Northampton 0 - 4 Wolverhampton
Wolves eased through to the third round of the Carling Cup with a comfortable victory at League Two Northampton.
Despite making 11 changes to their side from the weekend, the Premier League side were the more fluent and took the lead through Sylvan Ebanks-Blake.
Nenad Milijas put the visitors firmly in control when he fired in a superb free-kick before half time.
Ebanks-Blake headed his second with 13 minutes to go and Sam Vokes added a fourth late on for dominant Wanderers.
Mick McCarthy's decision to overhaul his side was a potentially risky decision considering Northampton's form in the Carling Cup, which saw them knock out Liverpool at Anfield last season and see off Championship side Ipswich in the first round this campaign.
However, it was entirely vindicated as Wanderers strolled into round three courtesy of a commanding display.
RECKFORD'S SIXFIELDS RETURN
- Wolves debutant Jamie Reckford made seven appearances for Northampton last season as part of a loan spell
Home striker Adebayo Akinfenwa was made to rue a miss from three yards out with the score at 0-0 when Ebanks-Blake, who had earlier missed a good chance himself, chested down debutant Jamie Reckord's cross and lashed home.
With eight minutes of the first half remaining it was 2-0 courtesy of Milijas, who curled a free-kick into the top corner from 25 yards.
To Northampton's credit they looked to attack, but lacked their Premier League opponents quality in the final third.
Lewis Young, the younger brother of Manchester United and England winger Ashley, showed glimpses of his potential but saw a close-range effort saved by visitors keeper Dorus De Vries before teeing up Byron Webster only for the defender to lash his shot over the bar.
The visitors ruthlessness was illustrated in the 77th minute when Kightly raced to the byline and crossed for Ebanks-Blake to plant a simple header past Walker and into the net.
Vokes rubbed salt into the Cobblers wounds with a minute to go when he smashed Matt Doherty's cross first time into the top corner.
VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Gary Johnson told BBC Radio Northampton:
"I said to the boys they didn't deserve a scoreline like that.
"But we've got to be careful. We don't want to be nearly men who keep saying we played well but lost again.
"I think they showed their Premiership athleticism at the end while our lads looked a bit leggy."
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.90:00 +2:05
Nenad Milijas takes a corner.90:00 +1:34
Corner taken right-footed by Michael Kightly, Nick McKoy manages to make a clearance.87:47
Assist by Matt Doherty. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jody Craddock by Lumbardh Salihu. Direct free kick taken by Jody Craddock.87:47 Goal scored
Goal! - Sam Vokes - Northamp'n 0 - 4 Wolves A goal is scored by Sam Vokes from inside the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Northampton 0-4 Wolverhampton.87:41
A cross is delivered by Matt Doherty,86:55
Shot by Michael Kightly from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.85:32
The ball is delivered by Michael Jacobs.84:04
Sam Walker takes the free kick.84:04 Substitution
Substitution David Davis replaces Kevin Foley.84:04 Substitution
Substitution Anthony Forde comes on in place of Adam Hammill.84:04
Adam Hammill gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John Johnson.82:31
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matt Doherty by Michael Jacobs. Free kick taken by Dorus De Vries.82:19
Nick McKoy delivers the ball, clearance by Matt Doherty.81:40
Paul Turnbull concedes a free kick for a foul on Adam Hammill. Direct free kick taken by Nenad Milijas.80:18
Paul Turnbull takes the free kick.80:18 Booking
Booking Nenad Milijas is booked.80:09
Unfair challenge on Paul Turnbull by Nenad Milijas results in a free kick.79:20 Substitution
Substitution Leigh Griffiths is brought on as a substitute for Sylvan Ebanks-Blake.78:02
The official flags Nick McKoy offside. Dorus De Vries takes the direct free kick.
