Capital One Cup
September 25, 2012
Boro cruise through
Goals from Andrew Halliday, Merouane Zemmama and Richard Smallwood put Middlesbrough through to the fourth round of the Capital One Cup as they beat Preston 3-1 at Deepdale.
North End took Championship scalps Huddersfield and Crystal Palace to reach this stage, but the challenge of an impressive Middlesbrough proved too much as a trio of defensive errors put them out at the third round for the fourth year running.
Both Halliday and Emmanuel Ledesma claimed to have scored Boro's 13th-minute opener, with the Argentine's inswinging corner striking the far post and rolling across - and possibly over - the line before Halliday made sure.
Five minutes later Preston allowed Zemmama far too much time to shoot to the bottom corner from 25 yards, but the hosts pulled one back through Jack King's smart finish on 40 minutes.
Smallwood capped a comfortable win for Boro on 61 minutes, pouncing on the loose ball after Preston defender Paul Huntington headed Zemmama's cross back to Steve Simonsen.
|Preston North End||Middlesbrough|
|23 Steve Simonsen||32 Jayson Leutwiler|
|6 Shane Cansdell-Sherriff||21 Stuart Parnaby|
|4 Paul Huntington||6 Stephen McManus|
|3 Scott Laird||15 Seb Hines|
|8 Nicky Wroe||20 Julio Arca|
|21 John Mousinho||10 Nick Bailey|
|13 Joel Byrom||5 Merouane Zemmama|
|17 Jeffrey Monakana||33 Richard Smallwood|
|22 Jack King||18 Andy Halliday|
|29 Stuart Beavon||11 Emanuele Ledesema|
|7 David Amoo||22 Luke Williams|
|1 Thorsten Stuckmann||Connor Ripley 31|
|16 David Buchanan||Andre Amougou 3|
|26 Bailey Wright||Kevin Thomson 8|
|18 Andrew Procter||Faris Haroun 38|
|19 John Welsh||Cameron Park 24|
|24 William Hayhurst||Marvin Emnes 9|
|9 Graham Cummins||Lukas Jutkiewicz 17|
|William Hayhurst for Jeffrey Monakana (79)||Marvin Emnes for Merouane Zemmama (62)|
|Graham Cummins for Jack King (79)||Faris Haroun for Emanuele Ledesema (63)|
|Andrew Procter for John Mousinho (86)||Kevin Thomson for Julio Arca (86)|
|Paul Huntington (85)||Richard Smallwood (72)|
|Jayson Leutwiler (82)|
|· Squads: Preston North End | Middlesbrough|