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Last Updated: Wednesday, 26 September 2007, 21:34 GMT 22:34 UK
League Cup as it happened
Aston Villa 0-1 Leicester Blackburn 3-0 Birmingham Fulham 1-2 Bolton Hull 0-4 Chelsea Manchester United 0-2 Coventry Sheffield Wednesday 0-3 Everton Tottenham 2-0 Middlesbrough West Ham 1-0 Plymouth


By Charlie Henderson

2230: Wanderers are the 16th team to go through to fourth round of the Carling Cup and join Arsenal, Blackburn, Blackpool, Cardiff, Chelsea, Coventry, Everton, Leicester, Liverpool, Luton, Manchester City, Portsmouth, Sheffield United, Tottenham and West Ham in the hat. The BBC Sport website will have all the details of Saturday's draw as and when.

2227: FULL-TIME Fulham 1-2 Bolton
Extra-time was great. Normal time wasn't.

"If the Fulham score stays the same there will have been 47 goals scored over today and yesterday's games in the Carling Cup all in open play."
supersupersuperleeds on 606

And to think, at one stage tonight we were struggling for any. Thanks for your help in getting through the famine to the feast.

2221: A caller on Tim Lovejoy's 606 is predicting Manchester United will be the new Leeds United... and he's a supporter of the champions! You can listen on BBC Radio 5live on 909 & 693 or the BBC Sport website. He's not the only United fan on a massive downer as well!

"I can't believe we have to listen to United fans moaning about having to buy cup tickets. Get over it! You're obviously not real fans."
Dave BWFC, via text on 81111

2220: Bolton last won away from home at the start of April when they beat Wigan. Ingathewinga reckons it's the start of the end for Manchester United, but could this be the start of something for Sammy Lee and Bolton?

2218: GOAL Fulham 1-2 Bolton
Stelios Giannakopoulos strikes and this should be the winner for Wanderers. Eight minutes left on the clock at Craven Cottage.

"The little Greek is back! What a week for our outcasts. First Campo and now Stelios."
Milky Joe's European Tour 07/08 on 606

"This is the beginning of the end for United. They have looked very average this season. I think Nani and Anderson were stupid buys."
ingathewinga on 606

Crikey, hold your horses. Think they'll probably manage to stay up and could win a few pots to boot as well.

"I'm guessing all the Moan U fans will say it's only the Carling Cup! Different if they'd won."
Pat the Hatter, via text on 81111
It's different for everyone if you win.

Player rater: If you've been to any games or are in the know like Mr Southall give your verdict on the men in action...

2206: John Southall is the BBC man in the know at Craven Cottage and the 5live commentator says extra-time is way better than the dross that came before it. A Bolton goal ruled out for offside and David Healy thwacking shots on to the crossbar not once, but twice. Still no decisive strike.

2159: In one of your British minutes, Tim Lovejoy is going to take over the BBC Radio 5live hotseat from Mark Saggers for an hour of 606. Call him on 0500 909 693 or text on 85058. Alternatively, stay sitting in your hotseat and join in here...

2155: FULL-TIME Manchester United 0-2 Coventry
That's the shock of the round, kids or no kids. Coventry were knocking around at 17/2 before the game.

"Only the League Cup but it's still great to see Man Utd lose!"
True scouser via text on 81111

"I'm in Malta, where Michael Mifsud is from, and although half the island are Man U fans, you can bet everyone will be going bonkers that a little guy from Malta knocked out arguably the biggest football team in the world from a cup competition. They're going to be so proud! Michael Mifsud for sainthood!"
zany_ninja on 606

2155: FULL-TIME Tottenham 2-0 Middlesbrough
In their last three league matches Tottenham have let leads slip but there was no chance of that tonight. Things looking up a bit for Martin Jol... but not Jermain Defoe.

2154: FULL-TIME Blackburn 3-0 Birmingham
Back to winning ways for Blackburn, and in some style.

2153: GOAL Blackburn 3-0 Birmingham
The Blues last won at Blackburn in January 1968 and they aren't going to break that run tonight. Roque Santa Cruz makes it three.

2150: Fulham and Bolton are heading into extra time after Christian Willhelmson misses a late header. That looks likely the only game that will need an additional 30 minutes.

2149: Into the final minute at Old Trafford.

