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By Sam Lyon
2235: A miserable night, then, for the Premier League's newest trio - if indeed Norwich, QPR and Swansea wanted to stay in the Carling Cup, which given their team selections was not entirely obvious - and so too for Sunderland, whose boss Steve Bruce now finds himself under real pressure, surely. The Carling Cup rarely fails to produce stories does it? So I tell you what, let's do it all again tomorrow night - when I'll be throwing in a bit of
too. That game, people, is blooming HUGE. You've been reading
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE UPDATE: Genk beat Maccabi Haifa 4-1 on penalties to join Bayern Munich, Villarreal, Dinamo Zagreb and APOEL in the pot for the groups stages. Five more ties to be played tomorrow night - including
- happy days.
PhilSnowdon1 on Twitter:
"Depressing that the promoted Premier League sides can't be bothered with the cups. Especially when they have eight less games to play this season."
Stuey, delirious Wolves fan on the A45, via text: "Would just like to tell everybody that I have just met George Elokobi and it was the best moment of my life."
2225: And it's Bristol Rovers into the second round, 4-2 victors in the penalty shoot-out against Watford - John Eustace and Carl Dickinson missing from the spot for the Hornets.
2220: ...battling to reach the second round, meanwhile, are Bristol Rovers and Watford - and it will take penalties to separate them as that match finishes 1-1.
2219: It's all over at the Amex Stadium - and Brighton have knocked out Sunderland 1-0. A fourth Premier League casualty of the evening. Burnley, meanwhile, hold on to see off Barnet, while Cardiff see off Huddersfield. Those three victors move into the third round...
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE UPDATE: Nothing separating the sides in extra time, but Maccabi Haifi came closest to winning the tie at the expense of Genk, as Talb Tawatha's effort came back off the post. We have penalties!
2215: Chance for Sunderland to level at Brighton... only for Connor Wickham to punt over a decent chance from inside the area. He's been off the boil tonight the Black Cats' summer signing.
2214: We definitely won't be having penalties at the Cardiff City Stadium as Don Cowie slams home on the rebound to make it 5-3 against Huddersfield.
2213: Closing minutes at the Amex Stadium - and Sunderland are struggling to create anything at all against Brighton. The Championship outfit still leading 1-0.
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE UPDATE: Itzhak Cohen has been dismissed for Maccabi Haifa for a second bookable offence. There's 10 minutes left of extra time in this one, with Genk 2-1 up on the night, the tie 3-3 on aggregate - looks like we may be heading for penalties.
dagsysafc on Twitter:
"Steve Bruce to be the first managerial casualty of the season? Hardly a suprise if it happens."
2208: Just Bristol Rovers-Watford heading for penalties as it stands - and both sides look unperturbed by the prospect, neither going for broke at present. It's still 1-1 there with less than 10 minutes of extra time left.
2205: It's open as you like at the Amex Stadium right now, with both Brighton and Sunderland going for gold. Brighton still lead 1-0, mind.
2200: It's level no more at Turf Moor now, though, as Chris McCann bags on the stroke of extra-time half-time to make it Burnley 3-2 Barnet. Burnley were semi-finalists two years of course, losing in heartbreaking fashion to Tottenham in the end.
2157: Still level in the matches between Bristol Rovers and Watford, and Burnley and Barnet, by the way. Penalties loom large.
2150: And it's advantage Cardiff in the Welsh capital now, Craig Conway restoring City's lead after being pegged back from 2-0 up against Huddersfield, 4-3 Cardiff in extra time now.
2148: Goal at the Amex Stadium... and it's to Brighton, Craig Mackail-Smith heading home at the back post to put the hosts 1-0 up against Premier League Sunderland.
johnhillsport on Twitter:
"That's the first time Rochdale have progressed into the third round of the League Cup since 1962 when we reached the final."
Simon in Leeds via text: "Surely Simon Grayson can't leave Ramon Nunez on the bench again - five goals this season already for Leeds!!"
Matthew_Taylor on Twitter:
"Think QPR, Swansea and Norwich are using the cliche 'concentrating on the league'. Who'd want to do a Birmingham?"
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE UPDATE: Villarreal and Bayern Munich avoid potential upsets by booking their places in the group stages of the competition. The Spanish side overcome Denmark's Odense 3-0 on the night (3-1 aggregate) and Bayern are 1-0 (3-0 aggregate) victors over Zurich. Dinamo Zagreb, despite losing 2-0 to Malmo, and APOEL are the other teams to progress. Genk against Maccabi Haifa is 3-3 on aggregate and playing in extra time.
