The current holders of the League Cup, also known as the Capital One Cup, Swansea, have been shockingly knocked out at their first hurdle of the competition by Birmingham City, a bottom half Championship side. As Swansea were the holders and are in the Premier League, they received a bye and only played their first League Cup game last night in the third round. However, Birmingham City had to fight past the first two rounds in order to earn a match against Swansea and in both rounds the Blues only managed to win by one goal, not filling them with confidence for the coming challenge.
Despite Birmingham being in the league below Swansea, they showed impressive class on the field netting on three occasions and only conceding once, in the 90th minute. The West Midlands side have been struggling in the start of their Championship campaign. They have only just started getting back on track via a 4-1 win at the weekend, in which a player on loan, Jesse Lingard, scored every Birmingham goal. Yet, taking nothing away from the Blues, Swansea didn’t play well at all which was ultimately the reason the Welsh team lost St Andrews.
Elsewhere, a penalty shoot-out was needed to separate Arsenal and another West Midlands team, West Bromwich Albion, at the Hawthorns. At the end of the 90 minutes the score was level at 1-1 and a goalless extra-time meant penalties were on the cards. A couple of misses from the Baggies gave the Gunners the victory as their next League Cup game will be against Chelsea at the Emirates.
A Javier Hernandez goal gave Manchester United a 1-0 win over Liverpool whilst Newcastle managed to triumph over Leeds by 2 goals and Stoke City avoided an upset at Tranmere Rovers as Stephen Ireland and Peter Crouch goals gave the Potters a 2-0 victory. The tie for the fourth round was made on Wednesday night after all of the third round matches were over and the big game to watch will be Arsenal v Chelsea. All of the fourth round ties will be played on either 29th October or 30th October.
League Cup Fourth Round draw:
Arsenal v Chelsea
Birmingham v Stoke
Burnley v West Ham
Leicester City v Fulham
Man Utd v Norwich
Newcastle v Man City
Sunderland v Southampton
Tottenham v Hull City
Author Daniel Foster.
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