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  • Mark Hughes gave all the credit to Bristol City after seeing his Stoke side dumped out of the Carabao Cup at Ashton Gate.After the 2-0 defeat at Ashton Gate put the Championship side into the last 16 of the competition, the Stoke boss said: "We were poor and they played very well."They will have a good season playing like that, but we have to be much better."I am very disappointed because this is a competition we wanted to do well in. Maybe I got the changes wrong, but I was expecting a lot more from my players."We changed systems in the first half because we were not coping with Bristol's forward play."There were chances for us either side of half-time and when you are not playing well you have to take them."We didn't do that either. I know we will be better against Chelsea on Saturday, but that isn't much consolation at the moment."Hughes continued: " I don't know whether the players underestimated Bristol, but they were certainly warned not to. We just cou..

    Mark Hughes acknowledges Bristol City deserved to knock Stoke out of Carabao Cup

    Mark Hughes gave all the credit to Bristol City after seeing his Stoke side dumped out of the Carabao Cup at Ashton Gate.After the 2-0 defeat at Ashton Gate put the Championship side into the last 16 of the competition, the Stoke boss said: "We were poor and they played very well."They will have a good season playing like that, but we have to be much better."I am very disappointed because this is a competition we wanted to do well in. Maybe I got the changes wrong, but I was expecting a lot more from my players."We changed systems in the first half because we were not coping with Bristol's forward play."There were chances for us either side of half-time and when you are not playing well you have to take them."We didn't do that either. I know we will be better against Chelsea on Saturday, but that isn't much consolation at the moment."Hughes continued: " I don't know whether the players underestimated Bristol, but they were certainly warned not to. We just cou..
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  • West Brom are the next side tasked with stopping free-scoring Manchester City as Pep Guardiola's side travel to The Hawthorns in the Carabao Cup.City are unbeaten in six games this season but have really hit their stride in the last three, scoring 15 goals without reply.Liverpool and Watford were swept aside 5-0 and 6-0 respectively in the Premier League, with a 4-0 Champions League hammering of Feyenoord coming between those matches.It remains to be seen how strong a side Guardiola opts to field in Wednesday's third-round League Cup tie but his teams in the competition last year were mostly filled with senior men.Some rotation is likely, with goalkeeper Ederson a strong candidate to be rested after playing two matches in protective headgear following his nasty clash with Liverpool's Sadio Mane.The game might also provide the opportunity for midfielder Ilkay Gundogan to step up his return from a long-term knee injury or for captain Vincent Kompany to be eased back i..

    West Brom tasked with stopping free-scoring Manchester City in Carabao Cup clash

    West Brom are the next side tasked with stopping free-scoring Manchester City as Pep Guardiola's side travel to The Hawthorns in the Carabao Cup.City are unbeaten in six games this season but have really hit their stride in the last three, scoring 15 goals without reply.Liverpool and Watford were swept aside 5-0 and 6-0 respectively in the Premier League, with a 4-0 Champions League hammering of Feyenoord coming between those matches.It remains to be seen how strong a side Guardiola opts to field in Wednesday's third-round League Cup tie but his teams in the competition last year were mostly filled with senior men.Some rotation is likely, with goalkeeper Ederson a strong candidate to be rested after playing two matches in protective headgear following his nasty clash with Liverpool's Sadio Mane.The game might also provide the opportunity for midfielder Ilkay Gundogan to step up his return from a long-term knee injury or for captain Vincent Kompany to be eased back i..
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  • Second-half Leicester goals from Shinji Okazaki and Islam Slimani sent Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool out of the Carabao Cup at the first hurdle.The Reds dominated the first period in the midlands but were unable to find a way through and substitute Okazaki fired in a 67th-minute opener before Slimani lashed home a second 12 minutes from time to send the Foxes through.Jurgen Klopp's side, who have now gone four games without a win, were not the only Premier League team to exit inside 90 minutes as Stoke and Huddersfield both fell to away losses at Bristol City and Crystal Palace respectively.The Potters were undone by two goals in 10 second-half minutes from Famara Diedhiou and Matt Taylor, while Roy Hodgson earned his first win as Palace boss thanks to Bakary Sako's header early on.Dele Alli's 65th-minute winner ensured Tottenham saw off Championship club Barnsley at Wembley while West Ham eased past second-tier opposition Bolton 3-0, with Angelo Ogbonna, Diafra Sakh..

