Ipswich 0-1 Fulham: Powerful Aleksandar Mitrovic header sees off Tractor Boys

Aleksandar Mitrovic scored the only goal of the game to put Fulham through to the third round of the Carabao Cup in a 1-0 victory over Ipswich at Portman Road.

Named as stand-in captain on his 26th birthday, the Serbian capped off the day with a powerful header past goalkeeper David Cornell to give his side a crucial first-half lead.

The goal was also Mitrovic’s 50th for the club on his 102nd appearance since joining Fulham from Newcastle – initially on loan – in January 2018.

Kenny Tete (left) delivered the assist and Aleksandar Mitrovic made no mistake with his head

The powerful forward timed his header to perfection in between the Ipswich defenders

Skippering a team which included a number of debutants, including Alphonse Areola, Mario Lemina and Antonee Robinson, Mitrovic led from the front as Fulham secured their first win of the season following on from a 3-0 defeat to Arsenal on Saturday.

Fulham took charge early on and had an opportunity inside the first minute, with Neeskens Kebano playing the ball across the box to Anthony Knockaert, but his shot sailed over the crossbar.

Ipswich had to wait until the 27th minute for their first chance, as Gwion Edwards sent the ball into the area only for Oli Hawkins to send an effort wide under pressure from the Fulham defence.

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Mitrovic’s goal came in the 38th minute and flew past Ipswich goalkeeper David Cornell

The Premier League side dominated the opening period and found their rewards 

Fulham continued to dominate possession but had little to show for it during most of the first half. Knockaert had a second opportunity before half-time, but his curled attempt from the edge of the box was just over the target.

Mitrovic nodded his side into the lead just before the break, opening his account for the season after starting on the bench against Arsenal.

Maxime Le Marchand sent a crossfield ball to another debutant, Kenny Tete, who fired in a well-hit cross to the Serbian who made no mistake in the box, heading the ball down and beyond Cornell.

Mitrovic almost added a second when he controlled a loose high ball on his chest after it bounced over the defenders, but the Ipswich goalkeeper was able to make the save from the narrow angle.

Fulham will look to continue their momentum into the Premier League having lost to Arsenal

Ipswich struggled to make their mark against the Premier League team and were largely limited to long-range strikes.

An instinctive double save from Cornell prevented Fulham from doubling their lead just before the hour mark.

The goalkeeper was able to get down and prevent Mitrovic’s header from crossing the line before managing to smother a follow-up hit from Bobby Decordova-Reid.

Ipswich came close just before full-time through Edwards, but Fulham were able to hold on to the single-goal lead and ensure they progressed through to the next round.

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West Brom 3-0 Harrogate: Baggies see off League Two new boys in Carabao Cup

West Brom breezed past Harrogate 3-0 to book their spot in the Carabao Cup third round on Wednesday night.

Rekeem Harper, Hal Robson-Kanu and Callum Robinson struck as the Baggies avoided an upset on a routine win against their Sky Bet League Two visitors.

Gutsy Town battled well but were ultimately undone by three moments of quality from their Premier League hosts.

Hal Robson-Kanu scored his first League Cup goal for over 10 years in second round tie

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Simon Weaver’s side made a vibrant start, determined to pin Albion back, but the hosts put them in their place with two goals in four minutes.

The Baggies had shown little attacking threat before Harper, after 18 minutes, collected a poor clearance 30 yards out.

The midfielder turned away from George Thomson and Josh Falkingham before drilling a low strike into the corner.

West Brom striker Robson-Kanu rifled in a 25-yard screamer to double their advantage

Kamil Grosicki was then denied by Joe Cracknell before Robson-Kanu doubled the hosts’ lead with his first goal in the competition for 10 years.

The captain collected Cedric Kipre’s pass and was given too much time to turn and curl a fine effort into the top corner from 25 yards.

The visitors refused to fold though and David Button, making his debut after a summer switch from Brighton, turned Aaron Martin’s header away.

Rekeem Harper blasted in a thunderbolt to put the home side ahead in the 18th minute

The goalkeeper also gathered Mark Beck’s header nine minutes before the break.

Despite the chances Albion were in control and Charlie Austin almost put the game out of sight immediately after half time when he turned Kyle Edwards’ cross wide.

All the Baggies had to do was keep their concentration and, while veteran Jon Stead occasionally unsettled the defence, there was rarely any serious danger.

Midfielder Rekeem Harper put West Brom ahead in the 18th minute against Harrogate

Austin wasted a golden chance after 67 minutes when, unmarked, he collected Matt Phillips’ centre only to allow Warren Burrell to block his shot on the line.

It gave Harrogate hope and a minute later Connor Hall headed over Thomson’s corner.

But Robinson booked Albion’s progression with 13 minutes left, tapping in after Edwards’ excellent darting run.

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Leeds fans fume after Kiko Casilla is named as CAPTAIN for club’s Carabao Cup clash with Hull

Leeds’ decision to appoint Kiko Casilla as captain for their Carabao Cup clash with Hull was met with unbridled rage online. 

Casilla was found guilty of racially abusing Charlton striker Jonathan Leko last season, by calling him a ‘f****** n*****’.

After the incident, neither Leeds or their goalkeeper offered an apology and the decision to make Casilla skipper on Wednesday night was met with astonishment. 

Leeds made Kiko Casilla their captain for the Carabao Cup clash with Hull on Wednesday

One user wrote: ‘Please, why is Kiko Casilla still at Leeds, how is being guilty of racism not violation of contract and a kick in the teeth to play him and captain him. 

‘What does the new patch on the sleeve say? Seems like there’s plenty of room for racism.’

Another wrote: ‘The one thing that has been mismanaged at Leeds over the past 6-12 months is Kiko Casilla, regardless of evidence, once found guilty he should have been let go and certainly never captain a Leeds United side ever.’

Casilla was banned for eight matches after being found guilty of abusing Jonathan Leko

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The 33-year-old Spaniard was banned for eight matches at the start of March following an incident which took place during a Championship match at the Valley.

He was also given a hefty £60,000 fine after being found guilty. 

In a statement released following the verdict, a Leeds spokesperson said: ‘We would like to make it clear that we do not tolerate any form of discrimination within our football club and we are a leader in the fight against discrimination within our wider community. 

‘However, it is important to recognise that Kiko has always denied making any racist comment.

Neither Leeds or Casilla apologised to Leko despite the guilty verdict earlier this year 

‘The FA panel have based their decision on the balance of probability rather than proving Kiko to be guilty beyond reasonable doubt, which we have always believed is the more appropriate burden of proof.’

Clearly for man fans, Casilla should not have been made captain in light of the verdict. 

Another fan wrote: ‘Kiko Casilla should be nowhere near the pitch, let alone captain. I feel nothing but shame for the fact that he is here tonight,’ while one more branded the decision ‘disgusting’. 

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