JOHN KRETLOW - Thursday, November 1, 2012
Clint Dempsey and Spurs were knocked out of the League Cup by fellow Premier Leaguers Norwich City, while Eric Lichaj provided the game-winning assist in Aston Villa's victory over Swindon Town.
Norwich City 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Clint Dempsey had a penalty kick saved in the dying minutes of the game that would have brought Tottenham level with Norwich City, but the Canaries advanced to the League Cup quarterfinals.
The Texan started and went the distance for Spurs, while Brad Friedel did not dress.
After a scoreless first half, Gareth Bale put the road team in the lead with a driving shot from 20-yards out in the 66th minute.
The Canaries though struck back in the 84th minute when Alex Tettey sent in a shot that was deflected by Spurs' Jan Vertonghen into their own goal, leveling the game.
In the 87th minute Norwich City took the lead when Grant Holt's header was saved by Tottenham keeper Hugo Lloris, but the French goalie coughed up the ball and Simeon Jackson finished from close range.
Just moments later, the Canaries nearly lost their lead as defender Marc Tierney fouled Tottenham's Kyle Walker in the box. The referee called a penalty kick, but Dempsey's shot was saved by Norwich's Mark Bunn.
Spurs look to shake off this dramatic loss in league play this weekend at home against Wigan Athletic.
Swindon Town 2 - 3 Aston Villa
Eric Lichaj went the distance in Aston Villa's win over League One delegate Swindon Town that puts them through to the quarterfinals.
Villa's quarterfinal appearance is their third time in four years in the League Cup.
The Villans looked to move on easily in the game, as Christian Benteke found the back of the net in the 30th minute and Gabriel Agbonlahor notched in the 39th minute.
Miles Storey though dramatically put the League One club back in the game with two goals in the 78th and 81st minute respectively.
In injury time though Eric Lichaj sent in a cross that Benteke knocked home, giving Villa the big victory.
The Villans have struggled thus far in league play, but they hope the League Cup performance will give them much needed momentum. They take on Sunderland in league action on Saturday.
Sunderland 0 - 1 Middlesbrough
Seb Hines started and went 64 minutes in Middlesbrough's victory over Sunderland in the League Cup.
After scoring both goals in Boro's weekend win over Bolton, Scott McDonald scored the only goal of the game on Tuesday with a shot from close range in the 39th minute.
Premier League straggler Sunderland was unable to show the killer instinct throughout the game, despite an attacking lineup on the field.
Boro continued their hot streak, as they had won four straight league games prior to Tuesday. They take on Charlton Athletic in Saturday Championship action.