League Cup - including Spurs, Man City, Chelsea

Live text commentary as Norwich defeat Watford after extra-time following big wins for Man City and Spurs on a busy night.

24 September 2013 Last updated at 22:42

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  1. 2241: 

    And that is where we say goodbye for the night.

    The League Cup action continues tomorrow - join us back here for the rest of the third round, including a quiet game between Liverpool and Manchester United featuring Luis Suarez...

  2. 2240: 
    Lionel Messi

    Spanish football writer Andy West in Barcelona: "Bit of a spat involving Lionel Messi unfolding in Spain. The Argentine was substituted late in Barcelona's win over Real Sociedad tonight, leading some media - including Madrid-based tabloid AS - to report that he had reacted badly and gestured angrily to manager Tata Martino after being hooked.

    "But Messi has responded swiftly, writing on his Facebook page: "I didn't mean to make any gesture when Martino took me off. Nobody likes to be out, but we must accept it because it is the best for our team. What I will not accept is that certain media tell lies about any situation that happens around me."

  3. 2236: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Celtic 0-1 Morton
    Celtic v Morton

    Morton manager Allan Moore: "We rode our luck. The fact they put their centre-half up front was testament to how well we played. Our league form hasn't been good. We had work rate and desire in abundance tonight. There are a lot of jerseys in there full of sweat."

  4. 2230:  
    Ian Dennis, BBC Radio 5 live senior football reporterSunderland 2-0 Peterborough

    "Kevin Ball says "no idea" how long he will remain in charge at #SAFC. "Maybe Sunday, maybe longer"

  5. 2228: 

    Fantasy Football managers around the land reach for the 'transfers' button as that news about Christian Benteke comes in.

    Paul Lambert was at pains to point out that the news was better than they had hoped, and within that four weeks is an international break.

  6. 2225: 

    Rob in Redditch via 81111: Funny how the Arsenal fans are chirping as Spurs win yet another game. Envy is such a lovely word...

    Andy in London via 81111: Scraped past Palace and Cardiff, lost to Arsenal. Beating Aston Villa reserves does not mean you are suddenly title contenders.

    Phil via 81111: Oh Spurs fans, I can't wait for your bubble to burst you'll be wanting AVB's head in a couple of games.

    Tottenham's title aspirations should get a good test on Saturday. Chelsea are the visitors to White Hart Lane...

  7. 2225: 

    Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert says Christian Benteke will be out for four weeks with a hip injury.

  8. 2223: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Aston Villa 0-4 Tottenham
    Paul Lambert

    Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert: "(On Nicklas Helenius getting his shorts pulled down): That was a big moment. It thought it was a pen. I don't think anybody could believe it. It was a strange decision.

    "I didn't think there were four goals in that. We had a lot of players out injured and they were too much for us. But I couldn't fault the lads for effort.

    "We gave it a go in the second half and their second goal was a really poor goal from our point of view.

    "There are a couple of plus points from individual performances. Nathan Baker is coming back after injury. Marc Albrighton was excellent."

  9. 2222: 

    Incredibly, Morton have beaten Celtic 1-0 at Celtic Park, the first time they have won there since 1971. The only goal of the match was scored by Dougie Imrie from the penalty spot in extra-time. Neil Lennon will be livid.

  10. 2220: 

    Thirty-five goals in the League Cup tonight. Some crackers, some howlers and Aston Villa quite literally having their pants pulled down.

    Liverpool at Manchester United still to come tomorrow as well. Don't miss the League Cup Show on Wednesday night at 2305 BST on BBC One.

  11. 2218: 
    FULL-TIME- Watford 2-3 Norwich

    But it doesn't matter. Norwich hang on to win after a fine comeback from 2-0 down with 13 minutes remaining.

  12. 2218: 
    CLOSE!- Watford 2-3 Norwich

    Josh Murphy has the chance to finish Watford off for good but chips over the top...

  13. 2217: 

    Ryan in Manchester via 81111: Spurs definitely top 3 this year!

    Mo via 81111: This is the strongest Spurs squad in my lifetime but you have to remember this is also the weakest Villa have been too.


    Justin in Reading via 81111: Can clubs do chairman transfers? Could do with Daniel Levy at Man United at the moment. Signing all Spurs' new players then letting Gareth Bale go was genius.

  14. 2217: 

    Spanish football writer Andy West in Barcelona: "Interesting second half underway at the Vicente Calderon, where Osasuna pulled one back shortly before half-time through Oriol Riera to restrict Atletico Madrid to a one-goal lead. Atletico have started the second half strongly and look more than capable of adding to their lead, but Osasuna are occasionally threatening on the break. Still goalless between Malaga and Almeria."

  15. 2215: 
    INJURY TIME- Watford 2-3 Norwich

    After a lengthy discussion between the referee and both linesman nobody is sent off, chaos at Vicarage Road. There will be some added time though as a result. We are into stoppage time...

  16. 2213: 
    Watford 2-3 Norwich

    It's all kicking off at Vicarage Road now! Two minutes left and after Mark Bunn makes a flying save to keep out a Troy Deeney header there's a scuffle in the middle. A real altercation.

  17. 2213: 
    FULL-TIME- Celtic 0-1 Morton
  18. 2212: 
    Watford 2-3 Norwich

    How Celtic could do with Gary Hooper tonight - they are still losing against Morton. As it is it looks like Nowich are going through because of the former Bhoy...

  19. 2212: 

    Lisa via 81111: You can make stats read however you like. Spurs have started well but they have only played one decent team so far and they lost.

    Sean in London via 81111: It's baffling how every year Tottenham fans laud the strength of their squad and forget that they never achieve anything of note...

    Mega in Surrey via 81111: Spurs' problem has usually been bottling it at last moment. Time will tell how we'll do come end of season but Daniel Levy, AVB and Franco Baldini have got the club in great shape.

  20. 2209: 
    GOAL- Watford 2-3 Norwich - Gary Hooper (115 mins)

    There it is! This is what Gary Hooper does, he scores goals. And he has two on his full debut for Norwich, poking the ball through goalkeeper Jonathan Bond. There are around five minutes left.

  21. 2207: 
    CLOSE!- Watford 2-2 Norwich

    Wonderful run from Martin Olsson as the Norwich winger beats two men but his low cross is just behind Johan Elmander! Norwich are piling on the pressure.

  22. 2205: 
    Watford 2-2 Norwich

    Johan Elmander almost gets in on the end of a cross for Norwich as the Premier League side push hard for a winner.

  23. 2205: 

    Celtic are still losing to Morton by the way...

    Follow the Scottish League Cup in a separate live text.

  24. 2203: 
    EXTRA TIME- Watford 2-2 Norwich

    Back in play at Vicarage Road. Can anyone find a winner?

  25. 2202: 

    Has there ever been a stronger Spurs squad?

  26. 2159: 

    Sean via 81111: With performances like this, Jermain Defoe deserves to start. The problem is that he's the perfect player to bring off the bench to get a goal.

    Dexter in London via 81111: Since the opening day of the season, Spurs have won 8 out of 9 games whilst scoring 20 and conceding just 1. As a Spurs fan it is proving hard not to get carried away with optimism!

    Truman (a Norwich fan) via 81111: Huge props to Josh Murphy for dragging us into extra-time. Him and his brother won us the FA Youth Cup last season - one to watch.

  27. 2159: 

    Pippa Sundquist: Proud of Swindon tonight - and thank you Steve Claridge for being so complimentary about the best team in the world!

    Akinpelu Kayode A: Wigan won when it mattered most. Ask Mancini.

    Scotty: Best Spurs team you've seen? Yeah yeah. Still behind Arsenal.

  28. 2158: 
    HALF-TIME- Watford 2-2 Norwich

    Half time in extra-time at Vicarage Road. We are 15 minutes away from penalties.

  29. 2155: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Aston Villa 0-4 Tottenham
    Andre Villas-Boas

    Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas: "We've shown a great team spirit this year. The players are all buzzing for opportunities like this so most of them really performed tonight.

    "We have great strength in depth so it allows us to throw such a strong team on the pitch after playing just two days ago.

    "The best thing about this evening is that the players who came in responded well and respected the competition.

    "I didn't complain about the fixture pile up, I just said this game should have been played tomorrow.

    "It was difficult for us but the squad really performed today. Hopefully if we can get the calendar right, we'll be given the possibility to play on a Wednesday. If that happens we can be in contention."

  30. 2152: 
    FULL-TIME- Fulham 2-1 Everton

    Fulham's first home win since April Fool's Day - it's no joke for Everton though. They are out. It's their first defeat of the season.

  31. 2150: 
    CLOSE!- Watford 2-2 Norwich

    Norwich debutant Josh Murphy continues to shine, forcing a corner. It was his goal with 13 minutes left which gave Norwich hope, as Watford appeared to be cruising.

