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By Phil Dawkes

2210: That's one half of the Carling Cup last 16 taken care of. Tomorrow sees Stoke v Liverpool, Wolves v Manchester City, Blackburn v Newcastle and Everton v Chelsea. I'm down to talk you through the lot again but I would suggest this may be subject to change. If me and my potty mouth make it back please join me. For now though, I'll see thee. Now, have I ever told you how much I love Aldershot.....

Full time
FULL-TIME Aldershot 0-3 Manchester United
Alistair Magowan reports: "Manchester United soothe some of Sunday's hurt with the balm of a Carling Cup win over Aldershot that also reminds Sir Alex Ferguson of the other delights in his squad. ."

2205: Aldershot boss Dean Holdsworth: "I'm proud of my team's effort. They worked extremely hard and there's a lot to learn from playing against sides like that. When my players look at what the best do there are a few lessons there."

2204: Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson: "We had a difficult day on Sunday simply because we tried to play by the history book. If we kept sensible we would have been ok but it's in our nature to try and win the game with 10 men or nine men. The team tonight will always give me a few nudges, it's a fantastic squad."

2204: Manchester United striker Michael Owen: "We were a little bit under pressure after the result at the weekend, but even though it was a different team, we still have Manchester United reputation to look after in many ways no matter what side went out."

2202: Despite your requests I've decided it may be safest not to post any of your Tweets on here regarding my little faux pas earlier (which for the record I am once again sincerely sorry). However, if you want to follow the action (and the last few minutes of rapidly expiring journalist career) please head over to #bbcfootball. I for one am really enjoying it. Through the tears.

Full time
FULL-TIME Arsenal 2-1 Bolton
Saj Chowdhury reports: "Arsenal have a gem in match-winner Park Chu-Young, but the inexperienced side were lucky not to have been taken into at least extra-time by a potent Bolton."

2156: I think it's fair to say it's not been a stellar night of Carling Cup action but there was enough to keep us fully entertained. Manchester United were of course expected to win, but after Sunday it's a timely boost to do so so professionally. Arsenal came from behind to win giving further evidence that there's some grit in the Gunners, while Crystal Palace and Cardiff maintained their hope that they can muscle in on the big boys' trophy action.

Football League full-time: Huddersfield secure a 40th unbeaten game in the league, but they were made to sweat by a battling Scunthorpe in a 2-2 draw. Also in League One, Preston blow their advantage late in the game as Oldham twice come from behind to secure a thrilling 3-3 finish. Charlton keep up their winning ways as a Bradley Wright-Phillips brace gives them a win, and in League Two top sides Crawley and Southend also secure victories.

Full time
FULL-TIME Crystal Palace 2-0 Southampton
Chris Smith reports: "Crystal Palace scored two second-half goals to knock out Championship rivals Southampton and book their place in the Carling Cup quarter final, courtesy of goals from Darren Ambrose and Jermaine Easter."

2146: I think it's fair to say the last few minutes haven't been my finest work. Thank goodness not many people noticed. Just to check that's the case I'll have a quick check on Twitter... oh. Oh dear. As an American sports journalist similarly skilled to myself once said, boom goes the dynamite.

Scottish Communities League Cup update: Ayr United have taken another SPL scalp with Chris Smith's late header dumping St Mirren out of the tournament. Kilmarnock eventually broke down 10-man East Fife thanks to second-half goals from Mohamadou Sissoko and Gary Harkins. There's extra time at Tannadice, where Dundee United and Falkirk are tied at 1-1.

2142: With regard to a now corrected earlier entry, AlderSHOT I'm sorry. I'm so, so, so, so, so, so sorry. Sorry. That's sorry. Once for good measure; sorry.

Full time
FULL-TIME Cardiff 1-0 Burnley
Dewi Hughes reports: "Joe Mason's moment of brilliance sends Cardiff City into the quarter-final of the Carling Cup for the first time since 1965. The young striker's movement unsettled the Burnley defence throughout, and his curling left-foot effort after 40 minutes shows he also has a finisher's touch. Burnley's best moments came in the first half when they twice tested Cardiff keeper Tom Heaton."

