Leeds 0 – Liverpool 1 (Carling Cup, September 22, 2009) Liverpool struggled early doors at Leeds but as they first half (highlights here) wore on the Merseysiders began to assert their authority. Midway through the second half the Reds struck, David Ngog controlled Mascherano’s mis-hit shot and the striker spun and fired home from 10-yards out. (The post-match interview with Rafa Benitez can be seen here.)
Arsenal 2 – West Brom 0 (Carling Cup, September 22, 2009) (Alternative highlights here.) The Baggies were severely hampered by having to play the final hour with 10 men after Jerome Thomas’s sending off. Arsenal initially struggled to make their numerical advantage tell, but once Sachez Watt had opened the scoring after 68 minutes West Brom were up against it and substitute Carlos Vela tapped in the winner eight minutes later.
Stoke 4 – Blackpool 3 (Carling Cup, September 22, 2009) The Championship side took a two-goal lead either side of halt-time through David Vaughan and Billy Clarke. Stoke hit back with three goals in five minutes from Danny Higginbotham, Matt Etherington and Ricardo Fuller only for Ben Burgess to equalise a minute later. With the game heading into extra time Andy Griffin was the unlikely hero in the 96th minute of an enthralling encounter.
Barnsley 3 – Burnley 2 (Carling Cup, September 22, 2009) Steven Fletcher fired the Clarets ahead in the 21st minute, Jon Macken levelled after Iain Hume hit the post less than a minute after going behind. Anderson de Silva then put the hosts in front scoring in first half injury time. Chris Eagles, netting his first of the season, equalised for the Clarets seven minutes into the second half, but Hugo Colace headed home the winner after a fine ball from De Silva as the Premier League boys were dumped out the cup.