There were goals and shocks a plenty as eight Championship sides were knocked out of the competition in the first round in an entertaining night's action
|LEAGUE CUP FIRST ROUND RESULTS
||MILLWALL||2-2 (pens: 1-4)||CRAWLEY|
||OXFORD UTD||0-0 (pens: 5-3)
||1-1 (pens: 3-4)
||LEYTON ORIENT||PORT VALE||1-3||BURNLEY|
||1-2 (AET)||TRANMERE||STEVENAGE||3-1||AFC WIMBLEDON
|DAG & RED
||5-5 (pens: 6-7)||SCUNTHORPE||TORQUAY||0-4||LEICESTER|
Derby hosted Scunthorpe in undoubtedly the most entertaining tie of the first round. The Rams scored from three first half corners to lead 3-0 at half-time. New captain Richard Keogh introduced himself to his new fans with a 30th minute header before defensive partner Jake Buxton doubled hosts lead four minutes later and Theo Robinson made it three goals in ten minutes.
Andy Barcham responded for the Iron only for Buxton to restore his side's three goal lead a minute later. Strikes form mike Grella and Bobby Grant were countered by a Nathan Tyson goal on 83 minutes. But, remarkably, two goals in stoppage time from Connor Jennings and Grant again levelled scores at 5-5 sending the game into extra time. The Championship side eventually lost on penalties 7-6.
Northampton provided one of the biggest shocks of the night coming from behind to beat Championship opponents Cardiff. Heidar Helguson put the Bluebirds in front from the penalty spot after just four minutes, but headers form David Artell and Alex Nicholls secured a shock win for the Cobblers.
Blackpool hosted fellow seaside outfit Morecambe succumbing to one of the biggest shocks of the first round so far. The Shrimps led from the start after Lewis Alessandra gave them a sixth minute lead, a lead which was doubled 10 minutes into the second half by a cool Andrew Fleming finish. The Championship side responded through an Alex Baptiste strike but it proved to be no more than a consolation.
Deepdale was the location of another Championship scalp on Monday night, with League One side Preston dumping newly promoted Huddersfield out of the competition with a 2-0 victory. Goals from Jack King and debutant Nicky Wroe secured victory for Graham Westley's men.
Sheffield Wednesday had to fight back from two goals down in their clash against Oldham. A seventh minute goal from Jordan Slew was followed by a Jean Yves Myvoto header giving the League One side a 2-0 lead at half-time. Nejc Pecnik missed a chance to halve the Latics' lead from the penalty spot just before half-time. However, the Owls mounted an impressive second-half comeback starting with an goal from winger Jermaine Johnson. Two close range finishes in eight minutes from former Oldham striker Chris O'Grady gave the Yorkshire side a second-half lead before Michail Antonio made sure of the result late on.Fleetwood tasted defeat in their first ever League Cup tie as a second-half Dexter Blackstock goal gave Nottingham Forest a narrow victory over the Cod Army.
Birmingham ran out convincing winners against Barnet despite falling behind to their League Two opponents through a Jonathan Nurse header. A Marlon King penalty sent the sides in level at half time before The Blues asserted their dominance after the break with goals from Steven Caldwell, Darren Ambrose, Peter Lovenkrands and Wade Elliott.
Ashton Gate played host to first round upset as Bristol City were defeated by League Two Gillingham. A penalty on the stroke of half-time from Danny Kedwell was added to by Ben Strevens. The Gills maintained their two goal lead until the 94th minute before Marvin Elliott bagged a consolation for City.
Charlton and Leyton Orient were tied 1-1 after 120 minutes of football with goals from Scott Wagstaff and Mathieu Baudry respectively. Chris Powell’s men eventually lost to their London neighbours 4-3 on penalties.
All the goals came in extra time as Chesterfield lost to Tranmere 2-1 at the Proact Stadium. Cole Stockton's strike was cancelled out by Spireites captain Jack Lester before substitute Abdulai Bell-Baggie netted the winner.
Dagenham and Redbridge held Coventry City until the 90th minute, before the teams were finally separated by a Kevin Kilbane penalty.
Exeter struck first in their tie against Crystal Palace as John O’Flynn struck inside 2 minutes. Jermaine Easter brought the Eagles back on terms from the penalty spot before Kagisho Dikgacoi scored what proved to be a decisive headed goal just before half-time.
Bristol Rover’s Matt Gill’s wonder strike gave the Pirates the lead over hosts Ipswich before Jason Scotland subsequently cancelled out the lead on 40 minutes. Michael Chopra missed an opportunity to extend the lead from the penalty spot but his blushes were spared as Tommy Smith netted from resultant corner. An Aaron Cresswell header completed the scoring six minutes from time.
The New Den played host to an entertaining affair between Millwall and Crawley. The League One newcomers took lead through Hope Apkan before Darren Ward headed in an equaliser for the hosts. Crawley regained the lead through Nick Adams' curled finish before the Lions substitute and former Crawley striker Shaun Batt sent the game into extra-time. Richie Barker's side eventually went through 4-1 on penalties.
Peterborough ran out convincing winners at London Road with a 4-0 win over Southend. Lee Tomlin gave the Posh a 12th minute lead over the shrimpers and a further two goals in two minutes from Paul Taylor and Joel Newell respectively resulted in a 3-0 half-time lead. George Boyd added a fourth after the break.
Portsmouth cobbled together a team of youth players and trialists for their trip to Plymouth. Goals from Johnny Gorman, Paris Cowan-Hall and Nick Chadwick condemned the crisis-hit club to a 3-0 defeat.
Former Manchester City trialist Chris Shuker gave cash strapped Port Vale a ninth minute lead only for it to be cancelled out two minutes later by Burnley debutant Jason Shackell. Charlie Austin benefited from a sloppy back pass to give his side the lead and Dean Marney completed the scoring just before half-time.
Oxford and Bournemouth played out the only goalless draw of the evening as the game was settled by a penalty shootout. The home side progressed winning 5-3 on penalties.
A Pim Balkenstein own goal gifted Stevenage an early lead in their first round tie against Wimbledon. James Dunne extended The Boro's lead only for Brendan Kiernan to strike back three minutes later. However, a close range strike from Mark Roberts sealed victory for Gary Smith’s side.
Paolo Di Canio's Swindon provided one of the most impressive performances of the first round beating Championship Brighton 3-0. Gus Poyet's side were well beaten with Paul Benson and Alan Navarro (2) providing the goals.
Leicester cruised into the second round after beating Torquay 4-0. Goals from Lloyd Dyer, Ben Marshall, Matty James and Jamie Vardy secured a a straightforward victory.
Yeovil hosted fellow League One side Colchester in their first round tie and Richard Hinds gave the Glovers an early lead from a fourth minute corner and then extended their lead just before half-time. Keanu Marsh-Brown's 78th minute strike rounded off the scoring at Huish Park.
A round-up of all Saturday's fixtures in the League Cup first round, can be found here.