Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Mike Grella and Leeds United powered their way to the second round of the Carling Cup while Jon-Paul Pittman and Wycombe were left to rue a missed opportunity versus Millwall.
Leeds United 4 - 0 Lincoln City
Mike Grella came on as a second half substitute right after the hour mark as Leeds cruised to victory over Lincoln City on Tuesday at Elland Road.
Jonny Howson opened the scoring in just the second minute finding the back of the net off a Lloyd Sam cross.
Just five minutes later Luciano Becchio doubled the margin sending in a cross from Sanchez Watt.
Sam was then the beneficiary of a cross when Paul Connolly found him in the area in the 29th minute to essentially put the match away.
Grella came on in the 61st minute for Becchio and then 18 minutes later the hosts added a fourth when Sam was brought down in the area and Neil Kilkenny easily converted the penalty kick.
Leeds return to Championship action on Saturday when they play at Nottingham Forest. They will also find out who will be their next Carling Cup opponent on Thursday following the second round draw.
Wycombe Wanderers 1 - 2 Millwall
The Lions of Millwall squeaked past Jon-Paul Pittman and Wycombe to advance to the next round of the Carling Cup with an extra time victory on Tuesday at Adams Park.
Pittman started up front at forward and went the entire 120 minutes in the heartbreaking defeat.
The League Two club showed plenty of fight and spirit throughout the match even after Millwall tallied first in the 25th minute when Neil Harris fired in a shot to put the visitors up.
But Wycombe was undeterred and slowly gained momentum before equalizing in the 74th minute from striker Ben Strevens.
Millwall regained their composure to control the additional 30 minutes and found the game-winner in the 105th minute as substitute Alan Dunne rocketed in a shot to give the Championship club the victory.
Pittman and company return to league play on Saturday when they play at Stockport.
Plymouth Argyle 0 - 1 Notts County
Anton Peterlin started but was substituted out in the 66th minute as Plymouth crashed out of the Carling Cup to Notts County on Tuesday night at Home Park.
The American midfielder yielded his spot to Curtis Nelson in an all-around frustrating evening for the Pilgrims.
The lone goal of the game came in the 52nd minute from John Spicer who scored off a rebound following a Craig Westcarr shot.
Plymouth had protested that Ben Burgess' run which resulted in Westcarr's shot had come from an offside position, but the linesman's flag stayed down much to dismay of the home fans.
Peterlin and company return to action on Saturday when they host Frank Simek and Carlisle United.
Carlisle United 0 - 1 Huddersfield
Frank Simek was a 90 minute man in defense but Carlisle's Carling Cup run came to an early end with a wrenching defeat on Tuesday night at Brunton Park in Carlisle.
Simek nearly helped Carlisle pick up a goal just 37 seconds into the match but his perfect cross was not controlled by Francois Zoko.
Twenty-five minutes later the St. Louis native provided another perfect ball into the area only to see the Huddersfield defense clear it at the last moment.
Simek continued his active first half when he had to race back on defense to just barely clear a Huddersfield chance at the opposite end of the field.
Plenty of chances were exchanged by both teams in the second 45 minutes however it was a gut-wrenching last minute strike that sent the Cumbrians out of the tournament.
Lee Novak managed to gather in a loose ball and fed a pass to Jordan Rhodes who slipped it in for the game-winner.
Carlisle will look to do better when they return to League One action on Saturday versus Anton Peterlin and Plymouth.
Conor Doyle made his professional debut with Derby County coming on as a 83rd minute substitute however the Rams would still fall at Crewe Alexandra 1-0.
Zak Whitbread did not make the gameday roster as Norwich City thumped Gillingham 4-1.
Seb Harris was an unused substitute as Northampton Town downed Brighton & Hove Albion 2-0.