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RJ DEMELLO - Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Jozy Altidore got much needed playing time for Sunderland, while Eric Lichaj continued a solid start to the season with the Championships top club, in midweek League Cup action.

Bolton 3 - 2 Crewe

Tim Ream and Bolton were able to put their league problems aside and sneak through to the third round of the Capital One Cup on Tuesday.

Ream started in defense and yet again went 90 minutes for Wanderers.

Brad Inman put Crewe ahead after just two minutes, cutting in from the left to finish past Bolton keeper Andy Lonergon.

Wanderers got back to level terms thanks to Darren Pratley and his 40th minute header. The club then went ahead thanks to Jermaine Beckford in the 92nd minute.

Shockingly, Crewe managed to equalize in the eighth minute of stoppage time from Marcus Haber and send the game to extra-time.

Beckford once again found himself in front of goal and put Bolton in the lead for good in the 107th minute.

Now, Ream and company must face Chelsea in the next round in about a month's time.

Nottingham 2 - 0 Huddersfield

Eric Lichaj and Nottingham Forest continued the clubs splendid start to the season with yet another victory.

Lichaj got the start and played 90 minutes at the back in the win.

It took a bit but the breakthrough eventually came for Forest, but from an unlikely source. Huddersfield striker James Vaughan headed into his own net in the 72nd minute to give the visitors the lead.

Henri Lansbury then put the tie to bed with a goal in the 82nd minute.

Forest has drawn Tottenham in round three and will take on the Spurs next month.

Sunderland 3 - 0 Birmingham City

Jozy Altidore and Sunderland managed a late surge to take down Championship side Birmingham on Wednesday.

Altidore started at striker, played 90 minutes, and was credited with an assist in the win.

Birmingham was the better team for much of the match and was unlucky to go behind in the 77th minute from a Jordi Gomez strike.

It took 10 minutes for Sunderland to put the game beyond doubt, with some thanks to Altidore. The American bulldozed along the Birmingham backline and on the right side of the box sent a shot for the left post. City's keeper saved well but right into the path of Adam Johnson who scored easily.

Connor Wickham closed out the scoring just a minute later and the Black Cats advanced with a flattering score-line.

Sunderland will now take on Stoke City in the third round of the cup in late September.

Notes:

Brad Guzan was an unused substitute in Aston Villa's surprising 1-0 loss to Leyton Orient.

Geoff Cameron started in the midfield for Stoke and played 38 minutes before leaving through an injury, the extent of which unknown at this time. The Potters went on to beat Portsmouth 3-0.

Jonathan Spector came on for the injured Neal Eardley and played 67 minutes in Birmingham City's 3-0 loss to Sunderland.

Brek Shea didn't make the 18 for Stoke in the team's victory.

Duane Holmes came on as a substitute and played 17 minutes in Huddersfield's 2-0 loss to Nottingham Forest.

Emerson Hyndman missed out on making the game-day squad for Fulham in the club's 1-0 win against Brentford.

Zak Whitbread got the start and went 90 minutes in Derby County's 1-0 success against Charlton.

Danny Williams remains sidelined with a knee injury so was forced to only watch as Reading's 1-0 victory over Scunthorpe.
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