Cardiff's awful start to the campaign took another terrible turn after an embarrassing 3-0 home defeat to Bournemouth to exit the Capital One Cup.
The managerless pre-season promotion favourites, who have won just two Championship games and sit in 17th, were second best throughout the 90 minutes and were lucky not to have lost by a heavier margin.
Dan Gosling scored either side of Charlie Daniels' left-footed drive within 35 minutes as the Cherries picked off the hapless home side at will. Gosling could have had a hat-trick had it not been for an offside flag while Harry Arter thundered a late effort off the crossbar.
What began as a dream evening for Danny Gabbidon quickly turned into the stuff of nightmares for the joint-caretaker boss.
With Scott Young prowling the touchline, Gabbidon named himself in what could turn out to be the pair's only team sheet on home soil as Cardiff managers. In doing so, the centre-back gave himself a second Bluebirds debut having returned to his cherished boyhood club last month.
His inclusion was one of eight changes to the starting line-up but there was no place for Tuesday afternoon's loan signing Ravel Morrison, cup-tied having appeared in this competition for West Ham.
But right from the first whistle there was scant sense this would be the morale-boosting victory that the majority of the sparse 6,000 crowd craved.
Brett Pitman fired a warning sign at Simon Moore after just eight minutes and seconds later the game's first goal arrived as Gosling was allowed space to bend a low right-footed shot into the bottom corner.
Bournemouth's classy midfielders were dictating the game and it was no surprise when they cut open the Cardiff rearguard with ease again in the 22nd minute when Eunan O'Kane's defence-splitting through-ball was lashed into the far corner by Daniels.
Only an offside flag then stopped Gabbidon's first start of 2014/15 hitting a new low. The 35-year-old was caught in possession on the edge of his own box and was a relieved man to see Pitman flagged as he went to roll in Gosling for a third.
Former Everton man Gosling would only have to wait eight minutes for his second goal of the evening, the midfielder firing through a crowd of red shirts after Moore could only push Pitman's curling effort into his path.
That was enough for Young who hauled off Kim Bo-kyung and Javi Guerra with just 36 minutes on the clock and their withdrawals did have a impact before the home side were booed off the pitch.
Federico Macheda blazed over the bar after Nicky Maynard's shot was well saved by Bournemouth's Southampton loanee Artur Boruc and the Pole then pulled off a stunning save to claw out Tom Adeyemi's hooked effort on the stroke of half-time.
Macheda's clever finish six minutes after the break, after Declan John's fine cross, was ruled out for offside and that was as close as Cardiff came.
With 10 minutes to go Bournemouth were only a lick of paint away from another. Arter, scorer of a memorable long-range effort on Saturday, almost grabbed his second stunning strike in four days only for his fizzing effort to bounce back off the underside of the crossbar.
A minute later Cardiff needed Gabbidon to clear two efforts off his own line to deny Bournemouth, in what was certainly not the end to the evening the caretaker boss would have envisaged.
Johnny Russell fired Derby through to round four of the Capital One Cup for the first time since their semi-final appearance six seasons ago.
The Rams edged past Reading 2-0 at the iPro Stadium, with Russell breaking the deadlock in the 67th minute and an own goal from Alex Pearce after 82 minutes ending any doubt about the outcome.
Steve McClaren's home side dominated and, despite making six changes to the team that drew with Cardiff on Saturday, looked fluid and attacked with a good tempo, on-loan Liverpool winger Jordan Ibe catching the eye on his first start for the club.
For a long spell, however, Derby did not work Mikkel Andersen in the visiting goal enough, and it looked like it might be a frustrating night for the Rams as chance after chance went begging.
Reading occasionally offered a reminder that they were still a threat on the break and young Kelle Roos, making his debut in the Derby goal, made a superb save to deny Jamie Mackie, on loan from Nottingham Forest, as half-time approached.
Ibe was denied the goal his performance deserved when Andersen tipped his shot onto the crossbar but shortly afterwards Russell made the breakthrough, before a Alex Pearce own goal with eight minutes remaining sealed victory for McClaren's side.
While Derby made half a dozen changes, with teenager Will Hughes reaching the milestone of 100 appearances for the club, Reading went even further by making seven alterations. Danny Guthrie, Pavel Pogrebnyak and Mackie were among those recalled to the startling line-up, as was Aaron Kuhl - the 18-year-old son of former Rams midfielder Martin Kuhl.
The hosts looked lively early on as Hughes and Craig Bryson went close with efforts from just outside the area.
Leon Best, from a little further out, at least tested Andersen who pushed it away. From the resulting corner Best then headed over from eight yards out.
An error by Cyrus Christie just after the half-hour mark let in Mackie but Roos denied him with a fine save, low to his left.
Andersen saved from Hughes after 38 minutes. before Ryan Shotton powered a header wide. At the other end, Roos tipped over a Ryan Edwards effort.
Ibe was denied a superb goal six minutes into the second half when Andersen pushed his 20-yard shot on to the bar.
Just as Derby must have been beginning to think it would not be their night, substitute Chris Martin flicked the ball into Russell's path and the Scot beat two defenders before firing a low shot past Andersen and into the bottom corner of the net.
It was little more than the Rams deserved, but there was more to come.
With their tails up, McClaren's men continued to pour forward and the impressive Ibe set up Martin whose cross into the six-yard box struck the unfortunate Pearce on the knee and bounced into the net.
