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Carling Cup as it happened

Final Score

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By Chris Bevan

2241: And that's my lot. Thanks for bearing with me tonight, and you lot will probably be relieved to know that Jonathan Stevenson is back for Wednesday's matches, when Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool are among the teams trying to join Brentford in the last 16. Enjoy and I'll see you soon...

2235: So, who had the worst night? Me, or Everton. Apologies for my errors but keeping track of 34 goals tonight, and seven more in a shoot-out, was more difficult than it might sound - especially when I could only actually see one game. I still hang my head in shame though.

royalbluejack on Twitter: "Moyes lost it completely, time to go."

2230: In all the excitement at Griffin Park I've got Phil Jagielka mixed up with his brother Steve, who isn't a bad little player but isn't a patch on Everton's England international defender. Now changed.

2227: I didn't see any of that shoot-out but it apparently sparked a mini pitch invasion by Brentford fans, celebrating their 4-3 win on penalties after a 1-1 draw on the night. they are into the hat for the fourth round of the Carling Cup while Everton's season goes from bad to worse, I'm afraid.

Charlie Macdonald puts away his penalty, putting Brentford 4-3 up and meaning Phil Jagielka has to score. He hits the post and Everton are out. Amazing scenes at Griffin Park.

2221: Michael Spillane makes it 3-3 for the Bees... and here comes Jermaine Beckford. Richard Lee guesses right and keeps it out, and Brentford have the advantage.
2220: Nicky Forster doesn't get hold of his penalty for Brentford, but it bobbles in. That's 2-2. Not for long, mind, because Mikel Arteta has just put his away with ease to make it 3-2.

2219: Myles Weston converts too to bring Brentford level... before Phil Neville puts Everton 2-1 up. Richard Lee guesses the right way but cannot keep it out.

2218: Here we go... Leighton Baines fires home Everton's first penalty.

AndySzpuk on Twitter: "Feel the tension. The Toffees have got themselves into a sticky situation..."

2217: So, just the one game left to be settled. Can Brentford, 19th in League One, beat Everton, 19th in the Premier League, on penalties? We are about to find out.

2216: FULL-TIME Tottenham 1-4 Arsenal

2215: FULL-TIME Wolves 4-2 Notts County

Wolves goal: Kevin Doyle makes it safe for Wolves with a fierce shot, but Notts County have given them a real scare tonight.

2213: GOALFLASH Wolves 4-2 Notts County (Doyle)

2212: Full-time of extra-time at Griffin Park... it ends Brentford 1-1 Everton - so we will get penalties.

2212: Nervy moments for Brentford and Everton. Sam Saunders sends in a cross-shot that is well gathered by Jan Mucha, who quickly launches a counter-attack that ends when the Brentford defence gets back to dispossess Jermaine Beckford.

2210: Only about two minutes of extra-time left before we get penalties at Griffin Park.

Notts County goal: Time for a Notts County comeback? Maybe. Kevin Smith's looping header drops under the bar and gives Wolves something to think about.

2208: GOALFLASH Wolves 3-2 Notts County (Smith)

2206: Leon Osman has a go with his left foot from the edge of the area... but his shot ends up in the Everton fans behind Richard Lee's goal. The Toffees have had stacks of chances, but Brentford are still holding out.

AndySzpuk on Twitter: "Well, I do love a good penalty shoot-out. Looks like plucky Brentford are my last hope now."

League One Macca: "Brighton moved up to second place in the League One table courtesy of their 2-0 win at Plymouth, while the Daggers crawled off the bottom of the table by grabbing a 1-1 draw at home to Exeter."

2203: We're into the second half of extra-time at White Hart Lane and, although Spurs appear to be out of this, they had a couple of decent chances before the break. The best one saw Robbie Keane's snap-shot cleared off the line by Samir Nasri before Lukas Fabianski saved Keane's follow-up. Still, tere are a lot of empty seats at the Lane now. Not many people left to keep Arsene Wenger company in the stands.

