Stoke hat-trick for Kenwyne Jones
Trinidad and Tobago striker Kenwyne Jones netted a hat-trick as Stoke saw off Sky Bet League One side Walsall 3-1 at the Britannia Stadium to advance in the Capital One Cup.
The Potters took the lead in the 22nd minute when the visitors squandered possession and Jones made the most of the opportunity, cutting inside and firing home.
It was his first goal since January, and the Trinidad and Tobago striker took only nine minutes to add another, rifling into the net from close range after the ball had dropped at his feet from a corner.
After Charlie Adam had been denied by the leg of Saddlers goalkeeper Richard O’Donnell early in the second period, the visitors got themselves back in the game through Ashley Hemmings’ 57th-minute strike.
But Jones settled the tie late on and completed his treble in the 84th minute, racing on to a through-ball and coolly finishing.
A much-changed Cardiff side progressed with two second-half goals in the space of a minute eliminating plucky Accrington.
Strikers Nicky Maynard and Rudy Gestede, who had earlier come on for the injured Andreas Cornelius on the stroke of half-time, struck to ensure the 2012 finalist’s passage.
Meanwhile, Marouane Fellaini struck the winner deep into extra-time as Everton finally saw off battling Stevenage 2-1.
The Belgian came off the bench to score in what could prove his final appearance for the Toffees at Goodison Park after 115 minutes of an absorbing second-round tie.
League One Stevenage had taken the lead against the run of play afer 36 minutes through Luke Freeman but debutant Gerard Deulofeu levelled just before the break.
Fellaini had received a good reception on his introduction despite continually being linked with a move to Manchester United before next week’s transfer deadline.
And it was his close-range strike that sent the Merseysiders through to a third-round clash with Fulham.
Aston Villa went some way to laying to rest the ghosts of last season’s semi-final exit to Bradford by easing past League One side Rotherham 3-0 at Villa Park.
Brothers Shola and Sammy Ameobi teamed up to prevent Newcastle’s season taking a further turn for the worse with a 2-0 win over Morecambe.