Three Premier League sides took the pitch on Wednesday in their respective Carling Cup Second Round matches. Playing much weaker opponents, there were goals aplenty for England’s top-flight squads. Even giving several youngsters a run out, all three sides disposed of their opponents with relative ease.
Accrington 2-3 Newcastle: The Toon had the toughest time with their Carling Cup opponent. Accrington fought hard until the very end, but ran out of time to mount a full comeback. Sean Hessey scored in the 90th minute to bring Accrington within one goal to make it 3-2, but goals from Ryan Taylor, Shola Ameobi, and Peter Lovenkrands proved enough to send Newcastle on.
Everton 5-1 Huddersfield: The Toffees got two goals within the first fourteen minutes at Goodison Park from Marouane Fellanini (5′) and Jack Rodwell (14′), but a Johnny Heitinga own goal brought Huddersfield back to within striking distance just before halftime. Jermaine Beckford slotted home a penalty in the 50th minute, and then Everton scored twice more with a man advantage by goals from Louis Saha (77′) and Leon Osman (85′) to finish off Huddersfield in convincing fashion, 5-1.
Fulham 6-0 Port Vale: The goals just kept coming from the Cottagers. Fulham scored six goals in the span of an hour to complete the beatdown of Port Vale. Zoltan Gera (10′, 45′) and Bobby Zamora (36′, 66′) each netted two goals while Moussa Dembele (26′) and Clint Dempsey (70′) helped round out the scoring. Port Vale never had any shot of winning this match as Fulham was performing like finely tuned engine.
For more Carling Cup action, make sure to catch Birmingham take on Rochdale from St. Andrews at 19:45 GMT on Thursday!