Robinson to Leeds' rescue

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PAUL ROBINSON was the Leeds United hero as the Premiership outfit survived an almighty scare before knocking Second Division Swindon Town out of the Carling Cup on penalties.

The England goalkeeper not only rescued Leeds in the penalty shoot-out but also dramatically sent the contest into extra-time with a last-gasp header at Elland Road.

Swindon were on course for a stunning second round victory after Andy Gurney's free-kick and Sam Parkin's crisp finish put them in command with a quarter of an hour remaining.

Republic of Ireland international Ian Harte handed The Whites a lifeline before Robins keeper Bart Griemink was sent off for a second bookable offence with two minutes left.

Just as Andy King's men were clinging on to a famous triumph, Robinson charged upfield for a corner and headed in a sensational leveller, a la Mart Poom.

After a scoreless extra-time period, the match went to penalties with Swindon initially in control after Harte's spot kick struck the post.

But Robinson saved Stefano Miglioranzi's tame effort before Lucas Radebe scored and Gurney hit the post to condemn brave Swindon to defeat.

Tottenham put their troubles behind them following Glenn Hoddle's sacking with an impressive 3-0 win over Coventry at Highfield Road.

Frederic Kanoute gave Spurs the ideal start with the opener after just 13 minutes and Robbie Keane added a superb second ten minutes later with a fine solo goal against his old club.

Rohan Ricketts grabbed his first goal for the club five minutes from time with a brilliant individual strike to complete a good night for caretaker boss David Pleat.

Bolton booked their place in the third round with a comfortable 3-1 win over Walsall at the Reebok Stadium.

Mario Jardel scored his first goal for the club on the quarter hour mark to put Bolton in front and Kevin Nolan added a second on 69 minutes.

Paul Merson gave the visitors a glimmer of hope by clawing a goal back on 74 minutes before Jardel sealed the win for Bolton, grabbing his second on 80 minutes by finishing the rebound after his penalty was saved.

Everton cruised into the next round with an easy 3-0 win over managerless Stockport at Goodison Park.

Duncan Ferguson sent the hosts on their way with the opener from the penalty spot on 26 minutes and Nick Chadwick doubled the lead a minute before the break.

Ferguson grabbed his second on 56 minutes to put the game beyond Stockport.

In a dour tussle at The Riverside, Malcolm Christie presented Middlesbrough with an extra-time success over a battling Brighton & Hove Albion.

Reading secured their spot in the third round with a comfortable 3-1 win at Oxford.

John Salako fired Reading in front on 52 minutes and Nicky Forster added a second 14 minutes later.

Jefferson Louis gave Oxford hope, pulling a goal back after 78 minutes, but James Harper made sure of the win for Reading with the third in stoppage time.

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Bolton v Walsall
Coventry v Tottenham
Everton v Stockport
Leeds v Swindon
Middlesbrough v Brighton
Oxford v Reading