Middlesbrough reached the last eight of the FA Cup on Tuesday after beating Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 in extra time at the Riverside.
Middlesbrough stunned Tottenham Hotspur by winning 1-0 in extra time at the Riverside on Tuesday to move into the last eight of the FA Cup.
Tottenham Hotspur who looked the better side for all the full 90 minutes of the game could not capitalise on their chances which saw the match end 0-0.
Middlesborough who started the extra time in high gear got their reward in the 107th minute through teenager Josh Coburn who came off the bench to score the only goal with a lovely finish past Hugo Lloris.
The defeat now means Spurs could yet go another season trophyless. They last lifted one, a league cup in 2008. Speaking shortly after the game, Italian manager Antonio Conte expressed his disappointment towards his players.
He said blamed his charges for not putting the game to bed as early as the first half. “We have to reflect on our performance and on the game we played. These types of games, in these trophies away from home, you have to try to kill the game quickly,” Conte said.
“Your opponent has to understand that the night will be difficult, instead we can do much better and in the end Middlesbrough deserved to go to the next round,” he added.
In recent games, Spurs has failed to maintain consistency with two losses to now boro and Burnley in the past week. On this Conte said they had to learn from these defeats.
“This is part of our process. I repeat, we have to try to avoid the up and down up and down and there is only one way to improve the situation is to work and learn from the defeat. We have to go ahead and we will try to do our best this season.”
“We have to give our best for the rest of the season, then we will see what is our position and the evaluation of our season. It is early to say something about this,” the gaffer added.
On his side, the boro manager Chris Wilder commended the supporters for the tremendous support they extend to his charges throughout the entire game.
“In between the win at Manchester United and here we got turned over at Barnsley. Football is a ridiculous game. The supporters gave us the energy to produce a top performance,” he said.
Meanwhile, other FA Cup games saw Manchester City cruise into the last eight with a 2-0 victory at Peterborough while Crystal Palace also recorded a 2-1 win over Stoke City.