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Carling Cup as it happened

GOALFLASHES AND MAJOR INCIDENTS (all times BST)

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By Chris Bevan

2245: And that is me done and dusted folks. Thanks for your company this evening and I hope you enjoyed yourselves as much as I did - the action got off to a slow start but it certainly ended with a bang. Make sure you are up for the cup again tomorrow, and I will see you all very soon.

From Kristian in Denmark, via text: "That is 15 games undefeated in all competitions for Man Utd, this season (Charity Shield, Premier League, Champions League and Carling Cup). Not too bad with all the injuries!"

2239: The fourth round isn't over just yet, mind. Not by a long shot. On Wednesday night, Aston Villa face Burnley, Newcastle host Arsenal and West Ham take on Stoke. Mr Sam Lyon will be in the chair to take you through those ties.

2235: So, Manchester United, Birmingham, Ipswich, West Brom and Wigan all win through tonight. Some more convincingly than others. No (c)upsets tonight, although Brentford gave it a really good go, but no shortage of drama. The Carling Cup has been good to us so far this season, I think.

AndySzpuk on Twitter: "It's a bad case of Blues for the Bees..."

2228: That was a bit tense, wasn't it? Sad for Brentford to bow out like that but at least they have tasted victory on penalties already in this competition this season. Birmingham? They made hard work of it but they go through to the last eight. Wembley is in sight now lads...

BIRMINGHAM BEAT BRENTFORD 4-3 ON PENALTIES TO REACH THE CARLING CUP QUARTER-FINALS

Birmingham 4-3 Brentford - WOODMAN MISSES (Taylor saves)

Birmingham 4-3 Brentford - CARR SCORES

Birmingham 3-3 Brentford - GRABBAN SCORES

Birmingham 3-2 Brentford - BOWYER MISSES (awful - he scoops it high over the bar)

Birmingham 3-2 Brentford - SPILLANE MISSES (he hits the bar)

Birmingham 3-2 Brentford - DANN SCORES

Birmingham 2-2 Brentford - HUNT SCORES (via a post)

Birmingham 2-1 Brentford - GARDNER SCORES

Birmingham 1-1 Brentford - O'CONNOR SCORES

Birmingham 1-0 Brentford - PHILLIPS SCORES

2222: Here we go then... the penalties will be taken at the Birmingham end. Their fans are making a lot of noise all of a sudden.

2220: Brentford beat Everton on penalties in the last round, so they have been here before. Bees keeper Richard Lee was their hero that night... who fancies that tag this evening?

Someone has won a penalty
2218: Who wants this night to end? No, me neither. You'll be pleased to know we've got plenty of drama to come then, in the shape of a penalty shoot-out at St Andrew's between Premier League side Birmingham and League One strugglers Brentford. A place in the Carling Cup quarter-finals is up for grabs.

2216 FULL-TIME Birmingham 1-1 Brentford

2214: They almost get it! Craig Gardner blocks Robbie Simpson's shot from the free-kick but the ball flies back into the box and Lewis Grabban almost grabs a piece of glory with an instinctive half-volley. Instead, Maik Taylor is across to save.

2214: Er, what? Stuart Parnaby passes back to Maik Taylor, who needlessly picks the ball up. That's an indirect free-kick to Brentford, and a a chance of a winner...

2213: Marcus Bean gives the ball away and Birmingham pour forwards. Nikola Zigic bends the ball into the box but neither Stuart Parnaby or Lee Bowyer can make meaningful contact. Brentford breathe again.

2211: Birmingham STILL cannot fashion an opening. Mainly down to some desperate defending by Brentford. Just five minutes to go for them to hold on... then, if we need them, penalties.

Adam9309 on Twitter: "Chicharito is just like Tevez - quick, wants to play football, scores goals, and gets the ball. Just what United needed."

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson on match-winner Javier Hernandez, who came off the bench to sink Wolves with a late strike: "When he comes on, you just know that if he gets a chance he is going to take it."

2204: Brentford still look extremely tired, and they are struggling to keep hold of the ball. It's one-way traffic at the moment. Birmingham still need to turn their possession into chances though.

2202: We are back under way at St Andrew's.