Substitution Lumbardh Salihu replaces Adebayo Akinfenwa.76:04
Michael Kightly provided the assist for the goal.76:04 Goal scored
Goal! - Sylvan Ebanks-Blake - Northamp'n 0 - 3 Wolves Sylvan Ebanks-Blake finds the net with a headed goal from inside the area. Northampton 0-3 Wolverhampton.76:01
Michael Kightly crosses the ball,74:11
Effort on goal by Jake Robinson from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.72:33
Matt Doherty delivers the ball.71:56
Michael Kightly sends in a cross, Ashley Corker gets a block in.70:10
Shot on goal by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake from just inside the area goes over the target.70:03
Matt Doherty delivers the ball.69:36
Unfair challenge on Nenad Milijas by Nick McKoy results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Nenad Milijas.68:03
Jamie Reckord takes a shot. Save made by Sam Walker.65:04
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake challenges Kelvin Langmead unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Sam Walker.61:19
Jake Robinson produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the goal.60:04
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake concedes a free kick for a foul on Kelvin Langmead. Sam Walker takes the direct free kick.57:19 Substitution
Substitution Ben Tozer leaves the field to be replaced by Nick McKoy.57:19 Substitution
Substitution Michael Jacobs on for Arron Davies.57:19
Lewis Young crosses the ball, Effort on goal by Byron Webster from just inside the area clears the bar.56:39
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lewis Young by Jamie Reckord. Lewis Young crosses the ball in from the free kick.54:18
Nenad Milijas produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.54:07
Michael Kightly delivers the ball, Kelvin Langmead makes a clearance.52:40
George Elokobi fouled by Adebayo Akinfenwa, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Dorus De Vries.52:09
Arron Davies gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Kightly. Nenad Milijas takes the free kick.51:32
Effort from the edge of the box by Michael Kightly goes wide of the left-hand upright.49:35
Paul Turnbull takes a shot. Matt Doherty gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Arron Davies.48:56
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake takes a shot. Blocked by Ashley Corker.47:09
Lewis Young takes a shot. Save made by Dorus De Vries.46:40
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Arron Davies played to the near post.46:32
A cross is delivered by Lewis Young, Matt Doherty makes a clearance.46:22
The ball is swung over by Lewis Young, clearance made by Jody Craddock.45:32
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake delivers the ball.45:01
The second half begins.45:00 +0:58 Half time
Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.42:20
Jake Robinson crosses the ball, Lewis Young takes a shot. Save by Dorus De Vries.41:00
Unfair challenge on John Johnson by Sam Vokes results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Turnbull.40:13
Adebayo Akinfenwa produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand post.38:24
The ball is crossed by Adam Hammill, Sam Vokes has a header from inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.36:02 Goal scored
Goal! - Nenad Milijas - Northamp'n 0 - 2 Wolves Free kick scored by Nenad Milijas from outside the area to the top right corner of the goal. Northampton 0-2 Wolverhampton.35:33 Booking
Booking Arron Davies booked.35:18
Adam Hammill fouled by Arron Davies, the ref awards a free kick.34:50
Adam Hammill delivers the ball.33:27
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.32:24
The assistant referee signals for offside against Sam Vokes. Sam Walker takes the direct free kick.30:38
Assist on the goal came from Kevin Foley.30:38 Goal scored
Goal! - Sylvan Ebanks-Blake - Northamp'n 0 - 1 Wolves Sylvan Ebanks-Blake finds the net with a goal from inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Northampton 0-1 Wolverhampton.30:31
The ball is delivered by Kevin Foley,30:19
A cross is delivered by Kevin Foley.29:17
The ball is sent over by Paul Turnbull, save by Dorus De Vries.29:06
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Arron Davies, save by Dorus De Vries.26:32
The ball is swung over by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake.24:57
Michael Kightly takes a shot. Blocked by Ashley Corker. Corner taken right-footed by Michael Kightly.24:06
A cross is delivered by Jake Robinson, blocked by Jamie Reckord.22:08
A cross is delivered by Paul Turnbull.21:40
The ball is delivered by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, Kelvin Langmead gets a block in.19:54
John Johnson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adam Hammill. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Adam Hammill from left wing, Sam Walker makes a brilliant save.19:06
Michael Kightly concedes a free kick for a foul on Ashley Corker. Sam Walker restarts play with the free kick.15:57
Centre by Lewis Young.14:34
The assistant referee flags for offside against Sam Vokes. Sam Walker takes the free kick.13:06
Close range effort by Adebayo Akinfenwa clears the crossbar.11:57
Nenad Milijas has a shot on goal from long range that goes wide left.9:30
The ball is crossed by Ashley Corker.7:42
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake takes a shot. Save made by Sam Walker.7:14
A cross is delivered by Adam Hammill.6:13
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John Johnson by Jamie Reckord. Direct free kick taken by Sam Walker.5:26
Michael Kightly produces a cross, blocked by Ashley Corker.2:43
Arron Davies takes a shot. Jody Craddock gets a block in. Corner taken by Arron Davies from the right by-line, free kick awarded for a foul by Adebayo Akinfenwa on Dorus De Vries. Dorus De Vries takes the free kick. Jamie Reckord challenges Lewis Young unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Turnbull takes the direct free kick.2:06
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Arron Davies from the right by-line, Jody Craddock makes a clearance.0:00
The referee gets the game underway.
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