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Carling Cup as it happened

GOALFLASHES AND MAJOR INCIDENTS (all times BST)

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By Jonathan Stevenson

2235: It's game over for me too, time to wish you sweet dreams of cup success, don't forget to come back tomorrow when Cheesy will be in the chair. And if it's goals you want, The Carling Cup Show is on BBC One and this website at 2245 on Wednesday. Sleep well.

From shantul on 606: "If you believe the tabloids, Fabio Capello has recommended Gary Cahill to both AC Milan and Juventus."

2232: Full-time Bolton 3-1 West Ham (aet)

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
2229: GOAL Bolton 3-1 West Ham
Swede dreams for Bolton fans tonight as goal-shy Scandinavian striker Johan Elmander wraps things up with a close-range tap-in.

2228: Is everyone still having fun? Couple of minutes left at Bolton and we're done. Arsenal, Barnsley, Portsmouth, Liverpool, Blackburn, Peterborough, Scunthorpe, Stoke and Sunderland are already in the hat.

2225: Alessandro Diamanti goes close for West Ham, while Bolton's Johan Elmander slots wide for the hosts. Still 2-1 Bolton, not long left.

From Anon, via text on 81111: "Gary Cahill is one of the most composed, intelligent and reliable defenders in the Premier League. How does Fabio Capello not see this?"

2218: Just one match left to decide now and it's Bolton 2-1 West Ham with about 12 minutes remaining in extra-time. Johan Elmander sees an effort bundled away from under the Hammers' bar as Bolton attempt to wrap things up.

2216: Full-time Scunthorpe 2-0 Port Vale (aet)

2214: Incidentally, the draw for the last 16 of the Carling Cup will be made sometime around lunchtime on Saturday, I'm led to believe.

2211: There are four minutes left at Scunthorpe 2-0 Port Vale, meanwhile Bolton's Fabrice Muamba forces a save from West Ham keeper Robert Green at the Reebok with an effort from 30 yards.

From RememberScarborough on 606: "Gary Cahill from 30 yards!! Somebody tell Fabio Capello there's a centre-half who knows how to defend and is a class ball player as well."

2206: It's still Scunthorpe 2-0 Port Vale in the only other game that went to extra-time tonight. Not that long to go at Glanford Park.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
2204: GOAL Bolton 2-1 West Ham
The Trotters have taken the lead with 96 minutes on the clock and it's England squad man Gary Cahill who has got it, slamming in an unstoppable shot from the edge of the West Ham box.

From Jimbo Hammers on 606: "That is the last thing we need, extra-time! With a tough fixture away at Man City next Monday it's hardly ideal."
In six days' time? Behave.

2158: For those of you shouting on 606, there is indeed a highlights programme with all the Carling Cup goals on. The League Cup Show is on BBC One and on this website at 2245 BST on Wednesday. Now just everyone calm down.

2154: So, they're well into extra-time at Scunthorpe, with the hosts leading Port Vale 2-0, and they are now playing the extra period at Bolton too, with the Trotters and West Ham level at 1-1.

From Richard, Leeds, via text on 81111: "Very good effort by the mighty Leeds. Shows how far we have come in such a short time. Onwards and upwards."

2149: Full-time Barnsley 3-2 Burnley

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
2148: GOAL Scunthorpe 2-0 Port Vale
Suddenly the Iron have found their form and this time it's Grant McCann who doubles the lead. Surely Vale's brilliant Carling Cup run is coming to an end now?

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
2145: GOAL Bolton 1-1 West Ham
Heartbreaker for fans of the Hammers and fans of games that finish on 90 minutes as Kevin Davies levels the scores with only four minutes of normal time remaining.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
2143: GOAL Scunthorpe 1-0 Port Vale
Goal in extra-time and it's a lucky one as the Iron go in front on 92 minutes as the ball hits Paul Hayes and flies into the Vale net.

2142: Full-time Nott'm Forest 0-1 Blackburn

2141: Full-time Peterborough 2-0 Newcastle

2141: Full-time Arsenal 2-0 West Brom

2141: Full-time Carlisle 1-3 Portsmouth

2139: Full-time Stoke 4-3 Blackpool

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
2138: GOAL Stoke 4-3 Blackpool
Truly astonishing scenes at the Britannia. Stoke have surely won it in the fifth minute of added time, as Andy Griffin cuts inside and fires home. Heartbreak for Ian Holloway and his boys.

