Vital View - Vital Preview - EFL Trophy - 7th-8th Nov 2017
The EFL Trophy continued with the latest group games played this week.
Premier League and Championship U23 - or are these U21? - sides were involved once again.
Not that all these 'age group' sides involved had players entirely falling into that age bracket with several overage players permitted to feature so the aims of 'young English talent' being involved in them not exactly the case...
Here's a round-up of the EFL Trophy results.
There were plenty of goals scored during this round of games, including several incredible games such as Gillingham's 7-5 victory over Reading's U21 and MK Dons winning a seven goal thriller at League One rivals Oxford.
Entertainment - as well as goals - was seen in most games but once again the competition failed to attract the fans as the majority of the attendances at games across the country failed to break into four figures, in fact only 248 were at Grimsby and only THREE of these were travelling Sunderland fans.
Tuesday 7th November
Bradford City 0-3 Rotherham United 19:30
Newport County AFC 1-2 Cheltenham Town 19:30
Oldham Athletic 4-1 Newcastle United U21 19:30
Cambridge United 0-2 Peterborough United 19:45
Charlton Athletic 0-1 Portsmouth 19:45
Coventry City 2-1 West Bromwich Albion U21 19:45
Gillingham 7-5 Reading U21 19:45
Lincoln City 2-1 Notts County 19:45
Morecambe 2-2 Leicester City U21 19:45
(Morecambe won 4-2 on penalties)
Northampton Town 3-3 Southampton U21 19:45
(Northampton won 4-2 on penalties)
Oxford United 3-4 Milton Keynes Dons 19:45
Port Vale 4-2 Crewe Alexandra 19:45
Rochdale 1-1 Blackburn Rovers 19:45
(Rochdale won 5-3 on penalties)
Shrewsbury Town 0-1 Walsall 19:45
Southend United 2-0 Colchester United 19:45
Stevenage 3-1 Brighton and Hove Albion U21 19:45
Wigan Athletic 0-4 Accrington Stanley 19:45
Wednesday 8th November
Bristol Rovers 2-4 Swindon Town 19:45
Bury 3-1 Stoke City U21 19:45
Carlisle United 1-2 Fleetwood Town 19:45
Grimsby Town 1-1 Sunderland U21 19:45
(Sunderland won 7-6 on penalties)