On Thursday evening, Bristol City included goalkeeper Max O’Leary in their side as they went down to a three nil home defeat by Aston Villa for whom Conor Hourihane was a 78th minute substitute. Lincoln City suffered a crushing seven two home defeat by Liverpool who had Caoimhin Kelleher on the substitute bench while Anthony Scully was in action with the hosts. AFC Bournemouth included Mark Travers in their starting eleven with Gavin Kilkenny a 76th minute substitute as they went down to a two one defeat at Manchester City.
The Caribou Cup continued on Wednesday evening with League One side Fleetwood Town and Glenn Whelan going down to a five two defeat by visitors Everton for whom Seamus Coleman was an unused substitute. The New Den hosted the meeting of Millwall, for whom loanee Troy Parrott made his competitive debut alongside Shaun Williams with Alex Pearce unused on the substitute bench, and Burnley who included Jimmy Dunne in their starting eleven with Kevin Long unused on the substitute bench. The visiting ‘Clarets’ progressed with a two nil victory while Parrott was withdrawn at half-time. Newcastle United included Ciaran Clark in their starting eleven but he was withdrawn at half-time while Jeff Hendrick remained on the substitute bench at Morecambe whom the ‘Magpies’ crushed by seven goals to nil. Deepdale hosted the meeting of Preston North End and Brighton & Hove Albion who prevailed by two goals to nil. Sean Maguire was a 71st minute substitute for the ‘Lilywhites’ while Adam O’Reilly was unused on the substitute bench. James McClean and Nathan Collins completed 90 minutes for Stoke City who scored the only goal to defeat visitors Gillingham. Championship side Sheffield Wednesday included defender Ciaran Brennan in their starting eleven for their two nil defeat at Fulham.
The third round in the EFL (Caribou) Cup kicked-off at 7pm on Tuesday evening with Padraig Amond and Alan Sheehan in action for Newport County who defeated visitors Watford by three goals to one with Amond scoring the third. West Bromwich Albion included Dara O’Shea on the substitute bench for the visit of Championship side Brentford and he entered the fray on 59 minutes as the sides played out a two all draw. The penalty shoot-out went the way of Brentford on a 5-4 scoreline. Darren Randolph started but Josh Cullen, who was named in the initial starting eleven, was withdrawn following his positive Covid 19 test while Conor Coventry remained on the West Ham United substitute bench for the five one defeat of visitors Hull City. The remaining contest featured Luton Town who went down to a three nil defeat by visitors Manchester United at Kenilworth Road. James Collins was an unused while Dublin born right back Peter Kioso started for the ‘Hatters’.