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Simms double helps holders Everton progress

11 Feb 2020
Ellis Simms, Everton

Last season's PL Cup winners beat Plymouth to reach knockout stages on night when Charlton and Reading also progress

Ellis Simms scored twice as Everton earned a 4-0 win over Plymouth Argyle to secure their place in the last 16 of the Premier League Cup.

Dennis Adeniran and Ryan Astley were also on target as the 2018/19 winners went three points clear of second-placed Watford, whom they face in their final match on 21 February.

Plymouth remain bottom of Group B but still have a chance of progressing if they beat Fulham on 25 February.

See: Plymouth report | Everton report

A Josh Davison hat-trick helped Charlton Athletic defeat Colchester United 4-1 to top Group A and book their spot in the knockout stages.

James Vennings also scored for the Addicks from the penalty spot, with Sammie McLeod netting a consolation for the visitors.

The result also means second-placed Reading qualify for the last 16. They and Charlton will face off on 24 February for the right to go through as group winners.

Colchester and bottom-club Swansea City cannot progress.

See: Charlton report | Colchester report

Thomas Allan struck the only goal as Newcastle United boosted their hopes of qualifying by beating Group C leaders West Bromwich Albion.

Allan's 13th goal of the season lifts the Magpies to second and within a point of the Baggies. 

Hull City and Scunthorpe United are third and fourth respectively but have matches in hand. 

See: West Brom report | Newcastle report

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