2137: Full-time Leeds 0-1 Liverpool

2136: Dele Adebola's goalbound header is cleared off the Blackburn line by his own Forest team-mate Robert Earnshaw. Oh for the love of...

2135: Full-time Sunderland 2-0 Birmingham

2132: Remember, we play to a finish tonight - and if that means extra-time and penalty kicks, then so be it.

From Lloyd in Potters Bar, via text on 81111: "See 2115: Congratulations Stevo, you've managed to successfully kill the 'Watt' joke within five seconds of him making a name for himself."

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
2127: GOAL Barnsley 3-2 Burnley
Anderson De Silva cuts the ball back for Hugo Colace and he slots in at a presumably potty Oakwell to give the Tykes the lead in yet another thriller between Prem and Champo.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
2124: GOAL Stoke 3-3 Blackpool
Holy... four goals in seven mental minutes at Stoke and the Champo team are back on level terms thanks to a Ben Burgess header. Incredible.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
2123: GOAL Arsenal 2-0 West Brom
After Mark Randall's chip comes back off the bar, Mexican striker Carlos Vela pounces to put the Gunners in control.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
2122: GOAL Stoke 3-2 Blackpool
What a comeback from Stoke, as Ricardo Fuller hands them the lead for the first time in the game. Sensational stuff.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
2120: GOAL Stoke 2-2 Blackpool
Liam Lawrence sends over a cross at the Britannia Stadium and Matthew Etherington flicks a header into the Blackpool net. What a game.

2120: Oh for crying out loud. Forest are handed a lifeline as Steven Reid handles in the Blackburn box, but Dexter Blackstock sees his penalty saved by Jason Brown.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
2118: GOAL Bolton 0-1 West Ham
The Hammers take the lead as a woeful corner is allowed to bobble in the Bolton box and Herita Ilunga scrambles it in.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
2117: GOAL Stoke 1-2 Blackpool
The Premier League team are back in it now as Matty Etherington swings over a corner and Danny Higginbotham heads home.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
2115: GOAL Arsenal 1-0 West Brom
Watt happened? I mean, Watt just happened? No, come on. Carlos Vela's shot is too hot for Dean Kiely to handle and Sanchez Watt (what?) is on hand to convert the rebound. Watt fun we'll have with this boy.

From Zippy, George and Bungle on 606: "Even if Leeds lose this one, they'll go out knowing they've completely outplayed one of the Premier League's top 10 sides. Superb performance by the boys from Emmerdale."

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
2110: GOAL Carlisle 1-3 Portsmouth
Game over now. Aruna Dindane is given far too much space in the Carlisle box and his cross is converted by Anthony Vanden Borre.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
2107: GOAL Leeds 0-1 Liverpool
I'd just told everyone in the office that David Ngog is rubbish - too easy. The French striker controls Javier Mascherano's mis-hit shot from outside the box, turns neatly and slots a shot into the far corner from about 10 yards. Wish I was that rubbish.

2105: Bradley Johnson fastens on to a pass down the Leeds left and sends over a cross - it's just behind Jermaine Beckford, so the striker hooks it over his head and a couple of inches over the bar. Close.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
2104: GOAL Barnsley 2-2 Burnley
Back to level pegging at Oakwell as Fernando Guerrero goes on a dribble and tees up Chris Eagles to tap in from close range.

Red card
2101: RED CARD Danny Guthrie (Newcastle)
Just about game over at London Road there, with Guthrie shown a second yellow card for a foul on George Boyd. Peterborough still lead 2-0.

2057: Stoke have a golden chance to get a goal back against Blackpool, but Liam Lawrence sees his penalty saved by Matthew Gilks.

2056: Jermaine Beckford should have scored for Leeds. He latches on to a giant goalkick from Shane Higgs and runs between Sotirios Kyrgiakos and Jamie Carragher, but his shot is weak and straight at Diego Cavalieri from six yards.

2055: Seems Valiants' fans are steel going on about their wins over the Sheffield boys... meanwhile at Leeds, a certain Steven Gerrard begins his warm-up.

