September 23rd, 2010

Carling Cup: Match Results & Other Misery

Northampton Town’s Paul Rodgers. Our campaign of lower league leching continues unabated. Image: GettyImages/Daylife

Those of you familiar with the League Cup in England will be aware that it is not a trophy held in the highest regard by certain club managers. In recent years, one or two illustrious leaders have been criticised for using the competition as a proving ground for younger players and while we would hate to be seen to disagree with those in charge of football, we actually applaud this approach for two reasons.

Firstly, it provides us with a whole new raft of young players to ‘research’. Like Henri Lansbury, for instance, who scored in Arsenal’s 4-1 defeat of Spurs. Num. Secondly, the chances of an upset of epic proportions are huge. We love a bit of drama at Kickette. It whiles away the long hours between manicures and margaritas.

Please join us in a quick wallow in the biggest upsets of the last couple of days. It’s good for the soul, y’know.

Liverpool 2-2 Northampton Town (Northampton win 4-2 on penalties)

Oof. Granted, Liverpool fans are aware their side isn’t having a great season, but to be dumped out of any cup competition in their own backyard by a club currently in seventeenth position of League 2 has still sent shockwaves around Anfield. David N’Gog went from hero to zero in the space of a few minutes; his last gasp equaliser taking the game to penalties, his penalty miss contributing to the 4-2 defeat. As we said previously. Oof.

Chelsea 3-4 Newcastle United

Carlo Ancelotti has made no secret of the fact that Chelsea will be pursuing the Champions League this season and when looked at in context with the awesomesauce start the Blues have made to the EPL, this defeat doesn’t seem too important.

However, for Newcastle, just promoted and suffering a patchy run of form, this is massive. They eagerly took advantage of Chelsea’s injury problems in the second half and Shola Ameobi’s cheeky winner in stoppage time saw the Magpies safely through to the next round.

West Bromwich Albion 2–1 Manchester City

With half an eye on Saturday’s EPL clash with Chelsea, Roberto Mancini made eleven changes to his side. City took the lead early via Jo’s decent finish from the edge of the box but two West Brom goals in the space of three minutes tipped the game on its head and the Baggies held on for the win, despite the arrival of James Milner and David Silva late on.

Bonus Misery: Totally Unrelated (And Somehow Still Relevant) Upset

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Let’s get all the misery out of the way in one go, shall we? Roma goalkeeper Julio Sergio was forced to play out his team’s Serie A defeat at Brescia last night, despite tweaking ankle ligaments in a challenge he was booked for. Coach Claudio Ranieri had made all three changes by the time the injury had occurred and Julio Sergio stayed on the pitch, despite being in so much pain he cried.

Aw bless. How was it for you, Kickettes?

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42 Responses to “Carling Cup: Match Results & Other Misery”

  1. neenyah says:

    WHERE IS LUVINBALE??????? I think we're the only ones who care about Spurs in Kickette. :' ( Sheesh, what a heartbreak.

  2. JVD says:

    ManU had a good result, though as always of late our defense got complacent at the end. I was happy about this until I realized this just gives Chelsea more time to focus on the PL and CL. We need to get bounced in the next round so that we can focus on the real silverware.

  3. YasminMarisa says:

    Really enjoyed the Carling Cup matches, especially because Arsenal won against Spurs! Woop woop! And well hello there to Henri Lansbury…. ;)

  4. Liz says:

    Well done to Newcastle.

  5. @vinivia says:

    that video with the music and the crying was hilarious. does that make me a bad person…?

  6. propergooner says:

    Henri Lansbury, I hadnt seen him before Tuesday. More Please!!

  7. Summer says:

    I don’t know if there is still Liverpool, I have never seen them play well in this two year… I’m not surprised, because I know the situation and now I have understood that the thing can’t change if no one want to change them… I’m still very angry and disappointed… But also I’m still worried and scared but I continued to hope and I think like the Latin poet Lucrezio. He wrote in the “De verum natura” this words: “Ut pueri interea trepidant atque omnia caecis in tenebris metuunt, sic nos timemus interdum nihilo quae sunt metunde magis quam quae pueri in tenbris pavitant figuntque futura”…

    PS: I’m not worried about Chelsea, because this year we’re going to win the Champions in Webley!!!

  8. BarceLisa says:

    I'm sure Jose Mourinho just loves hearing Carlo Ancelotti talking about winning the Champions League. I like upsets too but only in big competitions. It sucks that the big teams don't take the Carling Cup as seriously as the lower division teams. Drama only works for me if both teams want to win badly. The "proving ground for youngsters" argument doesn't make sense to me either; if they want young players to learn how to perform in big matches then give them a chance in big matches.

