Carabao Cup round up: West Ham, Leicester and Bournemouth avoid embarrassment in the tournaments second round
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The second round kicked off in dramatic fashion, with Premier League sides placed in opportune positions to face humiliating defeats at the hands of lower league teams. With the final whistle blown, only Huddersfield, Cardiff, Brighton and Newcastle faced a disappointing early exit. All eyes looked to Wimbledon as fans of the sport looked to see if the League One side could add to West Ham’s disappointing start to the season. AFC Wimbledon looked like they had toppled a Premier League giant with their opening goal in the first few minutes of the game. The sending off of Rod McDonald early in the first half ignited hope in the Hammers, with the East London club boasting huge amounts of possession. Issa Diop, West Ham’s new French signing, broke through Wimbledon’s iron curtain of a defence to score an absolute cracker of a goal. Further goals from Angelo Ogbonna and Javier Hernández spelt disappointment for Wimbledon who had put an excellent shift in against the Premier League side. Down on the southern coast was the only all Premier League match up, between two south coast teams, Brighton and Southampton. Southampton looked to put a dampener on Brighton after an impressive 3-2 win over Manchester United, a goal in which they just about managed to complete with a very late Charlie Austin header, confirming their place in the third round. A dominant performance by Everton in Liverpool saw Championship side Rotherham face a disappointing defeat. A goal from Gylfi Sigurõsson opened the contests scoring which was then doubled by Calvert-Lewin. Rotherham’s Vaulk’s claimed one back in the 86th minute but any hopes of a comeback were dispelled when Calvert-Lewin got his second of the night. Leicester City put on a thrilling show at home against Fleetwood Town, netting four goals and keeping a clean sheet. Goals from Fuchs, Iborra, Iheanacho and Ghezzal summed up an incredibly dominant performance by the Foxes, one in which they will hope to be able to carry into the Premier League. Bournemouth’s unexpected start in the Premier League has already made many pundits applaud their impressive form, a form that was continued in their first appearance of the season in the Carabao Cup. With goals from Fraser, Mousset and Ibe, Bournemouth sent MK Dons packing as they guaranteed their spot in the next round of the hotly contested competition. Relegated Stoke City looked to cause an upset against Premier League side Huddersfield and in doing so stake a claim for their return to England’s top-flight division. An early second-half goal from Berahino and an own goal by Bacuna would seal Huddersfield’s exit from the contest. Early and late goals at the City Ground summed up a dramatic night that saw Premier League Newcastle face a disappointing evening against promotion hopefuls Nottingham Forrest. Daryl Murphy netted Forest’s first goal in the second minute, which saw Benetiz’s Magpies chase the game for the duration of the match. Salomón Rondon equalised in the 90+2nd minute, but any Geordie hopes of a comeback were disregarded when Nottingham Forest’s Cash and Dias scored a further two goals in added-time.
Full list of the second-round results:
Swansea City 0 – 1 Crystal Palace
Wycombe Wanderers 2 (4) – 2 (3) Forest Green
AFC Wimbledon 1 – 3 West Ham United
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