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Round-up: Carabao Cup Round Two

23 August 2017

More than 250,000 people attended Carabao Cup Round Two fixtures, and they were treated to plenty of action. Fans in attendance over the two nights were treated to 87 goals across the two nights of matches.

Watford were the only Premier League side to be knocked out on the opening night of Round Two, losing 3-2 at home to Bristol City, but they weren’t the only side to be upset by lower tier opposition.

Sky Bet Championship pair Hull City and Fulham also fell victim, with Doncaster Rovers and Bristol Rovers of Sky Bet League One securing their place in Round Three with impressive victories.

Leeds United were the night’s big winners, coming from a goal down to ease past Newport County 5-1; Kemar Roofe scored a hat-trick for the Whites, matching the efforts of team-mate Samu Saiz in Round One.

Leicester City won 4-1 at Sheffield United in front of the Sky Sports cameras, a scoreline which proved surprisingly common on the night. Aston Villa, Brentford, Norwich City and Swansea City also eased through by the same margin.

Just one game went to extra time, and that was at the Madejski Stadium where Reading eventually saw off Millwall, with Academy produced Sam Smith striking the final blow in a 3-1 defeat of the Lions.

The rescheduled Round One tie between Grimsby Town and Derby County was also contested in midweek and the Rams — who were leading 1-0 prior to the previous postponement — went through in that very manner, courtesy of Matej Vydra’s effort.

On Wednesday evening, the six remaining fixtures were played, including an East Lancashire derby at Ewood Park. Blackburn Rovers played host to rivals Burnley, with two goals before half-time providing Sean Dyche's Premier League outfit the victory.

Two Premier League sides saw their Carabao Cup runs scuppered by young, English EFL talent as Donovan Wilson and Tyler Walker scored crucial goals for Wolverhampton Wanderers and Nottingham Forest respectively.

Wolves caused the evening's biggest upset, knocking out last season's finalists Southampton. Nuno Espirito Santo's side defeated their top-tier opponents 2-0 thanks to goals from captain Danny Batth and Wilson, who scored just two minutes after coming on in the 85th minute.

Nottingham Forest's triumph came after extra-time, defeating last season's Sky Bet Championship winners Newcastle United, thanks to a 97th-minute goal from Walker after a Jason Cummings double in the first half. 

West Ham United were victorious in front of the Sky Sports cameras, with Diafra Sakho and Andre Ayew's goals before the break seeing off Cheltenham Town of Sky Bet League Two.

Elsewhere, Huddersfield Town came from behind against fellow Yorkshiremen Rotherham United to win 2-1, and Stoke City won 4-0 on the road at Rochdale.


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