Arsenal goal: Another defensive lapse by Spurs sees Andrey Arshavin latch on to a quickly-taken free-kick and buries his shot low into the bottom corner.

Wolves goal: Notts County had been giving it a good go at Molineux despite being down to 10 men but the game is surely up for them now. Steven Fletcher's shot is saved but Kevin Doyle is in the right place to fire home the rebound from six yards out.

2157: GOALFLASH Tottenham 1-4 Arsenal (Arshavin)

2155: GOALFLASH Wolves 3-1 Notts County (Doyle)

2154: We're right at the end of the first half of extra-time at Griffin Park, where Phil Jagielka has just had an effort cleared off the line for the Toffees. The Bees are hanging on.

Someone has struck the woodwork
2154: A real chance for Tottenham to get back into this one... and it is wasted. Kyle Naughton whips in a delicious cross from the right and David Bentley only has to get his head on the ball to nod it home from the point-blank range at the back post... instead, he can only direct the ball against the woodwork.

Arsenal goal: No, it's not another typo by me. Seconds after Arsenal take the lead, they go further ahead thanks to another penalty. This time Steven Caulker brings down Marouane Chamakh, and Samir Nasri, again, steps up to fire home his spot-kick... into the right-hand corner of the net this time.

2148: GOALFLASH Tottenham 1-3 Arsenal (Nasri pen)

2147: PENALTY to Arsenal

Arsenal goal: That's put the cat amongst the pigeons. Sebastian Bassong gets the wrong side of Samir Nasri as they chase a ball into the area. Bassong brings down Nasri, who steps up to slot home.

Wolves goal: Kevin Doyle and Steven Fletcher are off the bench for Wolves, and they quickly combine to give the Premier League side the lead at the start of extra-time, with Fletcher finding the net from Doyle's pass. Ten-man Notts County are up against it now.

2144: GOALFLASH Tottenham 1-2 Arsenal (Nasri pen)

2143: PENALTY to Arsenal

2143: GOALFLASH Wolves 2-1 Notts County (Fletcher)

2143: It's all over at the New Den too, where Ipswich have won through to the fourth round.

2142: Right then, what do you reckon the biggest shock of the night is so far? Burnley of the Championship beating Bolton of the Premier League... or a decent win on the road for West Ham at Sunderland?

2140: FULL-TIME Stoke 2-0 Fulham

2138: We are going to see extra-time at White Hart Lane too - the final whistle has just gone. Some more results for you: Burnley 1-0 Bolton, Birmingham 3-1 MK Dons and Portsmouth 1-2 Leicester.

2137: Extra-time at Molinueux too, where Wolves and Notts County have finished 1-1.

Full time
2136: FULL-TIME Sunderland 1-2 West Ham

2135: It's full-time at Griffin Park... which means extra-time for Brentford and Everton.

Portsmouth goal: Ten-man Portsmouth grab themselves a lifeline with less than eight minutes to go as Liam Lawrence gets his name on the scoresheet.

MK Dons goal: Hope for MK Dons. Well, a tiny bit anyway. Jabo Ibehre's shot is blocked and Aaron Wilbraham fires home the rebound.

Red card
Wolves goal: Disaster for Notts County, as Liam Chilvers is sent off for bringing down Steven Fletcher and Nenad Milijas steps up to level for Wolves from the spot.

Someone has struck the woodwork
2127: How close can Spurs get? David Bentley whips in a free-kick from the left and it runs through to Robbie Keane... who fires against the far post from about two yards out. He did look offside, though.

2126: Er, bear with me a second. I can't get another Scott Sinclair goal wrong, can I?

2126: GOALFLASH Birmingham 3-1 MK Dons (Wilbraham)

2125: GOALFLASH Wolves 1-1 Notts County (Milijas)

2125: PENALTY to Wolves

2125: Peterborough 1-3 Swansea (Sinclair hat-trick)

Stoke goal: Are the Potters heading for the last 16 of the Carling Cup? It looks like it. Mark Schwarzer flaps at one of those Rory Delap long throw-ins and Kenwyne Jones heads home.

