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Friday 14 December 2018

Irish duo Hourihane and Burke on mark in League Cup wins

Connor Hourihane hit a 77th-minute winner as Aston Villa left it late to beat Yeovil in the English League Cup. (stock picture)
Connor Hourihane hit a 77th-minute winner as Aston Villa left it late to beat Yeovil in the English League Cup. (stock picture)

Jamie Holland

Connor Hourihane hit a 77th-minute winner as Aston Villa left it late to beat Yeovil in the English League Cup.

Hourihane's simple tap-in came as a relief for Steve Bruce after he had seen the Glovers enjoy several chances and have a second-half penalty from Alex Fisher saved by Andre Moreira.

Villa finally began to turn up the heat, with substitute Jack Grealish rattling the crossbar with a shot from outside the area.

It was another substitute, Jonathan Kodija, who made his influence felt when he left defenders flat-footed in the box and played the ball square for Hourihane to tap in the winner.

Graham Burke was on the mark as Preston beat Morecambe 3-1 at Deepdale.

First-half goals from Brandon Barker and Louis Moult gave the home side the advantage before the visitors pulled one back through Liam Mandeville, but Burke ended the Shrimps' hopes of a comeback with a neat finish just before the hour.

Oliver Burke's first West Brom goal downed plucky Luton, while Bradley Dack scored a double and created two more as Blackburn thrashed Carlisle 5-1.

A fluke goal from defender Christoph Zimmerman helped Norwich to a hard-fought 3-1 win over Stevenage.

QPR secured their first win under Steve McClaren, beating Peterborough 2-0 at Loftus Road thanks to two goals in the opening six minutes courtesy of Luke Freeman and Pawel Wszolek.

Exeter beat Ipswich on penalties following a 1-1 draw and Hull also took the spot-kick route through to the next round after a 1-1 draw with Sheffield United.

Debutant goalkeeper Ben Amos - on loan from Bolton - pulled off two penalty saves to become an instant hero at the New Den, where Millwall beat Gillingham in a shoot-out after a 0-0 draw.

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