Teesside is celebrating another huge FA Cup victory by Middlesbrough who earned a place in the last eight with a tense but well-deserved victory over Spurs at the Riverside.
Having already disposed of Manchester United on their own patch in the last round following late night drama, yet again extra time was needed against another Premier League big name. This time however, Boro were in front of a sold-out home crowd. And penalties weren’t required following a stunning goal from teenager Josh Coburn who set the stadium alight in the second period of extra time.
The 19-year-old only made his debut for the club last year, and though wanted by a number of clubs looking for a loan deal in January, the new Middlesbrough supremo made the now priceless decision to hang onto him.
The visibly thrilled youngster said: “I can’t really put it into words if I’m honest. I can’t really remember much of it. I know Crooksy has slipped me in with a great ball. I’ve took a good touch out of my feet, and I’ve leathered it as hard as I could really.
“It was amazing.
“I couldn’t hear myself think to be honest. Obviously, the crowd here are absolutely unbelievable. I can’t really put it into words, I’m speechless.
“Obviously it’s a great occasion for the club and we’re on this cup run where we feel like we can beat anyone. We showed that tonight and against Manchester United. I was just buzzing to get the winner, so this just tops it off as well.”
Boro manager Chris Wilder added: “It just shows the elation of a young boy, a local boy, scoring the winner for his hometown club in the FA Cup against Tottenham Hotspur.
“That will live long in the memory for Josh.”
He believes the academy at Middlesbrough is strong with a several highly talented players coming through which is as put it: “Great for the town.”
Wilder’s team chased continually, tackled strongly and closed people down, playing some neat attractive football along the way. If anything, they seemed to get stronger in extra time against their illustrious opponents who had demolished Leeds United just days before.
Teesside Mayor Andy Preston tweeted: “You didn’t dream it. That really happened last night.”
BBC pundit Alan Shearer told the nation on live television it was exactly what Chris Wilders men deserved for their efforts. Now, the club will face a tense wait to see who they will face in the quarter finals. It’s already been a fantastic cup run for the people of Teesside who await the draw on Thursday night.
There’s little doubt this dynamic young team have no-one to fear and who knows, with more performances like this, a Wembley appearance could yet be a possibility for the championship club.
For now, it’s back to the promotion battle and a weekend clash against Luton Town.