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League Cup as it happened

Bolton 0-1 Manchester City
Chelsea 4-3 Leicester
Liverpool 2-1 Cardiff
Luton 0-1 Everton
Portsmouth 1-2 Blackburn
Sheffield United 0-3 Arsenal
Tottenham 2-0 Blackpool


By Charlie Henderson

2220: That's that then and means the eight teams in Saturday's draw for the Carling Cup quarter-finals are: Arsenal, Blackburn, Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester City, Tottenham and West Ham.

"Everton v Liverpool; Tottenham v Arsenal; West Ham v Chelsea; Man City v Blackburn. Would love that."
chrisp2412 on 606

2117: Tim Lovejoy is in the 606 seat tonight. Tune in on BBC Radio 5 Live or the BBC Sport website and if you want to do more than that and actually have your say ring in on 0500 909 693 or text the show on 85058. It's on air in a matter of moments.

2116: FULL-TIME Luton 0-1 Everton
A spirited effort from Luton but it is Everton who are the last team in the hat for the Carling Cup quarter-finals.

2115: A late corner for Luton. Oh dear. They take it quickly and it comes to nothing. That's where experience counts.

2114: One last push needed from Luton now... but they are at the wrong end of the pitch defending.

2112: Calvin Andrew goes so so close to an equaliser for Luton, but his header from close range is saved on the line by Everton keeper Stefan Wessels.

2210: Into the final five minutes at Kenilworth Road.

2209: Luton are unbeaten in their last five home games and are not going to give this one up easily.

2206: Joleon Lescott clears off the line to deny Matthew Spring an equaliser.

"For a moment today the stars were aligned, the world was perfect. Arsenal was 3-0 up, Chelsea was facing a record-ending home loss, and Liverpool had just lost their lead. Then the gods decided the minnows' time was up, and the dream ended."
Knowledge Reason on 606
As someone mentioned earlier, that was 'witchful' thinking.

2203: That late Chelsea winner has been given to Frank Lampard instead of Andriy Shevchenko. That makes it a hat-trick for the Blues midfielder.

"Shev still couldn't score!" Uphios on 606

2202: It all got a bit manic at stages tonight and little time to update you on some disturbing injury news. As well as Blackburn's Aaron Mokoena going off injured, Chelsea's Paulo Ferreira and Manchester City's Micah Richards were also stretchered off.

2200: Just 15 minutes to go at Kenilworth Road... unless Luton can find an equaliser.

2158: It is the break in extra-time between Luton and Everton. The Hatters, 14th in League One, are carrying the flag for everyone outside the top flight.

"Come on Luton!! Keep the dream alive!!"
unitedlongman101 on 606

2155: FULL-TIME Bolton 0-1 Manchester City
Make that one. A rare City win over Bolton and that makes it seven Premier League clubs in the last eight.

2154: Just two matches still going.

2153: FULL-TIME Liverpool 2-1 Cardiff
Robbie Fowler has still to score for a visiting team at Anfield, but he does leave with Steven Gerrard's shirt after swapping tops with his former team-mate.

2152: FULL-TIME Tottenham 2-0 Blackpool
A winning start for Juande Ramos as Spurs boss. Martin Jol also opened his account with a Carling Cup victory.

2151: GOAL Luton 0-1 Everton
Tim Cahill stretches out his right leg to turn in a low, fizzing corner from Thomas Gravensen to break the deadlock at Kenilworth Road after 101 minutes of football.

2148: To steal a line from an anonymous texter, Bolton are pumpkin balls into the Manchester City box. El Hadji Diouf sees a free-kick cannon off the crossbar.

2143: GOAL Bolton 0-1 Manchester City
Elano breaks the deadlock with a penalty at Bolton. That is City's first goal against Wanderers since December 2004. The Brazilian earned the penalty with a whipped cross into the box that hit Lubomir Michalik on the arm.

"How spooky. Bolton go one up at the top of the page but Elano scores the penalty." Richmeister, via text on 81111
Yeah. Apologies for that.

2142: FULL-TIME Chelsea 4-3 Leicester
They almost got the fright of their lives at Stamford Bridge.

