COC round-up: Leicester and Everton through

Date published: Tuesday 22nd September 2015 10:36

Leicester’s phemomenal start to the season continued with a 2-1 extra-time victory over West Ham to book a place in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup.

Young striker Joe Dodoo opened the scoring for the Foxes after just six minutes but Mauro Zarate made it 1-1, a scoreline that held until King’s looping header during the second half of injury time.

Everton came from a goal behind to beat Reading, Ross Barkley grabbing his third goal of an impressive season before Gerard Deulofeu curled in a 20-yard free-kick to send the Toffees through.

The Premier League side had appeared at risk of elimination when the impressive Nick Blackman gave Reading the lead, but after Roberto Martinez changed his team for the second half, the superior quality in Everton’s squad inspired victory.

Peter Crouch’s first goal of the season was enough to see Stoke into the fourth round at the expense of Fulham.

The Potters made eight changes from their weekend draw with Leicester as Crouch started just his second game of the campaign, but they still had enough to see off a Fulham side who were consigned to the Championship following a defeat at the Britannia Stadium 16 months ago.

Bournemouth eventually triumphed on penalties after their clash with Preston was 2-2 after 120 minutes.

David Meyler poached the only goal of the game as Hull defeated Swansea in a third-round tie that saw a return to action for Jake Livermore.

Livermore managed 69 minutes in his first appearance since May, when he was suspended following a positive cocaine test, and played his part as Steve Bruce’s side knocked over the Swans.

But it was his fellow midfielder Meyler who grabbed the winner, turning home from a matter of centimetres after Shaun Maloney’s header was palmed across goal just before the break.

Middlesbrough cruised through as they extended their winning run to five matches with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Wolves.

Albert Adomah scored twice with Diego Fabbrini also finding the target, as Aitor Karanka’s side carried over their impressive league form into the cup environment.

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