The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Sheri­dan Robins

MID­DLES­BROUGH are look­ing for­ward to a trip to Old Traf­ford as one of only three Football League clubs to make it through to the Cap­i­tal One Cup fourth round.

Hull City and Sheffield Wed­nes­day join them, but it was League Two Carlisle United who took the most plau­dits from the third round af­ter tak­ing Liver­pool all the way to a penalty shoot-out at An­field on Wed­nes­day night. Liver­pool opened the scor­ing, with Danny Ings on tar­get, but Carlisle

bat­tled back, prompt­ing a cho­rus of boos from the home crowd. Derek Asamoah scored the equaliser af­ter 34 min­utes, send­ing the Cum­bri­ans into delir­ium, and they held on through­out the sec­ond half and ex­tra-time.

Ag­o­nis­ingly, Carlisle missed three penal­ties in the shoot-out – with Adam Bog­dan’s save from Bastien Hery ul­ti­mately decisive – but de­fender Alexan­der McQueen, who slot­ted his con­fi­dently, earned him­self a place in the team of the round for his im­pres­sive per­for­mance keep­ing the Reds at bay.

The 20-year-old said: “I be­lieve it was a golden op­por­tu­nity to show oth­ers what we’re about, and to demon­strate to our­selves we can de­fend against some of the very best play­ers in the land.

“We need to draw lots of pos­i­tives from our re­sult at An­field and ap­ply it to our league cam­paign. We need to har­ness what we did against Liver­pool, and QPR in the last round, and start at that tempo ev­ery week.

“I be­lieve, with this ap­ti­tude and at­ti­tude, we will be there or there­abouts come May. It was good that we weren’t afraid to take the game to Liver­pool, and re­strict them to mainly halfchances and shoot­ing from dis­tance.

“We cer­tainly have the abil­ity through­out the squad.

“We just need to ac­quaint our­selves with con­sis­tency and make sure we con­tinue to have the same belief and show the same re­silience we did against Liver­pool.”

There was plenty of ac­tion in the other ties as Boro com­fort­ably saw off Wolves 3-0 at home in an all-Cham­pi­onship clash while Hull, who host Le­ices­ter in the next round, knocked out Premier League Swansea, with David Meyler scor­ing the only goal of the game.

Sheffield Wed­nes­day se­cured an eye-catch­ing tie at home to Ar­se­nal, with Lewis McGu­gan scor­ing the goal in a 1-0 vic­tory at trou­bled New­cas­tle, while Ip­swich were un­able to con­tain Manch­ester United, los­ing 3-0.

Chelsea were 4-1 win­ners at Wal­sall, with James O’Con­nor on tar­get for the Sad­dlers, while Bournemouth needed penal­ties to see off Pre­ston af­ter Daniel John­son’s late lev­eller.

Ful­ham were nar­rowly beaten at home to Stoke, while a Nick Blackman opener was not enough to see off Ever­ton as Read­ing were beaten 2-1.

As­ton Villa beat lo­cal ri­vals Birm­ing­ham thanks to a Rudy Gest­ede header and MK Dons were com­pre­hen­sively beaten by Southamp­ton 6-0.

Charl­ton also suf­fered a heavy 4-1 de­feat at Crys­tal Palace.

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Im­ages

MAN OF THE MO­MENT: Carlisle’s Alexan­der McQueen cel­e­brates scor­ing in the shoot-out

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