2142: FULL-TIME Portsmouth 1-2 Blackburn
A first home defeat for Pompey since Chelsea came to their cauldron on the south coast. Rovers have not lost domestically away from Ewood Park since going down to Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-finals in April.

2141: GOAL Portsmouth 1-2 Blackburn
Consolation for Pompey who will see a seven match unbeaten run come to an end today, but that's all it is as Kanu heads in with pretty much the last touch of the match.

2139: GOAL Chelsea 4-3 Leicester
That will haunt Leicester, and particularly goalkeeper Marton Fulop. He fails to grasp the ball in a melee in the box and before you know it it's in the back of the net. Frank Lampard is deemed to have got the last touch.

2137: Luton and Everton will play a further 30 minutes after ending the 90 at 0-0.

2135: FULL-TIME Sheffield United 0-3 Arsenal
"Glad to see Eduardo has ditched the mullet! Cesc's career exploded when his mullet went."
Adam, via text on 81111

2133: So that makes it three matches all square, with those at Luton and Chelsea close to hearing the death knell of the 90... before life springs eternal with an extra 30 minutes.

2132: GOAL Chelsea 3-3 Leicester
Michael Essien picks out Andriy Shevchenko who cracks off a fine shot that spears into the back of the net.

"Now Chelsea have equalised the spectre of penalties hangs over this match."
Stephen, via text on 81111

"Have there been any contenders for ghoul of the season tonight?"
Kevin, in Croydon, via text on 81111
That's the best thing to come out Croydon since the last train. Nice.

2128: Alan Stubbs gets in a muddle at the back and almost turns David Bell's cross into his own net. Well inside the last 10 minutes in these early starts.

2126: GOAL Liverpool 2-1 Cardiff
That didn't last long. Yossi Benayoun rolls a pass into the path of Steven Gerrard and you know the rest.

2125: GOAL Portsmouth 0-2 Blackburn
Morten Gamst Pedersen cracks in a second for Rovers. That's them through.

2124: GOAL Liverpool 1-1 Cardiff
Reds fans are in for a shock as well. Darren Purse is the man to level things up with a header from Paul Parry's cross.

2119: GOAL Chelsea 2-3 Leicester
Carl Cort taps in for his first goal for the Foxes after meeting Alan Sheehan's free-kick. There's your thriller of the night. The tournament favourites are in a grave situation.

"Leicester. Send that home record for the Blues crashing down. Home loss, looks promising, something not witnessed at Stamford Bridge since Barca won 1-2 in the 2005-06 season."
dirk-kuyt18 on 606

2116: GOAL Tottenham 2-0 Blackpool
This one's also against the run of play. Pascal Chimbonda climbs to meet a corner and his effort beats the man on the post. A winning start for Juande Ramos looks to be in the bag - although they have had some rocky moments.

2115: GOAL Chelsea 2-2 Leicester
This one has come completely out of the blue, Leicester blue. DJ Campbell loops a header over Carlos Cudicini to give the Foxes hope after being set up by Levi Porter. More than hope.

2113: Chris Lucketti almost gives the Gunners a fright at the back, but Gilberto Silva clears his effort off the line.

2112: GOAL Sheffield United 0-3 Arsenal
Bewitching stuff from Arsenal. Denilson scored in the last round and he gets on here with a deflected shot from dstance. The Gunners will be in the hat for the quarter-finals.

2111: Paul Robinson denies Blackpool's Gary Taylor-Fletcher with a superb save from point-blank range.

"There are trick or treaters at my door, one dressed as a witch, another a ghost, and finally one dressed up as Eduardo. I asked him his preferred chocolate and he replied Galaxy. Off he went and it left me pondering, but I think I figured it out, because his goals are out of this world."
Tex on 606

2108: Almost a third for Arsenal. Theo Walcott races on to a Nicklas Bendtner cross and rounds Ian Bennett but cannot convert from an ever-tightening angle. His effort comes back off the upright.

2107: GOAL Liverpool 1-0 Cardiff
The perfect start to the second half for Liverpool as Nabil El Zhar thunders in a piledriver of a shot from distance.

"That's Cardiff done for then. Still, it was fun while it lasted." Morose Bluebird, via text on 81111

2106: Matthew Spring clears off the line from Phil Jagielka to keep it at 0-0 for Luton.

