MX23RW : Wednesday, February 20 22:42:53
Sep 25, 2018 at 7.45pm UK at ​Deepdale
PrestonPreston North End
2-2
Middlesbrough
Robinson (27'), Barkhuizen (66')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Fletcher (34'), Tavernier (69')
Middlesbrough win 4-3 on penalties

Result: Pulis delighted with impact of youngsters as Boro win on penalties

Callum Robison and Graham Burke missed from the spot for Preston.

The kids are alright for Tony Pulis after his Middlesbrough side twice battled from a goal down to draw 2-2 before beating Preston on penalties to reach the Carabao Cup fourth round.

Goals from Callum Robinson and Tom Barkhuizen twice put the home side ahead at Deepdale but Boro responded in kind, Ashley Fletcher and Marcus Tavernier levelling up in each half.

Missed spot-kicks from Robinson and Graham Burke saw the visitors through 4-3 on penalties, leaving boss Pulis praising the youngsters after making 11 changes from the weekend.

“I thought it was a really good performance. The first team have done really well this season, they have been pretty consistent since the season started so there haven’t been many changes,” he said.

“So there’s a lot of senior players who haven’t had a game, then you go on to the kids and we’ve had four kids in the starting XI and six on the bench.

“We’ve got 10 kids that have come through the academy system that have been involved which I think is fabulous for the club.

“It’s great for the area, it shows that the people that are doing the job in the academy are doing things the right way.

“We’re trying stick an identity on the football team, I think it’s important that football clubs have identities and one of the main ones is every game we play, if we put the shirt on we work really hard.”

To lead twice before losing proved a bitter pill to swallow for Preston manager Alex Neil against Championship rivals, though the performance has left him with plenty of positives with the season ahead.

“I thought we played well. We created more than enough opportunities to win the game, hopefully, we take this performance and try to build on it on Saturday,” he said.

“We haven’t got a big target to hit the ball up to, so we have to take risks at the back. It forces us to play in a certain style which can make you vulnerable.

“We just need to learn when to play, and when to keep the ball. But we have to play our way out of trouble, because just banging the ball is not going to help us.

“I thought Callum (Robinson) was outstanding, he’s becoming an excellent player. He’s progressing so much, and he’s got four goals in five games now. He’s just a good player.”

Share this article now:

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City27212474205465
2Liverpool26205159154465
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs26200654252960
4Manchester UnitedMan Utd26156552351751
5Arsenal26155653371650
6Chelsea26155645291650
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2611693433139
8Watford2610793434037
9Everton2796123639-333
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2696113239-733
11Bournemouth26103133747-1033
12Leicester CityLeicester2695123134-332
13Crystal Palace2676132734-727
14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2676132839-1127
15Burnley2676132947-1827
16Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2667132234-1225
17Cardiff CityCardiff2674152447-2325
18Southampton2659122844-1624
19Fulham2645172558-3317
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2625191448-3411

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account