A 75th-minute goal from Stoke's Paul Peschisolido sent a humiliated Chelsea out of the Coca-Cola Cup at Stamford Bridge last night, their 12th defeat by cup underdogs in 11 seasons.
Mark Hughes was left protesting that he had been fouled in the build- up, Ray Wallace leaving the Welshman sprawling as he barged through and placed the ball into the path of Peschisolido, who steered a right-foot shot around Dmitri Kharin. Stoke survived a furious siege at the end, with a deflection off their old striker Mark Stein's heel in the last few seconds ricocheting just wide.
Liverpool's one-goal victory at Sunderland which gave them a 3-0 aggregate win was marred by the 27th-minute sending-off of their full-back Rob Jones, along with Sunderland's Martin Smith. Jones was guilty of a rash tackle on Michael Gray, and when Smith slid in to challenge Jones, an ugly incident developed with players from both sides joining in the fighting.
Julian Dicks became a surprise early leader in West Ham's scoring chart as the Upton Park side eased through to the third round. A 48th-minute spot-kick put the Hammers 1-0 up, and brought three penalty strikes in successive games for Dicks. Two more goals were added by Ian Bishop and Tony Cottee to give West Ham a 3-0 victory.
Bristol City took an early lead at St James' Park, but Newcastle, with the benefit of a five-goal lead from the first leg, improved in the second half, with goals from Warren Barton, Les Ferdinand and Philippe Albert, making his comeback after nine months out through injury.Reuse content