Watch free match highlights as Portsmouth also need penalties to beat Stevenage after 3-3 draw; Blackburn and Preston through to second round
Last Updated: 29/08/20 6:24pm
Goalkeeper Adam Davies was the hero as below-par Stoke beat Blackpool 5-4 on penalties in the first round of the Carabao Cup.
Davies saved from Oliver Sarkic and Keshi Anderson to take the shootout into sudden death after James McClean and Jordan Thompson failed to score for the Potters.
Bruno Martins Indi and James Husband made no mistake before Tashan Oakley-Boothe scored with the aid of the post.
But Ollie Turton dragged his penalty wide of the left post to confirm Stoke’s place in the second round.
It was rough justice on the Sky Bet League One side who had two efforts cleared off the line in the first half following an impressive display.
Blackburn survived a scare before Adam Armstrong’s late penalty secured a 3-2 victory over Doncaster.
The first competitive outing for both sides was an entertaining affair that could have gone either way. Lewis Holtby’s spectacular free-kick gave Blackburn a deserved lead at half-time.
Doncaster looked understandably rusty in their first meaningful game in almost six months but roared back after the break and turned the game on its head with two goals in the space of 10 minutes – a Fejiri Okenabirhie penalty, and Madger Gomes’ fierce strike.
But Joe Rankin-Costello’s first senior goal levelled matters before…