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Everton buck the trend as Carabao Cup attendances drop

Everton were the exception to the rule on Wednesday as fans largely continued to turn off from the Carabao Cup second round.

After Tuesday night’s 21 ties averaged less than half of the same clubs’ 2017-18 league attendances, the Toffees brought about a slight improvement as 31,972 fans watched them beat Rotherham 3-1.

That was 82 per cent of last season’s average Premier League crowd at Goodison – only Bournemouth, at the 11,329-capacity Vitality Stadium, and AFC Wimbledon’s clash with Premier League West Ham bettered that mark in round two, at 92 per cent each.

Nottingham Forest and Reading both had Premier League visitors on Wednesday, with 13,942 watching Forest’s win over Newcastle while the Royals lost to Watford in front of 9,265 – both figures represent 56 per cent of last season’s league average.

Millwall, though, took on League One Plymouth in front of only 3,645 fans – the sixth-smallest crowd of the round, 27 per cent of last term’s average and fewer than watched Wimbledon at the 4,850-capacity Kingsmeadow.

The 7,290 fans who watched Stoke’s 2-0 win over Huddersfield on Tuesday represented only a quarter of last season’s average league attendance of 29,280 at the bet365 Stadium, admittedly when Stoke were playing Premier League football.

In contrast, videos of Juninho Bacuna’s spectacular own goal in the match have been viewed over 90,000 times on YouTube.

Cardiff attracted just 6,953 to the 3-1 defeat against Norwich – 23 per cent of the 30,720 at their last top-flight home game, a goalless draw with Newcastle on August 18 – while Hull’s KCOM Stadium hosted its lowest ever crowd as 4,666 watched the Tigers lose 4-0 to Derby.

The lowest crowd of the round got arguably the best value for money as 1,934 watched Wycombe beat Forest Green 4-3 on penalties. Walsall and Macclesfield also went to a shoot-out watched by 2,352 fans, while just 2,228 saw Newport lose 3-0 to Oxford.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 29: Mason Holgate of Everton applauds fans after the Carabao Cup Second Round match between Everton and Rotherham United at Goodison Park on August 29, 2018 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
(Image: Alex Livesey)



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