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By Saj Chowdhury

2250: OK everybody, that was frantic. You can relive the Carling Cup action from Tuesday and Wednesday on The League Cup Show which is at 2320 BST on BBC One. Meanwhile, my colleague Sam Lyon will be back in the hot-seat [stop cheering!] on Saturday and Sunday for all the Premier League action.

BBC's Conor McNamara on Twitter: "Interviewed Roberto Mancini on Hargreaves: 'He scored a fantastic goal. I hope he can be lucky in the future for us'."

2240: And yes, it's Bryan Ruiz not John. I wasn't boxing clever there. Refresh that page.

2239: Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish on the return of skipper Steven Gerrard: "We're not going to throw him in and give him too many minutes. It's fantastic to see him back so don't let's spoil it by being irresponsible."

2238: Yes, I know, I was late with the Everton result. I was caught up in the penalty drama. Sorry.

2237: FULL TIME Everton 2-1 West Brom (after extra-time)

2236: The first 12 penalties in the match at Cardiff were converted before Fernandes' miss, as the tension increased in the Welsh capital. An unwelcome groundhog day for Leicester after the 2009/10 play-off semi-final defeat to the same opponents in the same manner, but they'll be back in the capital on Sunday with a chance for revenge in the Championship.

2231: At the Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff's Paul Quinn puts away the winning kick after Leicester's Gelson Fernandez, on season-long loan from St Etienne, pumps his penalty over bar. Joy for the Welsh side, but misery for Sven-Goran Eriksson's Foxes.

2230: There was controversy surrounding Bryan Ruiz's spot-kick for Fulham which hit the bar and bounced down, but not over the line according to the officials. Chelsea are ecstatic.

2229: CARDIFF beat LEICESTER 7-6 on penalties.

2228: CHELSEA beat FULHAM 4-3 on penalties.

Chelsea 4-3 Fulham - Ruiz misses

Chelsea 4-3 Fulham - Malouda scores

Chelsea 3-3 Fulham - Baird scores

Chelsea 3-2 Fulham - Kalou scores

Chelsea 2-2 Fulham - Dembele misses

Chelsea 2-2 Fulham - Terry scores

Chelsea 1-2 Fulham - Sidwell scores

Chelsea 1-1 Fulham - Luiz scores

Chelsea 0-1 Fulham - Zamora scores

Chelsea 0-0 Fulham - Lampard misses

2218: CARDIFF 2-2 LEICESTER (match goes to penalties).

2218: CHELSEA 0-0 FULHAM (match goes to penalties).

2218: Hello all. I think this page needs a little refresh because I stated that Phil Neville scored against Fulham.

2213: Chelsea's Romelu Lukaku plays a ball across goal which is brilliantly cleared by Philippe Senderos. At the other end, Steve Sidwell fires over for Fulham.

2211: Remarkable scenes in extra-time at Goodison. Phil Neville, that's right, Phil Neville smashes his effort high into the net after he was fed the ball by Royston Drenthe.

2209: GOALFLASH Everton 2-1 West Brom (Phil Neville)

2209: West Brom's Somen Tchoyi beats Johnny Heitinga for strength and takes the ball around Everton goalkeeper Jan Mucha, but hits the ball over the top from a tight angle.

2204: Yuki Abe nearly scores for Leicester against Cardiff with a glancing header after Neil Danns whips in a free-kick.

sectum5empra on Twitter: "At the game & Chelsea are poor. Enjoying the possession but not doing anything. Need to commit midfielders into final third."

2204: Fulham's Steve Sidwell breaks into the area but his effort lands in the grateful arms of Ross Turnbull. By the way, Chelsea have lost seven of their last eight shoot-outs. Sorry Blues. They're only stats anyway.

2202: OK, football fans, how are your nerves? Cardiff, Leicester, Chelsea and Fulham must be preparing for the dreaded penalties now. Who do you fancy?

PaulThompson89 on Twitter: "Hargreaves and Bellamy both scoring tonight...have I fallen asleep and woken up in 2007?!!"

2156: I am sensing penalty o'clock tonight. It's still Cardiff 2-2 Leicester, Chelsea 0-0 Fulham and Everton 1-1 West Brom, which was the 2000 BST kick-off, in extra-time.

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Anon via 81111: "With Mancini claiming City do not have enough midfielders and Hargreaves back. As a United fan it hurts. He was one of the best English players and if he gets back to top form City would have made a very good signing. At least England may finally have another quality central midfielder!"

