Belfast Telegraph

Hammers cut down as Blades have last laugh

Burnley, Leicester and West Ham were all beaten by lower-league opposition on a night of upsets in the Capital One Cup.

An Atdhe Nuhiu penalty gave Sheffield Wednesday a 1-0 win at Burnley, while Leicester were beaten 1-0 at home by Shrewsbury with Andy Mangan getting the goal.

West Ham went down on penalties to League One side Sheffield United. Their fans spent the night taunting their visitors about former player Carlos Tevez — whose controversial signing kept the Hammers in the Premier League ahead of the Blades in 2007 — but it was a new expensive striker who cost them.

Enner Valencia missed the vital penalty in a 5-4 loss after Winston Reid's own goal had cancelled out Diafra Sakho's opener in normal time.

West Brom narrowly avoided a similarly embarrassing shoot-out exit as they beat Oxford 7-6 after a 1-1 draw in 90 minutes — Danny Hylton scoring for the League Two side after Johnny Mullins' earlier own goal.

Jack Cork and Graziano Pelle scored their first goals for Southampton — Cork in his 114th game and Pelle in his third — as the Saints won 2-0 at Millwall, while a John Egan own goal gave Newcastle a tight 1-0 victory at Gillingham.

Both Derby and Reading left it late to secure 1-0 successes, with Ivan Calero seeing County past Charlton and Jack Taylor giving Royals boss Nigel Adkins a winning return to Scunthorpe.

Nathan Tyson and Liam Wakefield scored either side of a Lloyd Dyer leveller as Doncaster shocked Watford 2-1 at Vicarage Road, but there was no upset for 2013 winners Swansea as they got past Rotherham 1-0 thanks to Bafetembi Gomis' first goal for the club.

Jermaine Beckford scored twice as Bolton beat Crewe 3-2 after extra-time.

Dwight Gayle gave managerless Crystal Palace a boost as he scored a first-half hat-trick as they won 3-0 at Walsall, while Brighton won 4-2 at Swindon.

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