BORO v PALACE STATBLOG 31/10/2018

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QUARTER-FINAL DRAW

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Lewis Wing blasted Middlesbrough into the Carabao Cup quarter-finals as his first senior goal for the club dumped Premier League Crystal Palace out of the competition.

The midfielder, who was playing Northern League football for Shildon and working in a factory 20 months ago, thumped home a 25-yard piledriver in first-half stoppage time to clinch a 1-0 victory for Boro in front of a crowd of 11,850 at the Riverside Stadium.

It was little more than the home side deserved on a night when both Tony Pulis and Roy Hodgson made eight changes as Boro found the greater cohesion despite having on-loan Southampton midfielder Sam McQueen carried off on a stretcher before the break.

Tony Pulis and Roy Hodgson have managed teams for 68 years combined with neither having any success in the League Cup.

Middlesbrough are undefeated in their last 3 matches but have not won in their last 4 home games, drawing the last 2.

Crystal Palace are on a 2 game away losing streak and have not won in their last 4 games. They have gone 7 away games without a draw.

Tony Pulis had nine months in charge at Palace from 2013-14. He took over a side bottom of the Premier League and guided them to 11th. Pulis has won eight of the 15 games he has managed against Palace during his career.

This is the fourth meeting between Boro and Palace in the League Cup. Each team has 2 wins apiece.

The last meeting on Teesside in this competition was a 2-1 victory for Boro in 2005. Two goals in 3 minutes from Viduka and Nemeth gave Boro victory after Franck Queudrue put Palace 1-0 up through an own goal.

Proactively creating chances in openplay has been a problem for Middlesbrough in the Championship, so midfielders like George Saville and Lewis Wing should get an opportunity to show what they can do.

“For the Palace game, I’ll make a lot of changes, I’ve got to do that”

“The players have had so many games and people forget about the international break, some players have played for their countries in the heart of Europe”

“I’ll be looking at the team carefully although we want to do well and want to win the game.”

– Tony Pulis

Ashley Fletcher scored a hat-trick in an under-23 game last week and will be pushing to start alongside other fringe players.

The EFL Cup has been good for Marcus Tavernier. He scored his first Middlesbrough goal in the competition at Bournemouth last season.

He also scored for Boro at Preston in the third round this season, as well as converting the winning penalty kick. He’ll therefore be eager for another start.

Palace have won to nil in back to back away trips in this competition.

Middlesbrough have won 55%, drawn 20% and lost 25% of their last 20 HOME games, scored in 65% and kept a clean sheet in 10.

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