    Leicester dump Liverpool out of the Carabao Cup

    Second-half Leicester goals from Shinji Okazaki and Islam Slimani sent Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool out of the Carabao Cup at the first hurdle.The Reds dominated the first period in the midlands but were unable to find a way through and substitute Okazaki fired in a 67th-minute opener before Slimani lashed home a second 12 minutes from time to send the Foxes through.Jurgen Klopp's side, who have now gone four games without a win, were not the only Premier League team to exit inside 90 minutes as Stoke and Huddersfield both fell to away losses at Bristol City and Crystal Palace respectively.The Potters were undone by two goals in 10 second-half minutes from Famara Diedhiou and Matt Taylor, while Roy Hodgson earned his first win as Palace boss thanks to Bakary Sako's header early on.Dele Alli's 65th-minute winner ensured Tottenham saw off Championship club Barnsley at Wembley while West Ham eased past second-tier opposition Bolton 3-0, with Angelo Ogbonna, Diafra Sakh..
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  • Eden Hazard will start for Chelsea for the first time this season in Wednesday's Carabao Cup third-round tie with Nottingham Forest. The Belgium playmaker suffered a broken ankle in June and has made three substitute appearances for the Blues in the last 10 days.Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte said: "For Eden now is the right moment to start the game and to try to play the whole game."Hazard recently said Conte improved him within a week of his appointment in a comment which many interpreted as a slight on Jose Mourinho, rather than praise for Chelsea's Italian boss.Conte wants all his players to improve and says Hazard can get even better."He can continue to improve a lot in his career and to become one of the best," Conte said.Conte is likely to rotate his options for the League Cup clash and has with some enforced absences.David Luiz is suspended for the first of three games after his dismissal against Arsenal and will also be absent from the Premier League games w..

    Eden Hazard set to start as Chelsea host Nottingham Forest in Carabao Cup

    Eden Hazard will start for Chelsea for the first time this season in Wednesday's Carabao Cup third-round tie with Nottingham Forest. The Belgium playmaker suffered a broken ankle in June and has made three substitute appearances for the Blues in the last 10 days.Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte said: "For Eden now is the right moment to start the game and to try to play the whole game."Hazard recently said Conte improved him within a week of his appointment in a comment which many interpreted as a slight on Jose Mourinho, rather than praise for Chelsea's Italian boss.Conte wants all his players to improve and says Hazard can get even better."He can continue to improve a lot in his career and to become one of the best," Conte said.Conte is likely to rotate his options for the League Cup clash and has with some enforced absences.David Luiz is suspended for the first of three games after his dismissal against Arsenal and will also be absent from the Premier League games w..
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  • Mark Hughes felt Stoke's professionalism ensured they were never going to be on the wrong end of a cup upset against Rochdale.The Stoke manager made eight changes for the Carabao Cup second-round tie against the League One side but it was still a strong team containing the likes of Kurt Zouma, Bruno Martins Indi, Joe Allen, Bojan and Peter Crouch.Two goals from Allen, captain for the night, either side of a Crouch strike meant the tie was all but over before half-time. Ramadan Sobhi completed the scoring late on with his first goal for the Premier League club."We have all been involved in these sort of games throughout our careers whereby when the match hasn't been approached in the correct manner then it has turned into a difficult 90 minutes or so," said Hughes."If you take liberties with any level of opposition then you can come unstuck, but thankfully our guys, to a man, showed great professionalism this evening."We didn't want to allow them to gain any momentum..

    Mark Hughes praises professionalism as Potters progress in Carabao Cup

    Mark Hughes felt Stoke's professionalism ensured they were never going to be on the wrong end of a cup upset against Rochdale.The Stoke manager made eight changes for the Carabao Cup second-round tie against the League One side but it was still a strong team containing the likes of Kurt Zouma, Bruno Martins Indi, Joe Allen, Bojan and Peter Crouch.Two goals from Allen, captain for the night, either side of a Crouch strike meant the tie was all but over before half-time. Ramadan Sobhi completed the scoring late on with his first goal for the Premier League club."We have all been involved in these sort of games throughout our careers whereby when the match hasn't been approached in the correct manner then it has turned into a difficult 90 minutes or so," said Hughes."If you take liberties with any level of opposition then you can come unstuck, but thankfully our guys, to a man, showed great professionalism this evening."We didn't want to allow them to gain any momentum..
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  • Mauricio Pellegrino attempted to sugarcoat Southampton's ignominious Carabao Cup defeat to Wolves by insisting his side could benefit from extra Premier League preparation time.Saints reached last season's League Cup final, but this term bowed out at the first hurdle, losing 2-0 at home to Championship outfit Wolves.Captain Danny Batth and 20-year-old Donovan Wilson sunk the lacklustre Saints, with boss Pellegrino admitting defeat proved "a step backwards".Challenging his players to learn from their weak showing, Pellegrino insisted fewer fixtures could stand to benefit his St Mary's squad."The best news for us is maybe we'll have more time to prepare better for Premier League games, and try to learn from (the loss)," said a frustrated Pellegrino."It's a step backwards in our way, in our performance."The goals are accidents, Jack (Stephens) was really close to the player but he lost the challenge."And for the second goal everybody was in attack, one coun..

