Irish players were on the scoresheet during tonight's programme of EFL Cup games, but young Dubliner Jason Knight found himself on the losing side as Derby County were defeated at the death by Preston. 

Knight had given the hosts the lead early in the second half, scoring after his first effort was blocked, but an equaliser 11 minutes from time by Tom Barkhuizen was followed up by an injury-time penalty by Daniel Johnson to send Preston into the third round. 

Elsewhere, Paddy Madden nabbed a goal for Fleetwood Town as they defeated Port Vale 2-1. The former Bohemians player has scored freely for the League One side since joining in 2018 and his deflected goal after 14 minutes gave the home side an early advantage. 

Danny Whitehead equalised for the visitors soon after the restart but a Josh Morris volley on 75 minutes gave Fleetwood victory. 

Ex-Republic of Ireland underage international Anthony Scully was on target for Lincoln City as they ran riot away to Bradford City, winning 5-0. 

The Imps can now look forward to hosting Premier League champions Liverpool in the next round. 

There were no major upsets as the second round got under way on Tuesday, but a number of clubs set up attractive ties in the next round.

Luton will host Manchester United after Jordan Clark secured a 1-0 win at Reading, while Barnsley will travel to Chelsea after Patrick Schmidt and Jordan Williams goals saw off Middlesbrough 2-0.

Leyton Orient will host Tottenham after substitute Danny Johnson’s last-gasp goal secured a memorable comeback 3-2 win against Plymouth.

Argyle went two up though Panutche Camara and Kelland Watts, only for Jordan Maguire-Drew, Jobi McAnuff and Johnson to turn things around.

Jack Grealish celebrated his new five-year deal by scoring as Aston Villa, last season’s Carabao Cup runners-up, emerged 3-1 victors at Burton.

Colin Daniel had opened the scoring for Albion, only for record signing Ollie Watkins, Grealish and Keinan Davis to secure victory.

Holders Manchester City will face Bournemouth after the relegated Cherries won a mammoth penalty shootout against Crystal Palace after the match ended 0-0.

Debutant Ryan Fraser’s goal edged Newcastle past Blackburn 1-0 and secured a trip to Morecambe, who won by the same scoreline thanks to Aaron Wildig’s goal against Oldham.

West Ham cruised through to the third round with a 3-0 win against Charlton as Felipe Anderson added to Sebastien Haller’s brace.

Gary Rowett’s Millwall will host Burnley or Sheffield United after they beat Cheltenham 3-1, with Ryan Leonard, Connor Mahoney and Matt Smith scoring before Finn Azaz’s consolation effort.

Gillingham are heading to Wolves or Stoke after beating Coventry on penalties. Max Biamou had opened the scoring for City, only for Jordan Graham’s stoppage-time leveller to set up the shootout.

Newport overcame Cambridge 1-0 thanks to Scott Twine’s late goal and will face Watford, who beat Oxford on penalties thanks to Daniel Bachmann’s heroics.

The Hornets goalkeeper saved all three penalties after Ken Sema cancelled out Rob Hall’s opener for United.

Elias Kachunga and Josh Windass secured Sheffield Wednesday’s place in the third round with a 2-0 win at Rochdale.