  32. 2149: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Aston Villa 0-4 Tottenham

    Tottenham manager Andre Viillas-Boas: "It was an important win. We used three players which played at Cardiff, which was a risk, but it was a great response from the team. We used all of our strength in depth. It was another super performance from Jermain Defoe, he showed great desire. His performances have been excellent."

  33. 2147: 

    Morton lead Celtic after taking the lead early in extra-time. Elsewhere in the Scottish League Cup third round, Hibs beat Stranraer 5-3, Dundee lost 1-0 at home to Inverness and St Johnstone cruised past Hamilton Accies 3-0.

    Follow the Scottish League Cup live text here.

  34. 2146: 

    Vinny Person: Spurs - Best defence in the country. Bring on Chelsea at the Lane. Getting rid of Bale was a Levy masterstroke.

    Nathan Lissner: Three games in six days, scored nine and conceded nil. Spurs looking so solid - best squad I've seen us have.

    Jermain Defoe

    Richie Howard: Surely Defoe should start in the next game now?

  35. 2145: 
    Fulham 2-1 Everton

    Into the last few minutes at Craven Cottage now. Kevin Mirallas is on for Everton, can he find a late goal?

  36. 2144: 

    Aston Villa 0-4 Tottenham

    Burnley 2-1 Nott'm Forest

    Hull 1-0 Huddersfield

    Leicester 2-1 Derby

    Man City 5-0 Wigan

    Southampton 2-0 Bristol City

    Sunderland 2-0 Peterborough

    Swindon 0-2 Chelsea

    Watford 2-2 Norwich ET

    West Ham 3-2 Cardiff

    Fulham 2-1 Everton L

  37. 2144: 

    Unbeaten Cambridge United are four points clear at the top with a resounding 3-0 victory over second-placed Nuneaton Town.

    Edgar Davids' Barnet were booed off at half-time, when they were 2-0 down against strugglers Macclesfield. The Bees improved slightly in the second half, but ended up 2-1 losers.

    Luton Town are putting a decent little run together, beating Woking 4-0 for a third successive win.

    Grimsby thumped Dartford 5-2 and Salisbury continue to impress, going fourth by beating Hyde 2-0.

  38. 2143: 

    Spanish football writer Andy West in Barcelona: "It looks like Atletico Madrid are going to make it six wins out of six to head into Saturday's Madrid derby in fine fettle. They're already 2-0 up at home against Osasuna approaching the end of the first half, with both goals coming from battering ram striker Diego Costa, who has started the season in brilliant form. It's still goalless between Malaga and Almeria."

  39. 2142: 
    FULL-TIME- Burnley 2-1 Nottm Forest
  40. 2142: 

    Plenty of goals around the grounds in the end then. Can anyone win it at Turf Moor?

  41. 2142:  
    Former Aston Villa striker Dean Saunders on BBC Radio 5 live sports extraAston Villa 0-4 Tottenham

    "Spurs have definitely been four goals better than Villa. They've just got better players.

    "From Villa's point of view, it's not the end of the world. Their squad's not big enough to fight on all fronts."

  42. 2141:  
    Steve Claridge, at the County Ground on 5 live SportFULL-TIME- Swindon 0-2 Chelsea

    "These games can be difficult if you don't apply yourselves, play them right and be professional. But that wasn't the case tonight from Chelsea. From minute one they were very good. We know they're quality, and were brilliant on the night. Excellent from Swindon, who played their part in an entertaining game. But Chelsea were too good tonight."

  43. 2140: 

    Still playing at Fulham and Burnley...

  44. 2140: 
    FULL-TIME- Swindon 0-2 Chelsea
  45. 2140: 
    FULL-TIME- Leicester 2-1 Derby
  46. 2139: 
    EXTRA TIME- Watford 2-2 Norwich

    That late, late goal for Gary Hooper takes us to extra time...

  47. 2139: 
    FULL-TIME- Southampton 2-0 Bristol City
  48. 2139: 
    FULL-TIME- Sunderland 2-0 Peterborough
  49. 2139: 
    FULL-TIME- Aston Villa 0-4 Tottenham
  50. 2138: 
    GOAL- Watford 2-2 Norwich - Gary Hooper (90 +4 mins)

    Gary Hooper drags Norwich out of the fire. In the final of five minutes of injury time, the former Celtic man flicks a header into the net from Nathan Redmond's cross. Extra-time here we come...

  51. 2138: 
    GOAL- Aston Villa 0-4 Tottenham - Jermain Defoe (90 mins)

    Jermain Defoe keeps scoring in the cups, skipping round the keeper to tap in.

  52. 2138: 

    Colin via 81111: As a Tottenham fan, I was annoyed at Chelsea for gazumping us to Willian but it looks like they've done us a favour!

    Tony in Chesham via 81111: Never mind a pants down graphic, you should simply have a pants graphic for every time Willian gets the ball.

  53. 2137: 
    FULL-TIME- Hull 1-0 Huddersfield

    Tigers through to the fourth round.

  54. 2137: 
    FULL-TIME- Man City 5-0 Wigan
  55. 2136: 
    FULL-TIME- West Ham 3-2 Cardiff

    The late goal proves decisive for the Hammers.

  56. 2136: 
    CLOSE!- Swindon 0-2 Chelsea

    Willian, will he ever?

    Another bad miss for the Brazilian, hitting tamely after Fernando Torres squared the ball to him.

  57. 2135:  
    Former Aston Villa striker Dean Saunders on BBC Radio 5 live sports extraAston Villa 0-3 Tottenham

    "It's a giveaway goal from Villa. It's a good strike but the goalkeeper lets it go straight through him. As good as Jed Steer has been, he'll be disappointed with that."

    You can listen to live commentary of this match on sports extra.

  58. 2135: 

    It's now or never then for any late goals. No extra-time anywhere as it stands...

  59. 2134: 

    A guy called Harrison Dunk has just scored for Cambridge. What a name that is...

  60. 2134: 

    Zach Kingsbury: Willian is the new Torres!

    Peter Gilfillan: Willian is the biggest waste of money since Andre Schurrle.

    Thomas Hewitt: Williain't worth £30m. Tottenham got let off big time there...

  61. 2132: 
    GOAL- Aston Villa 0-3 Tottenham - Nacer Chadli (86 mins)
    Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas

    Game, set, and the match. Spurs capitalise on a poor touch in midfield to spring Belgian winger Nacer Chadli clear and he fires in at the near post, beating Jed Steer.

  62. 2132: 
    Yaya Toure

    Bobskino: Another wonderful free kick by Yaya Toure.

    Hashim Albahbahani: It is unfair for a player of Yaya Toure's physical stature to have such a beautiful touch on the ball. Remarkable talent!

    Simon Levy: How did we only just discover how good Yaya Toure is at freekicks? Glad Tevez has moved on.

  63. 2130: 

    Oumare in Nottingham via 81111: Re: 2121 That line made me Montenegro(an).

  64. 2130: 

    A rash of late goals! Any time for any more?

  65. 2130: 
    GOAL- West Ham 3-2 Cardiff - Ricardo Vaz Te (88 mins)

    Something of a scramble but Ricardo Vaz Te heads the Hammers back in front.

  66. 2129: 

    Tom in Manchester via 81111: Yaya Toure challenging Leighton Baines as the best free kick taker in the league at the moment. Incredible stuff!

    Carl in Reading via 81111: I don't think too many non-regulars in the Chelsea line up are really grabbing the chance to play for their place...including Mata.

    David in Stourbridge via 81111: It's all pants now for Villa...

  67. 2129: 
    GOAL- Man City 5-0 Wigan - Jesus Navas (86 mins)

    It is a rout now for City, Jesus Navas grabs his first goal for the club as he thrashes a low shot in at the near post.

  68. 2129: 
    GOAL- Southampton 2-0 Bristol City - Jos Hooiveld (83 mins)

    A late goal for the Saints as Jos Hooiveld heads in James Ward-Prowse's corner.

  69. 2127: 

    Phil in Leeds via 81111: Re: 2121 and 2104. I think we need a 'pants down' graphic!

  70. 2127: 
    GOAL- Leicester 2-1 Derby - Danny Drinkwater (81 mins)

    Another free-kick, another goal for Leicester. Danny Drinkwater heads in and that's surely the winner?

  71. 2126: 
    GOAL- Man City 4-0 Wigan - Stevan Jovetic (83 mins)

    Wigan fail to deal with a cross from James Milner and Stevan Jovetic is on hand to score his second of the night.

  72. 2125: 
    GOAL- Fulham 2-1 Everton - Darren Bent (68 mins)

    Fulham have turned it around! A free-kick picks out substitute Darren Bent and he lashes in just three minutes after coming on.

