Robins sink Palace; Reds relief
A review of Tuesday night's Capital One Cup second-round action, including Crystal Palace's shock exit at Bristol City.
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Second-half strikes from Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and Scott Wagstaff sealed a 2-1 victory for the home side, with Owen Garvan grabbing a consolation for Palace in stoppage time.
Defeat was a blow for Holloway, but perhaps not entirely surprising - he made 11 changes from Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Stoke.
The Reds opened the scoring in the fourth minute through a fine solo effort from Raheem Sterling.
Sturridge then made the most of a defence-splitting pass from Steven Gerrard to put the hosts 2-0 up in the 29th.
But Sky Bet League One outfit County, perhaps feeling as if they had nothing to lose, then went at their opponents early in the second half and were rewarded with a headed goal in the 62nd minute from Yoann Arquin.
And the visitors then stunned Reds fans by snatching an equaliser with six minutes of normal time remaining, substitute Adam Coombes slotting in.
County had penalty shouts turned down in extra-time when Enda Stevens went down under the attentions of Sterling in the box, and moments later Sturridge stroked in his second goal of the night and fourth of the season.
That strike was in the 105th minute and in the 110th, substitute Jordan Henderson cut through the County defence to wrap up the win for the Barclays Premier League side
Jack Dyer, the Sky Bet League Two club's third penalty taker in the shoot-out, saw his spot-kick saved by David Stockdale.
That miss came immediately after Bryan Ruiz had a lucky escape - his penalty striking the post but ricocheting into the back of the net off unfortunate Albion goalkeeper Dean Lyness.
John Arne Riise belted home the final penalty to send Martin Jol's Premier League team through - but not after a scare.
Fulham broke Burton down in the 36th minute through Adel Taarabt.
Dyer sent the tie into extra time with an equaliser after 85 minutes, and Burton went ahead in the 102nd minute through substitute Michael Symes.
It looked like Gary Rowett's side would mark their first ever League Cup tie at the Pirelli Stadium with a famous victory but Fulham substitute Hugo Rodallega levelled with three minutes remaining to send it to penalties.
Goals from Patrick Bamford and Izale McLeod put the visitors in control before Jozy Altidore finally got the home side on the scoresheet with 12 minutes left.
The home side's dramatic revival soon kicked into gear with Connor Wickham equalising three minutes from time and netting Sunderland's third in the 89th minute. Adam Johnson completed the comeback deep into injury time.
With a trip to Manchester City on the horizon, City boss Steve Bruce named a completely different starting line-up to the one that secured their first Premier League win of the season against Norwich on Saturday.
Those that came in hardly did themselves any favours in east London and only managed to progress from the second-round tie thanks to substitute Brady's touch of class in the additional period.
Ricardo Vaz Te's direct free-kick gave Sam Allardyce's men the lead three minutes before half-time and then Morrison struck moments into the second half after a precise cross from Stewart Downing.
Cheltenham fought their way back through a Matt Richards penalty on 58 minutes, but the Hammers held on for a 2-1 win.
Elmander set up Martin Olsson for a 23rd-minute opener and Anthony Pilkington made it 2-0 on the half-hour before Elmander got on the scoresheet himself seven minutes into the second half.
Bury pulled one back through Anton Forrester before Elmander hit his second and, after a second Bury goal through William Edjenguele, another Canaries new boy, Leroy Fer, made it 4-2 to the hosts.
The scoring continued into injury time with Norwich substitute Steven Whittaker grabbing a sixth for the hosts before Jessy Reindorf hit another consolation for the visitors.
Stephen Dawson pulled a goal back before further goals from Emmanuel Mayuka, a Davis penalty and an injury-time effort from Gaston Ramirez.
The 20-year-old academy product, who fled his war-ravaged home country as a 10-year-old, was by far and away his side's stand-out performer as he took the game to the Welsh side from the first minute to effectively wrap up the win before the half-time whistle had even blown.
Summer signing Scott Sinclair was one of five full debutants for Albion while third-choice goalkeeper Luke Daniels stood in for Ben Foster after he suffered a stress fracture in his foot.
League One Peterborough pulled off the biggest win of the night with a 6-0 thrashing of Championship Reading at London Road.
Lee Tomlin scored a hat-trick for Posh and further goals came from Britt Assombalonga, Danny Swanson and Jack Payne.
Birmingham beat Yeovil on spot-kicks, but only after a bizarre 3-3 draw.
Blues players and staff were incensed when Byron Webster scored to take the match into extra-time. They felt the home side should have returned the ball to them after goalkeeper Colin Doyle had kicked the ball out of play following an injury to Birmingham defender Dan Burn.
Yeovil moved ahead in extra-time through Luke Ayling, but then immediately allowed the visitors to walk in an equaliser from Lee Novak, apparently as compensation for Webster's controversial effort, before Tom Adeyemi's penalty in the shoot-out took the 2011 League Cup winners into the third round.
Former Newcastle striker Nile Ranger scored his first goal for Swindon in a shock 2-0 win over Harry Redknapp's QPR at Loftus Road.
Chris Martin and Conor Sammon both scored twice in Derby's 5-0 thrashing of Brentford, while Chris Wood scored a hat-trick as Leicester also hit five in a 5-2 win at Carlisle.
Ross McCormack's late penalty sealed a 3-1 win for Leeds in their Yorkshire derby at Doncaster, and Adam Hammill scored a late winner as Huddersfield twice came from behind to beat Charlton 3-2.
Tranmere edged out Championship Bolton 4-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw at Prenton Park and Burnley overcame Preston 2-0 at Turf Moor.