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Last Updated: Tuesday, 25 September 2007, 21:19 GMT 22:19 UK
League Cup as it happened
Arsenal 2-0 Newcastle Blackpool 2-1 Southend Burnley 0-1 Portsmouth Luton 3-1 Charlton Manchester City 1-0 Norwich Reading 2-4 Liverpool Sheffield Utd 5-0 Morecambe West Brom 2-4 Cardiff

GOALFLASHES AND MAJOR INCIDENTS (all times BST)

By Charlie Henderson

2218: FULL-TIME Luton 3-1 Charlton
Luton will be the lowest-ranked team going into the hat for the draw for the last 16. They have been joined there by four Premier League teams and three Championship outfits... with another eight matches to be decided on Wednesday evening. See you then.

2216: FULL-TIME Blackpool 2-1 Southend
'Beat It'. Southend couldn't.

2214: GOAL Luton 3-1 Charlton
We have a shock, signed, sealed, delivered. Drew Talbot scores for League One Luton against Championship Charlton. Still want Kevin Blackwell sacked Matt?

2213: GOAL Blackpool 2-1 Southend
Michael Jackson went close before and now he scores in a 'Thriller' of a finish at Bloomfield Road. He volleys in Andrew Welsh's corner.

2206: Michael Jackson heads over for Blackpool after a corner from Wes Hoolahan.

2159: GOAL Luton 2-1 Charlton
Matthew Spring gives the Hatters the edge in the final minute of the first period of extra time. Spring sprung to meet a cross from Darren Currie with a good header.

2157: MATCH REACTION Reading 2-4 Liverpool
Rafael Benitez concedes it was a "terrific game" for Fernando Torres and the goateed teaser will not promise him a game next time despite the fact "his pace he can kill defenders".

2154: MATCH REACTION Sheffield United 5-0 Morecambe
Classic downbeat stuff from Blades boss Bryan Robson. Five goals Robbo, crack a smile. Anyway, he liked their professionalism and the "linking up" between Luton Shelton and Billy Sharp.

2150: Steve vented his annoyance at Arsenal fielding the kids earlier. He may as well have kicked a hornets nest for the amount of vitriol buzzing around him now. We'd be here all night if we printed them all. Oh yeah, that's right, we're going to be here most of the night. Here are a couple that do not include swear words or threats of violence...
"It really annoys me when the so called little 16 think they can beat Arsenal's youth team. Only kidding, but it's a fair point."
Anonymous via text on 81111
"It's funny how they tend to win as well."
Umar, in London, via text on 81111

2146: Blackpool and Southend don't have form, but the visitors should have been wary go into the final five minutes. That's the sixth successive game in which they have scored in the final five minutes. Four of the last five were equalisers as well.

2143: Luton and Charlton have got form here. The last time these two met was in the League Cup almost exactly two years ago when they scored 23 goals between them. Six came in normal time, two in extra time and 15 in a penalty shoot-out.

2138: Blackpool and Southend are going into extra-time. So are Luton and Charlton.

2137: FULL-TIME Reading 2-4 Liverpool
A first hat-trick for Fernando Torres. Gary's verdict? "Looks a decent player that Torres. I think he deserves a run in the Premier League."

2137: FULL-TIME Burnley 0-1 Portsmouth
One goal in it, and a touch of controversy with a hint of handball. In the space of 48 hours that's Pompey wins at Ewood Park and Turf Moor, which are just 14 miles and 19 minutes apart from each other, according to the AA.

2137: FULL-TIME Arsenal 2-0 Newcastle
Last season's finalists start with a win, and it's an impressive one for the kids. Gavin Peacock's verdict? "Arsenal were wonderful and played with such vibrance".

2136: FULL-TIME West Brom 2-4 West Brom
A pretty flat second 45 compared to the first, and that impressive Baggies home record goes up in smoke.

2136: FULL-TIME Sheffield United 5-0 Morecambe
The dream dies for the League Two outfit.

2135: FULL-TIME Manchester City 1-0 Norwich
First name in the imaginary hat for the second round is City, Manchester City.

2133: GOAL Arsenal 2-0 Newcastle
That wraps it up for Arsenal. Denilson scores his first goal for the club and it is an absolute thunderbolt. An assist for Abou Diaby.

2132: GOAL Manchester City 1-0 Norwich
One minute of normal time remaining and Georgios Samaras remind City fans what he can do... and maybe potential suitors.

2131: GOAL West Brom 2-4 Cardiff
Same scoreline at the Hawthowns where Ishmael Miller gets his second of the night. He steps up to slot from the spot after being fouled by Chris Gunter.

