Howson: Middlesbrough kids can build on Spurs shock

Middlesbrough skipper Jonny Howson says their FA Cup win against Tottenham was deserved.

Youngster James Coburn struck for the winner for the hosts.

Howson said, “It was (a shift), I felt it last few minutes. We knew it was going to be tough physically and they have world class players who can move the ball around and make you work hard. You have to work hard, earn the right to play and we showed our quality. We deserved it as well.

“Beating Manchester United gave us confidence, enjoy it and give it a right good go, see what happens. If they turned us over with quality you can hold your hands up but we applied ourselves right, you see what happens in this competition and we have another upset. Moments like this don’t come around but you have to enjoy it when they do.

“From a personal point of view, my little lad Harry has got into football. I was playing against Cristiano Ronaldo and now Harry Kane so I can tell him we have beaten them. Hopefully we don’t lose focus and performances like tonight we can take into the league.

“Age is just a number, if you look after yourself right like Sol Bamba and Lee Peltier, we have to set the standard for Josh Coburn and Isaiah Jones, hopefully we can do that for the younger generation.”

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