"It'll go down as a shock & I don't believe Fergie wanted to lose... but really. How much does it matter? Arsenal are the only Prem team good enough to win this with their kids."
Charlie, from Ciren, via text on 81111

2142: GOAL Blackburn 2-0 Birmingham
Matt Derbyshire is hauled down by Rafael Schmitz - got to be careful with that one - in the box and steps up to slot the spot-kick. That's Blackburn through and Birmingham, not Bolton, going out. Thanks for pointing out the earlier error.

2140: FULL-TIME West Ham 1-0 Plymouth
The Hammers left it late, very late, but are in the hat for Saturday's fourth-round draw.

2139: FULL-TIME Sheffield Wednesday 0-3 Everton
"Well done lads, but first half was horrid."
ypsylon on 606

2138: FULL-TIME Aston Villa 0-1 Leicester
Great result for Leicester who get revenge for losing to a late Villa goal at this stage of the Carling Cup last season.

"Highly disappointed doesn't quite sum up how I feel with Villa! we should have won this and with the right draw could have got pretty far."
villa4life89 0n 606

2137: GOAL West Ham 1-0 Plymouth
Dean Ashton crashes a volley home for the Hammers in added time. The Argyle boys are out on the feet. What a sucker punch after a fine effort from them.

2136: FULL-TIME Hull 0-4 Chelsea
Avram Grant has just smiled.

2135: GOAL Tottenham 2-0 Middlesbrough
You can't move for goals now. Aaron Lennon clips a cross to the far post where Tom Huddlestone heads home.

2135: GOAL Fulham 1-1 Bolton
Cottagers Substitute David Healy scores and that game looks set for extra-time.

2134: GOAL Tottenham 1-0 Middlesbrough
Gareth Bale breaks the deadlock after being played in by Robbie Keane and rounding the keeper.

2133: GOAL Manchester United 0-2 Coventry
Michael Mifsud gets his second of the game and Sir Alex Ferguson has messed this up.

2132: GOAL Sheffield Wednesday 0-3 Everton
Poacher James McFadden turns provider and sets up Yakubu.

2131: Tottenham fans aren't happy with Martin Jol. His decision to hook off Jermain Defoe is met by boos. Robbie Keane comes on.

2130: GOAL Sheffield Wednesday 0-2 Everton
James McFadden gets his second of the night and Everton are heading for the fourth round. The Scot headed home Phil Neville's cross in.

2128: GOAL Blackburn 1-0 Birmingham
Stop the press. A home goal and something to warm the cockles at Ewood Park. David Bentley arrows an effort home. Worth the wait... kind of. Thanks to the overloaded postbag pointing out Birmingham and not Bolton are playing at Ewood Park. That really would have stopped the press.

2125: There are less than 10,000 at Ewood Park. Those that bothered to go have jsut seen Matt Derbyshire thunder a shot on to the bar... but still no goal to cheer. Must be a bit nippy with a Lancashire breeze whipping round a half-empty Ewood Park.

2124: GOAL Hull 0-4 Chelsea
The Blues have scored more goals than everyone else put together. Joe Cole picks out Salomon Kalou in the box with a cut back from the left and it is a crisp finish.

2122: Tottenham's Aaron Lennon is frustrated when his appeals for a penalty are waved away after he was clipped by Middlesbrough's David Wheater.

"Am sorry to say but this evening reflects how little the Carling Cup means to teams. OK, Torres scored a hat-trick last night but he should have played Saturday. As for my team, Man U, I expected this."
Ben, via text on 81111

2119: GOAL Aston Villa 0-1 Leicester
Amazing, another away goal. Leicester break at pace and Matty Fryatt caps the counter with a goal.

2117: Good news from Ewood Park. No, not a goal, but an update on keeper Richard Kingson who went off groggier than a young tennis starlet after a night on the razz. His trip to the hospital is precautionary.

2116: Jay Jay Okocha's still got it. A wonderful curling free-kick ripples the roof of the Chelsea net.

2114: GOAL Fulham 0-1 Bolton
A great hit by Danny Guthrie from outside the area. When these teams met in the Premier League earlier this season Wanderers took the lead. Fulham ended up winning.

"You know it's bad whenever you cheer a Bolton goal."
neillydun on 606

2111: Biggest cheer of the night at Upton Park comes when Carlton Cole is substituted.

2110: Still cheers for Jose Mourinho from the Chelsea supporters. Avram Grant has got an uphill task to win that lot over. Wayne Bridge has come on for his first appearance of the season.

