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2010–11 Football League Cup

2010–11 Football League Cup
Carling Cup, League Cup
Country  England
 Wales
Teams 92
Champions Birmingham City
Runners-up Arsenal
Top goal scorer(s) Scott Sinclair
Carlton Cole
(4 goals)

The 2010–11 Football League Cup, known as the Carling Cup due to the competition's sponsorship by lager brand Carling, was the 51st season of the Football League Cup, a knock-out competition for England's top 92 football clubs.[1]

Each season, the League Cup winners – like the winners of the FA Cup – are granted a place in the UEFA Europa League for the following season. However, in cases where a team has already gained a place in European competition via their league position or progress in other cup competitions, their place in the Europa League is deferred to the next-placed league side.

Manchester United were the defending champions for the second successive season, but were knocked out in the Fifth Round by West Ham United.

The final was contested on 27 February 2011 between Arsenal and Birmingham City. Birmingham were the surprise 2–1 winners in the final to win just the second major trophy in their history.[2][3] Birmingham City won their first major trophy since 1963.

First round

The draw for the First Round took place on 16 June 2010, with matches played two months later in the week beginning 9 August 2010.[1][4]

Burnley and Hull City received a First Round bye as the highest ranked teams from the previous season's league placings. The other 70 of the 72 Football League clubs competed in the First Round, divided into North and South sections. Each section was divided equally into a pot of seeded clubs and a pot of unseeded clubs. Clubs' rankings depend upon their finishing position in the 2009–10 season.

1 Score after 90 minutes

Second round

The 13 Premier League teams not involved in European competitions entered at this stage along with the winners from the First Round plus Burnley and Hull City, who had received a First Round bye. If there is a draw at full-time there will be extra time followed by a penalty shootout if the scores are still level. From the Second Round onwards, the teams are no longer split geographically. The draw for the Second Round took place on the evening of 11 August 2010, after the First Round matches had been completed, and the matches were played in the week beginning 23 August 2010.[1]

Tie no Home team Score1 Away team Attendance
1 Accrington Stanley 2 – 3 Newcastle United 4,098
2 Portsmouth 1 – 1 Crystal Palace 8,412
1 – 1 after extra time – Portsmouth won 4 – 3 on penalties
3 Leeds United 1 – 2 Leicester City 16,509
4 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 – 1 Southend United 10,284
Wolverhampton Wanderers won 2 – 1 after extra time
5 Blackburn Rovers 3 – 1 Norwich City 9,235
6 Milton Keynes Dons 3 – 3 Blackpool 7,458
Milton Keynes Dons won 4 – 3 after extra time
7 Tranmere Rovers 1 – 3 Swansea City 2,450
8 Everton 5 – 1 Huddersfield Town 28,901
9 Peterborough United 2 – 1 Cardiff City 3,806
10 Reading 2 – 2 Northampton Town 6,986
3 – 3 after extra time – Northampton Town won 4 – 2 on penalties
11 Scunthorpe United 4 – 2 Sheffield Wednesday 4,680
12 Brentford 2 – 1 Hull City 3,335
13 Sunderland 2 – 0 Colchester United 13,532
14 Leyton Orient 0 – 2 West Bromwich Albion 2,349
15 Morecambe 1 – 3 Burnley 5,003
16 Birmingham City 3 – 2 Rochdale 6,431
17 Crewe Alexandra 0 – 0 Ipswich Town 3,309
Ipswich Town won 1 – 0 after extra time
18 Watford 1 – 2 Notts County 6,434
19 West Ham United 1 – 0 Oxford United 20,902
20 Southampton 0 – 1 Bolton Wanderers 10,251
21 Bradford City 1 – 1 Preston North End 4,221
Preston North End won 2 – 1 after extra time
22 Fulham 6 – 0 Port Vale 9,031
23 Millwall 2 – 1 Middlesbrough 6,704
24 Stoke City 2 – 1 Shrewsbury Town 11,995
25 Hartlepool United 0 – 3 Wigan Athletic 3,196

1 Score after 90 minutes

Third round

The seven Premier League teams involved in European competition entered at this stage, along with the winners from the Second Round. The draw for the Third Round took place on 28 August 2010, after the Second Round games had been played. The matches were played in the week beginning 20 September 2010.[1] Northampton Town were the only League Two side to reach this round of the tournament.

