EFL Cup: Accrington shock Preston, Championship clubs scrape through
League Two Accrington Stanley have beaten Championship Preston North End to progress to the second round of the EFL Cup.
Accrington were pegged back twice before Ben Kee scored a 93rd-minute winner. Jordan Hugill had thought he had saved Preston with a 91st-minute equaliser.
That was Hugill’s second of the match with Ben Richards-Everton and Jordan Clark scoring for Stanley.
Brentford and Cardiff City scraped through in extra time to avoid further shocks for Championship clubs.
The Bees had to come from behind against AFC Wimbledon to force extra time but goals from Ollie Watkins and Justin Shaibu broke Wimbledon fans’ hearts in extra time.
For Cardiff, Nathaniel Mendez-Laing’s 48th-minute goal cancelled out Sean Morrison’s own goal and Greg Halford scored the winner in extra time against Portsmouth.
Notts County’s match against Scunthorpe United went all the way to penalties. Scunthorpe eventually came through 6-5 after the score finished 3-3 after extra time.
Norwich City got past League Two Swindon Town by the odd goal in five and Jason Cummings scored his first Nottingham Forest goal as they beat Shrewsbury Town 2-1.
Elsewhere, Birmingham City, Sheffield Wednesday, Reading and Bristol City all made safe passage into round two on an evening when only one Championship team lost.
Derby County’s match against Grimsby Town was abandoned after 26 minutes due to a waterlogged pitch.
Full EFL Cup results: Accrington Stanley 3-2 Preston North End, AFC Wimbledon 1-3 Brentford, Barnsley 4-3 Morecambe, Birmingham City 5-1 Crawley Town, Bradford City 2-3 Doncaster Rovers, Bristol City 5-0 Plymouth Argyle, Bristol Rovers 4-1 Cambridge United, Cardiff City 2-1 Portsmouth, Coventry City 1-3 Blackburn Rovers, Exeter City 1-2 Charlton Athletic, Fleetwood Town 1-2 Carlisle United, Forest Green Rovers 0-1 Milton Keynes Dons, Grimsby Town A-A Derby County, Luton Town 0-2 Ipswich Town, Mansfield Town 0-1 Rochdale, Millwall 2-0 Stevenage, Norwich City 3-2 Swindon Town, Nottingham Forest 2-1 Shrewsbury Town, Oxford United 3-4 Cheltenham Town, Peterborough United 1-3 Barnet, Queens Park Rangers 1-0 Northampton Town, Rotherham United 2-1 Lincoln City, Scunthorpe United 3-3 (6-5) Notts County, Sheffield Wednesday 4-1 Chesterfield, Southend United 0-2 Newport County, Wigan Athletic 2-1 Blackpool, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 Yeovil Town, Wycombe Wanderers 0-2 Fulham, Reading 2-0 Gillingham