Thursday, 26 February 2009

Middlesbrough 2 West Ham United 0

Middlesbrough Enjoy Night Of Light Relief by George Caulkin
Just when their despairing supporters must have expected it least, belief returned to Teesside. After a victory over West Ham United that was remarkable for its dominance, Middlesbrough will play Everton in the FA Cup quarter-finals. It was some performance... Times
Stewart Downing Fires Middlesbrough Into FA Cup Last Eight by Rob Stewart
So much for the romance of the FA Cup. Gianfranco Zola last night admitted his love affair with the competition had suffered a major jolt. The West Ham manager twice won the competition with Chelsea in 1997 and 2000 but his dreams of emulating those feats by guiding his club to Wembley this season are over for now... Telegraph
Downing Delight As Boro March On by Colin Young
Why can't life in the Barclays Premier League be this easy for Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate and his underachieving stars? Anyone watching last night's fifth-round replay at the Riverside on television could be forgiven for thinking that Middlesbrough are a team without a care in the world as they now contemplate their fourth successive FA Cup quarter-final... Mail
Fortune Smiles On Tuncay As Boro End Goal Drought by Michael Walker
Buses from London transported 4,000 West Ham United fans to Teesside last night, but it was Middlesbrough goals that came along in London bus fashion. Boom boom. Boro fans have not seen a goal here since 10 January but two appeared from nowhere in the first twenty minutes and the goals, from Stewart Downing and Tuncay Sanli, meant that Boro made it to their fourth consecutive FA Cup quarter-final. They go to Everton on Sunday week... Independent
Downing Gives Boro Fans Something To Cheer About by Jason Mellor
Middlesbrough belied their wretched league form to secure a fourth consecutive appearance in the last eight of the FA Cup with some ease, much to the relief of the club's public relations department. This week's demand for their most vociferous supporters to act with a little more decorum and make themselves audible only when their previously far from prolific heroes scored a goal has already secured PR gaffe of the season... Guardian


Lestat said...

I don't think I've ever been so furious after a football match. It was a completely unacceptable performance with only Parker and Green above criticism.

Mudslinger said...

It wasn't exactly surprising though was it? It seems the West Ham way to kick the fans in the teeth just at the point when things look to be improving. It happens every time. The biggest shame is for those great fans who made the trip up their last night to witness the fiasco live, they deserved better.


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