Football: James cheers Luton

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Luton Town's supporters have had little to cheer about in recent times, but Julian James gave the Second Division side reason to celebrate when he scored the only goal of the first leg of their second round Coca-Cola Cup tie at home to Derby County last night.

Another Premiership side, Leicester City, had few problems at Scarborough, Muzzy Izzet and Jamie Lawrence scoring the goals in a 2-0 victory.

Sheffield United lost 2-1 away to Stockport County, who were two up inside 39 minutes. Fulham also looked likely to cause an upset at home to Ipswich Town, but Simon Milton's late equaliser earned the First Division club a 1-1 draw after Simon Morgan had given Fulham a fourth-minute lead.

Crystal Palace did not allow the impending managerial changes at the club affect them on the pitch. In what may have been Dave Bassett's last game in charge before his move to Manchester City, Palace won 3-1 at Bury.

Charlton cruised to a 4-1 win over Burnley at The Valley, while Tony Naylor's fifth goal of the season brought Port Vale a 1-0 home win over Carlisle, who had Dean Walling sent off in the 51st minute.

Lee Richardson scored late on to bring Oldham a 2-2 draw in their match with Tranmere at Boundary Park. Rovers' player-manager John Aldridge scored a 13th-minute penalty.

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