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By Caroline Cheese
2236: Ooh, meant to say: the draw for the Carling Cup is at lunchtime on Saturday, when we shall return with a rather drab looking Premier League fixture list. But hear this: Ipswich v Newcastle will be live on this website (UK only). Hurrah!
2233: There you go then. Sixteen Carling Cup ties, not a penalty shoot-out in sight. Only Barnsley, Peterborough and Scunthorpe are left to carry the non-Prem flag into the fourth round.
2230: FULL-TIME Man City 2-1 Fulham (AET)
2229: One minute of added time at the end of extra time. Mark Hughes looks at his watch and shakes his head.
2228: Craig Bellamy cuts the ball back for Carlos Tevez, who hammers a shot straight into Chris Baird's backside. Nasty.
2225: Chelski Dave on
wants to know how Joe Cole got on today. By all accounts, the England midfielder didn't exactly set the world on fire and was more than a little rusty. However, he played the full 90 minutes, which has got to be the main thing.
Wolves boss Mick McCarthy: "My assessment was that we weren't good enough to win it - we've been sat down, patted on the head and sent on our way. Nice old Wolves, come up, put on a show, but don't upset the apple cart. It annoys me."
Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson: "You can't argue with the red card, but Fabio is only 18 and this experience will help him grow. Even before we went down to 10 men, Wolves were a threat on the counter-attack, but for the last hour we kept our discipline and that was very pleasing. That never-say-die attitude runs through this club and the goal was of magnificent quality."
Man City goal: Relief for City. Martin Petrov delivers an inswinging corner and Kolo Toure heads in from close range.
2216: It's half-time in extra-time at Eastlands, by the way. It's still 1-1.
O'Neill on Nigel Reo-Coker's continued absence from the squad: "I have nothing to say at this moment. You can stay on Reo-Coker watch. I wouldn't read much into his absence tonight."
Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill: "It was a tough evening for us. I expected that. We got off to a great start and I was hoping we would be able to pressurise them a bit more and get the second goal, but Cardiff played very well. They were never out of the game."
2211: At this point, I would like to cut to penalties please. Wayne Bridge crosses for Carlos Tevez, who heads straight at the keeper.
2208: Some City fans are upset because I called their side "full-strength". Sincere apologies, I should have described it as "strongest available".
2204: I would imagine that's the first time a Chelsea-QPR game has been described as "pleasant". Not much to report from Eastlands... but as I type, sub Vladimir Weiss wastes a decent chance for City.
Chelsea assistant Ray Wilkins: "It was a good west London derby. It was very pleasant."
2157: Extra time is under way at Eastlands.
Everton assistant Steve Round: "A good performance in the first half and we're really pleased for Yakubu. He had a really bad injury and he's starting to look like the player we know he can be."
2152: Don't go anywhere. Extra time at Eastlands coming up after a full-strength City are held by a much-changed Fulham side.
2152: FULL-TIME Man City 1-1 Fulham
2152: FULL-TIME Man Utd 1-0 Wolves
2151: Shaun Wright-Phillips' shot is deflected wide for a last-gasp Manchester City corner... and they win another one from it... Fulham eventually clear.
2149: Big close-up on the board showing extra time at Old Trafford. Don't know why. Three minutes of added time, and the same at Eastlands.
From collie21 on 606:
"Commentator just said Wolves are better with Kevin Doyle on. That has been Mick McCarthy's problem forever. Not knowing his best 11 to start a game with. His teams always play a better second half than first half, always..."
2142: Still going at Old Trafford and Eastlands, where we are heading for extra time as it stands. United have seven minutes - plus added time (ahem) - to hang on. Joshua King has come on for Fergie's side. He's Norwegian, and better than Federico Macheda apparently.
2138: FULL-TIME Preston 1-5 Tottenham
2137: FULL-TIME Aston Villa 1-0 Cardiff
2137: FULL-TIME Hull 0-4 Everton
Spurs goal: Preston caught in possession again and this time Robbie Keane spreads the play to Aaron Lennon on the left. He crosses for Peter Crouch to backheel volley in his hat-trick. Yes, a backheel volley. Spurs score five away from home for the second round running.
