Capital One Cup Results: Analysis of Swindon vs. Chelsea and the Night's Matches
Tuesday saw the third round of the Capital One Cup get underway, with 11 matches taking place around the country.
Chelsea and Manchester City both faced lower-league opposition, while there were three all-Premier League contests—Aston Villa vs. Tottenham was perhaps the pick of the bunch.
Elsewhere, the likes of Sunderland, Southampton and Hull City were all in action—so click on to see our roundup of the evening's results.
————Updated for Wednesday matches
Manchester United 1-0 Liverpool
Luis Suarez made his return from suspension to play the full 90 minutes for Liverpool, but he was unable to help them to victory at Old Trafford as Manchester United ran out 1-0 winners.
Javier Hernandez proved the match-winner, finishing well off a corner kick having lost his marker, Jose Enrique, within a minute after the second half kicked off.
Liverpool had chances, notably through Jordan Henderson and a diving header from Victor Moses, but on the rare occasion they managed to find the target they instead found David De Gea in impenetrable form.
David Moyes will feel vindicated at having rested several of his star names and still progressed through to the fourth round, as well as having beaten one of United's big rivals at the fourth time of asking this season.
West Brom 1-1 Arsenal (Arsenal Win 4-3 on Penalties)
Arsenal needed a penalty shootout to find their way past West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns, after the two clubs drew 1-1 in normal time and failed to score in extra time.
Thomas Eisfeld scored his first goal for the Gunners just after the hour mark to put the away side in front, but their lead lasted just 10 minutes as young forward Saido Berahino headed West Brom back on level terms.
Both sides had opportunities to win the game in the added 30 minutes, but penalties were needed to decide the outcome.
After the likes of James Morrison and Nicklas Bendtner had scored well-taken spot-kicks, Serge Gnabry missed for Arsenal before Craig Dawson and Morgan Amalfitano spooned efforts well wide, leaving Nacho Monreal to wrap up a 4-3 shoot-out win for Arsenal.
Birmingham City 3-1 Swansea City
Birmingham City produced a fine display to knock Premier League side Swansea City out, thanks to three second-half goals for the home side.
Played in front of a crowd of less than 8,000 fans, Dan Burn and Matt Green scored within four minutes to put the Blues in control before Tom Adeyemi added a third late on.
A sole consolation goal from Wilfried Bony was all that Swansea could muster in reply, as they failed to get past the first hurdle in the competition they won last season.
Newcastle United 2-0 Leeds United
Sammy Ameobi proved to be the game-changer for Newcastle as he supplied two assists in the 2-0 win over Leeds United.
Despite the Championship side having several presentable opportunities, they couldn't find a way past Tim Krul in the Magpies' net.
Papiss Cisse scored the opener just after the half-hour mark when he headed home Ameobi's cross, before Yoan Gouffran smashed home the second goal after the break from Ameobi's pass to feet.
The match was also marked by both fans as a tribute to Gary Speed, as per BBC Sport:
There was a poignant moment in the first half as both sets of supporters united to pay tribute to ex-Leeds and Newcastle midfielder Gary Speed, who died aged 42 in November 2011. Fans chanted his name from the 11th minute to mark the shirt number he wore for each club.
Tranmere Rovers 0-2 Stoke City
Stoke City's improvement under Mark Hughes continued with a 2-0 win at Tranmere Rovers.
Marko Arnautovic set up Stephen Ireland for his first goal for the Potters, before an injury time second for the away side sealed the win. Oussama Assaidi provided the assist for Peter Crouch for the second goal.
Tranmere had opportunities themselves, especially in the second half, but Akpa Akpro fluffed his lines with their best chance.
Marc Muniesa played the full game for Stoke, who had young England goalkeeper Jack Butland on the substitutes bench as he continues to await his chance at his new club.
Swindon 0-2 Chelsea: Mourinho Gives Juan Mata Chance to Impress
Jose Mourinho put out an expensive lineup to face Swindon Town on Tuesday, as Chelsea cruised to a comfortable 2-0 win against the League One outfit.
Juan Mata and David Luiz both started the contest (as did Willian) in a lineup that cost around £174 million, but it was Fernando Torres and Ramires who got the goals as the Blues cruised into the fourth round.
Ramires was only on the pitch for a short period—replacing Marco van Ginkel after 20 minutes as the midfielder suffered an injury following an awkward on-pitch collision.
The Brazilian was then replaced himself at half-time, with John Terry coming on in central defence and Luiz pushing further upfield.
Torres opened the scoring with a tap-in at the far post after Mata's cross-shot had been deflected, before turning provider to slip Ramires through to clip a decisive second over Wes Foderingham.
