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Capital One Cup: Team of Round 3

24 September 2015

Another enthralling round of Capital One Cup action is over, and there were a whole host of impressive performances in Round 3.

With suggestions from fans on social media, we have pulled together 11 players and a manager to make up our Capital One Cup Team of Round 3.

Goalkeeper: Adam Bogdan (Liverpool)

Liverpool were taken all the way to penalties by Carlisle United, but advanced 3-2 on spot-kicks thanks to the heroics of Bogdan.

The Hungarian stopper superbly denied the Cumbrians on three occasions from 12 yards to see the Reds prevail.

Defenders: Alex McQueen and Michael Raynes (Carlisle United)

Arguably the best display of Round 3 came from Carlisle of Sky Bet League 2, who drew 1-1 with Liverpool after 120 minutes, before falling to the Premier League side 3-2 in a penalty shoot-out.

The Reds laid siege to the Carlisle goal but they only managed to make the breakthrough once, with the Cumbrians defence putting in a sterling display throughout.

Honourable mentions must go to all who played their part in a fine performance, but it's Raynes and McQueen who get the nod for our Team of the Round.

@Marzy_1@CapitalOne_Cup@officialcufc Michael Raynes, Alex McQueen and Tom Miller absolutely have to be in there.

— Mark Nicholson (@Markleshark) September 24, 2015

@CapitalOne_Cup@officialcufc Gillespie, Miller, Raynes and McQueen... All for Carlisle

— Aaron Brown (@IamAaronWBrown) September 24, 2015
Defender: Curtis Davies (Hull City)

Sky Bet Championship outfit Hull City reached Round 4 after overcoming Premier League Swansea City 1-0 at the KC Stadium.

@CapitalOne_Cup@TheCurtisDavies because he was an absolute rock in our game #hcafc

— Steve Houlton [SDMN] (@SteveHoulton99) September 24, 2015
The Tigers' defence held firm to deny the Swans on numerous occasions, with skipper Davies a rock at the heart of the back-line.

Read more: Capital One Cup Round 3 review

Midfielder: Jack Grealish (Aston Villa)

Aston Villa overcame their Second City rivals Birmingham City in Round 3, and Grealish was the driving force behind Villa's success.

The half-time substitute changed the game with a dazzling display, and Rudy Gestede's second-half winner sent the hosts through.

Say no more ❤️💙 Ruddddddyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!

— Jack Grealish (@JackGrealish1) September 22, 2015
Read more: Tim Sherwood full of praise for Aston Villa

Midfielder: Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal)

Not renowned for his goalscoring prowess, Flamini delivered when it really mattered, netting a brace against Arsenal's North London rivals.

The French midfielder opened the scoring against Tottenham Hotspur, and then got the decisive goal in the second half with a wonderful volley as the Gunners advanced.

Midfielder: Kenedy (Chelsea)

Kenedy's first start for Chelsea was one to remember as he scored one goal and made another in a comfortable 4-1 win at Walsall.

The Brazilian teed up Ramires to set the Blues on their way, and his low drive to make it 3-1 put the tie to bed.

Midfielder: Jose Semedo (Sheffield Wednesday)

Sheffield Wednesday produced an upset by knocking out Newcastle United at St. James' Park, and Semedo was a vital cog in the Owls' engine room.

@CapitalOne_Cup Semedo for having every single Newcastle midfielder in his back pocket 👌🏼 #swfc

— Ash Finney (@AshFinney1) September 24, 2015
The defensive midfielder controlled the game in the centre of the pitch, and the Championship side were rewarded for a disciplined display when Lewis McGugan fired home the winning goal.

Midfielder: Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough)

Adomah hit two goals in Middlesbrough's 3-0 win over Wolves to earn them a Round 4 trip to Manchester United.

Read more: Capital One Cup Round 4 draw

The winger's brace came either side of a Diego Fabbrini strike, with the hosts cruising past their Championship counterparts.

Forward: Dwight Gayle (Crystal Palace)

Gayle hit the only hat-trick of the round as Crystal Palace knocked out South London rivals Charlton Athletic at Selhurst Park.

The striker hit two goals from the penalty spot to put Palace in control, and he got his third and the Eagles' fourth with a late header.

Forward: Shane Long (Southampton)

Southampton's three attackers all bagged a brace each in a 6-0 rout of Milton Keynes Dons at stadiummk.

Read more: Jay Rodriguez delighted with Southampton goal glut against MK Dons

Jay Rodriguez and Saido Mane both hit doubles to give the Saints a 4-0 lead, with Long setting Mane up for the third goal and winning the penalty for the fourth, which Rodriguez duly converted.

Then Long took centre stage, adding two more to the tally as the Saints arrived emphatically into Round 4.

Manager: Carlos Carvalhal (Sheffield Wednesday)

Carvalhal guided his Sheffield Wednesday side to a 1-0 victory against Premier League Newcastle United, and the Portuguese boss was delighted with his players, who he said executed his 'plan' to perfection.

Read more: Carlos Carvalhal hails Sheffield Wednesday players as 'perfect' plan pays off

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