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Spurs suffer huge upset & more things you might have missed from Tuesday’s Carabao Cup action

By Steve Jennings

Published: 22:00, 24 September 2019

It was a thrilling night of Carabao Cup football on Tuesday with plenty of Premier League clubs in action across the country.

There was a derby on the south coast as Southampton eased past Portsmouth – but not without a few early scares – while there were also wins for Arsenal, Leicester City and Everton.

League Two side Colchester United undoubtedly provided the story of the night, taking Tottenham to penalties and beating them to seal an embarrassing cup defeat for Mauricio Pochettino’s men.

Here are all the best moments you might have missed from Tuesday’s League Cup action.

Spurs suffer huge cup upset at Colchester

Tottenham’s start to the season has just turned from disjointed to dreadful. Christian Eriksen and Lucas Moura compounded a terrible week for the Londoners by missing in the penalty shootout against fourth-tier Colchester to send Spurs crashing out.

It was a magical night for Colchester, who sealed Pochettino’s first defeat against a lower league side in England. Tottenham had all of the ball and all of the chances but simply couldn’t find a way through.

Colchester have now beaten two Premier League teams on spot-kicks in the League Cup. They’ll be dreaming of drawing yet another top-flight side in the next round.

Ings continues impressive League Cup record

Danny Ings made the difference in the hotly anticipated south coast derby. Portsmouth created far more chances but Southampton went into the half-time break with a two-goal lead.

Thankfully for the visitors, Ings loves this competition. He has scored eight goals in his last seven League Cup starts, including three strikes for Southampton. His second goal against Portsmouth – a perfect dinked finish – was particularly impressive. He also provided the assist for Cedric’s goal before Nathan Redmond added a fourth.

A brilliant Alex McCarthy save prevented the hosts form taking the lead before Southampton went ahead, and Kenny Jackett will be rueing his bad luck as Pompey’s poor start to the season continued.

Calvert-Lewin dashes Everton crisis talk

Everton’s 2-0 league defeat to Sheffield United at Goodison Park had provoked talk of a possible crisis at the club, but Dominic Calvert-Lewin was having none of if.

The striker struck twice in the opening 10 minutes at Sheffield Wednesday to ensure the Toffees would avoid an unneeded cup upset. It was his third brace for Everton, all of which have come in this competition. In total, he has scored eight goals in eight League Cup appearances.

Marco Silva will have been pleased to see his side make a fast, clinical start in front of goal, and Calvert-Lewin has certainly strengthened his case to be starting regularly in the Premier League, regardless of the fact his best display of the season so far came against Championship opposition.

Sterling fakes, fakes and scores to end mini-drought

Such is the level Raheem Sterling has been playing at over the last couple of years, it is a surprise when the England international goes more than a couple of matches without a goal. That was the case going into Manchester City’s trip to Preston North End.

But Sterling is simply too good to be kept down, scoring his first goal in four games within 19 minutes with a fine individual effort. The winger ran at Preston’s defence centrally, faking to shoot three times before finding the net via a deflection.

His multiple feints put more than one Preston defender on the floor, which was a sight to behold. What’s more, he followed up his opener with an assist for Gabriel Jesus to make it 2-0 before half-time.

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Danny Welbeck scores his first goal for 334 days

After a couple of false starts, Danny Welbeck has finally made an impact for Watford, opening his account with a well-placed header midway through the first half against Swansea City. It was his first goal in any competition since October 2018.

The former Arsenal striker has played just 39 minutes of Premier League football since joining the Hornets in the summer. This competition has allowed him to prove his credentials to yet another new manager, and he took that opportunity here after missing two early chances.

It was only the second goal Swansea have conceded in their last six matches, so Welbeck’s moment shouldn’t be undervalued. Perhaps now he will be given his first league start.

Luton fans applaud inevitable Leicester goal

Justin James hadn’t made if off the bench for Leicester until tonight. It was fitting, then, that his first appearance of the season came against the club he left in the summer – and of course he was on the scoresheet.

The 21-year-old right-back joined Leicester for £8 million and began to show why Luton commanded such a fee with a good finish to put the Foxes 2-0 up against his former side.

The stadium was initially silenced before the moment sunk in and the home fans admirably applauded one of their own. James will now hope to kick on and challenge Ricardo Pereira for a regular starting berth.

Callum Chambers produces hat-trick of assists

Who said Callum Chambers couldn’t make an impact at both ends of the pitch? The defender – who scored for Arsenal on Sunday – was at it again with a remarkable assist to put the Gunners ahead against Nottingham Forest.

Chambers latched onto Reiss Nelson and produced a beautifully executed volley-cross to set up Gabriel Martinelli for his first Arsenal goal. But it didn’t end there: Chambers set up the fourth and fifth goals, too!

Forest had been resilient until the first goal but there was no stopping Martinelli’s powerful header, which wouldn’t have been possible without Chambers’ excellent contribution. Martinelli struck again to make it 5-0 at the death in an impressive first start for the club.

Rob Holding scores on his return from injury

Chambers wasn’t the only Arsenal defender who enjoyed his night in the final third. Rob Holding, making his first appearance since suffering a serious injury last December, bagged the hosts’ third of the night.

The centre-back nodded in a corner with 20 minutes to go to give the Gunners some breathing room. Arsenal fans will be hoping the 24-year-old can continue building his fitness to give the back line some added resilience over the course of the campaign.

On top of that, Hector Bellerin made his long-awaited return and provided a late assist for Arsenal’s third goal.