Middlesbrough 0-1 Aston Villa: Matty Cash hits deflected 87th-minute winner

6 January 2024 0 By Total Football News

Aston Villa won an FA Cup tie for the first time since 2016 after Matty Cash hit a late winner at Middlesbrough.

Championship club Boro were close to earning a replay when Cash’s attempt from outside the box took a heavy deflection and beat Tom Glover.

Australian keeper Glover had earlier frustrated the Premier League visitors at a vibrant Riverside Stadium with a string of saves to keep out young Colombia forward Jhon Duran (twice) and captain John McGinn.

Villa’s frustrations grew when Ezri Konsa’s glancing header bounced back off a post before Poland full-back Cash struck his fourth goal of the season in three different competitions.

It earned Villa, seven-time FA Cup winners who last lifted the trophy in 1957, a first victory in the competition since defeating League Two Wycombe in a third-round replay in 2016.

They had suffered eight straight defeats and been on the wrong end of upsets against League One Peterborough in 2018 and League Two Stevenage in 2023.

“We were speaking before the match about the FA Cup, a very historic cup competition, maybe the best cup competition in the world,” said Villa boss Unai Emery.

“We’re speaking about our players, how much they were successful in this competition – not a lot! Only Emiliano [Martinez] and Calum Chambers won with Arsenal.

“A long time Aston Villa was successful in this competition with seven titles. Of course we are here trying to do another step ahead in this club.”

Middlesbrough have already enjoyed one impressive cup run this season after reaching the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup, where they face Chelsea over two legs on Tuesday and 23 January.

But they managed just one attempt on target when Martinez kept out Morgan Rogers before half-time.

Villa, second in the Premier League, felt they should have won a penalty when Isaiah Jones clipped Alex Moreno in the second half.

But with no video assistant referee (VAR) in operation at grounds outside the Premier League, play was allowed to carry on.

With a replay at Villa Park looming, Cash found the net following an assist by substitute Douglas Luiz.

Middlesbrough keeper Tom Glover makes a save during the FA Cup tie with Aston VillaAston Villa have won the FA Cup seven times but not since 1957

Relief as Villa get the job done

There was understandable relief from Emery and his players when referee Robert Jones blew the final whistle, sparking celebrations from Villa’s travelling fans.

They have waited a long time to see their side win a match in the competition and can now look forward to Monday’s fourth-round draw.

Although Ollie Watkins started on the substitutes bench, the Villa boss fielded a strong side.

The tie was still in the balance by the time the England forward was introduced with 20 minutes to go.

Nicolo Zaniolo, another substitute, went close with a curling attempt from distance before Cash added to goals he had scored this season in the Premier League (2) and Europa Conference League.

Player of the match

GloverTom Glover

with an average of 6.75

Middlesbrough

  1. Squad number23Player nameGlover

    Average rating

    6.75

  2. Squad number16Player nameHowson

    Average rating

    6.63

  3. Squad number3Player namevan den Berg

    Average rating

    6.59

  4. Squad number24Player nameBangura

    Average rating

    6.54

  5. Squad number4Player nameBarlaser

    Average rating

    6.53

  6. Squad number5Player nameClarke

    Average rating

    6.51

  7. Squad number9Player nameLatte Lath

    Average rating

    6.51

  8. Squad number7Player nameHackney

    Average rating

    6.51

  9. Squad number10Player nameRogers

    Average rating

    6.46

  10. Squad number19Player nameCoburn

    Average rating

    6.42

  11. Squad number11Player nameJones

    Average rating

    6.42

  12. Squad number27Player nameEngel

    Average rating

    6.36

  13. Squad number29Player nameGreenwood

    Average rating

    6.34

  14. Squad number22Player nameCoulson

    Average rating

    6.22

  15. Squad number14Player nameGilbert

    Average rating

    6.14

  16. Squad number6Player nameFry

    Average rating

    5.97

Aston Villa

  1. Squad number7Player nameMcGinn

    Average rating

    6.71

  2. Squad number2Player nameCash

    Average rating

    6.59

  3. Squad number6Player nameDouglas Luiz

    Average rating

    5.94

  4. Squad number11Player nameWatkins

    Average rating

    5.91

  5. Squad number41Player nameJ Ramsey

    Average rating

    5.85

  6. Squad number44Player nameKamara

    Average rating

    5.80

  7. Squad number15Player nameÁlex Moreno

    Average rating

    5.80

  8. Squad number4Player nameKonsa

    Average rating

    5.75

  9. Squad number22Player nameZaniolo

    Average rating

    5.70

  10. Squad number1Player nameE Martínez

    Average rating

    5.68

  11. Squad number31Player nameBailey

    Average rating

    5.66

  12. Squad number32Player nameDendoncker

    Average rating

    5.56

  13. Squad number17Player nameLenglet

    Average rating

    5.52

  14. Squad number19Player nameDiaby

    Average rating

    5.45

  15. Squad number24Player nameDurán

    Average rating

    5.38

Line-ups

Middlesbrough

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 23Glover
  • 3van den Berg
  • 5Clarke
  • 27Engel
  • 24BanguraSubstituted forCoulsonat 83′minutes
  • 4BarlaserSubstituted forGilbertat 83′minutes
  • 7HackneySubstituted forHowsonat 59′minutes
  • 11JonesBooked at 23minsSubstituted forFryat 83′minutes
  • 10Rogers
  • 29Greenwood
  • 19CoburnSubstituted forLatte Lathat 59′minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Fry
  • 9Latte Lath
  • 14Gilbert
  • 16Howson
  • 22Coulson
  • 25Crooks
  • 32Jones
  • 49McCabe
  • 52Bridge

Aston Villa

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1E Martínez
  • 2CashBooked at 74mins
  • 17LengletBooked at 82mins
  • 4KonsaBooked at 37mins
  • 15Moreno
  • 44Kamara
  • 32DendonckerSubstituted forDouglas Luizat 70′minutes
  • 31BaileyBooked at 40minsSubstituted forZanioloat 69′minutesBooked at 80mins
  • 7McGinnSubstituted forDiabyat 70′minutes
  • 41J Ramsey
  • 24DuránSubstituted forWatkinsat 70′minutes

Substitutes

  • data-reactid=".24403dg7uf8.0.0.0.1.$include-25.0.0.1:$panel-0.$0.0.0.1.5.$0PO165659">3Diego Carlos
  • 6Douglas Luiz
  • 11Watkins
  • 19Diaby
  • 22Zaniolo
  • 42Marschall
  • 47Iroegbunam
  • 78Proctor
Referee:
Robert Jones
Attendance:
25,022

Match Stats

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Match ends, Middlesbrough 0, Aston Villa 1.

Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 0, Aston Villa 1.