Brighton make Manchester City pay penalty

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Cash-strapped Brighton struck a blow for the have-nots of English football on Wednesday by dumping moneybags Manchester City out of the League Cup.

Updated: September 28, 2008 09:32 IST
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Cash-strapped Brighton struck a blow for the have-nots of English football on Wednesday by dumping moneybags Manchester City out of the League Cup.

The League One side scored a last-minute equaliser to force their second round tie into extra-time and went on to clinch a third-round date with Derby by winning the penalty shoot-out 5-3.

It was a sharp reminder for City, newly-rich following their takeover by Abu Dhabi United Group, that money alone cannot buy success and Mark Hughes's men only had themselves to blame for their embarrassing evening on the south coast.

City had appeared to be coasting to victory inside the 90 minutes after Swiss midfielder Gelson Fernandes's deflected shot put them ahead just after the hour mark.

But complacency crept in and sloppy defending ensured they were forced into extra-time when Glen Murray equalised in the final minute of regulation time.

Joe Anyinsah then put Brighton ahead five minutes into extra-time and it was not until eight minutes from the end of the second period that Stephen Ireland forced the tie to penalties.

And when it came to the crunch, it was Brighton's unheralded stars who held their nerve, producing five textbook strikes while City defender Michael Ball missed his side's fourth effort to hand victory to Mickey Adams's side.

Elsewhere, Tottenham earned some breathing space for under-pressure boss Juande Ramos with a 2-1 win over Newcastle that sent the League Cup holders into the fourth round of the competition on Wednesday.

Second-half goals from Russian striker Roman Paylyuchenko -- his first for the club -- and midfielder Jamie O'Hara, gave the club currently propping up the English Premier League their first win of the season.

There was no such respite for managerless Newcastle, for whom Michael Owen scored a consolation effort in the last minute. On the evidence of this supine display, the Magpies could find it harder to get out of the EPL's relegation zone than Tottenham will.

Chelsea, the side beaten by Spurs in last year's final, marched into the fourth round with a convincing 4-0 win at Portsmouth in which Frank Lampard continued his superb early season form.

The midfielder has been outstanding for club and country since the uncertainty over his future was resolved before the start of this campaign and he capped another all-action display with two goals at Fratton Park, the first from the penalty spot.

Florent Malouda and Salomon Kalou were also on target for Luiz Felipe Scolari's near full-strength side, in which Didier Drogba made his first start of the season.

Championship side QPR produced a shock when they knocked out high-flying Aston Villa with a 1-0 win at Villa Park.

The most notable result since the west London club was taken over by Formula One tycoons Flavio Briatore and Bernie Ecclestone was secured by a Damion Stewart header just before the hour mark with Daniel Parejo - on loan from Real Madrid - the supplier of the cross.

Ipswich were made to pay for missing a string of first-half chances as they went down to a 4-1 defeat at home to Wigan.

Jonathan Walters cancelled out Lee Cattermole's opener for Wigan but goals from Olivier Kapo, Paul Scharner and Henri Camara saw the Premier League outfit run out convincing winners.

Martin Olsson's 10th-minute strike proved enough for Blackburn to overcome a weakened Everton at Ewood Park.

The left-back played a neat one-two with Robbie Fowler before beating Tim Howard with a low shot for his first goal for Blackburn.

The win was marred for Paul Ince's side by an apparently serious injury to goalkeeper Paul Robinson, who was forced off shortly after Olsson's strike.

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