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Middlesbrough practiced penalties for cup match

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka says the team have been practicing penalties in training ahead of their Capital One Cup Quarter-Final match with Everton.

Boro won 3-1 in a penalty shootout at Old Trafford in the previous round to earn a famous win over Manchester United.

The Head Coach confirmed his team have been practicing spot kicks in training in case tonight's match at the Riverside goes to another penalty shootout.


Boro boss relishing Everton cup clash

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka is relishing the prospect of facing Everton in the Capital One Cup.

Boro knocked-out Manchester United on penalties in the Fourth Round last night to earn a Quarter-Final tie with Everton at the Riverside on December 1.

Karanka said he was looking forward to playing the Premier League side at home, and in particular, his fellow Spaniard and Everton manager Roberto Martinez.

Karanka: Man United clash 'enjoyable for everyone but me'

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka says the club's Capital One Cup tie against Manchester United is 'enjoyable for everyone but me'.

More than 10,000 Boro fans are expected to travel to Manchester for tomorrow night's Fourth Round clash at Old Trafford.

Speaking ahead of the match, Karanka said it's a good occasion for everyone except the manager because '90 minutes in Old Trafford can be really, really good or really, really bad'.


Black Cats stars record cup final alarm calls

Sunderland's John O'Shea and Jack Colback Credit: Capital One

With more than 30,000 Sunderland supporters getting up early to make the long trip to Wembley for the Capital One Cup final on Sunday, the Black Cats are making sure that fans don't miss their alarm call.

Sunderland stars John O'Shea and Jack Colback have recorded special messages that fans can download from the Capital One Facebook page to set as their alarm on the morning of March 2.

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