2139: FULL TIME Crystal Palace 2-0 Southampton

2138: FULL TIME Cardiff 1-0 Burnley

2138: FULL TIME Aldershot 0-3 Manchester United

2137: FULL TIME Arsenal 2-1 Bolton

Scottish Communities League Cup update: There's an upset on the cards at St Mirren Park, where Chris Smith has headed Ayr United in front. Can the First Division strugglers hold on to claim a place in the semi-finals?

2133: Aldershot threaten again and it's that man Gutteridge who has a free-kick from the edge of the area saved by Manchester United keeper Ben Amos. They're doing their best to take at least one fond memory away from this game.

2131: Aldershot with a decent chance as the game heads into the final stages. Luke Gutteridge fires just wide from the edge of the box after Nemanja Vidic could only half-clear a cross. It remains 3-0 though.

2129: Bit more to bring you on the Carlos Tevez story from earlier. An interesting line on the hearing is that Manchester City have found the striker guilty of refusing to play against Bayern Munich, rather than refusing to warm up. You can read the full story here.

2127: Burnley begin to press Cardiff back deeper into their own half, and Ben Mee sends a free header wide. At the other end, Mark Hudson manages to head over from two yards after Peter Whittingham's cross is missed by Burnley keeper Lee Grant. Still anyone's game with 10 minutes to go.

Crystal Palace goal: Dan Harding brings down Jonathan Williams in the area and Jermaine Easter makes no mistake from the spot. Looks like Palace have booked themselves a quarter-final spot as their fine start to the season continues.

2124: GOALFLASH Crystal Palace 2-0 Southampton (Jermaine Easter penalty)

2123: Almost 4-0 to Manchester United at Aldershot as Dimitar Berbatov's free-kick is well parried by keeper Ross Warner.

From Anon, via text: "Antonio Valencia is one of the most underated players. He defends and attacks all game as is a constant threat up front and a rock defending... If he had played against City over the weekend the result might have been different!"

2120: Bolton pressing for an equaliser at the Emirates and they're coming mighty close as well. Gael Kakuta sees his free-kick saved low by Lukasz Fabianski. The keeper then makes a howler when he almost scoops Chris Eagles' drive into his own goal. Soon after, Ivan Klasnic's low shot is saved by the feet of Fabianski before the keeper performs heroics again to prevent Gary Cahill's effort from going in. Arsene Wenger needs to get out of his seat again.

Scottish Communities League Cup update: You wait 70 minutes for a goal and three come along at once. Farid El Alagui heads Falkirk in front at Dundee United, only for Johnny Russell to immediatley lash home an equaliser. Kilmarnock have finally broken down 10-man East Fife, with Mohamadou Sissoko on target. Meanwhile, Ayr United are growing in confidence at St Mirren. Still 0-0 there...

Crystal Palace goal: The deadlock is broken at Selhurst Park as Jonathan Williams' cross from the right is slid home by Darren Ambrose.

2115: GOALFLASH Crystal Palace 1-0 Southampton (Darren Ambrose)

Football League latest: Southend put four past Torquay on Saturday in League Two, and now they're 2-0 up against lowly Barnet. Torquay are 4-0 to the good against AFC Wimbledon after a second goal for Rene Howe; the visitors are reeling after conceding four to Crawley at the weekend. Up in League One, penalties apiece for Bury and Notts County and The Shakers lead 2-1, while Carlisle's two goals in six minutes have them 2-1 up against the run of play at home to Sheffield Wednesday.

2114: Palace striker Jermaine Easter with the only chance of any note since the resumption of play at Selhurst Park. The striker found himself in a good position but was off balance and pulled his shot just wide.

2114: Two more substitutions for Manchester United see Michael Keane come on for Ezekiel Fryers and Ravel Morrison on for Mame Diouf.

2111: Manchester United playing the possession game now. They've got this game won and are content to have Aldershot chasing after them. It may well be an expected victory, but after Sunday any sense of superiority will be a confidence boost for Sir Alex's side.

BBC Radio 5 live
Former Aldershot striker and BBC Radio 5 live pundit Steve Claridge: "The game has hit a bit of plateau since the fantastic strike from Antonio Valencia but Aldershot are holding their own."

