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Carling Cup: ‘Worst night’ for Rodgers as Swansea slump to Cup defeat

By Robert Jones

Brendan Rodgers branded last night’s 3-1 Carling Cup defeat to Shrewsbury as his “worst night in football”.

Despite taking the lead through a fortunate own-goal, the Premier League new-boys were knocked out by their League Two hosts in meek fashion.

Marvin Morgan levelled for Shrewsbury before Mark Wright and Nicky Wroe struck in the second-half to send the hosts into round three for the first time in 18 years.

And Carnlough man Rodgers was not happy.

“It is my most disappointing night in football,” said Rodgers.

“We are not good enough to turn up anywhere and win a game at 70 per cent.

“You need the right mindset to do the ugly bits of football.

“I have told the players to make sure they remember the Manchester City game, when they made their Premier League debuts, make sure they remember how well they played against Wigan.

“But don't forget to tell their grandchildren that they played against Shrewsbury and lost. That is the reality. It shouldn't happen.”

The manner of defeat was a total surprise to Rodgers, who made nine changes to his starting line-up, but expected far better from those who represented his club.

“A few of them have put their hands up to say don't pick me,” he observed.

“Some of them will get on the bus and think it is a game less. I don't think like that. I want to win every game.

“Whether or not the game wasn't big enough for some players, I don't know, but we had the top scorer from the Championship last season, international players, experience. We were good enough.

“I said before the game that a team would be knocked out, a big team, and they would be knocked out because their attitude wasn't right. Ours wasn't right.”

The Swans weren’t the only Premier League casualties as all three newly promoted teams went out.

And Steve Bruce’s Sunderland also crashed out.

Norwich City suffered a stunning 4-0 home defeat at the hands of League One leaders MK Dons.

Paul Lambert's decision to change all 11 of his Norwich starting line-up backfired in spectacular fashion at Carrow Road as Luke Chadwick netted twice.

QPR also tasted defeat as they lost 2-0 at home to Rochdale.

Sunderland became the fourth Premier League side to crash out as they lost 1-0 to Brighton in extra-time on the south coast, with Craig Mackail-Smith heading in the winner in the 96th minute.

Aston Villa struggled for 80 minutes against Hereford, but Eric Lichaj eventually turned in a scrappy goal and Nathan Delfouneso added a second two minutes from time to make sure.

West Brom had an easier time in dispatching Bournemouth 4-1.

Wolves cruised to a 4-0 win over Northampton with Nenad Milijas and Sam Vokes adding to a brace from Sylvan Ebanks-Blake.

Sven-Goran Eriksson's Leicester had to come from behind to see off Bury 4-2 at Gigg Lane.

Ramon Nunez scored a brace as Leeds beat Yorkshire rivals Doncaster Rovers 2-1 at the Keepmoat Stadium.

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