2017/18 English Carabao Cup, First Round
  • Kory Roberts (74' OG)
  • Nathan Thomas (79')
  • Daniel Lafferty (82')
  • Amadou Bakayoko (13')
  • Erhun Oztumer (90'+1' PEN)

Ched Evans shines as Sheffield United overcome Walsall

Super-sub Ched Evans enjoyed an inspired second Sheffield United debut, setting up two goals as the much-changed Blades fought back from a goal down to beat Walsall 3-2 in the Carabao Cup first round.
Chris Wilder's men fell behind to Amadou Bakayoko's opener - his fourth goal in four matches against the Blades - and were toiling against the Saddlers until Evans' 52nd-minute introduction.
First, his 74th-minute shot was deflected into his own net by Kory Roberts, and then he crossed for Nathan Thomas to score, before Daniel Lafferty added a third. Erhun Oztumer made it 3-2 with an injury-time penalty.
The visitors took an unexpected 13th-minute lead when Oztumer beat the offside trap and squared for Bakayoko to side-foot home from six yards out.
The Blades, with 11 changes from Saturday's 1-0 win over Brentford, struggled to create anything of note with the returning John Brayford having a shot blocked by Roberts.
United sub Evans was brought into the fray early in the second half and his effort brought the hosts level, with the unlucky Roberts chesting the Welshman's shot into his own net.
Evans then set up fellow debutant Thomas, crossing from the byline for the former Hartlepool ace to ram home from close range five minutes later and Lafferty lobbed in a third minutes later.
Walsall pulled a goal back in injury-time, Oztumer scoring from the spot after sub Chris Basham was penalised for handball.