2142: Your full-times rolling in now - with Norwich, QPR and Swansea the high-profile exits, so far. Time for that to change, though, with Brighton-Sunderland, Bristol Rovers-Watford, Burnley-Barnet and Cardiff-Hudderfield all heading for extra time.
2140: And it's late action, too, at Turf Moor as Ricky Holmes levels for Barnet three minutes into stoppage time at Barnet, 2-2.
2139: Woe for Huddersfield! They were seconds away from a famous win in the Welsh capital but Cardiff look to have forced extra time thanks to Don Cowie's injury-time strike - it's 3-3 there with seconds left.
2137: Leicester seal the win against Bury as Neil Danns makes it 4-2 in stoppage time.
2135: Talking of upsets... Swansea look like joining fellow Premier League new-boys QPR and Norwich on the 2011-12 Carling Cup scrapheap as Nicky Wroe makes it Shrewsbury 3-1 in that match.
2134: They were 2-0 down, but Huddersfield look to have completed a remarkable comeback to seal an upset as Jordan Rhodes fires home against Cardiff to make it 3-2.
2132: Carl Bennett... hits the post for Doncaster! It's still 2-1 to Leeds there. It's 2-0 - and finally comfortable - for Aston Villa against Hereford, meanwhile, as Nathan Delfouneso makes it 2-0.
2130: The full-time whistles drawing oh so close now... and Wolves grab a fourth, Sam Vokes smashing in to make it 4-0 at Northampton.
2128: Deary me... Reading twice have headers cleared off the line in quick succession as Charlton cling on to their slender 2-1 lead... and as they do so Leeds take a massive stride towards the third round, Ramon Nunez drilling in from range to make it 2-1 against Doncaster.
2126: QPR's Carling Cup dream... looks over. Gary Jones's stunning finish from range making it 2-0 to Rochdale. But Aston Villa's Carling Cup dream... is on! Eric Lichaj rewards the Premier League side's dominance with a fine 12-yard finish to make it 1-0 against Hereford. Crystal Palace 2-0 Crawley is over.
AvfcJosh on Twitter:
"People love cupsets, but I can tell you, it is very frustrating to be on the end of one!"
2123: Fourth goals for West Brom and Nottingham Forest, Marc-Antoine Fortune and Radoslaw Majewski bagging against Bournemouth and Wycombe respectively, it's 4-1 in both those games.
2122: Crunch goal at Gigg Lane, Lloyd Dyer's lovely dink restoring Leicester's lead at Bury 3-2.
2121: Steve Kabba gets Barnet back in it at Burnley, it's 2-1 to the hosts there now, the same scoreline as at The Valley, Sean Morrison getting Reading back in it against Charlton.
2119: We have SIX matches going to extra time as it stands. Time for all that to change.
2118: Goal at Sixfields... and it's all over, Wolves wrapping it up through Sylvan Ebanks-Blake's firm header from Michael Kightly's cross at Northampton.
2117: Still 0-0 at Villa Park... and Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish has just substituted lead striker Darren Bent against Hereford. Strange?
2115: Comeback complete for Huddersfield as Daniel Ward draws them level 2-2 at Cardiff, 20 minutes to go in that one.
2114: We're level again at Gigg Lane - Paul Gallagher dribbling in a free-kick to make it Bury 2-2 Leicester.
2113: Game on at Adams Park? Elliot Benyon's penalty making it Wycombe 1-3 Nottingham Forest, while Jason Euell has just bagged to double Charlton's lead against Reading, 2-0.
2111: It should be advantage Aston Villa - yet again - against Hereford, but Stephen Ireland heads wide. MK Dons are routing Norwich, Daniel Powell making it 4-0 thanks to a defensive lap. And after Wade Elliott doubles Burnley's lead against Barnet, Shrewsbury take the lead against Swansea, Mark Wright making it 2-1 with 23 minutes to go. The Premier League's promoted teams all being schooled tonight.
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE UPDATE: Villarreal have their goal, and @mistermorriss won't be happy, as it's former Manchester United man Giuseppe Rossi who gives the Spanish side the lead. This game is heading for extra time, as is Genk versus Maccabi Haifa. Sime Vrsaljko, easy for me to say, has been dismissed for Dinamo Zagreb but they are comfortable, holding a 4-1 advantage from the first leg over Malmo. APOEL looked to be on the way to booking their place in the hat for the group stages, leading 2-0 (2-1 on aggregate) against Wisla, but still time for things to change.
2109: Penalty shout at the Amex Stadium as Inigo Calderon felled by Sunderland keeper Kieron Westwood, only for the referee to book the Brighton player for diving. Harsh.