2104: Blackpool's Gary Taylor-Fletcher heads against the Spurs bar from a cross by Keigan Parker.

2103: Portsmouth substitute David Nugent misses a great chance to level things up at Fratton Park, heading John Utaka's cross wide.

2101: Everton centre-back Alan Stubbs thumps a free-kick goalwards and it's not wide by all that much.

2100: Back up to the seven games. Luton are still testing Everton with some neat football.

"Just Googled Leto. Apparently she was the daughter of Greek Titans Coeus & Phoebe. She was born in Kos. As older she had twins with Zeus!"
Marshall, in Bristol, via text on 81111
Maybe that's where Rafael Benitez went wrong. Martin's also texted to let us know Leto is "tripe".

2052: GOAL Sheffield United 0-2 Arsenal
Eduardo is the one and only that matters for Arsenal tonight. Kieran Gibbs plays a ball over the top and Croatian breaks the offside trap and has plenty of time to pick his spot. He takes a little kick from a chasing defender after slotting. Unnecessary.

2051: You have to go back to April 1991 for Arsenal's last win at Bramall Lane without penalties. Chesney Hawkes was the nations favourite then with 'The One And Only'.

2050: Portsmouth last beat Blackburn in a knockout match when the Pet Shop Boys were Top of the Pops with 'Always On My Mind' in 1988. Pompey have made two changes for the second half. Papa Bouba Diop and Noe Pamarot off. David Nugent and Matt Taylor on.

2049: Starting the second 45 0-0 against Everton is good going for Luton. They got thumped 4-0 in this competition last season by the Toffees and haven't beaten them since January 1989 when Jason and Kylie were at number one with 'Especially For You'.

2045: The late games go in. The early games come back out. In, out, in, out shake it all about. Three games still all square at the break. That's not good news. We don't want to be hanging around until all hours waiting for penalties.

2041: The new measure of how good or bad a game is. The worse it is more people take their eyes off the action to send you a text. More from Anfield, this time from a freezing Sam...
"Lucas looks excellent on the ball. He should be starting more often with Gerrard."

2039: Loads of Leto chat on 606 about whether he's actually rubbish at football or whether he should be given a chance. Who's actually seen him play? Well Jonathan is. Cheers for the text and over to you Jonathan...
"Not exactly inspiring stuff here at Anfield and Leto is awful."

2035: Dave Woods describes Bolton against Manchester City as "extremely 0-0" and "dreadful". City haven't beaten Wanderers in five matches and haven't scored against them in that time either.

2032: If you are going to text don't forget to use your name like Dan did. Laurie's also used her name, but unfortunately her message looks to have ghosted into the wrong box. "I love Max". Sweet.

2031: The quartet of early starters head for the tunnel. David Pleat says it's "well poised" at Luton and Dan's delighted he went to Sheffield: "I get 2 avoid trick or treaters and eduardo's scored a belter!" He did that by texting us on 81111. You can do that to if the mood takes you.

2029: Leigh Bromby scoops a cross high over the Arsenal bar and out of play. Not exactly brilliant, but Sheffield United boss Bryan Robson likes it with an encouraging clap and a "well played" to urge his team on.

"Now the hard part starts for Juande. Keeping a lead once we go ahead! Come on Spurs you can do it!"
Anonymous via text on 81111

2022: BBC Radio 5 Live summariser David Pleat is getting excited by the 'Luton Roar'. It's a bit like the 'Hampden Roar' apparently. Whatever, Hatters fans do have something to get excited about as Everton are simply appalling so far.

"Leto shows me no talent whatsoever! Just because he is South American and has long hair doesn't mean he will be a great player - like the South American long haired Ronaldinho! Benitez has to learn."
Blackburn4top4 on 606

2018: GOAL Tottenham 1-0 Blackpool
Robbie Keane scores the first goal of the Juande Ramos regime. The skipper latches on to Dimitar Berbatov's flick-on from a long ball forward and hooks home with a nice lob.

2016: GOAL Chelsea 2-1 Leicester
Number two for Frank Lampard. Claudio Pizarro couldn't get on the end of Scott Sinclair's cross, but Lampard could.

