City and Wednesday humbled

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Manchester City's hopes of a comeback after their 4-1 humiliation at Lincoln were dashed after 17 minutes of the return leg of their Coca- Cola Cup second-round tie when Gijsbert Bos scored for the Third Division side at Maine Road for the only goal of the night.

There were shocks for both Sheffield clubs. Wednesday's former player Nigel Jemson snatched an 85th-minute winner for Oxford to consign the early Premiership pacesetters to a painful exit. The sides had drawn 1- 1 at Hillsborough in the first leg. And Stockport of the Second Division won 5-2 at Bramall Lane with goals from Jim Gannon, Tom Bennett, Alun Armstrong with two and Brett Angell to complete a 7-3 aggregate win over First Division Sheffield United.

Blackburn were boosted by goals from Kevin Gallacher and Tim Sherwood at Ewood Park to make it 4-1 over two legs in their favour against Brentford.

Mikkel Beck signalled his eventual arrival in the Middlesbrough first team with a 24th-minute goal at Hereford. Phil Stamp and the Brazilian defender Branco made it a 10-0 aggregate win.

Nicky Banger struck for Oldham after 50 minutes of a tightly fought game against Tranmere at Prenton Park to break the deadlock on the night and seal a 3-2 aggregate win.