2130: GOAL Reading 2-4 Liverpool
At half-time on 606 someone said Fernado Torres would score a hat-trick. He has after being put through one-on-one with Adam Federici. What are tomorrow's lottery numbers going to be fella?

2128: Immediate response from Newcastle. Obafemi Martins is flying and rounds Lukas Fabianski... but Philippe Senderos is there to clear off the line.

2126: GOAL Arsenal 1-0 Newcastle
Armand Traore swings in a cross and fellow teenager Nicklas Bendtner breaks the deadloack for Arsenal with a header..

"It really annoys me when the so called 'big four' think they are so good they field youth team against other Prem clubs. Come on you Geordie boys."
Steve, in Watford, via text on 81111
Kiss of death there Steve.

2123: GOAL Blackpool 1-1 Southend
Make that four games all square. Scott Vernon smashes in for the Seasiders. Is he the lovechild of Radio One duo Scott Mills and Vernon Kay? Oh no he doesn't. Another bit of duff info there and Wes Hoolahan is credited with the goal.

"Are you the lovechild of Charlie Oatway and Darius Henderson? Combine the inability to defend or score to create a player even worse than Gary Doherty."
Anonymous via text on 81111. Like it. Would Darius Oatway be better ot worse than Doherty?

2122: Closing in on the final 10 minutes and three games are still all square, although how Arsenal haven't scored against Newcastle is beyond belief. The Gunners have had 58% of the possession and close to 20 shots. Newcastle have had three goes on goal, one on target.

"The League Cup should be a competition for the three leagues and not the Premier League. Our national team will benefit."
nigusa on 606

2117: Leroy Lita, his flourescent yellow boots a whir of colour like a Catherine Wheel, throws himself at a cross and connects with an overhead kick that whistles inches high.

2115: GOAL Reading 2-3 Liverpool
Liverpool edge ahead again with John Arne Riise making an instant impression off the bench, knocking the ball through the legs of Ulises de la Cruz before squaring for Fernando Torres to sidefoot in his second.

2114: GOAL Burnley 0-1 Portsmouth
David Nugent latches on to a long ball forward from Pedro Mendes and scores, although the hosts are complaining about handball from the former Preston striker. That Preston bit has got to hurt for Turf Moor regulars.

2113: GOAL Sheffield United 5-0 Morecambe
Fine finish from Luton Shelton. Curler from the edge of the area and that's a brace for the Jamaican.

"I'd love Arsenal to stay in the competition. They use it to bread their brilliant youngsters."
deanodoes on 606
Brilliant image.

"Hate the negative comments about this Cup. Silverware is a success to any club. Support the League Cup like any other."
Adrian, in Londonderry, via text on 81111

2110: GOAL Sheffield United 4-0 Morecambe
A low shot from Lee Hendrie and if Morecambe weren't already heading for a Carling Cup exit that effort from the edge of the box should ensure they are now.

2107: GOAL Reading 2-2 Liverpool
John Halls prods the ball through a crowded box as Liverpool fail to clear a corner that Charles Itjande flaps at.

"Arsenal or Liverpool going out is hardly a disaster. It is a Mickey Mouse cup and a distraction from the bigger cups and the Premier League."
Alex, via text on 81111
It's taken a while for that old chestnut to come up. One of football's modern romantics then are you Alex? And why is it never Donald Duck?

2102: Fernando Torres bursts into the box and goes to ground after being clipped by Andre Bikey. That should be a spot-kick for the Reds, but nothing given.

2100: Norwich have never beaten Manchester City in five League Cup games, but Lee Croft goes close in a game of few chances.

2057: Newcastle's Charles N'Zogbia heads off the line to deny Eduardo a goal from a corner and Arsenal a deserved lead.

2055: GOAL Sheffield United 3-0 Morecambe
Stephen Quinn slides a pass through to Luton Shelton and the Jamaican waltzes round the keeper to slot having beaten the offside trap.

2053: GOAL Reading 1-2 Liverpool
The Leto-Fernando Torres combo works better the other way round. The Spaniard holds off Michael Dubbery to slot well after blazing a trail into the box.

"We've finally discovered why Benitez spent all that money on Torres. Forget the Premiership, forget the Champions League, Liverpool are going after the Carling Cup!"
Adam, via text on 81111

2051: Lank-haired Liverpool new boy Leto is fed by Fernando Torres on the left but lofts a shot wide. Was it even a shot? Whatever it was it waspoor for sure.

2048: Things back up and running. Cardiff last won at the Hawthorns in 1957. Burnley last beat Portsmouth in 1982 and Norwich have won just once at Manchester City since 1965.

2040: Chris G wants Leto binned, Josh wants Shola Ameobi hauled off and Robbie Fowler is back to his God-like status of old. Give your verdict on all the players tonight...

