup since reaching the semi-finals 17 years ago. The League One club have knocked out Championship sides Brighton and Burnley as well as Premier League outfit Stoke, with Aston Villa now standing in their way in the fourth round. Villa are struggling for form in the top flight, having won just one league game in nine outings so far this season, but the League Cup has provided some form of escape for them. They beat Manchester City in the last round and are targeting a third appearance in the quarter-finals in four seasons."

  198. 1906: 

    Leeds make four changes for the game against Southampton, with Luke Varney, Michael Brown, Aiden White and goalkeeper Jamie Ashdown coming in.


    Oscar Jenkyn-Jones on Twitter: "I hope Gnabry gets a chance today for Arsenal. He looks like he has enough talent to be the next Oxlade-Chamberlain!"

    Luke Johnson on Twitter: "Swindon will win 2-1. Always perform better against bigger teams. Especially with confidence from the 4-0 win at the weekend.

    Paddy Prendergast on Twitter: "I can see Middlesborough causing Sunderland a shock tonight. Boro are in great form, winning their last four league games."


    Bradford fan Ian Knight, Russia, via text: "In snowy, very cold St Petersburg but going to be following you for updates throughout the night. I'm feeling an upset! Come on the Bantams!!"

  201. 1903: 

    There is no Danny Guthrie in the Reading squad tonight, which will probably further fuel bust-up rumours but possible shouldn't. Royals boss Brian McDermott this week rubbished reports of a falling out between him and Guthrie, who was left out of the side that drew 3-3 with Fulham.

    Asked if Guthrie had been upset by his exclusion, McDermott said: "If players are not in the side at this club, they support the players that are in the side. That's the culture of this club."

  202. 1900: 

    Sunderland make five changes to their starting XI for the game against Middlesbrough - Simon Mignolet, Sebastian Larsson, Craig Gardner, Danny Rose and James McClean drop out, with Keiren Westwood, Phil Bardsley, David Vaughan, Stephane Sessegnon and Louis Saha in.


    Alex Hayes via text: "I couldn't call it between Leeds and Southampton, that'll be a goal fest though. I can see Boro stealing a win tonight against the Black Cats."

    Chris, Surrey, via text: "Can we stop referring to Sunderland v Middlesbrough as a 'local' derby? They are nearly 30 miles away from each other!"

  204. 1857: 

    Not to be outdone, Southampton have also changed their entire starting XI for the game at Leeds.


    Tom Edwards on Twitter: "Villa to lose tonight. Lowest point in history at the moment, don't see it getting better and I'm a Villa fan! Lerner out!"

    Mashidur Miah on Twitter: "Let's get the 'Cupset' predictions going: Wigan, Southampton, Villa and Sunderland to all lose."

    Ben Shutt on Twitter: "Arsenal must win tonight, we have a tough November with Man United and Spurs to play. We cannot lose momentum!"

  206. 1856: 

    Arsenal make 11 changes with Reading making six. I'll fill you in on the details of these very shortly.

  207. 1855: 

    Aston Villa make five changes for the game at Swindon, including Shay Given starting in goal and Stephen Ireland in midfield. Swindon make four changes, with James Collins returning to the starting line-up. He was the player who bagged a hat-trick in the last round at Stoke.


    BBC Sport's Nabil Hassan at Reading v Arsenal: "Arrived at the Mad Stad where they are currently playing Michael Jackson's Thriller. Only time will tell I guess."


    James, Wigan, via text: "I have a feeling Wigan will come up against some stubborn resistance against Bradford."

  210. 1854: 

    It has been a bit of a love-in in the build-up to the game at the Madejski Stadium with Reading boss Brian McDermott hailing opposite number Arsene Wenger's "phenomenal achievement" of leading Arsenal into the Champions League for 15 successive years. Wenger responded by calling McDermott a "miracle worker" for guiding the Royals into the Premier League on such a limited budget.

    This is McDermott's first time lining up against his former club since leaving them as a player in 1984.

  211. 1850: 

    Right, where do I start? Let's look at the game more of you are likely to be able to actually see tonight: Reading v Arsenal.

    It would be no exaggeration to say that Arsenal have bossed Reading since, well, they first met. The Royals have yet to even claim a draw against the Gunners, who have a 9-0 record in games between the two. This includes two previous League Cup ties - the fourth round in 2005 (which Arsenal won 3-0) and the third round in 1967 (1-0 to the Gunners).


    morrisbirdyellowhead on Twitter: "Swindon definitely in with a shout tonight. Villa are a very poor Premier League side."

    Zain Patel on Twitter: "Leeds, Reading, Bradford and Middlesbrough to cause 'cupsets' and Villa to scrape past Swindon on penalties."

    Richard Knight on Twitter: "Big chance for the Arsenal youngsters to stake a claim in the first team tonight!"

  213. 1846: 

    There is also some action from Scotland tonight, which Colin Moffat will be focusing on via a separate live text commentary. Here is a little teaser as to what is on offer...

    Celtic will be hoping to avoid their third defeat in a week, having lost to Barcelona and Kilmarnock on Wednesday and Saturday respectively, they face St Johnstone at Celtic Park with a place in the Scottish Communities League Cup semi-finals at stake. Aberdeen will be hoping to right oh-so-many recent cup wrongs - they host St Mirren at Pittodrie.

  214. 1843: 

    As I've mentioned Twitter, it feels like the perfect moment to inform you of one or two of our folk who are at matches tonight and will no doubt be tweeting their little hearts out just for you. You can follow @nabilhassan79 for updates and colour from Reading v Arsenal, @caz_chapman for the latest chat from Swindon v Aston Villa and @sportnewsum1982 for the lowdown on Sunderland v Middlesbrough.

  215. 1838: 

    Those are your talking points, so get stuck in. Is it going to be a royal night for Reading? Can Leeds claim another top-flight scalp? Who is going to secure North East bragging rights for the night? And can Swindon and Bradford fly the flag for League's One and Two respectively? Answers on a tweet to #bbcfootball or via text to 81111 (UK). You'll want to put your name on the texts so I can use them.

  216. 1835: 

    The five games in question tonight see Reading, led by former Arsenal player Brian McDermott, go in search of a first ever win against the Gunners, Everton's last-32 conquerors Leeds welcome Southampton to Elland Road, a local derby between Sunderland and Middlesbrough, and League One Swindon and League Two Bradford aiming to become the first sides from outside the top two tiers to reach the quarter-finals since 2006. They face Premier League sides Aston Villa and Wigan respectively.

  217. 1830: 

    Some of the most entertaining football we've seen this season has been provided by the Capital One Cup. It has certainly dished up its fair share of goals. Without counting penalty shoot-outs, teams have netted 270 times in the competition this season at an average of about three-and-a-half goals a game.

    So, if the Cup that isn't the FA sticks to these high standards, we're looking at about 18 goals from five fixtures tonight. Should be fun.

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