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2008–09 Football League Cup

2008–09 Football League Cup
Carling Cup, League Cup
250px
The logo of the 2008–09 League Cup
Country  England
 Wales
Teams 92
Champions Manchester United
Runners-up Tottenham Hotspur
Matches played 93
Goals scored 290 (3.12 per match)
Top goal scorer(s) Nathan Ellington
Roman Pavlyuchenko
Carlos Tévez
(6 goals)

The 2008–09 Football League Cup, known as the Carling Cup due to the competition's sponsorship by lager brand Carling, was the 49th season of the Football League Cup, a knockout competition for England's top 92 football clubs. The winners qualified for the third qualifying round of the 2009–10 UEFA Europa League, if not already qualified for European competition.

Manchester United won the competition by defeating defending champions Tottenham Hotspur on penalties in the final on 1 March 2009.

First round

The draw for the First Round took place on 13 June 2008, with matches being played two months later in the week beginning 11 August 2008.[1]

The 72 Football League clubs competed from the First Round, which was 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 2007–08 season.

1 Score after 90 minutes

Second round

Twelve Premier League teams – including the eleven that were not involved in European competitions – entered at this stage, along with the winners from the First Round. The draw for the Second Round took place on 13 August 2008, and the matches were played in the week beginning 25 August 2008,[2] with the exception of Manchester City's game against Brighton & Hove Albion, which was played on 24 September.[3]

Tie no Home team Score1 Away team Attendance
1 Ipswich Town 2 – 1 Colchester United 17,084
2 Coventry City 2 – 2 Newcastle United 19,249
Newcastle United won 3 – 2 after extra time
3 Hartlepool United 1 – 1 West Bromwich Albion 3,387
Hartlepool United won 3 – 1 after extra time
4 West Ham United 1 – 1 Macclesfield Town 10,055
West Ham United won 4 – 1 after extra time
5 Huddersfield Town 1 – 2 Sheffield United 15,189
6 Cardiff City 2 – 1 Milton Keynes Dons 6,334
7 Swansea City 1 – 1 Hull City 8,622
Swansea City won 2 – 1 after extra time
8 Rotherham United 0 – 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers 5,404
0 – 0 after extra time – Rotherham United won 4 – 3 on penalties
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 1 – 1 Manchester City 8,729
2 – 2 after extra time – Brighton & Hove Albion won 5 – 3 on penalties
10 Reading 5 – 1 Luton Town 7,498
11 Blackburn Rovers 4 – 1 Grimsby Town 8,379
12 Wigan Athletic 4 – 0 Notts County 4,100
13 Leeds United 4 – 0 Crystal Palace 10,765
14 Crewe Alexandra 2 – 1 Bristol City 3,227
15 Middlesbrough 5 – 1 Yeovil Town 15,651
16 Fulham 3 – 2 Leicester City 7,584
17 Queens Park Rangers 4 – 0 Carlisle United 8,021
18 Nottingham Forest 1 – 1 Sunderland 9,198
Sunderland won 2 – 1 after extra time
19 Burnley 3 – 0 Oldham Athletic 5,528
20 Southampton 2 – 0 Birmingham City 11,331
21 Bolton Wanderers 1 – 2 Northampton Town 7,136
22 Watford 1 – 1 Darlington 5,236
Watford won 2 – 1 after extra time
23 Preston North End 0 – 1 Derby County 8,037
24 Cheltenham Town 2 – 3 Stoke City 3,600

1 Score after 90 minutes

Third round

Eight teams involved in European competition entered at this stage along with the winners from the Second Round. Since nine English teams qualified for European competition in 2008, it was initially unclear precisely which eight teams would automatically enter the third round. Either Aston Villa, who had entered into European competition via the UEFA Intertoto Cup, or Manchester City, who qualified for the UEFA Cup via the UEFA Fair Play ranking would enter in the Third Round with the other entering in the Second Round instead. On 29 July 2008, it was announced that Aston Villa would enter the 2008–09 Carling Cup at the Third Round stage after reaching the second qualifying round of the UEFA Cup.[4]

The draw for the Third Round was held on 30 August 2008,[5] and the matches were played on Tuesday, 23 September and Wednesday, 24 September 2008, with the exception of the match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Derby County, which was played on 4 November.

Tie no Home team Score1 Away team Attendance
1 Arsenal 6 – 0 Sheffield United 56,632
2 Brighton & Hove Albion 1 – 4 Derby County 6,625
3 Burnley 1 – 0 Fulham 7,119
4 Portsmouth 0 – 4 Chelsea 15,339
5 Blackburn Rovers 1 – 0 Everton 14,366
6 Rotherham United 3 – 1 Southampton 5,147
7 Swansea City 1 – 0 Cardiff City 17,411
8 Ipswich Town 1 – 4 Wigan Athletic 13,803
9 Stoke City 2 – 2 Reading 9,141
2 – 2 after extra time – Stoke City won 4 – 3 on penalties
10 Leeds United 3 – 2 Hartlepool United 14,599
11 Watford 1 – 0 West Ham United 12,914
12 Manchester United 3 – 1 Middlesbrough 53,729
13 Liverpool 2 – 1 Crewe Alexandra 28,591
14 Aston Villa 0 – 1 Queens Park Rangers 21,541
15 Sunderland 2 – 2 Northampton Town 21,082
2 – 2 after extra time – Sunderland won 4 – 3 on penalties
16 Newcastle United 1 – 2 Tottenham Hotspur 20,577

1 Score after 90 minutes

Fourth round

The Fourth Round draw took place on Saturday, 27 September,[6] and the matches were played in the week commencing 10 November 2008.

