AFC Bournemouth beat Middlesbrough 3-1 to reach quarter finals of Carabao Cup


AFC Bournemouth were comfortable winners as they saw off Middlesbrough 3-1 in the Carabao Cup.

An impressive performance from the Cherries meant they recorded their second successive win after an away victory at Stoke on Saturday. The result also puts Bournemouth into the quarter final draw which takes place on Thursday at 4pm.

Eddie Howe named a strong starting eleven and his selection tactics were rewarded. Although the first half produced no goals, both teams looked to create. Bournemouth dominated the possession and went close on occasions, giving Middlesborough problems defensively.  The away side looked to counter and forced Artur Boruc into making a couple of regulation saves.

The second half saw four goals scored with the first coming from debutant defender Jack Simpson. The 20 year old steered in a cross from Ryan Fraser to mark a memorable match for the young centre back.

Middlesbrough responded well and forced an equaliser through Marcus Tavernier. Superb wing play from Adama Traore, who looked superior to most of his team mates, gave the away fans something to cheer about and set up his team mate brilliantly.

It was Simpson who continued to make an impact and won the Cherries a penalty. Fan favourite Callum Wilson, back from a lengthy spell out injured, slotted the ball home to restore the lead.

The home side pushed further and got their just rewards with substitute Benik Afobe scoring after a Wilson cross.

The result sees Bournemouth into the quarter finals for only the second time in the club’s history.

Man of the match was awarded to Simpson for his outstanding contribution in his first match for the club, however Wilson was equally impressive.

Bournemouth face Chelsea next at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday, while Middlesbrough travel to Reading in the Championship.