Wednesday 25 September 2013
Fernando Torres made the most of a rare Chelsea start, Stevan Jovetic scored his first goals for Manchester City and academy graduate Josh Murphy inspired Norwich City to a dramatic 3-2 triumph over Watford as nine sides from the Barclays Premier League progressed to the Fourth Round of the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night.
Fernando Torres and Juan Mata did their claims for a starting berth against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday no harm with a fine performance for Chelsea at Swindon Town. Manager Jose Mourinho made 10 changes to the side that beat Fulham at the weekend with Mata, who was at the heart of much of what was good about Chelsea's 2-0 win, setting up Torres for the opening goal on 29 minutes. Torres then teed up Ramires for Chelsea's second six minutes later, although the Brazilian midfielder, who had come on for the injured Marco van Ginkel (knee), sustained a hip injury that could make him doubtful for Saturday's early afternoon encounter with Spurs.
Chelsea match report
Fresh from hitting four past Manchester United two days earlier, Manchester City hit five unanswered goals against Wigan to avenge last May's FA Cup final defeat. Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini handed 17-year-old prospect Marcos Lopes his first start for the club alongside summer signing Stevan Jovetic, who produced his first goals since moving to England from Fiorentina, after Edin Dzeko had opened the scoring the hosts with a 33rd-minute volley. Jovetic's close range efforts on 60 and 83 minutes sandwiched a 20-yard curler by substitute Yaya Toure, while Jesus Navas rounded off the scoring four minutes from time when he broke through to fire low past goalkeeper Lee Nicholls.
As in last week's UEFA Europa League victory over Tromso, Jermain Defoe again scored twice to remind head coach Andre Villas-Boas of his ability in front of goal. The England international gave Spurs the lead with just five minutes gone against Villa, while Paulinho scored his second goal in as many matches early in the second half. The visitors, for whom defender Vlad Chriches and Under-21 striker Harry Kane appeared from the start, might have been out of sight but for some fine saves by Villa's summer signing from Norwich Jed Steer, but further strikes by Nacer Chadli and Defoe settled the contest.
Under-21 winger Josh Murphy and new signing Gary Hooper proved Norwich City's saviours as they marked their senior debuts with the goals that enabled the Canaries to battle back from two goals down to overcome Watford after extra time. Chris Hughton's side looked destined for a third-round exit when Watford took a two-goal lead thanks to strikes either side of half-time by Javier Acuna and Davide Faraoni, but with 13 minutes left second-half substitute Murphy reduced the arrears with a fine individual goal, picking up possession from Nathan Redmond before unleashing a fierce strike from range that cannoned in off the inside of the post. Hooper, making his first start since signing in the transfer window, headed in Redmond's cross in the fifth minute of added time and the former Celtic striker decided the tie with five minutes of the additional half-hour remaining when he raced on to Leroy Fer's through-ball too apply a cool finish.
Fulham came from behind to edge a narrow victory over Everton at Craven Cottage as Darren Bent struck the 69th-minute winner after Dimitar Berbatov had cancelled out Steven Naismith's opener. Elsad Zverotic made his debut at right-back for the Londoners, while Everton also featured a much-changed lie-up with Joel Robles in goal, John Stones in defence, Jonny Heitinga in a holding midfield role and 19-year-old Barcelona loanee Gerard Deulofeu, whose slide-rule pass set up Naismith.
West Ham appeared on course for a comfortable night when they raced into a two goal lead, courtesy of Ravel Morrison's 19th-second strike and Matt Jarvis's second goal for the hosts just eight minutes in, but a Cardiff side, for whom manager Malky Mackay had made 11 changes from the side that lost to Spurs on Sunday, rallied thanks to second-half goals by Craig Noone and recent arrival Peter Odemwingie. However, Sam Allardyce, who included 18-year-old defender Leo Chambers in the line-up, was able to celebrate his 100th match in charge with a victory as Ricardo Vaz Te struck the winner with only two minutes remaining.
Mauricio Pochettino also made 11 changes to the side that won at Liverpool at the weekend, with Omar Rowe and Harrison Reed retaining their places in the squad from the last round of this competition, and they emerged with a home success against Bristol City. Gaston Ramirez gave Saints the lead with a volley on the quarter-hour mark following James Ward-Prowse's cross, while Jos Hooiveld headed Ward-Prowse's corner with seven minutes left.
Sunderland's first match following head coach Paolo Di Canio's departure resulted in a routine home victory against Peterborough, with Lee Cattermole returning to the side for his first match since February.
Emanuele Giaccherini's half-volley just after the half-hour gave the Black Cats the lead, and substitute Valentin Roberge made sure of a comfortable home victory with 17 minutes to go against a side who had scored 11 goals in their previous two rounds in the competition.
Hull kept their hopes of a rare League Cup run alive after negotiating a tricky home victory over Huddersfield. The Tigers had not reached this stage of the competition since 1977 but Nick Proschwitz's second-half strike ensured Steve Bruce's outfit, despite making nine changes to the team that beat Newcastle United on Saturday, will be in the draw for the next round.
There are more Premier League clubs in Capital One Cup third-round action this evening with Luis Suarez expected to mark his return from suspension with a run-out for Liverpool against Manchester United at Old Trafford, while Arsenal and Swansea City travel to West Bromwich Albion and Birmingham City respectively, Newcastle United host Leeds United and Stoke City travel to Tranmere Rovers.
Aston Villa 0-4 Tottenham Hotspur (Defoe 2, Paulinho, Chadli)
Burnley 2-1 Nottingham Forest
Fulham (Berbatov, Bent) 2-1 Everton (Naismith)
Hull City (Proschwitz) 1-0 Huddersfield Town
Leicester City 2-1 Derby County
Manchester City (Dzeko, Jovetic 2, Toure, Navas) 5-0 Wigan Athletic
Southampton (Ramirez, Hooiveld) 2-0 Bristol City
Swindon Town 0-2 Chelsea (Torres, Ramires)
Sunderland (Giaccherini, Roberge) 2-0 Peterborough United
Watford 2-3 Norwich City (Murphy, Hooper 2)
West Ham United (Morrison, Jarvis, Vaz Te) 3- 2 Cardiff City (Noone, Odemwingie)
Kick-offs 7.45pm unless stated
Manchester United v Liverpool
8pm West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal
Birmingham City v Swansea City
Newcastle United v Leeds United
Tranmere Rovers v Stoke City