From TheSuns on 606: "This is the second time Mick McCarthy has helped United win against Wolves. Last season he put a very weak team against them. Now, surprisingly, he replaced the impressive Matt Jarvis and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake with Kevin Doyle and Marcus Bent."

2159: That's the end of the first period of extra-time and Brentford are still hanging on at 1-1. Penalties look their best bet at the moment, particularly as they have got spot-kick specialist Richard Lee in goal.

From Chris in Herts, via text: "Hernandez is the real deal: he was in South Africa, he is in Manchester."

2154: Brentford are looking very leggy in the first-half of extra-time at St Andrew's and Birmingham are creating all the chances. Richard Lee makes a great save from Nikola Zigic's header, when the striker should have scored from inside the six-yard area. His Blues team-mate Kevin Phillips then fires narrowly wide.

BBC Sport's David Dulin at the DW Stadium: "Roberto Martinez has the last laugh against former club Swansea City as Mauro Boselli and a Ben Watson penalty send Wigan through to the Carling Cup quarter-finals. Swansea will feel aggrieved that Craig Beattie's first half goal was disallowed but on the second half performance, Wigan deserved the win."

2153: FULL-TIME Wigan 2-0 Swansea

Someone has won a penalty
Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Wigan goal: Swansea's Andrea Orlandi trips up Charles N'Zogbia in the box and Ben Watson fires his spot-kick low into the bottom corner to wrap up the win for Wigan.

2152: FULL-TIME Man Utd 3-2 Wolves

2151: We have played all four of the four minutes of added time at Old Trafford, and here comes Ravel Morrison off the bench. Not much time for him to make an impression.

2150: GOALFLASH Wigan 2-0 Swansea (Watson)

2150: PENALTY to Wigan

2149: We had a bit of a hold-up before play restarted at Old Trafford because of a referee substitution. I'm not making that up, honest. Wolves boss Mick McCarthy is livid.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Man Utd goal: You just cannot keep the Little Pea quiet at the moment. United substitute Javier Hernandez latches on to a Darron Gibson pass, skips past a couple of Wolves defenders and beats Wayne Hennessey, who gets a hand to his shot but cannot keep it out. Surely the holders won't let another lead slip? Surely?

2146: GOALFLASH Man Utd 3-2 Wolves (Hernandez)

2145: Here's a Carling Cup update for you. We are into extra-time at St Andrew's, and about two minutes away from it at Old Trafford too. Ipswich and West Brom are through, and Wigan look like joining them in the last eight.

2143: FULL-TIME Ipswich 3-1 Northampton

will7201 on Twitter: "I can tell Man U are leaking goals, Rio's stopped tweeting! Not looking good for the kids!"

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Ipswich goal: The Tractor Boys have (at least) one foot in the quarter-finals after Tamas Priskin heads home a Grant Leadbitter cross from close range.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Birmingham goal: Heartbreak for Brentford as Birmingham level in the 92nd minute. Scott Dann finds Blues substitute Kevin Phillips inside the six yard box and Phillips, as you would expect, makes no mistake. The 90 minutes are up so it is extra-time ahoy at St Andrew's.

2138: FULL-TIME Leicester 1-4 West Brom

2137: GOALFLASH Birmingham 1-1 Brentford (Phillips)

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
West Brom goal: Simon Cox shows his finishing prowess as he fires in a long range strike, which might have taken a deflection off Yuki Abe on its way into the top corner.

2136: GOALFLASH Ipswich 3-1 Northampton (Priskin)

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Wolves goal: Er, in answer to my question - no. A neat Wolves attack sees Sylvan Ebanks-Blake feed Steven Fletcher, and his flick plays in Kevin Foley... who beats Ben Amos with a low angled shot. Mick McCarthy's side almost take the lead too... Ebanks-Blake has just sent a real rasper of a shot about an inch wide.

2133: GOALFLASH Leicester 1-4 West Brom (Cox)

2132: GOALFLASH Man Utd 2-2 Wolves (Foley)

BBC Sport's David Dulin at the DW Stadium: "Wigan are turning up the heat on Swansea and are likely to threaten even more now Charles N'Zogbia is on. The attendance here 11,705, so Wigan fans have officially just about the outnumbered the 4,500 visiting fans."

