2015–16 Football League Cup

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2015–16 Football League Cup
Capital One Cup, League Cup
Country England
 Wales
Dates11 August 2015 – 28 February 2016
Teams92
Defending championsChelsea
ChampionsManchester City (4th title)
Runners-upLiverpool
Matches played93
Goals scored284 (3.05 per match)
Attendance1,430,554 (15,382 per match)
Top goal scorer(s)Kevin De Bruyne
(5 goals)

The 2015–16 Football League Cup (known as the Capital One Cup for sponsorship purposes) was the 56th season of the Football League Cup. It began on 11 August 2015 and concluded on 28 February 2016.[1] It is a knock-out competition for the top 92 football clubs played in English football league system.

Chelsea were the defending champions, having beaten Tottenham Hotspur 2–0 in the previous season's final.[2] However, they were eliminated in the fourth round by Stoke City on penalties.

Manchester City won the final on 28 February, defeating Liverpool 3–1 in a penalty shoot-out after the match had finished 1–1 after extra-time.[3]

This was the final season in which the tournament was known as the Football League Cup, as it was renamed the EFL Cup in 2016 after the Football League was rebranded as the English Football League (EFL).[4]

Format[edit]

The League Cup is open to all 92 members of the Premier League and the Football League and is divided into seven rounds, organised so that 32 teams remain by the third round.[5] Teams involved in European competition during the season receive a bye to the third round, the remaining Premier League teams enter at the second round, and the remaining Football League teams enter at the first round.[5]

The League Cup is played as a knockout cup competition with each tie, except semi-finals, being played as a single match with the winner advancing to the next round. The semi-finals are played over two legs, with each team playing one leg at home, and the team that scores more goals on aggregate over the two legs advances to the finals. If the score is level after 90 minutes, or if the aggregate score is level for semi-finals, then thirty minutes of extra time is played, divided into two fifteen-minutes halves. If the aggregate scores in semi-finals are still level at the end of extra time the tie shall be decided by goals scored away from home counting twice, according to away goals rule. If the tie has not been decided during extra time, it will be decided by penalty shoot-out.[6]

In the first five rounds, the team drawn first will play at home ground, and in the semi-finals the team drawn first will play the first leg at home. The final shall be played on a neutral ground.[6]

Team allocation[edit]

92 teams from the top four English tiers (Premier League, Football League Championship, Football League One and Football League Two) participated.

Distribution[edit]

The tournament was organised so that 32 teams remained by the third round.[5] Teams involved in European competition received a bye to the third round, the remaining Premier League teams entered at the second round, and the remaining Football League teams entered at the first round.[5]

  • Teams involved in European competition enter at the third round.
  • The remaining Premier League teams entered at the second round.
  • The remaining Football League teams entered at the first round.
Clubs entering in this round Clubs advancing from previous round
First round
(72 clubs)
  • 24 clubs from Football League Two
  • 24 clubs from Football League One
  • 24 clubs from Football League Championship
  • N/A
Second round
(48 clubs)
  • 12 Premier League clubs (not involved in European competition)
  • 36 winners from first round
Third round
(32 clubs)
  • 8 Premier League clubs (involved in European competition)
  • 24 winners from second round
Fourth round
(16 clubs)
  • No other entries
  • 16 winners from third round
Fifth round
(8 clubs)
  • No other entries
  • 8 winners from fourth round
Semi-finals
(4 clubs)
  • No other entries
  • 4 winners from fifth round
Final
(2 clubs)
  • No other entries
  • 2 winners from semi-finals

Teams[edit]

The labels in the parentheses show how each team qualified for the place of its starting round (the numbers are positions from previous league season meaning that teams promoted to Premier League is listed as Championship teams but ranked above the teams relegated to Football League Championship, and the same applies for all other promotions and relegations):

  • PL: Premier League
  • CH: Football League Championship
  • L1: Football League One
  • L2: Football League Two
  • FC: Football Conference
  • 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, etc.: League position
Third round
Chelsea (PL 1st) Arsenal (PL 3rd) Tottenham Hotspur (PL 5th) Southampton (PL 7th)
Manchester City (PL 2nd) Manchester United (PL 4th) Liverpool (PL 6th) West Ham United (PL 12th)
Second round
Swansea City (PL 8th) Everton (PL 11th) Newcastle United (PL 15th) AFC Bournemouth (CH 1st)
Stoke City (PL 9th) West Bromwich Albion (PL 13th) Sunderland (PL 16th) Watford (CH 2nd)
Crystal Palace (PL 10th) Leicester City (PL 14th) Aston Villa (PL 17th) Norwich City (CH 3rd)
First round
Hull City (PL 18th) Reading (CH 19th) Doncaster Rovers (L1 13th) Plymouth Argyle (L2 7th)
Burnley (PL 19th) Brighton & Hove Albion (CH 20th) Walsall (L1 14th) Luton Town (L2 8th)
Queens Park Rangers (PL 20th) Rotherham United (CH 21st) Oldham Athletic (L1 15th) Newport County (L2 9th)
Middlesbrough (CH 4th) Bristol City (L1 1st) Scunthorpe United (L1 16th) Exeter City (L2 10th)
Brentford (CH 5th) Milton Keynes Dons (L1 2nd) Coventry City (L1 17th) Morecambe (L2 11th)
Ipswich Town (CH 6th) Preston North End (L1 3rd) Port Vale (L1 18th) Northampton Town (L2 12th)
Wolverhampton Wanderers (CH 7th) Millwall (CH 22nd) Colchester United (L1 19th) Oxford United (L2 13th)
Derby County (CH 8th) Wigan Athletic (CH 23rd) Crewe Alexandra (L1 20th) Dagenham & Redbridge (L2 14th)
Blackburn Rovers (CH 9th) Blackpool (CH 24th) Burton Albion (L2 1st) AFC Wimbledon (L2 15th)
Birmingham City (CH 10th) Swindon Town (L1 4th) Shrewsbury Town (L2 2nd) Portsmouth (L2 16th)
Cardiff City (CH 11th) Sheffield United (L1 5th) Bury (L2 3rd) Accrington Stanley (L2 17th)
Charlton Athletic (CH 12th) Chesterfield (L1 6th) Southend United (L2 5th) York City (L2 18th)
Sheffield Wednesday (CH 13th) Bradford City (L1 7th) Notts County (L1 21st) Cambridge United (L2 19th)
Nottingham Forest (CH 14th) Rochdale (L1 8th) Crawley Town (L1 22nd) Carlisle United (L2 20th)
Leeds United (CH 15th) Peterborough United (L1 9th) Leyton Orient (L1 23rd) Mansfield Town (L2 21st)
Huddersfield Town (CH 16th) Fleetwood Town (L1 10th) Yeovil Town (L1 24th) Hartlepool United (L2 22nd)
Fulham (CH 17th) Barnsley (L1 11th) Wycombe Wanderers (L2 4th) Barnet (FC 1st)
Bolton Wanderers (CH 18th) Gillingham (L1 12th) Stevenage (L2 6th) Bristol Rovers (FC 2nd)

