Southampton proved too strong for Swindon in the Carling Cup but had to hold off a spirited fightback by the League Two side.

27256 - Lambert hands Southampton tense win

First half goals by Guly Do Prado and Jonathan Forte, together with a late strike from Ricky Lambert were enough to book Saints' passage into round three.

Swindon pulled a goal back late on through Mehdi Kerrouche but by then Southampton had given the home side a footballing lesson.

Swindon had the best of the opening 10 minutes but their final ball lacked quality and Southampton went ahead in the 17th minute when Do Prado took advantage of a good cross from Lee Holmes who had been given far too much room on the right.

Swindon's reply was an 18-yard effort from Paul Caddis which flew wide and then Leon Clarke did not make the best of an opportunity down the left.

Southampton went further ahead when Forte picked up a ball played through the left channel and although Phil Smith got a hand to the shot he could not prevent the ball from crossing the line.

Swindon won their first corner after 37 minutes and the half clearance fell to Lander Gabilondo. His low cross fizzed through the goal area with no one to get the last touch. Swindon started the second half with more determination but could not prize open a tight visiting defence.

Swindon had more possession in the second half but Southampton continued to hold the upper hand and did enough to protect their lead.

Swindon pulled a goal back through Kerrouche in the final 10 minutes. The Swindon substitute was fouled on the 18-yard line and he rifled the ball home to give the home side some hope.

But Southampton were not to be denied when they struck in the second minute of added time through Lambert who took advantage of a defensive slip to seal the victory and claim a third round spot against either Charlton or Preston.

A goal deep into the five minutes of added time by Leyton Orient captain Steve Dawson clinched a dramatic 3-2 win over Bristol Rovers at Brisbane Road.

It also secured a Carling Cup third-round tie at Blackburn having seen first-half goals by David Mooney and Ben Chorley cancelled out by strikes from Chris Zebroski and Eliot Richards after the break.

Mooney opened the scoring after 18 minutes when he seized onto a through ball from Dean Cox and sublimely lobbed advancing goalkeeper Scott Bevan to net from 18 yards.

Then five minutes later, the O's doubled their lead when the tireless Mooney was upended in the penalty box by Wayne Brown and Chorley stepped forward to convert the spot-kick with precision.

Rovers pulled a goal back after 69 minutes when Zebroski jinked past three defenders to send an unstoppable drive past O's keeper David Button from 15 yards and then, as the fourth official was raising the board to indicate five minutes of added time, Richards pounced on a loose ball in the Orient area to level.

However, the home side broke out of defence and Dawson ended a three-man move by coolly slotting past Rovers keeper Scott Bevan.

League Two Aldershot followed up their Carling Cup shock defeat of West Ham with an impressive 2-0 victory over League One Carlisle. Michael Rankine's opener just before the break gave Dean Holdsworth's side a surprise lead before Anthony Straker's deflected second-half effort put the result beyond doubt to give the Shots their first home win of the season.