In an evening of upsets, Leeds United knocked in-form Everton out of the Capital One League Cup while Wigan claimed an emphatic win at West Ham, 10-men Sunderland overcame Milton Keynes Dons away from home, and Aston Villa shocked English champions Manchester City in the Eastlands.
At Elland Road, Neil Warnock’s Leeds side took an early lead through Aidan White and summer signing Rodolph Austin doubled that advantage in the 69th minute.
The Toffees pulled back a late goal courtesy of a Sylvain Distin header but it just wasn’t enough on a night when the home team gave it all to secure progress with a 2-1 victory.
In Milton Keynes, Martin O’Neill’s Black Cats were pegged back a little past the half hour mark when Lee Cattermole was handed his marching orders.
Nevertheless, the visitors claimed a confident 2-0 win with second half goals from Craig Gardner and James McClean.
Moving to the capital, there were no thrilling heroics from West Ham as we saw over the weekend. On Saturday, a late Kevin Nolan goal earned the Hammers a 1-1 draw in the Premier League but on this evening, they were hammered 4-1 at Upton Park.
Their opponents, Wigan, enjoyed a brace from Mauro Boselli as well as a goal apiece from Ramis and Jordi Gomez (penalty).
Modibo Maiga had scored a seventh minute opener for Sam Allardyce’s side but from there on, it was one way traffic from the dominant Latics.
An upset of massive proportions also occurred at the Etihad Stadium, where Aston Villa eliminated Manchester City with a 4-2 score in a thriller that required extra time.
Mario Balotelli and Alexander Kolarov twice gave the home side the lead, only for former Villa midfielder Gareth Barry to concede an own goal and Gabriel Agbonlahor to add a second for the visitors.
Charles N’Zogbia has added the go-ahead goal for Paul Lambert’s Villans early in extra time before Agbonlahor shockingly doubled their advantage seven minutes from the end.
Elsewhere, Burton also forced extra time away to Bradford following a 2-2 draw in regulation. However, after extra time, the visitors fell short 3-2 – the same score by which Swansea City edged out Crawley Town.
Southampton continued their resurgence with a 2-0 win at home to Sheffield Wednesday while Middlesbrough and Swindon Town both claimed 3-1 wins against Preston North End and Burnley, respectively.
There were absolutely no signs of an upset at Stamford Bridge, where Chelsea thrashed Wolverhampton Wanderers 6-0 on the back of goals from six different scorers, namely Gary Cahill, Ryan Bertrand, Juan Mata, Oriol Romeu, Fernando Torres, and summer signing Victor Moses.
Tomorrow’s third round fixtures include Newcastle’s trip to Manchester United and holders Liverpool’s return to West Bromwich Albion, where they were emphatically beaten 3-0 on the opening day of the Barclays Premier League last month.