Championship Teams in Carabao Cup Action
This week’s Carabao Cup action had a number of lower league teams trying to stop the Premier League ‘bullies’ hogging most of the last places in the tournament.
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Middlesbrough travelled away to Bournemouth to face an Eddie Howe side struggling as of late.
Bristol City had already knocked out two other Premier League teams, before facing a Crystal Palace side who were boosted by a win against Chelsea a fortnight ago, but are straight off the back of a miserable performance away at Newcastle.
Leeds sit fourth in the Championship after only one win in their last four games; they came up against a Leicester side who recently lost their manager but are doing well in the EFL Cup after beating Liverpool last time out.
And Championship-toppers Wolves travelled to a Man City side that, after nine games in the Premier League, boast a goal difference of 28.
So how did the Championship teams get on?
Since losing manager Craig Shakespeare, Michael Appleton has been manning the helm at Leicester as caretaker manager. His night looked to be off to a rough start, when Leeds went ahead after Pablo Hernendez’s 20-yard shot went in off the bar.
Leicester pulled it back, however, as Kelechi Iheanacho scored his first goal since his move from Manchester City. Goals from Islam Slimani and substitute Riyad Mahrez saw Leicester finish the game comfortably with a 3-1 victory.
Verdict – Eliminated
Things seemed to be going well for Middlesbrough at half time at the Vitality Stadium, with both teams tied at 0-0. Debutant Jack Simpson changed the tune of the game when he scored after 49 minutes, in his first game for the Cherries.
Middlesbrough equalised seven minutes later through Marcus Tavernier but further goals from Callum Wilson, in his first game since a serious knee injury, and Benik Afobe’s close range shot, secured a 3-1 victory for Eddie Howe’s team.
Verdict – Eliminated
The first team to stem the tide of Manchester City’s free flowing attack so far this season, but it wasn’t enough to help the Championship side through to the next round, after a great performance by goalkeeper Claudio Bravo (who saw that one coming, eh?)
0-0 after extra time, City went on to score all four of their spot kicks with Bravo saving two from N’Diaye and Coady, putting City firmly into the final eight.
Verdict - Eliminated
Having already knocked out Stoke and Watford in previous rounds, Bristol City went up against a Crystal Palace side who have been unable to figure out how to put the ball into any other net than their own this season.
Things were looking up for Roy Hodgson’s side as they took the lead at Ashton Gate, after Bakary Sako’s low finish after 21 minutes.
But the wheels quickly fell off for Palace, as two goals in five minutes just before half time turned the tie upside down. An unstoppable shot by Joe Bryan made it 3-1 before Callum O’Dowda finished the game off with a strike from outside the area.
Verdict - Through
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