Round and draw dates[edit]

The schedule was as follows.[1][7]

Round Draw date First leg Second leg
First round 16 June 2016[8] 10 August 2016
Second round 13 August 2016[9] 24 August 2016
Third round 25 August 2016[10] 21 September 2016
Fourth round 23 September 2016[11] 26 October 2016
Fifth round 28 October 2016 30 November 2016
Semi-finals 2 December 2016 4 January 2017 25 January 2017
Final 28 February 2017

Note: Matches are played the week commencing on dates above, except the final which is fixed on the 28 February 2017.

First round[edit]

Seeding[edit]

A total of 72 teams played in the first round: 24 teams from League Two (tier 4), 24 teams from League One (tier 3), and 24 teams from the Championship (tier 2).[8] The draw for the first round was held on 16 June 2015.[12] (Note: The numbers in parentheses are the tier for the team during the 2015–16 season.)

Seeded Unseeded

Barnsley (3)
Birmingham City (2)
Blackburn Rovers (2)
Blackpool (3)
Bolton Wanderers (2)
Bradford City (3)
Brentford (2)
Brighton & Hove Albion (2)
Bristol City (2)
Burnley (2)
Cardiff City (2)
Charlton Athletic (2)

Chesterfield (3)
Derby County (2)
Fleetwood Town (3)
Fulham (2)
Gillingham (3)
Huddersfield Town (2)
Hull City (2)
Ipswich Town
Leeds United (2)
Middlesbrough (2)
Millwall (3)
Milton Keynes Dons (2)

Nottingham Forest (2)
Peterborough United (3)
Preston North End (2)
Queens Park Rangers (2)
Reading (2)
Rochdale (3)
Rotherham United (2)
Sheffield United (3)
Sheffield Wednesday (2)
Swindon Town (3)
Wigan Athletic (3)
Wolverhampton Wanderers (2)

Accrington Stanley (4)
AFC Wimbledon (4)
Barnet (4)
Bristol Rovers (4)
Burton Albion (3)
Bury (3)
Cambridge United (4)
Carlisle United (4)
Colchester United (3)
Coventry City (3)
Crawley Town (4)
Crewe Alexandra (3)

Dagenham & Redbridge (4)
Doncaster Rovers (3)
Exeter City (4)
Hartlepool United (4)
Leyton Orient (4)
Luton Town (4)
Mansfield Town (4)
Morecambe (4)
Newport County (4)
Northampton Town (4)
Notts County (4)
Oldham Athletic (3)

Oxford United (4)
Plymouth Argyle (4)
Port Vale (3)
Portsmouth (4)
Scunthorpe United (3)
Shrewsbury Town (3)
Southend United (3)
Stevenage (4)
Walsall (3)
Wycombe Wanderers (4)
Yeovil Town (4)
York City (4)

Matches[edit]

The matches were played in the week commencing 10 August 2015.[1][7]

