EFL Cup - Third Round
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Middlesbrough 3-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Middlesbrough celebrate Albert Adomah's goal

Middlesbrough moved into the League Cup fourth round for the first time in three seasons with an assured victory over Championship rivals Wolves.

Albert Adomah opened the scoring when debutant Carlos De Pena's cross caused panic in the Wolves defence.

The hosts doubled their advantage when Diego Fabbrini finished off a fine team move.

Adomah put the game beyond doubt after more fine build-up play from the influential De Pena.

Aitor Karanka's side were knocked out of the competition by Liverpool at this stage last season, but a repeat never looked likely against more modest opposition.

Adomah requested a transfer last month after a reported disagreement with Karanka, but that now appears to be behind him.

The Ghana international has scored three goals since he was restored to the starting line-up.

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka:

"We changed a lot of players from Saturday's game and they wanted to impress. I told the players at half-time that I wanted to have a headache ahead of Sunday picking the starting XI.

"They were making it easy for me in the first half, but the second half was different. We were much better in the second half and now I have that headache in terms of picking the team to play Leeds."

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Jackett on Middlesbrough v Wolves

Wolves manager Kenny Jackett:

"Their options are very good and the goals certainly turned it in their favour.

"Middlesbrough have like-for-like options with their replacements, and it showed.

"They have built on a good foundation from last season and are a very powerful side."

Line-ups

Middlesbrough

  • 13Mejias
  • 24Nsue
  • 26Kalas
  • 5Amorebieta
  • 3FriendBooked at 30minsSubstituted forStephensat 74'minutes
  • 7LeadbitterSubstituted forClaytonat 68'minutes
  • 34Forshaw
  • 27Adomah
  • 31Fabbrini
  • 10De PenaSubstituted forReachat 79'minutes
  • 9Kike

Substitutes

  • 6Gibson
  • 8Clayton
  • 16Stephens
  • 19Downing
  • 20Reach
  • 25Agazzi
  • 35Nugent

Wolves

  • 1Ikeme
  • 2Doherty
  • 18Iorfa
  • 23Ebanks-Landell
  • 28Deslandes
  • 12Wallace
  • 19Price
  • 11McDonald
  • 8SavilleSubstituted forHenryat 81'minutes
  • 17van La ParraSubstituted forLe Fondreat 60'minutes
  • 48EnobakhareSubstituted forAfobeat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Golbourne
  • 7Henry
  • 10Afobe
  • 15Rowe
  • 20Ojo
  • 26Martinez
  • 29Le Fondre
Referee:
Kevin Wright
Attendance:
13,368

Match Stats

Home TeamMiddlesbroughAway TeamWolves
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home9
Away5
Shots on Target
Home4
Away1
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home17
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Middlesbrough 3, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 3, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

Attempt blocked. Benik Afobe (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jack Price.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Dominic Iorfa.

Foul by Adam Forshaw (Middlesbrough).

Adam Le Fondre (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Foul by Jack Stephens (Middlesbrough).

Benik Afobe (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough).

Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Benik Afobe (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by James Henry with a cross.

Attempt saved. Diego Fabbrini (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Adam Reach.

Diego Fabbrini (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Benik Afobe (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. James Henry replaces George Saville.

Foul by Diego Fabbrini (Middlesbrough).

Dominic Iorfa (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adam Forshaw (Middlesbrough).

Adam Le Fondre (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Adam Reach replaces Carlos De Pena.

Attempt blocked. Kike (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Carlos De Pena.

Diego Fabbrini (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jack Price (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Jack Stephens replaces George Friend.

Foul by George Friend (Middlesbrough).

George Saville (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Albert Adomah.

Attempt missed. Kike (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Albert Adomah.

Diego Fabbrini (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jack Price (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Adam Clayton replaces Grant Leadbitter.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by George Friend.

Attempt saved. Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by George Saville.

Goal!

Goal! Middlesbrough 3, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0. Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Diego Fabbrini.

Attempt missed. Jed Wallace (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by George Saville with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Benik Afobe replaces Bright Enobakhare.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Adam Le Fondre replaces Rajiv van La Parra.

Goal!

Goal! Middlesbrough 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0. Diego Fabbrini (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Albert Adomah with a cross.

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