Tie no Home team Score1 Away team Attendance
1 Brentford 1 – 1 Everton 8,960
1 – 1 after extra time – Brentford won 4 – 3 on penalties
2 Portsmouth 1 – 2 Leicester City 8,327
3 Stoke City 2 – 0 Fulham 12,778
4 Chelsea 3 – 4 Newcastle United 41,511
5 Aston Villa 3 – 1 Blackburn Rovers 18,753
6 Tottenham Hotspur 1 – 1 Arsenal 35,883
Arsenal won 4 – 1 after extra time
7 Millwall 1 – 2 Ipswich Town 5,070
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 – 1 Notts County 11,516
Wolverhampton Wanderers won 4 – 2 after extra time
9 Burnley 1 – 0 Bolton Wanderers 17,602
10 Birmingham City 3 – 1 Milton Keynes Dons 9,450
11 Liverpool 2 – 2 Northampton Town 22,577
2 – 2 after extra time – Northampton Town won 4 – 2 on penalties
12 Scunthorpe United 2 – 5 Manchester United 9,077
13 West Bromwich Albion 2 – 1 Manchester City 10,418
14 Sunderland 1 – 2 West Ham United 21,907
15 Peterborough United 1 – 3 Swansea City 4,164
16 Wigan Athletic 2 – 1 Preston North End 6,987

1 Score after 90 minutes

Fourth round

The Fourth Round draw took place on 25 September 2010, and the matches were played on the week commencing 25 October 2010.[1] For the second consecutive round, Northampton Town was the lowest ranked remaining side, being the lone representative from League Two. All four leagues involved in this competition had representation in the Fourth Round for the first time since the 2006–07 competition.

Tie no Home team Score1 Away team Attendance
1 Newcastle United 0 – 4 Arsenal 33,157
2 Birmingham City 1 – 1 Brentford 15,166
1 – 1 after extra time – Birmingham City won 4 – 3 on penalties
3 Wigan Athletic 2 – 0 Swansea City 11,705
4 Aston Villa 1 – 1 Burnley 34,618
Aston Villa won 2 – 1 after extra time
5 Leicester City 1 – 4 West Bromwich Albion 16,957
6 Manchester United 3 – 2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46,083
7 West Ham United 1 – 1 Stoke City 25,304
West Ham United won 3 – 1 after extra time
8 Ipswich Town 3 – 1 Northampton Town 12,929

1 Score after 90 minutes

Fifth Round

Ipswich Town was the lowest ranked remaining side left in the competition, and the sole remaining representative of the Championship in the Fifth Round draw, which took place on 30 October 2010. Matches were played in the week commencing 29 November 2010.[1]

30 November 2010
19:45
Arsenal 2 – 0 Wigan Athletic
Alcaraz Goal 42' (o.g.)
Bendtner Goal 67'
Report

1 December 2010
19:45
Birmingham City 2 – 1 Aston Villa
Larsson Goal 12' (pen.)
Žigić Goal 84'
Report Agbonlahor Goal 30'
St Andrew's, Birmingham
Attendance: 27,679
Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)

30 November 2010
19:45
West Ham United 4 – 0 Manchester United
Spector Goal 22'37'
Cole Goal 56'66'
Report
Upton Park, London
Attendance: 33,551
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (County Durham)

1 December 2010
19:45
Ipswich Town 1 – 0 West Bromwich Albion
Leadbitter Goal 69' Report
Portman Road, Ipswich
Attendance: 11,363
Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)

Semi-finals

The semi-final draw took place on 1 December 2010, after the completion of the Fifth Round matches. The first leg matches were played the week commencing 10 January 2011, with the second legs a fortnight later.

First leg

11 January 2011
19:45
West Ham United 2 – 1 Birmingham City
Noble Goal 13'
Cole Goal 78'
Report Ridgewell Goal 56'
Upton Park, London
Attendance: 29,034
Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)

12 January 2011
19:45
Ipswich Town 1 – 0 Arsenal
Priskin Goal 78' Report
Portman Road, Ipswich
Attendance: 29,146
Referee: Martin Atkinson (West Yorkshire)

Second leg

25 January 2011
19:45
Arsenal 3 – 0 Ipswich Town
Bendtner Goal 61'
Koscielny Goal 64'
Fàbregas Goal 77'
Report
Emirates Stadium, London
Attendance: 59,387
Referee: Mark Halsey (Lancashire)

Arsenal won 3–1 on aggregate.


26 January 2011
19:45
Birmingham City 3 – 1 (a.e.t.) West Ham United
Bowyer Goal 59'
Johnson Goal 79'
Gardner Goal 94'
Report Cole Goal 31'
St Andrew's, Birmingham
Attendance: 27,519
Referee: Howard Webb (South Yorkshire)

Birmingham City won 4–3 on aggregate.

Final

Main article: 2011 Football League Cup Final

The final was played at Wembley Stadium, London, on Sunday, 27 February 2011.

27 February 2011
16:00 GMT[5]
Arsenal 1 – 2 Birmingham City
Van Persie Goal 39' Report Žigić Goal 28'
Martins Goal 89'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 88,851
Referee: Mike Dean (Cheshire)

Prize money

The prize money is awarded by the Football League. The winners of the League Cup win £100,000 and the runners-up win £50,000. The losing semi-finalists will each take home £25,000.[6]

References

External links

  • Official Carling Cup website
  • Carling Cup News at football-league.co.uk
  • Carling Cup at bbc.co.uk

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