2136: GOAL Preston 1-5 Tottenham
2134: FULL-TIME Chelsea 1-0 QPR
2133: Wolves sub Kevin Doyle cuts in from the right and slams a shot in at the near post, which Tomasz Kuszczak does well to hold.
Spurs goal: Tom Huddlestone steals possession in midfield, and as he charges forward, the Preston defence fall apart. He sets up Robbie Keane, who finishes with the outside of his foot.
2132: GOAL Preston 1-4 Tottenham
Preston goal: And that's a lovely move from Preston. Velice Shumulikoski plays in Neil Mellor, who squares for fellow sub Chris Brown to sweep home a deserved goal for the hosts.
2128: GOAL Preston 1-3 Tottenham
From a still hopeful Pam, via text on 81111: "Re 1911: My £50 is history. Possibly."
Man Utd goal: Devastating one-touch passing from United. Danny Welbeck plays a swift one-two with Michael Owen after being set up by Michael Carrick and the young striker slots it past Marcus Hahnemann.
2124: GOAL Man Utd 1-0 Wolves
Spurs goal: Preston give the ball away in midfield and Wilson Palacios plays in Aaron Lennon, who squares for Peter Crouch to wrap up victory for the 2008 and 2009 finalists.
2121: GOAL Preston 0-3 Tottenham
2120: Could do with a goal... Yes, I'm particularly looking at you, Old Trafford.
2116: More Deepdale drama. Bad Heurelho Gomes this time as he waves an arm at Ross Wallace's shot and sees the rebound go to Jon Parkin, who appeals for a penalty as he goes to ground. Not given.
2114: Oh my goodness me, that is a save. Heurelho Gomes flies through the air to stop Ross Wallace's ferocious free-kick finding the top corner. The Spurs keeper has made some stunning stops today.
2111: From Michael Kightly's corner, Christophe Berra heads over from six yards for Wolves. Should have done better.
City goal: Craig Bellamy delivers the corner from the left and keeper David Stockdale completely misses it, allowing Gareth Barry to head in at the back post.
2110: GOAL Man City 1-1 Fulham
From Rupert via text on 81111: "Is it unkind to point out that since Phil Neville got injured, Everton have scored 11 goals and conceded none?"
From TorreSamK9 on Twitter:
"Valencia aside, MU's bench looks weak today. Nani and Owen are the only real proven goalscorers. A test of their resolve."
2105: Back under way in the second half at Old Trafford and Eastlands.
Everton goal: Jonny Heitinga delivers a free-kick for Leon Osman to tap in Everton's fourth. Run away, Phil Brown, run away now.
2101: GOAL Hull 0-4 Everton
2101: MISSED PENALTY Gabor Gyepes bundles over Stiliyan Petrov, but James Milner hits the post with his penalty and it stays Villa 1-0 Cardiff.
2101: PENALTY TO VILLA
From Nick at Hamburg Rathaus Oktoberfest via text on 81111: "Re 2045: Reaction to Gary Neville's slice must be worth five mins of extra Fergie time if MU are still drawing on 90 mins!"
Chelsea goal: Deadlock broken, and some relief for the Premier League side. Salomon Kalou beats the QPR offside trap and shoots across the face of Tom Heaton and into the corner.
2054: GOAL Chelsea 1-0 QPR
2051: Getting under way in the four earlier kick-offs. Two games going to extra-time as it stands.
2050: Chelsea will be bringing on Frank Lampard for the second half, but it's one of their first-teamers who will make way. Florent Malouda has picked up a knock.
2048: HALF-TIME Man City 0-1 Fulham
2047: HALF-TIME Man Utd 0-0 Wolves
2047: Mmm. It's fair to say there are plenty of non-United fans enjoying replays of Gary Neville's shocker. His face when Jones balloons the ball over is a picture.
2045: Oops. Gary Neville completely slices his clearance and it turns into a perfect pass for David Jones, who is so surprised by Neville's horror moment, he shoots miles high.
