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Carabao Cup: Five big results from Round Three

25 September 2019

Round Three of the Carabao Cup brings with it a sense of tradition, occasion and, most of all, magic.

And there was magic in abundance this week! Here's our round-up of some of the key results...

Spurs crash out at Colchester

Colchester United arguably secured the result of the round on Tuesday evening, beating last season's Semi-Finalists Tottenham Hotspur on penalties to book their place in the draw. Despite the best efforts of Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Son Heung-Min among other first-team stars, it was the lowest-ranked side left in the competition who went through, thanks in part to some goalkeeping heroics from Dean Gerken.

Stoke stutter at Crawley

Stoke City's trip to League Two side Crawley Town may have been viewed as a welcome distraction from the league before kick-off, but it was a familiar story for the Potters, who also bowed out following spot-kicks. They had finished the game with 10 men too, after taking the lead through Sam Vokes, but the night belonged to Crawley, whose manager Gabriele Cioffi hailed his team's never-say-die attitude after the game.

Derby delight for Southampton

It promised to be an intense and passionate derby day on the south coast, and the latest instalment of Portsmouth v Southampton was just that. Though the history books will make for grim reading for the hosts, they did have their chances against the Premier League Saints, for whom Danny Ings' double and man-of-the-match performance helped them on their way to Round Four. Southampton boss Ralph Hassenhuttl described the atmosphere as the best he's ever seen afterwards.

Hammers hammered at Oxford

West Ham United won't want to remember this trip to Oxford United in a hurry. The Sky Bet League One side were excellent on Wednesday night, sweeping aside their Premier League opponents to secure their place in the hat for Round Four. Tariqe Fosu, a hat-trick hero in the league last weekend, was on the scoresheet again, as the free-scoring U's turned on the style at the Kassam Stadium.

Dale so close to a fairytale story

Despite the result, Rochdale's players can hold their heads high following their trip to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United. Trailing 1-0 in the second half, and up against the likes of Paul Pogba, the odds looked against them, but a goal from 16-year-old Luke Matheson drew them level and saw the game go to penalties. There, it would be the Premier League giants who would ultimately progress, but the 6,000 plus travelling fans left proud of their team, who will undoubtedly take many positives into the league.

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