2122: GOALFLASH Stoke 2-0 Fulham (Jones)

Red card
Portsmouth red card: The evening goes from bad to worse for Pompey, with experienced midfielder Richard Hughes sent off for using foul and abusive language to referee Fred Graham. Leicester still lead 2-0 in that one.

2119: A couple of changes by Arsenal. Tomas Rosicky and Carlos Vela are coming off, and replaced by Marouane Chamakh and Andrey Arshavin. About 15 minutes left for someone to find a winner at the Lane, otherwise we are heading for extra-time.

2117: A real chance for Tottenham. Aaron Lennon beats the offside trap down the right and shapes to shoot inside the area, but is brilliantly denied by Laurent Koscielny, who gets back superbly. Arsenal break forward quickly and Jack Wilshere's shot is blocked by Sebastien Bassong.

2114: It's very evenly-matched at White Hart Lane at the moment. Sandro, who made a well-timed tackle in his own area a few minutes ago, gets forward and almost latches on to Roman Pavlyuchenko's cross from the left. The Brazilian has been hugely impressive tonight.

2112: RED CARD Portsmouth's Richard Hughes

Millwall goal: Steve Morison gives Millwall hope with a well-taken goal. His clever first touch takes him clear of the Ipswich defence and he steers the ball past the advancing keeper Brian Murphy.

2109: GOALFLASH Millwall 1-2 Ipswich (Morison)

grizzlybaz on Twitter: "Re Arsenal's goal. 'Fabianski could do better''re not kidding, I can't for the life of me understand why Wenger persists with him..."

From anon, via text: "Let's hope Wenger's new place in the stand will allow him to see how poor Fabianski actually is!"

West Ham goal: The Hammers are back in front. After good work by Scott Parker and Pablo Barrera, Victor Obinna finds the net with a tidy finish.

2103: Just time to quickly tell you about that missed penalty by Brentford, which was actually a save by Everton keeper Jan Mucha. Myles Weston is felled in the area and Charlie McDonald steps up, only for the Slovakian international to plunge to his left and make a vital save. Breathe again, Everton fans.

2102: GOALFLASH Sunderland 1-2 West Ham (Obinna)

Notts County goal: Is this a Cupset on the cards? Former West Brom and Coventry striker Lee Hughes, who has been getting a lot of stick from the home fans all night, is first to a cross and beats the stranded Wayne Hennessey with a looping header.

2100: GOALFLASH Wolves 0-1 Notts County (Hughes)

2059: PENALTY missed by Brentford

2057: Robbie Keane has another pop for Tottenham, but this time he is off-target. Spurs have definitely stepped things up since the break.

Tottenham goal: To be honest, Arsenal keeper Lukasz Fabianski should do a lot better here. Kyle Naughton's through-ball finds Robbie Keane, who looks a fraction offside but is allowed to continue, firing in an early low shot on the edge of the area that Fabianski gets two hands on but cannot stop from rolling into the the left-hand corner of his net.

2053: GOALFLASH Tottenham 1-1 Arsenal (Keane)

From The_Good_Son, via text: "Why can't Everton keep a clean sheet? Very worrying."

2049: A couple of changes by Tottenham. Robbie Keane and Aaron Lennon are on for Giovani and Jake Livermore... and the second half has just started.

Football League Macca: "Brighton grabbed a second goal shortly before the half-time whistle peep-peeped. It went to Ashley Barnes and the Seagulls are halfway to the 4-0 scoreline that would see them sitting pretty on top of the League One table. In the other L1 game it's still Dag & Red 0-1 Exeter."

2048: Right then, much better performances needed in the second half from (among others) Tottenham, Everton, Fulham... and my good self of course. Can I claim that 2033 was a deliberate mistake... ? Nope, thought not!

CalThomsonRcfc on Twitter: "Wonder what the odds of West Ham winning the Carling Cup and being relegated in the same season are?"

