McDonald sinks Sunderland
Scott McDonald earned Middlesbrough a quarter-final place in a hard-fought League Cup fourth-round Wear-Tees derby at the Stadium of Light.
The striker, who was handed a start by Boro boss Tony Mowbray after he scored both of the goals in last weekend's 2-1 Championship win over Bolton from the bench, scrambled the ball home from just six yards at the near post late in the first half.
It was enough for Middlesbrough to progress as Sunderland lacked the cutting edge that has seen them draw six of their eight Premier League games so far this season.
The loss ends the Black Cats' dominance in this fixture as, until last night, they were undefeated against Middlesbrough in six games stretching back to January 2006.
Middlesbrough's victory will no doubt go some way to compensating for the defeat by Sunderland in a FA Cup fourth-round replay last season, when Stephane Sessegnon's extra-time goal saw the Black Cats progress.