Striker Michy Batshuayi scored twice to edge Chelsea past a spirited Bristol Rovers and into EFL Cup round three.The £33m summer signing from Marseille volleyed in, and Victor Moses struck from close range two minutes later.
Peter Hartley halved the lead by heading in a free-kick before Batshuayi restored the hosts’ two-goal cushion.Ellis Harrison scored a penalty and struck the crossbar for League One Rovers, but Chelsea maintained their 100% record under Antonio Conte.
Peter Crouch scored a hat-trick as Stoke City eased into the third round of the EFL Cup with a comfortable victory at League Two Stevenage.The ex-England striker gave the Premier League side an early lead, heading in after Jon Walters’ effort hit the bar.Phil Bardsley made it two before half-time with a stunning 30-yard shot.Crouch nodded home Marko Arnautovic’s cross after the break before adding his third with a clever scissor kick which bounced into the top of the net.
Crystal Palace’s £27m record signing Christian Benteke made his debut as the Eagles beat Blackpool in the EFL Cup second round.Centre-back Scott Dann drilled in the opener after Andros Townsend’s cross fell to him in the box.Connor Wickham, who replaced Benteke at half-time, got the second two minutes into the second half.
A strong Liverpool side overwhelmed Championship outfit Burton Albion to reach the EFL Cup third round.The Reds led in the 15th minute when Divock Origi flicked in from close range before Roberto Firmino made it 2-0, heading in Nathaniel Clyne’s cross.Tom Naylor inadvertently put the ball in his own net after the break before Daniel Sturridge tapped in his first and then thumped home the Reds’ fifth.
Everton overpowered Yeovil Town with a 4-0 win at Goodison Park to reach the EFL Cup third round.Ashley Williams and Yannick Bolasie made full debuts in a strong line-up but it was Aaron Lennon who nudged in James McCarthy’s cross for the opener.England man Ross Barkley curled in a second-half free-kick as the Toffees pulled clear of spirited Yeovil.Arouna Kone’s late double gave the score-line an unflattering look that the League Two visitors didn’t deserve.
Adama Diomande scored twice as Hull City battled past League Two’s Exeter City in the EFL Cup second round.The hosts took the lead with Jake Taylor’s stunning long-range strike but Diomande equalised for the Premier League side within two minutes.Joel Grant fired wide for the Grecians before Diomande turned and finished in the area for his second.Substitute Robert Snodgrass’ late 25-yard free-kick secured the Tigers’ place in round three.
Ayoze Perez scored twice as Newcastle reached the third round of the EFL Cup with a win over League Two Cheltenham.However, it was a night of mixed fortunes for the Magpies as Aleksandar Mitrovic, Dwight Gayle and Rolando Aarons all came off injured.Perez, who was also injured and had his head bandaged, curled in a brilliant opener in first-half stoppage time.The Spaniard tapped in his second when Gayle pounced on Easah Suliman’s back-pass and squared the ball.
Oliver McBurnie scored twice on his debut as Swansea City made light work of Peterborough in their EFL Cup second-round tie.Swans led 3-0 at half-time.Jay Fulton headed them in front before 20-year-old striker McBurnie scored twice in two minutes.Peterborough responded with Leonardo Da Silva Lopes’ long-range strike but the League One side could not recover.
League One side Gillingham came from behind to shock Premier League side Watford in extra time and reach the EFL Cup third round.Substitute Odion Ighalo gave Watford the lead in the second half when he bundled home from close range.But Mark Byrne replied for the Gills with a stunning strike to take the tie into an additional 30 minutes.Striker Bradley Dack was the match winner on 100 minutes, guiding the ball in at the back post via the crossbar.