2153: FULL TIME Everton 1-1 West Brom (extra-time to be played)

daviddavidlim on Twitter: "Good to see #Brighton doing well after all those long nomadic years. They look like a #Prem team of the future - from @LFC fan."

2148: Midfielder Marouane Fellaini fires Everton level from about 20 yards - extra-time at Goodison too?

2146: GOALFLASH Everton 1-1 West Brom (Marouane Fellaini)

BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty at the Amex Stadium: "Liverpool survive an anxious conclusion to beat Brighton. But they were deserved winners and had the bonus of seeing the very welcome return of Steven Gerrard."

2144: Everton's Leighton Baines smashes the ball into the wall as Everton begin to throw everything at West Brom, who are hanging on to their 1-0 lead. The home side are running out of time though.

2141: FULL TIME Cardiff 2-2 Leicester (extra-time to be played)

2141: FULL TIME Chelsea 0-0 Fulham (extra-time to be played)

2141: FULL TIME Brighton 1-2 Liverpool

Scottish Communities League Cup update: Falkirk's Mark Millar scores in the dying seconds to give his side a stunning 3-2 win over Rangers.

2138: Ashley Barnes scores from the spot after Jamie Carragher is judged to have fouled Rodriguez Vicente. Superb strike into the roof of the net.

2137: GOALFLASH Brighton 1-2 Liverpool (Ashley Barnes)


2135: Zdenek Grygera has been a rock at the back for Fulham and he makes another crucial block, this time to deny striker Romelu Lukaku. Chelsea have created far more than their opponents despite having 10 men, but unless something happens soon we're heading for extra time at Stamford Bridge.

Scottish Communities League Cup update: Rangers have levelled at Falkirk! Nikica Jelavic heads home in the dying minutes to make it 2-2. Extra-time beckons unless either side can deal another dramatic blow before 90 minutes is up.

2132: Cardiff's Rudy Gestede shifts the ball to his right before unleashing a brilliant 25-yard shot that dips into the bottom corner.

2130: Liverpool's Maxi Rodriguez plays in Dirk Kuyt just inside the area on the left. The Dutch international drills his angled shot which goes in off the post. The Reds are now two up at Brighton.

2128: GOALFLASH Brighton 0-2 Liverpool (Dirk Kuyt)

2127: GOALFLASH Cardiff 2-2 Leicester (Rudy Gestede)

2125: Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer makes a stunning save from Chelsea's John Terry, whose header appeared to be looping into the corner. But the Australian stopper somehow clawed the ball away to deny the England captain. So many chances have been spurned, unbelievable that it's still 0-0.

2124: Ryan Bertrand pops up in the box for Chelsea but his shot is saved by the legs of Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer. Remains a very open game at Stamford Bridge with 15 minutes remaining.

2123: Steven Gerrard makes his first appearance for Liverpool since March with 15 minutes of the match remaining.

Scottish Communities League Cup update: Rangers have a mountain to climb now. Farid El Alagui has just headed his second goal to put Falkirk 2-0 up. The First Division side are around 16 minutes away from victory.

Scottish Communities League Cup update: Celtic have defeated Ross County 2-0 in the match that started at 1915 BST thanks to Gary Hooper's opener and a Scott Boyd own goal. Ayr have levelled against Hearts after a leveller from Gareth Wardlaw, while there is a potential shock on the cards at Falkirk, who lead SPL leaders Rangers thanks to a goal from Farid El Alagui.

2118: Peter Odemwingie is brought down by Everton keeper Jan Mucha in the box and Chris Brunt makes no mistake from the penalty spot, firing low beyond Mucha.

2117: Southampton's second goal is created and finished by substitute Adam Lallana, who'd only been on the pitch for a matter of minutes. The midfielder stoops to head home a Lee Holmes cross from close range to put Southampton ahead against Preston once again.

2115: Neil Danns is tackled just outside the area by Darcy Blake, but the ball falls kindly for Lloyd Dyer to put Leicester into a 2-1 lead at Cardiff

2114: GOALFLASH Everton 0-1 West Brom (Chris Brunt pen)


2112: GOALFLASH Southampton 2-1 Preston (Adam Lallana)

2112: GOALFLASH Cardiff 1-2 Leicester (Lloyd Dyer)

Manchester United striker Michael Owen on Twitter: "Vicente coming on for Brighton. Played against him at the height of his powers and he was top notch."