"There are goals coming at White Hart Lane - I can feel them. Berba and Defoe should both score as Boro look so very weak."
N7teen via text on 81111

"Only away teams have scored so far. A bad omen for Tottenham?"
bringbackjuninho on 606
People are so desperate on 606 that they have started talking about Harry Potter. Join in, it's got to be better than this nonsense of a night of football...

When you come back things will probably still be just that same. In fact, has Potter put a spell on tonight?
Atheist recommends "The Name Of The Wind" instead of Potter.

"Tell Ian 'on a boat on the River Stort' to watch out. There are rats the size of shirehorses in there."
Dan, in Bishop's Stortford, via text on 81111

2105: GOAL Sheffield Wednesday 0-1 Everton
Another goal is eked out and it is another away goal. Yakubu helps on Phil Neville's cross and James McFadden is there to convert.

"Wet windy Wednesday... that's the team, not the day! What a waste of money."
An unhappy anonymous Owl via text on 81111

2102: "Very little value for money here" says BBC Radio 5live's Pat Murphy, who is overseeing not a lot that's worth it at Villa Park. Villa are hosting Leicester.

2101: "Not much of a game" at Upton Park between West Ham and Plymouth, according to BBC Radio 5live's Simon Brotherton.

"Clearly you should all be watching the Scottish League Cup. Eight goals in four games, three of them to my beloved Motherwell!"
Kenny, via text on 81111 OK Kenny, no need to gloat. Some of us are in pain here.

2055: GOAL Hull 0-3 Chelsea
Well, that's one game not going to penalties. Steve Sidwell has a shot from outside the area which has more fizz than a Sherbert Dib-Dab and leaves Boaz Myhill having a bit of a flip-flap in goal.

"OK, so we are gonna win tonight but it's only Hull and Abramovich has still made a mistake!"
Chelseamurf, via text on 81111

2052: More problems for England coach Steve McClaren. Is Shaun Wright-Phillips following Emile Heskey and Michael Owen in crying off international duty because of injury? He hurt his leg in the build up to the goal and hobbles off. A strain maybe.

2051: GOAL Hull 0-2 Chelsea
There's the first of the 'fest. Salomon Kalou and Claudio Pizarro stroll through the Hull defence who are clearly still thinking about how warm and nice it was in the dressing room during the break. The pair exchange passes before the Peruvian crosses from the left for Kalou to head home.

2049: After the birthday shout for Michael Ballack there have been calls for Lyndsey to get a look in and Mark's mate, who is apparently not a greedy so-so like Ballack. But that's it for Birthday greetings. This is a football service and there are many of you promising a goal fest in the second half of games.

2048: As three of those late games go off stage left, those early games stroll back on stage right.

2046: It's break time in those second group of games, apart from Blackburn and Birmingham which will be going for a while yet.

2044: Richard Kingson is in a whole heap of bother. The Birmingham keeper collided with Blackburn man mountain Christopher Samba and his goal post. That's what you call being caught between a rock and a hard place. He needs some serious treatment before going off.

2043: Coventry fans have been giving it the big "Ole" whenever they string some passes together. Bet Sir Alex Ferguson will be loving that. The Sky Blues last beat Manchester United at Old Trafford in April 1989. Still a bit of time to go yet mind.

2041: Middlesbrough keeper Brad Jones tips a Jermain Defoe effort on to the bar to deny us a goal.

"Happy birthday 2 u, happy birthday 2 u, happy birthday dear Michael Ballack, happy birthday 2 u! Any1 else remember?"
Anonymous via text on 81111
Wasn't top of the list of things to remember today.

2035: Birmingham keeper Richard Kingson denies Rovers striker Matt Derbyshire. Apologies to those chasing minute-by-minute text commentary on Blackburn. Problems, big problems, with that.

2033: Those first four games go into the break with just one goal between them.

"You can understand how difficult it is to sell the idea of football to the Americans when you get evenings like this!"
Ian, on a boat on the River Stort, via text on 81111

2030: That was the first goal Manchester United had conceded in 636 minutes of action.

2029: GOAL Manchester United 0-1 Coventry
Who thought that would happen? Michael Mifsud scores one of the more unlikely goals of the night sliding in to meet Michael Doyle's cross... although any goal at the moment's unlikely. It livens up a "damp squib" of a game, according to BBC Radio 5live's Conor McNamara.