From samwelopvfc on 606: "Port Vale are holding their own against Scunthorpe... they deserve to be in the next round after beating both Sheffield teams comfortably!"

From Will, via text on 81111: "Cracking game at Oakwell, Barnsley started to come into it more and more after the rapid equaliser. Come on you Reds!"

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
2049: GOAL Stoke 0-2 Blackpool
Oh my, the Champo team have a two-goal lead in the Sir Stanley Matthews derby now as Billy Clarke heads in from a David Vaughan cross. Unbelievable.

2049: Back under way at Leeds 0-0 Liverpool.

2048: It's half-time in the Bolton 0-0 West Ham game, and bad news for Burnley - they're are not only losing, but they've lost keeper Brian Jensen and striker Martin Paterson through injury, too. Could this season's competition be the beginning of the end for the Clarets, the very opposite of last term?

2045: Apparently West Brom's Jerome Thomas was sent off for more of a slap than a push on young Jack Wilshere at Arsenal, which seems a little silly in the context of the night.

From LinvoysHaircut on 606: "Pompey are winning! Excuse me while I see to my nose bleed. On a serious note, Dindane looks like he could be a handful in the Premier League."

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
2038: GOAL Barnsley 2-1 Burnley
The Tykes take the lead and it's a cracker to get them there, ex-Everton midfielder Anderson De Silva firing into the Clarets' net from fully 25 yards.

From Nigel in Carlisle, via text on 81111: "Carlisle player brought down from behind in box, penalty given but no action against Portsmouth player. Portsmouth player raised hand, slapped Carlisle player in face, no action against Portsmouth player. Answers on a postcard!"

2032: It wouldn't be that surprising if half-time whistles were blowing around the country right about now. Not at the Reebok, though, where it's still Bolton 0-0 West Ham and they'll carry on for a while yet.

2029: Golden chance for Liverpool at Elland Road as Fabio Aurelio's free-kick finds Albert Riera unmarked six yards out, but his header enables Shane Higgs to make the save for Leeds. Still 0-0.

Someone has struck the woodwork
2028: Robert Earnshaw crashes a 25-yard free-kick against the Blackburn crossbar as Forest go close to a leveller at the City Ground.

Red card
2026: RED CARD Jerome Thomas (West Brom)
The ex-Arsenal trainee lasts only 37 minutes against his former club, receiving his marching orders from ref Lee Mason for a push on Jack Wilshere.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
2025: GOAL Stoke 0-1 Blackpool
Advantage to the Championship side. Stoke's defence backs off and David Vaughan wallops a 25-yarder into the home side's net to give the in-form Seasiders the lead.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
2023: GOAL Nott'm Forest 0-1 Blackburn
Against the run of play big time, but Rovers have settled and they make Forest pay for their profligacy, Benni McCarthy's free-kick from 25 yards eluding everyone in the area and flying into the net.

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 live's Mark Lawrenson: "I'm impressed with Leeds, they've really tried to get the ball down and play. Robert Snodgrass is causing Andrea Dossena all kinds of problems down the Liverpool left - the full-back doesn't know whether it is New York or new year right now."

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
2019: GOAL Carlisle 1-2 Portsmouth
What a turnaround at Brunton Park - Pompey are now ahead, as Hassan Yebda's cross is flicked into the net via the head of Danny Webber, bagging his first for the club in the process.

From Phil W, Emirates, via text on 81111: "Arsenal playing poorly, Wilshere looking a shadow compared to his potential, let's hope some things improve - good noise from the West Brom fans, though."

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
2016: GOAL Peterborough 2-0 Newcastle
Advantage doubled at London Road, too. George Boyd tees up Tom Williams and he fires past Tim Krul at his near post.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
2013: GOAL Carlisle 1-1 Portsmouth
Massive goal for Paul Hart. John Utaka fails to control a long ball and it falls for Aruna Dindane, who fires in after his first shot is saved.

2012: What a week for former Preston strikers. First David Nugent, now Jon Macken. Whatever next - David Healy coming off the bench to bag for Sunderland?

