Bees in Huge Sting; Moyes' Men Pay Penalty as Minnows Go Through
Byline: SIMON CASS
(aet: 1-1 at 90mins: Brentford win 4-3 on pens)
IT WAS a night to remember for Brentford as they sent Everton tumbling out of the Carling Cup with two Irishmen playing key roles in the shock result of the night.
The Toffees were left stunned at Griffin Park as the League One side marched to a deserved victory with former Ireland Under 21 duo Michael Spillane and Kevin O'Connor providing notable contributions. Far from the Carling Cup providing the much needed fillip required for David Moyes' side to haul themselves up the Premier League table, Everton will return to Merseyside looking for lift-off against Fulham at the weekend.
They travelled to Griffin Park having taken just two points from their opening five league games to leave them one place off the foot of the table.
With that in mind Moyes opted to field a strong starting XI. True, there were six changes from the side which started the 1-0 home defeat to Newcastle at the weekend but considering the manager admitted he would have joined in the booing if he had been a paying Everton fan he might well have wielded the axe anyway.
The match also provided a useful opportunity to bring Phil Neville back into the fold, the Everton skipper's influence having been sorely missed during a month-long absence with a foot injury. There was also a starting place for Yakubu, his first of the season, with the Nigeria international in need of match fitness and a return to form after a calf problem.
And the striker needed just five minutes to make his presence felt by playing a part in Everton's nerve settling opening goal. Picking up the ball on the edge of the Brentford box, Yakubu was given time to turn and pick out Diniyar Bilyaletdinov.
The Russian had the presence of mind to pick out Ireland hopeful Seamus Coleman in space and the young full back's finish back across goal was crisp.
The goal signalled a decent spell of pressure from the visitors and but for a fine stop from Richard Lee, Yakubu would have doubled their advantage on 18 minutes after collecting a pass from summer signing Magaye Gueye. …