Carling Cup - Round-up: Baggies send City packing

Wed, 22 Sep 22:00:00 2010

Manchester City joined the list of high-profile casualties in the Carling Cup, but Aston Villa and Wigan made it safely through.

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Big-spending Manchester City were dumped out of the Carling Cup after suffering a 2-1 third-round defeat at promoted West Brom.

City went ahead when Adam Johnson found Jo, who finished crisply for his second in two games in the 19th minute.

West Brom piled the pressure on but were denied by Shay Given, replacing Joe Hart in goal and foiling Somen Tchoyi and Roman Bednar, who later missed a free header.

The hosts got a deserved equaliser nine minutes into the second half when Dutch defender Gianni Zuiverloon smashed in a fierce drive from distance.

Within two minutes they were ahead as Simon Cox placed a shot past Given.

City boss Roberto Mancini threw on summer signings James Milner and David Silva but to no avail as the Baggies closed out a famous win.

Gerard Houllier marked his first match as Aston Villa boss with a victory as two goals from Ashley Young and substitute Emile Heskey inspired a 3-1 win over Blackburn.

Rovers were the better side in the first half and deservedly led at the interval through Gael Givet's stunning strike.

But Heskey levelled matters with his first touch after 59 minutes and then Young struck twice in quick succession to see Villa - last season's beaten finalists - reach the last 16.

Wigan staged a dramatic late fightback to win 2-1 and snatch a place in the fourth round of the Carling Cup at the expense of valiant Preston North End.

Jordi Gomez and Charles N'Zogbia both struck in the closing three minutes as the Premier League side narrowly avoided a shock at the DW Stadium.

Championship outfit Preston had led after Keith Treacy opened the scoring in the 23rd minute and they hit the woodwork twice through Paul Coutts.

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