  73. 2125: 
    GOAL- Leicester 1-1 Derby - Anthony Knockaert (78 mins)

    Bang! Another one for the extra-time list as Anthony Knockaert scores an absolute pearler from 25 yards.

  74. 2124: 

    Into the last 15 minutes then. Can Watford hang on for a Cupset against Norwich? Can West Ham or Cardiff find a winner and save us from extra-time? How about Fulham or Everton?

  75. 2124: 
    CLOSE!- Aston Villa 0-2 Tottenham

    Aston Villa refuse to lie down here, Aleksandar Tonev firing in a stinging shot from 25 yards out which is parried clear by Brad Friedel. The Bulgarian has had a decent match on the wing.

  76. 2124: 

    Ethan Robinson: Willian is massively overrated. Just missed a sitter. £30m for that?

    Phil Vieira: Oh my word. That missed shot by Willian is criminal! Open goal v Swindon and can't score? Not justifying the price tag.

    Simon Chamberlayne: Will.I.Am would probably be more effective for Chelsea...

  77. 2121: 

    Kirsty Anne: I love the little graphics at the side of the BBC football live updates. #LittleThingsThatMakeYouSmile

    At your service...

  78. 2121: 

    Sharif in Manchester via 81111: I'll bet that goal made Jovetic Montene-grin!

  79. 2120: 
    GOAL- Watford 2-1 Norwich - Josh Murphy (77 mins)

    Another thunderous strike at Vicarage Road and this one has given Premier League Norwich a flicker of hope. Josh Murphy rifles in from 20 yards. Thirteen minutes of normal time remain for the visitors to find a second...

  80. 2119: 
    GOAL- Man City 3-0 Wigan - Yaya Toure (76 mins)

    It's all too easy for Manchester City now, Yaya Toure making it three with yet another free-kick which curls over the wall and into the back of the net. It's fast becoming a speciality for the powerful midfielder.

  81. 2118: 

    Midway through the second half in the Scottish League Cup, Celtic are still trying to find a breakthrough against Morton. Manager Neil Lennon has sent on striker Anthony Stokes, with midfielder Tom Rogic making way, to try to penetrate the Greenock side's defence. There have been goals galore at Easter Road - Liam Craig smacked in a penalty for his hat-trick and to give Hibs a 5-3 lead over League One Stranraer. Inverness and St Johnstone lead 1-0 at Dundee and Hamilton respectively.

    Follow the Scottish League Cup live text here.

  82. 2118: 
    GOAL- West Ham 2-2 Cardiff - Peter Odemwingie (76 mins)

    It's a first goal for Cardiff for Peter Odemwingie, and it's been coming. Jordon Mutch goes on a driving run and crosses for the former West Brom man to net.

  83. 2117: 
    GOAL- Sunderland 2-0 Peterborough - Valentin Roberge (74 mins)

    Posh keeper Robert Olejnik fails to deal with Seb Larsson's corner and the ball falls to Adam Johnson who launches the ball forward for Valentin Roberge to head home. It's the defender's first goal for the club. And he sounds like a Chris Rea song. Roberge...

  84. 2117: 
    Swindon 0-2 Chelsea

    Willian is still to find his feet at Chelsea. The Brazilian £30m man shanks a shot high and wide after another precise ball from Juan Mata had released Fernando Torres.

    Former Aston Villa striker Dean Saunders on BBC Radio 5 live sports extraAston Villa 0-2 Tottenham

    "I think Spurs are going for the Premier League title. You look at the players they've signed with the Gareth Bale money. I think they've got a chance of winning the title."

    You can listen to live commentary of this match on sports extra.

  86. 2115: 
    GOAL- Burnley 2-1 Nottm Forest - Danny Ings (68 mins)

    Danny Ings grabs his ninth goal in 11 games to put Burnley in front, running across his man to get to the front post and flick a header home.

  87. 2114: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Manchester City 2-0 Wigan

    Just what you need if you're a tired Wigan defender - Jesus Navas comes on for the last 20 minutes for Manchester City. Speed merchant.

  88. 2111: 
    GOAL- Fulham 1-1 Everton - Dimitar Berbatov (54 mins)

    I imagine that he's furious at being wheeled out for the Capital One Cup, but Dimitar Berbatov has put Fulham level, punishing some shoddy defending to poke in from close range. Fulham have been much improved since the break, can they go on and win this now?

  89. 2110:  
    Former Aston Villa striker Dean Saunders on BBC Radio 5 live sports extraAston Villa 0-2 Tottenham

    "If you add up all the values of the Spurs players then add up the Villa players' it's a bit of a mismatch.

    "You can't help feeling the game's over."

    You can listen to live commentary of this match on sports extra.

  90. 2109: 

    As that photo below shows you, it was fairly extraordinary that Aston Villa didn't get a penalty to be honest. Fair play to Nicklas Helenius, who went out of his way to stay on his feet. Had he gone down in the area then referee Jon Moss had a tough call to make.

  91. 2108: 

    Paul via 81111: Five defeats in six for Fulham at the end of last season and bottom three already this season. Getting rid of Martin Jol would not be a knee-jerk reaction. It has been coming for a long time.

    John via 81111: Gianfranco Zola should never leave Watford for Sunderland. Great manager, built a strong team.

    Adam in London via 81111: Stunned Villa didn't get a penalty - honestly, do you need to be assaulted in the 18-yard box before you get a decision from the ref?

  92. 2107: 
    CLOSE!- Southampton 1-0 Bristol City

    Bristol City are starting to capitalise as Southampton take their foot off the gas. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas has just poked wide from Joe Bryan's cross.

  93. 2104: 
    Aston Villa v Tottenham

    Ken Bruce: Good job Villa striker Nicklas Helenius was wearing something underneath his shorts!

    Dan Hayward: No penalty there ref? Pulled his shorts off! If that isn't a foul I don't know what is...

    Gary Barnes: Micah Richards and James Milner work very well together down the City right.

  94. 2103: 
    GOAL- Manchester City 2-0 Wigan - Stevan Jovetic (60 mins)

    There it is, the first goal in a Manchester City shirt for £25m summer signing Stevan Jovetic. The Montenegrin striker bundles home at the second attempt after his initial shot is saved by Lee Nicholls. A bit scruffy, but the new boy won't mind.

  95. 2102: 
    GOAL- Hull 1-0 Huddersfield - Nick Proschwitz (59 mins)

    He scored in the game which saw Hull promoted to the Premier League, and giant striker Nick Proschwitz is at it again, firing into the roof of the net to hopefully save us from extra-time in any of tonight's 11 ties...

  96. 2101: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Manchester City 1-0 Wigan

    It's surely only a matter of time before Manchester City get a second as Stephen Crainey spectacularly deflects the ball on to his own woodwork. It's hard work for the Latics tonight.

    Steve Claridge, at the County Ground on 5 live Sport

    "Dany N'Guessan shouldn't really be offside from there. It was a lovely ball in, floated into the far post. He shouldn't be offside - he's the furthest man, with all the opportunity to look along the line and make sure he stays onside... that goal would've made things interesting."

    You can hear live commentary of Swindon v Chelsea on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  98. 2100: 

    Thanks for your pronunciation help at 2055 by the way - I like Doolie for the Everton number 10. I'll try and get that to catch on...

  99. 2059: 

    Sophie in Kent via 81111: Fernando Torres always performs better against the 'lesser' teams. He just doesn't have that Spanish genius anymore.

    Anthony via 81111: Anyone defending Martin Jol can't have seen that first half. It's extraordinary that when your team is losing your manager doesn't even get off the bench for 45 minutes.

  100. 2059: 
    Manchester City 1-0 Wigan
    Edin Dzeko

    Manchester City continue to dominate after the break, without creating a clear-cut chance so far in the second half. They lead still, courtesy of Edin Dzeko's first-half strike.

  101. 2057: 
    GOAL- Watford 2-0 Norwich - Marco Faraoni (55 mins)

    A Cupset is on the cards - not a big one, as Watford are only eight places below Norwich - but a Cupset all the same!

    Individual gold for the second as Marco Faraoni bangs in a 25-yarder. Chris Hughton, what have you got in the tank?

    Former Aston Villa striker Dean Saunders on BBC Radio 5 live sports extraAston Villa 0-2 Tottenham

    "It's a terrible goal to concede. Aston Villa have got nobody on the posts. Paulinho's just run from the edge of the box and Aleksandar Tonev has dived out the way!"

    You can listen to live commentary on sports extra.

  103. 2057: 
    DISALLOWED GOAL- Swindon 0-2 Chelsea

    Swindon think they have grabbed a life line as Dany N'Guessan nods in a curling free-kick as Mark Schwarzer fails to command his box. The offside flag is up however to stop the Frenchman's celebrations. Just about right. N'Guessan was a half-yard the wrong side of the last man.


