‘Bottles and vapes were thrown’ according to supporters after Middlesbrough fans cheekily took to taunt Bolton during the midweek cup clash.
A video emerged online of the moment Boro celebrated scoring, with a section of the away end taking to goad the home fans in the stand next to them.
Middlesborough fans had reportedly wound up Bolton supporters so much that bottles and vapes were thrown from the home end as stewards between to two ends covered with netting watched it play out.
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The game itself saw substitute Riley McGree complete a stunning late comeback as Middlesbrough came from behind against Bolton Wanderers to earn a place in the Carabao Cup third round.
Dion Charles seemingly looked to have put more misery on the struggling Championship sid by putting the League One side Bolton in front.
Matt Crooks, however, kick started the fight back before limping off with an injury, then McGree netted Boro’s second of the game in stoppage time before then teeing up sub Morgan Rogers to make it 3-1.
Bolton: Coleman (Baxter 45′), Forrester (Dacres-Cogley 62′), Toal, Iredale, Jones, Morley (Dempsey 80′), Thomason (Bödvarsson 70′), Sheehan, Ashworth, Charles, Mendes Gomes (Maghoma 70′)
Subs: Baxter, Bödvarsson, Nlundulu, Dacres-Cogley, Adeboyejo, Maghoma, Dempsey, Williams, Jerome
Middlesbrough: Glover, McNair, Fry, Lenihan, Engel, Crooks (Rogers 78′), Barlaser, Hackney, Forss (Silvera 73′), Latte Lath (Coburn 85′), Jones (McGree 85′)
Subs: McGree, Rogers, Gilbert, Howson, Silvera, Coburn, Payero, Jones, Bilongo
Middlesbrough manager Michael Carrick told BBC Tees Sport:
“Even if we hadn’t got that goal at the end, everyone could see how well the boys had played. It summed up our start of the season in many ways, with things not dropping for us, but we found a way.
“The boys kept going, kept positive, kept believing, and they felt that energy. You could sense it between the players and the supporters at that end.
“The boys that started the game gave everything, some really, really good performances, and the boys that came on finished it. It shows the spirit and togetherness in the group, which, considering results, doesn’t always prove to be the case.
“It was a good way to finish, If you do win it late it’s a good feeling.”
[On Crooks injury] “He tweaked his knee in a tackle, got up from it, and then felt it 20 or 30 seconds later. I’m hopeful it’s not too bad but at the minute he’s literally getting treatment – he has an ice pack on it.”
“I’m really pleased for many different reasons,” he added, as per Northern Echo.
“That was a really good team we played against who are very well-coached. They’re dangerous and tough to play against. The boys found a way and improved in the second half. It was very much like the start of our season in many ways as things didn’t quite drop for us. But the boys stuck at it and found a way and kept going, stayed positive and you could sense the energy that they believed in what they were doing.
“You could really sense that between the players and the supporters at that end in the second half. It felt like only a matter of time, and in the end, it proved to be, so I’m happy.
“Everyone played their part as well. The boys that started gave everything, some really good performances, and then the boys that came on to finish it did exactly that. It shows the spirit in the group and the togetherness, which considering the start, doesn’t always prove to be the case. I wasn’t surprised by it, but I was delighted with it.”
“For large spells we’ve give a really good account of ourselves against a very good team,” said Bolton boss Ian Evatt.
“I thought we deserved to go to penalties because of how resilient we were in the second half. I thought we defended the box really well but a moment of quality won it for them and that’s what you get against top players.
“I thought first half we were the better team and had good control for large spells. I thought they scored slightly against the run of play. We didn’t get that all important second and conceded a poor one in transition.
“In the second half, what happens when you don’t manage the ball is you’re out of possession for long periods and a bit like we do teams in our own division you eventually get fatigued and against the best teams – and they are a really good team – you get picked off.
“We’ve done incredibly well to hang on until the 90th minute, and it hurts losing so late but it’s a learning curve for us in that if you don’t have possession, and you don’t have the ball and make them work, then eventually they are going to get you – and they did that in the last few minutes.
“We showed great courage and great resilience and defended our box really well. To lose the game in 90-plus one and 90-plus four is disappointing.
Social media users reacted on reports of ‘Bottles and vapes thrown’ after Middlesbrough fans cheekily taunt Bolton during the cup clash…
@BWFC_Owen1: No reason for the bottle throwing shit at the end, get we hate losing but fuck me its the energy drink cup #bwfc
@CiaranBWFC2002: What is it with these little weirdos at games now? Was the same at our place last night, kids hurling bottles around, throwing pies and giving it large to blokes who’d fucking bend them in a scrap. Actually get the fuck out of my club unless you’re going to grow up 🤷🏻♂️. Went in corner for the first time last night because atmosphere is usually poor in cup games. Atmosphere around me was great but the behaviour of some of these little wettys just made me cringe. Won’t be long until there’s another statement and standing area closed for good
@BWFC_Owen1: Exact same here, sat next to a group that was 15 years old maximum, 13-14 sat below us and as soon as their 2nd went in saw vapes, bottles and random shit in general getting thrown by them. I get wanting to have passion for supporting your club, but there’s genuinely no need.