From Joe, an ever-hopeful Arsenal fan, via text: "With Arsenal seemingly in control at The Lane, I'm hoping that, unlike against Sunderland at the weekend, they'll hang on and maybe win something this year."

2036: Yep, half-time at the Den now too... but not before Gareth McAuley extends Ipswich's lead when he meets a free-kick with a left-foot finish. The Lions were on the wrong end of a 6-1 home defeat by Watford at the weekend, so their fans do not have much to smile about at the moment.

2035: GOALFLASH Millwall 0-2 Ipswich (McAuley)

Half time
2034: They are still playing at the New Den, but it is half-time everywhere else in the Carling Cup. A chance for me to get my breath back? Hopefully.

2033: Right, if I get another scoreline wrong tonight, you can throw rotten fruit at me for the rest of the evening. That second Scott Sinclair goal means Swansea lead Peterborough 2-1, not 2-0.

League One Macca: "There's been goals in both of Tuesday's League One ties, with lowly Dagenham & Redbridge trailing after five minutes to a header from Exeter's Richard Logan. Brighton have also gone in front at Plymouth through Tommy Elphick. A win by four goals or more will take Brighton top of the table."

Sunderland goal: Sunderland are level and it's Asamoah Gyan with the goal. Jordan Henderson swings a set piece into the near post and the Ghanaian steals in to head home.

Burnley goal: Chris Eagles crosses from the right and the ball falls for Wade Elliott, who hooks the ball in at the far post. The linesman's flag initially goes up but, after consultation with referee Mark Clattenburg, the goal is allowed to stand.

2031: GOALFLASH Burnley 1-0 Bolton (Elliott)

2030: GOALFLASH Peterborough 1-2 Swansea (Sinclair)

2029: GOALFLASH Portsmouth 0-2 Leicester (Dyer)

Brentford goal: That is some goal for Brentford. Myles Weston charges down the left flank for the Bees and sends over a cross for Gary Alexander to head home. Everton had looked well in control but it is all-square again at Griffin Park.

2027: GOALFLASH Sunderland 1-1 West Ham (Gyan)

2026: GOALFLASH Brentford 1-1 Everton (Alexander)

2024: Fair to say that Arsenal are on top at White Hart Lane. Spurs are breaking forward every so often (or at least trying to) but the Gunners are playing keep-ball most of the time.

West Ham goal: The Hammers make the breakthrough. Pablo Barrera releases Frederic Piquionne, who runs clear of the Sunderland defence before coolly converting.

2021: GOALFLASH Sunderland 0-1 West Ham (Piquionne)

2020: Now that Birmingham have stopped scoring goals, I'll tell you how Ipswich took the lead at the New Den. Andros Townsend crosses from the left and Tamas Priskin meets it with a looping header.

Birmingham goals: It's all gone goal crazy at St Andrew's, where we have just had three goals in just over three minutes. First, Jean Beausejour beat a couple of players and cut the ball back for Alexander Hleb to guide home his shot, then Beasejour repeated the trick to cross for Nikola Zigic to find the net. With MK Dons still reeling, Craig Gardner, who had come on as a substitute for the injured Michel, added a third with a fizzing left-footed shot from the edge of the area. Game over? You would have to think so...

2013: GOALFLASH Birmingham 3-0 MK Dons (Gardner)

2012: GOALFLASH Birmingham 2-0 MK Dons (Zigic)

2011: GOALFLASH Millwall 0-1 Ipswich (Priskin)

2011: GOALFLASH Birmingham 1-0 MK Dons (Hleb)

2009: Denilson has just floated a rather strange free-kick wide for Arsenal. And while I was telling you about that Stoke goal, David Bentley broke forward down the left for Tottenham before shooting wildly high and wide.

Stoke goal: Matty Etherington sends over a corner and Danny Higginbotham runs in to power home a header for the Potters. Work to do for Fulham.

2007: GOALFLASH Stoke 1-0 Fulham (Higginbotham)

2005: Oops. I was so desperate for something to happen at White Hart Lane, I counted that goal twice. Give your page a refresh and Arsenal will have just the one goal. Mind you, the Gunners have been well on top since they did take the lead so a second might not be too far away...

