24 August 2016
Matches were played across England on Tuesday night as the second round fixtures of the English Football League (EFL) cup kicked off.
Formerly known as the League Cup/Carling Cup, the EPL Cup features all 92 clubs from the English Premier League and the English Football League.
Super Eagles and Chelsea winger, Victor Moses, made his first start of the season and scored a goal in Chelsea’s 3-2 home victory over visiting Bristol Rovers.
Belgian International, Michy Batshuayi put the Pensioners ahead in the 29th minute before Victor Moses doubled the lead two minutes later.
Peter Hartley pulled one back for the visiting team in the 34th minute to put the home team under pressure since bookmakers had predicted a landslide victory in their favour.
Michy Batshuayi restored the home side’s two goal lead in the 41st tapping a cross from the right wing into the net. This ensured the first half ended 3 – 1.
Ellis Hallison scored Bristol’s second goal of the night in the 49th minute from the penalty spot after a careless tackle on Sinclair by Pedro.
With Bristol showing against a big team like Chelsea away from home, Chelsea had to hold firm to ensure the match ended at 3 – 2.
Odion Ighalo’s goal was not enough to see Watford through to the 3rd round as the team was knocked out of EFL Cup by visiting Gillingham. The match ended 2 – 1 after extra time.
Ighalo came on for Adlene Guedioura and scored in the 57th minutes to put the Hornets ahead, but goals from Mark Byrne and Bradley Dack in the 82nd minute and 102nd minute secured the shock win for the lower division side.
Ighalo’s Nigerian teammate, Isaac Success, was left out of the match as he is still injured.
Former Super Eagles midfielder, Hope Akpan, was also on target for Blackburn Rovers in their victory over Crewe Alexandria.
Akpan scored in the 42nd minute while his Blackburn teammate Shane Duffy scored the winning goal in the 97th minute to ensure the scoreline ended 2 – 1 after extra time.
Nigerian born Irish International, Olamide Shodipo, was part of the Queens Park Rangers team that defeated Rochdale 2 – 1 at the Loftus Park.
Super Eagles Goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme, was rested in Wolverhampton’s 2 – 1 victory over Cambridge United.
Victor Anichebe was not part of the Westbromich Albion team that lost to League one side, Northampton Town.
Northampton, playing at home came from behind to defeat the Premier League side on penalties. Northampton progress to the 3rd round at the expense of West Brom.
Ahmed Musa’s Leicester City didn’t have to play in the second round since they automatically qualified for the 3rd round because they finished among the first four in the Premier League.
Crystal Palace 2 – 0 Blackpool
Blackburn Rovers 4 – 3 Crewe Alexandra
Burton Albion 0 – 5 Liverpool
Chelsea 3 – 2 Bristol Rovers
Derby County * 1 – 1 Carlisle United
Everton 4 – 0 Yeovil Town
Exeter City 1 – 3 Hull City
Luton Town 0 – 1 Leeds United
Millwall 1 – 2 Nottingham Forest
Newcastle United 2 – 0 Cheltenham Town
Northampton Town * 2 – 2 West Bromwich Albion
Norwich City 6 – 1 Coventry City
Oxford United 2 – 4 Brighton & Hove Albion
Peterborough United 1 – 3 Swansea City
Preston North End 2 – 0 Oldham Athletic
Queens Park Rangers 2 – 1 Rochdale
Scunthorpe United 1 – 2 Bristol City
Stevenage 0 – 4 Stoke City
Watford 1 – 2 Gillingham
Wolverhampton 2 – 1 Cambridge United
Reading * 2 – 2 Milton Keynes Dons
Author: Timilehin Boyinde
Oluwatimilehin Boyinde is a research writer and a social media strategist. A public affairs analyst, he writes about history, politics, sports, life matters and technology. He is passionate about happenings in Local and international political arenas. He is an avid Manchester United fan and an unapologetic Nigerian.