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Millwall 1-5 Middlesbrough

Jelle Vossen
Vossen failed to find the net in 12 appearances for Boro this season before today's hat-trick

Striker Jelle Vossen broke his goal drought in style with a first-half hat-trick as Middlesbrough thrashed Millwall at The Den.

Kenneth Omeruo supplied Vossen's first before Adam Reach provided for Patrick Bamford to double Boro's lead early on.

Reach then squared for Vossen to tap in a second before he coolly completed his treble from Bamford's rebounded effort.

Scott McDonald notched a close-range consolation for Millwall but substitute Kike added a fifth for Boro late on.

It was an impressive afternoon for Vossen, who signed on loan from Genk in September, after he had failed to find the net in 12 previous appearances this season.

Vossen glanced an early Grant Leadbitter free-kick against the inside of the far post before the ball was clawed away by Lions goalkeeper David Forde.

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Ian Holloway

Soon after, Vossen broke the deadlock when he latched onto Omeruo's high ball before slotting past Forde.

Reach then cut the ball back for Bamford to grab his seventh goal of the campaign before he was the provider again, this time for Vossen's second.

Bamford nearly doubled his tally but, after seeing his shot blocked by Forde, Vossen was on hand to tuck the ball away and seal his hat-trick.

McDonald's late consolation did nothing to spur an unlikely Millwall fightback as Kike replied a minute later with Boro's fifth.

Middlesbrough are now unbeaten in seven matches but the hosts have just one win in 15 and sit just above the Championship's relegation zone.

Millwall manager Ian Holloway: "I apologise to the supporters for that performance. That team was unrecognisable.

"I won't blame anybody because the responsibility is mine. I'm shocked and horrified.

"It was an awful day, probably my worst in football. But it will make us stronger."

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka: "It's been a difficult week for everyone, especially me, and the players have been brilliant.

"I know how good Jelle [Vossen] is, and when you are a very good striker one day the goals will arrive.

"He's been working hard every day and today he took his chance so I'm very happy with him."

Line-ups

Millwall

  • 1Forde
  • 2Dunne
  • 17WebsterSubstituted forShittuat 45'minutes
  • 6Williams
  • 29Wilkinson
  • 15UpsonSubstituted forWoolfordat 70'minutes
  • 23PowellSubstituted forGueyeat 45'minutes
  • 28Malone
  • 27McDonaldBooked at 52mins
  • 9Gregory
  • 19Fuller

Substitutes

  • 3Shittu
  • 8Easter
  • 11Woolford
  • 14Briggs
  • 18Gueye
  • 31Martinez Cervera
  • 41King

Middlesbrough

  • 13Konstantopoulos
  • 24Nsue
  • 22Omeruo
  • 4Ayala
  • 3Friend
  • 27Adomah
  • 7Leadbitter
  • 8ClaytonSubstituted forVeljkovicat 63'minutes
  • 20ReachSubstituted forWildschutat 81'minutes
  • 21VossenSubstituted forKikeat 71'minutes
  • 23Bamford

Substitutes

  • 6Gibson
  • 9Kike
  • 10Tomlin
  • 18Whitehead
  • 29Veljkovic
  • 33Wildschut
  • 40Mejias
Referee:
Mick Russell
Attendance:
10,328

Match Stats

Home TeamMillwallAway TeamMiddlesbrough
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home16
Away15
Shots on Target
Home3
Away7
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home10
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Millwall 1, Middlesbrough 5.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Millwall 1, Middlesbrough 5.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Shaun Williams.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by David Forde.

Attempt missed. Emilio Nsue Lopez (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Milos Veljkovic.

Offside, Middlesbrough. Patrick Bamford tries a through ball, but Kike is caught offside.

Offside, Middlesbrough. George Friend tries a through ball, but Kike is caught offside.

Offside, Middlesbrough. Patrick Bamford tries a through ball, but Albert Adomah is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Albert Adomah with a cross.

Ricardo Fuller (Millwall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough).

Scott McDonald (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Yanic Wildschut (Middlesbrough).

Danny Shittu (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kike (Middlesbrough).

Attempt missed. Scott Malone (Millwall) left footed shot from outside the box is too high following a set piece situation.

Magaye Gueye (Millwall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Yanic Wildschut (Middlesbrough).

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Yanic Wildschut replaces Adam Reach.

Goal!

Goal! Millwall 1, Middlesbrough 5. Kike (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Emilio Nsue Lopez.

Goal!

Goal! Millwall 1, Middlesbrough 4. Scott McDonald (Millwall) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the high centre of the goal following a set piece situation.

Attempt blocked. Scott McDonald (Millwall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Magaye Gueye.

Martyn Woolford (Millwall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Adam Reach (Middlesbrough).

Foul by Ricardo Fuller (Millwall).

Adam Reach (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Shaun Williams (Millwall) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Magaye Gueye (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Scott McDonald.

Danny Shittu (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough).

Attempt missed. Kike (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Kike replaces Jelle Vossen.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Martyn Woolford replaces Ed Upson.

Shaun Williams (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough).

Attempt missed. Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Albert Adomah.

Danny Shittu (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jelle Vossen (Middlesbrough).

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Shaun Williams.

Foul by Danny Shittu (Millwall).

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