Holders Manchester City swept past Sheffield Wednesday in the third round of the Capital One Cup with a resounding 7-0 victory at the Etihad that remarkably saw all the goals come in the second half. It wasn’t until the 47h minute that the hosts got on the board against their Championship opponents through Frank Lampard, but the goals would then come thick and fast. Lampard scored his second deep into injury time, while in between Edin Džeko also got a brace. With the visitors having no answer, there was a debut goal, too, for young Spanish forward Jose Angel Pozo as well as a penalty for Yaya Toure.
City manager Manuel Pellegrini showed his intent to retain the League Cup they lifted last season with a strong starting lineup that featured just five changes from the team that battled back from a goal down with 10 men to claim a precious point against Premier League title rivals Chelsea three days earlier. Lampard was the hero that day with the equalizer against his former club and the 36-year-old midfielder continued to show he has lost little of his scoring instincts.
Just after the half-time interval, Lampard bundled the ball home at the near post after a cross from the same man who assisted him against Chelsea, James Milner. It wasn’t long before the lead was doubled when Džeko emphatically finished first time form Navas’ pull back. Just over a minute later, Navas went from provider to scorer when, from a not dissimilar position on the right of the box, he this time lashed the ball into the roof of the net to leave Chris Kirkland in the Sheffield Wednesday goal bewildered.
Lampard might have got another earlier than he eventually did had he not been brought down in the box by Kamil Zayate to concede a penalty and leave Wednesday down to 10 men. Toure made no mistake from the spot and, now with a numerical advantage, the goals kept flowing. Džeko grabbed his second from a fine cross from Aleksandar Kolarov to take the score to 5-0 before 18-year-old Pozo made it a debut to remember when finishing into an unguarded net following another Navas assist that left the Wednesday goalkeeper stranded. And the cap was finally put on a breathless second half when Lampard slid in on the end of Kolarov’s cross for a trademark finish.