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League Cup roundup: 10 of 11 Premier League clubs advance, Watford falls

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It was a good day for Premier League clubs in the Capital One League Cup, as ten teams won to advance into the third round.

The only PL club to fall today was newly promoted Watford, who lost 1-0 to Championship side Preston North End. The Hornets have gotten points in all three of their Premier League matches, but are now out of the League Cup in disappointing fashion.

[ MORE: Latest Premier League standings ]

Sunderland 6-3 Exeter City: Jermain Defoe bagged a hat trick in a wild game at the Stadium of Light, as Sunderland came out on top of a match that was tied 3-3 at halftime. Despite the win, conceding three goals at home to a team from the fourth-tier of English football is not a good look for Dick Advocaat’s side.

Luton Town 1-1 (7-8 PKs) Stoke City: The Potters looked poised to move on until Luton Town found an equalizer in the 91st minute to force extra-time. The match went to penalty kicks, where the USMNT’s Geoff Cameron scored the game-winning goal for Stoke City.

Aston Villa 5-3 (a.e.t.) Notts County: Adama Traore scored his first goal as a Villan, while Scott Sinclair tallied a hat trick to lead Aston Villa to a shaky win over Notts County. The League Two side led three times, but Villa fought back to escape an embarrassing defeat.

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Bury 1-4 Leicester City: Twenty-year-old Joe Dodoo scored a hat trick in his Foxes debut, as Andrej Kramaric scored his first goal of the season for Claudio Ranieri’s men.

Crystal Palace 4-1 (a.e.t.) Shrewsbury Town: Tied 1-1 after 90 minutes, Crystal Palace scored three goals in extra-time to defeat third-tier Shrewsbury Town.

Hartlepool United 0-4 Bournemouth: The Cherries were up 3-0 at halftime as Eddie Howe’s side cruised to an easy win over League Two’s Hartlepool.

Newcastle United 4-1 Northampton Town: Florian Thauvin scored his first goal for Newcastle just three minutes into the match, as the Magpies found themselves up 2-0 after eight minutes and never looked back.

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Watford was the only PL team to lose today in the League Cup.

Preston North End 1-0 Watford: The only Premier League side to fall today, Watford fell behind within ten minutes and failed to find an equalizer in a very poor result for Quique Flores’ side.

Rotherham 1-2 Norwich City: Ricky Van Wolfswinkel scored his first goal for Norwich City since his debut in 2013 as the Canaries held on to beat Championship side Rotherham United.

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Swansea City 3-0 York City: A second-string Swans’ side made light work of fourth-division York City, with goals coming from Nathan Dyer, Matt Grimes, and Marvin Emnes.

West Bromwich Albion 0-0 (5-3 PKs) Port Vale: West Brom just scraped by League One’s Port Vale, as the Baggies needed extra-time and then penalty kicks to advance to the third round. With Saido Berahino possibly on his way out at The Hawthorns, getting held scoreless for 120 minutes shows West Brom may be in for some trouble.

Other results from around the League Cup

Birmingham City 2-0 Gillingham
Burton Albion 1-2 (a.e.t.) Middlesbrough
Doncaster Rovers 1-4 Ipswich Town
Fulham 3-0 Sheffield United
Hull City 1-0 Rochdale
Peterborough United 1-4 Charlton Athletic
Portsmouth 1-2 Reading
Queens Park Rangers 1-2 Carlisle United
Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Oxford United
Walsall 2-1 Brighton and Hove Albion
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 Barnet
MK Dons 2-1 (a.e.t.) Cardiff City

Swansea City 1-1 Everton: Lennon, Shelvey trade goals in points share at the Liberty Stadium

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Jonjo Shelvey’s late PK earned the hosts a point, as Swansea City overcame a first-half deficit to draw Everton 1-1 at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.

Aaron Lennon scored for Everton, which pulls 12 points clear of the drop zone.

Swansea stays 8th, with 47 points on the season.

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Bafetimbi Gomis and Jonjo Shelvey started the game in lively form, and the first real chance of the match came from Gomis. The French striker was denied by a flying Tim Howard to keep it scoreless in the 14th minute.

