Tottenham’s attacking problems were highlighted again following the shock 1-0 defeat to Grimsby at Blundell Park in the Carling Cup.
The League Two leaders created the shock of the round after Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala’s late strike secured a place in the third round of the competition.
While the quality of Spurs’ strikers is not questioned, it appears boss Martin Jol will now scrap his brief experiment to pair Jermain Defoe and Robbie Keane.
“If you have two small strikers against two big centre-backs, then you need to move to cause them problems,” said Jol.
“But if you don’t move then you don’t cause them any problems and that’s exactly what we did.
“If you don’t score then it’s always going to be a problem and then they punished us.”
Portsmouth boss Alain Perrin refused to blame goalkeeper Jamie Ashdown for the 3-2 defeat to Gillingham at Priestfield.
Ashdown gifted Darren Byfield an equaliser after Gary O’Neil opened the scoring, before an own goal accounted for the hosts’ second after Matthew Taylor had restored the lead. Andrew Crofts netted the winner in extra-time.
“He was unlucky,” Perrin said, defending his goalkeeper. “He made some great saves as well. We have to recover from this now and face a tough game at Bolton on Saturday.”
Aston Villa boss David O’Leary was pleased with his side’s second-half performance in the 8-3 win at Wycombe.
Nathan Tyson gave the hosts the lead before Steven Davis levelled, but the League Two side scented an upset when goals from Roger Johnson and Tommy Mooney gave them a two-goal cushion at half-time.
However, James Milner and Gareth Barry both scored twice – one of Barry’s coming from the penalty spot – with Milan Baros and Clint Easton’s own goal paving the way for David O’Leary’s men to reach the third round. Davis added a late eighth.
O’Leary said: “In the end we ran out worthy winners and scored from good chances – I was very proud of them in the second half.”
West Ham reached the third round after a 4-2 win against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.
Bobby Zamora finished well twice, either side of Christian Dailly’s bullet header, to keep Alan Pardew’s men in the competition.
However, the hosts pulled goals back from Graham Coughlan and David Graham made it an exciting finish. David Bellion wrapped up the scoring late on.
Mikael Forssell scored his first goals of the season as Birmingham beat Scunthorpe 2-0 at Glanford Park.
His first was a finish following a cross from Julian Gray, with the second from the penalty spot.
West Brom striker Nathan Ellington scored twice in a routine 4-1 win against Bradford at The Hawthorns.
Diomansy Kamara and Robert Earnshaw also netted for Albion, while Steven Schumacher scored for the visitors.
In other matches involving Premiership sides, Darren Bent came off the bench to help Charlton ease past League One battlers Hartlepool 3-1 at The Valley.
Jon Daly had opened the scoring for the visitors but Jonatan Johansson quickly levelled from the penalty spot. Bent and Jay Bothroyd wrapped up the win.
Wigan limped into the third round with a distinctly unimpressive win over League One side Bournemouth thanks to a late Jason Roberts goal.
Anthony Le Tallec scored an extra-time winner for Sunderland in a 1-0 win over Cheltenham, with the Premiership side finishing with 10 men at the Stadium of Light following the dismissal of Daniel Smith.
In other matches, managerless Mansfield dumped Championship side Southampton out after a 1-0 win at Field Mill courtesy of Giles Coke’s second-half winner.
Joe Hart missed the crucial penalty as Shrewsbury lost their shoot-out to Championship leaders Sheffield United following a goalless draw.
Clarke Carlisle scored twice for Watford to give them an extra-time win against Wolves at Vicarage Road after Kenny Miller had given the visitors a 12th-minute lead.
John Oster scored the only goal of the game for Reading at the Madejski Stadium against Luton, while Richard Cresswell scored twice for Leeds in a 2-0 win at Rotherham.
Giuliano Grazioli scored a winner for Barnet a minute into the second half against Championship side Plymouth at Underhill. Pilgrims midfielder Akos Buzsaky had cancelled out Simon King’s opener – but Grazioli ensured a 2-1 victory.
Burnley recorded a straightforward 3-0 win over Barnsley at Turf Moor, with the goals coming from Keith Lowe, Ade Akinbiyi and John Spicer.
A late strike from Jason Koumas at Ninian Park put Cardiff in the next round at the expense of Macclesfield. The League Two side had led through Martin Bullock but Joe Ledley levelled before Koumas’ decided the tie.
Marco Reich came off the bench and scored the only goal of the game 23 minutes from time for Crystal Palace in their all-Championship clash against Coventry at Selhurst Park.
Mark de Vries scored twice for Leicester in a 2-1 win over Blackpool, with Keigan Parker netting for the visitors at the Walkers Stadium.
Darren Huckerby and Dean Ashton scored the goals for Norwich in a 2-0 win over Northampton at Carrow Road.
Millwall beat 10-man Yeovil at Huish Park, with Carl Asaba grabbing the winner. Alan Dunne and Asaba scored before Liam Fontaine was dismissed for the hosts. Arron Davies scored a late consolation.