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Millwall 0-2 Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka

Second-half goals from Emmanuel Ledesma and Albert Adomah ended Millwall's seven-match unbeaten home run to give Aitor Karanka his second win as Middlesbrough boss.

Ledesma brilliantly bent the ball into the corner from 20 yards after cutting inside from the right.

Then Adomah rounded goalkeeper David Forde before rolling the ball into an empty net in the dying minutes.

Millwall's Steve Morison had a header well saved by Shay Given.

Both goals were greeted by the Middlesbrough players holding up a shirt with the name of team mate Stuart Parnaby on after he and his wife lost what would have been the couple's first baby just four weeks short of full-term.external-link

Karanka was appointed Middlesbrough manager in November but the ex-Real Madrid assistant boss has struggled to make an impact in the north east.

Since his appointment, Middlesbrough had won once, drawn once and lost three but Saturday's win lifts them two points above fellow strugglers Millwall.

Millwall have won just two of their last 12 matches and are four points clear of the relegation zone.

In a drab first half, Liam Feeney provided Millwall with their best moment when he burst down the right, but his tame cross could only find Boro's Jozsef Varga.

On his first league start of the season, Ledesma broke the deadlock four minutes after the restart and Richard Smallwood should have made it two but he fired the goal-scorer's cutback over from 10 yards.

Adomah did seal the points though when he rounded Forde to cap a deserved victory.

Millwall manager Steve Lomas:

"There wasn't much quality on display from either side and it's disappointing to concede again from our own attack.

"We huffed and puffed but the creativity we've shown at home in recent weeks just wasn't there.

"I'm disappointed and the players are disappointed. I understand the frustration of the fans because they want us to win."

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka:

"It was very, very important for us because we are losing points in the last minute.

"Not conceding late was important for the squad. It's important for our defenders and for the keeper to keep a clean sheet.

"(Ledesma) played very well. He's the kind of player who deserves to play.

"The team is starting to take shape. I've said since the first day I'm very happy with this team. I can see them improve but we just need to win the points."

Line-ups

Millwall

  • 1Forde
  • 2Dunne
  • 28Malone
  • 26AbdouSubstituted forKeoghat 73'minutes
  • 5Robinson
  • 16Beevers
  • 7Feeney
  • 6Trotter
  • 27McDonaldBooked at 54minsSubstituted forEasterat 62'minutes
  • 9Morison
  • 11Woolford

Substitutes

  • 3Shittu
  • 8Easter
  • 12Lowry
  • 17Moussi
  • 20Keogh
  • 21Smith
  • 43Bywater

Middlesbrough

  • 12Given
  • 8Varga
  • 3Friend
  • 33Smallwood
  • 26AyalaBooked at 31mins
  • 22Gibson
  • 27Adomah
  • 18Whitehead
  • 23MainSubstituted forJutkiewiczat 84'minutes
  • 10EmnesSubstituted forButterfieldat 74'minutes
  • 19CarayolSubstituted forLedesmaat 32'minutesBooked at 50mins

Substitutes

  • 6Butterfield
  • 9Jutkiewicz
  • 11Ledesma
  • 13Konstantopoulos
  • 14Williams
  • 15Hines
  • 38Haroun
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
11,078

Match Stats

Home TeamMillwallAway TeamMiddlesbrough
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home3
Away10
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away10
Fouls
Home15
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Millwall 0, Middlesbrough 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Millwall 0, Middlesbrough 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Daniel Ayala.

  4. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  5. Post update

    Delay in match Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma (Middlesbrough) because of an injury.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma (Middlesbrough).

  7. Post update

    Andrew Keogh (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by David Forde.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jacob Butterfield (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lukas Jutkiewicz.

  10. Goal!

    Goal! Millwall 0, Middlesbrough 2. Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma with a through ball.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Lukas Jutkiewicz (Middlesbrough).

  12. Post update

    Mark Beevers (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Offside, Middlesbrough. Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma tries a through ball, but Lukas Jutkiewicz is caught offside.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Jacob Butterfield.

  15. Post update

    Offside, Middlesbrough. Dean Whitehead tries a through ball, but Albert Adomah is caught offside.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Middlesbrough. Lukas Jutkiewicz replaces Curtis Main.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jacob Butterfield.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Liam Trotter (Millwall) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Curtis Main (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Richard Smallwood (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burnley21127233151843
2QPR21126324111342
3Leicester21133533221142
4Derby21124545271840
5Leeds2110473223934
6Reading219753024634
7Nottm Forest218942922733
8Brighton218852518732
9Ipswich218763125631
10Blackpool218762425-131
11Blackburn218672624230
12Wigan208482423128
13Huddersfield217682524127
14Watford216873129226
15Bournemouth2174102639-1325
16Birmingham216692626024
17Middlesbrough215883231123
18Bolton215882327-423
19Millwall2156102542-1721
20Doncaster2155111837-1920
21Charlton2147101726-919
22Sheff Wed203892231-917
23Yeovil2145121728-1117
24Barnsley2137111938-1916
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