Sunday 22 April 2018

Lee shoot-out save knocks out Toffees

Carling Cup round-up

Richard Lee wrote himself into Brentford folklore by saving a spot-kick to help knock Everton out of a cracking clash which ended in penalties at Griffin Park.

The scores were level at 1-1 after extra-time after Gary Alexander had restored parity for the npower League One side. Ireland's Seamus Coleman's first Everton goal had given David Moyes' side the lead.

Lee saved Beckford's penalty with the scores at 3-3, before Charlie MacDonald, who had missed a penalty in normal time, scored to put the pressure on Phil Jagielka, whose shot hit the post to send the home fans into ecstasy.

Victor Obinna upstaged Sunderland's record signing Asamoah Gyan to fire West Ham into the Carling Cup fourth round at the Stadium of Light last night.

The 23-year-old Nigerian blasted home a 59th-minute winner to dump the Black Cats out of the competition after their £13m-plus striker had dragged them back into the game.

Gyan cancelled out Frederic Piquionne's 35th-minute opener with 41 minutes gone, but Steve Bruce's men could not take advantage of their reprieve.

Wade Elliott's 44th-minute winner sent Burnley into the fourth round hat and condemned Owen Coyle to a miserable return to Turf Moor. Elliott's acrobatic volley was only ruled to have crossed the line after consultation between referee Mark Clattenburg and his assistant.

But the decision was correct, and so was the result as Coyle's side failed to fire on a night when he was branded 'Judas' for his controversial mid-season switch to Bolton in January.

Kevin Doyle was to the fore for Wolves when scoring his side's third and fourth goals to see off battling Notts County 4-2 after extra-time at Molineux.

Headers from Danny Higginbotham and Kenwyne Jones secured Stoke a 2-0 victory over Fulham at the Britannia Stadium.

Jones wrapped up the win with his third goal in three games, rising to meet Rory Delap's throw-in with 11 minutes remaining.

Birmingham breezed into the fourth round as three quickfire goals from Alexander Hleb, Nikola Zigic and Craig Gardner all but saw off the threat of MK Dons before half-time. Dons substitute Aaron Wilbraham deservedly bagged a late consolation for the npower League One side.

Tamas Priskin and Gareth McAuley fired Ipswich into the fourth round as Millwall's home jitters struck again.

The Lions were unbeaten in 22 games at The Den until Saturday's shock 6-1 mauling by Watford.

And a second home defeat was hot on its heels as Roy Keane's Ipswich condemned them to back-to-back losses on their own turf for the first time in 18 months.

Struggling Portsmouth made their exit courtesy of a 2-1 defeat to Leicester, despite an 82nd minute strike from Liam Lawrence.

Irish Independent

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