EFL Cup Round up: Premier League clubs dominate, others fall short


  Posted: 24 Aug 16, 11:30

By: Alfred Kiura

Premier League giants Liverpool, Chelsea and Everton all avoided upsets in the second round of the EFL Cup on Tuesday 23 August.

Sadio Mane was the star of the show as Liverpool hit five past Burton Albion at the Pirelli Stadium, with Daniel Sturridge also coming off the bench to score twice in the rout.

Chelsea, Everton, Palace, Stoke win

Things were less straightforward for Chelsea against League One side Bristol Rovers as they held off a fightback to eventually win 3-2. Michy Batshuayi scored two first-half goals on his full debut for the club, while Victor Moses scored Chelsea's third as they scraped through to the next round. Arouna Kone scored twice in the final 10 minutes to help Everton to a 4-0 win over Yeovil Town at Goodison Park on a night that also saw Ashley Williams and Yannick Bolasie make their first starts for the Toffees.

Christian Benteke was another to be handed a debut as Crystal Palace overcame Blackpool 2-0, while Hull City and Swansea City both recorded 3-1 victories away from home to Exeter City and Peterborough respectively. Stoke City's Peter Crouch scored a hat-trick to help the Potters to a 4-0 win over Stevenage, as seven of the nine Premier League teams in action safely made it through.

Shocks

There were shocks for West Bromwich Albion and Watford, though, with the Baggies losing on penalties to League One side Northampton Town, while the Hornets were beaten at home by Gillingham after extra time. Arguably the match of the round came at Ewood Park where struggling Championship side Blackburn Rovers overcame their poor start to the season and a fan boycott to beat Crewe Alexandra after extra time, although they were forced to come from two goals down en route to sealing a dramatic 4-3 victory. Craig Conway appeared to have wrapped up the win in normal time with an 88th minute strike, but Crewe's Chris Dagnall forced an additional 30 with a 93rd minute equalizer before Shane Duffy - scorer of three own goals already this season - found the right net this time to finally clinch the victory.

Championship sides avoid defeat

Norwich City were the highest scorers of the night with a 6-1 thrashing of Coventry City, while fellow Championship outfits Leeds United, Nottingham Forest,  Newcastle United, Brighton and Hove Albion, Preston North End, Queens Park Rangers, and Wolverhampton Wanderers also avoided defeat to lower-league opposition. Bristol City and Reading also made it through, although they both needed penalties to overcome League One sides Scunthorpe United andMK Dons respectively. There was also a shootout at the iPro Stadium between Derby County and Carlisle United after the League Two visitors scored a 95th minute equalizer, but the Rams eventually won a thrilling shootout 14-13.


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