2109: Everton come flying out of the traps at the start of the second half in their match against West Brom. Seamus Coleman cuts in from the left and hits a drive that Marton Fulop catches. Encouraging start for Everton.

2105: It's now Brighton in control against Liverpool at the Amex Stadium. Lovely stuff from Gus Poyet's men. And by the way, Chelsea's heroic keeper Ross Turnbull replaced Petr Cech who went off with an injury towards the end of the first half.

2103: So a description of the Preston goal? It was against the run of play at St Mary's after Preston midfielder Darel Russell's effort was spilled by Southampton keeper Bartosz Bialkowski and Adam Barton was on hand to prod home the rebound.

2102: Everton and West Brom have had half chances - new signings Royston Drenthe and Denis Stracqualursi for the home side and Peter Odemwingie and Somen Tchoyi for the Baggies. It hasn't been a classic so far, but still bubbling up nicely at Goodison Park.

2102: Manchester City goalscorer Owen Hargreaves plays 57 minutes before being substituted by manager Roberto Mancini. Great comeback by the England international.

2059: Brighton are inches away from an equaliser against Liverpool after a truly awful pass from Sebastian Coates is picked up by Craig Noone, whose long-range strike hits the crossbar.

2057: GOALFLASH Southampton 1-1 Preston (Adam Barton)

Someone has won a penalty
Red card
2055: Kerim Frei is through on goal but is brought down after Alex is judged to have fouled. The Brazil defender is shown red, but Pajtim Kasami misses the spot-kick after Ross Turnbull pushes the shot on to the bar.




2050: The 1945 BST Carling Cup matches are back under way.

2048: It's half-time in the match between Everton and West Brom - the score is 0-0.

NobbyNolano on Twitter: "As a Toon fan I'm gutted Kazenga Lua Lua isn't playing for Brighton tonight - he's got talent!"

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Steve in Lyme via 81111: As a football fan I can not stand Man Utd, but as a human being I am pleased Owen Hargreaves has scored tonight.

2043: OK, let's see what you guys have been saying on the interweb-thing.

Scottish Communities League Cup update: There have been no goals at Somerset Park or the Falkirk Stadium. First Division sides Ayr (playing Hearts) and Falkirk (taking on Rangers) have had their chances against top-flight opposition but no breakthrough yet. Up at Dingwall, Celtic are now 2-0 up against Ross County with around 30 minutes to play.

BenniiiP on Twitter: "Future looks bright for Southampton, having overcome tricky financial times."

BBC Radio 5 live
2040: BBC Radio 5 live commentator Matt Holland at Chelsea: "Josh McEachran has had a very impressive half. He uses the ball extremely well and is linking well with Romelu Lukaku - very encouraging signs for the future of Chelsea."

Half time
BBC's chief football writer Phil McNulty at The Amex Stadium: "Liverpool will wonder how this game hasn't been put to bed. Craig Bellamy has been outstanding and the movement of Luis Suarez is tormenting Brighton. And yet the Seagulls somehow still have hope."

2037: In the 2000 BST kick-off, there is little to choose between Everton and West Brom so far. Peter Odemwingie looking a threat as another run and shot drifts wide of Jan Mucha's left-hand post.

2035: It is half-time in all the 1945 BST Carling Cup games.

BBC Radio 5 live
2033: BBC football pundit Steve Claridge on Radio 5 live: "I'm disappointed with the way Brighton have played when they've had the ball. They're much better than this. They've not played with enough pressure across the whole pitch."

Someone has struck the woodwork
2031: Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy and Jay Spearing both strike the woodwork with great long-range efforts. The Reds are dominating at Brighton.

2029: Steve Howard slides in at the near post to equalise for Leicester after some great trickery by Jeff Schlupp.

2027: Mario Balotelli extends Manchester City's lead with a precise low strike across goal. It is difficult to see Roberto Mancini's team letting this lead slip.

2025: GOALFLASH Cardiff 1-1 Leicester (Steve Howard)

2025: GOALFLASH Manchester City 2-0 Birmingham (Mario Balotelli)

2024: Southampton scorer Jos Hooiveld goes close again but his 30-yard strike is saved.

2022: Cardiff are in front thanks to Don Cowie's looping header. Game on at the Cardiff City Stadium.

2020: GOALFLASH Cardiff 1-0 Leicester (Don Cowie)

2018: Chris Weale makes a good save from Rudy Gstede, gathering at the second attempt after the Cardiff striker is played in by Filip Kiss.

