Blackburn Rover manager Henning Berg

Henning Berg 'bitterly disappointed' after being sacked by Blackburn after just 57 days in charge

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League round-up: Posh stun leaders as Gayle hits

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Hines means Swansea are full of beans after own goal halts Boro run

Swansea celebrated reaching the semi-finals of the League Cup for the first time but it was with a limp rather than a strut against gutsy Middlesbrough. For an hour, it was the Championship team who provided the touch of class until a crucial substitution and an own goal turned this quarter-final tie on its head.

Seb Hines of Middlesbrough holds his head in his hands after scoring an own goal

Michael Laudrup revels in guiding Swansea to first ever League Cup semi-final

Swans beat Middlebrough 1-0 to advance

Boro’s Seb Hines, centre, scores an own goal while tussling with Gary Monk

Michael Laudrup admits 'tense' Swansea toiled hard to break new ground

Swansea City 1 Middlesbrough 0

Tony Mowbray was only 22 when he was given the captain's armband at Boro

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Swansea striker Michu

Middlesbrough wary of Swansea striker Michu

Boro take on Swans in the Capital One Cup tonight

The Sports Matrix: Thursday 29 November 2012

Hammer blow as Van Persie strikes early for United

10-man Cardiff held as Middlesbrough move up

None of the top three won in the Championship last night, with leaders Cardiff drawing 1-1 at Derby after winger Craig Noone was sent off in the 63rd minute when Malky Mackay's side were winning, Crystal Palace being held 0-0 at Hull and Leicester losing 1-0 to Leeds, Luciano Becchio getting the winner from the penalty spot in the third minute at Elland Road.

Liverpool winger Stewart Downing 'would consider return to Middlesbrough' on loan

Downing has managed 14 senior appearances this season

Cardiff battle to see off Boro

Cardiff City 1 Middlesbrough 0

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