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Carabao Cup

Round Three: Goals, upsets, high crowds and history

21 September 2017

Carabao Cup Round Three is complete, with 41 goals scored across 16 ties in what was another thoroughly entertaining week of knockout football.

Included in those 41 goals were some very special strikes, and you can vote now for the Goal of the Round, giving you the opportunity to win tickets for the Carabao Cup Final in February.

VOTE: click here to select your Goal of Round Three

Attendances were up compared to this stage last year, with seven of the 16 ties seeing crowds of 20,000+, and supporters were able to witness seasoned stars alongside future talents across the two nights of midweek action.

The crowds flocked to Stamford Bridge, where a Chelsea side including Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas and Willy Caballero — the star of the 2016 Final — turned on the style, defeating Nottingham Forest 5-1 in front of a near-sellout crowd in the capital.

While Hazard shone for the Blues, Ethan Ampadu, who made his debut in this competition in 2015 for Exeter City, came on for his first appearance, as did Dujon Sterling, part of England's U19 European Championship-winning squad in the summer.

Boss Antonio Conte reflected: "We must be pleased tonight because we saw a lot of our young players in this game.

"We are a great club so every competition is important to us. We have to be competitive in every game and if the players answer like they did tonight I will continue to give opportunities."

More than 54,000 fans were in attendance at Old Trafford to witness Carabao Cup champions Manchester United move into Round Four, overcoming Burton Albion in a match screened live on Sky Sports.

Seven of United's squad featured in their Final success against Southampton last season, and England internationals Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard were on the scoresheet — the latter of which netted at Wembley back in February.

Premier League versus EFL proved popular too at the Emirates and the London Stadium, with 44,064 watching Arsenal take on Doncaster Rovers, including more than 5,000 travelling Rovers fans, while 35,806 watched West Ham United entertain Bolton Wanderers.

The Gunners had Theo Walcott to thank for seeing them past Doncaster, with the League One side holding firm against a side featuring experienced internationals such as Olivier Giroud, Alexis Sanchez and World Cup winner Per Mertesacker, while North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur defeated Barnsley thanks to a solitary strike from England star Dele Alli.

Review: Click here for the Round Three round-up 

"I want to congratulate Barnsley, they defended well - our first shot on target was on 60 minutes," said Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino. "It was so tough but I thought the performance was good and we dominated the game. There were many positives. We have a strong squad and it's good to stay in the next round.”

Newly introduced to the Carabao Cup this term is Goal Line Technology (GLT), and its benefits were highlighted during Aston Villa versus Middlesbrough on Tuesday night.

Already two goals to the good, Marcus Tavernier looked to have added a third for Boro, but the youngster was denied a first professional goal by the Hawk-Eye system. It could not have been closer — Ritchie de Laet making the clearance with the smallest fraction of the ball yet to cross.

Another addition this season is the rule where a fourth substitute can be used in extra-time, a rule utilised by all six clubs who went beyond the 90 minutes in Round Three.

The Round Four draw was broadcast live on Sky Sports News on Wednesday night, with three of the five Championship sides through — Norwich City, Leeds United and Wolverhampton Wanderers — heading to former Premier League champions in Arsenal, Leicester City and Manchester City.

Bristol City and Middlesbrough are the other second-tier sides through — they will play Crystal Palace and AFC Bournemouth respectively, while three all-Premier League ties complete the last 16.

Draw: Click here to see the Round Four ties in full

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