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Cinderella, shine up your shoes: The League Cup draw has been very kind to you.

Lower tier sides are in abundance for the Round of 16, with League Two’s Crawley Town and Colchester United joined by League One sides Burton Albion, Oxford United, and Sunderland.

Remarkably — fix alert! — 10 of 11 Premier League teams were drawn against top-flight opposition, and there are some crackers here:

Manchester United will visit Chelsea.

Liverpool hosts Arsenal.

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Wow.

That means that at least one League Two side and one League One side will make the quarterfinals, as Oxford United hosts Sunderland and Colchester United visits Crawley Town!

One club is now four wins from getting its name etched into history, the other 15 teams left to pretend they don’t care about this particular trophy as the League Cup draw was held on Wednesday.

The matches will be played the week of Oct. 28.

League Cup fourth round draw
Manchester City v. Southampton
Aston Villa v. Wolves
Everton v. Watford
Chelsea v. Manchester United
Crawley Town v. Colchester United
Oxford United v. Sunderland
Burton Albion v. Leicester City
Liverpool v. Arsenal

Spurs’ Pochettino, U’s McGreal react to League Cup stunner

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Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino is trying to play it cool, but you know he must be seething after Spurs were bounced out of the League Cup on penalties by fourth-tier side Colchester United on Tuesday.

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Spurs out-chanced the U’s and controlled the game, but could not maneuver their way past goalkeeper Dean Gerken. The backstop stopped Christian Eriksen‘s first penalty, and then saw Lucas Moura miss the visitors’ fifth bid.

Here’s Pochettino, via Sky Sports:

“It’s disappointing. It’s important to fight for trophies in all the competitions, I think we can’t complain about anything. It’s only that we didn’t score, and in penalty shoot-outs, you can’t complain.”

It’s been a bad week for Spurs. Heck, it’s been a bad season. The Champions League finalists have thrown away 2-0 leads to rivals Arsenal and UCL group mates Olympiacos, and were beaten by Leicester City at the weekend. They are already 10 points behind Spurs in their bid for one trophy, and cannot claim a second.

On the other side of the field, Colchester United boss John McGreal is pretty excited.

“We are absolutely delighted, that was tough work. We had the crowd on board and the penalties are a lottery as we all know,” he said, via the BBC. “I was really confident when Tom Lapslie stepped up, we had been there before in the last round. We got the run around a bit, we had to defend well but the more we got on the ball the more threat we became.”

The U’s are joined by League Two peer Crawley Town in the fourth round. Read the wrap of all League Cup action here.

League Cup: Spurs shocked by Colchester United; Saints win derby

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A fierce derby returned after years away, and a League Two side outlasted a Champions League finalist while another fourth-tier entrant clinched a spot in the Round of 16 as well.

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The League Cup delivered the goods on Tuesday.

Colchester United 0-0 (4-3, penalties) Tottenham Hotspur

Lucas Moura smashed the cross bar with Spurs’ fifth penalty kick, and Paulo Gazzaniga couldn’t get to Tom Lapslie’s effort as the U’s advanced to the fourth round and supporters stormed the pitch.

Dean Gerkin stopped Christian Eriksen‘s opening penalty kick to start the extra set, but Jevani Brown’s miss leveled things in the third round.

Spurs were the better side by far despite a lineup with two regular starters in Davinson Sanchez and Dele Alli, as Spurs lined up: Gazzaniga, Walker-Peters, Sanchez, Tanganga, Davies, Dier, Wanyama, Skipp, Dele, Lucas, and Parrott.

The U’s had not attempted a shot by the hour mark, with Spurs taking a dozen. It was a departure from their defeat of Crystal Palace in the last round, when they went hit for hit with the Premier League mainstays and emerged with a win in penalties.

Courtney Senior was a bright spot for the U’s, lashing a shot wide in the 89th.

Portsmouth 0-4 Southampton

This is certainly one of Danny Ings‘ favorite memories since returning home to the South Coast, as the Winchester-born striker scored twice in the first half to give Saints a halftime lead in the first South Coast Derby match in close to a decade.

The game, like most between the heated rivals, was a busy one, as Kenny Jackett’s League One side Pompey punched above their weight and even out-attempted the visitors for some time. But Cedric Soares and Nathan Redmond scored late as Saints outlasted Pompey’s adrenaline to assert their class.

Preston North End 0-3 Manchester City

There was no doubt about this one, though the Championship side put up a better fight than Watford at the weekend.

And to be fair to Watford, City started a much weakened lineup. Seventeen-year-old Taylor Harwood-Bellis started, and mostly impressed, alongside fellow teen Eric Garcia.

Garcia assisted Raheem Sterling on the opener, with Sterling in turn setting up Gabriel Jesus for 2-0. An own goal made it 3-0 before halftime.

Elsewhere

Arsenal 5-0 Nottingham Forest – Gabriel Martinelli scored his first two Arsenal goals, while Emile Smith-Rowe was stretchered off after apparent head injury. Rob Holding, Joe Willock, and Reiss Nelson also scored as Kieran Tierney made his Gunners debut in the shutout.

