Simon Cox scores the only goal. Enrique Kike misses chances at the end of either half as Middlesbrough enjoyed complete domination. Adkins:
We had 16 players unavailable going into the game so it’s a great result. It was a super goal from Simon Cox.That gave us something to hold on to and [Adam] Federici has not really had many saves to make.The young side we have got have come away from home against an excellent side and got a great result. We had seven academy players on the field to finish off.
Bamford signs a season-long loan deal from Chelsea. He has been training and is expected to be in their matchday squad against Reading.He plays the position of striker. Karanka:
I first enquired about trying to bring Patrick to Middlesbrough last December so I am delighted that everything has now been agreed.
Atdhe Nuhiu puts Sheffield ahead six minutes into the game. Steve May gives them the second in the 42nd minute and Nuhiu scores his second. Skipper Grant Leadbitter scores a penalty for Middlesbrough in the 72 minute and then another from the same spot in the second minute of extra time. Karanka:
It is very difficult to explain. I prefer to keep calm now and analyse the game when I arrive home. I don’t know if some of my players think they are untouchable but it is disappointing the way some played.
It’s third time lucky for the Teesiders as ‘Boro win the 2004 League Cup Final with goals from Job and Zenden. The victory comes after consecutive losses in the 1997 and 1998 finals and is the first major trophy win in the club’s history.
Chelsea win their third League Cup (and first since 1965) with extra time goals from Sinclair & Di Matteo. Middlesbrough are the unlucky losers for the second year in a row but are consoled with promotion back to the Premier League at the end of the season.
An extra time goal from Steve Claridge in the replay at Hillsbrough gives Leicester City their second League Cup win. A last minute equaliser at Wembley had denied Middlesbrough victory. This would be the last League Cup Final to go to a replay with penalties used to decide subsequent finals that finish all square after extra time.