Turkey star Tuncay Sanli lifted Middlesbrough from the gloom of their Premier League survival scrap by firing the Teesiders into the last eight of the FA Cup on Wednesday.
Tuncay’s 20th-minute volley sealed a 2-0 win over West Ham United after England midfielder Stewart Downing had given Boro an early lead in the fifth round replay at the Riverside.
Boro’s reward was a quarter-final trip to Everton and the outcome was never really in doubt.
Downing got Boro off to the perfect start with a superbly struck free-kick and Tuncay effectively settled the contest when center back James Tomkins hooked a clearance into his path. Tuncay controlled his volley superbly to beat Robert Green in the West Ham goal and there was to be no way back for the visitors.
Revised FA Cup quarter-finals draw:
• Coventry City v Chelsea; Fulham v Manchester United; Arsenal or Burnley v Sheffield United or Hull City; Everton v Middlesbrough.
Ties to be played on March 7 and March 8.