Vital View - EFL Trophy - 15th-16th August 2017
The EFL Trophy got underway with the first group games played this week.
Premier League and Championship U23 - or are these U21? - teams were involved once again.
Not that all these 'age group' sides involved had players entirely falling into that age bracket with several overage players permitted to feature so the aims of 'young English talent' being involved in them not exactly the case...
Premier League sides Chelsea, Tottenham and Everton were beaten. The Blues and Spurs by Plymouth and Luton on penalties, respectively. Notts County saw off the Toffees in normal time.
Rotherham took Manchester City to a penalty shootout but on this occasion the Millers weren't able to see off a topflight side as City ran out winners on spot kicks.
Another of the Premier League sides in action were West Ham, who shared five goals with Swindon as the Hammers won 3-2 at the County Ground - Swansea also saw off another League Two side when beating Cheltenham.
On Wednesday, Fratton Park witnessed a six goal thriller. A game that swung one way then the other eventually ended with Portsmouth and Fulham drawing 3-3 after 90 minutes. The resulting penalty shootout saw hosts Pompey beaten 4-2.
Here's a round-up of the EFL Trophy results.
Tuesday 15th August
Plymouth Argyle 2-2 Chelsea U21 19:00
(Plymouth win 5-4 on penalties)
Rotherham United 1-1 Manchester City U21 19:00
(Manchester City U21 win 4-2 on penalties)
Cheltenham Town 1-2 Swansea City U21 19:45
Luton Town 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur U21 19:45
(Luton win 4-2 on penalties)
Notts County 2-1 Everton U21 19:45
Swindon Town 2-3 West Ham United U21 19:45
Wednesday 16th August
Portsmouth 3-3 Fulham U21 19:45
(Fulham win 4-2 on penalties)
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