11 August 2015 Accrington Stanley (4)2–2 (a.e.t.)
(3–4 p)
Hull City (2) Accrington
19:45 BST Crooks Goal 105'
Gornell Goal 115'
Report Akpom Goal 92'
Luer Goal 108'
Stadium: Crown Ground
Attendance: 2,118
Referee: David Webb
Penalties
Mingoia Penalty scored
Windass Penalty scored
Kee Penalty missed
McConville Penalty missed
Gornell Penalty scored
Crooks Penalty missed
Penalty scored Luer
Penalty missed Maguire
Penalty scored Huddlestone
Penalty scored Akpom
Penalty missed Meyler
Penalty scored Davies
11 August 2015 Blackburn Rovers (2)1–2 Shrewsbury Town (3) Blackburn
19:45 BST Lawrence Goal 30' (o.g.) Report Collins Goal 9'
Barnett Goal 32'
Stadium: Ewood Park
Attendance: 5,280
Referee: Geoff Eltringham
11 August 2015 Brentford (2)0–4 Oxford United (4) Brentford, London
19:45 BST Report Sercombe Goal 5'
Hylton Goal 9'
Roofe Goal 12'
Mullins Goal 54'
Stadium: Griffin Park
Attendance: 5,177
Referee: Lee Collins
11 August 2015 Bristol Rovers (4)1–2 Birmingham City (2) Bristol
19:45 BST Harrison Goal 65' Report Maghoma Goal 57'
Shinnie Goal 68'
Stadium: Memorial Stadium
Attendance: 5,650
Referee: Andy Davies
11 August 2015 Cardiff City (2) 1–0AFC Wimbledon (4)Cardiff, Wales
19:45 BST Noone Goal 45' Report Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium
Attendance: 6,314
Referee: Brendan Malone
11 August 2015 Carlisle United (4) 3–1 (a.e.t.)Chesterfield (3)Carlisle
19:45 BST Ibehre Goal 75'108'
Osei Goal 120'
Report Dieseruvwe Goal 84' Stadium: Brunton Park
Attendance: 2,950
Referee: Sebastian Stockbridge
11 August 2015 Charlton Athletic (2) 4–1Dagenham & Redbridge (4)Charlton, London
19:45 BST Watt Goal 26'
Ahearne-Grant Goal 40'
Bergdich Goal 57'
Ghoochannejhad Goal 77'
Report Doidge Goal 69' Stadium: The Valley
Attendance: 5,100
Referee: Stuart Attwell
11 August 2015 Colchester United (3)0–1 (a.e.t.) Reading (2) Colchester
19:45 BST Report Gunter Goal 115' Stadium: Colchester Community Stadium
Attendance: 2,706
Referee: Darren Drysdale
11 August 2015 Fleetwood Town (3)0–1 Hartlepool United (4) Fleetwood
19:45 BST Report Paynter Goal 58' Stadium: Highbury Stadium
Attendance: 1,892
Referee: Gary Sutton
11 August 2015 Huddersfield Town (2)1–2 Notts County (4) Huddersfield
19:45 BST Wallace Goal 35' Report Noble Goal 42'56' Stadium: John Smith's Stadium
Attendance: 4,238
Referee: Jeremy Simpson
11 August 2015 Ipswich Town (2) 2–1Stevenage (4)Ipswich
19:45 BST Yorwerth Goal 55'
Tabb Goal 76'
Report Berra Goal 34' (o.g.) Stadium: Portman Road
Attendance: 10,449
Referee: Frederick Graham
11 August 2015 Luton Town (4) 3–1Bristol City (2)Luton
19:45 BST Marriott Goal 44'63'
Benson Goal 59'
Report Robinson Goal 71' Stadium: Kenilworth Road
Attendance: 3,948
Referee: James Linington
11 August 2015 Millwall (3)1–2 (a.e.t.) Barnet (4) Bermondsey, London
19:45 BST Morison Goal 76' Report Akinde Goal 11' (pen.)
Yiadom Goal 102'
Stadium: The Den
Attendance: 4,454
Referee: Andrew Madley
11 August 2015 Milton Keynes Dons (2) 2–1Leyton Orient (4)Milton Keynes
19:45 BST Baudry Goal 90' (o.g.)
Baker Goal 90'
Report Lewington Goal 36' (o.g.) Stadium: Stadium mk
Attendance: 5,444
Referee: Simon Hooper
11 August 2015 Morecambe (4)0–1 Sheffield United (3) Morecambe
19:45 BST Report Collins Goal 90' Stadium: Globe Arena
Attendance: 2,168
Referee: Stephen Martin
11 August 2015 Northampton Town (4) 3–0Blackpool (3)Northampton
19:45 BST Hackett Goal 20'
Calvert-Lewin Goal 24'
Hoskins Goal 29'
Report Stadium: Sixfields Stadium
Attendance: 2,549
Referee: James Adcock
11 August 2015 Nottingham Forest (2)3–4 Walsall (3) Nottingham
19:45 BST Walker Goal 32'
Antonio Goal 81'90'
Report Bradshaw Goal 11'14'90' (pen.)
Sawyers Goal 79'
Stadium: City Ground
Attendance: 5,237
Referee: Darren Handley
11 August 2015 Peterborough United (3) 2–0Crawley Town (4)Peterborough
19:45 BST Washington Goal 2'
Maddison Goal 49'
Report Stadium: London Road Stadium
Attendance: 2,500
Referee: Rob Lewis
11 August 2015 Plymouth Argyle (4)1–2 Gillingham (3) Plymouth
19:45 BST Tanner Goal 78' Report Dack Goal 85'
Hessenthaler Goal 87'
Stadium: Home Park
Attendance: 5,120
Referee: Kevin Johnson
11 August 2015 Port Vale (3) 1–0Burnley (2)Burslem
19:45 BST Moore Goal 82' Report Stadium: Vale Park