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Man Utd goal: Ji-Sung Park bursts into the box and tries to feed Federico Macheda but Steven Mouyokolo intercepts. Sadly for Wolves, the ball runs straight into Park's path and he slams in a shot past the helpless Wayne Hennessey from about 15 yards out. United are back in front, can they hang on to their lead this time?

2127: GOALFLASH Man Utd 2-1 Wolves (Park)

2125: Federico Macheda fired wastefully over from Bebe's cross while I was busy telling you about that Baggies goal. And, at St Andrew's, Brentford are hanging on. Richard Lee, their penalty shoot-out hero against Everton, is at it again, keeping out a Craig Gardner shot with a superb save.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
West Brom goal: About 10 minutes left at the Walkers Stadium and the Baggies are looking very good for a place in the Carling Cup quarter-finals. From the corner earned by Shorey's shot, Steven Reid meets the ball at the far post to find the net with a downward header.

2123: GOALFLASH Leicester 1-3 West Brom (Reid)

Someone has struck the woodwork
2123: West Brom substitute Nicky Shorey isn't finished yet you know. His long-range shot is tipped on to the bar by Leicester keeper Conrad Logan.

Someone has struck the woodwork
2120: It almost gets even better for Wolves. Matt Jarvis crosses from the left and Stephen Hunt fires in a fierce shot from about 12 yards out that clips the top of the bar. Mick McCarthy's men are going for it, big time.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Wolves goal: Fabio makes a brilliant sliding challenge to block Stephen Hunt's shot right in front of goal but Wolves do not have to wait long to level. From the corner, George Elokobi leaps the highest to power in his header from close range.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Brentford goal: Er, hello Cupset? Myles Weston's ball finds Charlie McDonald. His header lands at the feet of Sam Wood and the 24-year-old's volley gives Maik Taylor no chance. The Bees fans are buzzing, or at least you would expect them to be(e).

2116: GOALFLASH Man Utd 1-1 Wolves (Elokobi)

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Wigan goal: A great run by Antolin Alcaraz sees him slip the ball through to Mauro Bosselli, who rounds Yves Makalambay to claim his first goal for the club."

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Man Utd goal: They are ahead now. Bebe makes good ground down the right and his cross takes a big deflection off George Elokobi before looping over Wayne Hennessey and under the bar. Kevin Foley tries to head it clear but it is definitely already over the line... the officials did very well to get that one right.

2113: GOALFLASH Birmingham 0-1 Brentford (Wood)

2112: GOALFLASH Man Utd 1-0 Wolves (Bebe)

2112: Manchester United should be ahead. Really, they should. Michael Carrick slips Ji-Sung Park clear and he is in acres of space inside the area with only Wayne Hennessey to beat. What does he do? He curls a tame effort straight at the Wales keeper.

2109: GOALFLASH Wigan 1-0 Swansea (Boselli)

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
West Brom goal: Ouch. Leicester keeper Conrad Logan should easily deal with a hopeful ball into the box by Gianni Zuiverloon, but instead it spoons up off his gloves and leaves an almost embarrassed Somen Tchoyi an easy tap-in.

2108: GOALFLASH Leicester 1-2 West Brom (Tchoyi)

2107: Ipswich are well on top still at Portman Road with Andros Townsend providing a regular supply of crosses into the box. Chris Dunn has not really been called into action in the Northampton goal but Damien Delaney has just put an effort over the bar.

2105: Yuki Abe goes close with a rasping shot from the edge of the area while, at Old Trafford, Michael Carrick tries his luck from similar range... but lifts the ball over the bar.

2103: More good work by Brentford. Craig Woodman fizzes in a superb ball which bounces off Liam Ridgewell's thigh and over the bar - much to the relief of the Blues defender. From the corner Mickey Spillane's drive is palmed away by Maik Taylor.

2101: Wolves boss Mick McCarthy is not (quite) back in his dug-out yet... but we are back under way at Old Trafford. Let's hope for more quality in the second half.

OptaJoe on Twitter: "47 - Before tonight, Leicester City had attempted 47 shots on target in the Carling Cup this season; more than any other team. Valiant."

From Peter, Wigan fan at the DW, via text: "Re Dan. More Swansea fans than Wigan fans at the DW? That Swansea fan clearly can't count. Open game so far, one goal might win it."