From Lee in Wellingborough via text on 81111: "Chelsea kids are playing well. Let's hope they keep it up as they could be the future during the ban."
2040: Someone texts in to defend Fabio: "He just fell and tried to get up." And as he was trying to get up, he somehow threw himself in the direction of Kightly's legs. Very unfortunate.
Fulham goal: Fulham wait 37 minutes to have their first shot on goal - and it's an absolute belter as Zoltan Gera catches a half-volley from 25 yards to perfection, the ball rocketing past Shay Given in the City goal. Yikes.
2037: GOAL Man City 0-1 Fulham
2036: Evenly matched at Stamford Bridge by all accounts. Not so at the KC, where Hull have been completely overrun by Everton.
2034: Gary Neville crosses from the right, but Michael Owen's finish is tame. Let-off for Wolves.
2034: HALF-TIME Preston 0-2 Tottenham
2033: Preston striker Jon Parkin unleashes a 20-yard thunderbolt on the half-volley, athletically tipped over by Heurelho Gomes. Like I said, Preston have had their chances.
2033: HALF-TIME Hull 0-3 Everton
2033: HALF-TIME Aston Villa 1-0 Cardiff
2032: HALF-TIME Chelsea 0-0 QPR
Oh dear, oh dear. No doubt about that one. Fabio slips as he chases Michael Kightly, and then decides to rugby-tackle the Wolves forward to the ground. David Jones takes the resulting free-kick, which Tomasz Kuszczak has to push away for a corner.
2028: RED CARD Man Utd (Fabio)
From Harvey, Bolton fan, via text on 81111: "To Phil in Hull (see below), we'll swap you: Brown for Megson!"
Spurs goal: Preston have had their chances - but they're surely out of this now. Jermaine Jenas threads the pass through for Jermain Defoe, whose quick feet take him away from two defenders. His initial shot is saved by Andy Lonergan but the England striker nods in the rebound.
2024: GOAL Preston 0-2 Tottenham
2021: Thanks everyone. Apparently, City and United were at home on the same night last December - which isn't that long ago actually. And to those of you wondering why Daniel Sturridge isn't playing for Chelsea tonight. He has an Achilles injury. Anything else troubling you?
From Phil in Hull, via text on 81111: "Goodbye Phil Brown. You have to go now before it's too late."
2016: Preston go close to an equaliser in a closely-matched game against Spurs. Jon Parkin's 20-yard shot is spectacularly saved by Heurelho Gomes. At Old Trafford, it's also an open game, with both teams going for it. Wolves striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake has come closest with a turn and shot, which dipped inches over the bar.
Everton goal: More doom and gloom for Phil Brown and his men. Hull's defence leave Dan Gosling in acres of space in the area and he takes full advantage, putting Everton in complete control at the KC.
2011: GOAL Hull 0-3 Everton
2010: Lots of you want to know the last time United and City played at home on the same day. I only wish I knew the answer.
Everton goal: Diniyar Bilyaletdinov is the provider again - which is great news for him, not such a boost for me. Jo heads in Everton's second from close range.
2006: GOAL Hull 0-2 Everton
From Phil W from the KC Stadium: "Brilliant finish by Yakubu. Yak is bak!"
2003: Giovani dos Santos cannot continue for Spurs after that earlier challenge by Ross Wallace. His replacement is Aaron Lennon, which isn't bad I suppose.
2003: The games in Manchester are under way. Feels odd writing that.
Spurs goal: Gareth Bale is unmarked on the left and has time to measure his cross for Peter Crouch, who stretches a leg out to volley in at the far post.
2000: GOAL Preston 0-1 Tottenham
From anon via text on 81111: "What a brilliant day, tickets were being sold for five pounds today for the Man City match, bagged one, and Mark Hughes names a full strength team, amazing!"
Everton goal: Diniyar Bilyaletdinov sets up Yakubu, who curls the finish inside the post for a goal on his first start in 10 months.
