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Goal-filled League Cup Semi-Finals

21 January 2014

With Manchester City 6-0 up in their Capital One Cup Semi-Final against West Ham United, we delve into the history books to look at some other goal-filled last-four ties

West Ham United 10-3 Cardiff - 1965/66

West Ham United currently hold the record for most goals scored in a League Cup Semi-Final, having netted 10 times over two legs against Cardiff City. 

The Hammers won the first leg 5-2 before a 5-1 triumph in the second 90 minutes, but went on to lose the Final 5-3 to West Bromwich Albion. Bobby Moore and Martin Peters both scored in that Final just months before lifting the World Cup with England. 

Aston Villa 7-4 Blackburn Rovers - 2009/10

A strike from Aston Villa’s James Milner separated the two sides after the first 90 minutes, so people were hardly expecting the aggregate scoreline to end up with 11 goals. 

Blackburn quickly went 2-0 up in the second leg, reversing the one-goal deficit, before Stephen Warnock levelled things up. Christopher Samba was then dismissed for Rovers, assisting the Villains in netting five more goals including three in nine minutes, to win a crazy second leg 6-4.

Nottingham Forest 7-3 Leeds United - 1977/78

Forest were 3-1 up from the first 90 minutes of their 1978 Semi-Final showdown at Elland Road, and also won by a two-goal margin at the City Ground, with a 4-2 scoreline. They are the second of three teams to score seven goals in a League Cup last-four tie. 

Tottenham Hotspur 6-4 Burnley - 2008/09

A remarkable Semi-Final in 2009 looked dead and buried after the first leg. Martin Paterson had given the Clarets an early lead at White Hart Lane but four second-half goals from Spurs made it 4-1.

Back to Turf Moor then, where the Lancashire outfit went and won 3-0, with an 88th-minute Jay Rodriguez goal forcing extra-time. Two minutes were left in the extra 30 minutes before a couple of late Spurs strikes sent them through to the Final where they lost on penalties to Manchester United.

Queens Park Rangers 7-2 Birmingham City - 1966/67

The final team to score seven at this stage of the competition, QPR won the first leg at St. Andrew’s 4-1 before returning to London for a 3-1 triumph over the Blues. QPR went on to recover from 2-0 down in the Final to beat West Bromwich Albion 3-2. 

Leicester City 6-3 West Ham United - 1963/64

A cracker of a tie at Filbert Street saw Leicester overcome West Ham 4-3, and the Foxes were 2-0 victors at Upton Park to reach the Final, which was two-legged in those days. They won the trophy thanks to a 4-3 success over Stoke City.

West Bromwich Albion 6-3 Peterborough United - 1965/66

The 1966 League Cup Semi-Finals were full of goals. Following the 13-goal tie in the other last four match, Peterborough United and West Brom were involved in a nine-goal affair. This is the furthest the Posh have got in the competition but went down 2-1 away and then 4-2 at London Road as they lost to the eventual winners. The Baggies scored 28 goals in nine League Cup games during the 65/66 season. 

Oldham Athletic 6-3 West Ham United - 1989/90

West Ham fans might be buoyed, or disgruntled, to know that they have suffered a 6-0 League Cup Semi-Final defeat before the 2013/14 season. They were trounced 6-0 at Oldham Athletic in 1990, but managed to recover some respectability to the scoreline with a 3-0 victory at Upton Park the following month in the reverse fixture.  

Arsenal 6-3 Huddersfield Town - 1967/68

The first tie of this Semi-Final was nicely poised after the Gunners’ 3-2 home victory in January 1968, and a 3-1 win at Huddersfield in February saw them through to the Final, where they lost 1-0 to Leeds United. 

Chelsea 5-4 Tottenham Hotspur - 1971/72

Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur were another set of teams to play out a nine-goal League Cup Semi-Final, and one that went right to the wire. Chelsea won the first leg 3-2 at Stamford Bridge and clung onto victory with a 2-2 draw at White Hart Lane. Despite a Peter Osgood goal, Stoke City won the final against the Blues 2-1.

Six other League Cup Semi-Finals have also included nine goals. 

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