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Value for money in the Capital One Cup

13 August 2014

102 goals were scored in Tuesday's 32 Capital One Cup Round 1 matches, representing value for money around the grounds

Dagenham and Redbridge 6-6 Brentford (2-4 on penalties)

Anyone who went down to the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Stadium on Tuesday night was in for a big surprise, with the Daggers and the Bees equaling the record number of goals scored in a League Cup match.

After just nine minutes, Stuart Dallas had put the Bees 2-0 up. Another 80 minutes of action later and the game was 4-4 and ready for extra-time. Two further goals each in the additional 30 minutes made the score 6-6, equaling the record of 12 goals in a League Cup game.

With the Capital One UK kids for a quid offer, children aged 16 and under saw a goal for every 8.3p spent. Including the six penalties, the cost is even cheaper, at 5.5p.

Adults who stood saw a goal for every 83p spent, while those who sat broke the pound barrier, at £1.25.

Chesterfield 3-5 Huddersfield Town AET

The £1 offer was also in action at the Proact Stadium where Chesterfield and Huddersfield battled for 120 minutes.

The Spireites led 3-1 but a hat-trick from forward Nahki Wells ensured victory for the Terriers and contributed towards the eight goals scored.

Youngsters who attended the match with a paying adult forked out 12.5p per goal.

Port Vale 6-2 Hartlepool United

The Capital One UK offer also saw youngsters pay 12.5p per goal at Vale Park, where eight goals went in over 90 minutes.

Fans in Staffordshire also witnessed a first-half hat-trick, from Vale’s Ben Williamson, as the Sky Bet League 1 side ran out comfortable winners.

Adults paid £12 for the Capital One Cup Round 1 tie, calculating each goal at £1.50, while concessions were charged £6 on the gate, meaning 75p every time the ball hit the back of the net.

Plymouth Argyle 3-3 Leyton Orient (5-6 on penalties)

The cost per goal for under-16s at Home Park was 16.7p, where Plymouth Argyle and Leyton Orient contested a 3-3 draw after extra-time.

Reuben Reid struck twice to take the tie beyond 90 minutes, and after a goal apiece in the additional time, it was Orient who came through, 6-5 on penalties.

Bolton Wanderers 3-2 Bury AET

At the Macron Stadium there was a local derby between Sky Bet Championship side Bolton Wanderers and their opponents from two divisions below, Bury.

The match looked like ending 1-0 with the lower-league Shakers having led for over 70 minutes, but the game suddenly kicked into life. Craig Davies’ penalty took the tie into extra-time, and then two Neil Danns goals and a reply from Jim McNulty – all in the space of four minutes – ensured a five-goal thriller.

From looking like costing £10 per goal for adults, it ended up as £2 per strike, while over-65s and under-23s paid a round pound, and under-18s taking up the £1 offer were treated to a goal for every 20p.

Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-3 Northampton Town

It was also 20p per goal at Molineux for  youngsters watching Wolves against Northampton Town, with kids aged 16 and under able to pay just £1 for the match if accompanied by a paying adult.

It didn’t look like going that way, with the scoreline locked at 0-0 at half-time, but there was an upset to come.

Two Lawson D’Ath strikes helped the Sky Bet League 2 Cobblers on their way to the right side of a five-goal thriller in front of over 6,000 fans, in what turned out to be one of the most entertaining halves of Capital One Cup football.

Click here to read the Capital One Cup Round 1 review

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