2107: Three-goal cushion for Nottingham Forest, Jonathan Greening laying in Robbie Findley to curl home on the counter attack and Wycombe look done and dusted.
2105: Just West Brom and Wolves flying the Premier League flag with pride tonight so far, then, with Aston Villa, Sunderland and Swansea drawing and QPR and Norwich losing. Cupset o'clock.
2103: Bad to worse for Norwich... they're 3-0 down, and it's a beauty of a goal from MK Dons, a glorious move capped with a fine finish by Luke Chadwick. 3-0.
Dan in Tooting via text: "Forest now starting to come good this season. All together now (to the tune of Bohemian Rhapsody): Ish Miller, we will not let him go!"
2059: Huddersfield reduce their deficit at Cardiff, Jordan Rhodes on the scoresheet to make it 2-1 to City now.
2057: The Bournemouth comeback... stutters... West Brom restoring their two-goal lead through Simon Cox, 3-1 to the Premier League side there. Upset more likely at Gigg Lane, though, as Bury go 2-1 up against Leicester thanks to Ryan Lowe's fabulous striker.
2054: Sunderland living dangerously at the Amex Stadium as Craig Mackail-Smith hits the post for Brighton - so close. Still 0-0. That Ashley Barnes chance of a moment ago, by the way, actually took a deflection so not as bad a miss as I suspected.
2052: Ashley Barnes should give Brighton the lead against Sunderland... only to blaze over one-on-one. Shame.
2049: Bournemouth back in it against Premier League West Brom, Steve Lovell slamming home a cut-back to make it 1-2.
2048: Double your money for Crystal Palace, Wilfried Zaha - who had scored once in 49 matches before tonight - again the scorer, lashing in to make it 2-0 against Crawley.
2045: Don't forget you lot can get involved in this here commentary tonight, by the way. Even if it is to throw out potential kitten names - something of an indictment against the Carling Cup, though it is. Tweet the commentary via the hashtag
or text in via 81111 (UK). Now.
2043: Goal at the Selhurst Park... against the run of play... and it goes to Crystal Palace, Wilfried Zaha thumping the hosts ahead against Crawley.
2039: The lights are back on on the Amex Stadium scoreboard, I repeat, the lights are back on on the Amex Stadium scoreboard. Perhaps you can get the staff these days after all.
daveworley on Twitter:
"It scares me that West Brom have made 11 changes and yet are still fielding a decent side. What a difference a couple of years makes..."
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE UPDATE: Belgium's Genk are 2-1 ahead against Maccabi Haifi, with former Rangers midfielder Thomas Buffel on target for the home side, but it's now 3-3 on aggregate against the sides. Cypriot outfit APOEL Nicosia lead 1-0 against Wisla Krakow of Poland, with the tie now locked 1-1 on aggregate, and Villarreal need to score to overturn a 1-0 first leg deficit against Odense. Bayern Munich still lead 1-0 on the night while it's scoreless in the match between Malmo and Dinamo Zagreb.
marktrfc on Twitter:
"I wish teams would field stronger sides in the Carling Cup, it would create more interest. Could be a Wembley trip after all."
2035: Still time in the half for Millwall to double their lead, though, as Tamika Mkandawire lashes home against Morecambe - but it's not without a touch of controversy as a Morecambe player was lying injured as he did so. Ummm... I'm telling...
2031: Chance for Aston Villa now as Darren Bent gets a header on goal, only for David Cornell to pull off a fine save for Hereford. Having a good game is Cornell, by the way. Stil 0-0 there.
Danny, Loughborough via text: "Re: guy with kittens. Name them Live, Tuesday, Football."
2028: Comfort zone for West Brom as Marc Antoine Fortune prods in Graham Dorrans's centre to make it Bournemouth 0-2 West Brom.
mjb2112 on Twitter:
"Those kittens should be named after Sunderland's strikers tonight. So that's just three names left to find, then."
2025: Bury level against Leicester, Mike Jones finding the corner with a right-footed finish. Jay Rodriguez, who can't stop scoring in this competition, puts Burnley 1-0 up against Barnet, meanwhile.
2024: Not mentioned Sunderland tonight - but they're doing well, David Vaughan pulling the strings well in midfield - at least until Brighton's Craig Mackail-Smith blazes over after a fumble by Kieron Westwood in the Black Cats' goal. Let-off for Sunderland. Meanwhile, the scoreboard has broken at the new Amex Stadium, apparently. You just can't get the staff can you?