But Gomis picked up a hamstring ailment shortly thereafter, and was subbed off for Marvin Emnes. Everton’s Steven Pienaar came on for an injured Leon Osman in the 28th minute.

Gylfi Sigurdsson was also a threat for Swansea early, while Ross Barkley played some incisive balls for the Toffees.

Shelvey put a ball in after a whistled foul against Routledge on Leighton Baines, putting the home crowd into a bit of a faulty celebration.

Lennon, however, got the scoring started when he first-timed a Barkley cross past Fabianski off a cross-18 pass in the 41st minute.

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source: Getty ImagesA diving Gareth Barry nearly made it 2-0 as the second half neared 55 minutes, and the Toffees were looking much better.

Emnes put together a fine dribble near the edge of the 60th minute, but his low shot bounded wide of Howard’s right post.

Swans finally beat the USMNT keeper with a shot from the spot. Seamus Coleman’s hand was the culprit, and Shelvey’s foot provided the finish.

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Ashley Williams came close to a late red card for a high challenge on James McCarthy, but escaped with a yellow.

Howard touched a late Sigurdsson free kick over the bar, granted a corner kick for Swans. They would not convert the chance.

LINEUPS

Swansea City: Fabianski, Rangel, Fernandez, Williams (C), Taylor, Cork, Ki, Shelvey (Dyer, 84′), Sigurdsson, Routledge, Gomis (Emnes, 16′). Subs: Tremmel, Amat, Britton, Emnes, Dyer, Grimes, Fulton.

Goal: Shelvey (PK., 69′)

Everton: Howard, Coleman, Baines, Jagielka, Stones, Barry, McCarthy, Lennon, Barkley (Mirallas, 86′), Osman (Pienaar, 28′), Kone (Naismith, 76′).

Goal: Lennon (41′)

English League Cup roundup: Balotelli a hero, and thrills all-around

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By this time Wednesday, the final eight contestants for the League Cup will be settled and preparing for the quarterfinals.

Last season saw seven Premier League clubs and one Championship side (Leicester City) advance to the quarters, but this year there will be a minimum of two non-PL teams in the Fifth Round thanks to two matches featuring clubs from the Championship or lower.

Mario Balotelli and Dejan Lovren helped Liverpool overcome a deficit against Swansea, while Chelsea had to work hard to beat Shrewsbury Town and West Brom crashed out of the competition.

[ VIDEO: Balotelli puts home Borini’s cross to save Liverpool ]

Newcastle/Manchester City, Stoke/Southampton and Spurs/Brighton will tangle on Wednesday. Here’s what we’ve seen today:

Shrewsbury Town 1-2 Chelsea
The Shrews were applauded off the field after holding Chelsea scoreless in the first half, but Didier Drogba put one on the scoreboard shortly after the teams came out of the locker rooms for half No. 2.

But wait! Lower league journeyman Andy Mangan subbed on to score an equalizer for Shrewsbury, only to watch as an own goal cost the Shrews their brief deadlock. That was all Chelsea would need to advance.

Liverpool 2-1 Swansea City
Dutch attacker Marvin Emnes’s 65th minute volley gave Swansea the lead after Liverpool controlled the first half but could not score.

And then along came Borini and Balotelli. Yep, the two Italians much-maligned in Liverpool combined for a goal in the 86th minute to level things up for the Reds (Watch it here). And another red, a card, came via a sliding tackle by Swansea City’s Fernandez in stoppage time.

The last Red to matter was Dejan Lovren, who finished a stoppage time chance off a Balotelli-drawn free kick to win it for the hosts.

Fulham 2-5 Derby County
Moussa Dembele struck twice in the first half, but the Rams converted a 45th minute penalty to keep the match within one headed to the break before Johnny Russell leveled things up in the 47th minute.

Simon Dawkins completed the comeback in the 54th minute. American teen Emerson Hyndman started for the Cottagers. Jeff Hendrick later scored, with Dawkins adding another to complete the comeback from 2-goal deficit to runaway blowout.

Bournemouth 2-1 West Bromwich Albion
The Cherries carried possession early and got a 49th minute goal from 24-year-old Irish midfielder Eunan O’Kane to give the Championship side a lead over their Premier League opponents. West Brom drew level, but the even score line existed for less than a minute before Callum Wilson put in the eventual match-winner.