Attendance: 4,634
Referee: Trevor Kettle
11 August 2015 Rochdale (3) 1–1 (a.e.t.)
(5–3 p)
Coventry City (3)Rochdale
19:45 BST McDermott Goal 45' Report Tudgay Goal 84' Stadium: Spotland Stadium
Attendance: 1,986
Referee: Eddie Ilderton
Penalties
Rose Penalty scored
Henderson Penalty scored
Kennedy Penalty scored
Rafferty Penalty scored
Andrew Penalty scored
Penalty scored Tudgay
Penalty scored Morris
Penalty scored Maddison
Penalty missed Lameiras
11 August 2015 Rotherham United (2) 1–0Cambridge United (4)Rotherham
19:45 BST Bowery Goal 45' Report Stadium: New York Stadium
Attendance: 4,568
Referee: Christopher Sarginson
11 August 2015 Scunthorpe United (3)1–1 (a.e.t.)
(6–7 p)
Barnsley (3) Scunthorpe
19:45 BST Madden Goal 52' (pen.) Report Scowen Goal 47' (pen.) Stadium: Glanford Park
Attendance: 3,003
Referee: Graham Salisbury
Penalties
Madden Penalty scored
Hopper Penalty scored
Adelakun Penalty scored
Laird Penalty scored
Bishop Penalty scored
Van Veen Penalty missed
Mirfin Penalty scored
McAllister Penalty missed
Penalty scored Winnall
Penalty scored Hourihane
Penalty scored Scowen
Penalty scored Mawson
Penalty scored Roberts
Penalty missed Pearson
Penalty scored Nyatanga
Penalty scored Bree
11 August 2015 Sheffield Wednesday (2) 4–1Mansfield Town (4)Sheffield
19:45 BST João Goal 13'
Semedo Goal 19'
Lee Goal 53'
Sougou Goal 84'
Report Tafazolli Goal 45' Stadium: Hillsborough Stadium
Attendance: 14,021
Referee: Mark Brown
11 August 2015 Southend United (3)0–1 Brighton & Hove Albion (2) Southend
19:45 BST Report LuaLua Goal 90' Stadium: Roots Hall
Attendance: 4,485
Referee: Iain Williamson
11 August 2015 Swindon Town (3)1–2 Exeter City (4) Swindon
19:45 BST Obika Goal 65' Report Nicholls Goal 37'
Wheeler Goal 42'
Stadium: County Ground
Attendance: 4,693
Referee: Charles Breakspear
11 August 2015 Wigan Athletic (3)1–2 Bury (3) Wigan
19:45 BST Grigg Goal 46' (pen.) Report L. Clarke Goal 63'89' (pen.) Stadium: DW Stadium
Attendance: 5,484
Referee: Mark Heywood
11 August 2015 Wolverhampton Wanderers (2) 2–1Newport County (4)Wolverhampton
19:45 BST Dicko Goal 16'
Afobe Goal 58' (pen.)
Report Boden Goal 6' Stadium: Molineux Stadium
Attendance: 9,586
Referee: Darren Bond
11 August 2015 Wycombe Wanderers (4)0–1 Fulham (2) High Wycombe
19:45 BST Report Kačaniklić Goal 69' Stadium: Adams Park
Attendance: 4,012
Referee: Gavin Ward
11 August 2015 Yeovil Town (4)0–3 Queens Park Rangers (2) Yeovil
19:45 BST Report Polter Goal 16'
Emmanuel-Thomas Goal 20'
Onouha Goal 56'
Stadium: Huish Park
Attendance: 4,058
Referee: Oliver Langford
11 August 2015 York City (4) 2–2 (a.e.t.)
(4–2 p)
Bradford City (3)York
19:45 BST Summerfield Goal 49' (pen.)
James Berrett Goal 85'
Report Routis Goal 21'
Hanson Goal 90'
Stadium: Bootham Crescent
Attendance: 4,201
Referee: Mark Haywood
Penalties
Lowe Penalty scored
Hyde Penalty missed
Berrett Penalty scored
Thompson Penalty scored
Carson Penalty scored
Penalty missed McMahon
Penalty scored Morris
Penalty missed Routis
Penalty scored Hanson
11 August 2015 Bolton Wanderers (2)0–1 Burton Albion (3) Bolton
20:00 BST Report Palmer Goal 87' Stadium: Macron Stadium
Attendance: 5,842
Referee: Richard Clark
12 August 2015 Crewe Alexandra (3)1–3 Preston North End (2) Crewe
19:45 BST King Goal 36' Report Hugill Goal 5' (pen.)
Keane Goal 13'
Brownhill Goal 86'
Stadium: Gresty Road
Attendance: 2,852
Referee: Scott Duncan
12 August 2015 Oldham Athletic (3)1–3 Middlesbrough (2) Oldham
19:45 BST Philliskirk Goal 90' Report Wildschut Goal 23'
Stuani Goal 41'61'
Stadium: Boundary Park
Attendance: 4,182
Referee: Carl Boyeson
12 August 2015 Portsmouth (4) 2–1Derby County (2)Portsmouth
19:45 BST McGurk Goal 49'
Chaplin Goal 76'
Report Shackell Goal 73' Stadium: Fratton Park
Attendance: 11,573
Referee: Paul Tierney
13 August 2015 Doncaster Rovers (3) 1–1 (a.e.t.)
(4–2 p)
Leeds United (2)Doncaster
19:45 BST Williams Goal 31' (pen.) Report L. Cook Goal 14' Stadium: Keepmoat Stadium
Attendance: 8,361
Referee: Keith Hill
Penalties
Tyson Penalty scored
Williams Penalty scored
Forrester Penalty scored
Wellens Penalty scored
Penalty scored Antenucci
Penalty scored Murphy
Penalty missed Byram
Penalty missed Wood

