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Michael Carrick hails Middlesbrough’s thrilling 3-2 victory

After a thrilling Carabao Cup fourth-round match at St. James Park, Middlesbrough boss Michael Carrick praised his team for their 3-2 victory over spirited Exeter.

A stunning strike by Ryan Trevitt gave League One Exeter a shock lead, but Morgan Rogers and Sammy Silvera quickly scored two goals at the start of the second half, turning the tie on its head.

Trevitt equalized with another remarkable long-range strike, but he quickly transitioned from being a hero to a villain when he needlessly pulled Rogers’ shirt inside the penalty box. This allowed Emmanuel Latte Lath to secure victory for the Championship side from the spot with eight minutes remaining in the pulsating clash.

Michael Carrick delights in his team’s progress

Carick said: “It’s kind of what you come to expect with games like this, there was obviously a lot to play for and a lot at stake.

“I thought we started all right and we had a lot of the ball. We played OK without really looking dangerous, but we had enough of the ball and then they scored an unbelievable strike from nowhere and it gave them a lot in the game then to hold on to.

“Second half, we elevated our game, opened up the spaces, exploited them, and scored really good goals. Hence, I am delighted to have progressed.

I am happy that 1,000 traveling supporters came down on a Tuesday night, which is absolutely amazing. I am also glad that they were able to celebrate the goals that happened in front of them.

“We made a few changes to the team and it is not always easy to click straight away, so we were calm at half-time and just said to keep believing, keep penetrating the spaces and playing positively and they did that.

“There were some terrific goals as well, we probably could have had more but it was a good tie for the neutral with plenty of good goals as well.”

Russell Murray
Russell Murray
Russell Murray is a passionate football journalist whose heart beats to the rhythm of the beautiful game. With an insatiable appetite for all things football, Russell is always seeking to capture the essence of the sport. Also, he strongly believes that Guti and Diego Milito never received the recognition they deserved for their contributions to football.
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