MK Dons 1-2 Sheffield United
They took care of Manchester United in a blowout, so why wouldn’t MK Dons be able to handle Sheffield United. It was a man on loan from Arsenal, Benik Afobe, who did the trick to open the scoring with a half-hour or so to play.

But that’s where the dream died, as the Blades found two goals in the match’s final moments courtesy of former Nijmegen man Michael Higdon.

Premier League Roundup: Man City clinch title, Chelsea, Liverpool win

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What. A. Finish.

The ribbons have been neatly tied on the 2013-14 Premier League season and a huge congratulations goes to Manchester City for clinching the title.

By beating West Ham on the final day Manuel Pellegrini’s side sauntered to their second PL title in three years, as Liverpool came up short in second place despite beating Newcastle on the final day at Anfield.

MORE: Final Premier League standings

Elsewhere Chelsea finished third, as they fought back to beat Cardiff City, while Manchester United drew 1-1 away at Southampton, Everton ended their season on high by beating Hull City, Arsenal won away at Norwich and Tottenham hammered Aston Villa at home. Plus plenty more happened during a hectic finale to a stunning season.

In case you missed any of the action from a extremely busy Championship Sunday which saw all 10 PL games kick off at the same time, we’ve got you covered here at PST.

Below we have recaps, analysis and videos on every single PL game.

Cardiff City 1-2 Chelsea

Craig Bellamy’s deflected effort put Cardiff 1-0 up early in the first half and they held that lead until 20 minutes from time when Andre Schurrle tidied up to equalize. Moments later Fernando Torres bagged the winner as Chelsea finished third and were four points off the top. As for Cardiff, they finished rock bottom of the PL.

Hull City 0-2 Everton

James McCarthy and Romelu Lukaku scored in either half as the Toffees finished in style, and in fifth spot, as Roberto Martinez’s men grabbed a record points tally in the PL. Everton were extremely dominant in this one as Hull had one eye on next Saturday’s FA Cup final. It has been a shocking finish to the season for the Tigers but they don’t care because they achieved their aim of staying in the PL. As for Everton, a terrific season which they will hope to build on.

Fulham 2-2 Crystal Palace

Two youngsters scored for Fulham as Cauley Woodrow and Chris David gave a glimpse of the future at Craven Cottage. Crystal Palace led twice through a Dwight Gayle double but David scored a late equalizer to finish Fulham’s season off positively. Palace finished in 11th place, while Fulham finished in 19th and four points from safety as they were relegated from the PL.

Liverpool 2-1 Newcastle United

The Reds came up short as they finished second in the PL, just two points behind champions Man City. On Sunday they went behind to Newcastle as Martin Skrtel scored a record-breaking fourth own goal of the season. However the Reds weren’t to see their sensational season finish with a whimper, as two quick-fire goals from Daniel Agger and Daniel Sturridge turned the game on its head. Newcastle finished with nine-men as Shola Ameobia and Paul Dummett were both sent off, the Magpies finished in ninth.

Norwich City 0-2 Arsenal

Two second half goals from Aaron Ramsey and Carl Jenkinson saw the Gunners ease to victory and Norwich relegated. Arsenal go into the FA Cup final against Hull next weekend in fine form after winning five-straight to finish the season. As for the Canaries, their three-year stay in the top flight is over and all is not well at Carrow Road.

Manchester City 2-0 West Ham United

Manuel Pellegrini’s side eased to the PL title as they only need a point against the Hammers… but took all three. Samir Nasri banged one in off the post just before half time then Vincent Kompany thumped home another just after the break as the party started early at the Etihad. 102 goals this season for the Citizens, as City turned on the style as they peaked at the right time. West Ham finished the season in 13th place as mystery still shrouds Sam Allardyce’s future.

Southampton 1-1 Manchester United

Saints went ahead early on through Rickie Lambert’s cool finish in front of England manager Roy Hodgson and the home side tore United apart in the first half. After the interval Ryan Giggs’s side were much better and Juan Mata curled in a wonderful free kick to level things up. Overall a draw was a fair result as Saints finished in their highest ever PL position of eighth, while United finished seventh and failed to qualify for Europe for the first time since 1990. The Red Devils’ nightmare season is over.

