Compared to the first, the Capital One Cup Second Round produced very little shocks with just one Premier League dumped out of the competition.
That was at Deepdale, where Preston saw off a much changed Watford thanks to a goal from Marnick Vermijl.
Other surprises came at Loftus Road as Championship side QPR were knocked out at the hands of League Two’s Carlisle, while Brighton – who travelled to the Bescot Stadium – were sent home unhappy as they were beaten 2-1 by early League One high-flyers Walsall.
On Wednesday, Everton, who included John Stones, suffered a major scare as they found themselves 2-0 down at Barnsley after the first 45 minutes.
But goals from Steven Naismith, Kevin Mirallas and Romelu Lukaku took it to 3-3 and extra-time, where a Marc Roberts own goal and Lukaku’s second sealed a 5-3 win for the Toffees.
Despite only one top flight side being eliminated, it was a close call for some of the others. Aston Villa had to rely on two extra-time goals from Scott Sinclair, who netted a hat-trick, and Joe Bennett to go through to the next round at the expense of Notts County with a 5-3 victory.
As for Stoke, they were taken to penalties by Luton, with the score 1-1 after 120 minutes of play. After 16 penalties, it was the Potters who came away with a place in the next round.
West Brom also booked their ticket for the next round but they too only just managed to scrape through, beating Port Vale 5-3 on penalties after a goalless draw at the Hawthorns.
Newly-promoted League One side Burton gave Middlesbrough a run for their money after taking them to extra-time, but it was ultimately the Championship club who came away with a 2-1 victory against former player Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s side.
MK Dons continued their good run of form by beating fellow Championship side Cardiff 2-1 after extra-time, with Carl Baker and Josh Murphy getting the goals for the home side.
Leicester put on a show away to Bury, with debut boy Joe Dodoo bagging himself a hat-trick, as the Foxes claimed a 4-1 victory.
Birmingham saw off the threat of in-form Gillingham with a 2-0 win, while Hull City also progressed with a 1-0 victory over Rochdale.
Bournemouth dismantled League Two side Hartlepool, as the visitors put four past Pools to claim a 4-0 victory.
Premier League sides Crystal Palace, Newcastle and Sunderland all cruised to emphatic wins over Shrewsbury, Northampton and Exeter respectively – Jermain Defoe netting a treble for the Black Cats.
Swansea, who won the League Cup back in 2013, raced into the next round with a confident 3-0 win over York at the Liberty Stadium.
Doncaster and Ipswich went to extra-time but after the additional 30 minutes, it was the Tractor Boys who progressed with a 4-1 victory.
Sheffield United’s run in the cup came to an end as they were eliminated by Fulham who cruised to a 3-0 win at Craven Cottage.
Charlton stormed to a 4-1 win over Peterborough, with the highlight of the game being a sensational goal from Ahmed Kashi, who lobbed the Posh keeper from 50 yards.
At Fratton Park, Portsmouth, who shocked Derby County in the last round, couldn’t do the same again to Championship opposition as they were beaten 2-1 by Reading.
Championship sides Sheffield Wednesday and Wolves also made it through to the third round with wins over Oxford and Barnet respectively.
Finally, Premier League new-boys Norwich saw off the threat of Rotherham, condemning the Millers to a 2-1 defeat and an exit from the cup.
Player of the Round: Joe Dodoo (Leicester)
Team of the Round: Carlisle United
Goal of the Round: Ahmed Kashi (Peterborough vs CHARLTON)
Capital One Cup Third Round Draw:
Middlesbrough v Wolves
Norwich City v West Brom
Hull City v Swansea
Leicester City v West Ham
Aston Villa v Birmingham
Tottenham v Arsenal
Manchester United v Ipswich Town
Liverpool v Carlisle United
Crystal Palace v Charlton Athletic
Fulham v Stoke City
Sunderland v Manchester City
Newcastle United v Sheffield Wednesday
Reading v Everton
Preston v Bournemouth
Walsall v Chelsea
Milton Keynes Dons v Southampton