While most of the bigger Premier League clubs don’t have their League Cup matches until Wednesday, Manchester City put on a big show to get the 3rd round of the tournament started, and Tim Sherwood finally got his Villans a win at home.
The Premier League leaders got the scoring going early with a 9′ penalty score from Sergio Aguero. Not to be outdone, Man City’s two big summer pickups Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling poured on the points before halftime to give the club an insurmountable lead.
Man City also benefited from a first-half own goal from Vito Mannone to cap a 4-0 nothing half. By the time Ola Toivonen got a score at the 83′ mark the match was all but over.
Meanwhile, over at Villa Park, the former FA Cup runner-ups had been miserable at home during the Premier League with just 1 point in three games there this season. With Aston Villa fans nervous and Tim Sherwood needing a win to save the team’s confidence, his squad finally delivered.
After a flat first half performance, Sherwood brought Jack Grealish in from a sub and the club proceeded to spend the rest of the night in Birmingham City’s backfield, finally breaking the scoreless draw at 63′ on a strike from Rudy Gestede.
Finally, Leicester City’s miracle season continued with a win over West Ham United – who were coming off victories over Arsenal, Liverpool and Man City.
It was Andy King with the big strike in ET to get the win and send the Foxes into the next round.
Tomorrow the slate will include Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool vs Carlisle United, Manchester United vs Ipswich Town and Chelsea at Walsall.
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Results in full:
Sunderland 1-4 Manchester City
Aston Villa 1-0 Birmingham City
Middlesbrough 3-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Fulham 0-1 Stoke City
Hull City 1-0 Swansea City
Reading 1-2 Everton
Leicester City 2-1 West Ham United
Preston North End 2-2 AFC Bournemouth (Bournemouth wins 3-2 on penalties)