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Carling Cup as it happened


Aston Villa 0-1 QPR (1945 BST)
Blackburn 1-0 Everton (2000 BST)
Ipswich 1-4 Wigan (1945 BST)
Newcastle 1-2 Tottenham (1945 BST)
Portsmouth 0-4 Chelsea (1945 BST)


Brighton 2-2 Man City (Brighton win 5-3 on penalties)


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By Jonathan Stevenson

2245: Right then, time to quit while we're ahead I think. At half-time it was a bit of a struggle wasn't it, but what a brilliant last two hours we've had. Blinding stuff from Brighton, cracking win for QPR and congrats to tonight's other winners. If you still haven't had enough, get involved with Tim Lovejoy on BBC Radio 5 Live's 606 right now. I'm off for a little lie down. See you for the Prem on Saturday. Awe, some.

2240: Player Rater: As of right now, ladies and gentlemen, your player of the day is the one and only Amr Zaki of Wigan, the Egyptian smashing allcomers on 8.44. Special mentions to Frank Lampard with 8.39 and Joe Anyinsah on 8.00. Feeling aggrieved on behalf of anyone? Then get voting...
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2237: "I love Cupsets Stevo! Money doesn't win you the Carling Cup :)"
Happy Chelsea fan in Kent, via text

Somewhere on earth, there's always a Chelsea fan being smug...

2235: "Sorry City fans... after all that gloating your gonna have to take a battering after tonight. Bet Ronaldo, Fabregas, Torres, Villa, Casillas and the rest can't wait to sign... for Brighton!"
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2232: Absolutely remarkable. All week we've been hunting down cupsets, and late on Wednesday night we get a crackerjack. League One Brighton, in their little athletics stadium down by the south coast, have dumped oil rich billionnaires Manchester City out of the Carling Cup. The real winner - football.


BRIGHTON 5-3 MAN CITY Richards scores
BRIGHTON 4-3 MAN CITY Ball saved
BRIGHTON 4-3 MAN CITY Virgo scores
BRIGHTON 3-3 MAN CITY Kompany scores
BRIGHTON 3-2 MAN CITY Murray scores
BRIGHTON 2-2 MAN CITY Elano scores
BRIGHTON 2-1 MAN CITY Elphick scores
BRIGHTON 1-1 MAN CITY Evans scores
BRIGHTON 1-0 MAN CITY Livermore scores

2222: I can confirm we will be bringing you the spot-kicks one-by-one. I when I say we, I mean me. OK? Good.

2219: "Now, you just know Kuipers will be the penalty hero, don't you?"
Steve, Winchelsea Beach, via text

Er, yep.

2217: It's gone to penalties at the Withdean Stadium.

2216: "Winner in this match plays Derby, so fourth round beckons..."
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I'm saying nothing.

2214: David Livermore heads the ball over his own crossbar after Richard Dunne threatened to score against Brighton. Not long until penalties and Man City are pushing for a late winner.

2212: "Why oh why is the Brighton match not on Radio 5 Live? If it gets to penalties and I miss it I won't be happy."
Rob, Horsham, via text

You'll be even less happy when you realise it actually is on BBC Radio 5 Live. Seriously though, have a listen.

2210: "Without SWP and Robinho it's still daft old City. Bit of a wake up for Hughes."
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2207: Michel Kuipers races from his goal to deny Manchester City striker Ched Evans as he races through on goal.

2206: "I made two £5 bets with my mates, that Spurs don't finish in the bottom fiver, good bet?"
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Only question is, what you gonna spend your winnings on pal?

2202: GOAL Brighton 2-2 Manchester City
Ah. Man City go route one and with hesitancy in the Brighton defence, Stephen Ireland bursts through and slams home a leveller.

2159: It's half-time in extra-time at the Withdean Stadium. What's that smell... something in the air... is it a Carling Cupset?

2156: "You think the Man City team turned up at the Withdean expecting a running race instead?"
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Not been at the races at all today, have they?

2154: It's full-time at Ewood Park and Blackburn are through to the fourth round at Everton's expense.

2153: "City must be regretting their decision to leave out Robinho now! Come on you super Seagulls!"
Mark, Horsham, via text

2151: Joe Anyinsah's pace is causing Manchester City all kinds of problems and Richard Dunne has to be very alert to clear the danger this time.

2148: "I have seen my team fall apart before, seen them implode several times. Each time I have thought that they would come back and repair themselves and they have done. This time, I don't see it happening."
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2146: GOAL Brighton 2-1 Manchester City
You couldn't make it up, could you? That man Joe Anyinsah - on loan from Preston - takes a pass inside the City box and turns and fires a shot past a flailing Kasper Schmeichel.

