Date: 5th October 2016 at 8:28am
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The EFL Trophy continued with the latest group matches played this week, all taking place on Tuesday.

Premier League and Championship U23 sides were involved once again.

Not that all these ‘U23 sides’ actually involved had players entirely falling into that age bracket once again with the aims of ‘young English talent’ being involved in them not exactly the case with all either…

Anyway, here’s a round up of the EFL Trophy results.


Tues 4 Oct 2016 – Checkatrade Trophy
Bolton 1-0 Blackpool 19:00
Cheltenham 2-1 Everton U23 19:45
Bristol Rovers 0-0 Yeovil 19:45
(Bristol Rovers won 5-3 on penalties)
Portsmouth 2-2 Reading U21 19:45
(Reading U23 won 4-3 on penalties)
Wimbledon 2-1 Plymouth 19:45
Newport 1-2 Swansea City U23 19:45
Crewe 2-3 Wolverhampton Wanderers U23 19:30
Chesterfield 1-4 Accrington 19:45
Swindon 0-0 Oxford Utd 19:45
(Swindon won 3-1 on penalties)
Bradford 2-1 Bury 19:45
Morecambe 3-1 Stoke City U23 19:45
Coventry 3-1 Northampton 19:45
Wycombe 3-0 West Ham United U23 19:45
Carlisle 2-0 Blackburn Rovers U23 19:45
Fleetwood 0-2 Oldham 19:45
Charlton 0-2 Crawley 19:45
Colchester 1-2 Southampton U23 19:45
Doncaster 2-2 Derby County U23 19:45
(Doncaster won 4-2 on penalties)
Port Vale 0-1 Mansfield 19:45
Peterborough 0-1 MK Dons 19:30
Barnet 0-5 Norwich City U21 20:00
Hartlepool 0-1 Sunderland U21 19:30
Rochdale 2-1 Notts County 19:45
Southend 1-0 Leyton Orient 19:45
Stevenage 2-2 Brighton and Hove Albion U23 19:45
(Brighton won 4-3 on penalties)
Cambridge 2-1 Middlesbrough U23 19:00
Scunthorpe 2-0 Shrewsbury 19:45
Luton 2-0 West Bromwich Albion U23 19:30
Millwall 2-1 Gillingham 19:45
Grimsby 0-1 Leicester City U23 19:45
Sheff Utd 1-2 Walsall 19:45

It’s hard to say what constitutes as an ‘upset’ or not in this competition now, but Charlton’s defeat at the Valley against Crawley meant a League 2 side went away from the Addicks with the points after this two-nil win that piled more pressure on Russell Slade.

As for the ‘U23’ sides I would say these losing would be viewed as upsets in many ways if they are beaten as the Middlesbrough U23 side was two-one at League 2 side Cambridge.

Another League 2 side that beat an U23 Premier League side were Luton, who won two-nil at Kenilworth Road against West Brom.

Blackburn’s U23 side were seen off by Carlisle, another League 2 side who are yet to be beaten in league football this season with Keith Curle’s continuing to impress.

Everton’s U23 side looked to be heading for a win at win at Cheltenham until two late goals turned it around at Whaddon Road and the Robins won two-one with League 2 rivals Doncaster beating Derby’s U23 side on penalties after a two-all draw at the Keepmoat Stadium.

The other U23 sides beaten were Stoke and West Ham, beaten at League 2 sides Morecambe and Wycombe, respectively, by three-one and three-nil scorelines with the biggest winners actually being Norwich’s U23 side with the Canaries thrashing Barnet five-nil at the Hive!

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