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Boss Woodgate sure Middlesbrough won’t fear cup rivals

JONATHAN WOODGATE is confident Middlesbrough’s young guns will feel no fear in tonight’s FA Cup third-round replay away to Tottenham.

Woodgate, whose extra-time goal in the 2008 League Cup final secured Spurs their last major trophy, is expecting his players to provide a repeat of the performance that brought a deserved 1-1 draw in the initial tie at the Riverside Stadium.

‘When they’re out there, they’ll be absolutely fine,’ said Woodgate.

‘We have a lot of young players, they will have no fear, so I am really looking forward to it.

‘I’m looking forward to seeing how they cope with the occasion. That’s the big thing.

‘It’s a step up in class when you’re playing Tottenham Hotspur because they’re a really top team. I watched them play against Liverpool the other day and the atmosphere is special.

‘Hopefully the players take it in their stride.

‘Don’t play the occasion, just do what you’ve been doing, work as hard as you can and you never know, it can happen.’

Boro, who have lost just once in nine matches in all competitions, are again missing striker Britt Assombalonga, who has an ankle problem.