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Leicester goal: Ah. West Brom sub Nicky Shorey makes even more of an impact, but not in the right way. A Baggies attack breaks down and Paul Gallagher whips over a cross from the right that Shorey can only turn into his own net as he tries to clear. All-square again.

2057: GOALFLASH Leicester 1-1 West Brom (Shorey og)

2056: Ipswich start the second half at Portman Road. Still plenty of time for Northampton to get back into that one.

2054: Leicester's turn to attack, and they are a bit unlucky not to be level. Nicky Shorey came off the bench for West Brom at half-time and he makes an immediate impact, getting in a vital clearance to prevent Lloyd Dyer turning in a Paul Gallagher cross.

2052: We are back under way at Leicester and Birmingham. West Brom did not take long to create an opening at the Walkers Stadium, with Graham Dorrans finding himself in a good position... but his final effort was neither a shot or a cross. Chance gone.

2049: Ok, it's not exactly been a thriller at Old Trafford (to put it mildly) but we have seen quite a bit of Bebe. After a quiet start, he saw plenty of the ball and has been Manchester United's best player. Gabriel Obertan and Federico Macheda have not been anything like as impressive.

Half time
2047: HALF-TIME Wigan 0-0 Swansea

2047: HALF-TIME Man Utd 0-0 Wolves

2045: The best chance of the goalless first half at St Andrews went Brentford's way, with that Myles Weston run and shot. The Bees may be 19th in League One, but there is no evident gulf in quality between them and Birmingham tonight.

Former West Brom winger Kevin Kilbane at the Walkers Stadium on BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra: "Leicester did start the game well but as soon as West Brom got the goal they have gone on and dominated - they could go on to get two or three more the way it is going."

2040: Bebe smashes over a deep cross from the left... and it sails a mile out of play behind the goal. Fair to say that people at Old Trafford (or watching on TV) are not witnessing a top-class encounter at the moment. About five minutes of the first half left for both teams to try to change that. Hopefully.

2036: HALF-TIME Ipswich 2-1 Northampton

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Ipswich goal: Ipswich poke their noses in front a minute before half-time after some pressure on the Cobblers goal. Chris Dunn keeps out a Grant Leadbitter shot but, from the resulting Andros Townsend corner, defender Damien Delaney pounces.

Half time
2034: HALF-TIME Leicester 0-1 West Brom

2033: HALF-TIME: Birmingham 0-0 Brentford

2032: Gabriel Obertan latches on to a neat ball from Michael Carrick and tries to play in Federico Macheda on the edge of the area. Unfortunately, Macheda has run in the opposite direction. Sir Alex Ferguson looks suitably unimpressed.

OptaJoe on Twitter: "8 - The Tractor Boys have won eight of their last nine matches at home to lower league opposition. Bullies."

2030: GOALFLASH Ipswich 2-1 Northampton (Delaney)

BBC Sport's David Dulin at the DW Stadium: "This game is really starting to open up. Craig Beattie has already had a goal disallowed for Swansea and Darren Pratley is causing Wigan all sorts of problems. The Swans though are having to deal with the pacey Victor Moses down the left while Jordi Gomez and Mohamed Diame have both had chances."

2028: Things haven't really got going at Old Trafford yet, though. There's far more going on at the Walkers Stadium to be honest. A lot more. It's mostly West Brom doing the attacking too. Baggies midfielder Somen Tchoyi plays a one-two with Roman Bednar and sends an acute-angled effort wide. Then Graham Dorrans then finds Bednar unmarked in the Leicester area and he has a header tipped over by Conrad Logan.

2025: Wolves have just had a good spell too. After a quick free-kick, Kevin Foley sends over a teasing cross from the right that Wes Brown has to head out for a corner. Steven Mouyokolo gets his head to the ball when it is sent over, but he cannot find the target.

2021: Better by Manchester United, as Bebe's cross from the right finds Federico Macheda, who promptly fires straight at Wayne Hennessey. Meanwhile, Brentford's best effort of the night sees Myles Weston end a great run with a decent shot that is pushed away by Maik Taylor.

OptaJoe on Twitter: "11 - Only two of the last 11 meetings between Birmingham City and Brentford have ended as home wins. Upset?"

