Chelsea sealed a comprehensive 4-1 win over Walsall in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday night, with Kenedy producing an impressive performance.
The Brazilian youngster set up compatriot Ramires for the opening goal of the game, but he struck himself to secure the win with this effort which was undoubtedly the pick of the bunch.
Whether or not the summer signing has done enough to earn himself a place in Jose Mourinho’s starting line-up in the Premier League this weekend remains to be seen, but the Portuguese tactician will undoubtedly have been pleased with what he saw from the talented youngster.
Elsewhere, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger celebrated a win over rivals Tottenham as Mathieu Flamini struck twice for the Gunners at White Hart Lane to secure the win.
Calum Chambers had levelled matters after turning a Nacer Chadli cross into his own net, after Flamini had pounced on a parried effort from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to hand the visitors the lead.
However, the 31-year-old veteran midfielder volleyed home a superb effort in the second half to restore the lead for the visitors, and they held on for a victory which will boost morale after consecutive defeats in all competitions over the last seven days.
Manchester United were also winners on Wednesday night as both Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial found the back of the net in the 3-0 win over Ipswich Town at Old Trafford.
Although Rooney’s Premier League drought continues, the England captain will be buoyed by his goal as Martial continues to shine in a United shirt.
The 19-year-old has three goals in two Premier League games so far this season, and he will be looking to add to his tally when the Red Devils host struggling Sunderland on Saturday.
In contrast, things weren’t quite as simple for Liverpool who were forced into penalties at Anfield by a spirited Carlisle side.
Danny Ings bagged his second goal in as many games to stake his claim for a permanent spot in Brendan Rodgers’ line-up, but Derek Asamoah equalised shortly after for the visitors.
However, the Reds eventually saw off their opponents after prevailing 3-2 in the shootout, but it will have done little in the way of easing the pressure on Brendan Rodgers, with The Daily Mail reporting on Wednesday that the club had made contact with Carlo Ancelotti.
Meanwhile, there were Premier League casualties as Newcastle United’s miserable start to the season continued with a home loss against Sheffield Wednesday, while Norwich secured a comfortable 3-0 win over West Bromwich Albion.
Results in full
Crystal Palace 4-1 Charlton
MK Dons 0-6 Southampton
Newcastle 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday
Norwich 3-0 West Bromwich Albion
Tottenham 1-2 Arsenal
Walsall 1-4 Chelsea
Man United 3-0 Ipswich
Liverpool 1-1 Carlisle (3-2 penalties)