Carling Cup review: Michael Owen scores first competitive goal since 2005 and Man City march on

Ollie Irish

30th, August 2007

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He’s still got it! When Little Michael Owen tucked the ball under the body of Barnsely’s keeper and into the net, it was the first time he’d scored in a competitive game since December 2005, some 20 months ago. The finish was a bit scuffed, but still, Owen thrives on goals, and this is welcome news both for Newcastle and England.
In the other Carling Cup matches last night, Boro beat Northampton 2-0 and Sven’s Man City looked very slick in beating Bristol City 2-1 at Ashton Gate. Bristol have been flying in the Championship and this was a very tough tie for a weakened Man City team. But they played some lovely football, with Italian striker Ronaldo Bianchi looking a bit special. Bianchi set up Emile Mpenza for City’s opening goal and then scored the winner with a smart shot from 20 yards.
Click below to see the results from all of Tuesday’s games. Three Premier League sides bit the dust: Derby were knocked out on penalties by Blackpool, Wigan’s second stringers lost at home to Hull and Roy Keane’s Sunderland were tonked 3-0 at Luton.
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Carling Cup, second round results
Bristol Rovers 1-2 West Ham
Burnley 3-0 Oldham
Birmingham 2-1 Hereford
Cardiff 1-0 Leyton Orient
Carlisle 0-2 Coventry
Charlton 4-3 Stockport
Derby 2-2 Blackpool
Luton 3-0 Sunderland
MK Dons 2-3 Sheffield Utd (aet)
Peterborough 0-2 West Brom
Plymouth 2-0 Doncaster
Rochdale 1-1 Norwich (aet)
Portsmouth 3-0 Leeds
Sheff Wed 2-1 Hartlepool (aet)
Shrewsbury 0-1 Fulham
Swansea 0-1 Reading (aet)
Southend 2-0 Watford
Wigan 0-1 Hull
Wolves 1-3 Morecambe
Wrexham 0-5 Aston Villa


Newcastle 2-0 Barnsley
Bristol City 1-2 Man City
Middlesbrough 2-0 Northampton