The Blues had further chances in the second half, with Mata influential throughout, but Willian missed perhaps the best of them as Mourinho settled for a 2-0 triumph.
Manchester City 5-0 Wigan: Jovetic Helps Hosts Get Measure of FA Cup Revenge
Perhaps with last season's FA Cup final defeat still playing on their minds, Manchester City demolished Wigan Athletic 5-0 to move into the fourth round.
Two goals from Stevan Jovetic (neither of them particularly arduous finishes), another fine free-kick from Yaya Toure and further strikes from Edin Dzeko and Jesus Navas sealed a second emphatic victory in three days for Manuel Pellegrini.
Pellegrini made 10 changes from the side that beat Manchester United in the league on Sunday (Fernandinho the only survivor) but City nevertheless had 24 shots (12 on target, per ESPN FC) to Wigan's three (none on target), a fitting reflection of the game's one-way flow.
Dzeko opened the scoring after 33 minutes, before Jovetic tapped home on the hour mark to make it 2-0. Toure's curled free-kick sealed the points, before Jovetic and substitute Navas added extra emphasis to the scoreline.
Only three Wigan players also played a part in the FA Cup upset at Wembley in May, but nevertheless there may have been an element of revenge in mind as City ran up the score in the second half—scoring three times in the final 15 minutes.
West Ham 3-2 Cardiff: Vaz Te Ends Spirited Cardiff Comeback
A late finish from Ricardo Vaz Te ended Cardiff's second-half comeback at Upton Park, as West Ham won 3-2 in one of the night's all-Premier League encounters.
The Hammers looked to be cruising when Ravel Morrison and Matt Jarvis both notched inside the first 45 minutes—but the tide turned sharply as half-time loomed, with Craig Noone firing home just before the break.
That seemed to galvanise Cardiff, who enjoyed the better of the second half before Peter Odemwingie eventually got a deserved equaliser.
But West Ham would not falter, with substitute Vaz Te showing the greatest hunger in the box to bundle home the winner with just minutes remaining.
Fulham 2-1 Everton: Bent and Berbatov Combine to Silence Boo Boys
Another all-Premier League contest did see a successful comeback, as Fulham overcame a deficit to beat Everton 2-1 at Craven Cottage.
Roberto Martinez's visitors took the lead after just 12 minutes thanks to Steven Naismith, but second-half strikes from Dimitar Berbatov and substitute Darren Bent saw Martin Jol's men through to the next round.
Fulham seemed to respond strongly to being booed off at half-time, earning a rapturous reception on the full-time whistle.
Everton, meanwhile, will perhaps rue wasted opportunities from Romelu Lukaku and Gerard Deulofeu as Bent stole in to decide the tie.
Aston Villa 0-4 Tottenham: Visitors Pull Down Opponents Pants—Literally
A comfortable cup win for Tottenham was highlighted by a controversial (and humorous) moment at Villa Park, as Aston Villa striker Robert Helenius had his shorts pulled down by Spurs' Jan Vertonghen.
With Spurs only a goal to the good at the time, Helenius surely should have had a penalty after Vertonghen slipped over and inadvertently pulled his shorts down around his ankles.
Instead, with the shot blazed over the bar, no penalty was given, and Spurs went up the other end to score through Paulinho minutes later—his third goal since joining the club.
Jermain Defoe opened the scoring, thanks to a glorious assist from Lewis Holtby, and finished it too—Nacer Chadli also got on the scoresheet with a low finish.
There was further bad news for Villa after the game, as Paul Lambert revealed Christian Benteke will miss six weeks with a hip injury.
(GIFs via SBNation)
Elsewhere: Extra-Time Win for Norwich; Sunderland and Southampton Through
Watford 2-3 Norwich: The only game of the night to go to extra time, Norwich coming back from 2-0 to win. Gary Hooper scored in the 95th minute to make it 2-2 and then found the net again to decide matters with five minutes remaining of the additional period.
Southampton 2-0 Bristol City: A fine volley from Gaston Ramirez and Jos Hooiveld's late addition secured comfortable progress for a Saints side that made a full 11 changes from the side that beat Liverpool at the weekend.
Sunderland 2-0 Peterborough: In the post-Paolo Di Canio era, strikes from two of his signings—Emanuele Giaccherini and Valentin Roberge—gave caretaker Kevin Ball a comfortable win to please fans at the Stadium of Light.
Hull City 1-0 Huddersfield: Nick Proschwitz got the only goal of the game just shy of the hour mark.
Leicester City 2-1 Derby County: Daniel Drinkwater got the winner in the 81st minute.
Burnley 2-1 Nottingham Forest: Two goals from Danny Ings completed the turnaround at Turf Moor.