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Middlesbrough win 4-3 on penalties

Carabao Cup: Middlesbrough beat Notts County on penalties after 3-3 draw

Ashley Fletcher
Ashley Fletcher's last goal for Middlesbrough before his double against Notts County was in September 2017

Championship leaders Middlesbrough avoided an upset in the Carabao Cup first round with a penalty shootout win over League Two side Notts County.

County's Jon Stead missed his spot-kick after scoring twice in the 90 minutes as Boro won 4-3 in the shootout.

Middlesbrough's Ashley Fletcher had also scored twice as his side were forced to come from behind three times.

Debutant Tom Crawford opened the scoring for County, while Enes Mahmutovic got Boro's other goal.

In a thrilling game at the Riverside Stadium, Fletcher quickly equalised Crawford's goal before Stead pounced on a loose ball seven minutes later.

Luxembourg international Mahmutovic scored his first goal for Boro to make it 2-2 on the stroke of half-time but Stead netted from a rebound to restore County's lead in the second half.

Tony Pulis made 10 changes to the Middlesbrough side who beat Birmingham City on Saturday and handed a debut to 16-year-old defender Nathan Wood - who became the club's youngest ever player.

But it was 17-year-old striker Stephen Walker who impressed on his debut, setting up Fletcher's second and scoring his penalty in the shootout.

Line-ups

Middlesbrough

  • 31Lonergan
  • 34Mahmutovic
  • 20FrySubstituted forSpenceat 66'minutes
  • 4AyalaSubstituted forWood-Gordonat 62'minutes
  • 33McGinley
  • 17McNair
  • 7LeadbitterBooked at 48mins
  • 28Tavernier
  • 27ChapmanSubstituted forWalkerat 42'minutes
  • 18Fletcher
  • 21Johnson

Substitutes

  • 15de Sart
  • 23Randolph
  • 25Wood-Gordon
  • 40Reading
  • 42Spence
  • 45O'Neill
  • 46Walker

Notts County

  • 1Fitzsimons
  • 3Bird
  • 5DuffyBooked at 8minsSubstituted forBrisleyat 55'minutes
  • 4Hewitt
  • 23Jones
  • 18Hawkridge
  • 14KellettSubstituted forCampbellat 76'minutes
  • 17HusinSubstituted forPatchingat 68'minutes
  • 7Alessandra
  • 22Crawford
  • 30Stead

Substitutes

  • 10Thomas
  • 16Brisley
  • 20Patching
  • 31Osborne
  • 33Dunn
  • 34Campbell
  • 40Culverwell
Referee:
Anthony Backhouse
Attendance:
9,942

Match Stats

Home TeamMiddlesbroughAway TeamNotts County
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home22
Away9
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home9
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Middlesbrough 3(4), Notts County 3(3).

Penalties over

Penalty Shootout ends, Middlesbrough 3(4), Notts County 3(3).

Penalty saved! Daniel Jones (Notts County) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, left footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Middlesbrough 3(4), Notts County 3(3). Marcus Tavernier (Middlesbrough) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the top right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Middlesbrough 3(3), Notts County 3(3). Will Patching (Notts County) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Middlesbrough 3(3), Notts County 3(2). Stephen Walker (Middlesbrough) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Middlesbrough 3(2), Notts County 3(2). Terry Hawkridge (Notts County) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Middlesbrough 3(2), Notts County 3(1). Paddy McNair (Middlesbrough) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Middlesbrough 3(1), Notts County 3(1). Lewis Alessandra (Notts County) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Middlesbrough 3(1), Notts County 3. Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty saved! Jon Stead (Notts County) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

Penalties in progress

Penalty Shootout begins Middlesbrough 3, Notts County 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 3, Notts County 3.

Attempt missed. Shaun Brisley (Notts County) header from the centre of the box misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Djed Spence.

Attempt blocked. Lewis Alessandra (Notts County) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Nathan Wood-Gordon.

Attempt blocked. Paddy McNair (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jon Stead (Notts County).

Attempt missed. Paddy McNair (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Tom Crawford (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt saved. Marvin Johnson (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Marvin Johnson (Middlesbrough).

Elliott Hewitt (Notts County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Elliott Hewitt.

Attempt blocked. Marvin Johnson (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Marvin Johnson (Middlesbrough) hits the right post with a left footed shot from outside the box.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Daniel Jones.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Pierce Bird.

Attempt blocked. Paddy McNair (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Ashley Fletcher (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Notts County. Remaye Campbell replaces Andy Kellett.

Goal!

Goal! Middlesbrough 3, Notts County 3. Ashley Fletcher (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Stephen Walker.

Attempt missed. Marvin Johnson (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Paddy McNair (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough).

Jon Stead (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Notts County. Will Patching replaces Noor Husin.

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

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