Aston Villa supporters had spent the day celebrating Jack Grealish’s new five-year contract and his link-up play with their £28m man Ollie Watkins will have added to the optimism for last season’s Carabao Cup finalists.
The striker – making his debut against Burton Albion – levelled the second-round tie at the Pirelli Stadium five minutes before half-time following impressive play by Grealish. The captain set Neil Taylor free inside the area and his low cross was tapped home at the far post by Watkins. The League One side had made a dream start by taking the lead with a minute on the clock through Colin Daniel. But Grealish’s influence grew in the match and it was the playmaker who grabbed a fine late second for Villa before Keinan Davis made it 3-1.
Luton edged past Reading 1-0 in their all-Championship clash at Madejski Stadium. The Hatters’ reward in the third round is a home meeting with Manchester United – the Premier League side’s first involvement in the competition this season – on a date to be confirmed next week. Luton went ahead in the 24th minute when Jordan Clark guided in a clever far-post header.
Patrick Schmidt and Jordan Williams were on target as Barnsley set up a third-round trip to Chelsea following a 2-0 victory against Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium. First-half goals from Schmidt and Williams settled things on Teesside. The Premier League champions, Liverpool, will head to Lincoln in the third round after the League One team hammered Bradford 5-0 in West Yorkshire. Holders Manchester City will play host to Bournemouth in the third round after the Cherries overcame Crystal Palace 11-10 on penalties, following a 0-0 draw at the Vitality Stadium.
Fleetwood beat Port Vale 2-1 and will now play the winners of tonight’s match between Everton and Salford City at Goodison Park.
Watford, still finding their way in the Championship, looked like losing against Oxford after Robert Hall put them ahead. However, an 89th-minute equaliser from Ken Sema saved the day before a 3-0 shootout win. Leyton Orient will take on Tottenham after a 3-2 victory against Plymouth. Guardian sport