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Round 3 review

25 September 2013

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

Tuesday 24th September

Gary Hooper was the hero for Norwich City as he bagged a brace against Watford to send the Canaries through to Round 4 of the Capital One Cup.

The Hornets had led 2-0 at Vicarage Road through Javier Acuna and Davide Faraoni to put the Sky Bet Championship outfit on the verge a minor upset.

But the visitors hit back with 15 minutes remaining as Josh Murphy netted before Hooper equalised with the last touch of normal time.

The summer signing from Celtic then scored the winning goal of the game as he coolly finished when through on goal with just five minutes of extra time left to play.

Ricardo Vaz Te was another late hero, for West Ham United, as they overcame Cardiff City, also 3-2.

The Hammers were two up and cruising with seven minutes gone thanks to goals from Ravel Morrison - after just 20 seconds - and Matt Jarvis.

But Cardiff hit back through Craig Noone and Peter Odemwingie, before Vaz Te netted an 88th-minute winner. 

Elsewhere, Sky Bet Championship duo Burnley and Leicester City advanced into Round 4 with 2-1 victories against Nottingham Forest and Derby County respectively, while Fulham beat Premier League rivals Everton by the same scoreline.

In the televised fixture, goals from Fernando Torres and Ramires gave Chelsea a comfortable victory at League 1 Swindon Town.

The Blues’ rivals, Tottenham Hotspur, thumped four without reply past Aston Villa at Villa Park, and Manchester City hit Wigan Athletic for five to confirm their inclusion in the next round.

Life without Paolo Di Canio begun well for Sunderland as they beat Peterborough United 2-0, while fellow Premier League sides Hull City and Southampton also advanced, seeing off Huddersfield Town and Bristol City respectively.

Wednesday 25th September

In Wednesday’s stand-out Capital One Cup Round 3 match, Manchester United sneaked past Liverpool and into the Fourth Round with a 1-0 victory.

In what was a tight affair, the only goal of the game came shortly after the half-time interval from Javier Hernandez, who smartly guided the ball home on the volley from a Wayne Rooney corner.

At the Hawthorns, West Bromwich Albion took Arsenal all the way to penalties but it was the Gunners who went through, winning the shoot-out 4-3.

Thomas Eisfeld put the Londoners ahead on the hour mark before Saido Berahino pulled the Baggies level. 

Misses from West Brom duo Craig Dawson and Morgan Amalfitano swung the tie Arsenal's way and Nacho Monreal netted the decisive kick.

Holders Swansea City are out after a shock 3-1 Third Round defeat to Birmingham City.

Dan Burn, Matt Green and Tom Adeyemi gave the Blues a three-goal lead, with Wilfried Bony scoring a late consolation for the Swans.

Elsewhere, Newcastle United eased past Leeds United 2-0 and Stoke City saw off the challenge of League 1 Tranmere Rovers by the same scoreline.

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