"Bet there's a goal rush now."
And If You Know Your History
Really? Don't hold your breath.

2023: GOAL Hull 0-1 Chelsea
Yes! Never has the world celebrated a Chelsea goal as one before. A cross from the right and Scott Sinclair calmly sidefoots home.

2022: Juliano Belletti slips a pass through to Shaun Wright-Phillips on the right of the box, but Hull keeper Boaz Myhill smothers the effort.

"Fancy a bet? I bet a fiver Spurs take the lead, outplay Boro and then we bottle it. You in?" Georgio, via text on 81111
Sounds good, but not sure how we're going work it out.

2017: The Press Association have filed some copy on the Sheffield Wednesday game saying the floddloights are on. Doesn't say much about that game does it.
For the uninitiated, floodloights are what they call floodlights in the west country.
"No it doesn't, but at least we spelt floodlights corractly."
Express delivery from PA via text on 81111
Oh no, please tell me you spelt 'corractly' like that on purpose.

"What's the odds for no goals in normal time?"
MikeNorthBank on 606
No, please. Stay positive. One's coming. It's got to.

2012: Shot from Dean Ashton goes wide. History suggests it should be good for West Ham tonight. Plymouth last beat the Hammers in January 1962 - a match sandwiched between their previous two League Cup meetings which Argyle lost, 3-2 and 6-0, in consecutive seasons.

2011: White Hart Lane could be our best bet for the first goal tonight. Dimitar Berbatov and Jermain Defoe link up well to free Jermaine Jenas one-on-one. Next time they better free him one-on-none because the one, Brad Jones, proved too much to get past.

"I hope we lose tonight, just to show Abramovich what a mistake he's made."
Chelseamurf via text on 81111
"Has Abramovich walked out yet after a goalless 25 minutes. We all know how restless he is."
Alex, via text on 81111
"Alex via text. Good to hear from the Chelsea bench."
LiverDave12 on 606

2008: Close to a rippling net at White Hart Lane, but Spurs keeper Paul Robinson palms a Fabio Rochemback thunbderbolt wide.

2007: According to a recent survey 93% of fans make sacrifices of some form for their team. We'll be lining up a sacrifice of some form if there aren't any goals soon.

2005: Ouch! Everton keeper Stefan Wessels comes off second best from a challenge with former Toffee Francis Jeffers. Lengthy treatment needed.

2004: Gareth Bale sees a shot deflected wide for Tottenham.

2003: This will probably put the mockers on them but Aston Villa and Leicester should give us something to cheer. Villa have won their last four games against the Foxes, scoring 12 goals and conceding three in the process.

2001: Up to eight games going on now and let's hope there's a bit more early action in the second batch of four than there has been in the first batch. All a bit quiet isn't it?

1959: Loud, proud chants of Jose Mourinho from the away contingent at Hull.

1956: Before the other matches get going to take us up to eight an answer for that Chelsea question. Their last League Cup defeat in normal time was away against Aston Villa in December 2003.

"I can imagine the papers tomorrow - 'Windass blows away Avram's Chelsea dream'.
Anonymous via text on 81111
Don't be shy about sharing your names with us.

1951: Football Association rules have prevented Birmingham from picking 15-year-old Jordon Mutch in their squad as he's too young. You have to be at least 16.

1949: Chelsea pile on the pressure early doors with a string of corners. From one of them there's a hint of handball off Sam Ricketts. A let off for Hull. Well, quite a few actually. Good early test for the Championship boys.

1948: Have a think about this one. When was the last time Chelsea lost a League Cup match in normal time?

"Good feelings here in the away section at Hillsbrough. Everton put out a strong team and drop out of form AJ. Feed the Yak and he will score! 2-0, easy."
Jacko, via text on 81111

1945: A fourfold start.

1944: Very friendly between the boss at the KC as well. Phil Brown described Avram Grant as a "wonderful chap" on the radio this morning. They came across each other when Grant was keeping tabs on Tal Ben Haim in his Bolton days.

1942: Fireworks at the KC Stadium. Not fighting fireworks in the tunnel, which is all very harmonious. Actual fireworks on the pitch. The last time Chelsea were up in Hull they won 6-1 in the FA Cup and went on to win against Aston Villa in the final. Is this a good omen then, a lucky stop on the road to success?
Missed an "against" in that entry at the first time of asking, so thanks for pointing that out ec2.