"Lamps is doing the business since the recent battering by England fans. He was superb against City too."
Cold War Kid on 606

2014: Blackpool's David Fox misses a great chance to put them ahead after a mix-up in the Tottenham defence. Spurs have not looked all that. Maybe they're struggling after that double training session yesterday.

2012: Aaron Mokoena collapses in a heap and wil need a stretcher to get off the pitch. He is only in the Blackburn team following injury to Robbie Savage and now he will be joining him on the sidelines. Nasty.

"I was at the Luton game at the weekend. If they play like they did against Nottm Forest then we could be seeing an upset tonight."
Gunner_Matt on 606

2008: By the way, Muzzy Izzet, who played for both Chelsea and Leicester, is celebrating his 33rd birthday today.

"What ever happened to Izzy Muzzet?
Noz via text on 81111Injured two years ago and quit. Don't know if anyone else can fill in those last 24 months.

2007: Leicester have won just once in the last 24 years at Stamford Bridge when Muzzy Izzet and Stan Collymore scored in a 2-0 victory in September 2000. Did you really think they were going to win?

2006: GOAL Chelsea 1-1 Leicester
A first home goal of the night and Chelsea are on terms. Frank Lampard slots after Scott Sinclair puts Juliano Belletti's cross back in the danger area.

2005: Robbie Fowler forces a good save from Liverpool keeper Charles Itjande with a free-kick from outside the box.

2004: An early change for Luton and their injury crisis in attack goes on as Paul Furlong comes off. Calvin Andrew is on. He played well for the reserves on Monday, says David Pleat on BBC Radio 5 LIve.

2000: The second batch of games are getting going. Juande Ramos is greeted by blinding flashbulbs as he comes out of the tunnel at White Hart Lane for his first game as Tottenham boss.

1959: GOAL Portsmouth 0-1 Blackburn
Aaron Mokoena picks out Benni McCarthy and the South African slots past David James in the Pompey goal. Rovers have won their last six and look good again. Their only domestic defeat this term has been to Portsmouth.

1958: The rendition of 'You'll Never Walk Alone' at Anfield is broken by chants of 'One Robbie Fowler' as the teams come out. The former Liverpool striker is the last man in the Cardiff line.

1956: "Premier League, You're having a laugh. Premier League, You're having a laugh." Luton's fans are giving it large.

1953: GOAL Sheffield United 0-1 Arsenal
That's one for firework night, not Halloween! Nicklas Bendtner rolls the ball forward to Eduardo on the edge of the area and he fires one in like a rocket at Ian Bennett's near post off his left boot. That's the Croatian's first domestic goal for the Gunners.

1952: GOAL Chelsea 0-1 Leicester
An early shock. Gareth McAuley nods in past Carlo Cudicini from Shaun Newton's cross. That's the first goal Chelsea have conceded in 447 minutes.

"If I was a Chelsea fan I wouldn't worry. I'll put my house and car on them winning 3 or 4-1 in the end."
iwz678 on 606

1951: Luton's David Bell has a shot deflected wide of the Everton goal and soon after Matthew Spring fires well over.

1950: Amazingly Cardiff have won their last five matches against Liverpool, with an aggregate score of 18-4!

1949: 606ers LFCBenitez and BocaBluebird have been doing their research on the Cardiff v Liverpool match. The last time they played was December 1959 when Bill Shankly lost his first game in charge. As for the last time Liverpool won this fixture? You've got to go back to 1957.

1945: Up and running in the four earlier starts and the text service is up and running so get in touch on 81111. Are you at any of the games?

1944: What a slap in the face for Arsenal midfielder Gilberto Silva. Arsene Wenger has given the captain's armband to Arsenal keeper Lukasz Fabianski. The Gunners are all in white. Bit bizarre.

1942: TEAM NEWS Chelsea v Leicester
And just in the nick of time before they start, here's team news for the final game. Carling Cup holders Chelsea make seven changes, but Leicester fans still get to see how their defence copes with the new-improved Andriy Shevchenko, who has been receiving sprint training from Darren Campbell. Leicester are missing former Tottenham midfielder Stephen Clemence, who has a hamstring problem.

