C'ship sides enjoy their day in the sun

LONDON • Stoke City were one of two English Premier League sides to lose to lower-league opposition in the League Cup third round on Tuesday, after they crashed 2-0 to Championship side Bristol City.

The upset loss followed Burnley's penalty shoot-out defeat at the hands of Leeds United, who also play in the Championship.

Stoke manager Mark Hughes had no complaints after his side were undone at Ashton Gate by two goals in 10 second-half minutes from Famara Diedhiou and Matt Taylor.

"We were poor and they played very well," he said.

"They will have a good season playing like that, but we have to be much better. I am very disappointed because this is a competition we wanted to do well in.

"Maybe I got the changes wrong, but I was expecting a lot more from my players."

Burnley manager Sean Dyche also admitted that his team were not good enough, after Leeds went through 5-3 on penalties. The tie ended 2-2 after extra time.

It was a drama of penalties at Turf Moor. Leeds' Hadi Sacko scored the opener in the 80th minute, before Chris Wood equalised with an 89th-minute penalty, taking the game to extra time.

Pablo Hernandez then netted a penalty in the 94th minute for Leeds, before Clarets winger Robbie Brady tied the game just two minutes later.

"We had enough opportunities to win in normal time, that's my only gripe," Dyche said.

"Fair play to Leeds for not giving up."


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 21, 2017, with the headline 'C'ship sides enjoy their day in the sun'. Subscribe