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Wigan knocked out of League Cup

WIGAN Athletic was knocked out of the English League Cup following a humiliating 1-4 second-round loss at Blackpool on Wednesday.

Blackpool, which is mid-table in the second-tier League Championship, eased into a 3-0 halftime lead over its Premier League opponent and added a fourth goal after the break before debut-making defender Antonio Amaya struck in the last minute for a team that has conceded nine goals in two games.

Four-time League Cup winner Tottenham Hotspur started its attempt to reach a third straight final with an easy 5-1 win at Doncaster Rovers, while Newcastle United won 4-3 to also reach the third round - where the winners will be joined by those Premier League sides excused from a second-round match because they are also participating in European competition.

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez rested several of his first-team regulars at Blackpool and was punished with first-half goals from Ishmel Demontagnac, Ben Burgess and Charlie Adam.

Martinez had made nine changes to the side beaten 0-5 by Manchester United last Saturday and, although he introduced star Hugo Rodallega in the second half, Gary Taylor-Fletcher made it 4-0 in the 67th minute.

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp made seven changes to the team that continued its perfect start to the Premier League season at West Ham United last Sunday, but a lineup including Giovani Dos Santos, David Bentley and Roman Pavlyuchenko easily beat its League Championship opponent.

Midfielders Tom Huddlestone and Jamie O'Hara put Spurs 2-0 ahead within 11 minutes before England striker Peter Crouch headed in a cross by David Bentley. His first goal for the club made it 3-0 at halftime.

Crouch rejoined Spurs during the offseason in a 9 million pound (US$14.8 million) transfer, nine years after leaving the club without having made a first-team appearance.

Bentley scored Tottenham's fourth goal in the 52nd and Pavlyuchenko got the fifth 17 minutes later following a penalty by Doncaster.

Premier League side Stoke City won 1-0 at Leyton Orient after extra time, while Newcastle rallied from 1-3 down to beat Huddersfield 4-3.

Also, West Bromwich Albion needed extra time to beat Rotherham 4-3, Carlisle won 2-0 at Bristol City and Cardiff beat Bristol Rovers 3-1.


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