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Ngog strike sees Liverpool struggle past Leeds

LIVERPOOL overcame a determined challenge from once-mighty rival Leeds United with a 1-0 win at Elland Road in the third round of the League Cup on Tuesday.

Leeds, currently top of League One (division three) but Liverpool's equals for decades until its relegation from the top flight five years ago, succumbed to a superbly executed 66th minute goal scored by 20-year-old French striker David Ngog who span and sidefooted past Leeds keeper Shane Higgs.

"I have to be patient because I know I can't play in every game," he told Sky Sports, "but I know the manager has confidence in me and I was delighted to score."

Leeds had plenty of chances to score and thought it had taken the lead when Jermaine Beckford's first-half effort was touched over the line by Luciano Beccio, but the goal was disallowed by a controversial offside call by the linesman.

Old memories were also being revived at the Britannia Stadium where Stoke City and Blackpool, the two clubs Stanley Matthews played for between 1932 and 1965, fought out a seven-goal thriller, with Premier League Stoke winning 4-3 after Andy Griffin's winner six minutes into stoppage time.

While Blackpool lost its chance of a Premier League scalp, Championship (second division) side Barnsley claimed one when it beat last season's semifinalist Burnley 3-2 at Oakwell with Argentine defender Hugo Colace scoring the 75th minute decider.

Arsenal, fielding eight teenagers, beat Championship leaders West Bromwich Albion 2-0 at home with 18-year-old London-born striker Sanchez Watt opening the scoring on his debut and Carlos Vela adding the other. West Brom's cause was not helped when former Arsenal trainee Jerome Thomas was sent off in the first half.

Portsmouth, bottom of the Premier League, won 3-1 at League One (third division) Carlisle United but had to come from behind before advancing to the last 16 and Saturday's fourth round draw.


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