Friday, 26 September 2014 11:56
Reuters: Frank Lampard and Edin Dzeko scored twice as holders Manchester City sailed into the English League Cup fourth round with a crushing 7-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday and Chelsea beat Bolton Wanderers 2-1 on Wednesday.
After struggling to break down their Championship (second tier) opponents in the first half, City produced a blistering spell of four goals in 13 minutes immediately after the break.
Lampard opened the scoring just three days after netting against his former club Chelsea before Dzeko, Jesus Navas, Yaya Toure, Dzeko, Jose Pozo and Lampard completed the rout.
“I really enjoyed that because tonight we saw the team that we were used to seeing last year,” City manager Manuel Pellegrini told reporters.
“We have not been scoring so many goals at home so it is the first game we have returned to the team that everyone saw here last year. It is important to try to retain the trophy but the most important thing tonight was to play like we did.”
Chelsea, top of the Premier League and unbeaten in all competitions this season, had Kurt Zouma’s equaliser cancelled out by Matt Mills before Oscar’s skidding low shot in the 55th minute secured a victory that was more comfortable than the scoreline suggested.
Elsewhere, Ryan Mason, Roberto Soldado and Harry Kane scored late goals as Tottenham Hotspur came from behind to beat Championship leaders Nottingham Forest 3-1.
Paul Dummett scored in extra time after Emmanuele Riviere’s double as 10-man Newcastle United beat Crystal Palace 3-2 to ease the growing pressure on manager Alan Pardew. West Bromwich Albion recorded a spectacular 3-2 home win over Hull City courtesy of late goals from Gareth McAuley and Saido Berahino.