Match Report: Middlesbrough 4 – 3 Shrewsbury Town

Despite a valiant effort against Championship side Middlesbrough, Shrewsbury Town are out of the Carabao Cup.

Shrewsbury
Town were on a High in the opening exchanges, thanks to their Huddersfield
loanee Scott who scored a barnstormer in the 13th minute.

But
Championship side Middlesbrough began to flex their muscles after conceding.
Marvin Johnson levelled things up seven minutes later.

Former West
Ham forward Ashley Fletcher notched a brace either side of half time – and it
appeared Neil Warnock’s side had secured safe passage to the next round.

However,
Jason Cummings reduced the arrears after the hour mark. Marcus Tavernier
restored Boro’s two goal advantage, but new signing Rekeil Pyke ensured a
grandstand finish with 17 minutes to go. Ultimately, it was not enough for Sam
Ricketts’ side – but they can be proud of their efforts against Neil Warnock’s
men.

The
aforementioned Rekeil Pyke and Scott High made their Town debuts, whilst fellow
new signings Marlon Fossey and Joshua Daniels were on the bench. Speculation
continues to surround the future of Aaron Pierre. The Grenada international was
left out of the starting line-up, amid interest from Blackburn Rovers and
Birmingham City.

The
Championship outfit began the clash with purpose and aggression, but didn’t
carve out any chances of note.

Instead, the
first purposeful attack fell to the visitors which yielded the opening goal.
Shaun Whalley fed Scott High who was lurking at the edge of the box. The
19-year-old, featuring in his first ever League Cup tie, lashed the ball beyond
the helpless ex Bologna keeper Dejan Stonjanovic.

Neil
Warnock’s side were reeling, and it was clear Town were hungry for more. Rekeil
Pyke was certainly not a fish out of water as he evaded his marker to prod a
Jason Cummings cross just wide.

Shrewsbury
looked in control, but lost the advantage in the 21st minute owing
to a goalkeeping error. Lewis Wing picked out former Sheffield United loanee
Marvin Johnson whose volley squirmed under the debutant Harry Burgoyne.

Shrewsbury
looked menacing on the break. Dave Edwards’ drifted cross offered promise but
came to nothing.

The home
side found themselves ahead in the 31st minute. Ashley Fletcher
turned home Marvin Johnson’s delivery.

Town began
the second half in the ascendancy. Brad Walker’s measured pass sent ex Rangers
man Jason Cummings on his bike. His strike evoked calls for handball but the
referee was having none of it.

Moments
later, Harry Burgoyne was the architect of his own downfall. The former Wolves
man seized possession under no pressure whatsoever. Lewis Wing’s long-range
effort was tipped onto the woodwork by Burgoyne, but Ashley Fletcher was on
hand to apply the finish from the rebound.

Although
behind, Town did not down tools. Rekeil Pyke shrugged off his marker but his
deflected shot missed the target

From the
resulting corner, Jason Cummings engineered himself some room; with the Scot
eventually whipping the ball beyond Stonjanovic.

The problem
with facing upper class opposition is that they tend to switch gears when it
really counts. And so it proved to be the case when Middlesbrough extended
their lead. Marcus Tavernier’s deflected shot found the back of the net, and
whilst Rekeil Pyke’s debut goal gave Town a glimmer of hope, Boro held on for
the win.

Shrewsbury
face Portsmouth in the first league encounter of the 2020/21 campaign next
week, whilst Middlesbrough face recently relegated Watford.

Team Line
Ups:

Middlesbrough:
(3-5-2)

32.
Stonjanovic, 2. Dijksteel, 4. Hall, 6. Fry (74), 29. Spence, 16. Howson, 8.
Wing (73), 7. Tavernier, 3. Johnson, 11. Fletcher, 9. Assombalonga

Subs: 12. Browne (73), 15. Wood-Gordon (74), 24. Folarin, 27. Bola, 28. Stubbs, 36. Walker, 42. Pears

Subs Not Used: 24. Folarin, 27. Bola, 28. Stubbs, 36. Walker, 42. Pears

Shrewsbury
Town: (4-3-3)

1. Burgoyne, 17. Love (82), 5. Williams, 24. Ebanks-Landell, 3. Golbourne, 25. High, 16. Walker, 4. Edwards (74), 35. Cummings, 9. Pyke (73), 7. Whalley

Subs: 2. Pierre, 18. Fossey (82), 19. Barnett, 22. Daniels (74), 23. Udoh (73), 28. Goss, 30. Gregory

Subs Not Used: 2. Pierre, 19. Barnett, 28. Goss, 30. Gregory

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