Sunderland 1-3 Swansea

Two early goals from Nathan Dyer and Marvin Emnes put the Swans in a commanding position at the Stadium of Light. Sunderland fought back as Fabio Borini made it 2-1 however soon after Swansea’s leading scorer Wilfried Bony made it 3-1 and that was how it would finish. Swans finished the season in 12th, Sunderland in 14th after their ‘Great Escape.’

Tottenham 3-0 Aston Villa

Tim Sherwood’s time in charge of Spurs may well be up but he’s done a superb job. Tottenham will play in the Europa League next year after battering Aston Villa at White Hart Lane. Paulinho opened the scoring, then there was an own goal from Nathan Baker before Emmanuel Adebayor made it 3-0 from the penalty spot before the break. Spurs finish sixth, while Villa finished 15th and five points above the bottom three.

West Bromwich Albion 1-2 Stoke City

What a season for the Potters who finished ninth after winning six of their last 10 matches. They went ahead after Gareth McAuley scored an own goal but Stephane Sessegnon equalized as the Baggies looked to have secured their 17th draw of the season. However Charlie Adam scored a late winner to give Mark Hughes’ team their first-ever top 10 finish in the PL. West Brom finished one place above the relagtion zone and Spanish boss Pepe Mel could well be on his way this summer.

Sunderland 1-3 Swansea City: Swans start strong to finish strong (video)

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Sunderland’s great escape is remarkable, but they couldn’t give their home fans one more positive result as two early goals from Swansea put them through for all three points at the Stadium of Light.

Nathan Dyer and Marvin Emnes were the men to put the visitors up two inside 15 minutes, and Sunderland couldn’t pick up enough steam to get back level.

The three-point spoils for the Swans gives them a 12th-place finish, maybe not what they would have hoped for in the beginning of the season but better than things looked two months ago.

They also finish with an even goal differential, the only team below eighth place without a negative number.

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Bony bags another as the Swans win three of their last four.

Sunderland finish up 14th, five points off the drop and secure even before this match started.  The loss certainly won’t knock the massive mountain the club climbed in the final few weeks, and Gus Poyet will covet the ending despite the loss.

The first came in the seventh minute off a beautiful through ball from Wayne Routledge found a streaking Nathan Dyer down the right hand side, who had cut past Phil Bardsley, and Dyer flicked the ball over Vito Mannone and home for the first goal.

They’d quickly bag another, as a pinpoint dink from Wilfried Bony to Marvin Emnes found the attacker one-on-one with John O’Shea, and a quality 180-degree turn from the on-loan striker and he blasted the ball top-corner for the finish and a 2-0 lead.

It’s Emnes’s first goal for Swansea in his seventh appearance, having come over on loan from Middlesborough in January.

Both teams had their pops on goal, but Swansea appeared to be comfortably finishing out the half. Sunderland had one big chance, just a minute before the break when a distance shot from Phil Bardsley locked onto the underside of the bar, but it was kept out by a spectacularly acrobatic save by Gerhard Tremmel.

After the halftime break, Sunderland looked a changed side, and they were rewarded very soon. Fabio Borini headed a corner past the near post just five minutes into the second half and Sunderland had a lifeline.

But their comeback was short-lived, as Swansea restored their two-goal lead.  Emnes was brilliant down the left, and the ball trickled to Bony with space in the box, who took one step right and fired low for his 17th league goal of the season and a 3-1 lead.

LINEUPS:

Swansea City – Tremmel; Tiendalli (Davies 75′), Amat, Bartley, Taylor, Fulton (Britton 73′), Shelvey, Dyer, Emnes (De Guzman 55′), Routledge, Bony.

Goals – Dyer 7′, Emnes 14′, Bony 54′

Sunderland – Mannone, Vergini, Bardsley (Celustka 64′), Brown, O’Shea (Altidore 84′), Bridcutt, Larsson (Ba 71′), Colback, Johnson, Borini, Wickham.

Goals – Borini 50′