We take a look at the action in Round 1 of the 2014/15 Capital One Cup
Both Cardiff City and Sheffield United progressed to the Second Round of the Capital One Cup after 2-1 victories, as Round 1 drew to a close on Wednesday night.
Sky Bet Championship outfit Cardiff took just four minutes to take the lead against Coventry with Guido Burgstaller scoring with a low left-foot shot.
A Ryan Haynes own goal put the Bluebirds in control and, although Shaun Miller’s quick response for the Sky Blues set up a tense finish, it proved to be only a consolation.
At Bramall Lane, summer signing Marc McNulty scored a late winner for Sheffield United, who saw off Mansfield Town by the same scoreline.
McNulty sent the Blades through after Alex Russell had equalised for the Stags just four minutes after Andy Butler’s opener.
Tuesday 12th August 2014
An astonishing 102 goals were scored across Tuesday’s 32 games in what was an incredible night of Capital One Cup football.
Twelve of the goals were shared between Dagenham and Redbridge and Brentford with the game ending 6-6 after extra time. Kevin O’Connor struck the winning penalty for the Bees, who triumphed 4-2 in the shoot-out.
There was also a goal-filled encounter at the Proact Stadium where Huddersfield Town, under the guidance of caretaker manager Mark Lillis, came from behind to see off Chesterfield 5-3 after extra time, with Nahki Wells grabbing a hat-trick.
Ben Williamson was also a hat-trick hero on the night, hitting three for Port Vale in their 6-2 victory against Hartlepool United at Vale Park.
The Capital One Cup First Round always features upsets and this year was no different with Sky Bet League 2 sides Burton Albion, Northampton Town, Portsmouth, Oxford United and Shrewsbury Town all squeezing past higher-league opposition.
The Brewers got the better of Wigan Athletic at the Pirelli Stadium, winning 2-1, while Chris Wilder’s Cobblers recorded an impressive 3-2 success at Molineux against Sky Bet Championship new boys Wolverhampton Wanderers. Lawson D’Ath scored two of Northampton’s goals.
Pompey beat Peterborough United 1-0 with Miles Storey scoring in the 12th minute and Micky Mellon’s Shrews overcame Blackpool by the same scoreline. Scott Vernon was the man on target against his former club. Oxford, meanwhile, came from behind to win 2-1 at Ashton Gate against Bristol City.
Bury also came close to upsetting the odds but Bolton Wanderers managed to find a last-gasp leveller in normal time before winning 3-2 after the extra half an hour.
Elsewhere, Sky Bet League 1 duo Scunthorpe United and Crawley Town both beat teams from the Sky Bet Championship 1-0. The Iron ran out narrow winners at Blackburn Rovers thanks to a Neal Bishop header and John Gregory's men went through after Izale McLeod scored the decisive goal in extra time against Ipswich Town.
Crewe Alexandra beat Barnsley 2-0, Swindon Town came from 1-0 down to overcome Luton Town 2-1, Milton Keynes Dons won 3-1 at home to AFC Wimbledon, Bradford City triumphed 1-0 at Morecambe, and Leyton Orient needed penalties to get past Plymouth Argyle after a thrilling 3-3 draw.
Away wins for League 1's Preston North End, Walsall, Gillingham and Doncaster Rovers saw them also go through to Round 2.
Birmingham City and Rotherham United both required extra time to seal their respective passages into the Second Round. The Blues eventually beat a resilient Cambridge United 3-1, while a Matt Derbyshire penalty separated the Millers and Fleetwood Town.
Brighton and Hove Albion, Charlton Athletic, Bournemouth, Middlesbrough, Reading and Sheffield Wednesday were all comfortable victors, winning by at least a two-goal margin, while wins for Leeds United, Millwall, Watford and Nottingham Forest saw them take their place in the hat for the Round 2 draw, which takes place on Wednesday night.
Monday 11th August 2014