EFL Cup review

Newcastle continue upturn in form with victory over Man City

27 Sep 2023
Newcastle, Isak

Last season's beaten finalists secure 1-0 success as seven other Premier League clubs win

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Newcastle United's surge in form continued as they beat Manchester City 1-0 at St. James' Park with both sides making a number of changes.

Alexander Isak converted Joelinton's low cross eight minutes in the second half to send Newcastle through to the fourth round.

Wednesday's EFL Cup results
Aston Villa
1-2 Everton
AFC Bournemouth 
2-0 Stoke City
Brentford 0-1 Arsenal
1-0 Brighton
2-1 Norwich City
Lincoln City 0-1 West Ham
3-1 Leicester City
Newcastle 1-0 Man City

Despite dominating with 67 per cent of possession, City failed to seriously test the home defence, as they bow out of a cup competition in the third round for the first time under Pep Guardiola.

The only downside to Newcastle's victory was a suspected injury to Isak, who downplayed fears in his post-match interview.

See: Newcastle report and line-up
See: Man City report and line-up

Newcastle's success capped off a good night for most Premier League sides.  

Liverpool come from behind to win again

Dominik Szoboszlai's scored a superb long-range strike as Liverpool produced a second half comeback to beat Leicester City 3-1 at Anfield.

The Reds fell behind in the third minute through Kasey McAteer following a counter-attack.

But a strike from Cody Gakpo, after he linked up with his Netherlands team-mate Ryan Gravenberch, brought Liverpool level three minutes after half time.

Szoboszlai made it 2-1 with his second Liverpool goal five minutes after being brought on, before Diogo Jota's improvised finish in the 89th minute sealed the win.

Liverpool, the record holders in the competition with nine successes to their name, have now won seven consecutive fixtures in all competitions and have not lost in 19 matches. They will aim to extend both runs this Saturday against Tottenham Hotspur.

See: Liverpool report and line-up

Chelsea claim morale-boosting victory

Nicolas Jackson helped Chelsea end their three match winless run with a hard-fought 1-0 win against Brighton & Hove Albion.

Prior to the match at Stamford Bridge, the Blues hadn't scored in their previous three encounters.

But Jackson put an end to his and Chelsea's goal drought, sliding the ball into the bottom corner after being played in by Cole Palmer.

The Blues will hope this result proves to be a turning point in their season as they take on west London rivals Fulham next Monday.

However the evening was soured by a hamstring injury to Ben Chilwell, who limped off late on.

See: Chelsea report and line-up

Back-to-back wins for Everton

Everton secured their second successive win as they stunned Aston Villa 2-1 at Villa Park.

James Garner gave the Toffees the lead before Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored for the second consecutive match, to double Everton's lead five minutes after half time.

Boubacar Kamara gave Villa hope in the 83rd minute, but Sean Dyche's side held out for a deserved victory.

Everton's success was even more impressive, given they had lost 4-0 to Villa in the Premier League in August. It was also their first win over Villa in 10 matches, a run stretching back to March 2016.

See: Aston Villa report and line-up
See: Everton report and line-up

One goal enough for Arsenal

Mikel Arteta made eight changes to Arsenal's line-up as they beat Brentford 1-0 at the Gtech Community Stadium.

Aaron Ramsdale was recalled having been dropped for their last three fixtures in all competitions.

The 25-year-old impressed on his return and produced a crucial second-half save from Yoane Wissa, when he tipped his shot onto a post.

Reiss Nelson's strike proved enough as he capitalised on a poor back pass in the eighth minute.

Arsenal held out for the victory as they extend their unbeaten start to the season to eight matches in all competitions.

See: Brentford report and line-up
See: Arsenal report and line-up

Bournemouth score twice in three minutes

Goals from Dominic Solanke and Joe Rothwell helped AFC Bournemouth see off Championship side Stoke City 2-0.

Solanke found the bottom corner from Adam Smith's cross, before Rothwell produced an excellent free-kick three minutes later.

The victory was Andoni Iraola's first at home since being appointed earlier this summer as the Cherries book their place into round four for a second successive campaign.

See: Bournemouth report and line-up

Narrow wins for West Ham and Fulham

Despite making 10 changes, West Ham United beat Lincoln City 1-0 thanks to Tomas Soucek's strike 20 minutes from time.

The Czech Republic midfielder made a late run into the penalty area to convert from Said Benrahma's corner.

West Ham were fortunate to win though as Lincoln missed a host of chances in the first half, while Lukasz Fabianski denied Reeco Hackett-Fairchild.

See: West Ham report and line-up

Alex Iwobi scored his first goal for Fulham on his first start as they overcame Norwich City 2-1 at Craven Cottage.

The midfielder finished off a team move in the second half that doubled their lead after Carlos Vinicius' close-range finish in the 12th minute.

Norwich reduced the deficit through Borja Sainz, but they could not force penalties. 

See: Fulham report and line-up

Next round of the draw

There will be a repeat of last season's final as Manchester United were drawn against Newcastle in the standout fixture for the next round of the EFL Cup.

Elsewhere, Dyche will take on his former side, as Everton face Burnley and there could be a return for Declan Rice when Arsenal travel to West Ham.

Fourth-round ties (selected)

Ipswich v Fulham
Man Utd v Newcastle
Bournemouth v Liverpool
Chelsea v Blackburn
West Ham v Arsenal
Everton v Burnley

The matches will take place the week commencing 30 October.

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