2022: Millwall lead against Morecambe - Hamer Bouazza the scorer with a 30-yard free-kick. So Lucas' cats could be either Ebanks-Blake, Nunez and Bouazza... or Sylvan, Ramon and Hamer. Nice. Nenad Milijas just misses out on naming honours - the Serb making it Northampton 0-2 Wolves.
2018: MK Dons are all over all-change Norwich at the moment, the League One outfit giving their Premier League opponents a bit of a lesson. Still 2-0 to the visitors in that one.
2017: Fourth goal of the season for Ramon Nunez as he smashes home from the edge of the area to draw Leeds level at Doncaster.
2016: He's missed a few tonight but Sylvan Ebanks-Blake finally breaks the deadlock at Sixfields with a fine finish from Kevin Foley's pass to make it Northampton 0-1 Wolves.
CaptainSte3le on Twitter: "In response to the guy getting kittens (see 2007) name them after the next three players to score"
2013: More poor defending from Norwich and Paul Lambert's apparent wish to be out of the Carling Cup looks like being granted, Sam Baldock running unchallenged before unleashing an unstoppable finish from 20 yards to make it 2-0 to MK Dons. Charlton open the scoring, meanwhile, as Paul Benson puts the Londoners 1-0 up against Reading.
2011: Another chance for Wolves at the Sixfields Stadium as the Premier League outfit break from a Northampton corner only for Sylvan Ebanks-Banks to fire across goal and wide.
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE UPDATE: Just the one goal in the five games so far. Bayern Munich have all but wrapped up their passage into the draw for the group stages as Mario Gomez puts the German side 1-0 up (3-0 on aggregate) against Zurich.
Lucas via text: "Sam, my girlfriend has agreed to let me have the live text on the laptop whenever I want - providing she gets three kittens - which are now arriving tomorrow. I need names though - I was thinking Sam, Patrick and Lyon as a tribute to my new found freedom." Love it.
2007: Leicester lead at Bury, Jeffery Schlupp continuing his hot scoring streak following a first-round hat-trick with a fine finish to make it 1-0 to the Foxes.
2005: And now another Premier League side concede, former Canary Luke Chadwick punishing his former side's slack defending to make it Norwich 0-1 MK Dons.
2004: And blink-and-you-miss-it it's now Cardiff 2-0 Huddersfield, Jon Parkin heading home a second barely 6-0 seconds after the hosts' opener. Swansea... are pulled back! Shrewsbury's Marvin Morgan taps in from four yards out to make it 1-1 against the Premier League outfit.
2003: Goal for Cardiff against Huddersfield now, Gabor Gyepes getting on the scoresheet to make it 1-0 to the Welsh outfit.
2001: Plenty of football being played, too, in the Norwich-MK Dons match - Sam Baldock has missed the best chance of the match so far, though, allowing Canaries keeper Declan Rudd to save from his 12-yard shot.
1958: Chances - and misses - galore in the Northampton-Wolves tie, the hosts this time awry with an effort, Ade Akinfenwa blazing wide when well placed in the box.
1956: Nottingham Forest rampant early doors - Lewis McGugan puts them 2-0 up against Wycombe, while West Brom are ahead at Bournemouth thanks to Jerome Thomas's excellent curled finish. Swansea also lead now - a touch against the run of play, it has to be said - and there's a large slice of fortune about it, too, Shrewsbury defender Shane Cansdell-Sherriff heading into his own net under pressure from Danny Graham.
1953: Glorious chance wasted by Wolves striker Sylvain Ebanks-Blake against Northampton, one-on-one. Waste. They've started well the in-form Premier League outfit.
1952: A couple of surprise early goals going in - but this one is not such a shock, Ishmael Miller finishing with aplomb to give Nottingham Forest the lead against Wycombe. And Watford's lead has lasted three minutes - Matt Harrold drawing Bristol Rovers level.
1950: It is swiftly followed by Marvin Sordell's opener for Watford at Bristol Rovers - and then by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro's surprise goal against Premier League QPR, the Rochdale player turning in on the rebound.
1949: Our first Carling Cup goal of the evening - James Hayter turning in from close range to give Doncaster the lead against Leeds.
1948: They may have made wholesale changes, but so far it's positive starts for Wolves and Swansea in their matches - the former have already gone close through Michael Kightly.
1946: Right, here we go, we are up and running.
1944: Just so you know, by the way, our man Shamoon Hafez will also be bringing you the latest from tonight's Champions League qualifying second-leg ties. Which is nice.
gdog_81 on Twitter:
"If villa do get knocked out tonight Birmingham have gone further than them in the cup without even kicking a ball."
