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FA Cup: Derby edge by Accrington Stanley (video)

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Derby County beat third-tier Accrington Stanley 1-0 in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday, as Frank Lampard‘s Rams are in the last 16 of the competition.

Martyn Waghorn’s late goal was enough to edge the second-tier side past a plucky Accrington outfit who had Daniel Barlaser sent off with just over 30 minutes to go.

Jayden Bogle was sent off late on for Derby and Billy Key went close from the resulting free kick, but Lampard’s men held on to reach the fifth round.

Accrington Stanley played well in the first half and had plenty of sights on goal without carving Derby open. Jordan Clark had their best chance, while at the other end Martin Waghorn couldn’t flick home after a great cross from Scott Malone.

Mason Mount limped off in the first half with a hamstring injury with Mason Bennett replacing him, as the Rams had to deal without one of their key players.

In the second half Waghorn again went close to getting on the end of Malone’s cross as Derby cranked through the gears.

Bennett whipped in a lovely cross from the left which missed everyone as Accrington dropped deeper and deeper as the game wore on.

The home side did have a great chance to take the lead as Barlaser jinxed free inside the box but his shot was brilliantly blocked by Derby’s defense.

Moments later Barlaser was shown a second yellow card for a late challenge on David Nugent, as Accrington were reduced to 10 men.

Despite going down to 10 men Key then flashed a shot inches wide and he put a header wide soon after as the home team rallied superbly.

But then Derby broke through late in the game as Waghorn finished after good work from American winger Duane Holmes.

A dramatic final few minutes then saw Bogle sent off for bringing down Paul Smyth who was clean through.

From the resulting free kick Kelle Roos saved Key’s low effort superbly as Accrington thought they had equalized in stoppage time.

The game finished 1-0 as the Rams went through to the last 16 despite not being at their best in testing conditions in Lancashire.

EFL Cup Tuesday preview: Seven Premier League sides enter

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Seven of the 13 Premier League teams to enter the 2017-18 EFL Cup second round will open tournament play Tuesday, while the remaining six wait until Wednesday.

West Bromwich Albion, Bournemouth, Brighton and Hove Albion, Crystal Palace, Swansea City, Leicester City, and Watford all begin their campaigns Tuesday.

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West Brom is one of two sides facing fourth-tier competition, and Tony Pulis‘ Baggies head to the Crown Ground for a match with Accrington Stanley.

Recently promoted Brighton and Hove Albion hosts its first Cup match as a Premier League side when Barnet comes to town. Ex-New York Red Bulls and New York Cosmos winger Ruben Bover is on the visitors side of the pitch.

Frank De Boer‘s Crystal Palace gets a tricky test from in-form Ipswich Town, as Mick McCarthy’s Tractor Boys are one of two Championship teams to start the season 4-0.

The seven PL sides competing in the Champions League or Europa League don’t join the fray until the third round.

Full slate of Tuesday’s second round matches
All matches at 2:45 p.m. ET unless noted

Accrington Stanley vs. West Bromwich Albion
Aston Villa vs. Wigan Athletic
Birmingham City vs. Bournemouth
Brighton and Hove Albion vs. Barnet
Bolton Wanderers vs. Sheffield Wednesday — 3 p.m. ET
Cardiff City vs. Burton Albion
Carlisle United vs. Sunderland
Crystal Palace vs. Ipswich Town — 2:30 p.m. ET
Doncaster Rovers vs. Hull City
Fulham vs. Bristol Rovers
Leeds United vs. Newport County
Middlesbrough vs. Scunthorpe United
Milton Keynes Dons vs. Swansea City
Norwich City vs. Charlton Athletic
Queens Park Rangers vs. Brentford
Reading vs. Millwall — 3 p.m. ET
Sheffield United vs. Leicester City
Watford vs. Bristol City

League Cup roundup: Middlesbrough and Burnley fall to lower league foes

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Sunderland and Bournemouth advanced to the League Cup third round, while Middlesbrough and Burnley dropped out after both finding themselves bested in extra-time.

A strong Boro lineup still saw its goal pummeled all evening by Fulham’s young squad, and Lasse Vigen Christensen won it in extra time with an assist from American youngster Luca de la Torre to complete the 2-1 scoreline. Middlesbrough went ahead early on an 8th minute header by David Nugent, but they were on the back foot the rest of the match. Scott Malone forced a Boro own-goal for the equalizer shortly after halftime, and Christensen won it seven minutes before penalties.

