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Stoke manager Tony Pulis slams Asmir Begovic after Carling Cup absence

Stoke manager Tony Pulis accused Asmir Begovic of being “disrespectful” after the goalkeeper refused to play in the Carling Cup last night.

Begovic was due to be given a run-out against Shrewsbury with Thomas Sorensen on the bench.

Instead Carlo Nash was between the posts as Stoke secured a 2-1 victory to progress to the third round.

Begovic has been linked with a move away from the Britannia Stadium and Pulis revealed: “He said this morning he did not want to play. I find that very disappointing. We pay his wages and he has a responsibility to the club. To do what he has done is totally disrespectful.

“Obviously people have been blowing in his ear. That goes on.

“There has been interest from one or two clubs but nowhere near our valuation. We think he is a good goalkeeper and we want good players.”

MK Dons produced the shock of the night, knocking out Premier League Blackpool 4-3.

Sam Baldock gave the League One side a first-minute lead, Brett Ormerod levelled in the 52nd minute, before Jermaine Easter (55 and 57) gave the hosts a 3-1 lead. Ludovic Sylvestre pulled a goal back immediately and Charlie Adam took the game to extra-time with an 82nd-minute penalty. Lewis Guy's 110th-minute goal gave the Dons victory.

Blackburn's on-loan Manchester United striker Mame Biram Diouf proved to be the difference at Ewood Park with a hat-trick in the 3-1 defeat of Norwich.

Burnley came from behind to win 3-1 at Sammy McIlroy’s Morecambe. Brendan Rogers’ Swansea were also 3-1 winners, beating Tranmere.

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