Second round[edit]

Seeding[edit]

A total of 48 teams play in the second round: 12 teams which enter in this round, and the 36 winners of the first round. The 12 teams entering this round are the teams from the 2015–16 Premier League not involved in any European competition.[9] The draw for the second round was held on 13 August 2015.[13] (Note: The numbers in parentheses are the tier for the team during the 2015–16 season.)

Seeded Unseeded

AFC Bournemouth (1)
Aston Villa (1)
Birmingham City (2)
Brighton & Hove Albion (2)
Cardiff City (2)
Charlton Athletic (2)
Crystal Palace (1)
Everton (1)
Fulham (2)
Hull City (2)
Ipswich Town (2)
Leicester City (1)

Middlesbrough (2)
Newcastle United (1)
Norwich City (1)
Queens Park Rangers (2)
Reading (2)
Sheffield Wednesday (2)
Stoke City (1)
Sunderland (1)
Swansea City (1)
Watford (1)
West Bromwich Albion (1)
Wolverhampton Wanderers (2)

Barnet (4)
Barnsley (3)
Burton Albion (3)
Bury (3)
Carlisle United (4)
Doncaster Rovers (3)
Exeter City (4)
Gillingham (3)
Hartlepool United (4)
Luton Town (4)
Milton Keynes Dons (2)
Northampton Town (4)

Notts County (4)
Oxford United (4)
Peterborough United (3)
Port Vale (3)
Portsmouth (4)
Preston North End (2)
Rochdale (3)
Rotherham United (2)
Sheffield United (3)
Shrewsbury Town (3)
Walsall (3)
York City (4)

Matches[edit]

The matches were played in the week commencing 24 August 2015.[1][7]

25 August 2015 Aston Villa (1) 5–3 (a.e.t.)Notts County (4)Aston, Birmingham
19:45 BST Traoré Goal 24'
Sinclair Goal 50'78' (pen.)99'
Bennett Goal 111'
Report Snijders Goal 16'
Stead Goal 45' (pen.)
Burke Goal 56'
Stadium: Villa Park
Attendance: 21,430
Referee: Christopher Kavanagh
25 August 2015 Walsall (3) 2–1Brighton & Hove Albion (2)Walsall
19:45 BST Lalkovič Goal 65'
Henry Goal 86'
Report Jake Forster-Caskey Goal 39' (pen.) Stadium: Bescot Stadium
Attendance: 2,968
Referee: Peter Bankes
25 August 2015 Crystal Palace (1) 4–1 (a.e.t.)Shrewsbury Town (3)Selhurst, London
19:45 BST Gayle Goal 41' (pen.)
Murray Goal 95' (pen.)
Lee Chung-yong Goal 97'
Zaha Goal 114'
Report Tootle Goal 9' Stadium: Selhurst Park
Attendance: 10,978
Referee: Darren Bond
25 August 2015 Sheffield Wednesday (2) 1–0Oxford United (4)Sheffield
19:45 BST Nuhiu Goal 55' Report Stadium: Hillsborough Stadium
Attendance: 11,799
Referee: David Webb
25 August 2015 Portsmouth (4)1–2 Reading (2) Portsmouth
19:45 BST Chaplin Goal 40' Report Blackman Goal 64'
McCleary Goal 84'
Stadium: Fratton Park
Attendance: 18,190
Referee: Gavin Ward
25 August 2015 Hartlepool United (4)0–4 AFC Bournemouth (1) Hartlepool
19:45 BST Report Kermorgant Goal 30'
Gosling Goal 34'
Stanislas Goal 44'64'
Stadium: Victoria Park
Attendance: 4,890
Referee: Carl Boyeson
25 August 2015 Fulham (2) 3–0Sheffield United (3)London
19:45 BST McCormack Goal 62' (pen.)75'
Dembélé Goal 90'
Report Stadium: Craven Cottage
Attendance: 5,927
Referee: Dean Whitestone
25 August 2015 Milton Keynes Dons (2) 2–1 (a.e.t.)Cardiff City (2)Milton Keynes
19:45 BST BakerGoal 78'
MurphyGoal 108'
Report RevellGoal 53' Stadium: Stadium:MK
Attendance: 5,617
Referee: Tim Robinson
25 August 2015 Hull City (2) 1–0Rochdale (3)Kingston upon Hull
19:45 BST Luer Goal 9' Report Stadium: KC Stadium
Attendance: 10,430
Referee: Mark Haywood
25 August 2015 Sunderland (1) 6–3Exeter City (4)Sunderland
19:45 BST Rodwell Goal 12'64'
Defoe Goal 16'39'87'
Watmore Goal 78'
Report Oyeleke Goal 19'
Wheeler Goal 31'
McCready Goal 43'
Stadium: Stadium of Light
Attendance: 14,360
Referee: Stuart Attwell
25 August 2015 Bury (3)1–4 Leicester City (1) Bury
19:45 BST Mayor Goal 49' Report Dodoo Goal 25'86'90'
Kramarić Goal 41'
Stadium: Gigg Lane
Attendance: 4,914
Referee: Andrew Madley
25 August 2015 Doncaster Rovers (3)1–4 (a.e.t.) Ipswich Town (2) Doncaster
19:45 BST Williams Goal 23' Report Pitman Goal 58'
McGoldrick Goal 102'
Alabi Goal 105'
Fraser Goal 113'
Stadium: Keepmoat Stadium
Attendance: 3,729
Referee: Scott Duncan
25 August 2015 Rotherham United (2)1–2 Norwich City (1) Rotherham
19:45 BST GreenGoal 80' Report HowsonGoal 22'
van WolfswinkelGoal 68'
Stadium: New York Stadium
Attendance: 5,648
Referee: Kevin Wright
25 August 2015 Swansea City (1) 3–0York City (4)Swansea
19:45 BST Dyer Goal 2'
Grimes Goal 64'
Emnes Goal 88'
Report Stadium: Liberty Stadium
Attendance: 10,174
Referee: James Adcock
25 August 2015 Queens Park Rangers (2)1–2 Carlisle United (4) London
19:45 BST Emmanuel-Thomas Goal 40' Report Asamoah Goal 37'
Kennedy Goal 79'
Stadium: Loftus Road
Attendance: 5,501
Referee: James Linington
25 August 2015 Peterborough United (3)1–4 Charlton Athletic (2) Peterborough
19:45 BST J Anderson Goal 90' Report Kennedy Goal 3'
Ahearne-Grant Goal 53' (pen.)
Kashi Goal 76'
Vetokele Goal 87'
Stadium: London Road
Attendance: 2,771
Referee: Gary Sutton
25 August 2015 Birmingham City (2) 2–0Gillingham (3)Birmingham
19:45 BST Thomas Goal 35'72' Report Stadium: St Andrew's
Attendance: 9,275
Referee: Graham Salisbury
25 August 2015 Newcastle United (1) 4–1Northampton Town (4)Newcastle-upon-Tyne
19:45 BST Thauvin Goal 3'
de Jong Goal 8'
Janmaat Goal 56'
Williamson Goal 63'
Report Richards Goal 10' (pen.) Stadium: St James' Park
Attendance: 26,923
Referee: David Coote
25 August 2015 Wolverhampton Wanderers (2) 2–1Barnet (4)Wolverhampton
19:45 BST Enobokhare Goal 3'
Ojo Goal 58'
Report Dembélé Goal 76' Stadium: Molineux Stadium
Attendance: 7,384
Referee: Mark Heywood
25 August 2015 Burton Albion (3)1–2 (a.e.t.) Middlesbrough (2) Burton upon Trent
19:45 BST Friend Goal 24' (o.g.) Report Stuani Goal 70'109' Stadium: Pirelli Stadium
Attendance: 3,414
Referee: Mark Brown
25 August 2015 Preston North End (2) 1–0Watford (1)Preston
19:45 BST Vermijl Goal 8' Report Stadium: Deepdale
Attendance: 6,250
Referee: Stephen Martin
26 August 2015 Barnsley (3)3–5 (a.e.t.) Everton (1) Barnsley
19:45 BST Winnall Goal 22'
Watkins Goal 28'
Crowley Goal 60'
Report Mirallas Goal 51'
Naismith Goal 59'
Lukaku Goal 78'115'
Roberts Goal 96' (o.g.)
Stadium: Oakwell
Attendance: 12,290
Referee: Simon Hooper