The own goal confirmed Derby's place in the fourth round for the first time since the 2008/09 season, when the Rams reached the last four - where they were defeated over two legs by Manchester United.
Southampton's fine start to the season continued as Nathaniel Clyne's stunning strike dumped Arsenal out of the Capital One Cup in the third round.
The Gunners, who fielded a relatively strong attack alongside an inexperienced back line, went ahead through Alexis Sanchez's wonderful 14th-minute free-kick but were pegged back when Dusan Tadic slotted home from the penalty spot six minutes later.
Clyne then rifled home from 35 yards following a corner and Ronald Koeman's hastily rebuilt Saints, who sit second in the Barclays Premier League, held on to a 2-1 win at the Emirates.
Everton were thrashed 3-0 in the all-Premier League tie against Swansea, a result which at least eases a fixture list that is already congested by the Europa League.
Nathan Dyer opened the scoring just before the half-hour mark before Gylfi Sigurdsson doubled the lead in the 65th minute.
Marvin Emnes added the finishing touch in the closing minutes to complete a miserable night in Wales for the Toffees.
Last season's beaten finalists Sunderland are also out having lost the lead in a 2-1 defeat by Stoke.
Jozy Altidore's first goal since December had put the Black Cats in front but the Potters had an even more unlikely matchwinner up their sleeve as left-back Marc Muniesa scored his first two goals for the club.
League Two side Shrewsbury followed up their second round win over Leicester with another impressive result, this time turning over in-form Championship side Norwich.
James Collins was the scorer, netting 10 minutes into the second half.
Managerless Cardiff were humbled at home by Bournemouth, going down 3-0 to make it five games without a win.
All three goals came inside 33 minutes, as Charlie Daniels' effort separated two from Dan Gosling.
Manchester United's conquerors in the previous round, MK Dons, continued to impress in the competition.
Benik Afobe scored twice against the Red Devils and repeated the feat against the lesser lights of Bradford to seal a 2-0 win.
Derby saw off Championship rivals Reading 2-0, Johnny Russell opening the scoring in the 67th minute before an Alex Pearce own-goal.
Sheffield United got the better of their fellow League One representatives Leyton Orient, Michael Higdon securing a 1-0 victory in the second minute at Brisbane Road.
Three of our teams were in action tonight in the third round of the Capital One Cup.
Southampton continued their great run of form, coming from behind at the Emirates Stadium to beat Arsenal 2-1.
Reading lost 2-0 away at Derby
While travelling Bournemouth put three goals past managerless Cardiff .
Thames Water have this evening released a statement following a burst water pipe in Cowley which flooded a road and a number of properties.
· Floodwater now all been pumped away into surface water sewers
· Residents who wish to access their homes can now do so
· Evacuation centre at Blackbird Leys Leisure Centre being wound down. Support vehicle parked up in Normandy Crescent is now first point of call for residents. The vehicle will be on site until 7pm this evening and then will return for 8am tomorrow morning.
· Thames Water loss adjusters working with council to find alternative accommodation for residents who cannot move back into their homes. Also arranged hire cars for those whose vehicles were affected by the flooding.
· Confirmed 23 properties where residents require alternative accommodation.
· Pipe that burst is 12 to 15 feet underground. Excavation work to get to it will begin tomorrow. Team have spent this afternoon planning that activity
· No longer any water supply issues as a result of this burst
There's major disruption to road, rail and bus services on the Isle of Wight tonight. A lorry has collided with a railway bridge at Avenue Road in Sandown. All rail services have been suspended because of safety fears. And the road is closed in both directions. Engineers are assessing the damage and deciding how best to remove the wedged vehicle. No one has been injured.
A spokesperson for the South West Trains-Network Rail Alliance said: "Island Line services on the Isle of Wight are currently suspended following an incident in which a lorry hit a road bridge between Brading and Sandown. Taxis are being provided for passengers and engineers are assessing the damage. Tickets can be used on Southern Vectis buses. We’re sorry for any disruption this is will cause for passengers."
William Goss Hicks was the son of the butler of Knole House in Sevenoaks. His fiancée Jessie Ellman was the daughter of the ironmonger, and they were due to be married when he returned from the Great War.
Sadly he was killed in action in France in 1917. Now his great great niece -visual artist Jane Churchill - has uncovered traces of his memory and tells his story through artworks, objects and artefacts in an exhibition called Degrees of Separation at the Trinity Gallery in Tunbridge Wells
The exhibition is being supported by the Arts Council England and Town & Country Foundation – the charitable arm of Town & Country Housing Group and is the start of their Centenary Commemoration Series – marking one hundred years since the start of WWI.
The accident happened at just after 4pm this afternoon and rail services have been halted in both directions. Large sections of the bridge have fallen into the road narrowly missing traffic. Specialist engineers are coming from the mainland to assess the damage. You can read more about this story on the website of the Isle of Wight County Press here.
The tall ship Lord Nelson has arrived back in the UK at the end of her 50,000 mile, two-year voyage around the world.
She sailed up the Thames and under Tower Bridge in London to a warm welcome from friends and relatives of the crew. More than a thousand people - able-bodied and disabled people - have taken part in the biggest challenge ever undertaken by the Jubilee Sailing Trust.
Our reporter Richard Jones was aboard when she arrived.