Tottenham Hotspur thrashed Gillingham 5-0 in the EFL Cup at White Hart Lane on Wednesday, while Manchester United overcame Northampton Town 3-1 at Sixfields.
Manchester City came away victorious from their trip to Swansea City, while Southampton dispatched Crystal Palace at St. Mary's.
Accrington Stanley came within seconds of forcing extra time against West Ham United but succumbed to a last-gasp winner at the London Stadium.
Here are all the results from Wednesday's third-round fixtures:
|Wednesday's EFL Results|
|Northampton Town||1-3||Manchester United|
|Queens Park Rangers||1-2||Sunderland|
|Swansea City||1-2||Manchester City|
|West Ham United||1-0||Accrington Stanley|
|Stoke City||1-2||Hull City|
Christian Eriksen capped a dominant start for Tottenham with a swerving, stunning effort from 25 yards to give his side the lead against Gillingham.
ESPN FC's Ben Pearce reflected on the effort:
The Dane doubled his tally shortly after the break with a neat finish, and Vincent Janssen was rewarded for his efforts with his first goal for the club, a penalty after Kieran Tripper was fouled.
Joshua Onomah and Erik Lamela completed the rout as Spurs ran rampant over the League One outfit.
Manchester City were handed a slice of luck against Swansea when Gael Clichy's shot deflected in off Neil Taylor but were nevertheless deserving of their lead.
Aleix Garcia added a second—and his first senior goal for the club—when he turned home Jesus Navas' pull-back. Gylfi Sigurdsson grabbed an injury-time reply for the hosts, but it would prove to be only a consolation.
As for United, Wayne Rooney started up front—Rob Dawson of the Manchester Evening News noted it was a chance for him to silence his critics:
However, the England captain started as he meant to go on:
The Red Devils opened the scoring through Michael Carrick's cool strike on the rebound, but Alex Revell equalised for Northampton with a well-taken penalty following a foul by Daley Blind on Sam Hoskins.
Ander Herrera fired United back in front from 20 yards out before substitute Marcus Rashford put the game beyond the Cobblers, per Sky Sports Football:
Charlie Austin sent Southampton ahead from the penalty spot after Martin Kelly felled Shane Long from behind, and Jake Hesketh struck on the rebound to complete the Saints' win over Crystal Palace.
In the round's other all-Premier League tie between Stoke City and Hull City, Marko Arnautovic's vicious effort gave the Potters the lead.
Ryan Mason replied with a spectacular volley, per Philip Buckingham of the Hull Daily Mail:
Despite Stoke dominating the chances, it was Hull who came out on top when Markus Henriksen lashed the ball home in the 91st minute.
West Ham left it even later. Accrington resisted the Premier League side for 95 minutes as the Hammers enjoyed countless chances, but their hearts were broken when Dimitri Payet stepped up to produce a trademark free-kick in the dying seconds.
As OptaJoe illustrated, the Frenchman is an accomplished marksman from set pieces:
Sunderland earned a reprieve from their Premier League woes with a 2-1 victory over Queens Park Rangers, but David Moyes' side had to do it the hard way after falling behind to Sandro after an hour.
A surprise brace from Paddy McNair turned things around for the Black Cats as they responded well to the setback, earning Moyes just his second win in charge of Sunderland.
Lucas Piazon headed Fulham in front against Bristol City after 14 minutes, but Aaron Wilbraham's neat finish one-on-one levelled proceedings.
Cauley Woodrow missed the chance to send the Cottagers back in front when he saw a penalty saved, and his profligacy proved crucial as Tammy Abraham punished them with a late strike, his ninth goal of the season.