Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Capital One Cup: Wednesday round-up‏

by Thomas Davies.

Manchester United did just enough at Old Trafford to hold on and knock Liverpool out of the Capital One Cup in what was the headline act from Wednesday night's third round ties.
Elsewhere there were wins for Stoke and Newcastle, Arsenal prevailed in a penalty shootout with West Brom and Birmingham pulled off the shock of the round as they dumped holders Swansea out at St Andrew's.
David Moyes' charges went some way to exorcising the ghosts of Sunday's 4-1 league horror show at the hands of neighbours City, squeezing out their bitterest rivals 1-0 courtesy of a smart close-range finish from Javier Hernandez. Liverpool had chances to force extra time, but a combination of poor finishing and a sturdy United defence ultimately put paid to their efforts.
Premier League leaders Arsenal came back from the brink at the Hawthorns to secure a dramatic victory over West Brom after penalties. Goals from Thomas Eisfeld (Arsenal) and Saido Berahino (West Brom) meant the sides could not be separated after 120 minutes. When Gunners starlet Serge Gnabry's poor effort was saved it looked as though the hosts' goalkeeper Luke Daniels would be the hero of the night; but wayward attempts from Craig Dawson and Morgan Amalfitano allowed Spain international Nacho Monreal to step up and coolly seal the tie.
Newcastle enjoyed a comfortable 2-0 win over Leeds at St James's Park as Papiss Cisse netted for the first time since April. The Championship side had threatened to make a fist of it after Ross McCormack nudged the woodwork within the first five minutes, but they failed to push on and Yoan Gouffran's late strike settled matters.
Loanee Stephen Ireland bagged his first goal in almost two years as Stoke scraped past Tranmere 2-0 at Prenton Park. Despite dominating the first half, the Potters were second best after the interval and Peter Crouch's last-minute finish was met with as much relief as celebration by boss Mark Hughes.

But the biggest talking point of the night came from the Midlands as 2011 cup winners Birmingham humbled last season's champions Swansea. Michael Laudrup's men controlled proceedings in the first half, but quick-fire goals from Dan Bunn and Matt Green stunned the Welsh outfit after the break. Tom Adeyemi wrapped the result up with ten minutes left to make it 3-0; Wilfried Bony's late header proved nothing more than consolation.

Sunderland v Southampton
Leicester City v Fulham
Birmingham City v Stoke City
Manchester United v Norwich City
Burnley v West Ham United
Arsenal v Chelsea
Tottenham Hotspur v Hull City
Newcastle United v Manchester City

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