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Liverpool edge through after Notts scare

Liverpool survived a scare as League One strugglers Notts County battled back from the dead to force extra-time at Anfield before going down 4-2 in the Capital One Cup second round.

Jordan Henderson celebrates after rounding off what proved to be a testy affair for Liverpool.
Jordan Henderson celebrates after rounding out what should have been a routine victory for Liverpool.

The home side appeared to be cruising after Raheem Sterling celebrated his senior England call-up by putting his side ahead in the fourth minute and Daniel Sturridge scored his third goal in as many games to make it 2-0 before half-time.

But County hit back through a Yoann Arquin header and substitute Adam Coombes fired an equaliser with six minutes of normal time remaining. Liverpool recovered their poise in the extra half-hour and wrapped up a 4-2 win with a second from Sturridge and a fourth from Jordan Henderson.

Martin Jol's Fulham edged past League Two Burton on penalties after a dramatic 2-2 draw at Pirelli Stadium. Fulham keeper David Stockdale saved the crucial spot-kick from Phil Edwards to send the top-flight club through after they fought back from behind in extra-time.

Adel Taarabt scored his first goal for the Cottagers to put the visitors ahead in the 36th minute, but Jack Dyer forced extra-time with an 85th minute equaliser. Michael Symes put the League Two side ahead in the first period of extra-time, but Hugo Rodallega forced spot-kicks when he levelled with three minutes to spare.

Robbie Brady's 106th-minute effort proved enough as Steve Bruce's Hull battled to a tough 1-0 win over League One leaders Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road. Brady had been on the field for barely a minute after replacing Aaron McLean in the added half-hour before slotting home the only goal of the game.

League One Peterborough pulled off the biggest win of the night with a 6-0 thrashing of Championship outfit Reading at London Road. Lee Tomlin scored a hat-trick for Posh and further goals came from Britt Assombalonga, Danny Swanson and Jack Payne.

Birmingham beat Yeovil on spot-kicks, but only after a bizarre 3-3 draw. Blues players and staff were incensed when Byron Webster scored to take the match into extra-time. They felt the home side should have returned the ball to them after goalkeeper Colin Doyle had kicked the ball out of play following an injury to Birmingham defender Dan Burn.

Yeovil moved ahead in extra-time through Luke Ayling, but then immediately allowed the visitors to walk in an equaliser from Lee Novak, apparently as compensation for Webster's controversial effort, before Tom Adeyemi's penalty in the shoot-out took the 2011 League Cup winners into the third round.

Former Newcastle striker Nile Ranger scored his first goal for Swindon in a shock 2-0 win over Harry Redknapp's QPR at Loftus Road. Chris Martin and Conor Sammon both scored twice in Derby's 5-0 thrashing of Brentford, while Chris Wood scored a hat-trick as Leicester also hit five in a 5-2 win at Carlisle.

Ross McCormack's late penalty sealed a 3-1 win for Leeds in their Yorkshire derby at Doncaster, and Adam Hammill scored a late winner as Huddersfield twice came from behind to beat Charlton 3-2. Tranmere edged out Championship Bolton 4-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw at Prenton Park and Burnley overcame Preston 2-0 at Turf Moor.

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.


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