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
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?