1939: TEAM NEWS Tottenham v Blackpool
Two changes for Tottenham with Paul Robinson and Jermaine Jenas coming in for Radek Cerny and Tom Huddlestone. Striker Andy Morrell is on the Blackpool bench and Michael Jackson is fit to lead the side, but Keith Southern is out.

1937: TEAM NEWS Portsmouth v Blackburn Pompey name a strong side with Kanu kept on the bench by the strike pair of Benjani and John Utaka. Noe Pamarot replaces hamstring victim Herman Hreidarsson and Sulley Muntari is out with a groin injury. Blackburn are without Robbie Savage, who has had knee surgery after going off at Spurs on Sunday. Aaron Mokoena steps in. Roque Santa Cruz and Benni McCarthy are again paired in attack.

1934: TEAM NEWS Bolton v Manchester City
There are four changes for Bolton, with Jlloyd Samuel, Danny Guthrie, Stelios Giannakopoulos and Mikel Alonso all in the starting line-up. Manchester City manager Sven-Goran Eriksson makes just two changes from the side that was thrashed by Chelsea at the weekend. In comes Sweden goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson for his first start of the season while full-back Michael Ball gets a game.

1932: BBC Radio 5 Live's commentary team of Ian Brown, Simon Brotherton and David Pleat are sniffing an upset at Kenilworth Road where Luton host Everton. Over on BBC Radio 5 Live sports extra you can listen to Sheffield United's match against Arsenal with Ali Bruce-Ball and Craig Hignett. UK users can listen to either match on the BBC Sport website.

1929: Liverpool and Cardiff are set to start at 2000 GMT and here's one to mull over until then. When was the last time the Reds won this fixture?

1927: TEAM NEWS Liverpool v Cardiff
The Reds have made nine changes from Saturday's 1-1 draw with Arsenal. The only survivors are England colleagues Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher. Charles Itandje is in goal for the home side, while Jack Hobbs, Nabil El Zhar, Leiva Lucas and Sebastian Leto are among the more unfamiliar Liverpool starters. For Cardiff, Robbie Fowler returns to Anfield in attack alongside Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.

1923: Sheffield United are unbeaten in their last six matches at home to the Gunners in normal time and last season their Premier League victory got a bit tasty at times.

1921: TEAM NEWS Sheffield United v Arsenal
Ian Bennett, Michael Tonge, Chris Armstrong and Jon Stead are the only Blades to survive from the weekend draw against Hull. But that's nothing compared to the Gunners. Just the 11 changes for them, but they can still call on seven internationals.

1919: TEAM NEWS Luton v Everton
Luton, the lowest-ranked team left in the competition, are unchanged from the side that beat Nottingham Forest 2-1 at the weekend. Everton bring back Phil Neville after suspension - one of six changes - and start with James McFadden and Victor Anichebe in attack.

1917: Bouts of predicitions break out on 606. All fairly standard. No shocks, but please, no penalties. That's what awaits us if teams can't be split over the course of 90 minutes or 120 minutes.

1915: There are less little people than usual in north London as Arsenal have taken their kids to Sheffield United. Arsene Wenger's young Gunners have been impressing people but they are still only third favourites for this competition behind Chelsea and Liverpool.

1913: That's no Elvish greeting. It is in fact the term for those who suffer from a fear of Halloween, which is perfectly understandable. Loads of little people running around in a sugar rush wearing freaky plastic masks! Sounds like some horrible cross between 'Lord of the Rings' and 'Lord of the Flies', so you're in the right place. Pull the curtains, dim the lights and stay across the football at your computer.

1910: Samhainophobia.

see also
Carling Cup photos
31 Oct 07 |  Football
Bolton 0-1 Manchester City
31 Oct 07 |  League Cup
Chelsea 4-3 Leicester
31 Oct 07 |  League Cup
Liverpool 2-1 Cardiff
31 Oct 07 |  League Cup
Luton 0-1 Everton (aet)
31 Oct 07 |  League Cup
Portsmouth 1-2 Blackburn
31 Oct 07 |  League Cup
Sheff Utd 0-3 Arsenal
31 Oct 07 |  League Cup
Tottenham 2-0 Blackpool
31 Oct 07 |  League Cup

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