Aston Villa and Spurs both crashed out of the Carling in a night of drama in the third round as Arsenal, Manchester United, Wolves and Aldershot were amongst those that made it into the hat for the fourth round draw.
Chris Eagles and on-loan Gael Kakuta scored as Bolton ended their poor run of form with a morale boosting win at Villa Park, both goals coming in the second half while the dreaded penalty shoot out was needed to separate Stoke and Spurs after a goal less draw at the Britannia, Thomas Sorensen was the Stoke’s hero as his diving save denied Massimo Luongo and gave his side a thrilling 7-6 penalty shoot-out win.
Out of sorts Arsenal came from a goal down to beat Shrewsbury 3-1, second-half goals from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – on his full debut – and Yossi Benayoun sealing the win while another League Two side, Aldershot caused a minor upset with a 2-1 home win over League One Rochdale
Fabio Coloccini’s header in the dying seconds of extra-time gave Newcastle a thrilling 4-3 victory over Steve McClaren’s Nottingham Forest at the City Ground while another Blackburn also escaped a shock when they beat League One strugglers Leyton Orient 3-2 at Ewood Park, late goals from Ruben Rochina (2) and Simon Vukcevic saving Steve Kean blushes.
Elsewhere Michael Owen scored twice as Manchester United make light work of there trip to Elland Road to face Leeds. A much changed Man U side which featured Michael Carrick as a makeshift centre half scored all their goals in a dominant first half.
Crystal Palace 2 – 1 Middlesbrough
Aldershot 2 – 1 Rochdale
Arsenal 3 – 1 Shrewsbury
Aston Villa 0 – 2 Bolton Wanderers
Burnley 2 – 1 Milton Keynes Dons
Leeds United 0 – 3 Manchester United
Nottingham Forest 3 – 4 Newcastle United
Stoke City 0- 0 Tottenham Hotspur – Stoke win 7-6 on penalties
Wolverhampton Wanderers 5 – 0 Millwall
Blackburn Rovers 3 – 2 Leyton Orient