With three of the remaining Second Round Carling Cup matches played on Tuesday the 30th August, it can now be confirmed that Southampton, Leyton Orient and Aldershot Town have progressed to the next stage.
Southampton avoided a potential banana skin when they convincingly overcame their hosts Swindon Town. The League Two side found themselves two nil down after thirty minutes, after goals from Guly and Jonathan Forte.
The Robins gave themselves hope in the 84th minute when Mehdi Kerrouche notched, only for Saints hitman Rickie Lambert to put the game beyond doubt in stoppage time. Southampton can look forward to entertaining either Charlton Athletic or Preston North End at St. Mary’s, with their match not kicking off till next week.
However the contest ended on a sour note, with Swindon manager Paulo Di Canio involved in an incident with his own player Leon Court as the two walked down the tunnel.
Elsewhere Aldershot Town upset the odds yet again by beating a Carlisle side which never really clicked into gear. The Hampshire club can now claim two scalps in the Carling Cup so far this term, having eliminated West Ham at the previous hurdle.
Michael Rankine struck for the home side on the stroke of half time, and the victory was sealed with a Carlisle own goal fifteen minutes from time. The Shots will play Rochdale at the Recreation Ground in Round Three.
The third tie of the night saw League One strugglers Leyton Orient see off Bristol Rovers by the odd goal in five. An entertaining match at Brisbane Road saw ex-Colchester man Dave Mooney score with a fifth of the game gone, while Ben Chorley added a second from the penalty spot a few minutes later.
Chris Zebroski pulled one back for The Pirates in the 69th to give his side hope, and Eliot Richards equalised as the final minute struck, with most in the ground expecting penalties to follow.
However, The O’s had other ideas, and a neat move was calmly dispatched by Stephen Dawson to send Rovers back to the West Country empted handed. The Londoners face the exciting prospect of a trip to Blackburn Rovers next round, which may prove financially beneficial to chairman Barry Hearn.
The draw for the Third Round is as follows:
Cardiff City v Leicester City
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Millwall
Chelsea v Fulham
Aldershot Town v Rochdale
Arsenal v Shrewsbury Town
Burnley v Milton Keynes Dons
Leeds United v Manchester United
Brighton & Hove Albion v Liverpool
Nottingham Forest v Newcastle United
Manchester City v Birmingham City
Blackburn Rovers v Leyton Orient
Southampton v Charlton Athletic or Preston North End
Everton v West Bromwich Albion
Crystal Palace or Wigan Athletic v Middlesbrough
Aston Villa v Bolton Wanderers
Stoke City v Tottenham Hotspur