Tuesday 06 November 2012
Liverpool maintained their unbeaten start to the campaign with a comprehensive 5-1 victory at Molineux.
The hosts had gone ahead through a Liam McAlinden goal just before the break but Liverpool regrouped at half-time to dominate the second period.
Dani Pacheco levelled the scores before substitute Joao Carlos Teixeira set up Krisztian Adorjan for the second.
Pacheco made it 3-1 after intercepting a back pass before Teixeira and Michael Ngoo completed the scoring.
Middlesbrough emerged on top of a five-goal thriller between Group 3's bottom two sides at Crawley Town's Broadfield Stadium.
Boro took an early lead after Ryan Brobbel was able to shoot into an empty net after an error from Palace goalkeeper Lewis Price. Palace equalised within a minute of the second half starting, Kwesi Appiah scoring at the second attempt.
Jason Banton then put Palace ahead when his cross was not fully cleared. But the home side’s hopes of victory were ended seven minutes from time by Curtis Edwards’s free kick and the same player snatched victory for Boro with an injury-time header.
Arsenal closed the gap on West Ham United in Group 1 with a 2-1 victory away to Bolton Wanderers.
All the goals came in the first half at the County Ground of the Lancashire FA. Thomas Eisfeld gave Arsenal a sixth-minute lead that was doubled by Chuba Akpom from the penalty spot 13 minutes later, the England Under-19 forward having earned the foul.
Bolton, playing in front of new first-team manager Dougie Freedman, halved the deficit when the former Rangers winger Gregg Wyldebroke through and finished calmly.
An individual equaliser from Nick Powell meant that Manchester United could only draw with Stoke City, Group 2's bottom side at Altrincham FC.
The visiting team fielded several first-teamers in Maurice Edu, Wilson Palacios, Jamie Ness and Ryan Shotton and took an early lead through James Alabi after Ness blocked the goalkeeper’s clearance.
Stoke looked the more dangerous side in the first period but Powell, signed from Crewe Alexandra in the summer, scored against the run of play just before half-time after dribbling past Stoke players.
The result leaves United in third, a point behind Newcastle United and two behind leaders Tottenham Hotspur, having played a match fewer.
Callum Chambers’s first-half goal gave Southampton the double over Sunderland at a bitterly cold Eppleton CW.
The player headed in a corner from Lloyd Isgrove on 20 minutes to score the only goal to allow Southampton to leapfrog their opponents in Group 2.
Connor Wickham, whose brace had helped Sunderland to beat Aston Villa, again started but missed a couple of chances to claim an equaliser for the home side.
Bolton Wanderers 1-2 Arsenal, Lancashire FA
Manchester United 1-1 Stoke City, Altrincham FC
Sunderland 0-1 Southampton, Eppleton Colliery Welfare Ground
Crystal Palace 2-3 Middlesbrough, Crawley Town FC
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-5 Liverpool, Molineux Stadium
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