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Monk believes Boro can do better

Middlesbrough head for Aston Villa in the Championship on 12 September - on the back of their best performance of the season. Boro thumped Bolton at the weekend, but Manager Garry Monk thinks they can do better.

"It's a lot of work to be done. A lot of improvements to go, but I think since the pre-season to where we are now, as a squad and the team itself, the ones that have been playing in the games I think there's been improvement. So it's about continuing on that path."

– Garry Monk

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Wins for Middlesbrough and Sunderland in football league

Dejected Carlisle players applaud their fans after being beaten 2-1 by Sunderland. Credit: Dave Howarth/EMPICS Sport

It's been a good night for the region in football. Sunderland travelled to Carlisle in the second round of the League Cup.

The Black Cats scored first but Carlisle came back with an equaliser. Sunderland scored again though, to end the game 2-1 to the visitors.

Meanwhile, in the same competition there was success for Middlesbrough who took on Scunthorpe.

The final score at the Riverside 3-nil to Boro. The draw for the third round will take place early on Thursday in China.

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