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Capital One Cup Team of Round 2

27 August 2015

Round 2 of the Capital One Cup produced 88 goals over two thrilling evenings, with a number of players starring in the action.

With suggestions coming in from fans on social media, we have selected 11 players and a manager to make up our Capital One Cup Team of Round 2.

Goalkeeper: Mark Gillespie (Carlisle United)

Carlisle provided the biggest upset of Round 2 with victory at Queens Park Rangers, and Gillespie played a major part in the Cumbrians' success.

The 23-year-old made several fine stops to keep the scores level, and they proved crucial as Jason Kennedy scored a second-half winner to put the Sky Bet League 2 outfit through to Round 3, where they will face eight-time winners Liverpool.

Read more: Capital One Cup Round 3 draw

Defender: Rico Henry (Walsall)

Henry grabbed a late winner as Walsall fought back from behind to beat Brighton & Hove Albion, in a battle between two clubs who went into the clash undefeated in 2015/16.

The Saddlers went behind to the Seagulls – who currently lie second in the Sky Bet Championship – but two second-half goals, including Henry's strike, saw the League 1 high-flyers progress.

Defender: Scott Cuthbert (Luton Town)

After upsetting Bristol City in Round 1, Luton were out to cause another shock when welcoming Stoke City to Kenilworth Road in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

Cuthbert, donning the captain's armband for the evening, was outstanding as the Hatters' defence stood strong against a Stoke side littered with internationals. The match finished 1-1 after 120 minutes of action, before the League 2 outfit finally bowed out 8-7 in a high-quality penalty shoot-out.

@CapitalOne_Cup@scottcuthbert15 led by example and kept stoke quiet

— Daniel Cadden (@DanielCadden) August 26, 2015

Defender: Tom Clarke (Preston North End)

Clean sheets were few and far between in Round 2, but Preston managed the feat when Premier League outfit Watford arrived at Deepdale.

Marshalled by captain Clarke, the Lilywhites' defence took the sting out of the Hornets, and the versatile Marnick Vermijl's early opener proved to be the difference as the Championship side advanced.

Midfielder: Ryan Woods (Shrewsbury Town)

Shrewsbury couldn't quite repeat their League Cup heroics from 2014/15, eventually bowing out 4-1 in to Crystal Palace in Round 2.

However, Woods excelled once more against top-flight opposition, catching the eye with an all-action display at Selhurst Park. The 21-year-old was heavily involved in Matt Tootle's opener as the Shrews threatened another shock, but he couldn't prevent Palace from pulling away in extra time.

@CapitalOne_Cup@football_league Ryan Woods (Shrewsbury Town). Ask any Crystal Palace fan.... He was outstanding Vs Premier League yet again

— mark jones (@markjones53) August 26, 2015

Midfielder: Junior Stanislas (Bournemouth)

Stanislas scored twice and set up one as Bournemouth eased into Round 3 with a 4-0 win over Hartlepool United.

The Cherries winger pulled the ball back for Yann Kermorgant to open the scoring, and netted the third and fourth goals himself. The first was an exquisite free-kick from distance, before coolly rounding the keeper to cap off the win in the second period.

Midfielder: Gerard Deulofeu (Everton)

Everton found themselves two goals down at half-time at Oakwell on Wednesday night, forcing Roberto Martinez to change things by bringing on Spanish winger Deulofeu.

The 21-year-old caused the Barnsley defence havoc throughout the rest of the game, laying on three goals as the Toffees turned the game around to win 5-3 after extra time.

Read more: Roberto Martinez praises Gerard Deulofeu for inspiring Everton comeback against Barnsley

Midfielder: Florian Thauvin (Newcastle United)

Thauvin made his St. James' Park bow in Round 2 and quickly endeared himself to the Newcastle faithful, producing a mesmerising display as the Magpies moved into the next round.

Will never forget this first game in St James ! I could not imagine best start. Thank you so much for your support !

— Florian Thauvin (@FlorianThauvin) August 25, 2015
The recent signing from Marseille took just three minutes to open his account, and then laid on goals for Siem De Jong, Daryl Janmaat and Mike Williamson as Newcastle brushed Northampton Town aside 4-1.

3 - Florian Thauvin is the first player to assist three goals in a League Cup game since Lewis Holtby in September 2013 (v Villa). Trio.

— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 25, 2015

Forward: Jermain Defoe (Sunderland)

Sunderland survived a scare against League 2 outfit Exeter City on Tuesday night, eventually overcoming the Grecians 6-3 to advance to Round 3.

Read more: Paul Tisdale proud of Exeter City side after thriller at Sunderland

Defoe showed his international class with two brilliantly-taken first-half efforts, and he completed his hat-trick late on, converting a Sebastian Larsson cross.

Forward: Joe Dodoo (Leicester City)

Dodoo had a debut to remember after scoring a hat-trick in his first senior appearance for Leicester, and attracting interest from David Flitcroft – manager of Bury, the Foxes' opponents on the night.

A graduate of Leicester's Academy, the 20-year-old scored a stunning debut goal to give the Foxes a lead, and then struck twice in the second half to grab the matchball and help Leicester advance 4-1.

Good to get a debut today and a hat trick what a dream

— Joe Dodoo (@36Dodoo) August 25, 2015

Forward: Scott Sinclair (Aston Villa)

Aston Villa were made to work hard for their place in Round 3, overcoming Notts County 5-3 to set up a tie against Midlands rivals Birmingham City.

Read more: Tim Sherwood relishing Aston Villa’s Capital One Cup clash with Birmingham City

Sinclair was in the right place at the right time to convert square balls from Jack Grealish and Joe Cole, either side of converting a penalty in Villa's extra-time triumph.

Manager: Guy Luzon (Charlton Athletic)

Luzon fielded a youthful line-up and then watched his Charlton side take Peterborough United to the sword, recording an emphatic 4-1 success.

Six graduates from Charlton's Academy started for a side with an average age of just 21, and the Addicks were dominant throughout, with two of the starlets – Mikhail Kennedy and Karlan Ahearne-Grant – getting their names on the scoresheet.

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