EFL Cup - Third Round
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Middlesbrough win 4-3 on penalties

Preston North End 2-2 Middlesbrough: Boro beat North End on penalties to go through

Middlesbrough's Marcus Tavernier scored his first goal of the season in the win against Preston North End
Middlesbrough's Marcus Tavernier scored his first goal of the season in the win against Preston North End

Middlesbrough beat Preston North End on penalties in the Carabao Cup third-round after twice coming from behind.

Preston took the lead midway through the first half when Callum Robinson turned in Alan Browne's delivery.

Ashley Fletcher levelled for Boro soon after when he coolly rounded North End keeper Chris Maxwell to poke home.

Tom Barkhuizen and Marcus Tavernier exchanged long-range goals for either side to level it 2-2 before Boro won 4-3 on penalties after full-time.

The result continues Preston's poor form, with Alex Neil's side rooted to the bottom of the Championship table.

North End had lost just one of their last 10 home League Cup matches going into the game, however Graham Burke sent his penalty in the shootout over the bar to ensure Boro went through.

Line-ups

Preston

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 22Maxwell
  • 5Clarke
  • 14Storey
  • 23Huntington
  • 16Hughes
  • 4Pearson
  • 8BrowneSubstituted forHarropat 63'minutes
  • 29BarkhuizenSubstituted forMoultat 85'minutes
  • 18Ledson
  • 21BarkerSubstituted forBurkeat 81'minutes
  • 7Robinson

Substitutes

  • 1Rudd
  • 3Earl
  • 9Moult
  • 10Harrop
  • 11Johnson
  • 12Gallagher
  • 19Burke

Middlesbrough

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Konstantopoulos
  • 6Batth
  • 17McNair
  • 25Wood-GordonSubstituted forChapmanat 72'minutes
  • 20Fry
  • 28Tavernier
  • 7Leadbitter
  • 14McQueen
  • 26Wing
  • 18Fletcher
  • 39Gestede

Substitutes

  • 27Chapman
  • 31Lonergan
  • 36Liddle
  • 38Stubbs
  • 42Spence
  • 43Malley
  • 46Walker
Referee:
Oliver Langford
Attendance:
5,095

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamMiddlesbrough
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home21
Away17
Shots on Target
Home8
Away6
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home7
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Preston North End 2(3), Middlesbrough 2(4).

  2. Penalties over

    Penalty Shootout ends, Preston North End 2(3), Middlesbrough 2(4).

  3. Post update

    Penalty missed! Bad penalty by Graham Burke (Preston North End) left footed shot is too high. Graham Burke should be disappointed.

  4. Goal!

    Goal! Preston North End 2(3), Middlesbrough 2(4). Marcus Tavernier (Middlesbrough) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

  5. Goal!

    Goal! Preston North End 2(3), Middlesbrough 2(3). Ben Pearson (Preston North End) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Preston North End 2(2), Middlesbrough 2(3). Paddy McNair (Middlesbrough) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

  7. Goal!

    Goal! Preston North End 2(2), Middlesbrough 2(2). Louis Moult (Preston North End) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the high centre of the goal.

  8. Goal!

    Goal! Preston North End 2(1), Middlesbrough 2(2). Rudy Gestede (Middlesbrough) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

  9. Post update

    Penalty missed! Bad penalty by Callum Robinson (Preston North End) right footed shot is too high. Callum Robinson should be disappointed.

  10. Goal!

    Goal! Preston North End 2(1), Middlesbrough 2(1). Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Preston North End 2(1), Middlesbrough 2. Ryan Ledson (Preston North End) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

  12. Penalties in progress

    Penalty Shootout begins Preston North End 2, Middlesbrough 2.

  13. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Preston North End 2, Middlesbrough 2.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Louis Moult (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Danny Batth (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box misses to the right following a set piece situation.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Storey (Preston North End).

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Josh Harrop (Preston North End) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Tom Clarke (Preston North End).

  20. Post update

    Harry Chapman (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.