Newcastle United continued their miserable start to the season with a dramatic late 3-1 defeat to Championship side Nottingham Forest on Wednesday to crash out of the League Cup at the second round.
Magpies boss Rafa Benitez, heavily criticised for his negative approach in the 2-1 loss to Chelsea, made seven changes for the visit to the City Ground but those coming in did their case little good as Daryl Murphy headed the hosts in front inside two minutes.
That looked like being enough for Forest, until Salomon Rondon registered his first Newcastle with practically the visitors’ first decent chance two minutes into stoppage time.
However, Forest weren’t to be denied as Matty Cash and Gil Dias struck in six added minutes to reach the last 32.
Everton got the job done much earlier as Gylfi Sigurdsson and a double from Dominic Calvert-Lewin eased Marco Silva’s men into the next round with a 3-1 over Rotherham win at Goodison.
Watford, joint top of the Premier League with three wins from three, showed impressive depth as Javi Gracia made 11 changes for a 2-0 victory at Reading.
Nigeria’s Isaac Success and Domingos Quina on his debut got the goals to make it a successful night for Gracia’s men.
Millwall also reached round three after twice coming from behind to beat Plymouth 3-2 thanks to Aiden O’Brien’s 89th minute winner.