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Two errors from Northampton goalkeeper Adam Smith proved the difference as Manchester United booked their place in the EFL Cup fourth round with a 3-1 victory over their League One opponents.
Smith was penalised on 17 minutes when he picked up a backpass and from the resulting free-kick, Wayne Rooney’s weak effort was blocked and the ball fell into the path of Michael Carrick who guided home a lovely strike from 18 yards.
The Cobblers were level just before the break when Alex Revell equalised from the penalty spot after a trio of mistakes from Marco Rojo, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Daley Blind.
Ander Herrera restored Jose Mourinho’s side’s advtnage on 68 minutes with a superb drive from distance.
Substitute Marcus Rashford sealed the win seven minutes later when Smith hesitated with a clearance and the young striker nipped in to take the ball off him and lash it into the empty net.
Manchester City cruised to victory in Wales as they beat Swansea City 2-1 at the Liberty Stadium.
A rare Gael Clichy goal put the Premier League side ahead not long after the break before Alex Garcia put City in control by adding a second.
Substitute Gylfi Sigurdsson scored a late consolation for the hosts who were outclassed on the night.
Vincent Kompany returned for Pep Guardiola’s side after over five months out with injuries.
Paddy McNair scored twice as Sunderland came from behind to beat QPR at Loftus Road.
The hosts went ahead on the hour mark when Sandro found the back of the net with a half-volley from a corner.
However, Manchester United midfielder McNair equalised just 10 minutes later when he scored after playing a nice one-two.
He then tapped home with 10 minutes remaining to seal the Black Cats’ place in the next round.
A trademark free-kick from Dimitri Payet in the sixth minute of injury time earned West Ham the win against the desperately unlucky
The League Two side seemed to have brought the game into extra time but the France midfielder broke their hearts with a stunning strike.
The Hammers had struggled to carve out many clear openings against the visitors as they again struggled to get going.
However, Slaven Bilic will hope Payet's dramatic intervention can kickstart their season.
Spurs brushed aside League One Gillingham 5-0 at White Hart Lane.
Christian Eriksen opened the scoring with a cracking 25-yard strike and added a second just after the restart to put the hosts in cruise control.
Summer signing Vincent Janssen then got his first for the club from the penalty spot minutes later.
Erik Lamela and Josh Onomah were grabbed the fourth and fifth not long after the hour-mark to give Spurs the easiest of wins.
Stoke City's miserable start to the campaign continued as Hull City came from 1-0 down to beat the Potters at the Britannia Stadium.
Marko Arnautovic put Mark Hughes' side ahead on 24 minutes but former Spurs midfielder Ryan Mason squared the game on half-time.
The game appeared destined for extra time until Markus Henriksen grabbed a winner in stoppage time.
Southampton eased past Crystal Palace by 2-0 in the all-Premier League clash at St. Mary’s.
In-form Charlie Austin fired the Saints ahead with a penalty after Ireland striker Shane Long had been fouled by Martin Kelly.
Jake Hesketh's first goal for the club doubled the home side’s margin after the hour-mark.
The Eagles never really looked like getting back into the contest with Connor Wickham failing to take their best opportunity.
Bristol City produced a spirited comeback as Tammy Abraham’s last-minute winner saw them beat Fulham at Craven Cottage.
Lucas Piazon headed the Cottagers into the lead from Cauley Woodrow's centre before Aaron Wilbraham levelled before the break for the visitors.
Fulham blew a great opportunity to retake the lead when Woodrow had a penalty saved by Ivan Lucic.
Ireland’s Callum O'Dowda's low cross was finished by Abraham to snatch the win in the last minute.
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