Third round[edit]

Teams[edit]

A total of 32 teams play in the third round: 8 teams which enter in this round, and the 24 winners of the second round. The 8 teams entering this round are the teams from the 2015–16 Premier League involved in European competition in the 2015–16 season. There was no seeding in this round. The lowest ranked team in this round is Carlisle United who play in the Football League Two in the fourth division of English football.[14]

Matches[edit]

The matches were played in the week commencing 21 September 2015.[1][7]

22 September 2015 Middlesbrough (2) 3–0Wolverhampton Wanderers (2)Middlesbrough
19:45 BST Adomah Goal 37'64'
Fabbrini Goal 57'
Report Stadium: Riverside Stadium
Attendance: 13,368
Referee: Kevin Wright
22 September 2015 Hull City (2) 1–0Swansea City (1)Kingston upon Hull
19:45 BST Meyler Goal 41' Report Stadium: KC Stadium
Attendance: 16,286
Referee: James Linington
22 September 2015 Leicester City (1) 2–1 (a.e.t.)West Ham United (1)Leicester
19:45 BST Dodoo Goal 6'
King Goal 116'
Report Zárate Goal 27' Stadium: King Power Stadium
Attendance: 21,268
Referee: Peter Bankes
22 September 2015 Aston Villa (1) 1–0Birmingham City (2)Aston, Birmingham
19:45 BST Gestede Goal 62' Report Stadium: Villa Park
Attendance: 34,442
Referee: Robert Madley
22 September 2015 Fulham (2)0–1 Stoke City (1) Fulham, London
19:45 BST Report Crouch Goal 33' Stadium: Craven Cottage
Attendance: 9,100
Referee: Stuart Attwell
22 September 2015 Sunderland (1)1–4 Manchester City (1) Sunderland
19:45 BST Toivonen Goal 83' Report Agüero Goal 9' (pen.)
De Bruyne Goal 25'
Mannone Goal 33' (o.g.)
Sterling Goal 36'
Stadium: Stadium of Light
Attendance: 21,644
Referee: Roger East
22 September 2015 Preston North End (2)2–2 (a.e.t.)
(2–3 p)
AFC Bournemouth (1) Preston
19:45 BST Hugill Goal 84'
Johnson Goal 118' (pen.)
Report MacDonald Goal 23'
Pugh Goal 96'
Stadium: Deepdale
Attendance: 5,643
Referee: Nigel Miller
Penalties
Hugill Penalty missed
Keane Penalty scored
Reid Penalty scored
Browne Penalty missed
Johnson Penalty missed
Penalty scored Stanislas
Penalty scored Cook
Penalty missed Gosling
Penalty scored Pugh
22 September 2015 Reading (2)1–2 Everton (1) Reading
20:00 BST Blackman Goal 36' Report Barkley Goal 62'
Deulofeu Goal 73'
Stadium: Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 19,435
Referee: Keith Hill
23 September 2015 Norwich City (1) 3–0West Bromwich Albion (1)Norwich
19:45 BST Jarvis Goal 62'
Lafferty Goal 85'
Pocognoli Goal 90' (o.g.)
Report Stadium: Carrow Road
Attendance: 19,015
Referee: Craig Pawson
23 September 2015 Tottenham Hotspur (1)1–2 Arsenal (1) Tottenham, London
19:45 BST Chambers Goal 56' (o.g.) Report Flamini Goal 26'78' Stadium: White Hart Lane
Attendance: 35,687
Referee: Andre Marriner
23 September 2015 Crystal Palace (1) 4–1Charlton Athletic (2)Selhurst, London
19:45 BST Campbell Goal 51'
Gayle Goal 59' (pen.)74' (pen.)86'
Report Sarr Goal 65' Stadium: Selhurst Park
Attendance: 16,576
Referee: Neil Swarbrick
23 September 2015 Newcastle United (1)0–1 Sheffield Wednesday (2) Newcastle-upon-Tyne
19:45 BST Report McGugan Goal 76' Stadium: St James' Park
Attendance: 33,986
Referee: Christopher Kavanagh
23 September 2015 Walsall (3)1–4 Chelsea (1) Walsall
19:45 BST O'Connor Goal 45' Report Ramires Goal 10'
Rémy Goal 41'
Kenedy Goal 52'
Pedro Goal 90'
Stadium: Bescot Stadium
Attendance: 10,525
Referee: Lee Mason
23 September 2015 Milton Keynes Dons (2)0–6 Southampton (1) Milton Keynes
19:45 BST Report Rodriguez Goal 5'48' (pen.)
Mané Goal 10'25'
Long Goal 68'75'
Stadium: Stadium:mk
Attendance: 10,189
Referee: Keith Stroud
23 September 2015 Manchester United (1) 3–0Ipswich Town (2)Old Trafford, Manchester
20:00 BST Rooney Goal 23'
Pereira Goal 60'
Martial Goal 90+2'
Report Stadium: Old Trafford
Attendance: 56,607
Referee: Simon Hooper
23 September 2015 Liverpool (1) 1–1 (a.e.t.)
(3–2 p)
Carlisle United (4)Liverpool
20:00 BST Ings Goal 23' Report Asamoah Goal 34' Stadium: Anfield
Attendance: 42,518
Referee: Andrew Madley
Penalties
Milner Penalty scored
Can Penalty scored
Lallana Penalty missed
Coutinho Penalty missed
Ings Penalty scored
Penalty missed Grainger
Penalty scored Dicker
Penalty missed Joyce
Penalty scored McQueen
Penalty missed Héry