Tie no Home team Score1 Away team Attendance
1 Sunderland 1 – 2 Blackburn Rovers 18,555
2 Arsenal 3 – 0 Wigan Athletic 59,665
3 Chelsea 1 – 1 Burnley 41,369
1 – 1 after extra time – Burnley won 5 – 4 on penalties
4 Swansea City 0 – 1 Watford 9,549
5 Manchester United 1 – 0 Queens Park Rangers 62,539
6 Stoke City 2 – 0 Rotherham United 15,458
7 Derby County 2 – 1 Leeds United 18,540
8 Tottenham Hotspur 4 – 2 Liverpool 33,242

1 Score after 90 minutes

Fifth round

The Fifth Round draw took place on Saturday, 15 November[7] and the matches were played week in the commencing 1 December 2008.

2 December 2008
19:45
Burnley 2 – 0 Arsenal
McDonald Goal 6'57' Report
Turf Moor, Burnley
Attendance: 19,405
Referee: Andre Marriner (Birmingham)

2 December 2008
19:45
Stoke City 0 – 1 Derby County
Report Ellington Goal 90+4' (pen.)

3 December 2008
19:45
Watford 1 – 2 Tottenham Hotspur
Priskin Goal 13' Report Pavlyuchenko Goal 45+2' (pen.)
Bent Goal 76'
Vicarage Road, Watford
Attendance: 16,501
Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)

3 December 2008
20:00
Manchester United 5 – 3 Blackburn Rovers
Tévez Goal 35'50' (pen.)54'90+4'
Nani Goal 40'
Report McCarthy Goal 48'90+2'
Derbyshire Goal 84'
Old Trafford, Manchester
Attendance: 53,997
Referee: Alan Wiley (Staffordshire)

Semi-finals

The semi-final draw took place on Saturday, 6 December 2008.[8] The first leg matches were played on Tuesday, 6 January 2009 and Wednesday, 7 January 2009, while the second legs were played on Tuesday, 20 January 2009 and Wednesday, 21 January 2009.

First leg

6 January 2009
20:00
Tottenham Hotspur 4 – 1 Burnley
Dawson Goal 46'
O'Hara Goal 52'
Pavlyuchenko Goal 65'
Duff Goal 68' (o.g.)
Report Paterson Goal 15'

7 January 2009
19:45
Derby County 1 – 0 Manchester United
Commons Goal 30' Report
Pride Park, Derby
Attendance: 30,194
Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)

Second leg

20 January 2009
20:00
Manchester United 4 – 2 Derby County
Nani Goal 16'
O'Shea Goal 22'
Tévez Goal 34'
Ronaldo Goal 87' (pen.)
Report Barnes Goal 79' (pen.)90+1'
Old Trafford, Manchester
Attendance: 73,374
Referee: Mike Dean (Cheshire)

Manchester United won 4–3 on aggregate


21 January 2009
19:45
Burnley 3 – 2 (a.e.t.) Tottenham Hotspur
Blake Goal 33'
McCann Goal 73'
Rodriguez Goal 88'
Report Pavlyuchenko Goal 118'
Defoe Goal 120'
Turf Moor, Burnley
Attendance: 19,533
Referee: Mark Halsey (Lancashire)

Tottenham Hotspur won 6–4 on aggregate

Final

The final was played at Wembley Stadium, London, on Sunday, 1 March 2009.

1 March 2009
15:00 GMT
Manchester United 0 – 0 (a.e.t.) Tottenham Hotspur
Report
  Penalties  
Giggs Penalty scored
Tévez Penalty scored
Ronaldo Penalty scored
Anderson Penalty scored
4 – 1 Penalty missed O'Hara
Penalty scored Ćorluka
Penalty missed Bentley
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 88,217
Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)[9]

Top scorers

The top scorers in the 2008–09 Football League Cup are as follows:[10]

Rank Scorer Club Goals
1 England Nathan Ellington Derby County 6
Russia Roman Pavlyuchenko Tottenham Hotspur 6
Argentina Carlos Tévez Manchester United 6
4 Northern Ireland Martin Paterson Burnley 5
5 England Jermaine Beckford Leeds United 4
England James Henry Reading 4
Mexico Carlos Vela Arsenal 4
Argentina Emmanuel Villa Derby County 4
9 Senegal Henri Camara Wigan Athletic 3
England Matt Derbyshire Blackburn Rovers 3
Wales Robert Earnshaw Nottingham Forest 3
Argentina Emmanuel Ledesma Queens Park Rangers 3
Portugal Nani Manchester United 3
Australia Joel Porter Hartlepool United 3

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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