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."

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

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 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

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Ikeme
  • 2Doherty
  • 18Iorfa
  • 23Ebanks-Landell
  • 28Deslandes
  • 12J Wallace
  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Middlesbrough 3, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 3, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Dominic Iorfa.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Adam Forshaw (Middlesbrough).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  9. Post update

    Foul by Jack Stephens (Middlesbrough).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough).

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    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.

  14. Post update

    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.

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Foul by Benik Afobe (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. James Henry replaces George Saville.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Diego Fabbrini (Middlesbrough).

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Adam Forshaw (Middlesbrough).