SWANSEA, WALES - AUGUST 25: Michu of Swansea celebrates scoring the second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and West Ham United at the Liberty Stadium on August 25, 2012 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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Surprise surprise. Everton weren't expected to have much trouble in the second round of the Capital One Cup -- their opponents were League One side Leyton Orient, who have two losses from their first two games, while Everton have, so far, manhandled both Aston Villa and Manchester United. And they didn't, breezing their way though the match at Goodison Park and emerging with a 5-0 win.
It was a good match for new signing Kevin Mirallas to grab his first goal for the club, and the Belgian duly notched twice, scoring the opener 16 minutes in. Leon Osman managed to grab another six minutes later (from a Miralles assist), and from then on it was something of a rout. The Toffees could easily have scored plenty more than five, but I suppose they were feeling in a fairly nice mood. At any rate, they advance to the third round of the league cup. Leyton Orient most emphatically do not.
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|Aston Villa||3-0||Tranmere Rovers|
|Carlisle United||2-1||Ipswich Town|
|Coventry City||3-2||Birmingham City|
|Crawley Town||2-1||Bolton Wanderers|
|Doncaster Rovers||3-2||Hull City|
|Leeds United||3-0||Oxford United|
|Leicester City||2-4||Burton Albion|
|MK Dons||2-1||Blackburn Rovers|
|Norwich City||2-1||Scunthorpe United|
|Nottingham Forest||1-4||Wigan Athletic|
|Preston North End||4-1||Crystal Palace|
|Queens Park Rangers||3-0||Walsall Town|
|Stoke City||3-4||Swindon Town|
|West Ham United||2-0||Crewe Alexandra|
|Yeovil Town||2-4||West Bromwich Albion|
Aston Villa registered their first win of the new season against League 1 Tranmere Rovers, but a pair of Premier League teams crashed out in the second round of the newly-rebranded Capital One Cup.
Fulham were beaten 1-0 by Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough after Stephen Kelley conceded a second-half penalty that the Cottagers failed to recover from, and Swindon dispatched Stoke City in a thriller which saw forward James Collins notch a hattrick -- including a 120th minute winner -- and the hosts come from behind to equalise at 2-0 and then 3-2 down.
The other Premier League sides had it quite a lot easier. Aston Villa and Southampton, neither of whom have a point in the league, both took out their frustration on lesser opponents, with Villa thumping Tranmere 3-0 and Southampton mauling Stevanage.
Meanwhile, it was smooth sailing for Sunderland vs. Morecambe, West Bromwich Albion vs. Yeovil Town, Swansea City vs. Barnsley, QPR vs. Walsall and West Ham vs. Crewe, although Norwich left things a bit closer than they'd have liked against Scunthorpe, and a frenetic first half saw Reading edge Peterborough
The European sides enter the fray next round, so this isn't going to get any easier for the lower league sides. But we could also get some giant killings. Those are always fun.