    Pellegrino sees positives despite Southampton’s Carabao Cup exit

    Mauricio Pellegrino attempted to sugarcoat Southampton's ignominious Carabao Cup defeat to Wolves by insisting his side could benefit from extra Premier League preparation time.Saints reached last season's League Cup final, but this term bowed out at the first hurdle, losing 2-0 at home to Championship outfit Wolves.Captain Danny Batth and 20-year-old Donovan Wilson sunk the lacklustre Saints, with boss Pellegrino admitting defeat proved "a step backwards".Challenging his players to learn from their weak showing, Pellegrino insisted fewer fixtures could stand to benefit his St Mary's squad."The best news for us is maybe we'll have more time to prepare better for Premier League games, and try to learn from (the loss)," said a frustrated Pellegrino."It's a step backwards in our way, in our performance."The goals are accidents, Jack (Stephens) was really close to the player but he lost the challenge."And for the second goal everybody was in attack, one coun..
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  • Tony Mowbray has played down the significance of Blackburn's Carabao Cup meeting with bitter rivals Burnley.The Sky Bet League One side host the Premier League Clarets in the second round of the competition on Wednesday evening.The fixture holds great importance to supporters of both clubs, but boss Mowbray believes Rovers' league campaign is more important."Ultimately we are going to get judged on our league position," he told the club's official website."Win, lose or draw, this game on Wednesday night will be forgotten in a couple of weeks' time."It will be in the history books."Blackburn, relegated from the second-tier last season, have begun the new campaign in stuttering fashion, losing two of their opening three league matches.Mowbray has selection problems - with Darragh Lenihan, Bradley Dack, Ryan Nyambe and Scott Wharton all injured - and does not envisage making many changes."There aren't too many things to change, but our fans should know tha..

    Blackburn boss Mowbray plays down significance of Carabao Cup clash with Burnley

    Tony Mowbray has played down the significance of Blackburn's Carabao Cup meeting with bitter rivals Burnley.The Sky Bet League One side host the Premier League Clarets in the second round of the competition on Wednesday evening.The fixture holds great importance to supporters of both clubs, but boss Mowbray believes Rovers' league campaign is more important."Ultimately we are going to get judged on our league position," he told the club's official website."Win, lose or draw, this game on Wednesday night will be forgotten in a couple of weeks' time."It will be in the history books."Blackburn, relegated from the second-tier last season, have begun the new campaign in stuttering fashion, losing two of their opening three league matches.Mowbray has selection problems - with Darragh Lenihan, Bradley Dack, Ryan Nyambe and Scott Wharton all injured - and does not envisage making many changes."There aren't too many things to change, but our fans should know tha..
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  • Brighton boss Chris Hughton must strike a balance between rotating his squad and rediscovering that winning feeling against Barnet.The promoted Seagulls have endured a tough start to life in the Premier League with back-to-back defeats against Manchester City and Leicester.But they have the chance to get a victory under their belts when they host the League Two Bees in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night. "I will use the squad," Hughton told the club website. "It's a good opportunity for me to use the players that haven't played yet or missed a few games in pre-season. These players will have a chance to play. "But when you are on the back of a few defeats, you want to get that feeling back again."We had been used to that in the last couple of seasons and it's a good feeling. We're desperate to get that back, and this is our next opportunity, so hopefully we can do it then."Hughton will be forced into some changes as he will be without Izzy Brown, Steve Sidwell..

    Chris Hughton will use his squad for Carabao Cup clash with Barnet

    Brighton boss Chris Hughton must strike a balance between rotating his squad and rediscovering that winning feeling against Barnet.The promoted Seagulls have endured a tough start to life in the Premier League with back-to-back defeats against Manchester City and Leicester.But they have the chance to get a victory under their belts when they host the League Two Bees in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night. "I will use the squad," Hughton told the club website. "It's a good opportunity for me to use the players that haven't played yet or missed a few games in pre-season. These players will have a chance to play. "But when you are on the back of a few defeats, you want to get that feeling back again."We had been used to that in the last couple of seasons and it's a good feeling. We're desperate to get that back, and this is our next opportunity, so hopefully we can do it then."Hughton will be forced into some changes as he will be without Izzy Brown, Steve Sidwell..
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