Crawley Town 1-1 (5-3, penalties) Stoke City – Goals traded in first half as Potters go down to 10 men in 61st minute. Stoke goal scorer Sam Vokes cracked the side’s first penalty off the bar,

Luton Town 0-4 Leicester City – Pretty easy for the Foxes, who rested most of its main men for a Premier League date with Newcastle United. James Justin scores in return to hometown club. Demarai Gray was at the double while Youri Tielemans also scored.

Watford 2-1 Swansea City – Danny Welbeck gets first Hornets goal, but Watford needed a late goal from Roberto Pereyra to push past Swans.435

Sheffield Wednesday 0-2 Everton – Two early goals from Dominic Calvert-Lewin quickly put upset hopes to bed as Marco Silva gets some relief.

League Cup: Norwich City, Palace bounced

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There were extremes in the fortunes of Premier League teams who opened their League Cup runs on Tuesday.

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Aston Villa rang up six goals and struggling Watford posted a 3-0 blowout win, while Norwich City was expelled from the tournament by a League Two side and was Crystal Palace in penalty kicks.

Brighton was taken to the brink as well, but an old friend saved the Seagulls.

Watford 3-0 Coventry City

Ismalia Sarr and Daryl Janmaat scored on either side of half time as the Hornets finally got in the win column following a 0-3 start to the PL season. Adalberto Peñarnda of Venezuela added the third goal.

Crawley Town 1-0 Norwich City

Congolese striker Bez Lubala scored the goal that knocked down the Canaries. Lubala has five goals in six matches for the League Two outfit and is enjoying a new lease on life after failing to make an impact with Birmingham City in the Championship.

The win was the first against top flight opposition in the club’s 120-plus years.

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Newport County 0-2 West Ham United

Jack Wilshere scored right before the break and Pablo Fornais added one off a Felipe Anderson feed soon after halftime as the Irons overcame a stiff challenge from the side that knocked Leicester City out of the FA Cup last season en route to a fifth round exit.

Fulham 0-1 Southampton

Michael Obafemi‘s 57th minute goal was the difference as Saints were ready for the tricky test at Craven Cottage.

Crewe Alexandra 1-6 Aston Villa

The hosts were up to the challenge, but Villa quite clinical as Ezri Konza scored in the fourth minute and Conor Hourihane added two to give the Villans a three-goal halftime lead. Keinan Davis, Frederic Guilbert, and Jack Grealish scored late to heap misery on the hosts.

Sheffield United 2-1 Blackburn Rovers

Chris Wilder‘s top flight men only managed two shots in the first half, but put them both in the goal.

Bristol Rovers 1-2 Brighton and Hove Albion

The Seagulls had all of the ball and a first half lead through Aaron Connolly before allowing an equalizer in the second. Glenn Murray — who else? — scored in stoppage time to save Graham Potter‘s men the upset.

Crystal Palace 0-0 (4-5 pens) Colchester United

Roy Hodgson‘s men had a good crew on the pitch, but couldn’t manage much of anything in attack even after inserting Wilfried Zaha and Jordan Ayew.

Penalties started poorly, with U’s goalkeeper Dean Gerken saving Andros Townsend, and the Eagles never recovered.

Oxford United 2-2 (4-2 pens) Millwall

Iceland national team winger Jón Daði Böðvarsson scored both of the visitors goals to put Oxford down 2-0, but Mark Sykes’ 87th minute marker joined James Henry’s stoppage time penalty to make for a remarkable comeback.

Plymouth Argyle 2-4 Reading

Posting this to show how far American striker Andrija Novakovich is from the plans of Reading, who is reportedly open to sanctioning another Eredivisie loan for him. PEC Zwolle is the clubhouse leader according to football-oranje.com.

Elsewhere
Southend United 1-4 MK Dons
Burton 4-0 Morecambe
Grimsby Town v. Macclesfield (abandoned)
Leeds United 2-2 (4-5 pens) Stoke City
Nottingham Forest 3-0 Derby County
Preston North End 2-2 (5-4 pens) Hull City
Rochdale 2-1 Carlisle
Cardiff City 0-3 Luton Town
Southend United 1-2 Coventry City

Colchester United 1-4 Tottenham Hotspur: Chadli leads well-oiled Spurs

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Nacer Chadli scored a pair of goals, while Eric Dier and Tom Carroll also scored as Spurs went into Colchester Community Stadium and cruised to a 4-1 win over Colchester United on Saturday in the fourth round of FA Cup action.

Spurs were absolutely dominant for most of the first half, and it didn’t help that a pair of injuries forced the U’s into early subs.

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Chadli scored a lovely goal to put Spurs up in the 27th minute. With Erik Lamela springing the Belgian into space, Chadli hit a ball from the edge of the 18 that curved beyond the reach of Colchester United keeper Jake Kean (who is on loan from Norwich City).

A glorious cross from Kieran Trippier should’ve put Spurs up 2-0 before halftime, but the ex-Burnley man’s pass skittered off the shin of Harry Kane (who was wrongly ruled to be offside after the bad miss).

Colchester held on for a while but Dier netted in the 64th minute before Chadli and Carroll added goals four minutes apart to salt it away.