London: Charlton Athletic were knocked out of the English League Cup on penalties by third division Oxford United on a night of high drama in the second round of the English League Cup Tuesday.
Oxford beat Charlton 6-5 on penalties after holding the Premier League team, 0-0 after extra-time. Jefferson Louis was the hero for Oxford, who are seventh in the third division, with his penalty winner.
West Ham United’s blushes were saved, however, after the top flight’s bottom side beat second division Chesterfield 5-4 in their penalty shoot out, with the scores level at 1-1 after extra-time. Struggling Sunderland scored more goals in one night than they have all season when they beat lowly Cambridge United 7-0.
The result will be a massive confidence boost for Peter Reid’s side — who are the Premier League’s lowest scorers with just three goals from eight games — and sets them up for their daunting trip to champions Arsenal at the weekend.
Claudio Reyna got the ball rolling in Cambridge’s worst ever defeat in any competition with a goal in the 21st minute before Gavin McCann gave the visitors a 2-0 lead at halftime. Julio Arca scored the third early in the second half before Marcus Stewart and Tore Andre Flo also got their names on the score sheet with two goals each.
Crewe Alexandra gave Manchester City a scare when Rodney Jack found the net after just 20 seconds for the second division side, but Kevin Keegan’s team came back in the second half for a dramatic finish to win 3-2, with Darren Huckerby scoring the last minute winner.
Everton were 3-0 winners over third division Wrexham but the game was soured when fans ran on to the pitch forcing a four minute delay in the second half. Tottenham Hotspur, last year’s losing finalists, beat second division leaders Cardiff City 1-0 when Teddy Sheringham slid the ball into the net from five yards out after meeting a Mauricio Taricco cross.
Middlesbrough, flying high in third place in the Premier League, continued their fine form with a 4-1 win over second division Brentford.
In the other games Rotherham United beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 4-2 on penalties after an eight goal thriller for the first division sides. Wimbledon were 3-1 winners over first division leaders Portsmouth. Preston North End in division one beat second division Macclesfield 2-1 and first division Sheffield United beat Wycombe Wanderers 4-1 of division two.
Gillingham beat Stockport 2-1 and Burnley were 1-0 winners over Huddersfield.