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Dan Brett reports: “It's absolutely rocking here at the Goldsands! Liverpool fans in fine voice to my left but the Bournemouth fans are creating a couldron of noise behind Artur Boruc's goal - and the ground almost erupts as Callum Wilson nearly puts the hosts ahead! Fantastic, frantic start from Eddie Howe's men!!”
Top scorer Callum Wilson comes oh so close to scoring the opener! He chests the ball down just inside the area and easily beats Martin Skrtel and Dejan Lovren to create a fantastic scoring opportunity. All he has to do is side-foot past Brad Jones but he miscues wide of the target.
Liam Twomey reports: “The travelling Newcastle contingent are in typically fine voice and the response from the Tottenham supporters has created an excellent atmosphere that both teams are responding to in the opening exchanges, pressing each other into mistakes on the ball.”
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Dan Brett reports from the Goldsands Stadium: “There'll be a bumper crowd at Bournemouth tonight, but don't expect to see the Cherries' Russian owner, Maxim Demin, who does not attend any of the club's matches - because of superstition. The boss believes that his presence could be a bad omen to Eddie Howe's side, so opts not to turn up.
“The Liverpool fans have certainly turned up, though, and in large numbers. The Merseyside outfit occupy the entire temporary away end here, plus a large section of seats to my immediate left. Pretty close. Hate to see what will happen if they go a goal down...”
“I'm not the least interested in this,” he told Portuguese TV show TVI. “Returning to England is definitely not in my plans. I had talks with Liverpool, a club I admire a lot, but like I said it's not in my plans, although life takes many turns. I liked coaching in England, it was a positive experience, but negative things also happened.”
Goal's Greg Stobart: “After all, he claimed that £30m signing Erik Lamela would replace Bale's goals and told the club that the £16m Paulinho would become Tottenham's answer to Frank Lampard. Both have proven dreadful signings, as have other transfers driven by Baldini, including Vlad Chiriches.”
Erik Lamela the next Gareth Bale? Paulinho the next Frank Lampard? AWKWARD. Tottenham’s transfer policy has been questionable to say the least in recent years. Goal’s Greg Stobart has taken an in-depth look at the arrival of Paul Mitchell as head of recruitment and what it means for Daniel Levy and Franco Baldini.
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First round: 2-0 Exeter (A)
Second round: 3-0 Northampton (H)
Third round: 3-0 Cardiff (A)
Fourth round: 2-1 West Brom (H)
Third round: 2-2 Middlesbrough (H) - 14-13 on pens
Fourth round: 2-1 Swansea (H)
Liam Twomey reports: “Alan Pardew is in a bit of a bind. There clearly isn't much of an appetite within the Newcastle management for Europa League football, and yet the supporters are as desperate for silverware as ever. His starting XI doesn't hint at any desire to bail on the League Cup just yet though, and his team should be itching to redeem themselves after being swept aside by Arsenal at the weekend. Their recent record in the other half of north London, however, is excellent - they have won on their last two visits to White Hart Lane.”
Third round: 3-1 Nottingham Forest (H)
Fourth round: 2-0 Brighton (H)
Second round: 1-0 Gillingham (A)
Third round: 3-2 Crystal Palace (A)
Fourth round: 2-0 Manchester City (A)
Dan Brett checks in: “Just under 45 minutes until kick-off and the Goldsands Stadium is filling up nicely. A sell-out here on the South Coast as Eddie Howe's resilient Bournemouth take on a troubled Liverpool side, who could really do without another disaster after a bad few weeks in the hotseat. The Cherries are going well at the top of the Championship this season and host a plethora of goalscorers, including striker Yann Kermorgant and midfielder Matt Ritchie.”
Liam Twomey checks in: “The match day programme at White Hart Lane hinted at several Tottenham changes; Michel Vorm adorned the cover, Benjamin Stambouli was 'The Big Interview' and both unsurprisingly start. Elsewhere though, Mauricio Pochettino has signalled his intent to reach the last four of the League Cup. Fan favourite Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen, the two primary architects of Swansea City's demise on Sunday, spearhead the attack once again while Nabil Bentaleb, Jan Vertonghen and Federico Fazio all keep their places.
“Alan Pardew, meanwhile, has handed striker Emmanuel Riviere his first start since Newcastle's away defeat to Stoke City at the end of September. He's yet to score since arriving from Monaco in the summer but in Ayoze Perez, Remy Cabella, Yoann Gouffran and Moussa Sissoko, the visitors still carry plenty of attacking threat.”
Goodbye Makelele role, it's all about THE MARKOVIC ROLE - run aimlessly up and down the left in the hope of emulating Fifa 15 hype?
Looking forward to at least two new randomly generated positional descriptions from that Rodgers XI post-game. Is that a lateral eight?— George Ankers (@georgeankers) December 17, 2014
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4 - Sammy Ameobi has been directly involved in four goals in his last four appearances in the League Cup (three assists, one goal). Helpful.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 17, 2014
As for White Hart Lane, both teams have selected strong sides but Tottenham have the added firepower - if you can call Roberto Soldado that - to bring on from the bench. Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen, the heroes against Swansea on Sunday, are retained.
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