Games come thick and fast in Round Two of the Carabao Cup, but we've picked out some of the stand out moments from the midweek action!
Watkins amongst the goals on competitive debut
Aston Villa and Ollie Watkins got off to the perfect start in this season’s Carabao Cup as the Villans progressed to Round Three after a 3-1 win over Sky Bet League One side Burton Albion at the Pirelli Stadium.
This was Villa’s first competitive game of the season after their opening-day match against Manchester City in the Premier League was pushed back due to Pep Guardiola’s side’s participation in Europe last season.
However, things were not as easy for Dean Smith’s men as he would have liked, with the visitors falling behind to a stunning Colin Daniel strike inside two minutes.
Luckily, club-record signing Ollie Watkins was on hand to restore parity before the break, scoring his first goal for the club since joining from Brentford at the start of the month.
Club captain Jack Grealish celebrated signing a new five-year contract with his boyhood club by scoring in the dying minutes of the game to give the Villans a 2-1 lead, before Keinan Davis netted to set up a trip to Bristol City in the next round.
Cherries spot on against Palace
Bournemouth’s win against Crystal Palace won’t be looked back on as a Carabao Cup classic, but when both goalkeepers step up to take a spot-kick in a penalty shootout, it’s always worth recapping.
After a goalless draw inside 90 minutes, the Cherries and the Eagles had the dreaded lottery of a penalty shootout to contest with on Tuesday evening, with Jason Tindall’s Sky Bet Championship side getting the better of their Premier League counterparts.
With every outfield player on both sides stepping up and scoring their respective penalties, it was down to the two goalkeepers to try to settle the tie. It was the turn of Asmir Begovic for the hosts to see if he could give Bournemouth the advantage...
His well-struck penalty was matched by fellow stopper Wayne Hennessey in the Palace goal and, after his heroics, it was the turn of the Welshman to step up and hopefully hand Palace the win.
It was not to be though; Hennessey blasted his effort over the crossbar to keep the scores at 10-10, after David Brooks stepped up and scored, again.
Begovic would be the eventual hero for the Championship side as he saved from Luka Milivojevic the second time around.
Tiger kings… on penalties
It would have been a night to remember for Hull City captain Lewis Coyle as he stepped out onto the Elland Road turf with the armband around his arm, lining up against the team where he spent so many years as a youngster.
Mallik Wilks would also have that same feeling, and went a step better, as the former youth team star gave the Sky Bet League One side the perfect start by netting in the fifth minute of the game.
The game was looking like it was heading for a win for Grant McCann’s outfit but, in the last seconds, Ezgjan Alioski popped up to level the game and send the fixture to a penalty shootout.
But Alioski would go from hero to zero as he missed from the spot in the shootout before Coyle, on his dream evening, did exactly the same to level up the scores once again.
The Tigers would win the affair 9-8 in the end, as defender Alfie Jones netted the winner after Jamie Shackleton missed for Marcelo Bielsa’s Whites.
Hull are on the road to a Premier League side once more, this time taking on West Ham United in Round Three of the competition.
Surprised Saints stung by Bees
After missing out on promotion to the Premier League last season, Brentford certainly showed their top-division potential with an impressive display in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday evening.
Thomas Frank’s Bees were outstanding in their 2-0 victory over a strong Southampton side at St Mary’s Stadium, with goals from Christian Norgaard and Josh Dasilva handing them the victory.
It was not the best of starts for the Bees in league action as they were beaten 1-0 by Birmingham City, but a run in the cup could give them the motivation they need to mount another Premier League promotion challenge.
They must navigate their way past the team that beat them to the last automatic promotion place in the Sky Bet Championship last season, West Bromwich Albion, if they wish to make Round Four of this season’s competition.
Imps hit five and draw Premier League champions
Lincoln City’s 5-0 win over Sky Bet League Two outfit Bradford City was the largest victory in Round Two, and with such a high scoring game came a high reward - a game against the Premier League champions Liverpool in the next round.
Five different scorers, with one being scored by a Bantams player, showed that the Imps were not messing around at Valley Parade on Tuesday evening.
Liverpool missed out on a Final spot in this competition and were knocked out by Dean Smith’s Aston Villa; they will be hoping to add the Carabao Cup to their collection this time around.