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Ipswich goal: Northampton's lead lasts less than 10 minutes as Carlos Edwards levels for the home side. The winger takes advantage of a defensive slip and from a difficult angle he fires a strike into the top corner. Tamas Priskin almost adds a second almost immediately after the restart.

louisewafc on Twitter: "There's a decent away following at the DW Stadium but definitely not more Swansea fans than Wigan fans here."

2015: It's started to liven up at St Andrew's by the sounds of things. First, Birmingham's Garry O'Connor's long-range drive is comfortably saved by Richard Lee before the play switches to the other end with Sam Wood heading wide. Back in the Brentford 18-yard area, Lee makes a great save from Stuart Parnaby.

2013: GOALFLASH Ipswich 1-1 Northampton (Edwards)

2011: We have not seen much of Bebe so far at Old Trafford, mainly because we have not seen much of Manchester United going forward in the early stages. They have just tested Wolves keeper Wayne Hennessey for the first time, but he easily gathered Gabriel Obertan's deflected effort.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
West Brom goal: The Baggies lead after scoring with their first shot of the night. Roman Bednar meets a Giles Barnes cross at the far post and the ball eventually finds its way to Simon Cox. He still has a lot to do, but beats Conrad Logan with the cheekiest of chips from about six yards out. Tasty.

2008: GOALFLASH Leicester 0-1 West Brom (Cox)

2007: We are under way at Wigan now too by the way - remember that kick-off there was delayed because of a traffic accident.

2006: Wolves have just had a nice bit of possession, albeit in their own half, before Matt Jarvis forced a corner after a fine run down the right. That's as good as it got for the visitors, mind, because David Jones smacked it straight out of play. A bit of a waste really.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Northampton goal: It's a goal against the run of play, but what a goal it is. A fine run from Liam Davis ends with him hitting a dipping shot that Brian Murphy can do nothing about. Another Cobblers Cupset?

2003: GOALFLASH Ipswich 0-1 Northampton (Davis)

2002: Not much to tell you about at the Walkers Stadium. Paul Gallagher has had a pop from long range for Leicester but it flew well wide.

2000: Wolves get us started at Old Trafford.

BBC Sport's David Dulin at the DW Stadium: "Roberto Martinez is greeted with a chorus of boos from the Swansea fans. Obviously most haven't forgiven him for walking out 16 months ago. But they need to remember the part he played in where the club is today."

From Dan, Swansea fan in Wigan, via text: "Must be more Swans fans than Wigan at the DW."

1956: Ipswich are still well on top at Portman Road and beginning to open Northampton up, well a bit anyway. Tamas Priskin has just brought a good save out of Cobblers keeper Chris Dunn with a curling shot.

BBC Sport's David Dulin at the DW Stadium: "Not too long to go before kick-off and no sign of Roberto Martinez yet. It will be interesting to see what sort of reception he gets from the 4,500 Swansea fans who are rapidly filling the stand behind the goal to my left."

Man United boss Sir Alex Ferguson: "We've always regarded it as a glimpse into the future, the Carling Cup. It's a tough occasion, Wolves have a strong team out so it should be a good game. Ben Amos is a very talented goalkeeper and he needs opportunities, it's a big chance for the players to play in a big game and in front of a good crowd, 50,000 plus."

1953: Hmmm. No goals anywhere just yet. Ipswich have started strongly against Northampton, but the Cobblers are defending well so far. At least we've had a chance at St Andrew's, though. Birmingham's Stuart Parnaby played a decent ball into the area but Michel fired wide.

MathsJedi on Twitter: "Hoping United don't repeat the sluggish start they had against Scunthorpe, but would welcome the same scoreline!"

1949: Right then. We are finally under way at the Walkers Stadium, but only just, and at Birmingham and Ipswich too.

1944: Good news. If you're in the UK, and you give this page a quick manual refresh, you can watch Midweek Final Score. Not only that, but you can also listen to Leicester v West Brom and (when it kicks off at 2000 BST) Man Utd v Wolves. What more can you possibly ask for?

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy: "I wanted some fresh legs in the team and I want all the squad to be able to play. It would be a huge boost for us to win today. We could do with a victory and it'd be terrific whoever it comes against."

