Championship outfit Watford heaped more pressure on Southampton boss Steve Wigley with a 5-2 Carling Cup rout at Vicarage Road.
Bruce Dyer and James Chambers led the way for the Hornets as they completely outclassed a dismal Saints side to book their place in the
quarter-finals. The home side enjoyed the lion's share of the early chances, with Dyer in particular proving to be a thorn in the side of the
Southampton defence. He fired one shot wide, another just over and also headed Neil Ardley's free-kick over before eventually finding the back of the
net with a firm header from another Ardley set piece.
Saints failed to create many chances although home goalkeeper Richard Lee had to smother Brett Ormerod's shot on the turn in the 14th minute. But
Saints' main line of attack appeared to be aimless high balls, which the Watford defence dealt with comfortably. The pattern of Watford pressure
continued after the break and they doubled their lead on 55 minutes when Chambers notched his first senior goal, volleying in Sean Dyche's flick-on
from a corner. Chambers slotted home Dyer's cut-back in the 62nd minute before Heidar Helguson made it four with a superb 20-yard volley from Brynjar
Gunnarsson's through-ball four minutes later. Dexter Blackstock pulled one back with a left-footed finish six minutes from time but Hameur Bouzza
volleyed in the fifth straight from the kick-off. Ormerod headed in off the crossbar in the last minute for Saints but that was scant consolation for
Arsenal's young guns showed their misfiring seniors the way as they powered to a 3-1 Carling Cup win over Everton at Highbury. Arsene Wenger's first
team have spluttered in recent games so the boss turned to his next crop of talented youngsters, who outclassed the visiting Toffees to book a place
in the quarter-finals.
Things started well for David Moyes' troops when Thomas Gravesen gave them an eighth-minute lead - but the hosts equalised through Quincy
Owusu-Abeyie's strike on 26 minutes. With eight minutes of the second half gone, Arsenal were ahead after one of the finest goals seen at Highbury
this season. Owusu-Abeyie was again the inspiration, refusing to allow a foul by Gravesen to interrupt his dazzling progress as he jinked past Alan
Stubbs before picking out Robin van Persie inside the area. Rather than going for goal himself, van Persie had the awareness to square the ball back
for Arturo Lupoli to finish from close range. The result was then put beyond any doubt when another flowing counter-attack saw the hosts swiftly break
from defence to attack, with Lupoli sidefooting home his second of the night to seal a deserved win.
Robbie Keane's brace ensured Martin Jol enjoyed his first game as manager of Tottenham, who saw off Burnley 3-0 in the Carling Cup. Steve Cotterill's
Clarets started brightly but failed to test keeper Paul Robinson with a flurry of early chances. They were made to pay for their wastefulness on 31
minutes, when Michael Carrick's surging run and cross left Robbie Keane with the simple task of a close-range tap-in for his fourth goal of the
Robinson pulled off two fine saves to deny Tony Grant and Mike Duff just before the interval. And Spurs doubled their lead seven minutes after the
break when Jermain Defoe's sublime cross from the left flank again left Keane with an easy tap-in from six yards out. The visitors slipped into cruise
mode and started fizzing the ball around. And it was no surprise when a third goal came, this time from the boot of Defoe, who latched on to a clever
Keane flick-on and curled a delightful 20-yard shot past Burnley keeper Brian Jensen. Jensen denied sub Fredi Kanoute late on but Jol's troops saw the
game out comfortably to secure a spot in the quarter-finals of the competition.
Two goals from striker Ayegbeni Yakubu gave Portsmouth a 2-0 win at Cardiff. After a dull first 45 minutes, Ayegbeni put the Premiership side in front
wo minutes after the break. He then made the tie secure by firing home from the penalty spot nine minutes later.