Kuqi gives Oldham victory

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Striker Shefki Kuqi steered Oldham into the third round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy with a hard-earned 1-0 victory at Scunthorpe.

Kuqi struck the only goal of the game after 27 minutes, forcing home the rebound after a header from centre-back Nathan Clarke from a free-kick had come back off the bar.

Man of the match Jake Kean saved two spot kicks as Rochdale advanced after beating Walsall 3-1 on penalties after the scores were tied 1-1 after 90 minutes at Spotland.

The hosts proved superior from the spot, converting three kicks while the Saddlers Richard Taundry and Kevan Hurst saw their attempts saved and Ryan Jarvis blazed over the bar.

Substitute Nialle Rodney struck the winning penalty as Bradford beat local rivals Huddersfield 4-3 on spot-kicks to move into the third round in a game which ended 2-2 after normal time.

Antony Kay and Tommy Miller missed for Huddersfield in the shoot-out, with Lee Novack, Danny Ward and Alan Lee on target. But after former Huddersfield man Michael Flynn fluffed City's first penalty, the visitors converted the rest to secure a second shoot-out win in the competition after they beat Sheffield Wednesday by the same method in the first round.

A clinical display saw 10-man Chesterfield embarrass defeat Notts County 3-1 to reach the quarter-finals, while Preston made it through to the third round after a thrilling 7-6 penalty shoot-out win over Morecambe at the Globe Arena.

Morecambe trailed 2-0 at the break after a poor start to. The Shrimps went a goal down after just three minutes when Brian McLean headed a Paul Parry free-kick past Barry Roche from six yards and it was 2-0 in the 21st minute when Juhvel Tsoumou finished smartly past Roche.

The Shrimps pulled one back seven minutes from time after a mistake from Andreas Arestidou. Roche cleared long and Arestidou raced from his line to block. His first touch was a decent one but he was robbed by Phil Jevons who put the ball into the empty net.Kevin Ellison made the pressure pay with a goal two minutes into injury time when he hammered home from Will Haining's cross.

Ched Evans scored a dramatic injury-time winner to give Sheffield United a 2-1 victory over South Yorkshire rivals Rotherham and take the Blades through.

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Barry Roche
Sheffield Wednesday
Tommy Miller
Nathan Clarke
Alan Lee
Antony Kay
Phil Jevons
Scunthorpe United
League One
Huddersfield Town
Shefki Kuqi
Richard Taundry
Paul Parry
Bradford City
Preston North End
Will Haining
Oldham Athletic
Andreas Arestidou
Sheffield United
Michael Flynn
Kevan Hurst
Ryan Jarvis
Ched Evans
Notts County
Kevin Ellison
Nathan Clarke

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