In a thrilling first round of the Capital One Cup, seven Championship clubs were knocked out by lower-league clubs.
The shock of the night happened at Griffin Park where Brentford were thumped 4-0 by League Two outfit Oxford United. The visitors raced to a three-goal lead inside 12 minutes as Liam Sercombe scored his first goal for the U’s from 18 yards, before Brentford goalkeeper Jack Bonham’s clearance cannoned off Danny Hylton and went into the net. Kemar Roofe then picked up Bonham’s headed clearance and scored a magnificent 40-yard lob. John Mullins then slotted home a fourth in the 54th minute to ensure Oxford went through to the second round.
Tom Bradshaw’s hat-trick earned Walsall a dramatic win over Nottingham Forest in a seven-goal thriller at the City Ground. Bradshaw struck twice early on but Tyler Walker pulled one back with a tap-in for the Reds. Romaine Sawyers appeared to have won the match for the Saddlers as he fired home a third with 11 minutes left. But substitute Michail Antonio scored a rocket from 25 yards before he backheeled the equaliser in the 90th minute. However, Bradshaw was brought down by Kelvin Wilson in the fifth minute of stoppage-time inside the box and converted his penalty to dump out Forest.
Hull City scraped through to the second round as they defeated Accrington Stanley on penalties. After a goalless 90 minutes, Chuba Akpom gave the Tigers the lead in the second minute of extra-time, but Matt Crooks headed in the equaliser. Greg Luer restored Hull’s advantage, but Terry Gornell took the game to penalties. The shoot-out entered sudden death but Curtis Davies scored and Crooks blazed his kick over the bar, meaning Steve Bruce’s side have made the draw for the second round.
Blackburn Rovers lost 2-1 at home to League One outfit Shrewsbury. James Collins gave the away side the lead, but Liam Lawrence headed into his own net to put the two teams level. Just two minutes later Tyrone Barnett volleyed Shrewsbury back in front and they held on for a place in the next round.
Liam Noble’s spectacular brace helped Notts County to a 2-1 win over Huddersfield. Murray Wallace headed the Terriers ahead, before Noble struck from 20 yards to draw the teams level heading into the break. The midfielder then amazingly lobbed Huddersfield goalkeeper Joe Murphy from 35 yards. The Magpies were reduced to 10 men when Gill Swerts was sent off but they held on for a surprise victory.
Bristol City were also knocked out as they lost 3-1 away to Luton. Jack Marriott scored twice and Paul Benson once for the League two outfit, before Aston Villa loanee Callum Robinson scored a consolation goal for the Robins.
Byron Moore scored the only goal of the game to give Port Vale victory over Burnley. Bolton were also knocked out as Matthew Palmer’s deflected strike was enough for Burton Albion to win the first ever competitive meeting between the two sides.
Sheffield Wednesday thrashed Mansfield Town 4-1 to go through to the next round. Lucas Joao and Jose Semedo were on target to give Wednesday a 2-0 lead inside 19 minutes, but Ryan Tafazolli pegged one back for the Stags. However, Kieran Lee and debutant Modou Sougou netted as the Owls eased to victory.
Charlton Athletic also won 4-1 as they eased past Dagenham and Redbridge. Tony Watt, Karlan Ahearne-Grant, Zakaraya Bergdich and Reza Ghoochannejhad scored for the Addicks, with Christian Doidge getting on the scoresheet for the League Two side.
QPR brushed aside League Two outfit Yeovil with ease. Sebastian Polter scored his first goal for the London club, and goals from Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and Nedum Onouha rounded off a comfortable evening for Chris Ramsey’s men.
Ipswich came from behind to beat Stevenage 2-1 at Portman Road. The visitors were 1-0 up at half-time thanks to a Christophe Berra own-goal. However, debutant Josh Yorweth headed in the equaliser before Jay Tabb tapped in the winner with 14 minutes remaining.
MK Dons scored two last-gasp goals to beat Leyton Orient 2-1. Dean Lewington’s first-half own-goal looked to be enough for Orient, but the game turned on its’ head in second-half injury-time. Orient’s Mathieu Baudry headed into his own net, and then Carl Baker slotted home the winner.
Birmingham are also through as they beat Bristol Rovers 2-1. Jacques Maghoma gave the Blues the lead in the 57th minute, but Ellis Harrison equalised for Bristol. Andrew Shinnie, however, sent Birmingham through with a low shot from 25 yards.
Wolves came from a goal down to knock Newport County out. Scott Boden opened the scoring in the sixth minute, but Nouha Dicko equalised and Benik Afobe scored from the penalty-spot to send Wolves into the second round.
Meanwhile, Rotherham, Brighton, Fulham, Reading and Cardiff all won their ties by one goal to nil against Cambridge, Southend, Wycombe, Colchester and AFC Wimbledon respectively.