Blackpool Fall, Other EPL Teams Survive In Carling Cup’s Second Round

Steven Leslie’s 79th minute was little more than a consolation for Shrewsbury.

Sunderland 2, Colchester United 0

A brace by Darren Bent secured easy advancement for Sunderland in a comfortable victory over Colchester United.

Both of Bent’s goals came in the first half and were made possible by gaffes from Colchester goalkeeper Mark Cousins. Cousins misjudged a long ball from Boudewijn Zenden and allowed Bent an easy header into a gaping net. Eighteen minutes later, a similar error gave Bent his second.

It’s now three goals in three games for the English striker, who scored 25 goals last season.

Wigan 3, Hartlepool 0

Wigan sucesfully rebounded from a woeful Premier League start to dispatch Hartleepool United.

An own goal by Sam Collins gave Wigan the early lead while second-half strikes from Garcia-Penche Jordi Gomez and Victor Moses gave Wigan some insurance. Roberto Martinez is looking to inject some morale into a side who have yet to score in league play while conceding 10 goals of their own.

Ali Al Habsi pulled off several fantastic save to preserve Wigan’s lead in the first half, which came by way of an unlucky deflection off Collins in the third minute. Gomez doubled the lead with a fantastic free kick which deflected in off the underside of the crossbar. Substitute Moses completed the victory with a simple strike from just outside the box.

Southampton 0, Bolton 1

Bolton remain unbeaten this season after a narrow win over League One side Southampton booked their place in the third round.

Ivan Klasnic’s lone strike just after the half-hour mark was enough for Bolton, who were outshot 16 to four. Adam Bogdan made his debut for Owen Coyle between the posts and was tested early and often. A string of fine saves kept the visitors in front until the final whistle.

West Ham United 1, Oxford United 0

Scott Parker rescued West Ham from yet another embarassment with a stoppage-time winner against Oxford United.

Avrahm Grant’s men have been struggling in league play, having recieved zero points from two games so far, and elimination at the hands of a League Two side would have been devestating. Oxford were organized and stubborn in defense throughout much of the match. It took a well-placed cross from Frederic Piquionn and a smashing finish from Parker to advance West Ham to the third round.

Leyton Orient 0, West Bromwich Albion 2

West Brom advanced to the third round of the Carling Cup despite fielding a weakened side in anticipation of an Anfield trip this weekend.

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  1. Raatzie August 25, 2010

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