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Last Updated: Wednesday, 29 August 2007, 20:59 GMT 21:59 UK
Middlesbrough 2-0 Northampton
Fabio Rochemback
Rochemback fired home from 35 yards to open the scoring
Middlesbrough had to work hard to beat Northampton and claim a place in the third round of the Carling Cup.

Town went close when Ian Henderson hit the post with a diving header after Brad Johnson's shot was saved and Alex Dyer also went close for the Cobblers.

But Boro took the lead through Fabio Rochemback's superb 35-yard free-kick and then hit the bar through Seb Hines.

Northampton kept pushing forward but Dong Gook Lee's drove home a second goal before Mido hit the bar late on.


Middlesbrough: Jones, Young (Boateng 73), Davies (Hines 36), Wheater, Taylor, Johnson, Cattermole, Rochemback, Downing (Mido 70), Lee, Sanli.
Subs Not Used: Schwarzer, Craddock.

Goals: Rochemback 53, Lee 66.

Northampton: Bunn, Crowe, Hughes, Doig, Jones, Dyer (Brett Johnson 80), Bradley Johnson, Burnell (Aiston 66), Holt (Larkin 67), Hubertz, Henderson.
Subs Not Used: Dunn, Kirk.

Booked: Jones.

Att: 11,686

Ref: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire).

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