"The dream for everyone tonight is for Arsenal and Liverpool to go out (except Liverpool and Arsenal fans)"
alexbirch35 on 606
Someone call Private Eye's Colemanballs column.

Cardiff Central - no, not the train station - but their game which has got everyone going on the text service.
"What an amazing game here at the Hawthorns. Well worth the journey from south Wales. Robbie for a hat trick today surely."
Graham, from Cardiff, via text on 81111
"Your site is broke! There seems to be a 4 next to Cardiff."
Steve the Bluebird fan, via text on 81111
"If only Fowler and Hasselbaink could start popping them in like this in the league! Perhaps this will kick start our season."Sion, Cardiff, via text on 81111

2032: Five of the eight games are all square and up in the air after 45 minutes. Extra-time and penalties are on the cards tonight.

2031: HALF-TIME
It's the break here... there... and everywhere.

2030: Liverpool's French keeper Charles Itandje denies Reading's Bobby Convey a second. Good save from an acrobatic volley. Useless piece of information is that Itjande's middle name is Hubert.

"The Morecambe boys are out-singing United. Come on you Shrimps!"
An anonymous Shrimp in the away end, on 81111

"Can't see many of those who took advantage of the cheap tickets to the Hawthorns tonight being impressed enough to come back."
Rob, in Birmingham, via text
There's a few shoots of confidence supporting an astounding comeback over on 606.

2028: GOAL Luton 1-1 Charlton
Steve Robinson cracks in a wonder volley just before the break. Nice time to score that, so the ex-pros always tell you. Surely it's always a nice time to score, especially for Robinson as that was his first goal in 18 minths.
How many months are there in a minth? Chi
That's tougher than 'What's the meaning of life?'

2025: Theo Walcott fizzes a shot over the bar for Arsenal. There have been murmurs of discontent among the Arsenal faithful with the young tyro, but a few chants of 'Theo' after that effort.

"Luton Cup run looks over. Blackwell out. Go on Morecambe!"
Matt, a Luton fan, via text on 81111
Which team are you going to throw your weight behind now?

2020: GOAL Sheffield United 2-0 Morecambe
Billy Sharp gets his second and this a massive uphill task for the League Two boys now. Kevin Geary swings a cross in and sharp-shooting Sharp turns to fire in off the bar.

2018: GOAL West Brom 1-4 Cardiff
Hope springs eternal. James Morrison hits the post and Ishmael Miller is on hand to give those suffering home fans something to cheer. That makes it the same amount of goals there as in the other seven games put together.

"No worries, West Brom will come back."
ARIZONANISC on 606
Hats off to you sir and that positive mental attitude.

2015: GOAL West Brom 0-4 Cardiff
Are Baggies fans heading home yet? Trevor Sinclair slots from eight yards and the home defence are at sixes and sevens and questioning at each as to what the blinking hell is going on.

2013: GOAL Reading 1-1 Liverpool
Great goal. Bobby Convey cracks a n equaliser home with a left-foot volley from a corner. Cheers Coopz.

2009: GOAL West Brom 0-3 Cardiff
West Brom, third in the Championship and the division's form team, are unbeaten in their last five games, boast a 100% record at home and hadn't conceded at the Hawthorns in six games. Tonight Matthew, they are having an absolute shocker. Joe Ledley is chopped down by Shelton Martis in the box and Robbie Fowler converts.

2010: GOAL Reading 0-1 Liverpool
Yossi Benayoun jinks forward before unleashing a rasping shot from the edge of the area. Liverpool have scored first in each of their previous three games against the Royals so we should have expected that.

2009: GOAL West Brom 0-2 Cardiff
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink makes it two for Cardiff. Gavin Rae teed him up for a 30-yard boomer of a shot.

2006: Leroy Lita climbs well between to Liverpool defenders but heads straight at Charles Itandje. Never mind Lita, it's Leto who's bugging chris g.

"Leto is rub bad bad player worse than phil babb."
chris g, via text on 81111
rub bad bad is really bad then.

2004: GOAL Sheffield United 1-0 Morecambe
Luton Shelton sets it up with a great run before Billy Sharp finishes well. Finally a home goal.

2002: Good chance for Arsenal, but Nicklas Bendtner heads over Armand Traore's cross.

1959: Manchester City striker Rolando Bianchi goes close, but his shot ruffles the side-netting and not the part of the net that counts.

"For all Cardiff fans still stuck in work doing marketshare reports, everyone do the Ayatollah."
Peter, stuck in Newport, via text on 81111
How many Cardiff fans do marketshare reports? Sounds like a lot of you could be out there.

"I predict all home wins tonight."
Born_Again on 606
Mmmmm. That early call isn't looking too good at the moment.