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
2010: GOAL Barnsley 1-1 Burnley
Parity restored for the Championship and just 88 seconds after Burnley take the lead, Barnsley are back on level terms. Iain Hume's header comes off the post but Jon Macken is there to bundle in the rebound.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
2008: GOAL Barnsley 0-1 Burnley
Advantage Premier League as Brian Jensen's long punt out finds Steven Fletcher, who drills in from outside the Tykes' penalty area.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
2007: GOAL Sunderland 2-0 Birmingham
The Black Cats' double their lead, as Andy Reid sets up Fraizer Campbell and Birmingham now have a mountain to climb.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
2004: GOAL Peterborough 1-0 Newcastle
Posh get exactly what they deserve for a fine start and it's Craig Mackail-Smith who gets on the scoresheet with a slightly fortuitous header, but a goal nonetheless.

2003: Forest have started well at the City Ground, with the pacy Nathan Tyson causing Blackburn's Michel Salgado a few problems. A free-kick drops to the enormous Wes Morgan, but he lashes wide.

From we_have_chas_n_dave on 606: "Re 1943: Stevo, I feel my username is somewhat redundant now! Any ideas on a new one?"
People...?

1958: Leeds have the ball in the Liverpool net - but it's ruled offside. Lubomir Michalik heads a corner goalwards and Jermaine Beckford flicks it over the line, with Luciano Beccio trying to apply the finishing touch - but one of the two front men is adjudged offside.

1956: Good movement from Robert Snodgrass down the Leeds' right and his inch-perfect cross finds Michael Doyle unmarked, eight yards out - only for the on-loan midfielder to head wide. Glaring.

1955: Peterborough have hit the crossbar at home against Newcastle, while West Brom have started brightly at Arsenal.

From Ted, via text on 81111: "Stevo, I'll rise to the Arsenal bait. The answer is yes, we would like to win the Carling Cup, but our main pleasure in the competition is to see what the kids can do. Does that devalue the competition overall? No. In fact, Arsenal's policy attracts interest."

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
1950: GOAL Carlisle 1-0 Portsmouth
Sadly for Pompey fans, this probably isn't much of a shock. Aaron Mokoena fouls Joe Anyinsah and former Leeds free-kick legend Ian Harte rifles in the penalty kick.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
1949: GOAL Sunderland 1-0 Birmingham
Jordan Henderson
slams a left-foot shot into the bottom corner to give the hosts the lead at the Stadium of Light.

1948: Leeds have started in lively fashion and Robert Snodgrass sends over a cross that Diego Cavalieri catches with ease. No goals yet - anywhere.

1946: They are under way at Elland Road, and probably not far off in eight other games too. Bolton v West Ham is the only 2000 BST kick-off tonight.

1945: Bolton v West Ham line-ups:
Bolton:
Jaaskelainen, Ricketts, Cahill, Knight, Samuel, Taylor, Muamba, McCann, Gardner, Kevin Davies, Klasnic.
Subs: Al Habsi, Elmander, Steinsson, Mark Davies, Cohen, Lee, Andrew O'Brien.
West Ham: Green, Spector, Kovac, Tomkins, Ilunga, Dyer, Parker, Noble, Da Costa, Diamanti, Hines.
Subs: Kurucz, Cole, Faubert, Nouble, Payne, Edgar, N'Gala.
Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)

1943: Fans of brilliant foreigners singing ridiculous lines in 1980s FA Cup final songs (isn't that all of us?) will be heartbroken tonight with the news that tune legends Chas & Dave have split after 35 years together. All together now: "In de Cup for Totting-ham..."

1940: Remember, remember the last time Leeds beat Liverpool at Elland Road? It's a safe bet Mark Viduka does, as the Australian unit crashed home four goals as the hosts fought back to win a seven-goal thriller. Settle for similar net-bulging scenes tonight.

1939: Barnsley v Burnley line-ups:
Barnsley:
Preece, Kozluk, Moore, Foster, Julian Gray, De Silva, Colace, Butterfield, Hammill, Macken, Hume.
Subs: Rusling, Bogdanovic, Devaney, Sodje, El Haimour, Heslop, Thompson.
Burnley: Jensen, Eckersley, Carlisle, Bikey, Kalvenes, Eagles, McDonald, Gudjonsson, Guerrero, Steven Fletcher, Paterson.
Subs: Penny, Duff, Elliott, Edgar, Rodriguez, Blake, Easton.
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)

From Jinadine on 606: "Stevo, if by some miracle Forest make it to the final, will you get to go to Wembley? Or will the BBC force you to do the live text updates for the final instead?"
Haha. Do you think they'd let me, pal??!!