Tmwakesi on Twitter: "Dear Fergie,3:0 against Aldershot is a muted response. We want a hiding to erase Sunday's memories. Sincerely-expectant fan."

2106: Substitution for Manchester United sees Tom Cleverley replaced by Paul Pogba. Another one off the Old Trafford conveyor belt.

Former Bolton midfielder and current West Ham player Matt Taylor at Emirates Stadium for BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: "What a superb way to score your first goal for Arsenal. Park Chu-Young was very intelligent there, and it was a great finish into the bottom corner. Adam Bogdan in the Bolton goal had no chance."

Adam_Clatworthy on Twitter: "Worst thing about this match for Aldershot is that it puts Hylton in the shop window. He's looked a level above his team-mates."

2103: Great chance for Dimitar Berbatov to grab his second when he goes clean through on the Aldershot goal, but when he cuts back onto his left foot he drags his shot wide of the right-hand post.

2102: Cardiff dictate play at the start of the second half, and a slick one-touch passing move ends with Peter Whittingham's shot being tipped over by Lee Grant for a Bluebirds corner.

Arsenal goal: Arshavin again picks the ball up from deep and drives towards the centre, taking three defenders with him before setting up Park Chu-Young, who curls in a superb effort into the far corner. Total switch around and Arshavin is the instigator... possibly being worked like a puppet by the genius mind of his manager.

2059: GOALFLASH Arsenal 2-1 Bolton (Park Chu-Young)

2058: So far the second half at Selhurst Park has been a bit of a scrappy affair. Southampton have more control of the game, while Palace are more frantic in their play but no real chances to tell you about as yet. This game needs a goal!

Arsenal goal: Arsene Wenger's touchline co-ordinating works instant magic as Andrey Arshavin collects the ball from 20 yards out on right side of area and drifts into box before driving a low shot into the bottom right corner of the Bolton net. Now that's how you manage.

2051: GOALFLASH Arsenal 1-1 Bolton (Andrey Arshavin)

2055: Gael Kakuta whips in a ball from the right which Ivan Klasnic gets to but cannot direct his effort on goal. It's a bit of a switch-around at the Emirates. The visitors have started the half superbly and Arsenal look a bit out of sorts. Arsene Wenger out of his seat and directing wildly like a mad air steward.

thelazykoalas on Twitter: "Dean Holdsworth's done his best to further his management career; he's opted to look Spanish. Unfortunately #mufc even slicker."

Manchester United goal: Peach of a goal for Antonio Valencia who receives the ball square from Tom Cleverley, and hammers it past Aldershot keeper Ross Worner from 25 yards. Looks a long way back for the hosts now.

2051: GOALFLASH Aldershot 0-3 Manchester United (Antonio Valencia)

Bolton goal: Emmanuel Frimpong is dispossessed by Fabrice Muamba, who plays a one-two with Darren Pratley in the area and the return is fired into the roof of the net by Muamba. Shock for the Gunners, who had looked the better side prior to half time.

2050: GOALFLASH Arsenal 0-1 Bolton (Fabrice Muamba)

2049: Palace and Southampton is back underway as well, as is Cardiff v Burnley.

2048: Half-time substitution for Aldershot who bring Bradley Bubb on for Alex Rodman. The home side kick off the second half.

2047: And on that note, we're underway again at the Emirates.

2046: So only Manchester United in a genuine position of strength in their game. Arsenal have looked the better side but have been unable to find a finishing touch. Cardiff have shaded it against Burnley, but Eddie Howe's men are still in it, while Palace and Southampton are working hard but producing precious little. OK, I'm going to be honest with you, like the current series of X Factor it's not been very entertaining, but let's not get downhearted. Keep the faith folks. Second halfs on their way...

Football League half-time latest: Cruise control for Chris Powell and his Charlton side as they head to the dressing room two goals to the good at Wycombe. Also in League One, Preston went 2-0 up before conceding twice in four minutes just before the interval; North End have now conceded nine in their last three games. League Two leaders Crawley are ahead 2-1 against 10-man Dagenham and Redbridge, after Scott Doe's dismissal in the 14th minute. Torquay and Morecambe are also sitting comfortably, winning 3-0 and 3-1 versus Rotherham and AFC Wimbledon respectively. So far it's been a goal-tastic evening in the Football League, but can it continue?

