EFL Cup Winners & Losers round 3

Winners:

Leeds United

That’s how you respond to your first defeat of the season- knock a premiership club out of a cup! Leeds have a recent habit of beating Premier League sides in cups. This was a hugely entertaining game at 1-1 hour going into injury time. 4 minutes later Pablo Hernandez put away a penalty to give Leeds the lead only to be pegged back in the 97th minute by Liam Brady’s strike 2-2! Then Goalkeeper Andy Lonegren making his second Leeds debut was the shoot out hero.

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Marcus Rashford

That’s how you respond to being subbed! Struggling Burton Albion were never likely to provide too much of an obstacle for United but Rashford ruthlessly dispatched Albion in 23 minutes. Back on track.

Islam Slimani

Wow! He did nothing for 78 minutes and then a screamer. In truth it was a performance that will only increase Slimani’s stock as an impact sub but after a summer in which he was widely expected to leave he’s won some currency with the fans and paid back a chunk of that club record fee.

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Dominic Calvert Lewin

Undoubtedly the Under 20 World Cup star making the fastest impact on first team football, Calvert Lewin bagged a brace in a performance that suggested his pace might be the best No9 option open to Ronald Koeman in a squad bulging with no 10s.

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Bristol City

Caused the biggest shock of the round putting out Stoke. Ok the winning goal was signed by a striker who cost £5 million this summer so this isn’t quite the classic David & Goliath story but this was still an impressive win over a side 15 league places above them.

Losers:

Jurgen Klopp

The players change but the song remains the same: Liverpool can’t defend and right now can’t score either. While the later problem won’t last- its staggering they didn’t score on Wednesday night! The former is a full blown crisis that could undermine their entire season.

Kelechi Iheanacho

It should have been his big night with his new club, instead Ulloa & Slimani started and when Ulloa went off injured Craig Shakespeare brought on Okazaki who scored and got man of the match. Man just can’t grab break right now.

Pepe & Jose getting their excuses in early

Jose reckons some clubs would be better off without the Carabao Cup whilst Pep says it’s a waste of energy- which is why of course both sent out strong teams to face lesser sides!

Come April if things are going wrong they’ll remind us of how the fixture congestion caused by the EFL Cup is undermining their title bids: this despite having the biggest squads in England, ho hmm. In similar news water’s wet and bears haven’t developed alternative toilet arrangements.

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