Steve McClaren’s Newcastle side were dumped out of the League Cup in a shocking 1-0 defeat at the hands of Sheffield Wednesday.
Wednesday’s Lewis McGugan scored the only goal of the match at St James’ Park as the Magpies lost their fourth consecutive match, with former England manager McClaren in serious trouble. Wednesday’s reward was a home draw against Arsenal, who beat north London rivals Spurs 2-1/ Liverpool’s similarly under-pressure manager Brendan Rodgers narrowly avoided even worse humilation against Carlisle as his men were taken to penalties after a 1-1 draw at Anfield. Several players missed – though not Emre Can, who scored with a nerveless Panenka effort that almost went over the bar – but the crucial moment came as Bastien Hery’s spot kick, the fifth for Carlisle, was saved by Adam Bogdan, who made three excellent saves in the shoot-out.
The all-Premier League clashes saw Arsenal beat Tottenham 2-1 and Norwich beat West Brom 3-0. All the other Premier League sides in action won, Manchester United knocking out Ipswich 3-0, Crystal Palace beating Charlton 4-1, Southampton running riot in a 6-0 win over MK Dons and Chelsea – who started with Radamel Falcao up front for the first time – beating Walsall 4-1. – – –
FOURTH ROUND DRAW
Manchester City v Crystal Palace
Liverpool v Bournemouth
Manchester United v Middlesbrough
Everton v Norwich
Southampton v Aston Villa
Sheffield Wednesday v Arsenal
Hull v Leicester
Stoke v Chelsea – – –
Chelsea continued to rebuild their season as they eased past Walsall in style. Ramires, Loic Remy and Kenedy, on his full debut, put the visitors in control before Pedro’s late strike secured a comfortable 4-1 win. The competitive Saddlers pulled a goal back through James O’Connor before half-time but they could not cope with Chelsea’s power as the holders cruised into the fourth round.
At Selhurst Park, Dwight Gayle’s second half hat-trick fired Crystal Palace to a 4-1 win over south London rivals Charlton. The striker’s treble meant Eagles manager Alan Pardew enjoyed a satisfying night against the team he managed for two years and suffered relegation from the Premier League with in 2007.
But for Alou Diarra it was a nightmare evening, the former France international giving away two penalties before being sent off. Gayle hammered home both spot-kicks – after Fraizer Campbell opened the scoring – and he nodded in the fourth while Mouhamadou-Naby Sarr pulled one back for Charlton. Norwich progressed to the fourth round of the Capital One Cup with a convincing 3-0 win against West Brom. Thoroughly outplaying their Barclays Premier League rivals, second-half goals from Matt Jarvis and Kyle Lafferty and Sebastian Pocognoli’s own goal sealed a deserved victory. Jay Rodriguez, Sadio Mane and Shane Long scored two goals apiece as Southampton coasted into the fourth round of the Capital One Cup with a 6-0 victory at MK Dons. Rodriguez’s goals were his first domestically in almost 18 months, having only recently returned from a lengthy lay-off with a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament. He netted for the first time since his comeback against Danish outfit Midtjylland in the Europa League last month but his efforts on Wednesday night were his first strikes in English competition since a Premier League double against Newcastle on March 29, 2014. The 26-year-old’s brace, his second from the penalty spot, came either side of Mane’s double while Long grabbed his two later in the second half – making it the heaviest defeat in MK Dons’ short history.