A second half strike from midfielder Jake Hesketh was enough for Burton Albion to defeat Championship promotion contenders Middlesbrough in their Carabao Cup Quarter-Final on Tuesday night.
The victory means that Burton Albion’s historic cup run continues, and they have won a place in the Semi-Final of this season’s Carabao Cup. Wednesday night’s draw after Tottenham defeated bitter rivals Arsenal at The Emirates revealed that Nigel Clough’s Brewers will face European titans Manchester City – arguably one of the best teams in the World.
Burton Albion’s stunning run has seen them overcome some tough opposition, defeating Aston Villa, Burnley, Nottingham Forest and MIddlesbrough to get to this stage. Now, they will face Man City over two legs in an unlikely battle for a place in the Carabao Cup final, where they will play either Tottenham or Chelsea if they pull off a stunning upset over Guardiola’s men.
Manager Nigel Clough spoke after the draw to discuss the strength of Manchester City, and how the draw will help the club.
“They are one of the best teams in Europe at the moment. What they have done over the last year or so in England is quite frightening for a team in League One,” Clough told the club’s website.
“With the strength of their squad and football club the one thing Pep Guardiola might be pleased with is that he won’t have to risk too many players.
“I don’t think it makes too much difference being away in the first leg. I think whatever the score in the first leg people will want to watch Manchester City at the Pirelli Stadium.
“Financial considerations for us as this stage are the main thing but it’s also something for everyone to look forward to.
“It will be daunting though as Manchester City are so capable. We have seen their Under 23 players in the Checkatrade Trophy and they can be frightening which shows the strength they have got.
“There are three out of the top four in the Premier League left in the competition and us – it’s incredible.
“But what is important are the League One games before then. Saturday at Luton will be unbelievably tough given the efforts of last night.
“Then we have to get something out of Wycombe and Plymouth at home over Christmas. They are the two most important games of the period for us before we look forward to the Carabao Cup.”