2146: Strike a light. Brighton nearly go ahead at the almost certainly hysterical Withdean, as substitute striker Joe Anyinsah heads a cross wide.

2145: "The mighty Seagulls have forced extra-time against the wealthiest club in the world! And to think just last Saturday we were beaten at home by nine-man Walsall. How does that work?"
Kristian, Brighton, via text

That, my friend, is why we even bother with football at all.

2144: "Well, we are officially atrocious. I am actually feeling physically sick."
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2142: It's full-time at Newcastle now and the few Geordies who bothered staying until the end muster a few boos for their battered and beaten team. It's apparently the lowest crowd at St James' Park since the stadium was redeveloped in 1998. Tough times indeed.

2139: So Wigan are through, but Aston Villa are out of the Carling Cup. Big blow for Martin O'Neill, who probably quite like this competition. Portsmouth-Chelsea has also finished.

2137: GOAL Newcastle 1-2 Tottenham
Geremi sends over a cross from the right, Heurelho Gomes lurches forward and manages only to palm the ball out to the penalty spot, where Michael Owen slams it into the net. Tense finale...

2136: GOAL Ipswich 1-4 Wigan
What a harsh scoreline that is. A corner is sent in by Daniel de Ridder, hooked in by Titus Bramble and converted by Henri Camara.

2133: GOAL Brighton 1-1 Manchester City
Steven Thomson, who hit the post earlier, forces his way into the City box and the ball breaks kindly for Glenn Murray to fire in a dramatic, 89th-minute leveller. We are heading for extra-time.

2132: Obafemi Martins, starved of options, tries to go alone and sees one shot blocked and another saved, as Newcastle try and claw their way back into the game late on. Far too little, embarrassingly too late.

2132: "We've been all over QPR, but poor finishing may have cost us. Not a happy Villain."
Matt, via text

2130: Incidentally, if Manchester City hang on to their 1-0 lead away at Brighton, they will play Championship side Derby at home in the third round.

2127: Officially, there were just over 19,000 people inside St James' Park tonight. I'd be very surprised if they are all still there, with 10 minutes left. What a farce.

2126: "As a Newcastle fan, I'd usually be unhappy with you calling us rubbish. But tonight, I'm offended you've used such a light word. Disastrous, pathetic, ridiculous - those are more suitable."
Dan, Gateshead, via text

2124: Newcastle are officially rubbish. Charles N'Zogbia runs forward and then hits a shockingly bad left-foot shot miles wide. I'm depressed for them just writing this sentence.

2124: Roman Pavlyuchenko is taken off at St James' Park after scoring his first goal in English football. Luka Modric replaces the Russian.

2123: "I think this is putting City's demolition into perspective. Pompey are poor."
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2119: Matt Derbyshire has missed a good chance to double Blackburn's lead at Ewood Park after a mistake from Phil Jagielka. The striker fires his effort wide.

2117: "Blimey - a goal fest now! Please try to keep up Stevo."
Matt, via text

Oh, OK, I'll try. Thanks for the tip.

2114: GOAL Newcastle 0-2 Tottenham
What did I say about calamity at Newcastle? When you're rubbish, you're rubbish. Fabricio Coloccini plays a lazy ball across the back four to Steven Taylor, who dilly-dallies too long and Jamie O'Hara nicks the ball from him 30 yards out, moves in on goal and calmly side-foots the ball into the net. Stupid goal.

2113: GOAL Ipswich 1-3 Wigan
Game over here, probably. Amr Zaki heads a corner back across goal and Paul Scharner is on hand to tap in from close range. Harsh on the hosts, though.

2111: GOAL Portsmouth 0-4 Chelsea
Portsmouth's defence have gone missing again and it's all too easy for Salomon Kalou to stroll through and drill home a left-foot shot from 12 yards.

2109: GOAL Newcastle 0-1 Tottenham
Aaron Lennon fashion a yard or two down the Spurs left to send over a right-foot cross and that man Roman Pavlyuchenko has slipped in between two defenders to head high into the net.

2108: GOAL Brighton 0-1 Manchester City
The Premier League team finally make their class show, though it's a fortuitous goal as Gelson Fernandes' effort takes a heavy deflection and flies into the Brighton net.

2108: GOAL Ipswich 1-2 Wigan
Parity didn't last long there, did it? The Premier League go in front again as Kevin Kilbane sends in a cross, Emile Heskey heads the ball down and Olivier Kapo strokes the ball home.

