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"Typical Tottenham": Middlesbrough Youngster Seals FA Cup Upset In Extra-Time v Spurs

"Typical Tottenham": Middlesbrough Youngster Seals FA Cup Upset In Extra-Time v Spurs
Eoin Harrington
By Eoin Harrington
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We've rarely seen a stadium erupt like the Riverside Stadium did on Tuesday night when Middlesbrough took another famous scalp in the FA Cup against Spurs.

After bravely holding on in the face of a late Spurs onslaught, Middlesbrough saw their FA Cup dreams live on after a winner in the second-half of extra-time from 19-year-old Josh Coburn.

It was a shock result that BBC pundit Alan Shearer described as "typical Tottenham."

Middlesbrough v Spurs: Josh Coburn seals famous FA Cup scalp for 'Boro

Middlesbrough were already on a high after they knocked out Manchester United on penalties in the fourth round. They went into Tuesday night's fifth round clash with Spurs hoping for another famous result, with Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur visiting the Riverside.

The first-half was, in all truth, a dire affair, with not a single shot on target for either team. The BBC punditry team willed on an improvement in the quality of football at half-time - and they got it.

'Boro brought far more attacking energy to the second-half and, in the closing stages, Spurs matched them. The game was forced into extra-time, with Son Heung-Min going close to breaking the deadlock for the Premier League side on several occasions.

The man of the hour, however, was to be Middlesbrough academy graduate Josh Coburn. The 19-year-old came on in the sixth minute of extra time and, just after the break of the additional time, made his mark with a memorable strike.



As FA Cup giant-killings go, a 19-year-old academy graduate at a second-tier club sealing the defeat of a club that reached a Champions League final just three years ago is hard to beat.

The joy on Coburn's face was incredible to see, as were the jubilant scenes around the Riverside. The noise of the crowd, along with the shaking camera, truly conveyed the importance of this win for Middlesbrough.

It was a nervy finish for 'Boro, who had several men limping and running on fumes by the end of the game. Spurs went close in the final minute of extra-time but could not break the resolve of the club from the North-East. Coburn himself nearly added a second for himself and 'Boro in added time.


BBC pundit Alan Shearer slated Spurs at full-time, calling the performance from them: "Typical Tottenham. So flaky!"

In a season of shocks in the FA Cup, this one from Middlesbrough might just have been the most memorable yet, and leaves them in the last eight of the competition along with Manchester City and Crystal Palace after Tuesday's ties.

Who says the magic of the FA Cup is dead?


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