Half time
Crystal Palace 0-0 Southampton
Chris Smith's HT snapshot: "Plenty of endeavour on both sides at Selhurst Park but the game is desperately lacking a goal. The Saints, despite all the changes, started impressively without really making Palace keeper Lewis Price work. Palace have grown into the game and probably had the better of the last 15 minutes. Let's hope the second half is better."

Scottish Communities League Cup update: Not a sniff of a goal anywhere after 45 minutes. Dundee United are all over Falkirk but have wasted a number of good openings, while Ayr United are digging in and making life difficult for St Mirren. Kilmarnock have been given a tough time by East Fife but the Second Division side will have to play the second half with 10 men following a second booking for Robert Ogleby.

Half time
Cardiff 1-0 Burnley
Dewi Hughes's HT snapshot: "Joe Mason's moment of genuine class separates the sides at Cardiff City Stadium, giving the Bluebirds a lead they deserve on balance. Burnley started brightly, but lost their way as the home team seized the initiative."

BBC Radio 5 live
Former Aldershot striker and BBC Radio 5 live pundit Steve Claridge: "Everyone is happy. Aldershot have played well but Manchester United have looked professional and at times have looked in a different class, as you would expect. It's still been a decent game."

Half time
Aldershot 0-2 Manchester United
Alistair Magowan's HT snapshot:
"Aldershot have threatened at times from long-range but Dimitar Berbatov has proven the difference so far with a cute finish and assist for Michael Owen. "

Half time
Arsenal 0-0 Bolton
Saj Chowdhury's HT snapshot:
"Arsenal have missed Thomas Vermaelen - brilliant at the back so far and almost scored a cracker. Bolton have also been rattled by the threat of striker Park Chu-Young, who twice went close."

2033: HALF TIME Crystal Palace 0-0 Southampton

2032: HALF TIME Cardiff 1-0 Burnley

2030: HALF TIME Aldershot 0-2 Manchester United

2030: HALF TIME Arsenal 0-0 Bolton

Sam_arsenal96 on Twitter: "28th December 2010.That's the last time Huddersfield lost in the league.PL 39 W22,there on target to make it 40 games unbeaten."

Cardiff goal: Cardiff make the breakthrough as Joe Mason scores a sublime goal. His movement again catches the Burnley defence napping and this time the striker delivers a composed finish as he curls a left-foot effort into the bottom corner.

Manchester United goal: The Red Devils in complete control now at Aldershot. On the break down the right Dimitar Berbatov sets up Michael Owen, who shoots into the centre of the goal and despite getting a hand to it, keeper Ross Worner can't keep it out. He may not see much action in the league, but Owen is loving the Carling Cup this season. That's three goals in two League Cup matches.

2027: GOALFLASH Cardiff 1-0 Burnley (Joe Mason)

2027: GOALFLASH Aldershot 0-2 Manchester United (Michael Owen)

2027: Arsenal stepping it up. Andrey Arshavin sets up Park Chu-Young who tries to place his shot past Adam Bogdan but the keeper dives low to tip past the post.

2025: Dimitar Berbatov and Mame Biram Diouf go close with headers for Manchester United. The latter had the best opportunity of the two from an Antonio Valencia cross. At the other end Aldershot's Danny Hylton looks like he is fouled in the box but was flagged beforehand for offside.

Football League latest: League One table-toppers Charlton take a 1-0 away lead at Wycombe as Bradley Wright-Phillips taps in from close range. Richard Cresswell sweeps home a Stephen Quinn assist to put Sheffield United ahead versus Karl Robinson's MK Dons, while Tommy Miller crashes home a Huddersfield leveller at Scunthorpe. In League Two, Hereford are harrying hosts Northampton, scoring twice in 20 minutes. Cobblers boss Gary Johnson is under pressure and that scoreline is not helping.

2022: Adam Bogdan called into action again at the Emirates as Andriy Arshavin tees up Thomas Vermaelen from a free-kick and the big defender's fierce strike is goalbound until the keepers palmed intervention. It's Arsene Wengers side on top in the rain at the moment.

