Manchester City returned to winning ways with a 4-1 win at Sunderland in the Capital One Cup, with £100M signings – Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling scoring.
City went into the game on the back of successive 2-1 defeats to Juventus and West Ham.
Sergio Aguero started opened scoring in the 10th minute from the penalty spot before De Bruyne, Vito Mannone’s own goal and Sterling made it 4-0.
Ola Toivonen’s scored a late consolation goal for the Black Cats.
Gerard Deulofeu’s 25-yard free-kick helped Everton come from behind as Reading were beaten 2-1 in the Capital One Cup third round.
Nick Blackman gave Reading the lead, but Ross Barkley and Deulofeu struck after the break as Everton marched through to the last 16.
Aston Villa edged out Birmingham 1-0 with Rudy Gestede’s second-half header earning the Villans a narrow victory.
Villa had lost their last two games, and their last two derbies, to West Brom and Leicester before being booed off at the break here.
In-form premier league sides Leicester City and West Ham clashed, with Leicester defeating West Ham 2-1 after extra time.
Andy King struck the winner for Claudio Ranieri’s in-form side four minutes from time.
Leicester’s Joe Dodoo opened the scoring in the sixth minute, but Mauro Zarate cancelled it out for West Ham 20 minutes later.
Bournemouth reached the Capital One Cup fourth round with a 3-2 penalty shoot-out victory at Preston after the match had ended 2-2 AET.
Goalkeeper Adam Federici proved the hero after saving three penalties for the Cherries at Deepdale.
The game finished 2-2 after Shaun MacDonald had opened the scoring and Jordan Hugill had equalised in the 84th minute to force extra time.
The Cherries went ahead again through Marc Pugh, but Daniel Johnson slotted a 118th minute penalty to force a shoot-out.
Peter Crouch’s first goal of the season helped Stoke into the Capital One Cup fourth round after a 1-0 win over Fulham at Craven Cottage.
Peter Odemwingie drove a shot just wide of the post before exchanging passes with Crouch, who finished well despite close attention from Richard Stearman.
Albert Adomah’s brace guided Middlesbrough to a 3-0 win over fellow Championship side Wolves, with Diego Fabbrini also finding the net.
David Meyler’s strike helped Hull City defeat 2013 winners Swansea.
The match at the KC Stadium also witnessed the return to action of Jake Livermore, who managed 69 minutes in his first appearance since May, when he was suspended following a positive cocaine test.
Capital One Cup
Aston Villa 1 – 0 Birmingham City
Fulham 0 – 1 Stoke City
Hull City 1 – 0 Swansea City
Leicester City 2 – 1 West Ham United
Middlesbrough 3 – 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Preston North End 2 – 2 AFC Bournemouth
Sunderland 1 – 4 Manchester City
Reading 1 – 2 Everton