League Cup upsets leave Championship managers under fire

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 12 August 2015, 10:00

The Capital One Cup was awash with shocks on Tuesday night as a whopping seven Championship clubs were booted out of the competition at the first hurdle.

The 2015/16 season is only a few days old, but already a couple of second-tier managers are feeling the heat following a one or two nasty results...

Disaster for Dijkhuizen

Marinus Dijkhuizen

The new Brentford boss Marinus Dijkhuizen, who was a surprise appointment during the summer, opened the campaign off with a last-gasp draw at home to Ipswich, which is by no means a bad result.

However, Tuesday's crushing 4-0 defeat at home to League Two outfit Oxford was an asbolute disaster, and one which the supporters will desperately be hoping is a one-off, otherwise Dijkhuizen will be on the chopping block early on in the campaign.

Freedman's Forest tied up in knots

Dougie Freedman

Another second-tier side to suffer two defeats out of two are Nottingham Forest, who are now without a win since mid-March (D2 L8), a dire streak of results, which leaves Freedman feeling the pressure at such an early stage of the season.

The mood was bleak after the final whistle on Tuesday night, as fans came to terms with a surprise defeat at home to Walsall, of League One. The Reds found themselves 2-0 down after just 14 minutes, and then 3-1 down with 10 minutes to play. However, the hosts battled back and had looked to have forged extra-time following a brace from Michail Antonio, only to then immediately concede in the final minute.

Reality bites Bristol City

Steve Cotterill

Bristol Cityheaded into the new campaign brimming with confidence following a superb 2014/15 campaign, during which they bagged the League One and Football League Trophy double.

The bubble has since been burst following back-to-back defeats to Sheffield Wednesday (league) and Luton (cup). The alarm bells will by no means be ringing around Ashton Gate, but many fans may now be starting to realise that this could be a long hard season.

Huddersfield start the season with a stutter

Chris Powell

Huddersfield Town were installed as one of the ante-post favourites for relegation down to the League One, and if their opening two results are taken into account you can see why. The Terriers were beaten 2-0 by Hull on Saturday, before slipping to shock 2-1 defeat at home to 10-man Notts County of League Two on Tuesday.

Boss Chris Powell was left livid at the early exit, as he was keen on a cup run at the start of the season. Instead the 45-year-old could be facing up to a third defeat in a week, if his troops are beaten by Blackburn on Saturday afternoon.

Goal shy Bolton

Neil Lennon

Bolton have played 180 minutes of football so far this season and they're yet to find the back of the net. This is by no means the end of the world, but if they fire blanks once again against promotion favourites Middlesbrough this weekend, then the panic button will suddenly be within reach.

The Trotters began the new term with a respectable goalless draw against Derby, but this was swiftly followed by a last-gasp upset at the hands of Burton on Tuesday, which saw the League One outfit clinch a 1-0 win, just three minutes from time.

Gaffer Neil Lennon, who replaced Dougie Freedman back in October, will no doubt be given time at the Macron Stadium, but we all know how quickly the tides can change in football, meaning the former Celtic boss will be looking for his side to spur into action in the upcoming weeks.

Blackburn stumble out of the blocks

Gary Bowyer

Blackburn�suffered their second home 2-1 defeat in the space of four days after they were stunned by third-tier side Shrewsbury in the League Cup. Gary Bowyer, like a number of managers on Tuesday, fielded a new-look team, but fans will still be disappointed at the susprise defeat.

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