ManU get hard fought win

Brazilian Anderson (right) scored Manchester United’s first goal.

MANCHESTER – Manchester United battled past a resurgent Newcastle at home today to earn a Capital One Cup fourth round tie at Chelsea.

Anderson scored when he marched towards the visitors’ defence just before half-time and fired into the bottom corner.

England midfielder Tom Cleverley, 23, made it 2-0 from 18 yards with his first Manchester United goal.

But after Papiss Cisse came on, he almost sent the game to extra time when he scored with a close-range header and hit the bar with an overhead effort. The Senegalese striker was rested alongside a number of other Newcastle first-teamers, but he made a real impact by scoring two minutes after coming on and Dan Gosling could also have equalised with a tame late effort.

United’s Javier Hernandez also hit the bar after Cisse’s goal, but the hosts were hanging on as Alan Pardew’s side finished strongly.

Wayne Rooney returned to the side after suffering a nasty leg injury against Fulham a month ago, and Darren Fletcher was made captain on his first start in 10 months, but Cisse’s introduction put pressure on a young back four that had just two senior appearances between them.

For most of the game, debutants Scott Wooton and Marnick Vermijl, alongside Michael Keane and Alex Buttner, coped well, with Buttner impressing down the left.

Meanwhile Olivier Giroud scored his first goal for Arsenal as a strong second half earned them an easy 6-1 win over Coventry.

Giroud latched on to Francis Coquelin’s pass to open the scoring but the French striker then missed a penalty.

On his first start since January, Andrey Arshavin set up Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain before scoring himself.

Theo Walcott then grabbed the first of two goals before Callum Ball replied for the visitors as Ignasi Miquel added to a healthy Gunners victory.In another encounter goals from Jan Vertonghen, Andros Townsend and Gylfi Sigurdsson gave Tottenham a 3-0 victory over Carlisle to earn them a trip to Norwich in the last 16 of the competition. Pavel Pogrebnyak grabbed the winner for Reading as they twice came back from a goal down to beat QPR 3-2 today as well.

Junior Hoilett finished a solo run with a shot into the bottom corner to put the hosts ahead before Kaspars Gorkss headed in a leveller.

Djibril Cisse’s powerful shot put QPR back in front only for Nicky Shorey’s free-kick to haul Reading level again.

Pogrebnyak flicked in a winner and even had a penalty saved as Reading won.And, Nuri Sahin struck a late winner as holders Liverpool beat West Brom. The Reds quickly went behind when keeper Brad Jones dropped a free-kick and Gabriel Tamas drove in a shot.

Sahin levelled when his strike squirmed under keeper Ben Foster before striker Jerome Sinclair, 16, came on to become Liverpool’s youngest ever player.

The visitors then produced a well-worked move and winger Oussama Assaidi crossed for Sahin to tap in a winner.Premier League side Norwich also defeated Doncaster 1-0. (BBC)

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