London: Holders Liverpool and last seasonís runners-up Manchester United were both knocked out of the League Cup in the fourth round on Wednesday by Bolton Wanderers and West Bromwich Albion respectively.
Liverpool, fielding a strong side, went down 2-3 at Anfield as Youri Djorkaeff scored a last-minute penalty for Bolton while United, using a mixture of youth players and reserves, were deservedly beaten 0-2 at first division leaders Albion.
Premier League leaders Chelsea also advanced with a 1-0 win at first division Reading, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink getting the only goal after goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann had kept them at bay for almost an hour.
Tottenham Hotspur beat Manchester City 3-1, helped by a first goal for the club by £6.75 million Portuguese striker Helder Postiga, while Aston Villa eased past first division Crystal Palace 3-0 to set up a home quarter final against Chelsea.
The nightís other game went to penalties after Middlesbrough and Everton were goalless for 120 minutes at The Riverside, Boro eventually going through 5-4 in the shoot-out after Mark Schwarzer saved substitute Leon Osmanís kick.
They will visit Tottenham in the next round.
Manchester United showed 10 changes from the team beaten 0-1 by Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday and the new-look team were overpowered by in-form Albion, the only non-Premier League side left in the quarter finals.
West Brom, who knocked Newcastle United out in the last round, went ahead after six minutes with an expertly executed mid-air volley by Bernt Haas but were denied a second when Roy Carroll brilliantly saved a Jason Koumas penalty in the 24th minute.