Latics` Rams raid
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Derby sneaked ahead on 17 minutes courtesy of a dubious penalty after Izale McLeod was adjudged to have been fouled.
Danny Higginbotham duly converted the spot kick but The Latics were level within a minute when David Eyres fired home from distance.
Iain Dowie's side dominated for large parts of the contest but could not find a winner in normal time.
But four minutes into extra-time, the visitors were awarded a scrappy penalty which Clyde Wijnhard rammed home to the delight of the visiting supporters.
Rams keeper Mart Poom was booked for dissent on the award of the spot kick and was then sent off, completely wrecking his side's chances of a comeback.
Coventry City ruthlessly ripped apart Third Division promotion chasers Rushden & Diamonds with a devastating display at Highfield Road to notch a stunning 8-0 success.
Young striker Gary McSheffrey (pictured) enjoyed a memorable evening, helping himself to a hat-trick which started with his tenth minute effort from close range.
Strike partner Lee Mills then capitalised on an horrendous error by Rushden keeper Billy Turley, who completely missed the ball, enabling the Sky Blues marksman to stroke it into an empty net.
Rushden's task was made all the harder when Barry Hunter was shown the red card for the third time this season and McSheffrey headed home his second on 36 minutes.
Mills added a fourth on the stroke of half-time before McSheffrey completed his treble after the interval.
Substitute Jay Bothroyd got in on the act on 62 minutes with a long range header which Turley could not keep out.
The Sky Blues offered Rushden no respite and when John Dempster was sent off for deliberate handball, Robert Betts tucked home the resulting penalty and then Bothroyd made it eight.
Walsall shaded the early exchanges of their all-First Division clash at the City Ground and reaped their reward on 21 minutes when Jorge Leitao drilled the ball into the far corner.
Nottingham Forest slipped further behind when Junior played a neat one-two with Leitao and the Brazilian slotted home.
David Johnson handed Forest a lifeline with ten minutes remaining but The Saddlers clung on to book their berth in the third round.
Sheffield Wednesday deservedly forged ahead against Leicester just after the half hour mark when Gerald Sibon capitalised on good work from Shefki Kuqi to slide the ball into the corner.
But just as they were contemplating a spot in the next round, Muzzy Izzet snared a last gasp equaliser to take the tie into extra-time and eight minutes into the additional period Trevor Benjamin fired the decisive strike for The Foxes.
Crystal Palace were rarely in danger of being the victims of a giant-killing at home to Cheltenham and snatched the lead on 20 minutes.
Dougie Freedman's long range shot was parried onto the post and Dele Adebola pounced on the rebound.
Just two minutes after the break, Palace effectively killed the game via Hayden Mullins's powerful near post header.
Tony Popovic headed home a corner on 53 minutes to further extend the hosts' lead and Freedman swiftly added a fourth goal to compound Cheltenham's woes.
Adebola made it five with his second on 74 minutes and 60 seconds later Cheltenham's Richard Walker turned the ball into his own net.
The Eagles were in no mood to ease up and in the final minute Freedman matched the exploits of his front line partner Adebola by bagging his second of the night to round off the rout.