Carling Cup round-up m-y
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Bolton, Man City, Norwich and Portsmouth all moved on in the Carling Cup.Premiership quartet Bolton Wanderers, Manchester City, Norwich City and Portsmouth all survived prospective giant-killings in the second round of the Carling Cup.
Bolton squeezed past Yeovil Town while it was a similar story for Norwich and Portsmouth in their fixtures against Bristol Rovers and Tranmere Rovers respectively.
But there were no such concerns for Manchester City as they hammered League One side Barnsley 7-1 at The City of Manchester Stadium.
Yeovil were indebted to goalkeeper Chris Weale for keeping them in the game against The Trotters but their resistance was finally broken on 80 minutes.
Julio Cesar headed home his first goal for the club with ten minutes remaining and substitute Henrik Pedersen's crisp finish wrapped up the win.
City ran riot against Barnsley with Joey Barton's 21st minute strike setting the ball rolling before Jonathan Macken and Willo Flood extended the advantage.
It was 5-0 before half time with Shaun Wright-Phillips netting and Macken capitalising on a Barnsley mistake.
The visitors reduced the arrears after the interval through Barry Conlon but an Antoine Sibierski double rubbed salt in to the wounds.
Diomansy Kamara's first goal for Portsmouth was enough to send the Premiership outfit through to the third round at the expense of Tranmere.
Youssef Safri's long-range strike was enough to hand Norwich their first victory of the campaign as they battled past Bristol Rovers at Carrow Road as the visitors had Steve Elliott sent off late on.
Cardiff City lifted the pressure on under-fire manager Lennie Lawrence with a comfortable success at Milton Keynes Dons.
A spell of three goals in seven minutes helped The Bluebirds to glory as Peter Thorne netted twice either side of a Lee Bullock effort.
Harry Ntimban-Zeh was sent off for MK Dons just before the hour and Byron Anthony crowned his debut with a fourth goal for Cardiff before Izale McLeod netted a consolation for the hosts.
West Ham United were forced to pull out all the stops to vanquish Notts County at Upton Park, with Sergei Rebrov the match-winner.
Bobby Zamora opened the scoring after just 18 seconds but The Magpies were level on 13 minutes through Kelvin Wilson's first professional goal.
Zamora put the hosts back in front on 54 minutes but Ian Richardson brought the League Two side level again three minutes later.
Rebrov's free kick just past the hour was sufficient for The Hammers to progress as Zamora fluffed the chance of a hat-trick when Saul Deeney saved his penalty.
Sheffield United twice came from behind to snatch a 3-2 victory over Wrexham in the second round.
Chris Llewellyn put Wrexham 2-1 up on the stroke of half time after Craig Morgan's early header had been cancelled out by Andy Gray.
Phil Jagielka's header equalised for The Blades and, after an almighty mix-up in the home defence, Gray netted the winner on 69 minutes.
Watford won the battle of the Championship sides at The Madejski Stadium as a late collapse condemned Reading to a 3-0 defeat.
Neil Cox's penalty put The Hornets ahead on 14 minutes and two goals in the final minute, from Hameur Bouazza and an Ivar Ingimarsson own goal, clinched the win.
Click below for an individual match summary:
Man City 7-1 Barnsley
Milton Keynes Dons 1-4 Cardiff
Norwich 1-0 Bristol Rovers
Reading 0-3 Watford
Tranmere 0-1 Portsmouth
West Ham 3-2 Notts County
Wrexham 2-3 Sheff Utd
Yeovil 0-2 Bolton