CARLING CUP REVIEW

Carling Cup: Wigan thumped, Spurs cruise

August 26, 2009

Premier League leaders Tottenham Hotspur recorded their fourth win in as many matches on Wednesday with a comfortable 5-1 win over second division Doncaster Rovers in the League Cup second round.

Tom Huddlestone
GettyImages / AlexLiveseyTom Huddlestone celebrates his goal

First half strikes from midfielders Tom Huddlestone and Jamie O'Hara and a first goal for England forward Peter Crouch put Spurs 3-0 ahead at half-time.

The 2008 League Cup winners and losing finalists last season added two more after the break through David Bentley and Russian international Roman Pavlyuchenko after Rovers had pulled one back from the penalty spot. Wigan Athletic, beaten 5-0 by Manchester United last Saturday, endured a miserable evening at second division Blackpool losing 4-1 and becoming the first Premier League team to exit the competition.

Ishmel Demontagnac started the rout after just three minutes with a crisp shot, before Ben Burgess made it two 15 minutes later.

Charlie Adam had a penalty saved but turned in the rebound to make it 3-0 before Gary Taylor-Fletcher finished a neat move to make it 4-0.

Antonio Amay scored a consolation from a late corner for Wigan.

Elsewhere, League One side Carlisle United beat Championship outfit Bristol City 2-0 at Ashton Gate, Cardiff beat Bristol Rovers 3-1 with Michael Chopra again on the score sheet.

Newcastle United won a thriller against Huddersfield. Danny Guthrie put the home side ahead with a left foot shot before two goals in two minutes from Theo Robinson notched Huddersfield ahead.

Jordan Rhodes extended the visitors lead early in the second half before the Toon fought back. Geremi scored from close range before Shola Ameobi won and converted a penalty. With four minutes left Ameobi nodded a free kick across goal for Kevin Nolan to tap in and seal the win.

An extra time goal from Dave Kitson helped Stoke City beat Leyton Orient 1-0 at Brisbane Road.

The third round draw, which takes place on Saturday, introduces the Premier League sides involved in European competitions this season.