2020: Cardiff respond well to Burnley's pressure as Craig Conway's shot is well saved by Lee Grant before Don Cowie fires over the bar from close range. A goal at either end would be no surprise.

2019: Meanwhile, there's a chance for Southampton at Selhurst Park. A great ball down the right flank from 16 year-old James Ward-Prowse, Jonathan Forte collects before cutting in and shooting, but Palace keeper Lewis Price parries his effort to safety.

2018: Arsenal threatening at the Emirates. Yossi Benayoun cuts in from the left but curls his shot two-foot wide of the far post. The Gunners starting to take a bit more control of the game but it remains goalless.

2016: A bit of frustration creeping in for Manchester United and striker Dimitar Berbatov in particular. He runs into dangerous territory but laments the lack of support for the attack and in the end the move breaks down. Aldershot not doing too badly here. But those trees haven't seen that much action down their end yet.

2013: Fine effort from Aldershot's Jermaine McGlashan as he takes on the Manchester United defence but his angled shot from the right side rises just over the bar.

Beeds89 on Twitter: "The shirt numbers of the Aldershot players add up to 205. The shirt numbers of Utd add up to 505."

2012:Football League latest: Colchester fans are aghast inside the first minute as they fall behind to a Wesley Thomas long-range strike for Bournemouth. It's a better start for the home side at Morecambe as Gary McDonald sends the Shrimps a goal to the good against Rotherham. Huddersfield concede away at Scunthorpe - might the Terriers be heading for a first league defeat in 40 games? At Bescot Stadium, Walsall and Exeter trade a goal apiece inside the first 15 minutes.

2012: End to end stuff at Selhurst Park. Palace have a decent chance but Nathaniel Clyne's shot from the right side of penalty area sails over the bar.

2012: Penalty shout for Manchester United as Dimitar Berbatov is bundled over on the edge of the Aldershot box but referee Peter Walton waves the Bulgarian's appeals away. Moments later, Fabio bursts into the box and his shot is deflected wide of the left-hand post. United looking dangerous now.

2011: A chance at both ends at the Emirates. Darren Pratley sees a 20-yard strike palmed away by Lukasz Fabianski, before Park Chu-Young matches it with a long-range effort of his own that Adam Bogdan saves.

2009: Now I'm having a stinker. It was of course Burnley winning at Coventry. I tell you what, refresh now and it will be like that never happened. Oh who am I kidding, it's out there now. I've let the teams down, I've let myself down and worst of all I've let you down.

TraumaticThrash on Twitter: "That was a great team goal by United. Clinical finish by Berba, great to see him on the scoresheet."

2006: An early opening goes begging for Cardiff as Joe Mason flashes an effort wide from eight yards out. Great movement from the young striker to find space but he could deliver a composed finish. But Burnley then test Cardiff keeper Tom Heaton twice in the space of a minute. Keith Tracey fires a low effort towards the bottom corner, forcing Heaton to be at full stretch to turn around the post. The stand-in keeper then comes to his side's rescue from the resulting corner to deflect Ben Mee's header onto the bar.

2005: First real chance of the match at Selhurst Park falls to the Saints. Lee Holmes takes a inswinging corner from the right to the near post, but Jack Cork's header is cleared by Darren Ambrose.

Former Bolton midfielder, current West Ham player, Matt Taylor at Emirates Stadium for BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: "Bolton's midfield is playing a great shape at the moment. Arsenal are having a lot of the ball but they're not penetrating."

2003: Just to clear up an error from our reporter at Cardiff. It was a 2-1 win for Burnley at Coventry. Apologies for that.

Manchester United goal: It's simple stuff for Sir Alex's men, with Ji-Sung Park playing a one-two with Tom Cleverley before cutting the ball back for Dimitar Berbatov to finish with his left foot.

1959: GOALFLASH Aldershot 0-1 Manchester United (Dimitar Berbatov)

1958: Just to step away from the action for a moment, I can bring you news from Manchester City (who you seemingly can't keep out of the headlines). Striker Carlos Tevez has been fined four weeks wages, been given a two weeks suspension (which has been deemed to already have been served) and warned about his future conduct by the club following an internal investigation into his conduct at Bayern Munich.

