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)

Football League Cup: Fulham, Stoke Upset, Aston Villa Advance

The Premier League, minus the league's elite, joined the League Cup in the second round -- and two top-flight side have already been eliminated.

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Everton Vs. Leyton Orient: Final Score 5-0, Toffees Cruise To 3rd Round

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.


Fulham, Stoke Eliminated In 2nd Round Of League Cup

Aston Villa 3-0 Tranmere Rovers
Burnley 3-0 Plymouth Argyle
Carlisle United 2-1 Ipswich Town
Coventry City 3-2 Birmingham City
Crawley Town 2-1 Bolton Wanderers
Doncaster Rovers 3-2 Hull City
Gillingham 0-2 Middlesbrough
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
Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Fulham
Stevenage 1-4 Southampton
Stoke City 3-4 Swindon Town
Sunderland 2-0 Morecambe
Swansea City 3-1 Barnsley
Watford 1-2 Bradford City
West Ham United 2-0 Crewe Alexandra
Yeovil Town 2-4 West Bromwich Albion
Reading 3-2 Peterborough

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.

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