The win for Fulham means they are unbeaten through five matches this season across Championship and League Cup play. The Whites then drew a home meeting with Bristol City for the third round of the Cup.

Burnley also went to extra-time after a scoreless full 90 minutes, and they were stunned by a goal from Accrington Stanley’s Matt Pearson in the 122nd minute, just ticks before penalties to down the Clarets 1-0. It was a dull match up to that point, and the League Two side earned its first-ever victory over a Premier League side in cup play with the late winner. The winners will have another shot at a Premier League side in the next round, drawing West Ham.

Bournemouth nudged past League Two side Morecambe 2-1 thanks to goals from Max Gradel and Marc Wilson, although Morecambe had leveled things for a bit between the two Cherries’ goals. Bournemouth saw themselves drawn against Preston North End in the upcoming round.

Sunderland also saw themselves through thanks to Adnan Januzaj‘s first goal for the Black Cats, an 83rd minute strike to down League One side Shrewsbury Town 1-0 at the Stadium of Light. The match was a relatively even affair until Januzaj’s late goal, but Sunderland likely deserved to win on number of chances, with Patrick van Anholt having the best prior opportunity just before halftime with a rocket saved by Jason Leutwiler. The Black Cats will travel to QPR following the third round draw.

League Two side selling “commemorative” tickets to Manchester United match that won’t happen

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It’s been 69 years, almost to the day, since the first Accrington Stanley stood across the pitch from Manchester United in a meaningful game.

And to commemorate the fact that the current iteration of the club could’ve played the Red Devils in the FA Cup had they not lost to Yeovil Town, they are selling tickets to a match that will never happen.

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Yes, for just $30 you can have a ticket to a fake game.

If you’ll buy what Accrington Stanley is selling (literally) your purchase will help fund the club’s push for promotion to the Championship.

From Accrington Stanley’s web site:

Those who purchase the commemorative tickets will have their name on a Roll of Honour in the club programme and on the website to recognise their contribution.

“It would make a massive difference and any avenue that we can explore to try to bring funds into the club has got to be explored,” said manager John Coleman. “In essence it’s a virtual match but we are speaking to Manchester United and we’re going to try to pull on their heart strings a bit and hopefully those who buy the tickets might actually see us play them in the not too distant future.

“When I came back to the club from day one I said that I didn’t want the players to think of us as little Accy. Infrastructure wise and ground wise you can say that we are a small club but we have big hearts and great people who support us and work behind the scenes at the club and they just need a little bit of help. A lot of people will look at Accrington Stanley with affection and some will adopt us as their second club. If those people can help us a little bit and make us a bit stronger then maybe we can give them better days supporting us.”

Keeping in mind that the commemorative ticket price costs exactly the same as admission to a normal Accrington Stanley match, this one’s a head-scratcher. They say all press is good press, but perhaps this is the exception to the rule. And thinking a giant club like Manchester United will look upon this campaign and say, “Sure let’s give them a friendly” seems hopeful at best.

The club bills itself as “The Club That Wouldn’t Die”, and has survived a lot of obstacles in maintaining its team. That much should be lauded, but apparently it feels the same about its Cup dreams.

Then again, if it works…

Journeyman American goalkeeper re-signs with Oldham Athletic


It’s been a long career full of moves for 32-year-old goalkeeper Paul Rachubka, who started in the Manchester United system and has played for 14 clubs since 2000. On Sept. 7, he moved back to Oldham Athletic, this time permanently after having been on loan there once.

Rachubka was born in San Luis Obispo, Calif., to an English mother and American father. He played for English youth national teams at the under-16, -18 and -20 levels.

His most famous (or infamous) stint was with Leeds United in the 2011-12 season, where he made a series of high-profile errors that led to him joining Tranmere Rovers on loan. After what the official press release described as “a torrid evening” against Blackpool in November 2011 in which Rachubka “was substituted after just 45 minutes with United trailing by three goals,” his Leeds career was all but over.

He spent the rest of his time at the club out on loan, including two separate stints with Accrington Stanley in League Two. After leaving Accrington and Leeds when his two-year contract expired at the end of last season, Rachubka began training with Oldham Athletic.

Rachubka’s contract with the League One side expires on Jan. 5, 2014, and he is expected to play a No. 2 role to Mark Oxley with the Latics.