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By Alex Beard
Premier League Stoke City were well beaten by Bristol City in the Carabao Cup last night, despite the Championship outfit making more changes than their illustrious opponents.
Two goals in 10 second half minutes from club-record signing Famara Diedhiou and Matty Taylor ensured victory for the hosts at Ashton Gate, with Bristol City reaching the fourth round for the second straight season.
Potters boss Mark Hughes was disappointed with his team’s efforts, saying: “I don’t know whether the players underestimated Bristol City but they were certainly warned not to.
“We were very poor. Bristol City played really well and showed lots of energy and personality on the ball – also desire, which we didn’t show.”
Lee Johnson’s side weren’t the only second tier team to knock off Premier League opponents, as Championship leaders Leeds dumped out Burnley on penalties after an enthralling 2-2 draw at Turf Moor.
All four goals were scored in the last ten minutes of regular time plus extra time, as Hadi Sacko put the visitors ahead with ten minutes to go. Chris Wood – who joined Burnley from Leeds for a club-record £15m last month – then drew his new team level from the penalty spot nine minutes later.
Pablo Hernandez appeared to have won the game for Leeds in the 94th minute, also from the penalty spot, but a magnificent Robbie Brady free-kick two minutes later sent the game to extra time.
With no goals scored in the resulting half hour, second-choice Leeds goalkeeper Andy Lonergan saved Burnley’s James Tarkowski’s spot-kick to hand the Whites victory.
In an all Championship encounter a brace from Patrick Bamford saw Middlesbrough through at the expense of Aston Villa, while second-tier high flyers Wolves made hard work of League One Bristol Rovers, before an extra-time strike from Bright Enobakhare gave them victory.
Midfielder Mario Vrancic netted his first Norwich goals to see the Canaries past Brentford 3-1, while Dele Alli’s 65th minute effort for Tottenham disposed of Barnsley at Wembley.
Goals from Angelo Ogbonna, Diafra Sakho and Arthur Masuaku knocked off Bolton for West Ham, and Swansea’s Alfie Mawson and Jordan Ayew put paid to Reading’s cup hopes in the final game with Football League implications.
Full list of results:
Crystal Palace 1-0 Huddersfield Town
Aston Villa 0-2 Middlesbrough
Brentford 1-3 Norwich City
Bristol City 2-0 Stoke City
Burnley 2-2 Leeds United – Leeds win 5-3 on penalties
AFC Bournemouth 1-0 Brighton and Hove Albion
Leicester City 2-0 Liverpool
West Ham United 3-0 Bolton Wanderers
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 Bristol Rovers
Reading 0-2 Swansea City
Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Barnsley