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Carabao Cup: Round Two review

29 August 2018

Another manic midweek of Carabao Cup action is up and running, with plenty of thrills and spills on the first night. Here's a round-up of it all...

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Thirteen Premier League clubs entered the competition in Round Two – two of which came head-to-head. Charlie Austin's late goal was enough to see Southampton past Brighton & Hove Albion.

West Ham United survived a scare in Tuesday night's televised tie. Trailing 1-0 for much of the match, the Hammers scored three second-half goals to shatter 10-man AFC Wimbledon's hopes.

Promoted pair Wolverhampton Wanderers and Fulham were amongst the other top-tier winners, registering 2-0 triumphs. Wolves won at Sheffield Wednesday, while an Aboubakar Kamara double earned the Cottagers victory against Exeter City of League Two.

On Wednesday night, Everton and Watford both progressed with wins over EFL opposition. The Toffees saw off Rotherham United 3-1, while the Hornets defeated Reading 2-0 away from home.

The upsets

Saido Berahino scored his first goal for 913 days to help Stoke City oust Huddersfield Town of the Premier League, with a bizarre Juninho Bacuna own goal settling matters at the Bet365 Stadium.

Norwich City also saw off top-flight opposition, with two Dennis Srbeny goals helping the Canaries to a 3-1 success at Cardiff City.

Two more sides knocked out clubs from a higher division, and penalties were a theme in both. Harry Chapman saved a last-minute Albert Adomah penalty, meaning Liam Boyce's goal was enough for Burton Albion to overcome Aston Villa.

Nottingham Forest saw off Premier League opposition on Wednesday night with a 3-1 win over Newcastle United in front of the Sky Sports cameras. Forest led 1-0 heading into stoppage time, but a Salomon Rondon goal brought the Toon level. However, further late goals from Matty Cash and Gil Dias sent Aitor Karanka's side into the Round Three draw. 

Meanwhile, Macclesfield Town extended their record of never having lost a penalty shootout – they got the better of Walsall from 12 yards after a 3-3 draw.

Big winners

Derby County and Leicester City both caught the eye with emphatic 4-0 victories, both netting twice in each half to see off the respective challenges of Hull City and Fleetwood Town.

Despite the absence of Round One's Player of the Round, Bradley Dack, Blackburn Rovers made it nine goals in two games with a 4-1 win over League Two leaders Lincoln City.

AFC Bournemouth and Oxford United also won by a three-goal margin, with the Cherries easing past Milton Keynes Dons, while two goals in the first four minutes – including a first senior goal for Shandon Baptiste – put the U's on their way to a 3-0 success at Newport County.

Carabao Cup: Round Two results


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