Blues won 2-0 at the Riverside to advance to the last eight of the competition.
Middlesbrough head coach Tony Mowbray could not hide his frustration after the Championship outfit were beaten 2-0 at home by Chelsea in the FA Cup fifth round on Wednesday night.
“We have a go and yet the frustration I guess is watching the goals back. First one does take a pretty big deflection off Torres’ back. He’s trying to get out the way I think,” Mowbray said in his post-match press conference.
“You could feel their threat as you would expect and yet for 50 minutes as it was, we probably had the better chances I’d have to say. I think McDonald had a header that dropped past the post, Cech spilled a shot from (Mustapha) Carayol and it was crying out for someone just to follow in.”
“For six months of this season we’ve been in the top six, we’ve been threatening the top two for most of that time. We’ve obviously fallen off the pace in the last six weeks for whatever reason, whether it be injuries, whether it be I was going to say being involved in Cup competitions.
“We’ve played some big teams. We’ve played some Premier League sides – Sunderland and Swansea in the Capital One Cup. Tonight. We’ve got to get back to business really. We’ve got to start winning football matches. Our only ambition this year is to try and get out of this league.
“The top two look beyond us now but we’ve got every chance of finishing in the top six, as a lot of other clubs have of course, and we’ve got a 12 game season to achieve that goal.”