Fourth round[edit]

Teams[edit]

A total of 16 teams play in the fourth round, all winners of the third round. There is no seeding in this round. The draw for the fourth round was held on 23 September 2015 after the North London derby.[11] (Note: The numbers in parentheses are the tier for the team during the 2015–16 season.) The lowest ranked teams in this round are Hull City, Middlesbrough, and Sheffield Wednesday who all play in the Football League Championship in the second division of English football.[15]

Matches[edit]

The matches were played in the week commencing 26 October 2015.[1][7][16]

27 October 2015 Everton (1) 1–1 (a.e.t.)
(4–3 p)
Norwich City (1)Liverpool
19:45 GMT Osman Goal 68' Report Bassong Goal 51' Stadium: Goodison Park
Attendance: 31,694
Referee: Roger East
Penalties
Deulofeu Penalty scored
Barkley Penalty scored
Lukaku Penalty scored
Gibson Penalty scored
Penalty scored Dorrans
Penalty scored Whittaker
Penalty missed Hoolahan
Penalty scored Grabban
Penalty missed Redmond
27 October 2015 Sheffield Wednesday (2) 3–0Arsenal (1)Sheffield
19:45 GMT Wallace Goal 27'
Lucas João Goal 40'
Hutchinson Goal 51'
Report Stadium: Hillsborough Stadium
Attendance: 35,065
Referee: Graham Scott
27 October 2015 Stoke City (1) 1–1 (a.e.t.)
(5–4 p)
Chelsea (1)Stoke-on-Trent
19:45 GMT Walters Goal 52' Report Rémy Goal 90+1' Stadium: Britannia Stadium
Attendance: 24,886
Referee: Kevin Friend
Penalties
Adam Penalty scored
Odemwingie Penalty scored
Shaqiri Penalty scored
Wilson Penalty scored
Arnautović Penalty scored
Penalty scored Willian
Penalty scored Oscar
Penalty scored Rémy
Penalty scored Zouma
Penalty missed Hazard
28 October 2015 Manchester City (1) 5–1Crystal Palace (1)Manchester
19:45 GMT Bony Goal 22'
De Bruyne Goal 44'
Iheanacho Goal 59'
Yaya Touré Goal 76' (pen.)
García Goal 90'
Report Delaney Goal 89' Stadium: Etihad Stadium
Attendance: 40,585
Referee: Paul Tierney
28 October 2015 Liverpool (1) 1–0AFC Bournemouth (1)Liverpool
19:45 GMT Clyne Goal 17' Report Stadium: Anfield
Attendance: 41,948
Referee: Mike Jones
28 October 2015 Southampton (1) 2–1Aston Villa (1)Southampton
19:45 GMT Yoshida Goal 51'
Pellè Goal 77'
Report Sinclair Goal 90' (pen.) Stadium: St Mary's Stadium
Attendance: 31,314
Referee: Keith Stroud

Fifth round[edit]

Teams[edit]

A total of 8 teams play in the fifth round, all winners of the fourth round. There is no seeding in this round. The draw for the fifth round was held on 28 October after the completion of the fourth round.[18]

Matches[edit]

The matches were played in the week commencing 30 November 2015.[1][7] The lowest ranked teams in this round are Hull City, Middlesbrough, and Sheffield Wednesday who all play in the Football League Championship in the second division of English football.