    F Modupe Adenaike: Can't believe some disillusioned Chelsea fans still refuse to see Jose's point about Mata's inability to defend. Pure sentiments.

    Paren: That Holtby/Defoe combination is looking very tasty! Also liking how Lamela is looking...

    Sam Hunt: Chris Hughton so negative with Norwich. Sometimes wonder how we are a premier league team

  105. 2056: 

    Spanish football writer Andy West in Barcelona: "Barcelona ran out comfortable 4-1 winners to maintain their perfect start to the La Liga season, with young defender Marc Bartra flicking home the final goal from a Messi cross. The other game ended Levante 1-1 Real Valladolid, and now the pressure is on Atletico Madrid to stay level with Barca by extending their own 100% record at home to Osasuna. We've also got an all-Andalusian clash between Malaga and Almeria."

  106. 2055: 
    GOAL- Aston Villa 0-2 Tottenham - Paulinho (49 mins)

    Spurs go 2-0 up, and they can count themselves lucky as well. Lewis Holtby's corner from the left is stabbed in at the near post by Paulinho, but the Brazilian's foot is very high and inbetween plenty of Villa heads. You've seen fouls given for less.

  107. 2055: 
    Gerard Deulofeu

    Craig in Weymouth via 81111: Re 2039: It's pronounced del-la-fay-ooh.

    Matt in Liverpool via 81111: Re 2039: Think it's pronounced Do-Low-Fay-oo, Tom. But I like to call him Doolie :-)

    Mark in Shepton via 81111: Re 2039: It's pronounced Deffo-a-Blue.

  108. 2054: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Aston Villa 0-1 Tottenham

    What do you have to do to get a penalty these days? Poor Aston Villa striker Nicklas Helenius has his shorts pulled down to his ankles by Jan Vertonghen in the box, but the referee turns down the penalty appeals. That was a pants decision!

  109. 2051: 

    Changes for Villa as well as the second-halves get up and running. Will we see a Cupset anywhere?

  110. 2051: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Manchester City 1-0 Wigan

    They are back under way at the Etihad Stadium where City have brought on Yaya Toure for Fernandinho. If you've got the strength in depth, why not flaunt it?

  111. 2050: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Swindon 0-2 Chelsea

    Chelsea are bringing on John Terry at half-time. Shutting up shop?

  112. 2049: 

    Nick in London via 81111: Cue a load of interviews with Chelsea teammates claiming they "always knew Fernando Torres still had it" and that it's "good to see him back" before he produces yet another abject league performance.

    Dylan in Eastbourne via 81111: We may be playing Swindon but we are playing very well. Juan Mata and Fernando Torres to start in the Prem, I have been saying that since the very start!

    James in London via 81111: Chelsea fans talking up that first half performance are losing the plot. Ramires introduction was key.

  113. 2048: 
    HALF-TIME- Fulham 0-1 Everton

    Half-time at the Cottage, where it's been the Gerard Deulofeu show so far. Can he get into the Premier League team?

  114. 2043: 

    At the halfway point, Championship side Morton are the only lower-league side not to be trailing Scottish Premiership opposition in the Scottish League Cup third round. They are hanging in there at Celtic Park, where it is 0-0, while Dundee are trailing St Johnstone to Stevie May's header against his former side, Hibs are looking good for round four as they lead Stranraer 3-1 and Inverness Caley Thistle lead Dundee 1-0.

    Follow the Scottish League Cup live text here.

  115. 2040: 
    Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho

    William in Kent via 81111: Apart from Mark Schwarzer, Willian and Ryan Bertrand, am I the only one thinking this should be our first team?

    Dave via 81111: Dear Chelsea fans... You do realise you are playing Swindon?!

    Paul in Kings Lynn via 81111: Imagine Chelsea hadn't loaned out Romelu Lukaku, we could have had him, Willian, David Luiz and Nathan Ake. All that hair would blow anyone's mind!

  116. 2039: 
    Fulham 0-1 Everton

    Still playing in the 2000 BST kick-off at Craven Cottage, where Everton's number 10 Gerard Deulofeu is running the show. Any pronunciation guides on the little fella's name are most welcome. Dayo-le-fayo? Or De-ol-afu?

  117. 2038:  
    Former Aston Villa striker Dean Saunders on BBC Radio 5 live sports extraAston Villa 0-1 Tottenham
    Jermain Defoe

    "Jermain Defoe could have scored six. Villa's goalkeeper has made three great saves. Erik Lamela looks good. Spurs are the better team by a mile."

    You can listen to live commentary on sports extra.

  118. 2037:  
    Steve Claridge, at the County Ground on 5 live SportSwindon 0-2 Chelsea

    "Fernando Torres has done brilliantly tonight, showing a real hunger and will to get back in the first team. If he keeps performing like this there's no reason he can't."

    You can hear live commentary of Swindon v Chelsea on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  119. 2036: 
    Aston Villa 0-1 Tottenham

    The pass from Lewis Holtby for Jermain Defoe's opener for Spurs is a beauty. Barcelona-like, in fact, as he cuts out a packed defence with a lofted chip over the top. Great disguise on the pass as well.

    Is Jermain Defoe making a case to start in place of Roberto Soldado? He keeps scoring in the cups.

  120. 2035: 

    Top-of-the-table Cambridge United are resolutely defending a 1-0 lead over second-placed Nuneaton. Luke Berry's strike could open up a four-point gap for the unbeaten U's.

    There's an upset brewing at Barnet, where Macclesfield, one from bottom before tonight's game, are 2-0 up through a Connor Jennings double.

    And Michael Gash's goal has Kidderminster in front against Halifax - the Harriers could climb up to third.

  121. 2035: 

    Bamdayo: It had to be Defoe

    John Brown: I'm glad Spurs have AVB. I can see him being a manager for 10+ years, assuming he doesn't leave Tottenham for elsewhere...

    Bright Eugene VII: I hope Mourinho is seeing what Mata can do. The bench is not the place for someone so mercurial.

  122. 2034: 

    Half-time whistles start to blow around the country. The Cupset-o-meter is registering particularly empty tonight...

    Former Aston Villa striker Dean Saunders on BBC Radio 5 live sports extraAston Villa 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur

    "What about that pass from Lewis Holtby. He scooped the ball over their back four and Jermain Defoe was on his way. He's playing against defenders who can't think as quick as him."

    You can listen to live commentary on sport extra.

  124. 2032: 

    Andy Scott: Some assist there by Torres. If that was Messi or Bale we'd never hear the end of it

    Haider Farouq: Chelsea in danger of running riot...

    Steven Brown: A £50m striker and the best midfielder in the league last season are now playing against a team like Swindon...

  125. 2031: 
    GOAL- Burnley 1-1 Nottm Forest - Danny Ings (45 mins)

    He's started the season on fire, and Danny Ings brings Burnley back level, swivelling inside the box to smash home.

  126. 2031: 
    GOAL- Aston Villa 0-1 Tottenham - Jermain Defoe (45 mins)

    An exquisite and much deserved goal for Tottenham Hotspur as Jermain Defoe deftly glances a header past Jed Steer following a majestic ball over the top from Lewis Holtby. The England striker enjoyed that one.

  127. 2031: 

    Spanish football writer Andy West in Barcelona: "Sociedad have a glimmer of hope - a very faint glimmer, albeit - at the Nou Camp after pulling one back through left-back Alberto De La Bella, who converted a simple tap-in from Imanol Agirretxe's cross. Barca could have been further ahead after three chances for Lionel Messi earlier in the half, and it's almost unthinkable that Sociedad will turn it around from here. 3-1 midway through the second half."

  128. 2030: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Aston Villa 0-0 Tottenham

    Jed Steer is showing why Paul Lambert plundered him from former club Norwich during the summer, the youngster keeping out another Jermain Defoe shot. An excellent display so far.

  129. 2029: 
    GOAL- West Ham 2-1 Cardiff - Craig Noone (45 mins)

    A goal out of nothing for Cardiff gives them some hope! Craig Noone picks the ball up in midfield, beats several man before rifling in a shot.

  130. 2029: 
    Former Aston Villa striker Dean Saunders on BBC Radio 5 live sports extraAston Villa 0-0 Tottenham

    "It's a world class save from Jed Steer. He had hardly any time to react. But Erik Lamela looks the part."

    You can listen to live commentary on sports extra.

  131. 2028: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Watford 1-0 Norwich

    Gary Hooper rattles the crossbar with a firm header from Wes Hoolahan's inviting cross. That's the closest that the visitors have come to a leveller.

