League Cup round-up: Collins sends Stoke out while poor Fulham suffer a bad night
Wednesday 29 August 2012
James Collins hit a hat-trick as League One Swindon knocked Stoke out of the Capital One Cup last night, Paolo di Canio's side winning 4-3 after extra time at the Britannia Stadium.
In a fluctuating game, a Jonathan Walters goal with four minutes to go made it 2-2 and took the game to extra time after Stoke had trailed 2-0 at half time. Then with penalties looming with the scores locked at 3-3, Collins scored a dramatic last-minute winner.
Fulham crashed out of the competition at Sheffield Wednesday last night, a Gary Madine penalty in the 50th-minute continuing Dave Jones' unbeaten run in charge of the Championship side.
Fulham fielded a fairly strong side at Hillsborough but Martin Jol's outfit could have few complaints about a 1-0 defeat. Jol said: "Considering they made five changes and we only had one player rested, that was very disappointing and they deserved their win. We didn't trouble their goalkeeper enough."
Sunderland gave debuts to new signings Adam Johnson and Steven Fletcher, which attracted a crowd of nearly 23,000 to the Stadium of Light for the 2-0 win over Morecambe.
Wigan negotiated a potentially tricky tie at Nottingham Forest by racing into a 3-0 lead by half-time, Maynor Figueroa, who once scored from his own half in the Premier League, hitting another spectacular goal. It finished 4-1, with Wigan's Antolin Alcaraz sent off late on.
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