Josh Coburn scored midway through extra-time as Middlesbrough produced one of the upset football scores of the midweek action in the FA Cup. After dumping Manchester United out of the Cup in the last round, Coburn’s goal in the 107th minute was enough to see off Antonio Conte and his Spurs team. The result means that the Spurs will go one more season without a trophy.
Tottenham boss Antonio Conte: “We lost a good chance to go to the next round and play in the quarter-finals of an important competition like the FA Cup. There is for sure disappointment in the final result. I think this type of game, especially when you play away, against a team that plays in the [Championship] you have to know the difficulty. For this reason, we had to try to kill – in a sporting way – the opponent quickly. We have had the chance to score but we didn’t take it. And then you give confidence to your opponent and you risk [defeat]. In the end, Middlesbrough won the game and deserved to go to the next round.”
Middlesbrough boss Chris Wilder: “In the first 15-20 minutes we gave the ball away cheaply but after that, we grew into it and built a little bit of momentum. We may be overplayed at times but it’s quite difficult for players when the opposition has the ball for a long period of time. You don’t just want to turn it over and give it back. But I thought we got the balance right, especially in the second half.”
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