    Watford have suffered an injury blow with Chelsea loanee Josh McEachran forced off on his debut with an injury. Connor Smith is on in his place.

  132. 2027: 
    GOAL- Leicester 0-1 Derby - Chris Martin (42 mins)

    Nobody said it was easy for Leicester, as Chris Martin gives Derby the lead, the former Norwich man scuffing a shot into the corner.

  133. 2027: 
    CLOSE!- Manchester City 1-0 Wigan

    Almost a first Manchester City goal for new signing Stevan Jovetic, who finds the side-netting after an excellent James Milner cross.

  134. 2025: 

    Calm down everyone, you don't have to sack your manager by the end of September.

    Into the last 10 minutes of the first half though, and we've had plenty of goals so far.

  135. 2025: 

    Titus via 81111: Can see Martin Jol joining Paolo Di Canio in the queue at the job centre before too long!

    Jonny in Norwich via 81111: Really struggling to see why Newcastle fans rate Chris Hughton so highly. Doesn't have a clue!

  136. 2024: 
    CLOSE!- Aston Villa 0-0 Tottenham

    Aston Villa are starting to impose themselves on the game now, a fantastic cross from Aleksandar Tonev narrowly evading the onrushing Libor Kozak in the six-yard box. However, they need to beware the counter-attack as Erik Lamela brings a glorious save from Jed Steer after good link-up play with Lewis Holtby at the other end. That's why the youngster is ahead of Shay Given in the Villa Park pecking order.

  137. 2024: 
    CLOSE!- West Ham 2-0 Cardiff

    James Collins, put your shooting boots away son! He missed a sitter against Southampton 10 days ago and he's at it again, missing from a yard out. Get back, and stay back...

    Steve Claridge, at the County Ground on 5 live Sport

    "That was a great goal. Fernando Torres has looked very, very sharp today. He's been a very willing runner and has held the ball up, and that was a great ball to Ramires. I thought there was slightly too much pace on the ball but he managed to dig it out and it was a great finish. Chelsea have been very good tonight, haven't they?"

    You can hear live commentary of Swindon v Chelsea on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  139. 2021: 

    Fernando Torres could still do a job in League One...

  140. 2020: 
    GOAL- Swindon 0-2 Chelsea - Ramires (35 mins)
    Ramires (right) is on the scoresheet for Chelsea

    Fernando Torres turns provider as he swivels free of a couple of defenders and threads a perfect through-ball into the path of Ramires. The Brazilian sorts out his feet just in time to scoop the ball over Wesley Foderingham and into the net.

  141. 2020: 

    Kuntal Majumdar: Mourinho, did you watch that pass from Mata? Oscar is nowhere close to producing such a defence-splitting pass.

    Harvey Austin: Chelsea's League Cup side cost around £180 million....

    James Brandon: Always nice to see Torres score, albeit from about three inches.

  142. 2018: 
    GOAL- Manchester City 1-0 Wigan - Edin Dzeko (33 mins)

    Finally Manchester City's dominance pays off as Edin Dzeko atones for his earlier miss by clinically finishing after Fernandinho's clever ball split the Latics' defence.

  143. 2018: 
    GOAL- Sunderland 1-0 Peterborough - Emanuele Giaccherini (33 mins)

    The post-PDC era begins in earnest for Sunderland as they finally take the lead against Peterborough, former Juve man Emanuele Giaccherini getting on to the end of a Lee Cattermole cross to fire home.

  144. 2018:  
    Steve Claridge, at the County Ground on 5 live SportSwindon 0-1 Chelsea

    "Chelsea just ran at the Swindon back four, and the centre forward played on the corner, ran off, held the shoulder, and was played through by Juan Mata, who was able to pick the pass. All Chelsea had to do was to commit one of the Swindon defenders and they were in. It was a great save from Mata but Fernando Torres, like all good strikers, was well placed to finish."

    You can hear live commentary of Swindon v Chelsea on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  145. 2016: 

    Dom in London via 81111: Hammers look a different team with the inspired Ricardo Vaz Te. Hopefully he gets the nod over Modibo Maiga in the league.

    Tom in Milton Keynes via 81111: Struggling to see what AVB sees in Harry Kane. Championship at best. Very best.

  146. 2016: 

    Of the four Scottish League Cup matches being played this evening, only Celtic v Morton is goalless. League One side Stranraer took the lead against Hibernian through Jamie Longworth before Liam Craig replied quickly for the home side. Inverness lead Dundee 1-0 at Dens Park, with Northern Irish striker Billy McKay hitting his seventh goal of the season, and Stevie May's looping header has St Johnstone ahead of their hosts, Hamilton.

    Follow the Scottish League Cup live text here.

  147. 2016: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Manchester City 0-0 Wigan

    Captain for the night Micah Richards is starring for Manchester City this evening, racing forward again and firing in a low ball which youngster Marcos Lopes turns against the crossbar.

  148. 2015: 
    GOAL- Swindon 0-1 Chelsea - Fernando Torres (29 mins)

    Wesley Foderingham doesn't deserve that. The Swindon goalkeeper makes an excellent stretching stop to keep out Juan Mata's low shot, but the ball dribbles across the face of the goal and Fernando Torres is quickest to it. The Spaniard slides in to convert just before it could run behind.

    Steve Claridge, at the County Ground on 5 live SportSwindon 0-0 Chelsea

    "As Fernando Torres broke through, after a lovely little ball through, he got it a little caught under his feet. But I was amazed at the speed Wes Foderingham came off his line and closed him down. If he hadn't, Torres could almost have taken an extra touch and then it would have been an easy goal."

    You can hear live commentary of Swindon v Chelsea on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  150. 2015: 
    Swindon 0-0 Chelsea

    Chelsea's Juan Mata slips a delicately weighted ball in behind the Swindon defence for Fernando Torres, but the Spaniard is denied as Wesley Foderingham gets off his line quickly and saves with his head.

  151. 2014: 
    Former Aston Villa striker Dean Saunders on BBC Radio 5 live sports extraAston Villa 0-0 Tottenham

    "It's all very well saying 'we're going to let Tottenham have the ball' but you don't want your back four dropping back to the edge of your box. Villa have got to work a bit harder.

    "If it wasn't for their goalkeeper Villa would be getting beat."

    You can listen to live commentary on sports extra.

  152. 2013: 
    CLOSE!- Manchester City 0-0 Wigan

    Finally a chance for Wigan as Jordi Gomez fires a free-kick just wide of Costel Pantilimon's goal. Better from Owen Coyle's side.

  153. 2012: 
    GOAL- Fulham 0-1 Everton - Steven Naismith (12 mins)

    Steven Naismith continues his decent form as he puts Everton ahead at the Cottage. On-loan Barcelona man Gerard Deulofeu threads the pass through and the Scot makes no mistake.

  154. 2011: 
    GOAL- Burnley 0-1 Nottm Forest - Matt Derbyshire (24 mins)

    He doesn't miss those. Dexter Blackstock gets a cross over from the right and former Blackburn man Matt Derbyshire is left with the simple task of firing into the net.

  155. 2010: 

    Anthony Harris: Derby County must get something today. The next two weeks are crucial for Nigel Clough to get fans on side.

    Samad Gigii: Good to see Ravel Morrison starting to make an impact. Part of a magical youth team at Man Utd a few years ago.

    Babz: If Mata scores tonight, he should pull an Adebayor and celebrate in front of Mourinho!

  156. 2010: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Hull 0-0 Huddersfield

    Close! Former Leicester man Matty Fryatt slams a shot against the post from 10 yards.

  157. 2010: 
    CLOSE!- Aston Villa 0-0 Tottenham

    Jermain Defoe is racing around Villa Park like a man with a very big point to prove tonight. He is chasing every ball - and it almost pays off when he closes down goalkeeper Jed Steer's clearance and the ball almost rebounds off the England striker into the back of the Villa net.

  158. 2008: 
    CLOSE!- Manchester City 0-0 Wigan

    Still Manchester City pour forward, but still Wigan hold on to parity. First Micah Richards flashes a shot wide before Edin Dzeko fails to find the target from James Milner's cross.

  159. 2007: 
    GOAL- Watford 1-0 Norwich - Javier Acuna (23 mins)
    Watford boss Gianfranco Zola

    Paraguayan Javier Acuna has broken the deadlock and almost done the same to the goal behind Norwich goalkeeper Mark Bunn. The former Udinese man lashes the ball in from 25 yards to put the Hornets ahead against Premier League opposition.

  160. 2007: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Sunderland 0-0 Peterborough

    Peterborough suffer a setback as Lee Tomlin, reportedly a target for Celtic this summer, is forced to leave the field with an injury. Joe Newell replaces the striker. The substitute's first duties are to defend, as a couple of Seb Larsson corners test the Posh defence. Ki sung-Yueng then goes close, heading inches wide.