1957: GOAL Hull 0-1 Everton
1955: Billy Jones's header is well saved by Spurs keeper Heurelho Gomes. On the break, Giovani dos Santos is clattered from behind by Ross Wallace as he dances down the right wing. Nothing from the free-kick though.
From Chris in Manchester via text on 81111: "I am the only United fan who regrets Owen's goal against City on Sunday. I was at the ground and jumped up to celebrate but so did the fella next to me, dislocating my right shoulder. I fainted and went to hospital to have it popped back in. Owen owes me."
1952: Giovani dos Santos goes close for Spurs, turning beautifully before powering a shot onto the bar.
1952: TEAM NEWS Man Utd v Wolves Sir Alex Ferguson opts for an entirely different Manchester United side for the visit of Wolves, though he is still able to field eight internationals, with Michael Owen, Nani, Wes Brown and Tomasz Kuszczak all starting. For Wolves, former Old Trafford trainee Sylvan Ebanks-Blake lines up against his former side.
1951: TEAM NEWS Man City v Fulham Man City boss Mark Hughes turns the form book on its head - by only making one change from the team that lost 4-3 to Man Utd on Sunday, with Pablo Zabaleta coming in for Micah Richards at right-back. Fulham manager Roy Hodgson predictably names a totally different XI, with Simon Davies skippering the side.
Villa goal: John Carew provides the cross for Gabby Agbonlahor to produce a lovely, flicked finish. Four goals in four games for the England wannabe.
1949: GOAL Aston Villa 1-0 Cardiff
1949: TEAMS Man City v Fulham Man City: Given, Zabaleta, Toure, Lescott, Bridge, Wright-Phillips, De Jong, Barry, Ireland, Tevez, Bellamy. Subs: Taylor, Garrido, Sylvinho, Petrov, Vidal, Weiss, Ball. Fulham: Stockdale, Stoor, Baird, Smalling, Kelly, Davies, Greening, Riise, Gera, Seol, Eddie Johnson. Subs: Zuberbuhler, Watts, Saunders, Dikgacoi, Elm, Anderson, Smith.
1948: Off we go in those four quarter-to kick-offs.
1947: TEAMS Man Utd v Wolverhampton Man Utd: Kuszczak, Neville, Brown, Jonathan Evans, Fabio Da Silva, Welbeck, Carrick, Gibson, Nani, Owen, Macheda. Subs: Amos, Ferdinand, Tosic, Valencia, De Laet, King, Eikrem. Wolverhampton: Hahnemann, Foley, Berra, Craddock, Elokobi, Kightly, Castillo, Henry, David Jones, Ebanks-Blake, Maierhofer. Subs: Ikeme, Keogh, Halford, Milijas, Zubar, Hill, Doyle.
1943: We are still waiting for full line-ups from the Manchesters City and United. Those games don't kick off until 8pm though, so don't panic.
1940: You know the 'Owen has just scored to make it 5-3 against City' joke, and variations thereof? Yeah, it was funny the first time wasn't it?
1937: Nigel Reo-Coker must still be in the dog house. He doesn't feature in Aston Villa's matchday squad to face Cardiff. Brad Guzan, Fabian Delph, Nicky Shorey, Habib Beye and Craig Gardner all start. Ex-Villa trio Peter Enckelman, Peter Whittingham and Riccardo Scimeca are in Cardiff's side.
1934: TEAM NEWS Hull v Everton Hull boss Phil Brown makes nine - yes nine - changes from the side that lost to Birmingham last Saturday. Matt Duke, Bernard Mendy, Liam Cooper, Peter Halmosi, Nick Barmby, George Boateng, Nicky Featherstone, Tom Cairney and Kamel Ghilas are the players to come in, while Kamil Zayatte and Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink must have done something wrong as they keep their places. Everton have merely tinkered in reply. Russian midfielder Diniyar Bilyaletdinov starts along with Dan Gosling, Tony Hibbert, Jo and Yakubu as Joseph Yobo, Tim Cahill, Steven Pienaar, Marouane Fellaini and Louis Saha stand aside.
