City shine while Blues labour in League Cup

A WALK IN THE PARK: Manchester City's Dzeko (blue jersey) scoring past Sheffield's Chris Kirkland during their League Cup match at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday. City demolished


    Sep 26, 2014

    City shine while Blues labour in League Cup


    HOLDERS Manchester City smashed Sheffield 7-0 and Chelsea edged Bolton Wanderers 2-1 as both English Premier League giants overcame lower-tier opposition to reach English football's League Cup fourth round on Wednesday.

    Frank Lampard and Edin Dzeko each scored twice as City strolled to victory with seven second-half goals at the Etihad Stadium, setting up a home game with Newcastle United.

    Lampard broke the deadlock in the 47th minute, tapping home a low cross from James Milner at the near post to score his second goal in two games, following Sunday's equaliser against his former club Chelsea.

    Dzeko turned in a Jesus Navas cross in the 53rd minute, and Navas made it 3-0 with a jinking run and fierce shot a minute later.

    Yaya Toure added a fourth from the penalty spot on the hour, after Kamil Zayatte had been sent off for tripping Lampard, before late goals from Dzeko, substitute Jose Pozo and Lampard completed the rout.

    "I really enjoyed that, because tonight we saw the team that we were used to seeing last year," said City manager Manuel Pellegrini. "It is important to try to retain the trophy, but the most important thing tonight was to play like we did."

    Chelsea gave a first appearance of the season to Czech veteran goalkeeper Petr Cech and took a 25th-minute lead against Bolton when debutant Kurt Zouma lashed home after Gary Cahill's header was blocked at a corner.

    Matt Mills equalised for Bolton six minutes later with a header from a deep free-kick that crept inside Cech's right-hand post, but Oscar gave Chelsea victory in the 55th minute with a low long-range drive.

    Chelsea will visit fourth-tier Shrewsbury Town in round four.

    Meanwhile, Tottenham Hotspur had to come from behind to win 3-1 at home to Nottingham Forest. Championship leaders Forest made a bright start, hitting the bar through Ben Osborn's curler, and took the lead in the 61st minute when 19-year-old Jorge Grant tucked in a Lars Veldwijk cross.

    But substitute Ryan Mason drew Spurs level with a 23m shot in the 72nd minute, and late goals from Roberto Soldado and Harry Kane sent Mauricio Pochettino's side through.

    "We expected a good game, because Nottingham were unbeaten until tonight," Spurs manager Pochettino told Sky Sports.

    "It's great for the players and the team, and for the supporters, who encouraged us after we went 1-0 down."

    Paul Dummett scored an extra-time winner as Alan Pardew's Newcastle United, who are without a win in the league this season, claimed a much-needed 3-2 victory at Crystal Palace.

    In the night's other all-Premier League tie, West Bromwich Albion produced a stunning late rally to beat Hull City 3-2 and set up a trip to Championship outfit Bournemouth.