KENYA BROWN - Wednesday, September 21, 2016
DeAndre Yedlin got his first start for Newcastle in their win over Wolves, while Lynden Gooch and Sunderland advanced after their win at QPR.
Newcastle United 2-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers
First half goals from Matt Ritchie and Yoan Gouffran were enough to help the Magpies secure the win over their opposition at St. James' Park and advance to the next round of the EFL Cup.
Yedlin made his first start for Newcastle and the played the entire game.
The win over Wolves was bit of revenge for Newcastle as they were defeated by the same team over the weekend.
Ritchie opened the scoring in the 29th minute when Yedlin passed the ball off to the midfielder from the right. Ritchie then split the Wolves' defense with a one-two pass with teammate Jack Colback and unleashed a curling shot that was beyond the reach of goalkeeper Andrew Lonergan to give the home side the lead.
It was then Gouffran's turn to double Newcastle's lead two minutes later. Ritchie would this time be the provider as his cross from the right found the Frenchman, who was running into the box, and his powerful volley shot found the back of the net.
Newcastle will face Preston North End in the next round on October 25.
QPR 1-2 Sunderland
Paddy McNair's second half brace in the second half helped Sunderland to a come-from-behind win at Loftus Road Stadium to continue their campaign for silverware.
Gooch made his return to the starting lineup for the Black Cats after sitting on the substitutes bench in their league game over the weekend.
The win should be encouraging for Sunderland as their league campaign has sputtered along so far, with them failing to win a game and only earning one point.
After a scoreless first half, it would be the host that opened the scoring in the 60th minute. A corner kick found the head of Joel Lynch who put the ball into the path of teammate Sandro and his volley from just inside the area hit the back of the net.
The goal only woke up Sunderland and they would level the score 10 minutes later. McNair was able to get through the QPR defense and slide a shot past goalkeeper Matt Ingram.
McNair scored the game-winner in the 80th minute. Ingram would fumble a cross in the area and the Northern Irishman would be there to pounce on the rebound and calmly put his shot away.
Sunderland now advance to the next round to face Southampton.
Gedion Zelalem came off the bench for Arsenal while Eric Lichaj started at right back for Nottingham Forest as the Gunners advanced with a 4-0 win.
Emerson Hyndman made his first appearance for Bournemouth but they were eliminated by score of 3-2 by Preston North End after extra time.
Tim Ream started and Luca De La Torre came off the bench in Fulham's 2-1 loss to Bristol City.
Cameron Carter-Vickers started in central defense for Tottenham in their 5-0 trouncing of Gillingham.
Geoff Cameron started as Stoke City were knocked out of the tournament after a 2-1 loss to Hull City.