2106: Half-chances at St James' Park, as Gio dos Santos almost tees up Roman Pavlyuchenko at one end before Newcastle clear, while Michael Owen turns Jonathan Woodgate and sees his shot saved by Heurelho Gomes.

2105: GOAL Ipswich 1-1 Wigan
A very well-deserved equaliser for the Championship side, Alan Quinn fires over the cross and Jonathan Walters dispatches the ball into the net.

2103: GOAL Aston Villa 0-1 QPR
You know the time - it's cupset o'clock. Villa fail to clear a corner and Brad Guzan's weak punch falls to Damion Stewart, who heads the ball into the home team's net. Interesting.

2103: "(See 2048) Stevo, I was born yesterday, I've just learned to type and I'm thoroughly disappointed with football because Iíve been listening to Newcastle-Spurs..."
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2101: Get the Mexicans on! Giovani dos Santos comes on for Tottenham and not before time, with Gareth Bale taken off.

2100: "Agreeing with Sam (see 2048) - if Malouda has scored, anything can happen. I predict a 5-4 win for Newcastle with Cacapa bagging a brace!"
Alfie, via text

2056: GOAL Ipswich 0-1 Wigan
Wilson Palacios sends over a free-kick that is saved, only for Lee Cattermole to tap in the rebound from 12 yards. Very harsh on the hosts, who have largely dominated proceedings.

2056: GOAL Portsmouth 0-3 Chelsea
Salomon Kalou, who has caused all sorts of problems tonight, sends in a cross that David James and his defence fail to cut out and Frank Lampard taps in his second of the night.

2055: Actual action at St James' Park as Damien Duff sends a shot goalwards and Jonathan Woodgate brilliantly gets back to clear the ball off the line.

2052: "Wow.... this is awful... absolute dross."
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Oh come on, I'm trying my best. Tough crowd...

2048: "Malouda scoring with his right foot? Malouda scoring at all for that matter? I wasn't born yesterday Stevo!"
Sam,via text

Imagine if you had been though, and you could text already. I mean that would make this night officially awesome.

2045: Stevo's Predos (see 1930), it turns out, have largely been rubbish again. Once more, I implore you not to spend any of your hard-earned cash money on my predictions. You might as well just send me a cheque in the post (please don't do that either).

2043: Player Rater: Bit of chat from the Pompey-Chelsea game and David James is currently Portsmouth's top-ranked player on 7.67, with Frank Lampard on 7.46.
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2039: "Credit to Scolari. He is taking this competition seriously with his line-up tonight. As an Everton fan I think Big Phil has been a breath of fresh air for the English game."
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2036: "A man two rows below me is asleep. Help us Stevo."
Rodders, Villa Park, via text

I wish I could pal, I wish I could. Stick with it people, like Tottenham's season it can only get better (probably).

2033: GOAL Portsmouth 0-2 Chelsea
Could be game over at Fratton Park. Salomon Kalou plays a lovely pass into the path of Florent Malouda and the fiercely-criticised Frenchman spanks the ball into the net with his right foot.

2032: Kilmarnock are beating Aberdeen 4-2 at half-time in that CIS Cup game, by the way. Should be 8-4 at full-time then. Football does work like that, doesn't it?

2030: (See 1949) It's payback time. Roman Pavlyuchenko goes up for a challenge with Fabricio Coloccini and leads a little bit naughtily with his arm, smashing the Argentine defender in the face. There's claret everywhere, the Russian is proclaiming his innocence and the battle between these two boys is about the only thing happening of interest in a poor, poor game.

2027: "I would hate to be the person responsible for the TV highlights of the Tottenham-Newcastle game. I think they may struggle for 10 seconds at the moment."
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2024: GOAL Portsmouth 0-1 Chelsea
Frank Lampard drills the ball into the bottom left-hand corner, you don't save those, not even if you're called David James. The spot-kick was given for a foul on Michael Ballack by Nadir Belhadj.


2021: "(See 2013) Can someone remind Andrew from Leeds that a certain young lad called Ronaldo put one past Boro in front of 50,000 people last night in the Carling Cup. Pointless? I think not. Thanks."
Sam, Brighton, via text

I think we've proved our point, people.

2018: Chance for Portsmouth at Fratton Park as Peter Crouch heads the ball down and Nadir Belhadj rifles over the bar. Meanwhile at St James' Park in a nervy, scrappy opening, Roman Pavlyuchenko heads wide. Oh for the RP of Euro Two Thousand And Great.