Arsenal goal: Arsenal's first attack ends in a goal. A neat passing move ends when Jack Wilshere whips in a low cross from the left for Henri Lansbury to slam the ball home from six yards out.

2002: GOALFLASH Tottenham 0-1 Arsenal (Lansbury)

2000: A shortage of clear-cut chances at the Stadium of Light too, but West Ham have made the brighter start and Frederic Piquionne should have done a lot better with some early shooting opportunities.

1959: It's been a lot more lively at London Road. The in-form Scott Sinclair fired Swansea ahead from close range but, a few seconds later, Craig Makail-Smith met Charlie Lee's cross from the left to level.

1958: Oh dear. Spurs winger David Bentley tries to bend in a free-kick from the left-flank but gets his delivery all wrong and skies his cross high into the crowd. A bit of a waste, that.

1956: Not a lot to tell you about from the first 10 minutes at White Hart Lane, apart from a few too many aimless passes that have failed to find their targets. Arsene Wenger? He is sitting in the directors box, high above the halfway line, so he has got a fantastic view.

1954: GOALFLASH Peterborough 1-1 Swansea (Makail-Smith)

1953: GOALFLASH Peterborough 0-1 Swansea (Sinclair)

Everton goal: Yakubu's scuffed shot is not properly cleared and the ball is fed to Seamus Coleman in front of goal, and he slots the Toffees ahead. Just the start they needed.

1950: GOALFLASH Brentford 0-1 Everton

1947: GOALFLASH Portsmouth 0-1 Leicester (Morrison):
We are under way in all of tonight's third-round ties and we have a goal already. Michael Morrison took all of two minutes to give Leicester the lead at Portsmouth.

1946: Arsenal get things started. We have just had a minute's applause at White Hart Lane for legendary former Tottenham striker Bobby Smith, who passed away at the weekend, and there is a cracking atmosphere in north London.

1943: The teams are out on the pitch at White Hart Lane. Does anyone know where Arsene Wenger is watching the game from tonight? His touchline ban means he won't be in the dug-out tonight, so let me know if you are sat next to him.

MPH1982 on Twitter: "Arsenal's team proves that pressure is building on Wenger to win a trophy."

1940: Here's a bit more team news for you, and a lot of changes to tell you about. Birmingham, who take on MK Dons, have made nine changes from their weekend defeat by West Brom - summer signing Alexander Hleb, Nikola Zigic, Matt Derbyshire, Jean Beausejour and Martin Jiranek all start. Wolves also make nine changes for the visit of Notts County, with only Richard Stearman and Kevin Foley retaining their places from the weekend and summer signings Steven Mouyokolo and Marcus Bent starting.

Wolverhampton v Notts County line-ups
Wolverhampton: Hennessey, Stearman, Mouyokolo, Berra, Elokobi, Halford, Foley, Guedioura, Milijas, Bent, Ebanks-Blake. Subs: Hahnemann, David Jones, Mancienne, Ward, Mujangi Bia, Doyle, Fletcher.
Notts County: Burch, Thompson, Chilvers, Pearce, Harley, Judge, Spicer, Bishop, Davies, Westcarr, Hughes. Subs: Nelson, Hubbins, Edwards, Smith, Hawley, Jervis, Whiteley.
Referee: James Linington (Isle of Wight)

Stoke v Fulham line-ups
Stoke: Begovic, Wilkinson, Shawcross, Huth, Higginbotham, Sanli, Diao, Whelan, Etherington, Jones, Fuller. Subs: Sorensen, Gudjohnsen, Soares, Pugh, Walters, Tonge, Delap.
Fulham: Schwarzer, Kelly, Hangeland, Hughes, Salcido, Gera, Murphy, Etuhu, Davies, Dempsey, Dembele. Subs: Etheridge, Pantsil, Baird, Riise, Eddie Johnson, Greening, Halliche.
Referee: Mark Halsey (Lancashire)

