The gulf in class between the Premier League and the rest was emphasised again last night as Fulham, Newcastle and Everton all advanced to round three without too much fuss.
A somewhat below strength Fulham proved far too good for Port Vale who struggled to create any chances in their 6-0 drubbing, while Everton fielding a similarly weakened squad saw off League one promotion hopefuls 5-1 in front of a impressive crowd of 28,901. The numbers here were swelled by a substantial traveling contingent who were given an indication of how tough life is when you move up the divisions.
League 2 Accrington Stanley did try to make a game of it losing 3-2 but the Newcastle starting line up didn’t include any of the players who hammered Aston Villa 6-0 at the weekend and they had to wait until the 94th minute before grabbing their second goal which gave the score a little more respectability. Still the 4,098 fans who turned up will have enjoyed what was a very attack minded tie.
So only Blackpool of the Premier League clubs have been knocked out in round 2 and this went to extra time. Only Birmingham still have to play and with a home tie against Rochdale they should keep up the top clubs winning record.
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