  161. 2006: 
    CLOSE!- Leicester 0-0 Derby

    Derby come close to scoring in the all-Championship tie as a corner is headed goalwards by Jake Buxton, but is cleared off the line by Leicester's Zoumana Bakayogo.

  162. 2005: 
    Swindon 0-0 Chelsea

    Almost 20 minutes in at the County Ground and League One side Swindon continue to look fairly comfortably. Juan Mata and Willian are both struggling to get into the game.

  163. 2004: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Aston Villa 0-0 Tottenham

    He's good that Brad Friedel - but Aston Villa fans already knew that. The Spurs keeper denies his former club when Marc Albrighton nips in front of Kyle Walker but the winger's shot is turned wide by Friedel. Walker injured himself in the build-up to the chance and is treated by the physio before attempting to run off the knock.

  164. 2002: 

    Olly in London via 81111: Re: George at 1940 - worth and cost are very different things. Although it is a very decent second string team.

    Fulham fan Nick via 81111: Senderos against Lukaku means yet another early cup exit.

    Gareth in Middlesborough via 81111: Sick of hearing players can't play twice in 3 days. They are professional athletes being paid a fortune.

  165. 2002: 
    GOAL- Southampton 1-0 Bristol City - Gaston Ramirez (15 mins)

    Gaston Ramirez gives the Saints the lead after volleying in left-footed from James Ward-Prowse's cross.

  166. 2000: 
    Swindon 0-0 Chelsea

    Chelsea's Marco van Ginkel, signed from Vitesse Arnham, is only making his fourth appearance for Chelsea, but he is already in the wars. The Dutch youngster hobbled off to receive treatment after an awkward fall, made an attempt to run it off, but has admitted defeat and has had to be replaced by Ramires.

    David Luiz has just had the first effort in anger. The visiting defender rattled in a free-kick from 30 yards that Wesley Foderingham has to watch all the way onto his gloves.

    Former Aston Villa striker Dean Saunders on BBC Radio 5 live sports extraAston Villa 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur

    "It's only a matter of time before Jermain Defoe gets in. He keeps going in between Matthew Lowton and Nathan Baker. He's just looking for the right ball. Great movement."

    You can listen to live commentary on sports extra.

  168. 1959: 
    Aston Villa 0-0 Tottenham

    The £25m which Spurs paid for Erik Lamela looks money well spent judging on his display in the first 15 minutes at Villa Park. He is constantly dropping deep and threading clever balls through which are a striker's dream. Aston Villa standing firm at the moment, but for how long as they charge down a Jermain Defoe shot?

  169. 1958: 
    CLOSE!- Sunderland 0-0 Peterborough
    Sunderland coach Kevin Ball

    So far so good for Sunderland as the Black Cats make a promising start to life without Paolo Di Canio. Seb Larsson takes an early shot at goal, though his 20-yard effort whizzes wide of the near post.

  170. 1956:  
    Steve Claridge, at the County Ground on 5 live SportSwindon 0-0 Chelsea

    "Swindon have done well at the start of this game. They've kept it when they're regained possession, and they haven't panicked. So far, so good from their perspective."

    You can hear live commentary of Swindon v Chelsea on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  171. 1955: 

    Spanish football writer Andy West in Barcelona: "Half-time and Barcelona lead 3-0, with the third coming from the unlikely source of Sergio Busquets' left boot, smashing home the loose ball after Lionel Messi managed to hit the post and bar with the same shot. Barca have played some sparkling football, with one particularly breathtaking move involving Neymar, Andres Iniesta and Messi sadly ending with an airshot from the Argentine. It's one apiece in La Liga's other game between Levante and Real Valladolid, but the visitors are down to 10 men."

  172. 1954: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Manchester City 0-0 Wigan

    Manchester City have made a bright start against Wigan, determined to get some measure of revenge for that FA Cup final defeat in May. Wigan's debutant keeper Lee Nicholls has had to make two good saves from Micah Richards and Dedryck Boyata headers.

  173. 1953: 

    Gaz in Wigan via 81111: Wigan playing without strikers...forced to, not copying Craig Levein's 4-6-0!

    Dan in Leeds via 81111: The Special One's second string looks somewhat stronger than the team he normally plays.

    Ruairi in Cranbrook via 81111: Can't remember a time when there was this much hype about an early round of the league cup, can't wait!

  174. 1952: 
    GOAL- West Ham 2-0 Cardiff - Matt Jarvis (8 mins)

    The Hammers are flying. Ravel Morrison and Ricardo Vaz Te combine to find Matty Jarvis on the left of the box and he fires in a deflected shot.

  175. 1951: 

    Tom Geoffrey: That Chelsea starting line-up could easily secure a top-four finish in any league in the world

    Steven Brown: If Defoe continues his scoring form tonight surely AVB cannot keep dismissing him from first team action

    Jon Tattz: Spurs look like complete beasts - and that's just Steffen Freund!

  176. 1950: 
    Aston Villa 0-0 Tottenham

    Good start for Tottenham as record signing Erik Lamela plays in Harry Kane but Nathan Baker comes across to make a fine covering tackle. Dangerous play from Lamela though.

  177. 1950: 

    Norwich midfielder Robert Snodgrass: Good luck to the boys tonight at Watford.

  178. 1948: 
    Former Aston Villa striker Dean Saunders on BBC Radio 5 live sports extraAston Villa 0-0 Tottenham

    "Harry Kane's playing on the left tonight. So he's got Gareth Bale's boots to fill. Good luck!"

    You can listen to live commentary on sports extra.

  179. 1948: 

    The 12 Premier League sides on display tonight have made a combined total of 98 changes from their weekend matches. It's a squad game these days...

  180. 1946: 
    GOAL- West Ham 1-0 Cardiff - Ravel Morrison (2 mins)

    What a start for West Ham! Matty Jarvis has a shot which deflects into the path of Ravel Morrison, and he lashes home to give Sam Allardyce's side a perfect start. If you were buying a pie, you would have missed it.

  181. 1946: 

    We are under way around the country...

  182. 1945:  
    Steve Claridge, at the County Ground on 5 live SportSwindon v Chelsea (1945 BST)

    "Swindon have teetered on the financial brink and they don't want to go back there. They have to match the money that goes out with money coming in. They've got a lot of young lads, particularly from Tottenham, added to a few player left over from the Di Canio era, and there's a nice balance to the squad."

    You can hear live commentary of Swindon v Chelsea on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  183. 1941: 

    Here we come then, players begin to march out of tunnels up and down the grounds. It is a far from full Villa Park as Spurs and Villa line up. All set?

  184. 1941: 

    There's an old-school feel about this evening's Scottish football offering. The competition the teams are hoping to win has no sponsor, so it's the Scottish League Cup, proper. There are four matches this evening and as many tomorrow night. Greenock Morton have made the 25-mile journey to Celtic, Dundee are at home to high-flying Inverness CT, the Highlanders playing as ever with great enthusiasm, Hamilton play St Johnstone at New Douglas Park and resurgent Hibs are at home to Stranraer.

    You can follow all the action in a bespoke Scottish League Cup live text commentary.

  185. 1940: 

    Joe in London via 81111: There is nothing unreasonable in AVB questioning why this game could not be put back 'til tomorrow. He obviously wants to field as strong a team as possible but a fixture congestion like this means he can't without risking players to injury.

    Vince in Selby via 81111: I can see a Canary getting stung by a Hornet tonight!

    George in Tonbridge via 81111: By my calculations that Chelsea starting XI is worth around £200million. Not too shabby for a reserve team is it?

  186. 1940: 
    LINE-UPS- Watford v Norwich (1945 BST)

    Watford: Bond, Ekstrand, Belkalem, Cassetti, Faraoni, Murray, McEachran, Battocchio, Pudil, Acuna, Fabbrini. Subs: Brown, Deeney, McGugan, Forestieri, Anya, Woods, Smith.

    Norwich: Bunn, Whittaker, Martin, Ryan Bennett, Garrido, Redmond, Johnson, Tettey, Olsson, Hoolahan, Hooper. Subs: Turner, Howson, Fer, Elmander, Becchio, Nash, Murphy.

    Referee: Stephen Martin (Staffordshire)

  187. 1939: 
    LINE-UPS- Southampton v Bristol City (1945 BST)

    Southampton: Kelvin Davis, Chambers, Yoshida, Hooiveld, Fox, Steven Davis, Cork, Ward-Prowse, Ramirez, Do Prado, Lee. Subs: Rodriguez, Lallana, Gazzaniga, Rowe, Reed, McCarthy, Targett.

