League Cup round-up: Watford crash out and nervous nights for Aston Villa, Stoke and Crystal Palace

first_imgWatford became the first League Cup shock of the season after losing to Championship side Preston North End.The Hornets made 11 changes to their side and were unable to find the net as Marnick Vermijl’s goal proved decisive.Stoke avoided the upset of the round as they were taken all the way to penalties by League Two Luton Town after the game finished 3-3 after extra-time.The first 14 penalties were all converted successfully until Scott Griffiths’ effort smashed into the crossbar, leaving Geoff Cameron to win it 8-7 for the Premier League side.West Bromwich Albion also needed penalties to overcome Port Vale of League One after a 0-0 draw at the Hawthorns.Scott Sinclair scored a hat-trick as Aston Villa needed extra time to overcome a defiant Notts County in the League Cup as they won 5-3 at Villa Park.Villa fell behind twice in normal time but clawed it back with the winner coming in the 99th minute of the game.Similarly, Crystal Palace were taken into extra time by League One Shrewsbury Town as the game ended 1-1 after 90 minutes.Nevertheless, the Eagles netted twice in two minutes to end the game as 4-1 victors to go through to the next round.Sunderland avoided a shock defeat to Exeter City after the League Two twice came from behind to draw level.However, a Jermain Defoe hat-trick and a brace from Jack Rodwell were too much for Exeter as the game ended 6-3.Leicester City maintained their impressive start to the season with a 4-1 victory away to Bury with 20-year-old debutant Joe Dodoo netting a hat-trick.Newcastle beat Northampton 4-1 at St James’ Park after racing to a 2-0 lead within eight minutes as new signing Florian Thauvin scored his first goal for the Magpies.Other results:Birmingham 2-0 GillinghamBurton 1-2 MiddlesbroughDoncaster 1-4 IpswichFulham 3-0 Sheffield UnitedHartlepool 0-4 BournemouthHull 1-0 RochdaleMK Dons 2-1 CardiffPeterborough 1-4 CharltonPortsmouth 1-2 CharltonQPR 1-2 CarlisleRotherham 1-2 NorwichSheffield Wednesday 1-0 Oxford UnitedSwansea 3-0 YorkWalsall 2-1 Brighton Preston 1last_img