Wednesday 26 September 2012
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini admitted he was concerned about his side's defending after they were knocked out of the Capital One Cup third round following a 4-2 home defeat by Aston Villa.
Man City were taken to extra time before being eliminated by a Villa side who twice came from behind against the Barclays Premier League champions.
"Conceding goals is a real problem - we need to work with our defenders because we aren't defending well at the moment"
Gabriel Agbonlahor scored his first goals since January as he forced extra time when equalising Aleksandar Kolarov's effort after an own goal by Villa old boy Gareth Barry had cancelled out Mario Balotelli's opener.
Charles N'Zogbia then put the visitors ahead for the first time before Agbonlahor struck again seven minutes from time to send City, who are now without a win in four matches, crashing out.
Mancini rued his side's missed chances but was magnanimous in defeat, describing Villa as worthy winners. "We were unlucky because we had chances but we conceded goals which we made mistakes on and they deserved to go through," Mancini told the club's official website.
"I'm disappointed for the result, Aston Villa are a good team but we didn't play well. Our play is not quick, we want to take one touch too many – this is not good."
The Citizens have now conceded 16 goals in eight matches and Mancini admitted he was disappointed at witnessing his side leak a further four goals.
"Conceding goals is a real problem," he added. "We need to work with our defenders because we aren't defending well at the moment," said the Italian.
The outcome of Chelsea's encounter with Wolverhampton Wanderers was never in doubt once they had raced into a 3-0 lead inside the opening 17 minutes at Stamford Bridge thanks to goals by Gary Cahill, Ryan Bertrand and Juan Mata.
"If you show complacency and disrespect to the opposition you pay the price"
Roberto Di Matteo handed debuts to full-back Cesar Azpilicueta and Lucas Piazon while Victor Moses was also influential, earning his side a penalty which was converted by Oriol Romeu and rounding off the scoring with a second-half header after Fernando Torres had made it 5-0 to the hosts.
"If you show complacency and disrespect to the opposition you pay the price," Chelsea's assistant manager Eddie Newton told the club's official website. "We focused on the game, dealt with the matters at hand and we got a very good result and performance."
West Ham's defeat was even more emphatic as they conceded four goals at home against Wigan Athletic. Manager Sam Allardyce decided to reward some of the youngsters who beat Arsenal 4-1 in Friday in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League, but Daniel Potts, Robert Hall and Jordan Spence were on the wrong end of the same scoreline.
Despite Modibo Maiga putting the Hammers in front, the visitors responded with goals either side of half-time by Mauro Boselli, an Ivan Ramis effort and a Jordi Gomez penalty.
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It was also an evening to forget for Everton, who were unable to translate their rude Barclays Premier League health into the cup. David Moyes's side were turned over by Leeds United, who were good value for their 2-1 success. Aidy White and Rodolph Austin put the Championship side ahead before Sylvain Distin's consolation.
Elsewhere, Gary Monk struck in the last minute to seal a narrow 3-2 win for Swansea City against Crawley Town. The Swans had to battle back after Josh Simpson and Hope Akpan responded to Michu's opening goal, but substitute Danny Graham's 76th-minute equaliser gave the Swans the chance to spare their blushes against the League One outfit.
Ten-man Sunderland ran out 2-0 winners against MK Dons despite the 32nd-minute dismissal of Lee Cattermole. Craig Gardner and James McLean were on target for Martin O'Neill's side.
Southampton overcame Sheffield Wednesday by the same margin at St Mary's Stadium thanks to Jay Rodriguez’s first goals for the club he joined in the summer from Burnley.
Bradford City 3-2 Burton Albion (aet)
Chelsea 6-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Crawley 2-3 Swansea City
Leeds United 2-1 Everton
Manchester City 2-4 Aston Villa (aet)
MK Dons 0-2 Sunderland
Preston North End 1-3 Middlesbrough
Southampton 2-0 Sheffield Wednesday
Swindon Town 3-1 Burnley
West Ham United 1-4 Wigan Athletic
Arsenal v Coventry City
Carlisle United v Tottenham Hotspur
Manchester United v Newcastle United
Norwich City v Doncaster Rovers
Queens Park Rangers v Reading
West Bromwich Albion v Liverpool