1940: TEAM NEWS Blackburn v Birmingham
Blackburn make five changes, and include David Dunn against his former club. Birmingham make just the 11 changes and include Richard Kingson for his debut.

"Christ, your anti-Blackburn bias is out of control! Get the bloody line-ups on the website like all the others."
Anonymous via text on 81111
Or you could just click on the link like all the others.

1937: TEAM NEWS Aston Villa v Leicester
Curtis Davies makes his debut for Aston Villa in one of six changes by boss Martin O'Neill. Leicester make two changes from the side that lost to Charlton on Saturday with Bruno N'Gotty and Radostin Kishishev replacing Alan Sheehan and Carl Cort.

1935: TEAM NEWS Tottenham v Middlesbrough
Jermain Defoe is handed a rare start by Tottenham boss Martin Jol, with Aaron Lennon, Younes Kaboul and Gareth Bale all drafted in to a strong home line-up. Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate makes six changeswith Brad Jones, Chris Riggott, Lee Cattermole, George Boateng, Dong Gook Lee and Egyptian international Mohamed Shawky all starting.

1932: TEAM NEWS Manchester United v Coventry
Sir Alex Ferguson ignores Wayne Rooney's pleas for a start, by leaving the Manchester United striker out altogether. Jonny Evans and Danny Simpson both handed senior debuts. Coventry make five changes and leave out a raft of experienced players. Not a very big raft admittedly.

1929: TEAM NEWS Fulham v Bolton
David Healy drops to the bench for Fulham, and there's a striking change for Bolton as well - no Nicolas Anelka. Daniel Braaten and Christian Wilhelmsson start for Wanderers.

"Can see Spurs and Bolton going out - two of the teams I'd of put money on last year."

1927: TEAM NEWS Hull v Chelsea
The Tigers make four changes and bring in Henrik Pedersen for his first game. Avram Grant has rung the changes and only John Terry, Tal Ben-Haim, Ashley Cole and Michael Essien retain their places from the team that lost in his first match at the helm against Manchester United... still a good team with a whole host of internationals coming in.

"I guarantee Chelsea won't thrash Hull."
ntini77 on 606

1925: TEAM NEWS Sheffield Wednesday v Everton
The Owls have former Everton striker Francis Jeffers in attack, but boss Brian Laws makes five changes to the side that earned their first league win of the season against Hull. Everton recall striker Yakubu after he was dropped for Sunday's defeat at Aston Villa. He plays alongside James McFadden with Andrew Johnson dropping to the bench. Nuno Valente comes in for left-back Leighton Baines, who is rested, while Alan Stubbs comes in for Joseph Yobo, who is ill.

1924: TEAM NEWS West Ham v Plymouth
West Ham boss Alan Curbishley hands Scott Parker his long-awaited debut against Plymouth after a knee injury, while Freddie Ljungberg starts his first game since the opening day of the season following a thigh problem. Plymouth manager Ian Holloway makes two changes, with Barry Hayles and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake replacing Rory Fallon and Nick Chadwick in attack.

1923: Team news starting to come in but nothing from Avram Grant and Chelsea yet. Will he pick a strong first team or mix it up a bit? Watch this space.

1922: If you're at the KC Stadium in Hull or any of the other seven matches going on tonight drop us a line by text on 81111. If you're cooped up in an office or at home jump headlong into 606 and join debate...

1920: If you're a Chelsea fan missing all things Jose Mourinho, relive the memories and test the grey matter with our 'Ten to Tackle'. Isn't Jose topping up his tan somewhere in Brazil now? Hull or Rio? Some blokes get all the breaks.

1918: Chelsea are kicking off in the first batch of games and you can listen to both of them on the BBC Sport website. John Murray, Alan Green and Steve Stone are at Hull's KC Stadium for BBC Radio 5live, while Dave Woods will be following Coventry's progress at and Manchester United, with Kevin Gallacher as the summariser, on 5live Sports Extra, when the Old Trafford action starts 15 minutes later.

1916: Four starts in a little under half-an-hour before the other half of the evening's entertainment, which includes the three all-Premier League games, gets the go at 2000 BST.

1915: The 'big four' remain the short-priced favourites at the bookies and after Arsenal and Liverpool led the way yesterday it is up to Chelsea and Manchester United to follow their lead.

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