2017: Fulham striker Orlando Sa gets behind Alex, but the Brazilian defender recovers to make a last-ditch challenge to deny him, as the away side enjoy a rare foray forward.

2017: It should be 2-0 Liverpool at the Amex Stadium - again - as Dirk Kuyt's delightful flick releases Luis Suarez behind the Brighton defence, but the Uruguayan slides his finish across goal and wide.

2015: A Southampton corner is flicked on by Ben Reeves and headed home by Jos Hooiveld. The Saints deserve to be 1-0 up.

2013: GOALFLASH Southampton 1-0 Preston (Jos Hooiveld)

BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC football pundit Steve Claridge on Radio 5 live: "You do get this from Craig Bellamy. Liverpool are absolutely dominating this game in all areas. The movement, the options, they're just cutting through this Brighton side. This is nothing more than they deserve."

StefanKB on Twitter: "As a United fan, I can't stand Man City. But I'm chuffed for Hargreaves getting a goal. He deserves it."

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Vernon Evans-Davies, Wales via 81111: Has Hargreaves gone off injured yet then?

2009: Leicester's Jeff Schlupp wastes a great chance, heading over the Cardiff crossbar from eight yards out after connecting with Franck Moussa's cross.

2008: Penalty shout for Chelsea as Florent Malouda appears to be tugged back by Stephen Kelly. But referee Chris Foy is not impressed. You've seen penalties given for that. Chelsea dominating the early stages though, Fulham are struggling to live with them at the moment.

BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty on Twitter: "Liverpool very bright at the start here. Lots of possession and Brighton pushed back."

2004: Yes, you read right. Owen Hargreaves has scored - it was a belter from outside the area. By the way, this is the first time the midfielder has played more than 10 minutes of first-team football in three years.

2003: GOALFLASH Man City 1-0 Birmingham (Owen Hargreaves)

andymcnamara on Twitter: "I forgot that Birmingham are the holders of the Carling Cup."

1959: Championship side Southampton have made the better start against League One side Preston at St Mary's.

1958: Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge fires a low shot into the side-netting when he had players waiting in the box. A wayward effort from Swiss teenager Pajtim Kasami is the closest Fulham have come so far - 0-0 after seven minutes.

1956: Luis Suarez finds Liverpool team-mate Craig Bellamy on the left side of the area. The Wales striker fires across the keeper, with his low shot going in off the far post. His first goal in his second spell at the club.

1954: GOALFLASH Brighton 0-1 Liverpool (Craig Bellamy)

BBC football pundit and former Brighton striker Steve Claridge on Radio 5 live: "Liverpool were very good at Exeter. I think they're taking this competition very seriously, looking at the bench. If things aren't going very well, they have options to change it."

1951: Liverpool's Jay Spearing fires over the Brighton bar from about 20 yards.

Scottish Communities League Cup update: The match between Ross County and Celtic kicked off at 1915 BST and the visitors are a goal up through Gary Hooper. However, the hosts will be heartened by Michael Gardyne's piledriver that hit the post. Ayr United v Hearts and Falkirk v Rangers are just kicking off now. There is live text commentary on the ties on this website.

1946: The five 1945 BST Carling Cup matches have kicked off.

1945: In the other game on the south coast this evening, Southampton make 10 changes to the team that routed Birmingham 4-1 at home in the Championship on Sunday. Ben Reeves starts for the Saints for the first time in attack, while full-back Danny Butterfield plays in his first fixture of the season. For Preston, a debut is given to Jamaican forward Keammar Daley who signed in the transfer window, while veteran midfielder Ian Ashbee returns to the starting line-up having overcome a recurring knee injury.

Southampton v Preston line-ups
Bialkowski, Butterfield, Martin, Hooiveld, Dickson, Holmes, Chaplow, Schneiderlin, Reeves, De Ridder, Forte. Subs: Davis, Fonte, Lambert, Cork, Lallana, Ward-Prowse, Shaw.
Preston: Arestidou, Clucas, Morgan, Wright, Smith, Daley, Russell, Barton, Ashbee, Mayor, Tsoumou. Subs: Comrie, Gray, Carlisle, Nicholson, Miller, Mellor, Zibaka.
Referee: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire)

1943: Joe Mason and Stephen McPhail start for Cardiff, Paul Quinn comes in for Kevin McNaughton at right-back and captains the side, while Darcy Blake and Dekel Keinan start in central defence. Rob Earnshaw returns to the side alongside Rudy Gestede in attack. Leicester give starting berths to both play-maker Michael Johnson and 18-year-old Jeff Schlupp, but are missing Matt Oakley with a back injury while Michael Ball has failed to overcome a calf problem.

