Cardiff crash out

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It was a bad night for Championship sides in the Capital One Cup

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It was a bad night for Championship sides in the Capital One Cup

Last year's beaten finalists Cardiff City crashed out of the Capital One Cup in the first round after blowing an early lead to go down 2-1 at npower League Two Northampton.

Heidar Helguson gave the Bluebirds a dream start by converting a second minute penalty but David Artell equalised for the Cobblers on 37 and Alex Nicholls sealed a shock win by heading home just after the restart.

Gus Poyet's Brighton were also on the end of a shock defeat as they went down 3-0 to Paolo Di Canio's newly-promoted League One Swindon at the County Ground while Bristol City were another Championship side to crash out as they were beaten 2-1 by Gillingham at Ashton Gate.

Birmingham were amongst the goals as they beat Barnet 5-1 while Leicester beat Torquay 4-0 and Peterborough beat Southend at London Road by the same score.

Crystal Palace had to come from behind to beat Exeter 2-1 at St James's Park while League Two Bristol Rovers took a surprise 26th minute lead at Ipswich through Michael Smith, before the Tractor Boys turned it round with Jason Scotland, Tommy Smith and Aaron Cresswell setting up a 3-1 win.

Burnley were yet another Championship side forced to come from behind as Chris McCann, Charlie Austin and Dean Marney cancelled out an early Chris Shuker effort in a 3-1 win at Port Vale.

Crisis club Portsmouth crashed 3-0 at Plymouth, while another newly-relegated side, Coventry, squeaked past League Two Dagenham & Redbridge with Kevin Kilbane's injury-time penalty.

League One Stevenage beat AFC Wimbledon 3-1 and Yeovil won an all-League One clash 3-0 at home to Colchester.

League One Scunthorpe staged a stupendous comeback to knock out Championship Derby 7-6 on penalties at Pride Park after a 5-5 draw in normal time while newly-promoted Charlton were another Championship side to fall as they went down 4-3 on penalties to League One Leyton Orient at The Valley.

Millwall also missed out on penalties to League One Crawley Town at the New Den, Abdulai Bell-Baggie scored in the last minute of extra-time to give Tranmere a 2-1 win at Chesterfield, while League Two Oxford pulled off a minor upset with a 5-3 penalty win over Bournemouth after a goalless draw.

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