Tof­fees top­pled

> Nai­smith sends Ever­ton crash­ing out at Good­i­son Park

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

SEC­OND-TIER Nor­wich spoiled Ever­ton’s im­pres­sive start to the sea­son and in­flicted Ron­ald Koe­man’s first de­feat as Tof­fees boss with a 2-0 EFL win at Good­i­son Park.

Bournemouth were the other top-flight ca­su­al­ties as sec­ond-tier Pre­ston won 3-2 thanks to a hat­trick from Den­mark striker Si­mon Makienok.

Ever­ton are sec­ond in the Premier League but Koe­man made six changes and his stand-ins were brushed aside by pro­mo­tion-chas­ing Nor­wich.

The Ca­naries went ahead when for­mer Ever­ton striker Steven Nai­smith slipped as he went to shoot and in­ad­ver­tently lobbed the ball into the net.

Josh Mur­phy’s su­perb strike from the edge of the area in the 74th minute com­pleted the up­set.

“I can’t crit­i­cise the play­ers. We played well but weren’t clin­i­cal enough. The dif­fer­ence was Nor­wich were clin­i­cal with their two chances,” Koe­man said.

At Dean Court, Makienok, who hadn’t scored in his pre­vi­ous 19 ap­pear­ances, gave Pre­ston the lead in the 10th minute be­fore Bournemouth equalised through Lewis Grab­ban’s 53rd minute penalty.

Dan Gosling put the hosts ahead from close range in the 76th minute, only for Makienok to force ex­tra-time in the 85th minute and then win it for Si­mon Grayson’s men in the 111th minute.

Lu­cas Perez’s first goals for Ar­se­nal in­spired a 4-0 rout of sec­ond-tier Nottingham For­est at the City Ground.

Gun­ners boss Arsene Wenger, who has never won the League Cup, made 11 changes from the team that thrashed Hull on Satur­day and the un­der­stud­ies went ahead in the 23rd minute through a long-range ef­fort from Switzer­land mid­fielder Granit Xhaka.

Span­ish striker Perez, who ar­rived from De­portivo La Coruna on trans­fer-dead­line day, opened his Ar­se­nal ac­count in his third ap­pear­ance with a 60th-minute penalty after a foul on Chuba Akpom.

Perez got his sec­ond in the 71st minute and Alex Oxlade-Cham­ber­lain got Ar­se­nal’s fourth in stop­page time.

New­cas­tle de­feated Cham­pi­onship ri­vals Wolves 2-0, Leeds beat fel­low sec­ond-tier side Black­burn 1-0, while Read­ing won 2-1 in another all-Cham­pi­onship clash at Brighton. – AFP

Nor­wich City’s Steven Nai­smith (right) cel­e­brates scor­ing their first goal with team­mate Nel­son Oliveira dur­ing their EFL Cup 3rd round against Ever­ton at Good­i­son Park yes­ter­day. –

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