2016: "Let's scrap everything apart from Champs League... then we can forget footy and play Scrabble or summat.... clown."
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Hear, hear.

2014: Paul Robinson has been taken off injured at Blackburn, it doesn't sound a serious one though. Jason Brown comes on in his place.

2013: "Would anyone care if the League Cup was scrapped? Reserve teams playing in half-empty grounds. Pointless."
Andrew, Leeds, via text

Tell you what's also pointless - that comment. Ridiculous.

2010: GOAL Blackburn 1-0 Everton
My kingdom for a goal! Swedish left-back Martin Olsson gets us up and running tonight by surging forward, playing a one-two with Robbie Fowler and sliding the ball inside Tim Howard's near post at Ewood Park.

2008: Blimey. Brighton have only gone and hit the Manchester City post at the Withdean - Steven Thomson hits the inside of Kasper Schmeichel's woodwork from 12 yards and the big spenders survive. For now.

2006: "Was at the Emirates yesterday, and to see these old men trying to score makes me sad."
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2002: We're goal starved, and Kilmarnock are beating Aberdeen 3-1 after 17 minutes in the CIS Cup! Save us a few, boys.

2001: Frank Lampard plays through Salomon Kalou at Fratton Park, but the forward shoots wide with David James rapidly advancing from his goal.

1959: I can confirm that Gareth Barry is indeed Aston Villa captain tonight, in the absence of Martin Laursen. Barry of course lost the armband after revealing his desperation to leave for Liverpool in the summer.

1956: Wouldn't mind a goal, if I'm honest. Emile Heskey forces a good save from Richard Wright at Portman Road, but Ipswich have had the better of the opening stages, which will be of some concern to the Bramble clan.

1952: "Venables? What a great saviour he was for Leeds... even on the south coast, I can hear Geordie sighs of relief."
Jason from Christchurch, via text

Come on then Magpies - whaddya reckon to El Tel? (See 1917).

1950: Didier Drogba fires a shot wide at Fratton Park - the Ivorian is starting his first match for Chelsea since the Champions League final in May.

1949: Roman Pavlyuchenko gets an early welcome to Tyneside from Fabricio Coloccini at St James' Park. Not having much fun in England so far is he, the Russian hitman?

1948: "Hmm, so no Robinho tonight... didn't think he'd have the stomach for the Withdean!"
Jon, Maidstone, via text

1947: I'd be surprised if five of tonight's games hadn't started already, I really would.

1943: Lovely line from BBC Radio 5 Live, there. Wigan's alarmingly-maligned defender Titus Bramble starts against Ipswich tonight, the club he joined as an eight-year-old boy. He has bagged 50 tickets for friends and family to see him in action. Ahhhh.

1941: "Stevo, do you think Kasper Schmeichel has the potential of his legendary father?"
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Absolutely not, no. Essentially what you're asking is, 'can he become one of the greatest keepers of all time?' I'm saying no. What a keeper his dad was, though.

1939: So Robbie Fowler makes his debut for Blackburn in the Carling Cup tonight, starting up front with Matt Derbyshire. Everton find starts for teenage defender Jack Rodwell and striker Louis Saha.

Blackburn: Robinson, Simpson, Ooijer, Khizanishvili, Olsson, Villanueva, Kerimoglu, Warnock, Treacy, Derbyshire, Fowler.
Subs: Brown, Samba, Nelsen, Roque Santa Cruz, Pedersen, Kane, Roberts.
Everton: Howard, Neville, Yobo, Jagielka, Lescott, Rodwell, Castillo, Fellaini, Vaughan, Saha, Osman.
Subs: Turner, Hibbert, Baines, Cahill, Nuno Valente, Yakubu, Baxter.
Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire).

Aston Villa: Guzan, Gardner, Cuellar, Knight, Shorey, Osbourne, Petrov, Barry, Ashley Young, Harewood, Carew.
Subs: Friedel, Agbonlahor, Delfouneso, Davies, Salifou, Routledge, Reo-Coker.
b Cerny, Connolly, Hall, Stewart, Delaney, Mahon, Rowlands, Parejo, Ledesma, Buzsaky, Agyemang.
Subs: Camp, Leigertwood, Blackstock, Gorkss, Balanta, Di Carmine, Ephraim.
Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire).

1933: "What was your favourite goal last night Stevo? Vela's second was pretty special."
Phil, Liverpool, via text

Yeah, for sure. Though Watford's goal gets my vote for comedy goal of the night, no doubt!