1 December 2015 Middlesbrough (2)0–2 Everton (1) Middlesbrough
19:45 GMT Report Deulofeu Goal 20'
Lukaku Goal 28'
Stadium: Riverside Stadium
Attendance: 31,628
Referee: Roger East
1 December 2015 Stoke City (1) 2–0Sheffield Wednesday (2)Stoke-on-Trent
19:45 GMT Afellay Goal 30'
Bardsley Goal 75'
Report Stadium: Britannia Stadium
Attendance: 26,779
Referee: Jon Moss[19]
1 December 2015 Manchester City (1) 4–1Hull City (2)Manchester
19:45 GMT Bony Goal 12'
Iheanacho Goal 80'
De Bruyne Goal 82'87'
Report Robertson Goal 90+2' Stadium: Etihad Stadium
Attendance: 38,246
Referee: Neil Swarbrick
2 December 2015 Southampton (1)1–6 Liverpool (1) Southampton
19:45 GMT Mané Goal 1' Report Sturridge Goal 25'29'
Origi Goal 45'68'86'
Ibe Goal 73'
Stadium: St Mary's Stadium
Attendance: 31,592
Referee: Robert Madley

Semi-finals[edit]

Teams[edit]

A total of four teams played in the Semi-finals, all winners of the fifth round. There was no seeding in this round. The draw for the semi-final was held on 2 December 2015 and all of the teams were from Premier League (top tier).[20]

Matches[edit]

The semi-finals are played over two legs, with each team playing one leg at home, and the team that scores more goals on aggregate over the two legs advances to the finals.

First leg[edit]

The first leg matches were played on 5 and 6 January 2016.[1][7]

5 January 2016 (2016-01-05) Stoke City (1) 0−1 Liverpool (1) Stoke-on-Trent
20:00 GMT Report Ibe Goal 37' Stadium: Britannia Stadium
Attendance: 27,369
Referee: Anthony Taylor
6 January 2016 (2016-01-06) Everton (1) 2–1 Manchester City (1) Liverpool
20:00 GMT Funes Mori Goal 45'
Lukaku Goal 78'
Report Navas Goal 76' Stadium: Goodison Park
Attendance: 34,027
Referee: Robert Madley

Second leg[edit]

The second leg were played on 26 and 27 January 2016.[1][7]

26 January 2016 (2016-01-26) Liverpool (1) 0−1 (a.e.t.)
(1−1 agg.)
(6−5 p)
Stoke City (1)Liverpool
19:45 GMT Report Arnautović Goal 45+1' Stadium: Anfield
Attendance: 43,091
Referee: Jonathan Moss
Penalties
Lallana Penalty scored
Can Penalty missed
Benteke Penalty scored
Firmino Penalty scored
Milner Penalty scored
Lucas Penalty scored
Allen Penalty scored
Penalty scored Walters
Penalty missed Crouch
Penalty scored Whelan
Penalty scored Afellay
Penalty scored Shaqiri
Penalty scored Van Ginkel
Penalty missed Muniesa
27 January 2016 (2016-01-27) Manchester City (1) 3–1
(4–3 agg.)
Everton (1)Manchester
19:45 GMT Fernandinho Goal 24'
De Bruyne Goal 70'
Agüero Goal 76'
Report Barkley Goal 18' Stadium: Etihad Stadium
Attendance: 50,048
Referee: Martin Atkinson

Final[edit]

The League Cup Final was held on 28 February 2016 at Wembley Stadium.[1][7]

Liverpool1−1 (a.e.t.)Manchester City
Coutinho Goal 83' Report Fernandinho Goal 49'
Penalties
Can Penalty scored
Lucas Penalty missed
Coutinho Penalty missed
Lallana Penalty missed
1−3 Penalty missed Fernandinho
Penalty scored Navas
Penalty scored Agüero
Penalty scored Touré
Attendance: 86,206

Top goalscorers[edit]

Kevin De Bruyne was the top scorer in the competition with five goals for Manchester City.

[21]

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Belgium Kevin De Bruyne Manchester City 5
2 England Joe Dodoo Leicester City 4
England Dwight Gayle Crystal Palace
Belgium Romelu Lukaku Everton
England Scott Sinclair Aston Villa
Uruguay Cristhian Stuani Middlesbrough
7 Wales Tom Bradshaw Walsall 3
England Jermain Defoe Sunderland
Senegal Sadio Mané Southampton
Belgium Divock Origi Liverpool

Broadcasting rights[edit]

The live television rights for the competition were held by the subscription channel Sky Sports, who have held rights to the competition since 1996–97 apart from 2001-02 when the short-lived ITV Digital had exclusive coverage of that season's League Cup competition as part of the original three year TV deal with The Football League.

These matches were televised live by Sky Sports:

Round Live TV games
First round Portsmouth vs Derby County, Doncaster Rovers vs Leeds United[22]
Second round Luton Town vs Stoke City, Barnsley vs Everton[23]
Third Round Aston Villa vs Birmingham City, Tottenham Hotspur vs Arsenal[24]
Fourth Round Sheffield Wednesday vs Arsenal, Liverpool vs AFC Bournemouth[25]
Fifth Round Middlesbrough vs Everton, Southampton vs Liverpool[26]
Semi-finals All 4 Matches
Final Liverpool vs Manchester City

See also[edit]

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