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Seven upsets caused in the Carabao Cup First Round

Seven upsets was caused in the Carabao Cup First Round after 34 ties were played out between the 29th of August and 5th of September.

An action packed opening round saw a total of 162 goals (including penalties), with one game left to be played out, that is Brentford v Wycombe in their brand new stadium and live on Sky Sports, Sunday afternoon.

Following that tie, the League Cup second and third round draws will take place, more details on that can be read further down the article.

Back to the upsets now and Plymouth Argyle became the first side to cause a surprise in the tournament, the League One side overcame Championship outfit Queens Park Rangers.

An entertaining encounter saw Ryan Manning put the visitors in front after just two minutes, before Joe Edwards levelled for the hosts, who won promoted from League Two in 2019-20.

Danny Mayor then put the Ryan Lowe’s side in front before Osman Kakay equalised, to the relief of manager of Mark Warburton, with his first goal in senior football.

It was Plymouth however that ended up booking their place in Sunday’s draw, when debutant Frank Nouble volleyed in from Conor Grant’s cross with 12 minutes to go.

Northampton from League One also caused a surprise, with a comfortable 3-0 win over Championship side Cardiff City.

Harry Smith converted from the spot to give the Cobblers the lead after 33 minutes, before Matt Warburton tucked the ball away with a neat finish to double their lead 10 minutes into the second half.

Ryan Watson made it three nil not long after to easy any worries of a potential Bluebirds comeback.

Another League Two club to cause a surprise was Michael Flynn’s Newport County, who came out on top of their much anticipated Welsh derby against Swansea City of the Championship.

Tristan Abrahams put the Exiles ahead from close range after the 7th minute, before doubling his side’s lead before half time.

There was another upset, this time at Huddersfield Town, caused by their League One opponents Rochdale with just one goal.

Matty Done sent in an inswinging free-kick to deceive the goalkeeper and Eoghan O’Connell met the ball at the back post, powering a header home for his first Dale goal.

League Two side Cheltenham Town managed to knock out League One Peterborough United with just a single goal.

Liam Sercombe smashed the ball with a strong strike not long into the second half to send the Robins through.

Cambridge United from League Two knocked out Championship outfit Birmingham City also by a single goal.

The U’s tweeted: “[Robbie] Cundy up like a salmon to beat #BCFC keeper Prieto to a free kick into the box.”

And lastly, League Two Salford City came up late to knock out newly promoted Rotherham United from the Championship to seal a place in tomorrow’s draw.

Ian Henderson, who was surprisingly let go by Rochdale, scored from the spot after Elliott was brought down by Blackman.

It had to go to a penalty shootout to sort this tie out, and it was Salford that came out 4-2 winners.


FT Barnsley (0) 1-0 (0 )Nottingham Forest
FT Bolton Wanderers (0) 1-2 (1) Bradford City
FT Crewe Alexandra (0) 1-2 (0) Lincoln City
FT Derby County (0) 0-0 (0) Barrow – Derby win 3-2 on penalties
FT Fleetwood Town (1) 3-2 (2) Wigan Athletic
FT Grimsby Town (1) 1-1 (1) Morecambe – Morecambe win 4-3 on penalties
FT Huddersfield Town (0) 0-1 (0) Rochdale
FT Oldham Athletic (2) 3-0 (0) Carlisle United
FT Salford City( 0) 1-1 (0) Rotherham United – Salford win 4-2 on penalties
FT Scunthorpe United (0) 1-2 (1) Port Vale
FT Sunderland (0) 0-0 (0) Hull City – Hull win 5-4 on penalties
FT Tranmere Rovers (0) 1-1 (0) Harrogate Town – Harrogate win 8-7 on penalties
FT Walsall (0) 0-0 (0) Sheffield Wednesday – Sheff Wed win 4-2 on penalties
FT Birmingham City (0) 0-1 (1) Cambridge United
FT Bristol City (1) 2-0 (0) Exeter City
FT Crawley Town (1) 1-3 (2) Millwall
FT Forest Green Rovers (1) 1-2 (0) Leyton Orient
FT Gillingham (1) 1-0 (0) Southend United
FT Ipswich Town (2) 3-0 (0) Bristol Rovers
FT Luton Town (0) 3-1 (0) Norwich City
FT Milton Keynes Dons (0) 0-1 (0) Coventry City
FT Newport County (2) 2-0 (0) Swansea City
FT Northampton Town (1) 3-0 (0) Cardiff City
FT Oxford United (0) 1-1 (0) AFC Wimbledon – Oxford win 4-3 on penalties
FT Peterborough United (0) 0-1 (0) Cheltenham Town
FT Plymouth Argyle (1) 3-2 (1) Queens Park Rangers
FT Reading (1) 3-1 (1) Colchester United
FT Swindon Town (0) 1-3 (1) Charlton Athletic
FT Blackburn Rovers (1) 3-2 (0)Doncaster Rovers
FT Preston North End (3) 4-0 (0)Mansfield Town
FT Stevenage (3) 3-3 (2) Portsmouth – Pompey win 3-1 on penalties
FT Stoke City (0) 0-0 (0) Blackpool – Stoke win 5-4 on penalties
FT Burton Albion (1) 1-1 (0) Accrington Stanley – Burton win 4-2 on penalties
FT Middlesbrough (2) 4-3 (1) Shrewsbury Town


The Carabao Cup Round Two and Three draws will take place on Sunday 6 September live on Sky Sports.

Hosted by David Garrido the draws will be conducted by former Liverpool defender and 1995 EFL Cup winner Phil Babb, following the Round One Carabao Cup tie between Brentford and Wycombe Wanderers.  

The Round Two draw is unseeded and will remain regionalised with northern and southern sections. 

Upon its conclusion, the Round Three draw will then take place with each tie given a number in the order that they came out in the Round Two draw – they will then be subject to another unseeded draw on an either/or basis, alongside the seven Premier League Clubs competing in Europe who enter at this stage.

Having the draws conducted together will enable the EFL, Clubs and broadcasters to plan with additional clarity and certainty over a busy period of fixtures whilst supporters are unable to attend fixtures. 

Joining the Carabao Cup at the Round Two stage are the 13 Premier League Clubs that are not competing in Europe in the 2020/21 season, including Everton, West Ham and Wolverhampton Wanderers alongside Sky Bet Championship sides Bournemouth and Watford.  The remaining clubs, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Leicester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal will join in Round Three.

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