Newcastle 1 – Tottenham 2 (League Cup, September 24, 2008) In an eerily sparse St. James’ Park, both sides had chances in the first half (highlights here) without either side being able to break the deadlock. But after the break Spurs took control of the game, Lennon’s cross picked out Roman Pavlyuchenko and the Russian broke his duck with a header. And Newcastle woes were made that much worse when Jamie O’Hara robbed Steven Taylor of the ball and fired home the second. In the dying minutes Michael Owen continued his trend of scoring meaningless goals by taking advantage of Gomes’ weak hand from Geremi’s cross.
Portsmouth 0 – Chelsea 4 (League Cup, September 24, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) Frank Lampard converted a 36th minute penalty after Michael Ballack had been brought down and Florent Malouda made it 2-0 just before half-time. David James gifted Lampard his second goal of the night on 49 minutes before poor play by Sylvain Distin allowed Salomon Kalou to complete the route on 64 minutes.
Brighton 2* – Manchester City 2 (Pens: 5-3) (League Cup, September 24, 2008) City appeared to be on course for a third-round date with Derby County after Gelson Fernandes’ 64th minute goal, only for Glenn Murray to equalise a minute from time. Brighton took the lead five minutes into extra-time through Joe Anyinsah before Stephen Ireland briefly spared City’s blushes with a goal on 108 minutes. In the shootout Brighton’s keeper Michael Kuipers became the hero, saving Michael Ball’s penalty before Matthew Richards held his nerve to send League One Brighton through.
Aston Villa 0 – QPR 1 (League Cup, September 24, 2008) QPR recorded a fine victory at high-flying Villa, Damion Stewart scored the only goal of the game on 58 minutes to dump the Premier League side out of the cup.
Ipswich 1 – Wigan 4 (League Cup, September 24, 2008) Wigan breezed past Ipswich after Lee Cattermole’s 52nd-minute goal was cancelled out by Jonathan Walters’ volley in the 61st. Olivier Kapo took just three minutes to restore Wigan’s advantage, with Paul Scharner (70) and substitute Henri Camara (90) completing the victory.
Blackburn 1 – Everton 0 (League Cup, September 24, 2008) Left-back Martin Olsson netted his first goal for Rovers, exchanging a clever one-two with Robbie Fowler before firing a low shot beyond Tim Howard after 10 minutes.
A round up of most of the goals from Tuesday night’s action in the League Cup, including Burnley’s 1-0 over Fulham, plus Sunderland and Stoke’s penalty wins over Northampton and Reading respectively, can be seen here.