Dennis Adeniran and Sylla Sow scored as Sheffield Wednesday ended Sunderland’s 18-game unbeaten run with a 2-0 triumph in the Carabao Cup at Hillsborough.
The result represented a small measure of revenge for Darren Moore’s men after last season’s play-off semi-final defeat against the Black Cats. The win sets up a home tie with Rochdale in the second round.
Wednesday manager, Darren Moore, hailed Adeniran’s explosive return after seven months out with a hamstring injury. Moore said: “He’s had problems with his knees and we’ve had to manage him during pre-season on the hard pitches, so it’s great to have him back and I’m really pleased for him that he put in the performance that he did.
“After scoring a goal like that and, then, assisting the second one, he can certainly feel pleased with his night’s work.”
Adeniran opened the scoring in spectacular style in the 16th minute. The former Fulham and Everton midfielder was encouraged to shoot by home fans after the ball fell to him 30 yards from goal following Liam Palmer’s cleared cross and he obliged with an absolute screamer that rocketed into the helpless Alex Bass’s top right-hand corner.
Sow, who came on just before half-time, then added a second in the 56th minute when he swept into Bass’s bottom corner from eight yards after being picked out excellently from the right by Adeniran, who had intercepted the away keeper’s risky pass out to Aji Alese.
Josh Benson struck in the third minute of stoppage time as League One Barnsley dumped Championship Middlesbrough out with a 1-0 win at the Riverside, to set up a second round trip to Leeds. Benson, a second-half substitute, slotted home the rebound after his own shot had been parried by Middlesbrough goalkeeper Liam Roberts.
Middlesbrough had early chances through Duncan Watmore and Hayden Hackney but Barnsley settled and went close themselves when Aiden Marsh’s close-range strike was saved by Boro debutant Liam Roberts.
Paddy McNair went close for Boro in the second half and Dael Fry had their best late chance to secure a winner, but his goal-bound header from Caolan Boyd-Munce’s cross was tipped over by Walton.
And just as the game looked to be heading to penalties, Benson struck in injury-time to ensure Barnsley were able to celebrate a cup shock.
Blackburn manager, Jon Dahl Tomasson, was pleased with the attitude of his squad after a much-changed side cruised to a 4-0 win over Hartlepool.
A youthful Rovers containing two teenagers making their senior bows swept aside their League Two opposition with goals from Scott Wharton, Bradley Dack, Tyrhys Dolan and Dilan Markanday.
Tomasson said: “A very good game, created lots of chances and scored four beautiful goals. Those games can be difficult but the boys made it easy tonight.
“Those boys who have got the chance today have been patient, have been waiting, and I think it was an excellent performance. All the boys did a good job. An excellent performance from the youngsters.”
Blackburn now face a visit to former manager Mark Hughes’s Bradford in the second round.
Tommy Conway’s first career brace ensured Bristol City’s route into the second round of the Carabao Cup with a 4-1 win against Coventry at the Pirelli Stadium.
The forward was starting for the Robins for the first time since May 2021 and netted a first-half double inside half an hour after Kai Naismith opened the scoring. Andreas Weimann wrapped things up deep into stoppage time after Jamie Allen had got one back for the hosts after 62 minutes.
The game was played at Burton Albion’s Pirelli Stadium after the pitch at the Coventry Building Society Arena was deemed unplayable following 65 Rugby 7s matches in just three days during the Commonwealth Games.
Rotherham survived a late scare at Port Vale before winning 2-1. Ollie Rathbone and Chiedozie Ogbene had put Rotherham two goals up, before Mal Benning set up a nervous finish when he beat Josh Vickers in the 81st minute.
Peterborough won 2-0 at Plymouth with goals by Ricky-Jade Jones and Joe Taylor.