> Naismith sends Everton crashing out at Goodison Park
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. –