Sheffield Wednesday 0-0 Blackpool (4-2 penalties)

Gary Megson
Former player Megson rejoined Sheffield Wednesday in February this year

League One Sheffield Wednesday rode their luck over 120 minutes before beating 10-man Blackpool on penalties to reach the Carling Cup second round.

Captain James O'Connor hit the winning spot-kick after a match played out by two sides made up of youth and squad players who lacked nothing in desire.

Ian Holloway's men had Ashley Eastham sent off in the second half after they missed two fine chances to lead.

Wednesday travel to Premier League Blackburn in the next round.

Championship side Blackpool, who were playing in the top flight last season, controlled the majority of the game at Hillsborough but could not force a breakthrough.

Tom Barkhuizen went close late on in extra time but his powerful shot was tipped onto the bar.

The Seasiders had created enough opportunities in normal play, but Billy Clarke was guilty of missing the best one, dragging a left-foot shot wide with the goal gaping just before Eastham was dismissed for a dangerous sliding challenge on Mark Reynolds.


Sheffield Wednesday manager Gary Megson told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"Obviously I'm pleased with that.

"The attitude and mentality of the players that played on Saturday and tonight has been first class.

"It's a good draw for us and for Blackburn because they'll get a good gate. Our lot will travel regardless who we play."

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