The first round of the competition saw goals, red cards and several games going into extra-time and penalty shoot-outs in a busy day of action
|LEAGUE CUP FIRST ROUND RESULTS
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Middlesbrough travelled to Bury and emerged victorious courtesy of goals from Marvin Emnes and Grant Leadbitter, despite Mark Hughes grabbing one back for the hosts.
Carlisle also secured a narrow victory against Accrington courtesy of a single Matthew Robson strike as they won 1-0.
There was plenty of action at Whaddon Road as Cheltenham took on MK Dons. The visitors looked to be in trouble when Stephen Gleeson saw red five minutes before the break. However, Dean Bowditch scored in first-half injury time to put the MK Dons ahead before Kaid Mohamed equalised for the Robins. The game stayed that way until after extra-time with the visitors eventually prevailing 5-3 on penalties.
Crewe thrashed Hartlepool 5-0 with goals by Ajay Leitch-Smith, and a strike from Paul Pogba’s brother Mathias, sandwiching a double from Max Clayton as Steve Davis’ side ran riot in the first half. The icing on the cake was supplied by Pogba again as he netted his second, and Crewe's fifth, in the 90th minute.
Doncaster and York could not be separated after a 1-1 draw at the Keepmoat Stadium. Michael Coulson opened the scoring before Chris Brown equalised from the penalty spot after Lee Bullock was penalised for a foul on David Cotterill. The hosts eventually won 4-2 after a penalty shoot-out.
Likewise Hull and Rotherham also shared a goal apiece after Lionel Ainsworth’s second-half opener was equalised by Aaron McLean. The game also went all the way to a shoot-out with Hull winning 7-6 on spot-kicks.
However, there was no shortage of goals at Elland Road as Leeds United also made light work of opponents Shrewsbury. First-half goals from Luciano Beccio and Luke Varney and two more from David Norris and Lee Peltier secured an emphatic win.
The goals were in short supply at Notts County after they drew 0-0 with Bradford, an extra-time strike by James Hanson secured passage for the visitors with the game finally ending 1-0.
Goals were at a premium too at Watford who needed an extra-time strike from Chris Iwelumo to knock out Wycombe.
Rochdale and Barnsley shared seven goals in a 4-3 thriller. The hosts took the lead through Andrew Tutte but were pegged back when John Stones’s header equalised for Barnsley. The visitors then took the lead late on through Craig Davies before a 94th minutes penalty from Jason Kennedy saw the game head into extra-time.
A double from Chris Dagall then followed and was enough to see Barnsley through although a Kenny penalty gave the hosts late hope, although it was ultimately in vain.
At Bramall Lane Burton Albion took the lead through Adi Yussuf but a Nick Blackman header five minutes after the break restored parity for Sheffield United. Goals from Cleveland Taylor and Neil Collins meant the game finished 2-2, although Burton ended with 10 men after Marcus Holness saw red in extra-time. Burton eventually prevailing 5-4 on penalties.
An eighth minute goal from Ashley Hemmings gave Walsall the win against Brentford who suffered further misery when Jake Reeves was sent off for violent conduct midway through the first half.
Meanwhile at Wolves, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake fired home from close range to give the Molineux side the lead but it lasted less than 10 minutes as Michael Rankine headed home from close range to equalise for Aldershot. There were no further goals at Molineux but the hosts survived to face the next round after a 7-6 win on penalties.