1933: Stevo's Carling Cup Predos:
Arsenal 3-2 West Brom
Barnsley 1-0 Burnley
Bolton 1-1 West Ham (you can't predo penos)
Carlisle 1-2 Portsmouth
Leeds 1-2 Liverpool
Nott'm Forest 1-2 Blackburn
Peterborough 1-2 Newcastle
Scunthorpe 1-0 Port Vale
Stoke 1-1 Blackpool (see above)
Sunderland 1-0 Birmingham

From Tomo, via text on 81111: "Need a win at Helland Road, Stevo, got a couple of fivers riding on this with two daft Leeds-based work colleagues, glad Rafa's taking it serious. Predict 70 mins and Gerrard comes on to bail us out."

1928: Nott'm Forest v Blackburn line-ups:
Nott'm Forest:
Smith, Gunter, Morgan, Wilson, Lynch, Cohen, Garner, McKenna, Tyson, Earnshaw, Blackstock.
Subs: Camp, Chambers, Anderson, McGugan, Adebola, McGoldrick, Moussi.
Blackburn: Brown, Salgado, Nelsen, Jones, Olsson, Emerton, Nzonzi, Reid, Hoilett, McCarthy, Kalinic.
Subs: Fielding, Jacobsen, Andrews, Doran, Van Heerden, Gunning, Chimbonda.
Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)

1927: Stoke v Blackpool line-ups:
Stoke:
Simonsen, Wilkinson, Cort, Higginbotham, Griffin, Lawrence, Arismendi, Pugh, Soares, Sanli, Beattie.
Subs: Sorensen, Fuller, Kitson, Tonge, Etherington, Shotton, Dickinson.
Blackpool: Gilks, Baptiste, Edwards, Eastham, Martin, Clarke, Bangura, Adam, Emmanuel-Thomas, Vaughan, Burgess.
Subs: Halstead, Crainey, Southern, Eardley, Ormerod, Bouazza, Euell.
Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)

1925: Scunthorpe v Port Vale line-ups:
Scunthorpe:
Murphy, Spence, Mirfin, Canavan, Williams, Sparrow, O'Connor, Josh Wright, McCann, Hayes, Forte.
Subs: Slocombe, Andrew Wright, Togwell, Byrne, Woolford, Morris, Boyes.
Port Vale: Martin, Owen, McCombe, Collins, Stockley, Kris Taylor, Loft, Fraser, Griffith, Haldane, Richards.
Subs: Lloyd-Weston, Yates, Robert Taylor, Howland, McCrory, Richman, Dodds.
Referee: Steve Tanner (Somerset)

1923: Arsenal v West Brom line-ups:
Arsenal:
Szczesny, Gilbert, Senderos, Silvestre, Traore, Wilshere, Coquelin, Ramsey, Gibbs, Sunu, Watt.
Subs: Shea, Vela, Barazite, Bartley, Eastmond, Frimpong, Randall.
West Brom: Kiely, Zuiverloon, Olsson, Barnett, Jara, Thomas, Koren, Dorrans, Teixeira, Moore, Cox.
Subs: Carson, Bednar, Wood, Reid, Mulumbu, Meite, Martis.
Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

1922: Carlisle v Portsmouth line-ups:
Carlisle:
Pidgeley, Raven, Livesey, Murphy, Harte, Hurst, Thirlwell, Taiwo, Robson, Offiong, Anyinsah.
Subs: Collin, Horwood, Bridge-Wilkinson, Dobie, Rothery, Keogh, Madine.
Portsmouth: Begovic, Vanden Borre, Kaboul, Mokoena, Belhadj, Basinas, Mullins, Yebda, Utaka, Webber, Dindane.
Subs: Ashdown, Piquionne, Brown, Kanu, Mahoto, Sowah.
Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire)

