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League Cup giant-killers drawn together in round three

Updated: Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 14:34 | Comments

Ireland international Jon Walters scored twice in Stoke's win over Portsmouth
Ireland international Jon Walters scored twice in Stoke's win over Portsmouth

Two of this week's Capital One Cup giant-killers will go head to head in round three after MK Dons were drawn against Bradford.

Karl Robinson's Milton Keynes side stunned Manchester United with a 4-0 win on Tuesday and will next host the surprise 2013 finalists.

Bradford beat Arsenal and Aston Villa en route to their Wembley appearance against Swansea and are on the right path again after Wednesday night's dramatic 2-1 victory against local rivals Leeds.

Defending champions Manchester City will fancy their chances of advancing after being handed a home clash against Championship Sheffield Wednesday, the Owls' reward for beating top-flight Burnley 1-0 on Tuesday.

Shrewsbury, who shocked Leicester 1-0 on Tuesday, earned a home tie against Norwich while four Premier League teams are guaranteed to exit in round three.

Arsenal host Southampton, West Brom take on Hull, Neil Warnock's Crystal Palace face Newcastle and Swansea travel to Goodison Park to tackle Everton.

Chelsea host Championship Bolton, Liverpool will tackle Middlesbrough at Anfield and Tottenham welcome Nottingham Forest.

There are two all-Championship ties, with Cardiff hosting Bournemouth and Reading heading to Derby, while Fulham have a home tie against League One Doncaster.

The ties will be played on September 23 and 24.

Wednesday's action saw QPR slip to defeat against League Two Burton, meaning all three of the Premier League's promoted sides are out.

Adam McGurk's free-kick earned the underdogs a 1-0 win and a clash with Brighton and Rangers boss Harry Redknapp said: "It was a poor performance.

"We gave the lads who haven't been playing an opportunity to show what they can do, and they showed me what they can do - and it wasn't an awful lot."

Villa also suffered an upset, losing 1-0 to Leyton Orient after Romain Vincelot's header. Orient face Sheffield United in the next round.

The performance of Irish teenager Jack Grealish was one of the few positives Villa boss Paul Lambert could muster as on his first start for the club, the 18-year-old tormented Orient's defenders with his quick feet and penetrating runs.

Jack Grealish


"Jack did really well," said Lambert. "He's playing without fear.

"We tried to give him the freedom to go and do something in the game because young players won't maybe be open to the criticism the older ones are. The fans seem to be taking to him."

Bradford's win came via a stunning Billy Knott strike and James Hanson's winner after Matt Smith had headed 10-man Leeds in front.

Last year's beaten finalists Sunderland saw off Birmingham 3-0 and will face Stoke, who were also 3-0 victors over Portsmouth.

Ireland international Jon Walters scored twice for Stoke with Peter Crouch also netting, while Jordi Gomez, Adam Johnson and Connor Wickham were on target for the Black Cats.

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