Another blockbuster night of football in the EFL Trophy, we've picked out the five best results from Tuesday evening's action...
Sunderland AFC 5-3 Carlisle United - Northern Group A
In one of the games of the evening in the Northern Section of the EFL Trophy Group Stages, Sunderland AFC eventually managed to pick up the three points in a thrilling 5-3 win against Carlisle United, to secure their place in the next round of the competition.
After going a goal down early on at the Stadium of Light, the home side rallied, and in turn blew the visiting Sky Bet League Two outfit out of the water by turning the game on its head to be leading 2-1 at the break.
Goals from Charlie Wyke and Chris Maguire, the latter netting his second of the game, saw the Black Cats go 4-1 up with just over 20 minutes of the game remaining, but the visitors hit back in impressive style through a quick-fire double from Jonathan Mellish.
A nervy final eight minutes or so ensued, but Jack Diamond was on hand for Phil Parkinson’s side to wrap up the win with a 91st minute goal to kill the game.
Harrogate Town 3-1 Leicester City U21 - Northern Group H
EFL new boys Harrogate Town are certainly enjoying the EFL Trophy in their inaugural season, and having just missed out on a bonus point in their penalty shootout defeat to Grimsby Town last time out, a win against Leicester City’s youngsters was much needed.
The Town were on form at the Keepmoat stadium on Tuesday night, and managed to get that first win of the Group Stages with a 3-1 victory against Steve Beaglehole’s side.
Three points lifted Simon Weaver’s outfit above the young Foxes into top spot in Northern Group H, and a win over Hull City in game three will guarantee them passage to the next round
Burton Albion 2-4 Cambridge United - Southern Group H
Cambridge United are through to the next round of the EFL Trophy after recording an impressive 4-2 victory over Sky Bet League One outfit Burton Albion at the Pirelli Stadium.
The U’s knew that a win would we be enough to see them through, after seeing off Fulham’s young guns in matchday one of the Group Stages.
What made Tuesday night’s win even more special for Mark Bonner’s side is that they were two goals down inside four minutes after strikes from Lucas Akins and Joe Powell put the hosts in control of the tie. Or so you would think.
Cambridge has other ideas and were back level as the two teams went in at half time. With just over 10 minutes of the game remaining a strike from Harry Darling gave the League Two side the lead before Luke Hannant’s second of the evening wrapped up the three points.
Newport County 0-5 Norwich City U21 - Southern Group F
Norwich City’s U21 side along with a handful of other sides have been the pick of the bunch in this season’s EFL Trophy, and they were on the ascendancy again on Tuesday evening.
A thrilling 5-0 victory over Michael Flynn’s Newport County saw them, like a number of others, head through to the next round of the competition.
After his hat-trick last night, 18 year old Tyrese Omotoye is certainly a player to watch out for in this competition. The youngster has scored four goals in two games for the young Canaries, and has no plans for his goal scoring exploits to stop there.
Swindon Town 3-4 Exeter City - Southern Group E
Exeter City put themselves in pole position in Southern Group E after a 4-3 away victory against Swindon Town. The Grecians have now secured two wins from their two Group Stage games, and look poised to head through to the next round.
A win against West Bromwich Albion U21 next time out, will ensure progression for Matt Taylor’s side.