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It was contested between Premier League sides Bolton Wanderers and Middlesbrough, both of whom had never won in their previous appearances in the final. Bolton's run to the final included a win away to holders Liverpool in the fourth round, while requiring extra time against Southampton in the next round and losing the second leg of the semi-final against Aston Villa. Middlesbrough needed extra time against Brighton & Hove Albion in their first game, and later advanced on penalty shoot-outs against top-flight Everton and Tottenham Hotspur; they then won home and away against league leaders Arsenal in the semi-finals.
However, he thought that success would also lead his 13 players who would be out of contract, to demand more money for a renewal.  On-loan Middlesbrough right-back Danny Mills, a self-acknowledged "hate figure" from opposition fans due to his physical style of play, declared that he would ignore any abuse from Bolton fans.  Summary Boudewijn Zenden (pictured playing for Liverpool in 2005) assisted Middlesbrough's first goal and scored their second. He received the Alan Hardaker Trophy for the final's man of the match. Middlesbrough manager Steve McClaren had not even sat down when his team took the lead.  Mendieta's pass let Zenden run down the left wing and cross for striker Joseph-Désiré Job to put Middlesbrough ahead in the second minute.  It was the fastest goal scored in a final, a record broken the following year by Liverpool's John Arne Riise.
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 In the next round on 28 October, they again hosted a second-tier team, this time Gillingham, and won 2–0 with goals by Stelios Giannakopoulos and Henrik Pedersen, in front of a notably low crowd of 5, 258.  In the fourth round, Bolton had their first trip, and their first game against top-flight opposition, facing Liverpool at Anfield on 3 December. Jardel scored the first goal within five minutes, with Danny Murphy equalising with 20 minutes remaining.
Middlesbrough's Adama Traore managed two quite brilliant assists against BoltonTraore was on fire as he set up two of Middlesbrough's goals in their comprehensive 3-0 victory over Bolton on Saturday afternoon. Widely criticised for a lack of end product during his time in England so far, the former Barcelona and Aston Villa winger stole the show with a fine individual performance at the Macron Stadium. For Boro's opening goal, the 21-year-old showed embarrassed Antonee Robinson and Mark Beevers with a bamboozling combination of power and pace, before delivering a fine cross converted by record signing Britt Assombalonga.
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 Although Middlesbrough, founded in 1876, were without a major trophy, Bolton had 4 FA Cups from 7 finals between 1894 and 1958.  Bolton and Middlesbrough had already met once in the league season, at the former's Reebok Stadium on 13 September 2003. The hosts won 2–0 with goals by Bruno Ngotty and Kevin Davies in each half for a first victory of the campaign.  Route to the Final Bolton As a Premier League team, Bolton began in the second round, hosting Walsall of the First Division at the Reebok Stadium. They won 3–1 with two goals – one a penalty kick – by Brazilian debutant Mário Jardel.
 In the semi-finals, Boro faced Arsenal, the leaders and eventual unbeaten champions of the Premier League season. In the first leg at Highbury on 20 January 2004, Queudrue exploited a mistake by Arsenal defender Martin Keown and passed to Mendieta, who then assisted Juninho for the only goal of the game.
Live Commentary - Bolton vs M'boro | 29. 08. 202312' George Thomason (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 12' Foul by Emmanuel Latte Lath (Middlesbrough). 5' Foul by Carlos Mendes Gomes (Bolton Wanderers). Isaiah Jones (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 4' Foul by Hayden Hackney (Middlesbrough).
 On 3 February, Boro hosted Arsenal in the second leg; Keown was sent off at the end of the first half for a professional foul on Maccarone. In the second half, Boudewijn Zenden put Middlesbrough ahead and Edu equalised. With five minutes remaining, Arsenal's José Antonio Reyes scored an own goal by deflecting Stuart Parnaby's shot, making Middlesbrough advance to the final 3–1 on aggregate.  Match Pre-match Pre-game ceremony prior to the starting whistle Bolton manager Sam Allardyce, who was building a reputation for signing unwanted foreign veterans such as Ngotty, Djorkaeff and Iván Campo, predicted that a win would help him sign more players in the summer.
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Youri Djorkaeff would have put Bolton back into the lead, but referee Mike Riley disallowed it for an earlier handball; they scored minutes later from Jay-Jay Okocha's free kick. Liverpool got a second equaliser from a 25-yard Vladimír Šmicer strike, but with a minute remaining Salif Diao fouled Kevin Davies in the penalty area and Djorkaeff sent the resulting spot-kick past Liverpool goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek to win the game.  Thirteen days later, in extra time at home to the Premier League's Southampton, Pedersen volleyed the only goal with five minutes remaining.  On 21 January 2004, Bolton hosted Aston Villa in the first leg of an all-Premier League semi-final.
Middlesbrough scored two goals in the first seven minutes, from Joseph-Désiré Job and a Boudewijn Zenden penalty. Kevin Davies got a goal back in the first half after an error by Boro goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer, but Middlesbrough kept the score at 2–1 for their first major trophy. In doing so, they qualified for the 2004–05 UEFA Cup, their first European competition. Background Bolton were playing in their second League Cup Final, having lost the 1995 edition 2–1 to Liverpool. Middlesbrough too had never previously won the competition: in 1997 they lost the final after extra time in a replay against Leicester City, and a year later they lost 2–0 to Chelsea after extra time.  In 1997, they also lost the FA Cup final to Chelsea, and were relegated from the Premier League.
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2004 Football League Cup final - WikipediaFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 2004 Football League Cup FinalMatch programme coverEvent2003–04 Football League Cup Bolton Wanderers Middlesbrough 1 2 Date29 February 2004VenueMillennium Stadium, CardiffMan of the MatchBoudewijn ZendenRefereeMike Riley (West Yorkshire)Attendance72, 634← 2003 2005 → The 2004 Football League Cup Final (known as the Carling Cup final for sponsorship reasons) was a football match that took place on 29 February 2004 at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. It was the final match of the 2003–04 Football League Cup, the 44th edition of the Football League Cup, a competition for the 92 teams in the Premier League and The Football League.
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