Yellow card
1954: We have ourselves an effort on goal (or to be more precise, over it) at Aldershot and it goes to the visitors. Dimitar Berbatov lays off to Tom Cleverley, but the midfielder's left-footed shot from the edge of the box is well over... as I mentioned in the brackets. Sorry to ruin the tension. Minutes later Nemanja Vidic goes into the book for a foul on Alex Rodman.

Dewi Hughes reports: "Three changes in Cardiff's side from Saturday's 5-3 win over Barnsley as Kenny Miller, Tom Heaton and Ben Turner make way. Burnley show four changes from their 3-2 win against Coventry as Andre Amougou, Ross Wallace, Junior Stanislas and Marvin Bartley miss out."

Former Bolton midfielder, current West Ham player, Matt Taylor is at Emirates Stadium for BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: "The Bolton team are vastly experienced. I would expect a good performance, although it will be a difficult game. For Arsenal, any cup that they contend in is a massive chance to finally win some silverware."

1949: First chance of the night at the Emirates and it goes to the home side. Andriy Arshavin almost makes Gary Cahill pay for a bit of indecision in the area but luckily for the England defender a goal kick is the end result.

1946: And around the same time, the two other matches have begun. So that would be all four then. Lovely stuff.

1945: Meanwhile, we're underway at the Emirates as well.

1945: I always like it when you can see trees towering over a stadium. That's the scene which greets us at Aldershot, who will be kicking towards said trees. It's Manchester United who kick us off though.

1943: We've got teams on pitches. Time to get this crazy Carling Cup show on the road. Good luck if your team's involved, just enjoy it if you're not.

Chris Smith reports: "Saints boss Nigel Adkins' makes 10 changes from the side that drew 1-1 with Reading on Saturday. The stand-out news is that 16-year-old James Ward-Prowse makes his debut, while Lee Barnard returns to the bench from a long-term injury lay off. Darren Ambrose returns to the Palace line-up after missing the 1-0 vicory at Ipswich on Saturday. Back-up goalkeeper Lewis Price, midfielder Jonathan Williams and Stuart O'keefe also return as Palace boss Dougie Freedman rings the changes."

1941: Scottish Communities League Cup latest: It's the quarter-final stage and we have three SPL teams at home to sides from the lower divisions. The draw lessens the chance of surprise results but Dundee United will have to be on guard against a sprightly Falkirk side that shocked Rangers in the previous round, while Ayr United, the visitors to St Mirren, have taken a few big scalps in recent seasons. Kilmarnock are huge favourites against East Fife but the part-timers ousted Aberdeen at Pittodrie to set up their trip to Rugby Park.

1939: We're edging towards kick-off kind sirs and madams. The tension is building. If you could all do me a quick favour as well and refresh your page to get the Midweek Final Score video at the top of your page that would be grand.

aidan on Twitter: "How about some love for James Ward-Prowse at #Southampton? he's only 16. #England youth player making his debut tonight."

Simon Carter on Twitter: "Tough game for Saints tonight, may go all the way. Cup run is nice but a win on Saturday is definitely more important!!"

Alistair Magowan reports: "Time for Manchester United's players to put Sunday's hammering out of their minds? Not really. Sir Alex Ferguson includes no players from the Manchester City defeat with Ben Amos in goal, Nemanja Vidic in defence, Tom Cleverley returning from injury and Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Owen up front. Aldershot make four changes to the side which beat Dagenham and Redbridge on Saturday. The rested trio of Darren Jones, Ben Herd and Danny Hylton all return."

Crystal Palace v Southampton line-ups
Crystal Palace:
Price, Clyne, McCarthy, Ramage, Moxey, Williams, Dikgacoi, Parr, O'Keefe, Ambrose, Easter. Subs: Speroni, Gardner, Iversen, Jedinak, Zaha, Pedroza, Dorman.
Southampton: Bialkowski, Butterfield, Reeves, Martin, Harding, De Ridder, Ward-Prowse, Schneiderlin, Holmes, Cork, Forte. Subs: Dovey, Richardson, Lambert, Barnard, Do Prado, Moore, Dean..
Referee: Mark Haywood (W Yorkshire)

Saj Chowdhury reports: "Defender Thomas Vermaelen makes his first Arsenal start in two months having recovered from an ankle injury. Ju-Young Park and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain start in attack for the Gunners, who make several changes. Bolton's Gary Cahill and Darren Pratley are the only two players to keep their places from the side that started against Sunderland."