Man Utd v Wolverhampton team news
Man United make wholesale changes as expected, with Portuguese striker Bebe handed a first start and third-choice keeper Ben Amos making his first appearance for two years. Chris Smalling, Fabio, Darron Gibson, Gabriel Obertan and Federico Macheda are also included. Wolves make seven changes from their 2-0 defeat at Chelsea on Saturday, with keeper Wayne Hennessey and strikers Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Steven Fletcher among those included.

Wigan v Swansea team news
BBC Sport's David Dulin at the DW Stadium:"Wigan boss Roberto Martinez makes seven changes for the visit of his former club Swansea. Ali Al Habsi is preferred in goal to Chris Kirkland and there are starts for Steven Caldwell, Victor Moses and Jordi Gomez, the latter having spent time on loan at the Swans. Charles N'Zogbia is on the bench. Swansea make eight changes with Alan Tate captaining the side, on-loan Marvin Emnes starts for the first time and midfielder Kemy Agustien makes his debut. Ashley Williams is out with concussion. Skipper Garry Monk is on the bench."

Man Utd v Wolverhampton line-ups
Man Utd: Amos, Brown, Smalling, Evans, Fabio Da Silva, Obertan, Carrick, Gibson, Park, Macheda, Bebe. Subs: Kuszczak, Neville, Hernandez, Rafael Da Silva, Brady, Eikrem, Morrison.
Wolverhampton: Hennessey, Foley, Mouyokolo, Berra, Elokobi, Hunt, Mancienne, David Jones, Jarvis, Ebanks-Blake, Fletcher. Subs: Hahnemann, Van Damme, Edwards, Stearman, Bent, Milijas, Doyle.
Referee: Michael Jones (Cheshire)

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand on Twitter: "Not playing so gonna cheer the lads on from the stands! Would rather play but still enjoy seeing the young lads do their thing!"

From DeadRevel on 606: "Re 1905. I still think the conspiracy theory that Paul was 'whacked' by Lawro for fear of losing his Premier League prediction duties is the best one."

Leicester v West Brom team news
Leicester manager Sven-Goran Eriksson makes eight changes from the team that lost 2-0 to Swansea at the weekend, with Andy King, Lloyd Dyer and Franck Moussa the only survivors from that loss. West Brom boss Roberto Di Matteo makes 11 changes to his sixth-placed Premier League side which beat Fulham on Saturday. Simon Cox and Roman Bednar start in attack with Graham Dorrans coming into the midfield.

BBC Sport's David Dulin at the DW Stadium: "Roberto Martinez walked out on Swansea City 16 months ago to take charge of Wigan Athletic, angering many fans after previously saying he would have to be forced out of the club. Now he is set for a reunion with the Swans in the Carling Cup. Should be an interesting night."

Ipswich v Northampton team news
Ipswich boss Roy Keane brings in reserve keeper Brian Murphy in place of Marton Fulop, while Tamas Priskin - a scorer in the previous round - also comes in but there is still no return for Connor Wickham. Northampton's hero in the last round, Abdul Osman, comes in, while Craig Hinton earns a first start of the season, but John Johnson is suspended after a red card at the weekend.

Mr_Wobble_Head on Twitter: "Tonight could be the start of a special career if Ravel Morrison comes off the bench for Manchester United."


I've heard a lot about Mr Morrison, but not seen much so far, apart from highlights of a youth-team game he played in when I was staying across MUTV on the day the Wayne Rooney saga ended last week. He looked very handy, in a 'beats four players and slams home a brilliant finish kind of way'.

Leicester v West Brom line-ups
Leicester: Logan, Neilson, Morrison, Miguel Vitor, Berner, Abe, King, Dyer, Gallagher, Howard, Moussa. Subs: Weale, Teixeira, Fryatt, Kennedy, Wellens, Lamey, Hobbs.
West Brom: Myhill, Pablo, Cech, Meite, Zuiverloon, Reid, Tchoyi, Dorrans, Cox, Barnes, Bednar. Subs: Carson, Mattock, Shorey, Miller, Mantom, Tamas, Jara.
Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)

Birmingham v Brentford team news
Birmingham make seven changes from the side that beat Blackpool at the weekend, with Maik Taylor deputising for Ben Foster in goal. Brentford make just one change from the starting XI that defeated Peterborough with cup-tied Richard Lee replacing keeper Ben Hamer.

