EFL Cup: Forest sink Newcastle amid late drama, Everton and Watford through
Newcastle United remain winless this season after Championship side Nottingham Forest scored twice in injury time to secure a 3-1 win in the second round of the EFL Cup.
Forest led inside two minutes when Sam Byram barrelled down the right flank to send in a cross former Newcastle striker Daryl Murphy nodded in.
It proved a frustrating outing for the much-changed visitors at the City Ground, after boss Rafael Benitez saw his defensive tactics in the 2-1 weekend defeat to Chelsea come in for criticism.
Close-season signing Salomon Rondon sharply found the bottom corner to seemingly secure a penalty shootout in stoppage time, only for Newcastle to collapse in the closing minutes.
Substitute Matthew Cash profited from Karl Darlow’s inability to hold a cross and, after the officials decided not to punish Forest keeper Luke Steele for a challenge on Ayoze Perez in the box, Gil Dias pounced on a loose pass to chip home and seal a place in round three for Aitor Karanka's men.
Full-time: #NFFC 3-1 Newcastle (Murphy 2', Cash 90+4', Dias 90+6; Rondon 90)
Forest advance into the next round! pic.twitter.com/E7fHDC7LMY
— Nottingham Forest FC (@NFFC) August 29, 2018
Everton saw off Championship opposition in the form of Rotherham United by the same scoreline, with Sandro Ramirez laying on Gylfi Sigurdsson's opener ahead of a rumoured return to Spain with Real Sociedad.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin helped himself to a second-half brace – the Everton youngster's second snuffing out the hope granted to Rotherham by sub Will Vaulks' goal four minutes from time.
Isaac Success set Watford on the way to a 2-0 win at Reading, where teenage midfielder Domingos Quina scored a marvellous long-range second to preserve the Hornets' 100 per cent start to the season.
Elsewhere, Millwall saw off Plymouth Argyle 3-2 despite twice going behind, with Aiden O'Brien turning in a late winner at the Den.