Liverpool were given an almighty scare and needed extra time to beat League one side Notts County and go through to the third round of the Capital One Cup.
After being 2-0 up at the hour mark, thanks to goals from Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool were caught out by a Notts County side who were determined to give to
Two goals before the 90th minutes saw them push the reds to extra time, where they exerted their dominance thanks to Sturridge’s second and a fourth by Henderson to cap off the evening, which saw injuries to Kolo Touré, Joe Allen and Aly Cissokho, which doesn’t bode well for Sunday’s clash with Manchester United.
Meanwhile at Ashton Gate, Ian Holloway made 11 changes to his Crystal Palace side that lost at Stoke on Saturday and still ended up losing by the same margin as they lost 2-1 League One’s Bristol City.
His team, which was filled with youngsters, went one down after a piece of individual brilliance from Jay Emmanuel-Thomas just before the hour mark. Scott Wagstaff's half-volley 10 minutes later then put City 2-0 up.
An Owen Garvan goal in the 90th minute, was nothing more than a mere consolation and reaffirmed his belief that the Eagles need to strengthen before the close of the transfer window if they are to have any chance of staying up.
Elsewhere, after going two down just before the hour mark, it took a blitzkrieg, which saw 4 goals in the final 15 minutes, to see Sunderland past MK Dons. Substitute Connor Wickham’s brace, sandwiched between two more from Jozy Altidore and Adam Johnson, saved Di Canio’s blushes and gave Sunderland their first win of the season.
But, even the win was no cause for celebration as Di Canio said at the post-match conference: "For 15 minutes I was very, very happy but for 75 minutes I was very, very unhappy, so the balance is still not very good." Although they were warned of the capabilities of a resolute MK Dons side, they almost still lost it, but for a splendid final 15 minutes.
At Upton Park, two goals either side of halftime by Ricardo Vaz Te and Ravel Morrison saw West Ham United beat League Two’s Cheltenham Town 2-1. Ravel Morrison was the star of the show as he showed just why he was regarded as the best talent to emerge out of Manchester since Paul Scholes with the winner and some brilliant play.
Three more Premier League clubs convincingly beat lower league opposition to go through to the third round. A Saido Berahino hat-trick helped West Brom cruise past League Two’s Newport County 3-0, whilst Southampton and Norwich, enjoyed similarly convincing wins as they beat Barnsley and Bury, 5-1 and 6-3 respectively to book their place in the third round.
Newcomers Hull City and Fulham on the other hand, just managed to scrape past Leyton Orient and Burton Albion respectively. Whilst it took a Robert Brady goal in the opening minutes of the second half of extra time to see Hull through, Fulham needed penalties after the game was deadlocked at 2-2 after 120 minutes of football. After eventually prevailing 5-4 in the shootout, their manager Martin Jol was full of praise for the League Two club.
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