1935: Burnley make three changes from Saturday's 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace for the visit of Lancashire rivals Bolton: Keeper Brian Jensen drops to the bench and is replaced by Chris Grant, Graham Alexander replaces Dean Marney who is also among the substitutes and Jay Rodriguez comes in for Ross Wallace. Bolton make seven changes from Saturday's 1-1 draw at Aston Villa but six of them are among the substitutes so can be called upon if required. Kevin Davies is rested so teenage striker Rodrigo Moreno - on a season long loan from Benfica - makes his debut. Robbie Blake lines up against his former club and Bolton manager Owen Coyle can expect a lively reception on his first return to Turf Moor since leaving for the Reebok in January.

1932: Everton make six changes for their trip to Griffin Park. Captain Phil Neville is back after a month out with a foot injury and Ayegbeni Yakubu starts in attack. The less familiar faces in the line-up are Slovakian keeper Jan Mucha and forward Magaye Gueye. Brentford make just the one change: Richard Lee plays in goal as Ben Hamer is cup-tied.

Millwall v Ipswich line-ups
Millwall: Forde, Dunne, Paul Robinson, Trotter, Schofield, Hackett, Henry, Craig, Barron, Mkandawire, Morison. Subs: Mildenhall, Harris, Grabban, Ward, Grimes, Smith, Laird.
Ipswich: Murphy, Eastman, McAuley, Delaney, Kennedy, Hyam, Peters, Healy, Townsend, Priskin, Lambe. Subs: Fulop, Leadbitter, Norris, Wickham, Scotland, Brown, Murray.
Referee: Andy D'Urso (Essex)

Burnley v Bolton line-ups
Burnley: Grant, Mears, Carlisle, Bikey, Fox, Cork, Alexander, Elliott, Rodriguez, Iwelumo, Eagles. Subs: Jensen, Duff, Marney, Paterson, Cort, Easton, Thompson.
Bolton: Bogdan, Steinsson, Ricketts, Knight, Alonso, Blake, Mark Davies, Cohen, Taylor, Klasnic, Moreno. Subs: Lainton, Robinson, Muamba, Holden, Elmander, Petrov, Lee.
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (England)

adabin1 on Twitter: "Ok, so who is looking forward to a Premier League manager ending up looking really silly by the end of the night?? You know all of you are!"

Sunderland v West Ham line-ups
Sunderland: Mignolet, Bardsley, Onuoha, Ferdinand, Richardson, Elmohamady, Henderson, Riveros, Welbeck, Bent, Gyan. Subs: Carson, Colback, Zenden, Malbranque, Angeleri, Reid, Da Silva.
West Ham: Stech, Faubert, Ben-Haim, Tomkins, da Costa, Obinna, Parker, Boa Morte, Barrera, Kovac, Piquionne. Subs: Boffin, Dyer, Cole, Noble, McCarthy, Spector, Brown.
Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)

1925: Stoke boss Tony Pulis makes seven changes to the side that drew with West Ham on Saturday but still names a strong line-up for his side's tie with Fulham, boosted by the availability of record signing Kenwyne Jones, who had been a doubt with a groin strain. Also brought into the side are forwards Tuncay and Ricardo Fuller. Asmir Begovis starts in goal in place of Thomas Sorenson. In contrast, Fulham make only one change to the side that drew 1-1 at Blackburn at the weekend, with Zoltan Gera coming in for Damien Duff in midfield.

