Everton are looking decent under Ancelotti – their first XI has some proper players, and because of how they’ve strengthened, the squad players are also decent. And here’s one of them, Tom Davies taking the ball off Walcott and lashing a low shot just wide.
At Love Street, Celtic now lead St Mirren 2-1, Forrest and Duffy with the goals.
GOAL! Southampton 0-1 Brentford (Norgaard 40)
A few minutes after Danny Ings hits the post for Southampton, Norgaard thuds home a header from Mbeumo’s corner.
In commentary, Gary Neville was saying that what we saw Gordon do is a what can happen to a diamond – there’s very little midfield cover for the full-backs.
GOAL! Everton 1-0 Salford City (Keane 8)
Sigurdsson curls flat and hard towards the near post and Keane arrives to jump all over Turnbull, powering a header past Hladky.
Lovely from Gordon, who gets the ball out on the left, sticks it behind his man and screeches after it, crossing low to win a corner…
“I’m not sure if the owners had a word,” says Andrew Goudie, but Salford ‘rested’ most of their first team in that 6-0 drubbing by Manchester United.”
Yeah, I think four of tonight’s starters started that one.
Nice from Bernard, who curves in a cross towards Walcott at the far post … but Walcott sort of turns his body while getting under the ball, heading over from six yards.
At Elland Road, Wilks suddenly finds space and drives towards the Leeds box, prodding a low shot that Casilla saves down to his left.
Pre-match, Danny Weber was also talking about James Wilson – also ex-United, he does some work for MUTV and will know exactly how good he should now be. But points out that he’s only scored one goal for the club, and time is running out.
I love Goodison, one of the last great grounds. I’m sure the new version will be dead fancy, but it won’t have the same character.
At Goodison, the players take a knee. All black lives matter, people.
Ancelotti says this competition is important for Everton, and he wants fresh legs on the pitch, as well as an opportunity for players to prove themselves to him. Graham Alexander, meanwhile, says whoever Everton pick, they’re up against a quality side and his players need to focus on what they’re trying to do. He has confidence in them, but they’re a new side, so are learning about each other.
On Salford, it’s worth noting that they’ve never played Premier League position, and just last week were walloped 6-0 at home by Man United’s u23 side. In fairness, that had some serious talent in it – Dylan Levitt is already a full international, Ethan Laird will play for United’s first team, and Hannibal Mejbri will be a star – but still, not great.
As for Everton, Virginia and Nkounkou make their debuts. Keane is the only survivor from the weekend, and Jamie Redknapp talks about how much he’s looking forward to watching Anthony Gordon, who plays midfield and says he’s a big talent.
Looking at that Salford team, it’s really surprising to see James Wilson in it. He was absolutely brilliant in Man United’s youth team and reserves, not as good as Mason Greenwood but not miles off. But for whatever reason, it’s not quite worked out for him, which is a shame – he had great pace, a brilliant leap, and composure in front of goal, scoring twice on his United debut.
Elsewhere, it’s cooking at OT.
On which point, the appointment of Neil Lennon seemed a real retrograde step. What new ideas was he ever going to bring?
In Scotland, Celtic trail St Mirren 1-0. If they lose that, they’ll be six points behind Rangers already.
Kyle Edwards is man of the match. He seems like a lot of fun, and here’s his latest single. Yes, you read that correctly.
“If I had a guess I’d say the reason why there’s a banner (and why they sing) The Lord is my shepherd at West Brom,” says JR in Illinois, “is the same reason why the national rugby team supporters sing the old slave spiritual Swing Low, Sweet Chariot: English people are really weird.”
I cannot argue.
Full-time: West Brom 3-0 Harrogate Town
That was a decent performance from West Brom, and Slaven Bilic has a couple of players, Edwards and Harper in particular, pressing for weekend selection.
Half-time: Ipswich Town 0-1 Fulham
Fulham could use a win here, because they looked mles out of their depth at the weekend.
GOAL! Leeds 0-1 Hull (Wilks 5)
Hull’s press wins possession and Wilks finds Honeyman, who gives him the ball back, and his shot is deflected home.
I don’t get why the FA don’t require all clubs to pay into a fund to be used for bailing out clubs. It’s true that it might encourage owners to speculate, but that too can be regulated, and anyone doing anything stupid can be kicked out. We can’t have fans and communities losing their heritage and identity because people are idiots, or because corona is an idiot.
After Macc’s demise, more terrible news, in exclusive form.
Everton also change everything, but have plenty on the bench should they make an everton of things. James Rodriguez, though, is spared – I wonder what he’s up to tonight – while I did not know that Darr-on Gibs-on played for Salford these days.
Everton: Virgina, Kenny, Keane, Branthwaite, Nkounkou, Davies, Sigurdsson, Davies, Walcott, Gordon, Bernard, Kean. Subs: Pickford, Allan, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin, Digne, Doucoure, Coleman.
Salford City: Hladky, Threlkeld, Turnbull, Eastham, Touray, Towell, Lowe, Hunter, Wilson, Henderson, Thomas-Asante. Subs: Armstrong, Gibson, Elliott, Andrade, Denny, Evans, Golden.
Back to Leeds, Marcelo Bielsa makes 11 changes from the defeat at Anfield, which makes sense. His first team is decent, but beneath that he doesn’t have the strength in depth other teams do, and his priority is staying up and finishing as high as he can.
