At least Fulham can now focus more on their primary goal of Premier League survival.
Fielding a squad full of fringe players, Fulham were beaten 2-0 by fourth-tier Crawley in the second round of the English League Cup on Tuesday.
Fulham’s first sides have done much better this season in the club’s return to the Premier League after promotion, drawing with Liverpool and Wolverhampton and then beating Brentford on Saturday in an unbeaten start for a club whose priority will simply be to stay on their feet .
“We’ve been relentless in our pressing and application,” said Crawley manager Kevin Betsy, whose side have one point from five league games this season. “We stuck to the game plan extremely well. It worked. It was a fantastic evening for everyone.
Leicester and Bournemouth needed to win penalties against lower league opponents to avoid suffering the same fate as Fulham in the round which sees Premier League sides enter the competition apart from European clubs.
Leicester goalkeeper Daniel Iversen saved three penalty kicks as his side won a 3-1 shootout against fourth-tier Stockport after 90 minutes without a goal, while Bournemouth beat second-tier Norwich 5-3 on penalties aim. This match ended 2-2.
Other top flight sides to progress include Aston Villa, Everton, Wolves and Crystal Palace.
Villa were the biggest winners, thrashing third-tier Bolton 4-1 thanks to second-half goals from Danny Ings, Lucas Digne and Leon Bailey.
Demarai Gray scored Everton’s goal in a 1-0 victory at Third Division Fleetwood. Wolves beat second-tier Preston 2-1 and Palace won 2-0 at third-tier Oxford United.
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