It’s not often we get through a second round of the Capital One Cup without seeing a Football League minnow conquer a top-flight giant, but it appears normal service may have been resumed this year, with just newly promoted Crystal Palace being the only Premier League casualty of the round.
Ian Holloway’s Palace fell to League One Bristol City in a 2-1 loss at Ashton Gate to add more misery on their poor start to life back in the top flight. Goals from Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and Scott Wagstaff secured City’s place in the third round for the first time in 10 years.
There were convincing wins for Aston Villa, Stoke City, Southampton, Norwich City, Sunderland and West Brom as superiority appeared to get the better of their lower league opponents.
Liverpool, perhaps the only ‘dead-certs for a convincing victory’ of the round, eventually managed to see off Notts County at Anfield after they squandered a two goal lead, forcing them to rely on extra-time goals from Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson to prevent the tie from going to penalties.
Everton, Newcastle and Hull City all made hard work of their ties, though. The Toffees had to rely on Marouane Fellaini’s extra-time winner to edge past Stevenage 2-1 one, while a Robbie Brady goal in extra-time saw Hull victorious against League One side Leyton Orient. Newcastle endured a frustrating evening at Morecambe and, if it wasn’t for the Ameobi brothers popping up with a goal each in the final five minutes of normal time, boss Alan Pardew may have been left embarrassed.
Peterborough put a show on at London Road, thrashing fellow Championship side Reading 6-0, much to the delight of talkSPORT’s Adrian Durham who felt it neccessary to tell his listeners that teams can learn fom Peterborough’s style of football. Typical Durham.
Millwall continued their torrid start to life under former West Ham captain Steve Lomas as manager, going down 2-1 at the City Ground in extra-time. It appears even wearing their own kit can’t help them at the moment.
Harry Redknapp’s QPR suffered another early round defeat, their fourth consecutive loss to lower league position in this competition, this time losing 2-0 to League One side Swindon. Owner Tony Fernandes may want to get the cheque book out again after that showing. Reluctantly.
Elsewhere, there were victories for Cardiff City, Watford, Burnley, Leicester, Derby County, Leeds, Huddersfield and West Ham, while Fulham, Tranmere and Birmingham all relied on the dreaded penalty shoot-out to beat Burton Albion, Bolton and Yeovil respectively.
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