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Five things you may have missed from Round Four of the Carabao Cup

23 December 2022

Round Four is done and dusted and our Carabao Cup Quarter-Finalists are confirmed. Here are five things you may have missed from this week's action...

Addicks shock Seagulls

Sky Bet League One side Charlton Athletic shocked top-flight opposition Brighton and Hove Albion to advance from Round Four. The tie finished goalless after 90 minutes with neither side able to make a breakthrough, with the fixture to be determined on penalties.

The Addicks – who have won three shoot-outs in the competition this year – eventually prevailed 4-3 on spot-kicks, with 14 penalties taken in total, but it was Charlton defender Sam Lavelle who slotted in the decider to send the hosts through after keeper Ashley Maynard-Brewer saved from Moises Caicedo to set Lavelle up to take the glory.

For the second consecutive season, there will be League One representation in the Quarter-Final, following Sunderland’s run to the final eight last term. 

Rashford fit and firing 

Fresh from finding the back of the net three times for England with some stunning strikes in the World Cup 2022, Marcus Rashford picked up where he left off for Manchester United, helping the Reds beat Burnley 2-0 in Round Four.

Christian Eriksen gave Erik ten Hag's side the lead in the first period before Rashford - who was named Man of the Match - struck in the 57th minute. Picking up the ball in United’s own half, the forward went it alone, going on a mazy run into the final third, weaving in and out of blue shirts before rippling the net from inside the box.

It’s now two goals in as many appearances for Rashford in this year’s competition, after the 25-year-old scored against Aston Villa in Round Three.

Saints boss’ first triumph 

On Tuesday night, Southampton might have been feeling the pressure when an early own goal saw them fall behind against Lincoln City in the opening two minutes of the game, but Che Adams was the hero as Nathan Jones secured his first win as Saints boss after taking to the hotseat last month.

Adams bagged a brace, scoring either side of the break, as Southampton edged out the Imps on a 2-1 score-line to fight back from a losing position. And he could’ve been taking home the match ball, had he been able find a way past Lincoln stopper Carl Rushworth in the final minute of stoppage time.

Catching the Imps on the counter-attack, Southampton heavily outnumbered the visitors and after dancing his way around the keeper, Adams took his time and was denied by the feet of Rushworth. 

Forest edge closer to Wembley

Nottingham Forest are eyeing back-to-back trips to the home of football with Steve Cooper’s side now just two games away from Wembley after breezing past Blackburn Rovers in Round Four.

Forest saw off Blackburn 4-1 on Wednesday evening, with Brennan Johnson at the double for the Tricky Trees, whilst Jesse Lingard and Taiwo Awoniyi also made the scoresheet for the visitors.

Cooper’s side had never visited the national stadium prior to their Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Final victory over Huddersfield Town in the summer, when Forest won promotion back to the Premier League, ending a 23-year wait, and could they make a return to the capital in the Carabao Cup this season?

Haaland opens Carabao Cup account

Reigning champions Liverpool were ousted from the competition by eight-time winners Manchester City as Round Four drew to a close on Thursday evening. In what was an entertaining tie, Pep Guardiola's men edged out Jurgen Klopp's side 3-2 at the Etihad.

Erling Haaland opened his account in the Carabao Cup in the opening 10 minutes with a smart finish and make it 24 goals for the season in all competitions. However, it was soon cancelled out by Fabio Carvalho's equaliser for Liverpool.

In the second period, the hosts came flying out of the block as Riyad Mahrez helped Manchester City retake the lead, but an instant response from Liverpool's Mohamed Salah made sure that it was a lead that didn't last long. And Nathan Ake's 58th minute strike proved to be the winner for City to seal passage to the Quarter-Final.

Forest edge closer to Wembley

Nottingham Forest are eyeing back-to-back trips to the home of football with Steve Cooper’s side now just two games away from Wembley after breezing past Blackburn Rovers in Round Four.

Forest saw off Blackburn 4-1 on Wednesday evening, with Brennan Johnson at the double for the Tricky Trees, whilst Jesse Lingard and Taiwo Awoniyi also made the scoresheet for the visitors.

Cooper’s side had never visited the national stadium prior to their Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Final victory over Huddersfield Town in the summer, when Forest won promotion back to the Premier League, ending a 23-year wait, and could they make a return to the capital in the Carabao Cup this season?

 


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