Thursday, 27 September 2007

Carling Cup 3rd Round Review/Round Up.

Last saturday, A toothless Coventry side bent over and took one from a rapant Ipswich Town at Portman Road.

The week before they were hammered at home by Bristol City. Not many would have given them no chance Old Trafford last night regardless of the team Sir Taggart put out but once again football proves itself to be a funny old game.

CSKA Fulham ended a dismal fortnight by slaughtering Hull. Hardly likely to appease fans who continue to mourn the loss of Mourinho but at least they finally got some goals under their belt.

Spurs have traditionally been a 'cup side' for as long as I can remember and maybe the impatient hierarchy should put this into perspective before harbouring quite frankly unrealistic aspirations of playing in the Champions League.

Rowdies aside, shocks were few and far between this round. Liecester's win over Villa or Luton beating Charlton may have raised an eyebrow but with The likes of Arsenal, Liverpool, Everton, City and West Ham all going through in the last 48 hours you sense that the criticism of top sides not taking the competetion seriously can be consigned to the graveyard of other footballing fables such as Curtis Davies being a £10 million defender or that Blackburn Rovers 'bought' the premiership title way back when.

Finally, it's nice to see that I'm not the only one who has a problem with refereeing standards in this country.

Carling Cup 3rd Round Results

Arsenal 2-0 Newcastle
Blackpool 2-1 Southend (aet)
Burnley 0-1 Portsmouth
Luton 3-1 Charlton (aet)
Man City 1-0 Norwich
Reading 2-4 Liverpool
Sheff Utd 5-0 Morecambe
West Brom 2-4 Cardiff

Aston Villa 0-1 Leicester
Blackburn 3-0 Birmingham
Fulham 1-2 Bolton
Hull 0-4 Chelsea
Man Utd 0-2 Coventry
Sheff Wed 0-3 Everton
Tottenham 2-0 Middlesbrough
West Ham 1-0 Plymouth

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