1932: TEAM NEWS Preston v Tottenham Preston are without suspended defender Neill Collins so Youl Mawene partners Liam Chilvers in the centre of defence. Chris Brown and Neil Mellor started against Coventry on Saturday but Jon Parkin and Stephen Elliott lead the line against Tottenham. Spurs make seven changes from the team that lost 3-0 to Chelsea on Sunday, with Michael Dawson and Gareth Bale returning from injury. Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe start in attack, while Giovani dos Santos and David Bentley make rare starts.
1929: TEAM NEWS Chelsea v QPR Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has got to grips with the Carling Cup in double quick time, handing three full debuts in a much-changed line-up. Yuri Zhirkov, an £18m summer signing from CSKA Moscow, makes his first start, alongside youngsters Sam Hutchinson and Fabio Borini. Meanwhile, Joe Cole captains the side on his long-awaited return. QPR must be really going for it as they make just the two changes for their trip to Stamford Bridge. Keeper Tom Heaton, on loan from Man United, makes his second Rangers appearance, while Argentine midfielder Alejandro Faurlin comes in for the cup-tied Ben Watson.
From George, London, via text on 81111: "Yes only a Carling Cup game, but actually more excited than i have been all season! Cole, Zhirkov, Ferreira back. We finally have a full squad!
1923: TEAMS Chelsea v QPR Chelsea: Hilario, Ivanovic, Paulo Ferreira, Hutchinson, Belletti, Malouda, Zhirkov, Mikel, Joe Cole, Borini, Kalou. Subs: Turnbull, Ashley Cole, Essien, Lampard, Matic, Terry, Bruma. QPR: Heaton, Borrowdale, Stewart, Leigertwood, Gorkss, Routledge, Rowlands, Faurlin, Buzsaky, Vine, Simpson. Subs: Cerny, Ramage, Mahon, Agyemang, Pellicori, Ephraim, Taarabt.
1921: Preston's players take to the pitch at Deepdale wearing T-shirts protesting about the possibility of the National Football Museum moving to Manchester. The idea of moving the museum is described by my colleague as "one of the most scandalous moves in the history of mankind". He's from Preston.
1919: TEAMS Aston Villa v Cardiff Aston Villa: Guzan, Beye, Cuellar, Collins, Shorey, Milner, Delph, Petrov, Gardner, Agbonlahor, Carew. Subs: Friedel, Sidwell, Dunne, Albrighton, Delfouneso, Warnock, Clark. Cardiff: Enckelman, Matthews, Gyepes, Gerrard, Capaldi, Burke, Ledley, Scimeca, Rae, Whittingham, Bothroyd. Subs: Marshall, Hudson, Chopra, Quinn, Comminges, Wildig, Magennis.
1917: Manchester United make just the 11 changes tonight, while Chelsea give full debuts to Sam Hutchinson and Fabio Borini as well as Yuri Zhirkov. Ah, the magic of the Carling Cup.
From Nickdp13 on 606:
"Don't underestimate Wolves tonight . Some big names are coming back from injury and may play a part tonight, Kightly, Ebanks-Blake and a full debut for 'The Hoff' Stefan Meirhofer."
1911: On with the Carling Cup third round... Not many upsets last night, save for Championship strugglers Barnsley knocking out last year's semi-finalists Burnley, so can Cardiff, QPR and Preston spring a surprise tonight? Give me a shout on 81111, on
From Pam, who may be £50 down by 10pm, via text on 81111: "Man Utd are going to win 9-2 tonight, I've got £50 on it!"
1904: Now, if you're not fully up to speed with the not-so-extraordinary story of Sol Campbell going to Notts County, playing one game, realising that League Two football is actually a bit of a grind, and then leaving again, there's some
fine video content for your perusal on this website
- including Campbell posing for a team photo hours before slinging his hook.
1900: Keisha from the Sugababes, Dave from Chas 'n' Dave, Sol Campbell from Notts County: it's been a week of shock exits... oh wait, you know where I'm going with this, don't you?
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