The remaining fourth round fixtures for the 2011/12 English League Cup – the Carling Cup – took place on the evening of Wednesday 26th October 2011, when eight all-Premier League sides faced each other.
On a night of high drama, fans across England saw an incredible 20 goals scored, but altogether fewer surprises, as the fancied teams booked themselves a place in Round 5.
Carling Cup 2011/12 4th Round Results, Wednesday 26 October 2011
- Blackburn 4-3 Newcastle (AET)
- Everton 1-2 Chelsea (AET)
- Stoke 1-2 Liverpool
- Wolverhampton 2-5 Manchester City
Blackburn 4-3 Newcastle (AET)
The game of the round took place at Blackburn Rovers’ Ewood Park, where the hosts entertained Newcastle United. Entertainment was the word as the sides required a period of Extra time before Blackburn finished 4-3 victors.
In an incredible story, Blackburn thought they had the match wrapped up after a 1-0 half time lead, which came following a 5th minute goal from Rochina, was doubled by a Yakubu penalty on 64 minutes. However, Newcastle, scored two goals in injury time through Guthrie (90+3) and Cabaye (90+6) to book another 30 minutes of play with the scores now locked at 2-2.
Pedersen scored early on 99 minutes for Blackburn before another Newcastle injury time goal again put the Magpies level, this time it was a penalty, which Lovenkrands put away on 105+3 minutes.
But it was to be Blackburn who would collect the late winner at the end of this match, as Givet scored on 120 minutes – right at the end of two hours of football against the tiring black and whites – to give Blackburn fans some joy on what has been a difficult season to date.
A great cup tie.
Everton 1-2 Chelsea (AET)
Extra time was also required to split Everton and Chelsea at Goodison Park, Kalou put the visitors in front on 38 minutes, but Louis Saha continued his recent habit of scoring late when he equalised on 83 minutes.
Chelsea collected the win when Sturridge (116) scored early in the second period of Extra Time.
Stoke 1-2 Liverpool
Another match by a one goal margin was won by Liverpool, who travelled to Stoke City and returned with a 2-1 away victory.
Liverpool had to come from behind, however, after Kenwyne Jones put Stoke on 44 minutes giving the hosts a 1-0 half time lead.
A brace of goals from Luis Suarez (54, 85) would prove to be the difference between the sides, as the Uruguayan continued to enhance his reputation as a goal-scorer, giving Liverpool an important cup tie win in the process.
Wolverhampton 2-5 Manchester City
The biggest margin of victory was enjoyed by free-scoring Manchester City, who travelled to Wolves’ Molineux and collected a 5-2 win.
Wolverhampton Wanderers had taken the lead on 18 minutes when Milijas scored, but they trailed 3-1 at half time after quick-fire City goals from Johnson (37), Nasri (39) and Edin Dzeko (40).
In the second half, City wrapped up their victory when De Vries scored an own goal on 50 minutes and Dzeko added his second of the night on 64 mins. Wolves did score a late consolation through O’Hara (65) but the damage had been done already, and the final whistle blew with City retaining their three-goal cushion.