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Middlesbrough 1 Millwall 2 – match report

Middlesbrough 1 Millwall 2: Boro's play-off chances dealt major blow after home defeat

PUBLISHED:

19:31 GMT, 23 February 2013

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UPDATED:

19:31 GMT, 23 February 2013

Middlesbrough's play-off hopes were dealt another crushing blow as they went down to defeat against Millwall at the Riverside Stadium.

Tony Mowbray's side slipped out of the top six for the first time since October prior to kick-off following Brighton's win over Burnley, and Boro's performance did not match that of a side striving for promotion to the Premier League.

However, Millwall, who had lost their last five in the npower Championship, did not look like a side struggling for form as they dominated throughout in a thrilling encounter.

An own goal from defender George Friend and Lions midfielder Martyn Woolford sealed a first away win for Kenny Jackett's side since November with Curtis Main pulling one back for the hosts.

Doubled: Martyn Woolford slotted home Millwall's second goal

Doubled: Martyn Woolford slotted home Millwall's second goal

MATCH FACTS

Middlesbrough: Steele, Bailey, McManus, Bikey, Friend, Dyer (Miller 46), Rhys Williams (Carayol 46), Leadbitter, McEachran, Emnes (McDonald 69), Main.

Subs Not Used: Ripley, Ledesma, Hines, Smallwood.

Goals: Main 75.

Millwall: Forde, Dunne, Shittu, Osborne, Beevers, Henry, Abdou, Wright, Woolford, Marquis, Afobe.

Subs Not Used: Maik Taylor, Trotter, Tyson, Keogh, N'Guessan, Adam Smith, Malone.

Booked: Osborne, Wright, Forde.

Goals: Friend 25 og, Woolford 40.

Att: 15,377

Ref: Michael Naylor (Sheffield).

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Kieron Dyer and striker Main were the
only changes to the Boro side that drew a blank at Burnley in midweek
while Jackett recalled five players including Benik Afobe, Alan Dunne
and skipper Danny Shittu following their 5-1 defeat at home to
Peterborough last time out.

The first real chance arrived on 15
minutes when Karleigh Osborne tripped Main on the edge of the box. Grant
Leadbitter took the kick and Jason Steele was struggling to get across
as it narrowly flew over the crossbar.

Main was appealing to referee Michael
Naylor again shortly after when he went down under pressure from Dunne
inside the penalty area. Naylor waved away the protests as he became
increasingly unpopular with the home supporters.

His reputation did not improve when
the Lions, virtually straight after the incident, took the lead on 25
minutes. James Henry delivered a pin-point cross from the left and an
unfortunate Friend headed into his own goal under pressure from Afobe
and John Marquis.

Friend along with his team mates felt he was fouled in the build up, only adding to the now toxic atmosphere inside the ground.

Hope: Curtis Main scored for Middlesbrough but it was too little too late

Hope: Curtis Main scored for Middlesbrough but it was too little too late

However, Boro almost replied
immediately when Main met a Leadbitter corner full only to see his
powerful header well blocked on the line by Nadjim Abdou.

The visitors looked rattled by
Middlesbrough's response and goalkeeper David Forde almost gifted them
an equaliser when he spilled a cross only for Mark Beevers to again
clear off the line.

But Kenny Jackett's side took full
control five minutes before the break when Jason Steele pushed Afobe's
original effort into the path of Woolford who enjoyed the simplest of
finishes to double the advantage.

Boro tried to rally a response after
the break following the introduction of Ishmael Miller and Mustapha
Carayol, and it was the latter who tested the reflexes of Forde on the
hour mark as the Republic of Ireland international made a smart stop at
his near post.

A goal was coming though, and Friend
went some way to making amends when he skipped into the area on 75
minutes before pulling the ball back for Main who tapped into an empty
net from six yards.

That strike clearly energised them as
Main fired a golden opportunity wide with five minutes remaining before
late drama erupted deep into stoppage time when substitute Scott
McDonald's apparent equaliser was ruled out for offside.

A melee ensued and referee Naylor was
almost caught in the middle of it before bringing the game and
Millwall's slump to an end, condemning Boro to a seventh league defeat
in their last nine outings.

Brighton 2 Millwall 2 – match report

Brighton 2 Millwall 2: Wood at the double before Lions tamed by late penalty

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UPDATED:

22:32 GMT, 18 December 2012

Millwall striker Chris Wood showed exactly why Gus Poyet wants to sign him in January with a superb double but Brighton hit back to snatch a late point from the penalty spot.

The hosts were trailing by two goals midway through the second half, but substitute Kazenga LuaLua halved the deficit and David Lopez dragged them level with three minutes remaining.

New Zealand striker Wood is expected to leave parent club West Brom in the new year and Seagulls boss Poyet admits he is interested in bringing him back to to south coast, where he had a successful spell on loan a couple of seasons ago.

