London - Arsenal and Everton both suffered third-round exits
from the Capital One Cup on Tuesday, while Liverpool survived an epic
penalty shootout to take their place in the fourth round.
Arsenal were beaten 2-1 at home by Southampton, while Everton were outgunned 3-0 at Swansea.
Alexis Sanchez put Arsenal ahead with a brilliant free
kick on 14 minutes at the Emirates but a penalty from Dusan Tadic and a
goal by Nathaniel Clyne won it for Ronald Koeman's Southampton side.
"It's disappointing because we had a good start, but we
made big errors when we had the ball," Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger
said. "We gave a lot but it's frustrating.
"I cannot fault the attitude. The reason we lost is because of our opponent's performance. It is not the players' fault."
Everton were humbled at Swansea thanks to goals from Nathan Dyer, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Marvin Emnes.
"The scoreline reflects the team that took the
chances," said Everton manager Roberto Martinez, who made a number of
changes to his usual first-choice side.
"During long spells we stopped Swansea from playing. It
was an important game for us - for players who haven't played many
minutes and to see where they are.
"If you analyse the chances Swansea had, they were few
and far between. We had two or three very good situations. In many
aspects, I was fairly pleased with that."
Swansea manager Garry Monk described his team's display as: "very professional."
"We played a very good team in Everton. We started well
and created quite a few good chances. We took the goals very well.
Everyone knows how we've done in the cup in recent history. It's an
important competition to the fans."
Liverpool squeezed into the hat for the fourth round
after winning a penalty shootout 14-13 against Middlesbrough, having
drawn 2-2 after extra time.
A mistake by Raheem Sterling gave Middlesbrough a second equalizer with almost the last kick of the game.
Sterling missed his spot-kick that would have won it
for Liverpool and the two sides had to go round a second time, with each
goalkeeper taking and scoring a penalty themselves.
But Liverpool won it 14-13 when Albert Admoah sent his second penalty well wide.
Last year's finalists, Sunderland, were also sent
packing from the competition, beaten 2-1 at home by fellow Premier
League side Stoke City, with Marc Muniesa scoring both goals.
Among the night's other ties, Fulham were among the
sides to go through as they beat Doncaster, while Shrewsbury of League
Two won 1-0 at Norwich.