Carabao Cup roundup: Coventry crash out to League Two Northampton

Kion Etete marked his Northampton debut with a second-half double as the League Two side came from behind to dump Coventry out of the Carabao Cup.

The Championship side started well and were ahead inside 13 minutes when Jordan Shipley’s cross found Jamie Allen and the midfielder teed up Tyler Walker to poke home, but Etete’s two goals secured a 2-1 first-round win for the Cobblers.

Callum Connolly scored his first goal for Blackpool, who cruised to a 3-0 victory over their fellow Championship side Middlesbrough. The defender rifled home a powerful shot in the 31st minute before late goals from Shayne Lavery and Keshi Anderson wrapped up a convincing triumph for the Tangerines.

João Carvalho’s first goals since November 2019 proved sufficient for Nottingham Forest to see off Bradford 2-1. The Portuguese midfielder, returning to Forest after spending last season on loan at the Spanish second division side Almería, scored twice before half-time. Callum Cooke’s 54th-minute free-kick brought the Bantams back into it but the League Two side could not find an equaliser.

The former Burton captain John Mousinho atoned for scoring an own goal for his old club by converting the winning spot-kick in a shootout to send Oxford into the second round. Oxford looked to have won it in normal time through the substitute Nathan Holland in the 85th minute only for Mousinho to inadvertently put into his own net deep into stoppage time in a 1-1 draw. Lucas Akins and Thomas O’Connor missed their spot-kicks, though, allowing Mousinho to make amends as the U’s claimed a 4-2 win on penalties.

QPR also needed penalties to avoid an upset after eventually beating Leyton Orient 5-3 in a shoot-out. Rob Dickie’s second goal in consecutive matches appeared to put the Championship side on course for a routine victory, but the hosts recovered and Aaron Drinan levelled late on before Ruel Sotiriou’s missed effort from 12 yards saw the hosts exit the competition.

Carabao Cup: second-round draw
League Two Barrow will host Premier League Aston Villa in the second round of the Carabao Cup. Barrow beat Scunthorpe in the first round on Tuesday night and their tie against Villa will be played in the week commencing 23 August.

Elsewhere in Wednesday’s draw, which was separated into northern and southern sections, Newcastle will host Burnley, while Watford were drawn at home to Crystal Palace in another all Premier League tie.

Newport’s reward for knocking out Ipswich is a home tie against Southampton, while Everton travel to the Championship side Huddersfield. Leeds host Crewe of League One, who edged past Hartlepool in the first round despite being down to 10 men after only 13 minutes, while Arsenal are away at West Brom.

Forest Green travel to the Premier League new boys Brentford, while Norwich, also back in the top flight, face Bournemouth, who failed to secure an instant return.

Gillingham beat Crawley 10-9 on penalties and will host Cheltenham, and Wolves travel to Nottingham Forest while Brighton will travel to Cardiff.