English League Cup Recap: Two Americans on the scoresheet

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Josh Sargent scores twice in the Carabao League Cup second round while Antonee Robinson gets a goal in Fulham’s win over Birmingham City.

Norwich City 6 – 0 Bournemouth

Josh Sargent continues to make a case for himself to be a starting attacking player for the USMNT by notching two goals and an assist in Norwich City’s route of Bournemouth at home. The Canaries went into the halftime break 3-0 up with a pair of goals from 19-year-old Christos Tzolis, who then provided an assist for Lukas Rupp’s goal in the 33rd minute.

Sargent came to life in the second half scoring two goals from close range, a right-footed back post tap in at the 49th minute before providing an assist for Tzolis in the 66th minute. Sargent finished off the six-star performance with the sixth goal in the 75th minute converting a blocked Tzolis shot at the back post.

Norwich returns to Premier League action on Saturday as Leicester City visit Carrow Road.

Birmingham City 0 – 2 Fulham

Antonee Robinson and Fulham continue their winning ways, extending their unbeaten streak to four wins in a row with their win in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday.

Fulham started with a different backline after captain Tim Ream went down injured over the weekend, and Robinson starting on the bench, opting to field some younger players for the second-round game. The move paid off for the manager Marco Silva, with 18-year-old Jay Stanfield providing the game-winner in the 26th minute in his Carabao Cup debut. The goal was Stanfields first goal for the senior squad.

Robinson was a late substitution to help see out the victory for the manager, another gamble that paid off. Two minutes into extra time, Robinson provided the insurance goal with his left foot to double the lead and seal the deal for Fulham’s birth into the third round. The goal was only Robinsons second professional goal at the club level.

Fulham returns to Craven Cottage to face Stoke City as the Championship play resumes Saturday.

Huddersfield Town 1 – 2 Everton

Duane Holmes started and went the distance in Huddersfield’s spirited loss at home to Everton in the Carabao Cup second round.

Everton started the scoring in the 26th minute with a goal from Alex Iwobi. Huddersfield Town would not be denied, registering five more shots in the first half before finally finding the equalizer on the stroke of halftime. Sorba Thomas found Tom Lees whose header sailed past Everton keeper Asmir Begovic.

The second half provided more action with Holmes almost notching a wonder goal with a spectacular shot from outside of the box that forced Begovic into an incredible fingertip save. The ensuing corner was headed home but later ruled out as the offside flag went up. Five minutes later Everton was down to 10 men as Moise Keane was shown a straight red for squaring up to Thomas. Everton eventually found the game-winner in the 79th minute through Andros Townsend.

Huddersfield Town returns to Championship action on Saturday with a home match against Reading.

Nottingham Forest 0 – 4 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Ethan Horvath was given the nod in the Carabao Cup second-round fixture against Premier League outfit Wolverhampton Wanderers. 

Horvath registered nine saves in the game, but it wasn’t enough as Wolves ran past the Championship side. Forest was able to hold the opposition scoreless for nearly an hour, but the 58th-minute opener Romain Saiss opened the flood gates. Goals from Daniel Podence (60’), Francisco Machado Trincao (86’), and Morgan Gibbs-White (88’) saw Wolves cruise to an expected win.

Horvath will fight for the starting spot as Forest return to Championship action on Saturday away at Derby County.


Matthew Olosunde did not feature in Preston North Ends 4-2 win over Morecambe in the Carabao Second Round. PNE returns to Championship action Saturday at home against Swansea.

Lyndon Gooch was an unused substitute in Sunderlands 3-2 win at Blackpool in the Carabao Second Round. They return to Championship action Saturday at home to Wycombe.

Cameron Carter-Vickers will hope to suit up for Tottenham on Thursday in their Europa Conference League game against Pacos Ferreira.


Andrew Vorce

I do it all! Youth club coach for 15+ years, very retired semi-pro indoor player, journalist for Yanks Abroad, and VP of Operations for the Warrior Soccer Tour. Soccer, soccer, soccer. Avid soccer enthusiast and travel to Europe every summer to take kids to go compete against European youth teams.

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