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Round 4 review

7 December 2013

We round-up the action from the Fourth Round of the Capital One Cup

Tuesday 29th October

Leicester City recorded their eighth successive victory at the King Power Stadium, beating Fulham 4-3, to reach the last eight of the Capital One Cup.

Nigel Pearson’s side fell behind when Hugo Rodallega opened the scoring in the 18th minute, however Wes Morgan and Chris Wood scored before half-time to turn the tie on its head.

Arsenal loanee Ignasi Miquel extended the Foxes’ advantage with a header, only for Rodallega to score his second immediately afterwards.

Giorgos Karagounis then equalised for Martin Jol’s men but there was still time for Lloyd Dyer to snatch a winner and send the Foxes into Round 5.

There was also a thriller at St Andrew’s, where Stoke City eventually overcame Birmingham City on penalties, following a 4-4 draw after extra-time.

Stoke led 10-man Birmingham 3-1 with 20 minutes to play but Peter Lovenkrands bagged a late brace to take the tie into extra-time.

Both sides scored a goal apiece in the extra half an hour meaning penalties were needed. The Blues missed their first two spot-kicks, while Stoke scored all four of theirs to advance.

West Ham United and Chelsea also booked their place in the next round by winning 2-0, against Burnley and Arsenal respectively.

The Hammers secured their win with two late penalties at Turf Moor against the Sky Bet Championship leaders, while Cesar Azpilicueta and Juan Mata scores the Blues’ goals in the televised fixture at the Emirates Stadium.

The other Round 4 tie on Tuesday saw Manchester United ease past Norwich City 4-0.

Javier Hernandez scored twice for United before late goals from Phil Jones and Fabio added gloss to the scoreline in a game they dominated.

Wednesday 30th October 

Brad Friedel was the hero for Tottenham Hotspur as he saved Ahmed Elmohamady's penalty to give Spurs an 8-7 shout-out win against Hull City, following a 2-2 draw.

Gylfi Sigurdsson put the hosts ahead with an early contender for goal of the season but the Tigers hit back with Friedel fumbling the ball Curtis Davies' effort over his own line.

Paul McShane then gave the visitors the advantage in extra-time but Harry Kane made it 2-2, before Friedel saved Elmohamady's penalty in a marathon shoot-out to set Spurs up with a Round 5 clash against West Ham United.

Wednesday's other Round 4 tie, between Newcastle United and Manchester City at St James' Park, also went beyond 90 minutes, but it was the away side who eventually advanced, winning 2-0.

Alvaro Negredo struck the opener in the 99th minute before Edin Dzeko confirmed City's passage into Round 5 with a goal six minutes later.

Wednesday 6th November

A rare Phil Bardsley goal helped to book Sunderland a Capital One Cup quarter-final clash with Chelsea as the defender continued his rehabilitation under Gus Poyet.

The 28-year-old set the Black Cats on the road to a 2-1 victory, just their fourth of the season and third in the same competition, after finding the net for the first time since a 1-1 draw with the Saints in May.

The former Manchester United full-back struck from close-range 14 minutes into the second half after former Sunderland goalkeeper Kelvin Davis had parried Jozy Altidore's header.

Substitute Sebastian Larsson looked to have wrapped up the win with a second four minutes from time, but defender Maya Yoshida's late header set up a tense conclusion.

Poyet's men held on, though, and they now face the manager's former employers in Round 5.

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