Checkatrade Trophy: Tottenham knocked out as Under-21 sides struggle
Last Updated: 04/10/17 8:23am
Only two Under-21 sides won as their lower-league opposition enjoyed the better of the Checkatrade Trophy second round on Tuesday night.
In an enthralling encounter at Kingsmeadow, AFC Wimbledon scored in injury time to beat Tottenham Under 21s 4-3, while West Brom, Newcastle and Reading lost.
Sunderland, who included ex-England international Jack Rodwell, were knocked out after losing 1-0 to League One side Doncaster Rovers.
Of the Under-21 sides, only Southampton and Leicester won in the 90 minutes.
Defeat for the Black Cats leaves them bottom of Northern Group H and without a point, meaning that they now cannot progress to the knockout stage, with just one group game remaining.
Tottenham, meanwhile, have just one point in their group and need to beat Barnet while hoping Luton slip up if they are to stand a chance of progressing.
Brighton Under-21s beat Oxford United on penalties to take a bonus point, while 10-man Stoke overcame Rochdale in the shoot-out after drawing 0-0.
Shrewsbury Town, the only unbeaten side in the EFL, extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to 12 games with a comfortable 3-0 win over West Bromwich Albion Under-21s, who included summer signing Oliver Burke.
Elsewhere, it was an evening of derbies in the south west, where Plymouth beat Exeter 5-3 on penalties in the Devon derby and 17-year-old Jordan Stevens scored his first professional goal as Forest Green Rovers beat Cheltenham 2-1 in an all-Gloucestershire clash.