1929: If the Aldershot players are short of inspiration for an upset they need look no further than their manager Dean Holdsworth, who once scored the winning goal in Wimbledon's surprise 1-0 win at Old Trafford in October 1992. You can read more about Aldershot's story in Paul Fletcher's blog.

1927: When Sir Alex Ferguson took charge of Manchester United in 1986, Aldershot Town did not even exist in it's current form. The Hampshire town was then represented by Aldershot FC, who subsequently folded in 1992, allowing Town to fill the void left behind soon after. Almost 20 years later and Aldershot have climbed five divisions from the Isthmian League Division Three to League Two. Meanwhile, Sir Alex's men have been quietly winning 21 major domestic and European trophies and establishing themselves as one of the biggest clubs in the world. So barely a Mike Phelan hair's breadth between them then.

1925: Football League latest: It's pretty much a full quota of games in League One and League Two, with the 33 fixtures throwing up some real humdingers. Charlton, top of the League One tree, travel to Buckinghamshire to take on a Wycombe side poised just outside the relegation zone on goal difference. Can Huddersfield extend their mammoth unbeaten league run, currently at 39 games, away at stuttering Scunthorpe? In League Two, second-from-bottom Barnet welcome second-to-top Southend to Underhill, while leaders Crawley, who scored five on Saturday, play a Dagenham and Redbridge side who conceded five on Saturday.

Aldershot v Manchester United line-ups
Worner, Herd, Jones, Morris, Straker, McGlashan, Vincenti, Guttridge, Rodman, Hylton, Rankine. Subs: Young, Aaron Brown, Collins, Bubb, Pulis, Smith, Panther.
Manchester United: Amos, Jones, Vidic, Fryers, Fabio Da Silva, Valencia, Cleverley, Park, Diouf, Owen, Berbatov. Subs: De Gea, Vermijl, Michael Keane, Pogba, William Keane, Morrison, Cole..
Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)

1921: Aldershot manager Dean Holdsworth: "It's a massive challenge but we're excited about it. We spoke about it 45 minutes ago, talking about being on a world stage tonight. It's fantastic for the players and I hope we do ourselves credit. We can pass the ball and I know we have big hearts."

Arsenal v Bolton line-ups
Fabianski, Yennaris, Vermaelen, Squillaci, Miquel, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Frimpong, Coquelin, Benayoun, Park, Arshavin. Subs: Mannone, Miyaichi, Aneke, Boateng, Meade, Ozyakup, Watt.
Bolton: Bogdan, Steinsson, Cahill, Knight, Gardner, Mark Davies, Pratley, Muamba, Sanli, Klasnic, Kakuta. Subs: Jaaskelainen, Eagles, Reo-Coker, Blake, Ngog, Wheater, Riley.
Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)

Cardiff v Burnley line-ups
Heaton, McNaughton, Hudson, Gerrard, Taylor, Whittingham, Cowie, Conway, Gunnarsson, McPhail, Mason. Subs: Marshall, Kiss, Earnshaw, Keinan, Quinn, Blake, Ralls.
Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Edgar, Mee, Easton, McCann, Marney, Treacy, MacDonald, Rodriguez, Hines. Subs: Stewart, Wallace, Bartley, Amougou, Austin, Hewitt, Harvey.
Referee: Darren Deadman (Cambridgeshire)

Leon Evans on Twitter: "I'm a bit worried for Arsenal tonight. No major players except for Vermalaen. Hope Bolton struggle like they have done so far."

1914: BREAKING TEAM NEWS - Manchester United make 11 changes from the team that lost 6-1 to Manchester City on Sunday. Amongst them are Tom Cleverley's return in midfield and Michael Owen making his second start of the season.

Chris Smith reports: "Top of the Championship and on course for back-to-back promotions, Southampton are looking to reach the quarter-finals for the first time since 2004 and only the second time in 14 years. Nigel Adkins' side have beaten the likes of Preston, Swindon and Torquay to get this far. Palace also are a team in form, after beating Ipswich at Portman Road at the weekend and the Eagles are up to fourth in Championship and have seen off the likes of Crawley, Wigan and Middlesbrough on the way in this competition. The last League Cup fixture between the two sides was in 1992 where Palace won 2-0."