Cardiff v Leicester line-ups
Marshall, Taylor, Keinan, Quinn, Blake, Kiss, Cowie, Mason, McPhail, Earnshaw, Gestede. Subs: Santiago, Gerrard, Whittingham, Conway, Gunnarsson, Naylor, Evans
Leicester: Weale, Pantsil, Mills, St. Ledger, Ball, Johnson, Moussa, Danns, Howard, Dyer, Schlupp. Subs: Schmeichel, Peltier, King, Beckford, Abe, Fernandes, Kennedy.
Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire)

1939: Chelsea hand debuts to Romelu Lukaku, Oriol Romeu and Ryan Bertrand as Andre Villas-Boas makes nine changes from Saturday's defeat to Manchester United. Didier Drogba is on the bench. Fulham hand debuts to summer signings Orlando Sa and Marcel Gecov as Martin Jol makes eight changes from the draw with Manchester City.

Chelsea v Fulham line-ups
Cech, Ferreira, Luiz, Alex, Bertrand, McEachran, Romeu, Malouda, Sturridge, Lukaku, Kalou. Subs: Turnbull, Lampard, Mata, Drogba, Mikel, Bosingwa, Terry.
Fulham: Schwarzer, Kelly, Baird, Senderos, Grygera, Gecov, Kasami, Frei, Briggs, Orlando Sa, Ruiz. Subs: Etheridge, John Arne Riise, Sidwell, Zamora, Dembele, Kacaniklic, Halliche.
Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)

1937: So Owen Hargreaves comes in for his Manchester City debut - as do Costel Pantilimon, Stefan Savic and Abdul Razak - among 11 changes to the side held by Fulham at the weekend, though the likes of Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli offset the lack of experience on show. As for Birmingham, Keith Fahey is the only player in the first XI remaining from last season's Carling Cup final triumph.

Man City v Birmingham line-ups
Man City:
Pantilimon, Onuoha, Toure, Savic, Bridge, Zabaleta, Hargreaves, Razak, Kolarov, Tevez, Balotelli. Subs: Taylor, Rekik, Milner, Clichy, Suarez, Aguero, Scapuzzi.
Birmingham: Doyle, Spector, Ibanez, Davies, Murphy, Burke, N'Daw, Fahey, Beausejour, Redmond, Rooney. Subs: Myhill, Caldwell, King, Gomis, Zigic, Asante, Jervis.
Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)

1935: Everton's two summer signings Royston Drenthe and Denis Stracqualursi make their full debuts as David Moyes restores captain Phil Neville to the starting line-up. West Brom boss Roy Hodgson has retained only Jonas Olsson and Peter Odemwingie from the side that lost 3-0 at Swansea.

Everton v West Brom line-ups
Mucha, Neville, Heitinga, Jagielka, Baines, Coleman, Barkley, Fellaini, Rodwell, Drenthe, Stracqualursi. Subs: Howard, Hibbert, Bilyaletdinov, Distin, Cahill, Gueye, Vellios.
West Brom: Fulop, Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Mattock, Tchoyi, Dorrans, Thorne, Brunt, Odemwingie, Cox.
Referee: Jon Moss (W Yorkshire)

1933: By the way live video fans, if you refresh this page you can read my words and watch Midweek Final Score.

1931: The big team news for Liverpool is that Steven Gerrard is back on the bench after six months out with a groin injury. Craig Bellamy also starts while Luis Suarez leads the attack for Kenny Dalglish's side. Ashley Barnes is on the bench for Brighton while midfield man Alan Navarro, once of Liverpool, starts.

Brighton v Liverpool line-ups
Ankergren, Calderon, Greer, Steve Cook, Vincelot, Navarro, Sparrow, Bridcutt, Noone, Buckley, Mackail-Smith. Subs: Brezovan, Dunk, Barnes, Vicente, LuaLua, Taricco, Kasim.
Liverpool: Reina, Kelly, Carragher, Coates, Robinson, Kuyt, Spearing, Lucas, Maxi, Bellamy, Suarez. Subs: Doni, Gerrard, Carroll, Downing, Wilson, Shelvey, Flanagan.
Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)

Tonight's Carling Cup tie at the Cardiff City Stadium is something of a dress rehearsal for the more serious business of the Championship, as Leicester make the first of two visits in five days. The big-spending Foxes are hoping to build on Saturday's win over Championship high-fliers Brighton but come up against a Bluebirds side who, according to boss Malky Mackay, played some "magnificent" football against Blackpool last weekend.