1921: Peterborough v Newcastle line-ups:
Peterborough:
Lewis, Martin, Morgan, Zakuani, Williams, Frecklington, Coutts, Diagouraga, Boyd, Mclean, Mackail-Smith.
Subs: McKeown, Keates, Rowe, Pearce, Day, Whelpdale, Batt.
Newcastle: Krul, Tavernier, Steven Taylor, Tozer, Ryan Taylor, LuaLua, Guthrie, Donaldson, Lovenkrands, Ranger, Vuckic.
Subs: Soderberg, Nolan, Smith, Geremi, Ngo Baheng, Shane Ferguson, Inman.
Referee: Keith Stroud (Hampshire)

1920: Sunderland v Birmingham line-ups:
Sunderland:
Gordon, Mensah, Da Silva, Turner, Richardson, Malbranque, Cana, Reid, Henderson, Campbell, Jones.
Subs: Carson, Nosworthy, Ferdinand, Bardsley, Bent, Murphy, Healy.
Birmingham: Maik Taylor, Espinoza, Ridgewell, Dann, Parnaby, O'Connor, Sammons, Ferguson, McSheffrey, O'Shea, Phillips.
Subs: Doyle, Bowyer, Benitez, Roger Johnson, Fahey, Preston.
Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)

1918: As usual, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger picks a young side for the Carling Cup, featuring eight teenagers. Polish keeper Wojciech Szczesny (Ctrl C + Ctrl V job) makes his debut, while Sanchez Watt and Gilles Sunu look to impress up front. Philippe Senderos and Mikael Silvestre add some experience in defence. Chilean Gonzalo Jara makes his debut for West Brom, for whom Jerome Thomas faces his old club.

1917: Liverpool make sweeping changes - nine of them. Keeper Diego Cavalieri, central defender Sotirios Kyrgiakos, right-back Philipp Degen, left-back Andreas Dossena, Fabio Aurelio, who will play on the left of the midfield, central midfielder Jay Spearing, wingers Ryan Babel and Albert Riera as well as striker David Ngog start. Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres are on the bench just in case they run into trouble. Leeds replace cup-tied centre-back Leigh Bromby with Lubomir Michalik as their only change from the 4-1 win over Gillingham last Saturday.

From Nick, an optimistic and not at all biased Baggies fan, via text on 81111: "I sense a cupset at the Emirates tonight Stevo."

1915: Leeds v Liverpool line-ups:
Leeds: Higgs, Crowe, Kisnorbo, Michalik, Hughes, Howson, Doyle, Johnson, Snodgrass, Beckford, Becchio.
Subs: Ankergren, Naylor, Prutton, Kilkenny, Grella, Robinson, Showunmi.
Liverpool: Cavalieri, Dossena, Kyrgiakos, Carragher, Degen, Aurelio, Mascherano, Spearing, Riera, Babel, Ngog.
Subs: Reina, Johnson, Gerrard, Torres, Voronin, Plessis, Skrtel.
Referee: Alan Wiley (Staffordshire)

From ShockN7 on 606: "No lie - we need that Carling Cup... Anyway, there will be loads of goals at the Emirates later. Surely 5-0 to the Arsenal."

1912: It's very much a getting to know you evening - I'd be surprised if anyone's heard of more than 50% of the players on show this evening. The Premier League manager who picks near enough his strongest team wins Stevo's Spirit of Football Award, which doesn't actually exist. There's probably little or no need for it anyway.

1910: Lots and lots of team news on the way, but first, a confession: we can only watch Leeds v Liverpool tonight, so descriptive chat from other games might prove difficult. We will, of course, still let you know about every Carling Cup goal as they fly in. Oh God yeah.

1906: So, Arsenal fans, we start with you. Another season, another cup adventure with the kids - but where is it all heading? Are these lot going to win you the Premier League in three years' time? Or will Jack Wilshere merely be a cheap (it gets no cheaper than free) replacement for Cesc Fabregas when the captain eventually departs? Intriguing times at the Emirates.

1903: Without further ado, here's how to send your Carling Cup chat our way: via text on 81111, and through the magic of the 606 thread that has already been created for your pleasure.

1900: There are 20 clubs in Carling Cup third round action tonight, and you can bet your bottom dollar 19 of them would absolutely love to lift this particular piece of silverware. Hang on - Arsenal fans, should we add you to the list? It's a serious question.



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