Positive response was important, says Owen

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Manchester United goalscorer Michael Owen admitted last night’s Carling Cup fourth-round win at Aldershot was all the more important after the “kick in the teeth” dished out by Manchester City on Sunday.

United won 3-0 at Aldershot as Dimitar Berbatov and Owen gave them a healthy lead as they looked to regroup following the 6-1 defeat by neighbours City.

Antonio Valencia added a third goal early in the second half.

Asked if there was added pressure following Sunday’s result – despite last night’s side featuring a different set of players – Owen said: “I suppose so. We were a little bit under pressure with the result at the weekend.

“Sometimes you need a kick in the teeth to get going and it was a big kick in the teeth, as everybody knows, and we were eager to bounce back.”

Arsenal were saved by a quickfire double salvo from Andrey Arshavin and Park Ju-young as they beat Bolton 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium.

After a goalless first half, the Trotters started well after the break, taking the lead through Fabrice Muamba.

The Gunners responded brightly to falling behind and levelled through Arshavin as he fired across the face of goal. He then turned provider as Park curled home a superb effort.

Joe Mason’s second goal in as many matches helped Cardiff to a 1-0 victory over Burnley, while the night’s other match saw Crystal Palace beat Southampton 2-0 at Selhurst Park.

Darren Ambrose put the Eagles in front in the 73rd minute and Jermaine Easter added a second nine minutes later.

Fixtures (7.45 unless stated)

Carling Cup, Fourth Round: Blackburn v Newcastle (8.00), Everton v Chelsea (8.00), Stoke v Liverpool, Wolverhampton v Man City.

Championship: Birmingham v Leeds.