Burton Albion have secured a place in the Semi Finals of the Carabao Cup tonight after beating Championship side Middlesbrough 1-0.
The only goal of the game came from Jake Hesketh within a few minutes of the second half starting, and after managing to hold on, the League One side have become the first team from the third tier or lower to reach the semi-finals of the competition since Sheffield United, who was managed by Nigel Clough, did so in 2014-15.
Burton Albion are in the semi-finals of the @Carabao_Cup.
I'll repeat that.
— Burton Albion FC (@burtonalbionfc) December 18, 2018
— Biking Brewer ? (@DerekWainwright) December 18, 2018
— Rob Greenland (@TheSocBiz) December 18, 2018
Speaking to the press, Brewers boss Nigel Clough said, as quoted by the Derby Telegraph: “It’s extremely difficult 10 minutes after the game, I’m going to struggle for words,” said Clough.
“The scale of the achievement, it’s just absolutely staggering for Burton Albion to get to the semi-finals of a major cup competition.
“I don’t know, it’s very difficult to describe at this point.
“There was pride in the performance tonight, and that’s why we go over and we always celebrate with the supporters – win, lose or draw.”
Elsewhere tonight, Manchester City also advanced through to the next round but it had to go to penalties as Leicester City’ Marc Albrighton surprised many levelling the score in the second half.
A poor penalty shootout saw Man City win 3-1 thanks to goals from Ilkay Gundogan, Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko. Harry Maguire was the only scorer for the Foxes. Those to have missed their penalties were Christian Fuchs, Raheem Sterling, James Maddison and Caglar Söyüncü.
Tomorrow night, the other two ties see Arsenal take on Tottenham and Chelsea host AFC Bournemouth. The draw will take place after the televised North London derby.
Football fans gave plenty of reaction to little ol’ Burton Albion making it through to the Semi Finals of the Carabao Cup, even Peter Crouch and Robbie Savage tweeted praise – check those tweets out on the next page.