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Wednesday 29 March 2017

Parker on hand to get Hammers out of jail

Carling Cup Round-up

Scott Parker came up with a winner deep into stoppage-time to spare West Ham Carling Cup humiliation in last night's second leg clash.

Parker smashed home Frederic Piquionne's cross for a 1-0 victory, but the timing was harsh on Oxford United who had been stubborn and organised throughout and deserved a crack at the Hammers in extra-time.

It was the same old story from West Ham. Lots of neat passing and fluid movement but no real penetration until Parker broke the deadlock. Blackburn's on-loan striker Mame Diouf proved the difference between the sides as he scored a hat-trick to beat Norwich 3-1 at Ewood Park.

The Senegal international, who arrived from Manchester United this month, marked his full Rovers debut by heading the opener in the 29th minute.

Diouf (22) also hit the crossbar from close range after the interval before stabbing home his second 11 minutes from time and nodding in a third before Jens Berthal Askou's 90th-minute consolation.

Richard Stearman struck in the final minute of extra-time to give Wolves a 2-1 victory over Southend.

Wolves took the lead through Nenad Milijas' first-half penalty after Sam Winnall was fouled by Chris Barker.

Deserved

Shrimpers captain Craig Easton pulled back a deserved equaliser for the League Two side in the 80th minute, but Stearman had the final say after an additional 30 minutes.

A Darren Bent double fired Sunderland into the third round with a helping hand from Colchester 'keeper Mark Cousins. Bent, who scored 25 goals last season, took his tally for the new campaign to three in as many games.

Cousins' misjudgment handed the former Tottenham frontman the opening goal with 20 minutes gone, and a handling error 17 minutes later gifted him his second.

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway missed his side's humiliating 4-3 defeat at the hands of League One side MK Dons as Lewis Guy scored an extra-time winner.

The home side led in the first minute through Sam Baldock before Brett Ormerod brought the visitors level after the break.

Jermaine Easter then netted twice in as many minutes before a free-kick from Ludovic Sylvestre gave Blackpool a lifeline.

Ormerod also had two close-range efforts disallowed for offside before a late penalty from substitute Charlie Adam took the game into extra-time when Guy struck the winner.

Holloway chose to miss the game at Stadium-mk in favour of watching a transfer target elsewhere, leaving his assistant Steve Thompson in charge.

David Norris killed off a brave attempt by Crewe to claim a second Championship scalp in the competition. Norris fired home a volley for Ipswich in the 11th minute of extra-time to give Roy Keane's Ipswich a 1-0 victory after a tired Crewe failed to clear a corner.

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