Double trouble: Chris Wood continued his excellent form with two more

Double trouble: Chris Wood continued his excellent form with two more

MATCH FACTS

Brighton: Kuszczak, El-Abd, Greer, Dunk (LuaLua 39), Hammond, Bridge, Bridcutt (Hoskins 77), Buckley, Crofts (Barnes 66), Mackail-Smith, David Lopez. Subs Not Used: Brezovan, Dobbie, Harley, March.

Booked: El-Abd.

Goals: LuaLua 61, David Lopez 88 pen.

Millwall: Forde, Adam Smith, Shittu, Beevers, Lowry, Henry, Wright, Trotter, Chris Taylor (Feeney 51), Jack Smith, Wood (Henderson 88). Subs Not Used: Maik Taylor, N'Guessan, Osborne, Malone, Batt.

Booked: Beevers, Henry, Lowry, Adam Smith.

Goals: Wood 25, 57.

Attendance: 24,773

Referee: Keith Stroud (Hampshire).

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But Lions manager Kenny Jackett is ready to splash 1million to make Wood's current loan deal a permanent switch to south London.

And the 21-year-old illustrated why he has become such hot property with an instinctive first-half finish and a cracker after the break.

The visitors had been dealt a blow before kick-off when Wood's strike partner Andy Keogh broke his toe in the warm-up.

Liam Trotter was pushed further up front as Jackett reshuffled his line-up, and the midfielder could have opened the scoring in the first minute with a free header but his effort went straight at Tomasz Kuszczak.

Will Buckley headed a corner from Lopez wide in Brighton's first attack, but it was Millwall who struck first in the 26th minute.

Shane Lowry crossed from the left and Wood darted in at the near post to get the slightest touch and divert the ball into Kuszczak's net.

Brighton almost hit straight back from a Lopez free-kick but skipper Gordon Greer's looping header came back off the crossbar.

Lion roars: Wood is one of the most sought after players in the Championship

Lion roars: Wood is one of the most sought after players in the Championship

However, Poyet had seen enough and
made a change with seven minutes of the first half still to go, hauling
off defender Lewis Dunk in favour of winger LuaLua.

Brighton improved after the interval
and they were denied by the woodwork again in the 54th minute when a
free-kick from Lopez crashed against the post.

But barely a minute later Wood doubled Millwall's advantage in stunning style, cutting across the penalty area and curling in a superb shot past Kuszczak and into the top corner.

Spot on: Brighton's David Lopez rescued a point for the hosts at the death

Spot on: Brighton's David Lopez rescued a point for the hosts at the death

Yet Brighton pulled one back in the 61st minute when LuaLua turned inside and thumped a fierce drive through a crowd of players and past Lions keeper David Forde.

The Seagulls thought they had levelled when Adam El-Abd prodded the ball goalwards from a yard out but Lowry somehow hacked the ball off the goal-line.

However, they did grab a point with two minutes to go after Craig Mackail-Smith was felled by Mark Beevers and Lopez stepped up to tuck in a dramatic leveller.

Millwall 0 Charlton 0: Stalemate between in-form sides in Den derby

Millwall 0 Charlton 0: Stalemate between in-form sides in Den derby

PUBLISHED:

17:44 GMT, 1 December 2012

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UPDATED:

17:44 GMT, 1 December 2012

Millwall and Charlton maintained their unbeaten runs as two of the npower Championship's in-form sides shared a hard-fought goalless draw in the south London derby at The Den.

Liam Feeney and Chris Wood both failed to hit the target with good opportunities in a first half dominated by the hosts.

Substitute Dany N'Guessan came closest to opening the deadlock after the break with a close-range header that was cleared off the line by Chris Solly, but a resolute Addicks defence ensured the points were shared.

Scramble! Millwall's Shane Lowry is thwarted by the outstretched leg of Rob Hulse in the goalless Championship draw at The Den

Scramble! Millwall's Shane Lowry is thwarted by the outstretched leg of Rob Hulse in the goalless Championship draw at The Den

Over the bar: Chris Taylor of Millwall sent this header narrowly off target as both sides failed to break the deadlock

Over the bar: Chris Taylor of Millwall sent this header narrowly off target as both sides failed to break the deadlock

Match facts

Millwall: Forde, Shittu, Lowry, Feeney (N'Guessan 67), Beevers, Smith, Wright, C Taylor, Abdou, Keogh, Wood

Subs not used: M Taylor, Smith, Osborne, Malone, Racon, Batt

Charlton: Harner, Solly, Seaborne, Cort, Dervite, Jackson, Stephens, Pritchard, Kerkar (Green 73), Kermorgant (Wright-Phillips 81), Hulse

Subs not used: Button, Taylor, Jonsson, Frimpong, Haynes

Bookings: Jackson

Referee: Dean Whitestone (Northampton)

Attendance: 18,013

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The result meant Chris Powell's men were undefeated in six games, while the Lions extended their unbeaten run to 13 matches.