    Bristol City: Parish, Moloney, Flint, Williams, Shorey, Wagstaff, Pack, McLaughlin, Reid, Bryan, Emmanuel-Thomas. Subs: Fielding, Kilkenny, Baldock, Cunningham, Harewood, Brundle, Burns.

    Referee: Graham Scott (Oxfordshire)

  188. 1937: 
    LINE-UPS- West Ham v Cardiff (1945 BST)

    West Ham: Adrian, Chambers, Tomkins, Collins, McCartney, Jarvis, Morrison, Taylor, Vaz Te, Maiga, Collison. Subs: Nolan, Rat, Diame, Henderson, Petric, Ruddock, Moncur.

    Cardiff: Lewis, Connolly, Hudson, Brayford, John, Odemwingie, Mutch, Cowie, Noone, Mason, Maynard. Subs: Smith, Gestede, Lappin, McNaughton, Moore, Harris, Healey.

    Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire)

  189. 1936: 

    Stuart McKeown: Deulofeu starts for Everton tonight. Can't wait to see if he lives up to the hype! Anyone from Barca's academy can't be bad.

    Emesowum Emmanuel: I just hope Pellegrini resting Kompany tonight and selecting a poor defence doesn't cost him this match...

    James Dick: Nicklas Helenius must be wondering what he has to do to get a game for Aston Villa.

  190. 1935: 

    Kick-off is 10 minutes away then. Eleven games, hundreds of changes, plenty of goals?

    Let's hope so.

  191. 1934: 
    LINE-UPS- Hull v Huddersfield (1945 BST)

    Hull: Harper, Rosenior, Bruce, Faye, Dudgeon, Boyd, Meyler, Quinn, Fryatt, Proschwitz, Sagbo. Subs: Davies, Huddlestone, Livermore, Jakupovic, Gedo, Elmohamady, Henderson.

    Huddersfield: Smithies, Woods, Wallace, Smith, Carroll, Norwood, Gobern, Southern, Carr, Scannell, Paterson. Subs: Hammill, Bennett, Stead, Lopez, Richards, Ridehalgh, Holmes.

    Referee: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire)

  192. 1932: 

    Trevor in Peterborough via 81111: Peterborough have been playing well this season. I reckon they could make a cupset up north and could make the Black Cats go stray.

    Steve in the Isles of Scilly via 81111: I am a Norwich fan but I see Watford with the biggest chance of a cupset, They've been excellent under Zola.

    Ollie via 81111: Bristol City can only win in the cups this season - Southampton beware!

  193. 1930: 

    It's League Cup evening in Scotland too, with Celtic hosting Morton in the pick of the ties. You can follow all the action in a bespoke Scottish League Cup live text commentary.

  194. 1927: 
    Swindon v Chelsea (1945 BST)

    The freezing out of Juan Mata, I have to say, is one of the oddest things I've seen in the Premier League in recent years. Still, I'm reasonably sure that Jose Mourinho knows what he's doing.

    After two player of the year awards in a row I bet Juan Mata didn't expect to be playing at Swindon. Can he prove a point?

  195. 1926:  
    Steve Claridge, at the County Ground for 5 live SportSwindon v Chelsea (1945 BST)

    "It seems like there's a problem with Juan Mata. Consider the way he played last year, and now he seems to be starting behind everyone else. Jose Mourinho always has his opinions, and he knows the players he wants to play and rely on. There are others that will have to do a little more to break into the team, and Mata seems to be one of those."

  196. 1924: 

    Southampton midfielder Lloyd Isgrove: Gutted to not be involved tonight - carrying a knock from the Leicester U21s game but sure the boys will do the business.

  197. 1922: 
    LINE-UPS- Fulham v Everton (2000 BST)

    Fulham: Stockdale, Zverotic, Hangeland, Senderos, Riise, Taarabt, Karagounis, Parker, Kacaniklic, Kasami, Berbatov. Subs: Sidwell, Rodallega, Riether, Amorebieta, Na Bangna, Etheridge, Bent.

    Everton: Robles, Coleman, Heitinga, Distin, Stones, Oviedo, McCarthy, Gibson, Deulofeu, Naismith, Lukaku. Subs: Baines, Jagielka, Jelavic, Mirallas, Barry, Barkley, Howard.

    Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)

  198. 1922: 
    LINE-UPS- Swindon v Chelsea (1945 BST)

    Swindon: Foderingham, Nathan Thompson, Hall, Ward, McEveley, Kasim, Luongo, Pritchard, N'Guessan, Ajose, Ranger. Subs: Louis Thompson, Storey, Barthram, Belford, Branco, El-Gabbas, Wood.

    Chelsea: Schwarzer, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Luiz, Bertrand, van Ginkel , Essien, De Bruyne, Mata, Willian, Torres. Subs: Ramires, Schurrle, Ba, Terry, Eto'o, Blackman, Baker.

    Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)

  199. 1919: 

    Luka Foley: Chelsea should definitely win tonight. Looks easy!

    Bishop Yinkus: My money is on Swindon to beat Chelsea, but the likes of Willian, Luiz and Mata ready to impress Jose will make it tough for them.

    Drjed: Can't wait for the action!

  200. 1918: 

    Spanish football writer Andy West in Barcelona: "Early doors at the Nou Camp and Barca already lead 2-0. We might as well go home already. The first came from Neymar, who took advantage of some terrible defending to bundle home his first goal in La Liga from approximately 18 inches. Then Neymar sped down the left, beat his man and delivered an inch-perfect deep cross for Messi to head home. All that came after Real Sociedad's Haris Seferovic thumped a shot against the bar."

  201. 1918: 
    LINE-UPS- Sunderland v Peterborough (1945 BST)

    Sunderland: Westwood, Gardner, O'Shea, Cuellar, Colback, Johnson, Ki, Larsson, Cattermole, Giaccherini, Altidore. Subs: Cabral, Wickham, Ba, Mannone, Roberge, Borini, Mavrias.

    Peterborough: Olejnik, Ntlhe, Bostwick, Zakuani, Alcock, Swanson, Payne, Rowe, Tomlin, Assombalonga, Barnett. Subs: Brisley, McCann, Day, Newell, Ferdinand, Mendez-Laing, Gordon.

    Referee: Michael Naylor (Sheffield)

  202. 1917: 
    LINE-UPS- Aston Villa v Tottenham (1945 BST)

    Aston Villa: Steer, Lowton, Vlaar, Baker, Bennett, El Ahmadi, Sylla, Albrighton, Bacuna, Tonev, Kozak. Subs: Guzan, Clark, Helenius, Weimann, Bowery, Johnson, Robinson.

    Spurs: Friedel, Walker, Chiriches, Vertonghen, Fryers, Paulinho, Sandro, Lamela, Holtby, Defoe, Kane. Subs: Gomes, Soldado, Naughton, Townsend, Dembele, Dawson, Chadli.

    Referee: Jon Moss (W Yorkshire)

  203. 1916: 

    Tom via 81111: Not many obvious shocks on paper but rudderless Sunderland vs free-scoring Peterborough could be the most likely.

    Mike in Runcorn via 81111: AVB makes me laugh. Spends a hundred and ten million on players and complains about lack of depth.

    Tom in Manchester via 81111: Can't wait to see Marcos Lopes make his full home debut tonight. At only 17 years of age he's already Man City's youngest ever goal scorer and he has the potential to be absolutely world class!

  204. 1912: 

    What a rallying cry from Mark Cooper. I feel inspired, don't you?

  205. 1912:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveSwindon v Chelsea (1945 BST)

    Swindon boss Mark Cooper speaking on 5 live Breakfast earlier today: "I've got my chance to manage here at Swindon, and I'm looking to make the most of it. I've never been anywhere near Jose Mourinho - I'm looking forward to meeting him. He's always been a coach I've respected from afar. To have won the titles he has takes some doing, doesn't it?

    "We've got real obstacles to overcome - we've got to hope they play ridiculously poorly and we're exceptionally good on the night for us to have any chance. But we're going to give it a go."

  206. 1912: 
    Swindon v Chelsea (1945 BST)

    Caroline Chapman reports: "Swindon fans have been treated to some corking cup ties in recent years. Under that man Paolo Di Canio they beat Wigan, Stoke, Huddersfield, Burnley and, in last year's League Cup fourth round, narrowly lost out 3-2 in a thriller against Aston Villa.

    "Although the heady Di Canio days now seem a distant memory, the County Ground faithful remain hopeful of repeating those cup exploits tonight. Only the small matter of Mata, Torres and the rest of Mourinho's Premier League army to contend with."

  207. 1910: 
    TEAM NEWS- Aston Villa v Tottenham (1945 BST)

    Much has been made of Tottenham's strength in depth since their summer spending spree, and it's reflected in tonight's line-up against Aston Villa. New signings Vlad Chiriches and Erik Lamela get starts, while Jermain Defoe, Lewis Holtby and Brad Friedel will be desperate to show AVB what they can do once again.

