JOHN KRETLOW - Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Geoff Cameron saw the field once again at midfield in Stoke City's loss to Swindon Town, while Brad Guzan and Eric Lichaj helped Aston Villa get through to the next round of League Cup.
Stoke City 3 - 4 Swindon Town
Geoff Cameron will have to wait a bit longer to notch his first win with Stoke City because the Premier League club was eliminated from the League Cup by League One's Swindon Town.
Cameron started and went the distance for the Potters.
Jim Collins was the first half hero for Swindon, as he scored two goals to put his side up going into half time.
Kenwyne Jones and Jonathan Walters though notched goals for Stoke that sent the game into extra time.
Aden Flint put Swindon Town up in extra time, but Peter Crouch leveled it in the 111th minute.
Amazingly, Jim Collins gave Swindon Town the win in the dying moments of the game when he scored a right-footed shot into the right lower corner of the goal.
Alan McCormack was booked for Swindon.
Stoke will try to recover this weekend as they take on Wigan Athletic, while Swindon Town hopes to take this momentum into their League One matchup with Preston North End.
Crawley Town 2 - 1 Bolton Wanderers
Tim Ream and Bolton went down to League One side Crawley Town in one of the biggest upsets of the day.
Ream started and went the distance for Bolton.
The road team looked to have the win in the bag as Benik Afobe's first half goal was holding all the way into the final stages of the game. But, Billy Clark equalized in the 81st minute followed by Nicholas Ajose's winner in injury time which gave the League One team an improbable victory.
Claude Davis was booked for Crawley Town, while Marcos Alonso and Darren Pratley received yellow cards for Bolton.
Crawley Town next take on Leyton Orient, while Bolton play Hull City in the Championship.
Aston Villa 3 - 0 Tranmere Rovers
Brad Guzan and Eric Lichaj were on the field for Aston Villa's cup win over Tranmere Rovers.
Both Americans started and went the distance for Villa.
The home team was the clearly better on Tuesday, as Villa easily put away their League One counterparts.
Fabian Delph opened the scoring in the 38th minute for Villa as his left footed shot into the back of the net gave them the lead shortly before half time.
It took a bit over twenty minutes into the second half to get their next goal, but Chris Herd's low shot beat Owain Williams to give Villa the comfortable lead.
Villa got an insurance goal in the 81st minute when Darren Bent knocked in a goal to the upper ninety with his right foot.
The Premier League team was able to finish the game off and now go back to league play this weekend against Newcastle United.
Fabian Delph and Barry Bannan were booked for Villa, while Danny Holmes and Ash Taylor saw yellow cards for Tranmere.
Brad Guzan was credited with four saves in the game.
Tranmere take on Colchester United in league play.
Coventry City 3 - 2 Birmingham City
Jonathan Spector and Birmingham City lost to Coventry City and are out of League Cup play.
Spector started, notched a goal, and went the distance for Birmingham.
Things started out well for the Championship team, as Peter Lovenkrands' header gave the away team the early lead in the 4th minute.
Coventry City equalized in the 20th minute when Cody McDonald's left footed shot found the back of the net.
Just moments later Kevin Kilbane's shot into the upper ninety gave Coventry the lead.
Birmingham City leveled the game before half time as Spector's shot from the penalty area put the Championship team in a good spot going into the second half.
With no goals in the second half, the game went into extra time to see who continued on to the 3rd round.
The League One side found the decisive goal in the 97th minute when Carl Baker found the back of the net with a right footed shot from inside the box.
Coventry closed game and picked up the upset to the delight of the home fans.
William Edjenguele and Cody McDonald were booked for Coventry, while Hayden Mullins and Morgaro Gomis saw yellow cards for Birmingham City.
Coventry City takes on Crewe Alexandria this weekend, while Birmingham City hosts Peterborough United.
Leicester City 2 - 4 Burton Albion
Zak Whitbread and Liecester City went down to Burton Albion in the defender's debut with his new team.
Whitbread started and went the distance for Leicester.
Burton Albion went up first as Chris Palmer scored in the 20th minute, while Cleveland Taylor doubled their lead early in the second half.
Antony Knockaert got one back for Leicester in the 60th minute, but Robbie Weir quickly put Albion up two again with a penalty kick goal in the 64th minute.
Jacques Maghoma added another goal for Albion, while Marko Futacs notched a consolation goal for Leicester in the 87th minute.
Jack Dyer received the only yellow card of the game for Burton Albion.
Leicester plays Blackpool this coming weekend, while Burton Albion travels to play Exeter City.
Norwich City 2 - 1 Scunthorpe United
Mike Grella and Scunthorpe United were ousted from the League Cup as they went down to Norwich City at Carrow Road.
The American forward started and played 79 minutes.
Norwich took the early lead in possession and that helped lead to their opening goal in the 32nd minute, when Andrew Surman fed Simon Lappin who found the back of the net from 25 yards out.
The lead though would not last long, as Mark Duffy's 30-yard effort beat Norwich ‘keeper Declan Rudd in the 34th minute.
Early in the second half, the Canaries took the lead as Wes Hoolahan was taken down in the box and rewarded a penalty. The Norwich captain buried the penalty.
Grella had a decent chance at leveling the game for Scunthorpe in the 65th minute, but after beating an offsides trap, his shot was well saved by Rudd.
The Canaries take on Tottenham this weekend, while Scunthorpe tries to pick their season up on Saturday as they play Hartlepool United in league play.
Stevenage 1 - 4 Southampton
Robbie Rogers and Stevenage went down to Southampton in League play.
Rogers received his first start as a member of Stevenage. He played 62 mintues before being subbed out.
After a scoreless first half, Southampton had an offensive explosion that bolted the Premier League team into the third round of the League Cup.
Tadani Lee, Billy Sharp, Jason Puncheon, and Ben Reeves were Southampton's goal scorers, while Michael Thalassitis knocked in a consolation goal for Stevenage.
David Gray and James Dunne were booked for Stevenage.
The League One club takes on Shrewsbury Town next, while Southampton plays Manchester United.
Jon Paul Pittman played the final minutes in Oxford United's loss to Leeds United.
Frank Simek dressed but did not feature in Carlisle United's extra time victory over Ipswich Town.
Robbie Findley did not dress in Nottingham Forest's loss to Wigan Athletic.
Tim Howard did not feature in Everton's win over Leyton Orient.