Friday, 9 August 2013

Capital One Cup: Second Round Draw

With the Football League season well underway, and only a week or so until the Premier League season kicks off, the Capital One Cup is in full flow after an entertaining first round was played this week. There were six Championship sides knocked out by lower league teams with Brighton one of the shock exits as they were beaten 3-1 at home by League Two's Newport County. The Welsh side looked set to exit the competition after Ashley Barnes had given the hosts the lead. However Danny Crow netted late on to send the tie into extra time. Crow was at it again in extra time scoring from range with only three minutes played. The tie was all over though moments later as Conor Washington slid the ball home after racing through.

Other Championship casualties included Blackburn Rovers who were knocked out on penalties after drawing 3-3 with League One's Carlisle after extra time. Rovers were joined by Sheffield Wednesday and Middlesbrough who were both beaten by League Two opposition. Wednesday were beaten 2-1 away at Rotherham while Middlesbrough were beaten at home by Accrington Stanley by the same scoreline.

In one of the round's high scoring ties, Colchester United were beaten by fellow League One side Peterborough United 5-1 at home. Posh took the lead early on as Gabriel Zakuani nodded a Grant McCann cross into the net. The home side were level soon after as Jabo Ibehre smashed home to draw level. But the away side went goal crazy as Tyrone Barnett headed into the net, before Tommy Rowe made the score 3-1 with a thunderbolt. Two more goals from Lee Tomlin late on meant Darren Ferguson's side came out 5-1 winners. 

All Premier League sides come into the second round bar the clubs competing in Europe meaning there are 14 top flight clubs playing for a third round tie. Wigan also wait until the third round as they are also competing in the Europa League having won the FA Cup last season. In the second round draw one of the stand out ties sees Liverpool host League One Notts County. Having beaten Wolves in the first round, Morecambe's reward is a home game against Newcastle United. Newport County's reward is a trip to West Brom. 

All ties will commence the week beginning the 26th August 2013.

Second Round Fixtures: 
Carlisle v Leicester City
Doncaster Rovers v Leeds United
Notts Forest v Millwall
Sunderland v MK Dons
West Brom v Newport County
Bristol City v Crystal Palace
Peterborough United v Reading
Barnsley v Southampton
Burton Albion v Fulham
Burnley v Preston
Liverpool v Notts County
Norwich City v Bury
Leyton Orient v Hull
Everton v Stevenage
Stoke City v Walsall
Huddersfield Town v Charlton Athletic
Aston Villa v Rotherham
Tranmere v Bolton Wanderers
Morecambe v Newcastle United
QPR v Swindon Town
Derby County v Brentford
Watford v Bournemouth 
Yeovil Town v Birmingham City
Accrington Stanley v Cardiff City
West Ham United v Cheltenham Town

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