Both Manchester United and Arsenal won matches to advance to the next round of the League Cup.
ManU downed Leeds United 3-0. Former England striker Michael Owen scored twice and veteran winger Ryan Giggs added the third as a makeshift United team swept past second-tier Championship side Leeds at Elland Road.
Arsenal also played its reserves and had to work much harder to make the fourth round after slipping behind to James Collins' shock 16th-minute goal for visiting Shrewsbury.
Defeat to a team three divisions lower would have piled more pressure on Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger after his team's dreadful start.
However, left back Kieran Gibbs equalized with a far-post header before halftime and second-half goals by the impressive Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Israel captain Yossi Benayoun eased the gloom around Emirates Stadium.
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"It was a bit nervy because we played against a good side," Wenger said. "But in the second half, we took over and it was all us."
On a night devoid of any real upsets, Stoke defeated Tottenham 7-6 on penalties after the match finished 0-0 following extra time, while Bolton beat Aston Villa 2-0 away in another all-Premier League match. American midfielder Stuart Holden played the entire game for Bolton, his first appearance since a knee injury in March sustained during a challenge by Man United defender Jonny Evans.
"Considering Stuart has been out for so long after an horrendous injury, for him to play with such intensity and at the level he did tonight was great," Bolton manager Owen Coyle said.
Newcastle, fourth in the Premier League, needed extra time before seeing off second-tier Nottingham Forest 4-3. American forward Robbie Findley scored his third goal of the competition and fourth overall this season for Forest.
Based on reporting by the Associated Press.