Dewi Hughes reports: "A late night could be in store at a rain-lashed Cardiff City Stadium as Burnley visit the Welsh capital. The last three league encounters between the clubs have ended in 1-1 draws; Cardiff needed extra time to get past Leicester City in the last round, while three of Burnley's last four ties in this competition have been decided after 90 minutes. Oh and the last meeting in the League Cup between these two went to extra time, won by Burnley."

Saj Chowdhury reports:
"A couple of weeks ago, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said his side were "slowly getting there". They have won six out of their last seven matches and are creeping up the league table. It still won't be seen as ideal, but it seems the "sack Wenger" murmurs have quietened down. A few miles north west and Bolton's current league predicament is far from palatable for their fans. Injuries have not helped and boss Owen Coyle has stated he will leave out some of his key players tonight."

Alistair Magowan reports:
"Manchester United may be grateful to the fixture list for allowing them to metaphorically get back on the horse so soon after Sunday's crushing defeat by Manchester City. Better to get a game under their belts than mope around the training ground all week. That is all provided they win, of course, and League Two Aldershot have already beaten West Ham en route to this tie. But Aldershot boss Dean Holdsworth will be wary of the wounded animal."

Johnny Seven on Twitter: "Aldershot to win 7-1 tonight I reckon."

1908: As always though, you've got to play your part to make tonight all that it can be, so start aiming those fingers at some sort of communication technology with the usual wit and wisdom. You can Tweet the commentary via the hashtag #BBCFootball or text in via 81111 (UK). Oh, and if you could give this page a cheeky refresh you'll get a little audio link over on the right to BBC 5 live Sport.

1904: Plus, let's not forget there's a plethora of games from League One and Two, which I will endeavour to keep you informed of throughout the night. Of course, the scores are readily available at the click of a drop-down... over on the right... where it says scores. Got it? Lovely stuff.

1858: In addition, we've got Arsenal v Bolton, which can usually be relied upon to deliver the goods, and two all-Championship affairs as Cardiff host Burnley and the in-form Crystal Palace play the even more in-form Southampton. I can barely even remember what happened two days ago now.

1855: Arguably the most intriguing match sees Manchester United travel to League Two Aldershot, the only team from outside the top two divisions left in the tournament and perhaps the only side whose set of fans indulged in absolutely no schadenfreude at United's misfortune on Sunday for fear of the backlash that may well come their way tonight.

1850: But let's put the recent past behind us (or if you're a Manchester United fan, seal it in a bag with a couple of bricks and dump it in the river). There's enough on offer over the next two days to keep us well chuffed, starting with a quartet of tantalising Tuesday ties. And they must be decent because I've gone all alliterative.

1845: Even at the best of times, you can't help but feel a bit sorry for the Carling Cup. It's been re-named more times than Puff Daddy and devalued by morphing increasingly into a blooding arena for the kids. This week in particular though it really deserves some sympathy, having to somehow follow the drama, controversy and sheer entertainment the Premier League threw at our grateful faces last Sunday.

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Npower League One table snapshot

As it stood on 25 Oct 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Charlton 15 18 34
2 Huddersfield 15 20 31
3 Sheffield Wed 15 7 29
4 Sheffield Utd 15 10 28
5 Notts County 15 9 27
6 Tranmere 15 5 25
7 MK Dons 15 9 24
8 Carlisle 15 -3 24
9 Preston 14 2 23
10 Hartlepool 14 2 22
11 Brentford 15 1 22
12 Oldham 15 -3 21
13 Stevenage 15 4 20
14 Colchester 15 -1 19
15 Bury 15 -6 18
16 Scunthorpe 15 -2 15
17 Walsall 15 -3 14
18 Rochdale 15 -9 14
19 Leyton Orient 15 -11 14
20 Exeter 15 -13 14
21 Bournemouth 15 -9 13
22 Chesterfield 15 -9 12
23 Wycombe 15 -9 12
24 Yeovil 15 -9 11

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