1952: GOAL Blackpool 0-1 Southend
A third away goal of the night in a fast start to the action. Matt Harrold converts from the spot. A harsh call after Rhys Evan collided with Charlie McDonald.

1950: GOAL Luton 0-1 Charlton
Dean Sinclair gets the opener for the Addicks. Bit of confusion over who actually got the telling touch but Sinclair it is after Svetoslav Todorov headed on Izale McLeod's cross.

1949: GOAL West Brom 0-1 Cardiff
Cardiff have not beaten West Brom since Boxing Day 1960 but make a perfect start with Robbie Fowler getting the first goal of the night, poking home Stephen McPhail's cross.

1947: ...and Fernando Torres is down in a heap after taking a knock in the box. He needs a touch of treatment before getting going again.

1946: The games are up and running...

1945: Lots of empty seats at the Emirates, but we haven't got a Chelsea midweek scenario on our hands here. It's a supposed sell-out with tickets cut to 10, but Arsenal and Newcastle fans have been caught up in travel chaos on the tube.

1944: Morecambe are the lowest-ranked team left in the competition but Sheffield United will not have it all their own way. Having won promotion to the Football League in the summer they have made a sound start in League Two, have beaten Wolves and Preston away from home in this competition and have a cracking record on the road this season having scored in each of their seven games and lost just one.

1943: The teams start emerging and the Morecambe fans are bang up for it at Bramall Lane. "Morecambe 'til I die, I'm Morecambe 'til I die, I know I am, I sure I am I'm Morecambe 'til I die."

1940: And now an ad for you, a call to arms. Get involved via text on 81111 if you're at any of the eight games and also throw yourself into the flurry of debate over on 606, go on, join in.

1938: A quick ad for BBC Radio 5live. You can listen to Arsenal v Newcastle with Simon Botherton, Conor McNamara and Gavin Peacock on 909 & 693 MW, while David Oates and Leroy Rosenior are manning the mics at the Madejski Stadium for 5live Sports Extra.

1936: That was more than a trickle, but phew, all done in time for the eight 1945 BST starts.

1935: TEAM NEWS Arsenal v Newcastle
The Gunners make nine changes and Lukas Fabianski, Lassana Diarra and Niklas Bendtner get starts. Newcastle make six changes and Alan Smith gets the captain's armband, while Obafemi Martins and Shola Ameobi start in attack.

1933: TEAM NEWS Blackpool v Southend
Blackpool's Rhys Evans replaces Paul Rachubka in goal, while Latvia defender Kaspars Gorkss replaces the injured Ian Evatt. Southend striker Charlie MacDonald is chosen to partner Matt Harrold in attack, with Leon Clarke cup-tied.

1931: TEAM NEWS Luton v Charlton
Luton are still without strikers Sam Parkin and Paul Peschisolido as well as Don Hutchinson and Keith Keane. Dean Brill is in goal after David Forde's loan spell from Cardiff ended. Matt Holland, Yassin Moutaouakil and Svetoslav Todorov are back in Charlton's line-up after injury, while Chris Powell, Danny Mill, Andy Reid and Chris Iwelumo get a rest.

1928: TEAM NEWS Sheffield United v Morecambe
Sheffield United boss Bryan Robson makes eight changes from the team that lost to Crystal Palace on Saturday, with Lee Hendrie one of the players getting the chance to impress. Morecambe are unchanged from the weekend draw with Peterborough.

1926: TEAM NEWS Burnley v Portsmouth
Burnley make five changes and Sylvain Distin is Portsmouth's only survivor from the team that beat Blackburn 48 hours ago.

1921: TEAM NEWS Reading v Liverpool
Wholesale changes for both. Reading rest some regulars and bring in the likes of Bobby Convey and Andre Bikey, who scored in this fixture last season. Fernando Torres gets a start for Liverpool. The Spaniard will be playing alongside Peter Crouch.

1918: TEAM NEWS West Brom v Cardiff
The night's all-Championship tie, but they are taking different attitudes into this competition. West Brom make seven changes and have a fancy-sounding team that includes exotic names such as Martis, Tininho and Pele... probably not that one. City travel with a first-choice team.

1916: TEAM NEWS Manchester City v Norwich
Maybe Sven-Goran Eriksson thinks there are bigger footballing fish to fry and doesn't really want to win this competition because heplumped for Georgios Samaras in a team featuring nine changes. That doesn't suggest the City are looking to batter Norwich, who include Citizen old boy Lee Croft.

1915: Eight games of Carling Cup, and whatever your thoughts on the competition, the players can't wait to get out there. Team news is already coming in slightly thick and a little, bit fast.

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