Tangentially, we see some classic Bielsa in Especial 20 Años de Fútbol de Primera, a show currently on Netflix, celebrating 20 years of Argentina’s most popular football highlights show. I cannot recommend it enough – the hair, clobber and celebrations are absolutely top-notch, before we’ve even thought about the football.
GOAL! Ipswich Town 0-1 Fulham (Mitrovic 38)
Tete crosses from the left, and Mitrovic powers home a birthday header.
GOAL! West Brom 3-0 Harrogate Town (Robinson 77)
Lovely from Kyle Edwards, diddling his man on the left touchline and haring into the box before sliding across to give Robinson a tap-in. Done and done.
Leeds United: Casilla, Davis, Casey, Cresswell, Douglas, Bogusz, Poveda, Shackleton, Roberts, Alioski, Rodrigo. Subs: Meslier, Bamford, Struik, Harrison, Phillips, McCalmont, Gotts.
Hull City: Ingram, Coyle, Jones, McLoughlin, Elder, Docherty, Batty, Wilks, Honeyman, Lewis-Potter, Scott. Subs: Emmanuel, Samuelsen, Mayer, Greaves, Chadwick, Cartwright, Jones.
Bristol City: O’Leary, Vyner, Kalas, Mawson, Sessegnon, Bakinson, Nagy, Eliasson, Palmer, Martin, Semenyo. Subs: Bentley, Diedhiou, Weimann, Wells, Moore, Rowe Brunt.
Northampton Town: Mitchell, Racic, Bolger, Horsfall, Harriman, Missilou, Watson, Martin, Hoskins, Chukwuemeka, Ashley-Seal. Subs: Arnold, Lines, Roberts, Warburton, Mills, Johnston, Marshall.
So Ralph Hasenhuttl goes strong, which seems a decent plan to me – it’s an opportunity to get players fit for the league, if nothing else.
Southampton: McCarthy, Walker-Peters, Stephens, Bednarek, Bertrand, Tella, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Redmond, Adams, Ings. Subs: Vestergaard, Long, Djenepo, Obafemi, Smallbone, Vokins, Forster.
Brentford: Daniels, Dalsgaard, Goode, Bech Sorensen, Thompson, Baptise, Norgaard, Dasilva, Mbeumo, Forss, Fosu. Subs: Henry, Pinnock, Marcondes, Dervisoglu, Zamburek.
“Thanks for the preamble tunes,” emails Peter Oh. “Here is a song that the Cup sponsors probably frown on, because the chorus includes a line that sounds suspiciously like ‘I don’t Carabao that’.”
That tune was in the charts the first time I had access to MTV, staying in a (nasty) hotel without my parents for the first time. What a video!
There’s not a whole lot going on at the Hawthorns, so let’s have a look at the teams elsewhere.
Robson-Kanu is replaced by Sawyers, while Harrogate send Beck on for Stead.
The teams in full…
Ipswich Town: Cornell, Donacien, Nsiala, Wilson, Kenlock, Nolan, Dozzell, Huws, Edwards, Hawkins, Dobra. Subs: Holy, Chambers, Norwood, Bishop, Judge, Sears, Downes.
Fulham: Areola, Tete, Odoi, Le Marchand, Robinson, Zambo Angissa, Lemina, Reid, Knockaert, Kebano, Mitrovic. Subs: Hector, Cairney, Cavaleiro, Reed, Bryan, Fabri, Francois.
They’re underway at Portman Road, where it’s still Ipswich 0-0 Fulham.
West Brom send on Matt Phillips for Kamil Grosicki, who shakes his head ruefully.
These are our teams, by the way:
West Brom: Button, Peltier, Kipre, O’Shea, Townsend, Grosicki, Field, Harper, Edwards, Austin, Robson-Kanu. Subs: Furlong, Ajayi, Robinson, Phillips, Sawyers, Bond, Soule.
Harrogate Town: Cracknell, Fallowfield, Smith, Hall, Burrell, Thomson, Falkingham, Kerry, Muldoon, Beck, Martin. Subs: Jones, Kiernan, Kirby, Stead, Walker, Minter, Lokko.
It’s all West Brom at the moment – Grosicki’s free-kick has just flashed across the face of the goal, and someone ought really to have turned it in, while a few minutes earlier, Edwards’ low cross skated across the box.
Can someone please tell me why West Brom have a banner reading “The Lord is my shepherd” over a couple of blocks of seats?
It’s looking comfortable for West Brom – two goals in four minutes, from Rekeem Harper and Hal Robson-Kanu, have put them in command against Harrogate Town, making their debut in this competition. They looked a very smart side when I saw them in the playoff final, and they’ve played pretty well tonight, but two excellent finishes have pretty much finished the tie.
Evening everyone, and welcome to another night of energy drink shenanigans. Also, why isn’t the plural of shenanigan shenaniga?
Anyway, this is what we’ve got for youse the night:
West Bromwich Albion 2-0 Harrogate Town (6pm, currently half-time)
Ipswich Town v Fulham (7pm)
Southampton v Brentford (7.45pm)
Bristol City v Northampton Town (7.45pm)
Leeds United v Hull City (7.45pm)
Everton v Salford City (8.15pm)
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