Premier League clubs Everton and Bolton rallied to win at home against lower-division teams in the second round of English soccer’s League Cup.
Tuncay Sanli and Martin Petrov scored in the second half as Bolton beat Macclesfield of the fourth-tier League Two 2-1, while Everton defeated League One’s Sheffield United 3-1.
West Ham and Bristol City of the second-tier Championship both lost at home to League Two clubs in first-round matches. West Ham fell 2-1 to Aldershot and Bristol City lost 1-0 to Swindon.
In other second round games, Premier League clubs Liverpool and Blackburn were 3-1 winners over Exeter City and Sheffield Wednesday, respectively, while Middlesbrough won 2-0 at Peterborough.
WEDNESDAY’S LEAGUE CUP RESULTS =============================== FIRST ROUND BRISTOL CITY 0-1 SWINDON WEST HAM 1-2 ALDERSHOT SECOND ROUND BLACKBURN 3-1 SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY BOLTON 2-1 MACCLESFIELD EVERTON 3-1 SHEFFIELD UNITED EXETER 1-3 LIVERPOOL PETERBOROUGH 0-2 MIDDLESBROUGH