UP FOR THE CUP

Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley steal the show in the Carabao Cup first round

The Football League Paper - - INSIDE - By Sam Cox

DE­LIGHTED man­ager John Cole­man hailed the char­ac­ter of his troops af­ter Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley pulled off the shock of the first round by beat­ing Pre­ston North End.

Stan­ley won a thriller 3-2, thanks to Billy Kee’s last-gasp win­ner, and will now host West Bromwich Al­bion in the sec­ond round.

“It was a fan­tas­tic game,” said Cole­man. “They have good play­ers and so do we. We were more than a hand­ful for them. I think we prob­a­bly de­served to win and we showed buck­et­loads of char­ac­ter. This squad will only get bet­ter.”

Ben Richards-Ever­ton gave Stan­ley a 20th-minute lead, but the highly-rated Jor­dan Hugill lev­elled for Pre­ston on 70 min­utes.

Jor­dan Clark put the hosts 2-1 up with four min­utes left, but Hugill net­ted his sec­ond with a header in the first minute of in­jury time.

Then, Kee struck deep in stop­page time to seal a dra­matic vic­tory.

Trailed

Stan­ley were the only team to beat op­po­si­tion from two lev­els higher, though four League Two clubs got the bet­ter of League One op­po­si­tion.

Chel­tenham com­pleted a mem­o­rable come­back in the A40 derby against

Ox­ford af­ter they trailed the U’s 3-1 at half-time. Marvin John­son, Rob Hall and Xemi Fer­nan­dez net­ted for Ox­ford in the first half, with Mo­hamed Eisa scor­ing for the Robins.

How­ever, sub­sti­tute Danny Wright struck twice in the sec­ond half, the sec­ond in the fi­nal minute, to force ex­tra-time.

Eisa then bagged his sec­ond with a mag­nif­i­cent strike on 99 min­utes to cap a re­mark­able turn­around.

Bar­net made light work of League One op­po­si­tion as they won 3-1 at Peter­bor­ough. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro fired the Bees into the lead, but Gwion Ed­wards equalised for Posh. Goals ei­ther side of the break from Mauro Vil­hete and Shaquile Coulthirst sealed the Bees’ vic­tory.

Keith Curle’s Carlisle pulled off an ex­cel­lent 2-1 win at Fleet­wood Town. Shaun Miller put the Cum­bri­ans ahead, but Jordy Hi­wula drew the Cod Army level to force ex­tra-time.

Tom Miller then proved the hero with a 101stminute win­ner to send Carlisle through.

Shawn McCoul­sky hit a dou­ble as New­port County shocked Phil Brown’s Southend 2-0 at Roots Hall. The 20-year-old, on loan from Bris­tol City, struck twice in six sec­ond-half min­utes to stun the Shrimpers.

Che Adams struck his first hat-trick in pro­fes­sional foot­ball as Harry Red­knapp’s Birm­ing­ham eased to a 5-1 vic­tory against Harry Kewell’s Craw­ley.

Goals from David Davies and Robert Tesche com­pounded the mis­ery for the Red Devils. Panutche Ca­mara grabbed a late con­so­la­tion. Ol­lie Watkins bagged his first goal for Brent­ford as the Cham­pi­onship side needed ex­tra-time to see off bat­tling AFC Wim­ble­don at Kingsmeadow. The Dons and Bees can­celled each other out through goals from Paul Robin­son and Ro­maine Sawyers re­spec­tively, but it was Brent­ford who pulled away in the ex­tra pe­riod as Watkins and Justin Shaibu earned a 3-1 tri­umph. A wa­ter­logged pitch forced the match be­tween Grimsby and Derby to be aban­doned – some­thing you wouldn’t ex­pect in midAu­gust. The Rams led through Richard Keogh’s fifth­minute header, but the ref­eree was forced to call a halt to pro­ceed­ings with just 19 min­utes played af­ter tor­ren­tial rain. The first round con­cluded on Thurs­day night as Sun­der­land trav­elled to Bury. A goal in the sec­ond half from Ge­orge Honey­man was enough for Si­mon Grayson’s Black Cats to march on.

OTHER RE­SULTS:

Barns­ley 4 More­cambe 3; Brad­ford 2 Don­caster 3; Bris­tol City 5 Ply­mouth 0; Bris­tol Rovers 4 Cam­bridge United 1; Cardiff 2 Portsmouth 1; Coven­try 1 Black­burn 3; Ex­eter 1 Charl­ton 2; For­est Green Rovers 0 MK Dons 1 (aet); Lu­ton 0 Ip­swich 2; Mans­field 0 Rochdale 1; Mill­wall 2 Steve­nage 0; Nor­wich 3 Swin­don 2; Not­ting­ham For­est 2 Shrews­bury 1; QPR 1 Northamp­ton 0; Reading 2 Gilling­ham 0; Rother­ham 2 Lin­coln 1; Scun­thorpe 3 Notts County 3 (Scun­thorpe won 6-5 on pens); Sh­effield Wed­nes­day 4 Ch­ester­field 1; Wi­gan 2 Black­pool 1; Wolves 1 Yeovil 0; Wy­combe 0 Ful­ham 2; Colch­ester 1 As­ton Villa 2; Crewe Alexan­dra 1 Bolton 2; Leeds 4 Port Vale 1; Old­ham 2 Bur­ton 3; Sh­effield United 3 Wal­sall 2.

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Im­ages

HITCHING A RIDE: Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley’s Billy Kee is mobbed af­ter scor­ing his late win­ner In­sets: Che Adams scores for Birm­ing­ham, right, and the rain takes con­trol at Grimsby, be­low

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