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Accrington pile on the misery for Mowbray
Final Score: Middlesbrough 1 Accrington Stanley 2
ACCRINGTON STANLEY … who are they? Exactly.
This might be the first time these two teams have ever met in professional football, but Middlesbrough know all about the once little known non-league club now battling away in League Two.
Just days after Accrington were crushed 4-1 by Football League newcomers Newport Country, James Beattie's unfancied team piled pressure further on Tony Mowbray's shoulders with a humiliating Capital One Cup shock.
This season will mark the tenth anniversary of Boro's historic League Cup triumph in Cardiff and Mowbray's crop of 2013 could not even progress beyond the first stage.
Boos and jeers rang around the Riverside Stadium at the final whistle as Accrington, who included Bolton's 2004 final defender Nicky Hunt in their line-up, dumped Middlesbrough out.
On a day when Middlesbrough had been making progress on the transfer front with bids for Albert Adomah and Ross McCormack, things looks positive when Lukas Jutkiewicz put the Championship side ahead in the ninth minute.
But a failure to convert chances allowed Accrington to level through Marcus Carver six minutes before half-time. And then disaster struck eight minutes from the end when Piero Mingoia, from Watford, pounced in the box to hit the winner in front of 6,774 fans.
Even though transfer negotiations are in full swing, chairman Steve Gibson and chief executive Neil Bausor took a break in kind by sitting in the directors' box for last night's game.
But Middlesbrough failed to make it a comfortable game of football for the men from the boardroom.
Despite a close-range stop from goalkeeper Jayson Leutwiler, making only his second start for the club in 12 months, when Newcastle loan man Michael Richardson was left unmarked at the back post, Accrington initially found it difficult to break in to the Middlesbrough half. Before Jutkiewicz's opening goal arrived in the ninth minute, Mowbray watched his side create two brilliant openings.
The first was courtesy of Grant Leadbitter's surging run and cross down the right, which Marvin Emnes could only direct at the legs of goalkeeper Ian Dunbavin.
The second, from a counter-attack following Richardson's missed chance, saw Mustapha Carayol lob a shot wide from the edge of the box when Dunbavin had raced from his line. But the breakthrough arrived when a corner was cleared to the edge of the area.
Jozsef Varga headed back in to the area over a static defence and Jutkiewicz beat the offside, took the ball away from Dunbavin before slotting over the line.
The next half an hour was basically spent in the Accrington half. But then Accrington got a break from nowhere when Middlesbrough had slowed the pace down and had seemed, rather too casually, to think a win would come their way.
A long throw from the right looked harmless enough. Leutwiler charged off his line and got caught completely out of position and Carver got ahead of Ben Gibson to nod the equaliser over the line despite Hoyte's best efforts to clear.
Middlesbrough immediately looked to make amends. It was not as easy as that though and the men from the Store First Stadium went in at half-time level, mainly because Dunbavin made another fine stop with his leg to deny Carayol from six yards.
Despite resting Jonathan Woodgate and Dean Whitehead by handing starts to Emmanuel Ledesma and Gibson, it was a strong Middlesbrough starting line-up which should have made easy work of the tie.
But just as a few jeers started to creep in from a few Middlesbrough fans frustrated by a period of pressure from Accrington at the start of the second half, the Championship club should have retaken the lead.
When an Accrington corner broke down, Middlesbrough counter-attacked through Jutkiewicz. With just one visiting defender back, the striker's penultimate touch was a bit heavy and his final one failed to find one of Hoyte and Emnes unmarked in the box.
In fairness to Accrington, though, they defended superbly after their early wobble and hesitation at the back. Centre-backs Rob Atkinson and Tom Aldred made a number of strong blocks and the midfield in front of them helped out. But Middlesbrough should still have had more than they showed.
Carayol was denied again by the feet of Dunbavin when he was fed in the box and that prompted the double introduction of Curtis Main and Adam Reach. That was followed shortly after by the arrival of Luke Williams for Emnes and the local talent, so often the young man the fans want to see, saw his first touch fly over when a saved shot bounced just in front of him. And with eight minutes remaining and the tension building, Accrington grabbed the winner.
A routine corner in to the area was not dealt with properly, eventually the loose ball bounced towards Mingoia and his first time volley deflected in to the Middlesbrough net. As the blue and yellow shirts celebrated, the boos rang around the Riverside.
Both Varga and Leadbitter went exceptionally close to levelling in the dying seconds, but Middlesbrough are out. This was not what Mowbray needed.
Goals: 1-0: Jutkiewicz (9mins, latched on to Varga's header in to the box before Dunbavin and then had task of tapping in to an empty net) 1-1: Carver (39, jumped ahead of Gibson to nod a long throw over the line after Leutwiler had missed it) 1-2: Mingoia (82, pounced on the loose ball in the area and his well drilled shot deflected and flew in)
Referee: Scott Duncan (Newcastle) – had a pretty straight forward night. 6
4 Leutwiler: Made a fine early save but then had no reason to charge out to meet the long throw that led to the equaliser; 6 Hoyte: Sharp on his return and made a number of darting runs down the right, almost created a goal
5 Gibson: Looked composed on the ball even if he was around Carver when he headed in his goal
5 R Williams: Hardly tested and when he was he was equal to pretty much everything that arrived his way
5 Friend: Hogged the left line and pushed on when he could even if he was frustrated on occasions;
7 LEADBITTER: Always at the centre of Boro's advances forward, playing things neatly alongside Varga
5 Varga: Looked far more comfortable in the central midfield role rather than on the right like he was asked against Leicester
4 Ledesma: A few bright moments but overall he was unable to seriously threaten the Accrington defence
4 Carayol: Should be looking to make more of an impression on games, particularly against teams such as this
4 Emnes: Far too quiet and will need to do more to keep his place if Boro land their attacking targets;
5 Jutkiewicz: Will be pleased to get off the mark for the season but wasted a fantastic chance to find a team-mate when a second goal looked on early in the second half
Subs: Main (for Ledesma 73) Reach (for Jutkiewicz 73) Williams L (for Emnes 78) (not used): Steele (gk), Halliday, Whitehead, Smallwood.
ACCRINGTON STANLEY (4-4-1-1): DUNBAVIN 9; Hunt 7, Atkinson 8, Aldred 7, Liddle 7; Hatfield 6, Richardson 7, Clark 7 (McCartan 70, 5), Mingoia 7 (Wilson 90); Murphy 6; Carver 6 (Gray 70, 5). Subs: Joyce, Winnard, Miller, Windass.
MAN OF THE MATCH: IAN Dunbavin – made a number of brilliant saves to keep Boro at bay from start to finish.