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Millwall 1-0 Middlesbrough: Lions win dents Boro play-off hopes

Middlesbrough trudge away dejectedly after Grant Hall's own goal
Grant Hall's own goal was the telling moment in a game in which both sides had chances

Grant Hall's own goal delivered a blow to Middlesbrough's fading Championship play-off hopes, and saw Millwall pick up their third win in five games.

Hall turned into his own net after Lions dangerman Jed Wallace scampered down the left and drilled a low cross which the Boro defender could only inadvertently guide in.

It leaves the Teessiders, who won back-to-back games coming into the trip to The Den, six points behind sixth-placed Reading with eight games to play.

Gary Rowett's hosts had gone close before Hall's misfortune, with livewire winger Wallace denied by Boro keeper Marcus Bettinelli when put through by Mason Bennett.

Boro responded, with former Millwall midfielder George Saville denied by timely blocks, and Paddy McNair had an effort well saved.

However, only a smart save from Bettinelli to tip over Jon Dadi Bodvarsson's effort stopped the home side from doubling their lead late on.

Neil Warnock has turned Middlesbrough around since taking over last summer and delivering in his task of securing survival, but the promotion mix looks likely to elude them this season.

The form of home goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski was a formidable barrier, picking up his 15th clean sheet of the season, but neither Chuba Akpom, Yannick Bolasie nor substitutes Neeskens Kebano, Duncan Watmore and Ashley Fletcher could make the breakthrough despite chances.

Millwall can comfortably finish in mid-table barring a late collapse, and, with a perfect response to their midweek defeat by QPR, avoided losing consecutive home games for the first time since 2019.

Wallace again showed his value to the club, with a sixth assist of the season and an influential display in attack.

Millwall boss Gary Rowett:

"Defensively we were outstanding and, like any Neil Warnock team, they made us work - there's never an easy three points against them.

"They are a team that always put you on the back foot because of their attacking options - they've been able to bring on a lot of different types of players and I knew that as the game went on, our challenge was going to be to match that.

"We had some good moments in the first half when we got it down and played - I'm thinking of the Danny [McNamara] chance, Jed's [Wallace] chance when Mason [Bennett] put him in and two or three other opportunities - I'm pleased that we scored of course but you're always worried going in at 1-0.

"We dug in and had to weather the storm for 15 or 20 minutes in the second half but I thought we came out of that well and the substitutes helped us to do that."

Middlesbrough boss Neil Warnock told BBC Tees:

"It's the way we lost this game that's my disappointment. I can accept things going against you, I can accept you don't get the rub of the green etc, but today was unacceptable in the first half.

"I can't remember anything sticking up in the attack, it wasn't just the three or four that I brought off, there were two or three others I was disappointed in.

"I'd like to be very positive with the press tonight but it's very difficult."

Line-ups

Millwall

Formation 3-5-2

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 3M Wallace
  • 5Cooper
  • 23McNamaraBooked at 35minsSubstituted forRomeoat 87'minutes
  • 28Evans
  • 19WoodsSubstituted forWilliamsat 81'minutes
  • 24Mitchell
  • 14MaloneSubstituted forPearceat 86'minutes
  • 7J WallaceSubstituted forBradshawat 81'minutes
  • 20BennettSubstituted forBödvarssonat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Fielding
  • 6Williams
  • 9Bradshaw
  • 11Ferguson
  • 12Romeo
  • 15Pearce
  • 21Mahoney
  • 22Bödvarsson
  • 32Burey

Middlesbrough

Formation 3-4-3

  • 1Bettinelli
  • 4Hall
  • 6Fry
  • 27BolaBooked at 20mins
  • 29SpenceSubstituted forMendez-Laingat 45'minutes
  • 16Howson
  • 17McNairSubstituted forKebanoat 81'minutes
  • 3Johnson
  • 7TavernierSubstituted forSavilleat 45+2'minutes
  • 10AkpomSubstituted forFletcherat 45'minutes
  • 14BolasieSubstituted forWatmoreat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Morsy
  • 11Fletcher
  • 13Archer
  • 18Watmore
  • 19Mendez-Laing
  • 20Fisher
  • 21Kebano
  • 22Saville
  • 45Coburn
Referee:
James Linington

Match Stats

Home TeamMillwallAway TeamMiddlesbrough
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home9
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away11
Fouls
Home12
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Millwall 1, Middlesbrough 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Millwall 1, Middlesbrough 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Middlesbrough).

  4. Post update

    Mahlon Romeo (Millwall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Millwall. Mahlon Romeo replaces Dan McNamara.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Millwall. Alex Pearce replaces Scott Malone.

  7. Post update

    Foul by George Saville (Middlesbrough).

  8. Post update

    Tom Bradshaw (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Dan McNamara.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jake Cooper (Millwall) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Shaun Hutchinson following a corner.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Shaun Hutchinson (Millwall) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Scott Malone with a cross following a corner.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Dael Fry.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Middlesbrough. Neeskens Kebano replaces Patrick McNair.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Millwall. Tom Bradshaw replaces Jed Wallace.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Millwall. Shaun Williams replaces Ryan Woods.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Marvin Johnson (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Patrick McNair following a corner.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Murray Wallace.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Marcus Bettinelli.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jón Dadi Bödvarsson (Millwall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Scott Malone.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by George Evans.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich38258556272983
2Watford38229755262975
3Swansea37209845291669
4Brentford371911765392668
5Barnsley38197124942764
6Reading381881252411162
7Bournemouth3716111055371859
8Cardiff3816101255371858
9Middlesbrough38168144639756
10Millwall381216103836252
11Stoke381313124242052
12QPR371311133943-450
13Luton37148153141-1050
14Bristol City38154193950-1149
15Blackburn381210165042846
16Preston38135203949-1044
17Nottm Forest381012163038-842
18Huddersfield37119174152-1142
19Derby381010182742-1540
20Coventry37912163248-1639
21Birmingham38911182850-2238
22Rotherham34105193847-935
23Sheff Wed37108192847-1932
24Wycombe3869232561-3627
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