Tottenham v Arsenal line-ups
Tottenham: Pletikosa, Naughton, Bassong, Caulker, Assou-Ekotto, Bentley, Livermore, Palacios, Sandro, Pavlyuchenko, Giovani. Subs: Cudicini, Hutton, Huddlestone, Lennon, Jenas, Keane, Kranjcar.
Arsenal: Fabianski, Eboue, Koscielny, Djourou, Gibbs, Lansbury, Denilson, Wilshere, Nasri, Rosicky, Vela. Subs: Almunia, Sagna, Clichy, Arshavin, Chamakh, Eastmond, Emmanuel-Thomas.
Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)

1923: As expected, it's all change at White Hart Lane as 'Arry and Arsene shuffle their packs. Spurs, who make 10 changes, hand debuts to keeper Stipe Pletikosa, 18-year-old defender Steven Caulker and Brazilian midfielder Sandro with only Benoit Assou-Ekotto surviving the cull. Arsenal make eight changes with Laurent Koscielny, Jack Wilshere and Samir Nasri keeping their places and Johan Djourou, Henri Lansbury and Carlos Vela also starting.

Brentford v Everton line-ups
Brentford: Lee, Spillane, Osborne, Balkestein, Woodman, Adams, O'Connor, Diagouraga, Weston, MacDonald, Alexander. Subs: Royce, Bean, Saunders, Forster, Cort, Wood, Legge.
Everton: Mucha, Coleman, Distin, Jagielka, Baines, Bilyaletdinov, Neville, Fellaini, Gueye, Osman, Yakubu. Subs: Howard, Arteta, Beckford, Pienaar, Silva, Mustafi, Barkley.
Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)

From hugrrr on 606: "Spurs to beat Arsenal, Sandro to run the show from the off, you heard it here first."

Birmingham v Milton Keynes Dons line-ups
Birmingham: Taylor, Parnaby, Johnson, Jiranek, Murphy, Fahey, Hleb, Michel, Beausejour, Derbyshire, Zigic. Subs: Foster, Ridgewell, Gardner, Phillips, Jerome, Valles, Redmond.
Milton Keynes Dons: Martin, Woodards, Doumbe, O'Hanlon, Lewington, Guy, Carrington, Leven, Balanta, Chadwick, Easter. Subs: Searle, MacKenzie, Wilbraham, George Baldock, Ibehre, Howell, Chicksen.
Referee: Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire)

1918: I've got lots of team news to tell you about in the next few minutes, so let's start with Sunderland-Stoke. The Black Cats hand striker Asamoah Gyan his first start in their clash with West Ham following his £13m move from Stade Rennes. Defender Phil Bardsley also starts, whilst Steed Malbranque drops to the bench. The Premier League's bottom club, West Ham, make seven changes from Saturday's 1-1 league draw at Stoke including Marek Stech replacing Robert Green in goal and the return of Tal Ben-Haim in defence in place of Matthew Upson.

1912: In total, we've got 10 third-round Carling Cup ties for you to enjoy over the next couple of hours or so, meaning there is a healthy chance of an upset or two, the real possibility of penalties and a high-probability of lots of players you've never heard of before now taking part. I need lots of chat from you lot too, clearly, so text me via 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide), drop me a line on 606 or tweet me at

1909: There are a few top-flight bosses who can ill afford defeat tonight, though. I'm talking about you, Mr David Moyes. His Everton side, who sit 19th in the Premier League, travel to Brentford, who are 19th in League One. Moyes, like West Ham boss Avram Grant, has seen his side's only win this season come in the Carling Cup - and it's fair to say the Hammers, who are at Sunderland, desperately need a win to kickstart their campaign too.

1905: Let's get real, though. For most of the men below, this competition represents their best chance of silverware this season, but it is also something of a distraction to the more pressing business of staying in the Premier League or even pushing for Europe. That's why we can expect them to be utilising their squads fully tonight, as will Arsenal (who need a trophy, don't they?) and Tottenham, who meet at White Hart Lane, of course.

1903: That's right, as well as being eight highly-respected Premier League managers, near to the very top of their profession and well-regarded for their achievements within the game, they also have the grand total of zero major trophies in English football between them. Surely one of them wants to win the Carling Cup, then? Well, you would like to think so, wouldn't you?

1901: Hello people. Here's a quick question for you to kick things off tonight. What do David Moyes, Tony Pulis, Mark Hughes, Owen Coyle, Steve Bruce, Avram Grant, Mick McCarthy and Alex McLeish have in common?

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