Promoted Three Crash Out Of Carling Cup As League Duties Take Their Toll
Newly-promoted Premier League sides Queens Park Rangers, Norwich and Swansea all crashed to defeat at the hands of lower league opposition in the second round of the Carling Cup last night as top flight survival was clearly made the priority.
That said, all credit should go to their respective opponents, Rochdale, MK Dons – both League One sides – and Shrewsbury Town of League Two, who all put in stirring performances to embarrass their more-illustrious opponents and progress.
Given the number of places between on the football ladder, it is perhaps Shrewsbury’s story that captures the magic of the cup best, with a stunning comeback on home soil ensuring that they ran out 3-1 winners despite falling behind to a an early own goal.
Shane Candsell-Sherriff headed past his own keeper to put the visitors ahead, but goals from Marvin Morgan, Mark Wright and Nicky Wroe completed a shock turnaround to hand the home team a deserved win and their second cup scalp.
The performance of the round, however, must go to MK Dons who completely outplayed Paul Lambert’s Norwich side on their own ground to record a thumping 4-0 victory that in no-way flattered the current League One pace-setters.
A double from former Canaries man Luke Chadwick sandwiched a fine strike from the in-form Sam Baldock before Daniel Paul’s goal added even more gloss to what was Lambert’s heaviest defeat in two years in charge at the Carrow Road club.
QPR, meanwhile, also crashed to defeat in front of their own fans as goals from Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro and Gary Jones in either half gave Dale a 2-0 win despite the home team dominating large portions of the game as they pressed for an equaliser.
The results mean that all three lower league sides have secured their place in the third round draw, while QPR, Norwich and Swansea will all have one less distraction to think about as they try and hold on to top flight status in this year’s Premier League.