Brighton: Kuipers, Whing, El-Abd, Thomson, Richards, Livermore, Murray, Loft, Fraser, Virgo, Elphick.
Subs: Sullivan, Cox, Hart, Robinson, Anyinsah, Wills, Cook.
Man City: Schmeichel, Zabaleta, Dunne, Ben-Haim, Michael Ball, Kompany, Ireland, Johnson, Gelson, Sturridge, Jo.
Subs: Hart, Elano, Garrido, Caicedo, Hamann, Evans, Logan.
Referee: Andy D'Urso (Essex).

1930: Stevo's Carling Cup Predos:
Aston Villa 2-1 QPR
Blackburn 3-2 Everton
Ipswich 0-1 Wigan
Newcastle 1-2 Tottenham
Portsmouth 0-3 Chelsea
Brighton 1-2 Man City

1926: So Nigerian striker Obafemi Martins is back for Newcastle after his recovery from a groin injury and Sebastien Bassong also starts in the big game of the day. Spurs boss Juande Ramos has restored Ledley King and Aaron Lennon to the starting line-up in place of the so far disappointing David Bentley and Darren Bent. Roman Pavlyuchenko starts.

1923: "I am on holiday in Cornwall and the only way I can keep track is by running up a 20% gradient hill to get any signal on my mobile to check the website. I expect my beloved Spurs to match that level of commitment to beat the barcodes and kick-start our season."
Aaron of N17, near St Agnes, via text

Ipswich: Richard Wright, Volz, Bruce, McAuley, Thatcher, Norris, Campo, Miller, Quinn, Walters, Lisbie.
Subs: Supple, Garvan, Peters, Balkestein, Bowditch, Haynes, Shumulikoski.
Wigan: Kirkland, Cattermole, Boyce, Bramble, Kilbane, Valencia, Scharner, Palacios, Kapo, Heskey, Zaki.
Subs: Pollitt, Taylor, Koumas, De Ridder, Camara, Kupisz, Figueroa.
Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral).

1917: Rumour has it at St James' Park that Newcastle are shortly to announce the interim appointment of Terry Venables as their new manager. Well that should stop the 'Cockney Mafia out' chants on Tyneside, then...

1915: "It's all or nothing tonight for Tottenham and Newcastle. I honestly believe the team that loses tonight will go on and get relegated this season!"
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Newcastle: Given, Geremi, Taylor, Coloccini, Bassong, Cacapa, Butt, N'Zogbia, Owen, Duff, Martins.
Subs: Harper, Xisco, Ameobi, Edgar, Tozer, Doninger, Donaldson.
Tottenham: Gomes, Zokora, King, Woodgate, Corluka, Lennon, Jenas, Assou-Ekotto, O'Hara, Bale, Pavlyuchenko.
Subs: Cesar, Bentley, Bent, Gilberto, Modric, Giovani, Campbell.
Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside).

Portsmouth: James, Johnson, Pamarot, Distin, Hreidarsson, Utaka, Mvuemba, Kaboul, Hughes, Belhadj, Crouch.
Subs: Ashdown, Kanu, Armand Traore, Defoe, Wilson, Djimi Traore, Little.
Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Terry, Alex, Bridge, Belletti, Ballack, Lampard, Kalou, Malouda, Drogba.
Subs: Cudicini, Di Santo, Obi, Sinclair, Ferreira, Mancienne, Stoch.
Referee: Steve Bennett (Kent).

1911: Oh, and for any of you bemoaning clubs putting out anything other than their strongest side, I say to you this: Have you ever seen a 19-year-old score such a beautiful hat-trick as that completed by the prodigious Carlos Vela at the Emirates yesterday? Watch his second goal over and over again and there is hope for the future of our sport.
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1905: There are some other crackers tonight to look forward to - Aston Villa host moneybags QPR, Blackburn entertain Everton, Brighton welcome moneybags Man City to the Withdean (in a second round tie), Ipswich play Wigan and moneybags Chelsea travel to Portsmouth. Get those texts whacked over on 81111 and mix it up with the 606 crew too. It's another special cup night and the dancefloor's all yours.
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1900: Don't tell anyone at St James' Park or White Hart Lane that the Carling Cup doesn't mean anything. Two huge clubs desperate for success, perennially chasing the tails of the 'Big Four' but seemingly slipping further and further and further away, come face-to-face in a massive third round tie on Tyneside.

Almost inexplicably, 19th in the Premier League hosts 20th. It's crisis club Newcastle against rock-bottom Tottenham. Come the final whistle tonight, one of these teams will know they are in for a long, hard slog of a season and the other will finally have a chink of light at the end of the tunnel. So, who's your money on?

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