Adam Reach: Middlesbrough 'disappointment' at Arsenal draw

Adam Reach
Adam Reach won the Young Player of the Year award from Boro's Disabled Supporters Club

Middlesbrough winger Adam Reach says another tough FA Cup draw, at Arsenal, is a "slight disappointment" with a quarter-finals place in prospect.

Championship side Boro have already knocked out Premier League champions Manchester City in round four.

Nine top-flight clubs made round five, with Southampton, Swansea, Spurs and Chelsea eliminated in the last round.

"With those big teams going out, we're slightly disappointed it's Arsenal away," Reach told BBC Tees.

"But it'll be a great day out for the fans. Every FA Cup game we'll take about 8,000 fans and it brings everyone together.

"It's a little breather from the Championship, which is tough, and it builds everyone's confidence which is good."

The 21-year-old, who signed a four-and-a-half-year deal with the Teessiders in November, was named young player of the year at the Middlesbrough Disabled Supporters' Club awards ceremony.

His emergence at the Riverside comes on the back of successful loan spells with Shrewsbury and Bradford last season, becoming a regular in the team this term with two goals in 31 games.

"I'm very pleased, this time last year I was on loan at Bradford playing in League One" Reach said.

"In 12 months it's been quite a turnaround playing at Etihad Stadium and Anfield this season and playing in a team that will hopefully be promoted to the Premier League."

Boro are currently second in the Championship, with their FA Cup and league results culminating in a seven-match unbeaten run.

They also held Liverpool to a draw at Anfield that ended in a heroic 14-13 penalty shootout defeat in the League Cup, evidence of their top-flight credentials.

"Up to now it's been a pleasure every day at training and playing in this team, but it'll all amount to nothing come the end of the season if we don't reach our targets," Reach continued.

"A cup run is always nice. We did well in the Capital One Cup and did ourselves proud at Liverpool - and have done ourselves proud in the FA Cup.

"But I'm sure the players and all the fans would sacrifice a cup run to get into the Premier League."