EFL Cup round-up: Stoke lose again, West Ham leave it late to beat Accrington

22 Sep

West Ham 1-0 Accrington Stanley

Dimitri Payet rescued West Ham from more embarrassment with an injury-time free-kick to see off Accrington 1-0 in the EFL Cup.

The Hammers, reeling from four straight defeats in all competitions and amid a backdrop of discontent at their new stadium, were down to 10 men and heading for extra time against the Sky Bet League Two side.

Worse still, they were looking comfortably second best against a team 61 places below them in the League.

But Payet, on as a half-time substitute, spared their blushes with a trademark free-kick from 25 yards to send Slaven Bilic’s side through.

Stoke City 1-2 Hull City

Stoke’s misery continued as Markus Henriksen’s late strike secured Hull a 2-1 come-from-behind victory at the Bet365 Stadium in the EFL Cup third round.

The Potters, on a four-match losing run in the Premier League and bottom of the table, had gone into this tie very much in need of a morale-boosting result.

And they appeared on their way to that when Marko Arnautovic cracked the ball home in the 24th minute to give them a deserved lead.

But they conceded against the run of play when Ryan Mason marked his first Hull start with a volleyed finish just before half-time.

And Mark Hughes’ men then, despite having been the better the team virtually throughout, ended up ruing missed opportunities as Tigers debutant Henriksen sent them crashing out, firing past Lee Grant in stoppage time.

Fulham 1-2 Bristol City

Tammy Abraham netted a 90th-minute winner as Bristol City stunned Fulham 2-1 at Craven Cottage in the EFL Cup.

The victory sent the visitors into the fourth round for the first time since 1989, after the hosts missed a second-half penalty.

QPR 1-2 Sunderland

Paddy McNair scored twice and Patrick van Aanholt returned to action as Sunderland beat QPR 2-1 to reach the fourth round of the EFL Cup.

Sandro put the home side in front on the hour with an impressive strike from just inside the area, after goalkeepers Matt Ingram and Jordan Pickford each made a number of fine saves in the first half.

McNair’s brace, though, was enough to see the Premier League side progress. 

Van Aanholt played the full game after he was left out of Sunderland’s 1-0 defeat to Tottenham in the Premier League on Saturday at the last minute due to the results of heart tests.

Southampton 2-0 Crystal Palace

Charlie Austin scored his fourth goal in three games to send Southampton on their way to the fourth round of the EFL Cup with a 2-0 home defeat of Crystal Palace.

The striker, recalled to Claude Puel’s team having scored the winning goal against Swansea on Sunday, gave Saints a first-half lead from the penalty spot in a timely statement to his manager.

He had been dropped despite his two finishes in last week’s 3-0 Europa League defeat of Sparta Prague securing their first win of the season and his first goals since January. The impressive Jake Hesketh added their second and his first senior goal in the second half to ensure victory. 

Swansea 1-2 Manchester City

Manchester City recorded their ninth successive win under Pep Guardiola by seeing off EFL Cup opponents Swansea 2-1 at the Liberty Stadium.

Captain Vincent Kompany played for the first time since a thigh injury suffered in the Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid in early May, but he went off in the dying seconds as second-half goals by Gael Clichy and Aleix Garcia proved enough.

Swansea, who have now gone four league and cup games without a victory, had their moments as two much-changed teams delivered an entertaining encounter in west Wales, with Gylfi Sigurdsson scoring during second-half injury time.

But the visitors had an extra touch of class about them – helped by second-half substitute Kevin de Bruyne’s introduction – as they moved into the last 16 three days before facing Swansea again, when Premier League points will be at stake.

Tottenham Hotspur 5-0 Gillingham

Vincent Janssen showed there may be life after Harry Kane as the stand-in striker scored his first Tottenham goal in a 5-0 romp over Gillingham.

Janssen opened his account from the penalty spot after a Christian Eriksen double, before Joshua Onomah and Erik Lamela completed the rout to seal Spurs’ place in the EFL Cup fourth round.

Gillingham boss Justin Edinburgh was back at White Hart Lane for the first time since spending 10 years at the club as a player from 1990 to 2000, but it was an unhappy return as the League One side were outclassed from start to finish.

Kane’s ankle injury, sustained against Sunderland on Sunday, means Janssen is set for an extended run in the first team and the 22-year-old capped an industrious display with a well-deserved goal.


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