The last 16 of the Virtual EFL Football Manager Cup certainly delivered up its fair share of drama this past week.
The round featured a classic Championship versus League Two tie between Nottingham Forest and Mansfield Town. Following the game virtual manager Joe Lolley said:
“Well if that’s not repeated on sky sports classics for the next 20 years there is no justice.”
Indeed, Lolley’s Nottingham Forest side had to overcome the spirited effort from Jamie King’s Mansfield Town. The League Two side went ahead twice but their discipline certainly proved problematic as the match ended in a 2-2 draw.
In extra time Forest had as many as three goals ruled out before ultimately coming through on penalties against FM content creator King’s troops.
A remarkable hat-trick from Birmingham City’s centre back Harlee Dean meanwhile saw the Lee Camp’s blues progress to the last eight at the expense of Luton Town in another thrilling 3-2 Championship clash.
Following his side’s victory, virtual manager Camp said:
“We took the game to them, took the lead like we did last week and controlled the game. They had a couple of moments but it’s cup football and you expect the opposition to come out and ask you questions but overall I thought we managed the game very well.”
Elsewhere, Brentford and Preston North End emerged victorious from their respective local derby matches against Queens Park Rangers and Blackburn Rovers.
Sam Jaques’s Brentford side ultimately emerged with a 3-1 victory over their fellow Londoners, while Tom Barkhuizen rounded off Preston’s 2-0 victory over their Lancashire rivals.
There were also wins for Fulham, Huddersfield Town, Swansea City and Middlesborough who complete the line up for the last eight.
Who do you fancy to go all the way?
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