EFL CUP RE­VIEW

Stan­ley de­nied by Payet, Nor­wich shock Ever­ton and Pre­ston de­light

The Football League Paper - - INSIDE - By John Lyons

AC­CRING­TON Stan­ley man­ager John Cole­man promised in last Sun­day’s FLP that his side would rise to the oc­ca­sion against West Ham in the EFL Cup – and he wasn’t wrong.

He also sug­gested his League Two side would sur­prise the Ham­mers with how they ap­proached the game, get­ting the ball down and play­ing it.

So how galling it must have been af­ter all their hard work – and no lit­tle skill – to see West Ham’s French star Dim­itri Payet, who had come off the sub­sti­tutes’ bench at half-time, net the only goal of the game in the sixth minute of stop­page time with a trade­mark free-kick.

“We came here to win and we matched them for most of the game,” said Cole­man. “Un­for­tu­nately we've gone to sleep in the 96th minute and you give a player of Payet's qual­ity a free-kick on the edge of the box and it's tan­ta­mount to a penalty.”

But if Stan­ley were left with that ‘what if’ feel­ing, then there were other EFL clubs feel­ing a whole lot hap­pier,

none more so that Nor­wich and Pre­ston, who both took Pre­mier scalps. Not many peo­ple would have Fan­cied the Ca­naries to win at Ever­ton, but the Cham­pi­onship side had other ideas and came away with an Im­pres­sive 2-0 vic­tory. For­mer Ever­ton man Gary Nai­smith gave Nor­wich the lead to stun the Good­i­son Park faith­ful be­fore John Mur­phy scored a mag­nif­i­cent sec­ond to seal the vic­tory and earn a trip to Leeds – who beat Black­burn 1-0 at El­land Road with an 85tth minute win­ner from sub­sti­tute Chris Wood- in the fourth round. Pre­ston went into their match at Bournemouth on the back end of a 5-0 drub­bing at Brent­ford, but they bounced back in style. Dan­ish striker Si­mon Makienok, 25, proved the hero of the hour with a hat­trick as North End won 3-2 af­ter ex­tra-time. Pre­ston will be away to New­cas­tle in an all-Cham­pi­onship tie in round four. The Mag­pies turned the ta­bles on Wolves to reach the last 16. On the Satur­day, Wal­ter Zenga’s men shocked the Toon with a 2-0 win at St James’ Park, but this time it was 2-0 to the home side with goals from Matt Ritchie and Yoan Gouf­fran. Other Cham­pi­onship clubs through to the next round are Bris­tol City and Read­ing.

The Robins won 2-1 at Ful­ham af­ter com­ing from be­hind. Lu­cas Pi­a­zon gave the Whites an early lead, but Aaron Wil­bra­ham lev­elled things up just be­fore the break.

Ful­ham’s Cauley Woodrow then saw his penalty saved by City keeper Ivan Lu­cic and they paid the full price when red-hot striker Tammy Abra­ham, who had come off the bench, net­ted a last-gasp win­ner. City will be at home to Pre­mier League out­fit Hull City in the last 16.

Read­ing earned an im­pres­sive 2-1 vic­tory at Brighton. Stephen Quinn gave the Royals the lead but they then had Tyler Black­ett sent off shortly be­fore the in­ter­val.

John Swift dou­bled the lead for the ten men early in the sec­ond half be­fore Tomer Hemed pulled one back with five min­utes.

Read­ing’s re­ward is a good one – a trip to Arsene Wenger’s Ar­se­nal. The Gun­ners eased through with a 4-0 win at Not­ting­ham For­est.

For­est’s ri­vals Derby County were also put to the sword, go­ing down 3-0 at home against Liver­poool, while QPR lost 2-1 at home against Sun­der­land de­spite San­dro’s su­perb strike.

Alex Rev­ell scored from the penalty spot for Northamp­ton Town in their glam­our tie against Manchester United, but Jose Mour­inho’s Red Devils ul­ti­mately tri­umphed 3-1 on a rare off-night for Cob­blers keeper Adam Smith.

Justin Ed­in­burgh’s re­turn to White Hart Lane didn’t prove a happy one as his Gilling­ham side were beaten 5-0 by Tot­ten­ham.

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Im­ages

GUT­TED: Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley’s Matty Pear­son at the fi­nal whis­tle

AP­PLAUSE: Ac­cring­ton boss John Cole­man BIG MO­MENT: Alex Rev­ell nets for Northamp­ton, left. CRACKER: Nor­wich’s Josh Mur­phy scores, far right. JOY: Pre­ston’s Si­mon Makienok cel­e­brates his hat-trick OH NO! Dim­itri Payet’s last­gasp free-kick is on the way into the net for the win­ner

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