  9. Jo_ says:

    Well done to Chris Smalling for his smashing goal and an assist. Happy to see the Old Codger put in a brace! Bebe looks promising *fingers crossed*

    Dave from Newcastle must be over the moon. :D

  10. hereforthenando says:

    I miss the days when Liverpool didn't make me a manic depressive alcoholic.

  11. DeeRoma says:

    Just seeing that video of JS crying makes me want to cry. I'm not sure if voodoo or a Sicilian curse is involved with Roma's miserable start but if this path continues, I've warned my loved ones I'm going to be a lush by November.

    • It had the opposite affect on, i literally laughed out loud when i saw the vid (not because hes in pain but at the way he was just sobbing by himself at the goal) and am in the library at the quite area, i got some paculiar looks :-S.

    • Rossanera says:

      Hockey season is here ! Distraction!

      • DeeRoma says:

        Very true.

      • hereforthenando says:

        I thought that I would be the only Kickette that was pleased that hockey is back! The players may not be as hot usually, they may not have short tents or take off their shirts (and shorts if you're Yoann) after the match, but they have nearly naked interviews afterwards. And, well, I'm Canadian.

        • DeeRoma says:

          Nope, I'm a hockey nut too.

        • Rossanera says:

          I was born and raised in la belle province. Oh yes. You make the necessary inference.

          • hereforthenando says:

            I'm from Ontario and will only ever cheer for an original six team. You make the necessary inference.

            I go to school in MTL, so I know all about what you're talking about. I love their hockey riots! And Cammalleri. Umph.

            • DeeRoma says:

              Toronto is my guess.

            • Rossanera says:

              Oh, here I thought we could've been friends :p. ESPECIALLY since you are OBVIOUSLY, like me, a McGillian.

              I miss me my hockey riots, I must say.

              • hereforthenando says:

                You're right, I do go to McGill!! I'll keep an eye out for you– you will probably find me plotting to steal the giant posters of Cristiano Ronaldo outside of the Bay.

                • Rossanera says:

                  I graduated in 2007. I'm in law school in Chicago now. But there are C-Ron posters on Sainte-Catherine? Seriously? Heart. You don't see those in Chi.

                  FYI, send me a private msg if ever you have questions about McGill, classes to take, etc., etc., or about Montreal in general. Don't limit yourself to the McGill ghetto, please! Get out there and explore Little Italy, the Plateau and Le Quartier Latin please!

    • MISSY says:

      Ever and however… "Forza Brescia"!!!

    • @DebStimson says:

      I'm with you on this one. :( Poor guy in so much pain and still had to troup on. Now Iker's WC crying that was a much happier event to see. :)

      Guess this is why Mourinho has been working with The Ramos and Khedira at goal keeping, in case Iker got hurt and all the subs have been used. Brilliant idea really.

  12. Arsenal winning against the spuds, ohh happy days! Newcastle vs Chelsea match was sooo great loved that Newcastle won, and what the devil is going on with liverpool——–> they are in serious decline.

  13. Leya_S says:

    I know its the Carling Cup, but Liverpool is seriously breaking my heart…a lot.
    At least the Gunners did well, and Lansbury!!!!!! So adorbs!
    I'm glad Chelsea's out. They're fast on their way to EPL victory, plus they want the Champions League, so I would much prefer they didn't get the sweep with those two and the Carling Cup and the FA Cup (again).

  14. Hahaha!! Scunthorpe gets edited out. ROFL! It is an actual football club, c'mon, Kickette!!!

  15. Thea says:

    Well only bright spot is that if Everton had to go out – at least Liverpool did as well! My moneys on Hodgson to get the boot sooner than Moyes!!!

  16. LoseThatGirl says:

    Freaky round at the Carling Cup with the early exit of so many. It's cool to see Northampton move on though. I love when the little teams go far. Great to see Michael Owen net two for United – and the streaker made for great comic relief too. The United bench was busting a gut, especially John O' Shea. Good times.

  17. Lorena $ Yoyo Gaga $ says:

    OK I know that my red devils can't be put in this misery file :-) BUT you can't talk about new hotties without mentioning BEBE! :-) my God last night when he made debut I WAS SCREAMING INSIDE!!! I was in company of friends- male friends :-( there is something about him…factor X :-) can't wait to see him more often in mighty Man.Utd kit!!!