English Premiership

Tottenham stunned by fourth-tier Colchester in League Cup

Mauricio Pochettino (Getty Image)
Mauricio Pochettino (Getty Image)

London - Tottenham's disappointing start to the season hit a new low as they suffered an embarrassing League Cup third-round defeat on penalties at fourth-tier Colchester on Tuesday.

Mauricio Pochettino's side were held to a 0-0 draw in normal time before losing 4-3 on penalties against opponents currently 10th in League Two.

Christian Eriksen's opening spot-kick was saved and Lucas Moura hit the crossbar before Tom Lapslie scored the winning penalty to spark a pitch invasion from Colchester's jubilant fans.

It was the first time Tottenham manager Pochettino had been knocked out of a domestic cup competition against lower-league opposition.

The shock defeat extended Tottenham's poor run, which included a 2-1 loss at Leicester in the Premier League on Saturday.

"Colchester made a fantastic game, it was difficult. We are so disappointed we could not score in 90 minutes," Pochettino said.

"That's the beauty of the competition, always something can happen. We wanted to go further but we are out."

After finishing as Champions League runners-up last season, Tottenham were expected to kick on this season but instead they have struggled to find any consistency.

Pochettino has grumbled about the distractions of the transfer window, with Eriksen and several other players linked with moves that never materialised.

As a result, Tottenham have looked a disjointed team, with two-goal leads squandered in draws at Arsenal and Olympiakos.

The upset was the biggest setback so far for Pochettino, who made 10 changes to his side but could still call on enough quality players to expect a win against a team 71 places below them in the football pyramid.

There were debuts for 17-year-old Troy Parrott and 20-year-old Japhet Tanganga, while Eric Dier made his first appearance of the season alongside Dele Alli in midfield.

But Tottenham laboured badly and could not find the breakthrough as Colchester followed up their second-round win against Crystal Palace with an even bigger scalp on a memorable night that ranked alongside the club's famous FA Cup success against Leeds in 1971.

With Pochettino yet to win his first trophy as Tottenham boss and the club without silverware since the 2008 League Cup, this was another blow to their flagging morale.

Slick City

Holders Manchester City won 3-0 at Championship club Preston as they made a smooth start to their bid to win the League Cup for a third successive season.

Raheem Sterling's fine solo effort put City ahead and Gabriel Jesus doubled the lead with a crisp strike before Ryan Ledson's own goal made it three.

Gabriel Martinelli scored his first goals in English football and Rob Holding enjoyed a dream return from injury as Arsenal crushed second-tier Nottingham Forest 5-0.

Martinelli, making his first Gunners start following a summer move from Brazilian club Ituano, claimed the first-half opener before completing the scoring in stoppage time.

Defender Holding, out for more than nine months with a serious knee problem, powerfully headed home the first of four goals in the final 19 minutes, with Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson also on target.

Southampton routed third-tier Portsmouth 4-0 in the first meeting between the fierce south-coast since 2012, with Danny Ings scoring twice for his boyhood club in their first win at Fratton Park for 35 years.

Danny Welbeck scored his first goal for 11 months in Watford's 2-1 win over Swansea.

Leicester thrashed Luton 4-0 and Everton won 2-0 at Sheffield Wednesday.

English League Cup results on Tuesday:

Third round

Arsenal 5 (Martinelli 31, 90, Holding 71, Willock 77, Nelson 84) Nottingham Forest 0

Colchester 0 Tottenham 0 (Colchester won 4-3 on penalties)

Crawley 1 (Ferguson 38) Stoke 1 (Vokes 23) (Crawley won 5-3 on penalties)

Luton 0 Leicester 4 (Gray 34, Justin 44, Tielemans 79, Iheanacho 86)

Portsmouth 0 Southampton 4 (Ings 21, 44, Cedric 77, Redmond 87)

Preston 0 Manchester City 3 (Sterling 20, Jesus 35, Ledson 42-og)

Sheffield Wednesday 0 Everton 2 (Calvert-Lewin 6, 10)

Watford 2 (Welbeck 28, Pereyra 79) Swansea 1 (Surridge 34)

Playing on Wednesday (20:45 SA time unless stated)

Brighton v Aston Villa

Burton v Bournemouth

Chelsea v Grimsby

MK Dons v Liverpool

Oxford v West Ham

Sheffield United v Sunderland

Wolves v Reading

Manchester United v Rochdale (21:00)

Sat 19 Sep 20 16:00 PM (SAST)
Leeds United
Elland Road
Sat 19 Sep 20 18:30 PM (SAST)
Manchester United
Crystal Palace
Old Trafford
Sat 19 Sep 20 21:00 PM (SAST)
West Ham United
Emirates Stadium
Sat 19 Sep 20
Everton 5
West Bromwich Albion 2
Mon 14 Sep 20
Brighton & Hove Albion 1
Chelsea 3
Mon 14 Sep 20
Sheffield United 0
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2
1. Everton
2. Arsenal
3. Leicester City
4. Chelsea