JOHN KRETLOW - Friday, September 27, 2013
In League Cup play, Jozy Altidore and Sunderland knocked off Peterborough United, while Jonathan Spector's Birmingham City beat defending champions Swansea City.
Sunderland 2-0 Peterborough United
Jozy Altidore and Sunderland notched an important League Cup victory over Peterborough United on Tuesday, as Altidore started and played 85 minutes in the Black Cats' win.
With Sunderland struggling in Premier League play, the club hope that the cup win can bolster their confidence going into the weekend.
Emanuele Giaccherini broke the deadlock with a strike in the 32nd minute, while Valentine Roberge doubled their lead in the 74th minute with a header.
The American striker had another active game despite not finding the back of the net. Altidore smashed a shot off the bar just before the break that could have put his team up two goals at the half.
Sunderland move on to the final 16 in the League Cup with the win and hope the victory can give the team a lift going into their Premier League match against Liverpool this weekend.
Aston Villa 0-4 Tottenham Hotspur
Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur routed their Premier League counterparts Aston Villa to reach the final 16 in the League Cup.
Friedel went the distance in Spurs' victory, while Brad Guzan dressed but did not feature for Villa.
The first goal of the game came in first-half stoppage time when Lewis Holtby lobbed a pass to a charging Jermain Defoe, who then beat Villa's Ďkeeper Jed Steer for the goal.
In the 49th minute, Paulinho expanded Tottenham's lead when he knocked in a corner kick from a near-post position.
Then, in the 86th minute, Spurs added their third goal of the game when sloppy Villa possession resulted in a counterattack opportunity that Nacer Chadli took full advantage of, smashing a low, left-footed shot into the back of the net.
Spurs added a third in the 92nd minute, as another counterattack saw Defoe round Steer and slide the ball into the net.
Tottenham have now won four games straight in all competitions and have not allowed a goal in that span. They hope to continue that pace when they take on Chelsea on Saturday.
Villa, meanwhile, looks to bounce back and begin their climb up the standings in Premier League play when they take on Manchester City at home on Saturday.
Birmingham City 3-1 Swansea City
Jonathan Spector and Birmingham City took down reigning League Cup title-holders Swansea City in the midweek.
Spector went the distance for the Blues, while Will Packwood did not make the gameday roster.
The game was a deadlock after the first half, however the Blues exploded for three goals in the second half from Daniel Burn, Matthew Green, and tom Adeyemi.
Swansea was able to notch a consolation goal in the 95th minute from Wilfried Bony.
The Blues take the road this weekend to play Reading in league play.
Tranmere Rovers 0-2 Stoke City
Geoff Cameron and Stoke City took down Tranmere Rovers in the League Cup.
Cameron played the full 90 minutes, while Maurice Edu and Brek Shea did not make the gameday roster.
The former Houston Dynamo star came close to scoring his second goal in as many games when Peter Crouch found him early in the second half, but his shot went across goal and wide.
The Potters did manage the win, however, as Stephen Ireland scored in the 23rd minute and Crouch found the back of the net in stoppage time.
Stoke takes on Norwich City in league play on Sunday.
Eric Lichaj did not feature in Nottingham Forest's cup loss to Burnley.
Tim Howard did not feature in Everton's loss to Fulham.
Zak Whitbread did not see the field in Leicester City's win over Derby County.