Kenny Jackett's side were unchanged from Tuesday night's 1-0 win at Wolves, while Powell made three changes to his team.

Ricardo Fuller was ruled out with a hamstring problem, meaning Rob Hulse led the line alongside Yann Kermorgant.

Dale Stephens earned a recall in place of Emmanuel Frimpong, who dropped to the bench, and Dorian Dervite replaced the suspended Michael Morrison in central defence.

In front of a sell-out crowd, the home side started brightly, with Feeney trying his luck with a driving run and shot in the opening minute.

So close: Chris Wood went close to sending the home fans into celebration with this attempt that drifted a fraction wide

So close: Chris Wood went close to sending the home fans into celebration with this attempt that drifted a fraction wide

Letting fly: Rob Hulse gets a shot away for Charlton as Danny Shittu dives for cover

Letting fly: Rob Hulse gets a shot away for Charlton as Danny Shittu dives for cover

Feeney was involved moments later, bursting past Daniel Seaborne and delivering a dangerous ball across goal, but the visitors were able to clear their lines.

Kermorgant then flicked the ball into the path of Hulse, whose shot was blocked by Josh Wright after 10 minutes, as both teams looked to break the deadlock in a hectic opening period.

Feeney continued to threaten on the right wing, but when his deep cross picked out Chris Taylor, the ex-Oldham man was unable to hit the target with a weak header.

Hulse's left-footed volley from a narrow angle flashed wide after 27 minutes, before Feeney spurned a great chance to give the hosts the lead.

Andy Keogh, playing with a broken toe, whipped in a great ball to the back post, but Feeney was unable to make a clean contact on the stretch, having got in front of a dozing Seaborne, as his effort bobbled just wide.

Break: Dale Stephens gets away from Millwall's Josh Wright

Break: Dale Stephens gets away from Millwall's Josh Wright

Touchline battle: Charlton's Chris Powell protests to Kenny Jackett on the sidelines

Touchline battle: Charlton's Chris Powell protests to Kenny Jackett on the sidelines

Jackett's men began to impose themselves on the game, and made another good opening minutes later, but Wood's weak close-range effort failed to trouble Ben Hamer in the Addicks' goal.

Six minutes before the interval, Dervite's headed clearance fell to the feet of former Charlton trainee Wright, who struck a speculative 25-yard volley which looped over the bar.

The Lions continued to build pressure, and Nadjim Abdou was unlucky not to give the hosts the half-time advantage after unleashing a right-footed strike which flew wide.

Neither side was able to forge a clear opening immediately after the break, as Powell's side made the game a more even contest.

Snapshot: Andy Keogh went close with this shot but was denied by the Charlton keeper Ben Hamer

Snapshot: Andy Keogh went close with this shot but was denied by the Charlton keeper Ben Hamer

The visitors' improvement forced Jackett to replace the stunted Feeney with former Addicks loanee N'Guessan midway through the second half.

The change injected life back into the home side, as Keogh forced Hamer into a fingertip save with a stinging drive on the counter-attack.

Wright's 76th-minute corner then presented N'Guessan with the best opportunity of the half, but Solly kept out the substitute's free header.

Powell introduced Bradley Wright-Phillips nine minutes from time to increase the visitors' attacking threat, but the game ended in stalemate.

Doncaster Rovers 0 Millwall 3

Doncaster Rovers 0 Millwall 3: Lions tear relegation rivals to pieces

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UPDATED:

22:03 GMT, 20 March 2012

Beleaguered Doncaster moved a step closer to relegation from the npower Championship as fellow strugglers Millwall significantly boosted their own survival hopes by coasting to victory at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Kenny Jackett's men were gifted a healthy advantage inside the opening 13 minutes, the unmarked Andy Keogh heading his fourth goal in six games before Harry Kane doubled the lead with a speculative strike from distance that deceived Carl Ikeme.

A lacklustre Rovers outfit were unable to respond and Millwall wrapped up the points shortly before the hour mark through Darius Henderson's 19th goal of the season in all competitions.

Rout: Millwall got one up on their relegation rivals with a thumping victory

Rout: Millwall got one up on their relegation rivals with a thumping victory

MATCH FACTS

Doncaster: Ikeme, O'Connor, Spurr, Hird, Beye, Barnes, Gillett, Coppinger (Dumbuya 77), Diouf, (Robert 78), Hayter (Oster 57), Piquionne

Subs not used: Woods, Bagayoko

Booked: Diouf

Millwall: Taylor, Craig, Robinson, Ward, Smith, Henry (Feeney 67), Abdou, Wright (Montgomery 88), Henderson, Keogh, Kane

Subs not used: Forde, Dunne, Bouazza

Goals: Keogh 8, Kane 13, Henderson 58

Booked: Robinson

Referee: Attwell

Attendance: 7,572

The Lions now sit nine points clear of the drop zone, but Doncaster are four adrift of safety with games running out – and the manner of this defeat will only serve to increase the pressure on manager Dean Saunders, who was subjected to criticism from sections of the home support.

