Northampton Town 2 - West Bromwich Albion 2

AET; Northampton win 4-3 on penalties

Date: Tuesday 23rd August 2016 
Competition: League Cup (R2)
Myhill 3.2, Dawson 4.8, McAuley 5.6, Olsson 4.4, Galloway 4.8 (Wilson, 69 4.8), Phillips 4.2, Morrison 4.4, Field 5.4, McClean 3.8 (Fletcher, 62 3.8), Berahino 2.8, Lambert 2.2 (Rondón, 85 4.6)
Unused subs: Palmer, Yacob, Gardner, Leko
Manager: Tony Pulis 4.6
Scorers: McClean (45), McAuley (47)
Referee: Darren Bond 6.0
Attendance: 5,516   Home Fans 6.8   Away Fans 5.4


Looking for a Cup upset? Look no further than Albion, you're pretty much guaranteed one these days. This time it was Northampton Town who obliged, not helped by new signing Brendan Galloway having to go off injured, mind. Town, despite their League One status, had not lost a game in any competition since January and Albion simply didn't have the quality to alter that.

They did, at least, score twice: first through James McClean's long-range effort right at the end of the first half, and then through another Gareth McAuley header at the start of the second, but Northampton equalised with eight minutes remaining to take the game into extra time.

After no further goals were scored, it was down to a penalty shootout. Salomon Rondon scored, Saido Berahino shot wide and Darren Fletcher scored before Myhill saved one and gave Albion hope. But although Matt Phillips scored his, James Morrison saw his crucial last one saved to dump Albion out.

Pulis may be keen to make five more signings, but surely Albion should have won this one?

Steve Fereday:

Danny Murphy said on MOTD, 'West Brom need more pace and more excitement'. Cheers Dan.

I write this from a changing room at Ann Summers in Blackpool and am havin a private party with a Party 7. Could be here a while.