West Brom knocked out Manchester City at this stage last year and a repeat of that would go down well at the moment - given the disappointment of Saturday's 3-0 defeat to Swansea, which roots them to the bottom of the Premier League. Everton are on a decent run and will take some beating at Goodison Park.

Top-of-the-Championship Southampton welcome Preston to St Mary's for a clash between two sides who swapped divisions last season. The Saints' excellent start to the campaign has seen them lose only once, and they swept past Swindon in the previous round of the League Cup. Preston North End, on the other hand, are also in fine form; six wins on the bounce means they're in the League One play-off places and looking to extend their fine run of form tonight.

Birmingham, winners of this competition last season, could be forgiven for offering a wry smile at comments from Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini at the weekend complaining of "a lack of players". It will be interesting to see who gets the nod tonight from the Premier League's most expensively assembled squad - and indeed how the visitors, now in the Championship of course, cope. Recent form suggests there's only one winner… but stranger things happen at sea, right?

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas looks set to blood his youngsters for the visit of Fulham, who are hoping to go beyond the third round for the first time in six years. But Martin Jol's Fulham will take confidence from their stirring comeback against Manchester City when they step out at Stamford Bridge.

BBC's chief football writer Phil McNulty at The Amex Stadium: "Brighton welcome Liverpool to The Amex Stadium on a high as they lie third in the Championship and having already accounted for Sunderland in the Carling Cup. Leicester City ended their unbeaten run on Saturday but there is a real feeling they can spring a surprise. Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish believes his side owes their fans a performance after the dismal loss at Spurs on Sunday, and the strength of his side in the previous round at Exeter City indicated he is taking this competition seriously."

1916: Time to set the Carling Cup scenes.

gaete316 on Twitter: "Got 8 mins in the Hargreaves sweepstake!!!! Let's hope he lasts that long!!!"

BREAKING CHELSEA TEAM NEWS: Chelsea hand full debuts to Romelu Lukaku, Oriol Romeu and Ryan Bertrand.

Brighton boss Gus Poyet: "You need practically a perfect game to be able to beat Liverpool and we are going to try."

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish: "The boys have to repay our fantastic support on Sunday [during 4-0 defeat at Tottenham], because we know we didn't play well. That is the standard we are setting for ourselves, and we are not going to settle for anything less."

BREAKING LIVERPOOL TEAM NEWS: Steven Gerrard is on the bench for Liverpool in their match at Brighton.

BREAKING MAN CITY TEAM NEWS: Owen Hargreaves starts for Manchester City v Birmingham.

1904: By the way, Keir Murray is your live text commentator for tonight's Scottish Communities League Cup ties. Open up another tab.

1859: What makes this live text commentary - apart from the words typed, this software programme, the contributions of my colleagues and the BBC - are your tweets and texts. So if you're Twittering then use the hashtag #BBCFootball, contact me directly @sajchowdhury or text in via 81111 (UK).

1854: Meanwhile, there are three ties in the Scottish Communities League Cup - two of them involve the Old Firm duo. There will be updates on all those games.

Ross County v Celtic (1915 BST)
Ayr v Hearts (1945 BST)
Falkirk v Rangers (1945 BST)

1849: There are six third-round Carling Cup ties to pay attention to. Extra-time and penalties if needed. Who will be tonight's Michael Owen? Which team will provide a hope of a 'cupset' then crumble? Which goalkeeper will emulate penalty-saving king Heurelho Gomes? I know, harsh. Anyway, here you go:

Brighton v Liverpool (1945 BST)
Cardiff v Leicester (1945 BST)
Chelsea v Fulham (1945 BST)
Man City v Birmingham (1945 BST)
Southampton v Preston (1945 BST)
Everton v West Brom (2000 BST)

1845: Now, if someone had told me a year ago that Kenny Dalglish would return as Liverpool manager, Manchester City would sign Owen Hargreaves and that Sven-Goran Eriksson would be picked to revive Leicester's fortunes, I would have said, "no way wise guy" - or something. But they're all set to feature tonight in 'Carling Cup Third Round Wednesday'. Will the action trump last night's drama? Stay tuned to find out.

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