Capital One Cup Results: Analysis for Aston Villa vs. Rotherham and More
An exciting evening of Capital One Cup action concluded with extra time at Goodison Park.
If you missed it, don't worry, we've got you covered right here: reports from every game and a summary of the third round draw (hint: one matchup is extremely tasty).
So how did the Premier League outfits do against their lower league counterparts? Read on to find out.
Accrington 0-2 Cardiff City
Cardiff City strolled into Round 3 of the Capital One Cup, but they'll be concerned about the injury sustained by star striker Andreas Cornelius.
The Dane missed the entirety of preseason due to a knock on his ankle. He went down swiftly under a crunching tackle in his first start for the club.
Malky Mackay sent on Rudy Gestede in his place, and the Benin international calmly slotted home after Nicky Maynard had opened the scoring with a clever piece of skill.
Aston Villa 3-0 Rotherham United
Aston Villa destroyed Rotherham United in a convincing, ruthless performance.
Despite playing Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool in the space of seven days, the home side pressed hard and endeavoured to gift their opponents no time on the ball. It resulted in Karim El Ahmadi stealing possession on the halfway line and Andi Weimann sprinting 30 yards before slamming one into the far corner with precision.
Christian Benteke made it two with a header off the post from six yards before the break, and then Fabian Delph secured the third after some astonishing build-up play.
Everton 2-1 Stevenage
Everton made hard work of Stevenage but eventually qualified for the third round in extra time.
The Toffees dominated the opening stages. But the opening goal came against the run of play, with Luke Freeman firing past Joel Robles on his debut in goal.
Just before halftime, Gerard Deulofeu levelled matters on his full debut, curling a low effort in off the post. Roberto Martinez's side continued to enjoy superior possession without any cutting edge.
Marouane Fellaini eventually stabbed home from six yards to secure the victory, but Arouna Kone's poor finishing will be a talking point from the game.
Morecambe 0-2 Newcastle United
Morecambe gave Newcastle United a real fright at the Globe Arena. Despite being on the wrong end of a 2-0 scoreline, they can take heart from a fantastic performance. Twice Dan Gosling had to clear the Shrimps' efforts off the line in the early stages. A much-changed Newcastle side really struggled to settle in.
Late goals from Shola and Sammy Ameobi were the difference—one a deflected long-range strike, the other a nice piece of skill.
Despite leading the Magpies to their first win of the season, Alan Pardew will be concerned.
Nottingham Forest 2-1 Millwall
Nottingham Forest overcame out-of-form Millwall 2-1 at the City Ground after extra time on Wednesday evening.
Matt Derbyshire opened the scoring for the hosts in the second half. It looked set to be the only goal of the game, but Liam Feeney netted for the away side in the 86th minute to force extra time.
It was Jamaal Lascelles who notched the winner just four minutes into the additional period, and Forest held on to crown a solid night's work.
Stoke City 3-1 Walsall
Mark Hughes secured back-to-back victories for the first time in years by beating Walsall 3-1 at the Britannia.
It was an ideal tie for both teams given the limited travelling involved, and Kenwyne Jones took his chance to impress his new gaffer with both hands.
Ashley Hemmings grabbed a goal for the Saddlers, but the evening was all about the Potters' Trinidadian star. He forced his way into his manager's thinking with an impressive hat-trick.
Watford 2-0 Bournemouth
Watford earned an impressive home victory over Bournemouth to secure their passage to the next round.
Elliott Ward scored an unfortunate own goal to put the Hornets ahead after 15 minutes, and in response the South Coast club saw Brett Pitman's free kick pushed onto the post.
Cristian Battocchio finished the tie in the second half, chipping the 'keeper with a sublime finish.
Full Draw for Round 3
Here's the full draw for the Capital One Cup third round:
Manchester United vs. Liverpool
Sunderland vs. Peterborough
West Ham vs. Cardiff
Manchester City vs. Wigan Athletic
Burnley vs. Nottingham Forest
Newcastle vs. Leeds
Southampton vs. Bristol City
West Brom vs. Arsenal
Swindon vs. Chelsea
Tranmere vs. Stoke
Watford vs. Norwich City
Aston Villa vs. Tottenham
Hull City vs. Huddersfield Town
Leicester City vs. Derby County
Birmingham City vs. Swansea City
Fulham vs. Everton
There are five all-Premier League ties on offer, and Luis Suarez's first game back in a Liverpool shirt will be at Old Trafford, of all places.