Boro Bring Down The Palace
By Robert Nichols
Thursday 01 Nov 2018 00:21:00
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Boro knocked Premier League Crystal Palace out of the League Cup tonight and won an instant reward of a home Quarter Final tie with League One Burton Albion. A Lewis Wing rocket in first half injury time was enough to secure a memorable 5th round win and ensure Boro's cup run continues.

It was a Halloween horror show for Roy Hodgson's Crystal Palace as Boro's blend of youth and experience proved too good on the night. The 11, 000 crowd were richly entertained as Tav and Wing were full of enterprise and endeavour, whist Leadbitter turned back the clock in midfield. Dimi pulled out a top draw save when called upon in the second half as Boro stood firm in resistance to Palace late fight back.

There was only one negative tonight, a really nasty looking and sounding, Sam McQueen injury that saw him leave the field on a stretcher after receiving prolonged attention. We wish him well.

This cup run has been so good to watch. The Carabao side plays with a sense of freedom but also a steely discipline to see out games. Lewis Wing was again really impressive and it will not just be his howitzer of a goal strike that will count towards promotion to the Championship squad for Saturday but his all round game was so positive. The same could be said for Marcus Tavernier who worked his socks off and was a real thorn in the side of Palace.

It was a sweeping move that brought the goal but Wing's block buster finish was something else. Earlier efforts had been off target from Wing, Friend and an always inventive, Braithwaite. Boro enjoyed most of the play and packed much more attacking threat in the first half but even after the break we had chances to put the match out of sight.

Jordan Hugill was another that worked hard and his set up play for the onrushing midfielders was a feature of his hour on the pitch. His replacement Rudy Gestede continued the battling upfront and was soon joined by Ashley Fletcher, the former West Ham was as busy in defence as attack.

It was a nail biting final few minutes but barely had we had chance to applaud the team off the pitch then we heard news of the draw. I was just walking across the railway line as people learned through their phones that we had drawn Nigel Clough's Burton Albion in a home Quarter Final at the Riverside. What an opportunity then to reach the semi finals and the way Tony Pulis is rotating the line up this can only be a big plus and bonus for the whole club. Lets make sure we sell out this Quarter Final and make it a real cup event.

Middlesbrough 1-0 Crystal Palace – scorer Lewis Wing



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