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Northampton hero: Bring on Man United

SECOND ROUND

NORTHAMPTON 2

(Zander Diamond 35, Alex Revell 82)

WEST BROM 2

(James McClean 45, 
Gareth McAuley 47)

  • 2-2 after extra-time; Northampton win 4-3 on penalties

Northampton penalty hero Kenji Gorre targeted Manchester United after the Cobblers shocked West Brom in the League Cup yesterday morning (Singapore time).

The hosts won 4-3 on penalties after a 2-2 draw following extra-time at Sixfields to reach the third round and dump out their Premier League visitors.

Gorre scored the winning spot-kick after Saido Berahino missed and Adam Smith saved James Morrison's effort as Northampton repeated their feat, having knocked out Liverpool on penalties in 2010.

The midfielder said: "I want Manchester United away.

"I wasn't aware of (the history against) Liverpool, but to be among those names is class.

"The boys didn't put any pressure on me, they just said, 'Pick your side and relax'. In my head, I was thinking, 'Right, right, right', and I put it in.

"When it left my boot, I knew it was in and I started running before it hit the net - it was crazy.

"We had our fans close by and they were great throughout the whole game. To run over to them was class. They were so loud, I just started running to everyone."

Zander Diamond gave Northampton the lead but James McClean and Gareth McAuley put Albion 2-1 ahead, before Alex Revell's 82nd-minute effort sent the tie to extra-time.

Northampton are on a club-record 26-game unbeaten run, having not lost since January, and Gorre feels they can take the win into their League One campaign.

"This gives us great confidence for the next games coming up. If we can beat West Brom, then we can beat anyone in the league," said the 21-year-old.

Albion, despite fielding a strong line-up, could not find a winner and boss Tony Pulis was left ruing the Baggies' missed chances, with Berahino a culprit, as he targets Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez on loan.

He said: "We had enough chances to score double figures. They've had a couple of opportunities and the two goals are poor goals from our point of view.

"If we had come here and didn't open them up and didn't play well, then you can slaughter us, but we did that.

"We've not hit the back of the net and that's what you have to do. I understand supporters. If you're not winning, you're not going to be happy - whether it's me or another manager." 
- PA Sport.

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