1943: Quite a few debutants on show tonight, then - and I tell you what, this is the stage to make your mark isn't it? Years from now, sat with the grandchildren by the fireplace, who wouldn't want to boast about a Carling Cup second-round debut goal in a losing cause at the Greenhous Meadow Stadium? Exactly.
1933: Some more team news now, though, and it concerns more wholesale changes to the Premier League outfits. For Wolves, it's 11 changes against Northampton and for Aston Villa it's the eight against Hereford. Fear not defenders of the Carling Cup, though - for Sunderland have made a paltry three changes for their match against Brighton. It's almost like they want to win this thing. Weird.
Crystal Palace v Crawley
gets under way, you can refresh this here page and cast your gaze over the visual delights of the BBC Midweek Final Score. Nice.
ChrisE_89 on Twitter:
"My accumulator is allowing for 5 cupsets tonight. No more. No less. Crawley, Bournemouth, Rochdale, Shrewsbury and Brighton."
Kyle in Magherafelt. Co. Derry via text: "RE: 1900 - judging by the united team of the last few weeks it may be treated as a competition to let some of the older players a chance at a competitive game."
1922: And talking of noteworthy selections... there have been more changes in the games involving QPR, Swansea and West Brom than during a Lady Ga-Ga wardrobe world tour. QPR make eight changes against Rochdale, Swansea nine against Shrewsbury and West Brom 11 at Bournemouth. Reserve-team-tastic.
1920: NORWICH v MK DONS Norwich: Rudd, Russell Martin, Whitbread, Ayala, Drury, Fox, Smith, Surman, Hoolahan, Jackson, Wilbraham. Subs: Ruddy, Bradley Johnson, Morison, Holt, Bennett, Lappin, De Laet. Milton Keynes Dons: Martin, Smith, Lewington, MacKenzie, Gleeson, Chadwick, Potter, Williams, Bowditch, Sam Baldock, Ibehre. Subs: McLoughlin, Balanta, Chicksen, Flanagan, Daniel Powell, George Baldock, O'Shea. Referee: Mark Heywood (Cheshire)
1919: Plenty of eyes, as there always is at this stage, on the team choices of your Premier League sides - and Norwich have gone all la-di-da against MK Dons so they have, making 11 changes to the side
that drew with Stoke last time out.
Fair to say all Canary eyes on the league this season, then...
Mistermorriss on Twitter:
"It's all about Odense FC knocking out Villareal tonight and thus facilitating Giuseppe Rossi's move to Spurs, Sam!"
1915: And here's where you lot step in and tell me what the blazes is going on in your world. Though if you could keep your communications relatively football-related, that would be aces. Tweet the commentary via the hashtag
or text in via 81111 (UK). Cashback.
1912: This, my friends, is your running order... All kick-offs 1945 unless stated Crystal Palace v Crawley Town, R1 (1930) Aston Villa v Hereford, R2 Bournemouth v West Brom, R2 Brighton v Sunderland, R2 Bristol Rovers v Watford, R1 Burnley v Barnet, R2 Bury v Leicester, R2 Cardiff v Huddersfield, R2 Charlton v Reading, R1 Doncaster v Leeds, R2 Millwall v Morecambe, R2 Northampton v Wolverhampton, R2 Norwich v MK Dons, R2 QPR v Rochdale, R2 Shrewsbury v Swansea, R2 Wycombe v Nott'm Forest, R2
1910: But fear not - I will endeavour to bring you fine folk the very best of the action, goals and incident as and when they happen. I just might not get them all in. We shall see. What do we have in store...
1908: Now, a little point of order, one that I always like to make at this stage of proceedings - we've got 16 matches tonight and no TV pictures. As Lemar might say, It's Not That Easy. Making matters just a touch more complicated, as well, is the fact that we have
three first-round matches mixed in with 13 second-round matches
tonight. Oh how we laughed in the office when we saw that, so we did.
1905: That's right, it's the Carling Cup - and tonight the Premier League outfits/youth teams enter the competition at the second-round stage. Your excitement is palpable. Seven matches from now, your team could be lifting the trophy at Wembley in front of 90,000 people - and at the same time booking a place in the Europa League. I mean, yes,
it doesn't protect you against relegation...
but it might just book you a match against Gaz Metan Medias. Let's get it on.
1900: Once regarded as very much the wooden spoon of domestic trophies, in many ways this is now the big one - the highest-profile realistic silverware target for all but a very select few in the English Leagues. Or, you know, an opportunity for teams to give their youngsters a competitive game. Whatever. Any guesses?
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