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Tuesday, 30 November, 1999, 23:08 GMT
Gunners misfire in shoot-out
Hamilton Ricard of Middlesbrough Hamilton Ricard turns and scores for Boro against Arsenal

Worthington Cup Fourth Round

Middlesbrough 2-2 Arsenal
(3-1 on penalties)

Arsenal missed three consecutive spot kicks to hand victory to Middlesbrough after their Worthington Cup tie finished 2-2 at the end of extra time.

Paul Ince: Paul Ince: Robbed by Thierry Henry
Boro started the sharper at Riverside Stadium, deservedly taking the lead on eight minutes as Hamilton Ricard blasted a shot into the roof of the Arsenal net.

Thierry Henry equalised just before the interval, dispossessing Paul Ince and rifling in a 20-yard shot to claim his third goal for the Gunners.

A badly understrength Arsenal, fielding no less than six changes, faced a near first-choice Boro and it showed as they played for portions of the match like they had never met, let alone trained together.

Nonetheless, the visitors thought they had it won on 80 mins when Davor Suker snatched the lead, only for them to concede a penalty three minutes later which Ricard gratefully put away.

An inconclusive period of extra time ended with no change to the score.

It went to penalties, where first Nelson Vivas' shot was saved, then Silvinho missed the goal mouth completely, before Matthew Upson made sure the Gunners would not progress by sending in a limp shot that keeper Mark Schwarzer easily saved.

Bolton 1-0 Sheffield Wednesday

First division Bolton provided the first upset of the fourth round by knocking bottom-placed Premiership side Sheffield Wednesday out of the Worthington Cup.

Bolton's Bo Hansen Bolton's Bo Hansen celebrates his winner
Substitute Robbie Elliott came on at half-time and headed the winner home on 53 minutes, after Wednesday had dominated most of the play before the interval.

To add insult to injury, the Owls' 3m Belgian striker Gilles De Bilde missed a penalty that would have forced extra time, adding to a host of squandered chances throughout the match.

Andy Booth looked the most dangerous for Wednesday and was perhaps unlucky not to be awarded a penalty in the first half when Hasney Aljofree appeared to drag him back by his shirt.

But it was not to be and the result confirmed that the Sheffield side's season is going from bad to worse.

Huddersfield 1-2 Wimbledon

Wimbledon rescued a potentially embarrassing situation to sink a stubborn Huddersfield side in extra time at the McAlpine Stadium.

The Premiership side slipped to a 1-0 deficit going into the half-time break as substitute Scott Sellars slammed home a Ben Thornley free-kick.

But the Londoners displayed more shape in the second half and deservedly secured the equaliser with a blazing 25-yard free kick from Alan Kimble.

In another match dogged by blustery conditions and freezing rain, both sides had good chances which neither could convert.

Predictably it went to extra time, with Wimbledon taking the honours through a Jason Euell goal in the 101st minute.

Tranmere 4-0 Barnsley

Tranmere breezed confidently into the last eight with a comprehensive win over First Division side Barnsley.

Andy Parkinson, Alan Morgan, Clint Hill and substitute Michael Black put the goals away to book the Rovers a place in the next round.

Barnsley fielded a weakened side and it was no match for a determined Wirral outfit that was so thoroughly in control by the end that they brought on keeper Eric Nixon for a run-out two-and-a-half years after his last first team appearance.

Incumbent keeper Joe Murphy had very little to do all evening as the Yorkshire side struggled to put any shots on target.

Tranmere looked much improved following their drop from the First Division and ran out deserving winners
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