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Spectacular Wing strike sends Boro through to quarter-finals & knocks out Palace

Lewis Wing scores for Middlesbrough

Lewis Wing scored a spectacular goal as Middlesbrough edged Premier League opponents Crystal Palace to reach the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.

Wing, making just his fifth start of the season, hit a swerving long-range effort beyond Vicente Guaita in first half stoppage-time to secure victory for manager Tony Pulis against his former club.

Both managers made eight changes to their sides that resulted in a game lacking in both quality and clear-cut chances.

Andros Townsend came closest to equalising for Palace late on but his 25-yard shot was pushed away by goalkeeper Dimitrios Konstantopoulos.

The narrow win sends Middlesbrough to the quarter-finals for the third time in seven seasons, where they can look forward to a home tie against League One Burton.

With both sides showing so many changes it was perhaps no surprise that the game lacked fluency, with little goalmouth action in the opening stages.

There was an injury blow for Middlesbrough on 28 minutes when Southampton loanee Sam McQueen went down clutching his knee and had to be carried off on a stretcher.

Far from disrupting Middlesbrough's progress, the injury to McQueen seemed to galvanise the home side as they began to put some pressure on the Palace goal.

First Marcus Tavernier had a left-footed effort well blocked by Martin Kelly before Jordan Hugill sent a half-volley over from eight yards from George Friend's left-wing cross.

But just as Middlesbrough's first-half efforts looked to be going unrewarded, they took the lead in spectacular fashion in stoppage-time.

There looked to be little on when Tavernier laid the ball off to Wing outside the area, but the midfielder took a touch and hit a long-range effort that swerved into the top corner.

Palace struggled to create many clear-cut openings after the break against a well-drilled Middlesbrough side with the best defensive record in the Championship.

German midfielder Max Meyer had an opportunity when he broke clear in the area but could only shoot into the side netting. Townsend then drew a smart stop from Konstantopoulos late on when the Boro goalkeeper palmed the Palace winger's curling effort away from danger.

Boro through to last eight - the stats

  • Crystal Palace have now been eliminated from the League Cup by a side from a lower division than themselves in four of the last seven editions.
  • Middlesbrough have eliminated a Premier League club from the League Cup for the first time since October 2015, when they beat Manchester United on penalties, also in the fourth round.
  • Middlesbrough have now eliminated Crystal Palace in three of the four seasons they have met in the League Cup, only failing 2011-12.
  • Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis has eliminated a Premier League club from the League Cup while managing a non-top flight team for the first time since November 1996 when his Gillingham side knocked out Coventry City in a third round replay.
  • Middlesbrough's Lewis Wing has been directly involved in four goals in his last six games in all competitions (one goal, three assists), as many as his previous 22 combined.

Line-ups

Middlesbrough

  • 1Konstantopoulos
  • 4Ayala
  • 6Batth
  • 3Friend
  • 17McNair
  • 26Wing
  • 7Leadbitter
  • 28Tavernier
  • 14McQueenSubstituted forSavilleat 28'minutes
  • 10BraithwaiteSubstituted forFletcherat 65'minutes
  • 11HugillSubstituted forGestedeat 55'minutes

Substitutes

  • 18Fletcher
  • 22Saville
  • 25Wood-Gordon
  • 27Chapman
  • 31Lonergan
  • 38Stubbs
  • 39Gestede

Crystal Palace

  • 31Guaita
  • 29Wan-Bissaka
  • 34Kelly
  • 44Riedewald
  • 27SouaréSubstituted forWoodsat 78'minutes
  • 10Townsend
  • 7Meyer
  • 42PuncheonSubstituted forKaikaiat 84'minutes
  • 15Schlupp
  • 9Sørloth
  • 14J AyewSubstituted forMilivojevicat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Speroni
  • 4Milivojevic
  • 20Williams
  • 21Wickham
  • 25Kaikai
  • 35Woods
  • 39Kirby
Referee:
Paul Tierney
Attendance:
11,850

Match Stats

Home TeamMiddlesbroughAway TeamCrystal Palace
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home9
Away8
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home1
Away9
Fouls
Home8
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Middlesbrough 1, Crystal Palace 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 1, Crystal Palace 0.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by George Friend.

Foul by George Friend (Middlesbrough).

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Marcus Tavernier (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Sullay Kaikai (Crystal Palace).

Attempt saved. Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by George Friend.

Ashley Fletcher (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jeffrey Schlupp (Crystal Palace).

George Friend (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Sullay Kaikai (Crystal Palace).

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Sullay Kaikai replaces Jason Puncheon.

Attempt missed. Max Meyer (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by George Friend.

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Sam Woods replaces Pape Souaré because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Ashley Fletcher (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Ashley Fletcher.

Attempt saved. Max Meyer (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. George Saville (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Attempt blocked. Rudy Gestede (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Marcus Tavernier (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Danny Batth (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alexander Sørloth (Crystal Palace).

Attempt missed. Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Foul by Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough).

Jeffrey Schlupp (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Paddy McNair.

Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough).

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Luka Milivojevic replaces Jordan Ayew.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Ashley Fletcher replaces Martin Braithwaite.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Daniel Ayala.

George Saville (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace).

Foul by George Saville (Middlesbrough).

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Rudy Gestede replaces Jordan Hugill.

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