    As for Aston Villa, they have made seven changes as new signing Libor Kozak looks to continue a dream start to life under Paul Lambert after his goal at Norwich.

  208. 1909: 
    LINE-UPS- Man City v Wigan (1945 BST)

    Man City: Pantilimon, Richards, Boyata, Lescott, Clichy, Milner, Fernandinho, Javi Garcia, Lopes, Jovetic, Dzeko. Subs: Nasri, Negredo, Kolarov, Jesus Navas, Wright, Nastasic, Toure.

    Wigan: Nicholls, Boyce, Rogne, Barnett, Crainey, McCann, Garcia, Fyvie, Gomez, Espinoza, Dicko. Subs: Carson, Shotton, McClean, McArthur, Powell, Redmond, Buxton.

    Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)

  209. 1908: 
    Hull v Huddersfield (1945 BST)

    Huddersfield forward James Vaughan: Good luck to the boys tonight! Good to see some of the young lads get a chance...

  210. 1908: 
    LINE-UPS- Burnley v Nottm Forest (1945 BST)

    Burnley: Heaton, Trippier, Long, Shackell, Mee, Edgar, Marney, Treacy, Ings, Stanislas, Vokes. Subs: Lafferty, Cisak, O'Neill, Kightly, Stock, Noble, Arfield.

    Nottm Forest: De Vries, Jara, Collins, Lascelles, Harding, Paterson, Moussi, Gillett, Majewski, Derbyshire, Blackstock. Subs: Cohen, Halford, Miller, Tudgay, Cox, Al-Rashidi, Abdoun.

    Referee: Darren Drysdale (Lincolnshire)

  211. 1906: 

    Spanish football writer Andy West in Barcelona: "There are four games in La Liga tonight, starting at 1900 BST with Barcelona hosting exciting but out-of-form Real Sociedad and a mid-table battle between Levante and Real Valladolid.

    "And at 2100 BST we've got the impressive Atletico Madrid aiming to maintain their 100% record when they host struggling Osasuna, while an Andalusian derby will send newly-promoted Almeria to Malaga, who have fallen from grace after their Champions League exploits of last season."

  212. 1906: 

    Charlie in Birmingham via 81111: On my way to the Villa game, definitely seeing an upset tonight. Time to prove we're not a one man team!

    Dave via 81111: Vlad Chiriches to enjoy his Spurs debut and Erik Lamela to bag his first goal tonight.

    Mike in Liverpool via 81111: Looking forward to the Man City v Wigan game. A repeat of last year's FA Cup final, can Wigan reproduce their heroics once again?

  213. 1904:  
    Ian Dennis, BBC Radio 5 live senior football reporterSunderland v Peterborough (1945 BST)
    Paolo Di Canio

    "Sunderland chief executive Margaret Byrne's programme notes on Paolo Di Canio: "when it became obvious it wasn't working we had to take the decision to part company with him.

    "We felt it was better to do this now as we ran the risk of being cut adrift at the bottom."

  214. 1903: 
    Man City v Wigan (1945 BST)

    Both Manchester City and Wigan are fighting on four fronts this season, and it's reflected in the starting line-ups. Only Fernandinho remains from the City side which hammered neighbours United at the weekend, but their forward line of Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic still cost them the best part of £50m.

    As for Wigan, there's no place for FA Cup final hero Ben Watson as they make nine changes from their last match - only Leon Barnett and Thomas Rogne keeping their places.

  215. 1903: 

    It's conference season of course, and as well as Ed Miliband, there are plenty of managers hoping to make a big noise.

    Leaders Cambridge face second-placed Nuneaton in the highlight of a packed programme.

  216. 1900: 
    Aston Villa v Tottenham (1945 BST)

    Do we have any sympathy for Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas? He is facing his third game since Thursday tonight but let's face it - that's what squads are for.

    Among the players who didn't start at Cardiff on Sunday - and therefore would be 'fresh' to play tonight - are record signing Erik Lamela, Lewis Holtby, Sandro, Jermain Defoe, Emmanuel Adebayor, Younes Kaboul, Vlad Chiriches and Brad Friedel.

    I've seen worse reserve sides in my time...

  217. 1859: 

    Mashidur Miah: Hopefully the word 'cupset' can make its first appearance on on the live text commentary tonight!

    Paul Moore: Best chance of a cupset has to be Peterborough at Sunderland - chaos there at the moment...

    Russell Reynolds: Watford v Norwich could be entertaining. Both attacking teams with something to prove tonight.

  218. 1858: 
    Aston Villa v Tottenham (1945 BST)

    Marc Higginson reports: "The League Cup; the perfect chance to give the fringe players at top Premier League clubs a run-out. That might be the opinion of many top bosses, but not Spurs manager Andre Villa-Boas who has accused the Football League of "putting players' careers at risk" with its scheduling of the League Cup.

    "AVB is furious that this game comes just two days after Sunday's trip to Cardiff, and less than a week since a Europa League game.

    "How can a game be scheduled after two days, immediately putting careers at risk with injuries?" Villas-Boas asked.

    "Answers on a postcard to AVB, WHL, N LDN."

  219. 1857: 

    I wouldn't say that teams were taking the League Cup lightly - but Championship side Wigan have made nine changes...

  220. 1856: 
    LINE-UPS- Leicester v Derby (1945 BST)

    Leicester: Schmeichel, Moore, Wasilewski, Miquel, Bakayogo, Hammond, James, Drinkwater, Taylor-Fletcher, Hopper, Schlupp. Subs: De Laet, Konchesky, Whitbread, Dyer, Knockaert, Logan, Nugent.

    Derby: Grant, Freeman, Keogh, Buxton, Forsyth, Coutts, Bryson, Hughes, Russell, Sammon, Martin. Subs: Smith, Ward, Jacobs, Deeney, Eustace, Davies, Bennett.

    Referee: Dean Whitestone (Northamptonshire)

  221. 1855: 
    Sunderland v Peterborough (1945 BST)

    Aimee Lewis reports: "Kevin Ball is the man in the Sunderland dugout this evening and the Black Cats' development coach is an old hand at crisis management - taking charge for 10 games following Mick McCarthy's departure in 2006. "I enjoyed it last time and I hope I feel the same way about this one," Ball has said.

    "But League One Peterborough - scorers of 11 goals in their two League Cup matches this season - are capable of making Ball's second stint a far less enjoyable one."

  222. 1854: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Swindon v Chelsea (1945 BST)

    Veteran goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer gets a start for Chelsea, and there's also a place for Juan Mata and David Luiz. £30m forward Willian also gets a run out at the County Ground.

  223. 1853: 

    How will 'The Hatchet' fare tonight then? Where is our best shout of a Cupset? Which of our seven previous winners are set for an early exit? Will Juan Mata actually get a game?

    Let me know your League Cup musings. You can text in to 81111 (UK Only), as long as you put a name on it, or tweet us using the hashtag #bbcfootball.

  224. 1851: 
  225. 1849: 

    With seven previous winners on display this evening, there is plenty of League Cup pedigree for us to get excited about.

    There's a repeat of last season's FA Cup final as Ben Watson and co take on Manchester City at Eastlands, Paolo Di Canio's old club Swindon host Chelsea and West Ham face Cardiff at Upton Park for the second time in two months.

  226. 1847: 
    Sunderland v Peterborough (1945 BST)

    A home tie against League One opposition - should Sunderland be unduly worried about tonight's clash with Peterborough? Yes. Yes, of course they should.

    Not only have Sunderland only won five games in all competitions in 2013, they are up against a Peterborough side who make Kevin Keegan's Newcastle look conservative.

    Relegated from the Championship on the last day of the season despite clocking up a healthy 54 points, Posh have set about life in the third tier in style - smashing in 19 goals in their eight league games so far to lie in second place, only behind the seemingly unstoppable Orient Express.

  227. 1845: 
    Paolo Di Canio

    It's easy to say in hindsight, but the Sunderland-Paolo Di Canio love affair was never going to last was it?

    After a whirlwind relationship which lasted six months, 13 matches and three wins; saw 14 players come in and 12 shipped out; and started with the club in 16th place in the Premier League and ended rock bottom, Di Canio has gone.

    Exactly where the Black Cats turn next is a question which will rumble on, but first they have handed caretaker manager Kevin 'The Hatchet' Ball the reins for a very, very tricky League Cup tie against in-form Peterborough.

    You could say Ball has been given an underhit, bobbly 'hospital pass' here - but that was exactly what he relished as a player [see below]. He'll go in for any 50/50, starting with tonight.

    Kevin Ball

    Can the Black Cats see off Posh? It's one of 11 League Cup ties coming your way this evening

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