From Andy, via text: "Does anyone think Wolves have any chance tonight. We need a boost or I fear for our Premier League survival."

Birmingham v Brentford line-ups
Birmingham: Taylor, Carr, Dann, Ridgewell, Parnaby, Bowyer, Gardner, Michel, Derbyshire, Phillips, O'Connor. Subs: Foster, Johnson, Ferguson, Fahey, Zigic, Redmond, Asante.
Brentford: Lee, Spillane, Legge, Osborne, Woodman, Wood, Bean, O'Connor, Weston, Alexander, MacDonald. Subs: Royce, McCracken, Balkestein, Hunt, Grabban, Diagouraga, Simpson.
Referee: Dean Whitestone (Northamptonshire)

Ipswich v Northampton line-ups
Ipswich: Murphy, Eastman, Delaney, McAuley, Smith, Edwards, Norris, Leadbitter, Townsend, Priskin, Scotland. Subs: Fulop, Peters, O'Connor, Hyam, Brown, Murray, Griffiths.
Northampton: Dunn, Rodgers, Hinton, Hall, Davis, Gilligan, Wedderburn, Osman, Mckay, Jacobs, Thornton. Subs: Walker, Guinan, Holt, Konstantinou, Harris, Slowe, Kaziboni.
Referee: Eddie Ilderton (Tyne & Wear)

1921: Kick-off for that Wigan-Swansea game has been delayed by 15 minutes because some of the 4,500 travelling Swans fans have been caught up in an accident on the M6. Kick-off will now be at 2000 BST.

Wigan v Swansea line-ups
Wigan: Al Habsi, Stam, Gary Caldwell, Alcaraz, Figueroa, Moses, Watson, Thomas, Diame, Gomez, Boselli. Subs: Kirkland, N'Zogbia, Steven Caldwell, McArthur, Rodallega, De Ridder, Di Santo.
Swansea: Ma-Kalambay, Rangel, Tate, Serran, Taylor, Cotterill, Pratley, Agustien, Van der Gun, Emnes, Beattie. Subs: De Vries, Orlandi, Dyer, Dobbie, Monk, Sinclair, Allen.
Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)

1917: You can talk Carling Cup, you can talk cephalopods, you can even talk about the blooming Ballon d'Or. But please, talk to me tonight. How? Tweet me at chrisbevan_bbc on Twitter, get on board the good ship 606 or text me via 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide).

1916: A bit more team news - and slightly more predictable this. West Brom have made 11 changes from Saturday's win over Fulham for their game with the Foxes. Full details to follow very shortly, I promise.

1914: What else is happening? Well, Wigan and Swansea meet in what will be a bit of a grudge match at the DW Stadium, what with Roberto Martinez having left the Swans last year to take charge of the Latics. And new Leicester boss Sven-Goran Eriksson has his sights on Wembley ahead of his side's tie with West Brom. He never managed a team there while he was in charge of England, because it was being demolished or built.

1911: A bit of team news to whet your appetite: Bebe makes his first start for Manchester United. No Nani to look after him though.

1908: Enough already. So, what is in store for us over the next few hours? Erm, quite a lot actually. We've got five games in total, including holders Manchester United against Wolves and two of the giantkillers from round three in action too. Northampton (who beat Liverpool at Anfield) take on Roy Keane's Ipswich and Brentford (who knocked out Everton, also on penalties) will be looking for another Premier League scalp when they play Birmingham.

1905: There have been plenty of puns about Paul in the hours since his demise but most of them have sunk without a trace (sorry). However, I've picked the best one out of Davy Jones' locker (not sure what the Cardiff boss has to do with this, but still) for you to enjoy/endure... by BBC Sport's very own Honest Frank, who tweeted earlier: "Sad news. Paul the Octopus has died. Perhaps they can give a posthumous award for Underseas Sports Personality of the Year."

1902: I'm sure a few of you feel like going out and drowning your sorrows after hearing about the demise of Paul the Octopus earlier today but the show must go on. It's the Carling Cup fourth round tonight and we are going to have a whale of a time - go on, it's what your favourite cephalopod would have wanted.



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