Shelton Martis, Pascal Chimbonda and Kyle Bennett all dropped out of the Rovers squad, with Sam Hird, James O'Connor and James Hayter taking their places in the starting XI.

Millwall recalled Tony Craig and on-loan Tottenham youngster Kane in place of Alan Dunne and Hameur Bouazza, who were each named among the substitutes alongside new loan signing Nick Montgomery.

After a dire opening, the away side took the lead through their first meaningful attack in the eighth minute.

James Henry was allowed to progress unchallenged down the right and his excellent cross picked out former Wolves striker Keogh, who made no mistake from six yards.

Things swiftly went from bad to worse for Doncaster when Ikeme failed to keep out a powerful long-range effort from Kane that appeared to go through the hands of the goalkeeper.

Ikeme was at least able to get his body behind a low shot from Henry in the 18th minute, but Millwall continued to cut through their opponents' defence with ease, Kane volleying wide moments later.

Surprisingly, Tommy Spurr represented Rovers' greatest attacking threat prior to the interval, the full-back twice cutting in from the left before narrowly missing the target on each occasion.

Visiting goalkeeper Maik Taylor remained untroubled and his side were soon back on the front foot at the start of the second half.

A fierce strike from Henry was kept out by a combination of the woodwork and Ikeme, who then produced a superb one-handed save to thwart Henderson.

Millwall's top scorer would not be denied for much longer and added a third for his side in the 58th minute when he met another fine ball from Henry with a deft finish at the near post.

Frederic Piquionne went close for Rovers soon after, but Taylor was not called into action until the 79th minute, when Giles Barnes headed tamely towards goal to prompt ironic cheers from Doncaster's frustrated fans.

Dagenham & Redbridge 0 Millwall 0: Daggers battle to fine FA Cup draw

Dag & Red 0 Millwall 0: Daggers battle to fine FA Cup draw

League Two strugglers Dagenham earned an FA Cup third-round replay against shot-shy Millwall.

Lions boss Kenny Jackett has admitted his side's problems in front of goal have cost them this season and once again they drew a blank despite having the bulk of possession.

Jackett has brought in Tottenham youngster Harry Kane in a bid to find a cutting edge, but he was once again without top scorer Darius Henderson through injury.

Battle: Dagenham's Oluwafemi Ilesanmi and Millwall's Liam Feeney clash at Victoria Road

Battle: Dagenham's Oluwafemi Ilesanmi and Millwall's Liam Feeney clash at Victoria Road

Kane and strike partner John Marquis
had plenty of half-chances but the npower Championship side could not
find a way past Dagenham goalkeeper Chris Lewington and will now have to
have another crack at The Den.

In a scrappy opening, Kane had the
first opportunity with a shot which Lewington held. Millwall, who have
won away just once in the league this season, should have taken the lead
just before the half-hour mark when Liam Trotter played in Liam Feeney
but the winger dragged his shot wide.

Lewington then saved from James
Henry, Kane planted a header over, and Marquis drilled an effort high
and wide with the Lions beginning to take control.

Dagenham's only opportunity of the
first half fell to Oluwafemi Ilesanmi, who blazed a couple of yards over
after a quarter of an hour.

Millwall survived a minor scare just
after the interval when goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall miskicked a backpass
but Brian Woodall could only cross the ball into an empty goalmouth and
the chance disappeared.

John Still

Jon Nurse and Millwall's Alan Dunne of Millwall battle for the ball

Cup clash: Dagenham manager John Still (left) and a battle between Jon Nurse and Millwall's Alan Dunne (right)

At the other end Marquis fired wide
again, Kane headed Scott Barron's cross straight into the arms of
Lewington and Darren Ward's header was blocked by Abu Ogogo.

Trotter should have broken the deadlock on the hour from another Barron delivery but put his header inches over the crossbar.

Millwall thought they could have had a
penalty when Trotter tumbled in the area but referee Graham Salisbury
was not interested. Trotter then played in substitute Josh McQuoid but
his effort was deflected wide.

One bright spot for Millwall was the
return of striker Shaun Batt as a late substitute, 18 months after he
suffered a cruciate injury in a pre-season friendly.

For Dagenham, Jon Nurse's header was
saved by Mildenhall and Millwall skipper Paul Robinson had to block a
shot from Billy Bingham.

But neither side was capable of
making a breakthrough on a blustery afternoon, and the Daggers will now
make the short trip south of the river after securing a hard-earned
replay.