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Middlesbrough 1-1 Millwall: Boro's late show denies Lions

Jordan Hugill
Jordan Hugill made it six league goals for the season

Jordan Hugill's penalty rescued a point for Middlesbrough as Millwall again conceded late on.

The Lions looked set for only their second away win of the season when Lee Gregory robbed Adam Clayton and launched a quick break which gave Jed Wallace time to pick his spot.

Gregory also forced Boro goalkeeper Darren Randolph to save smartly, while Middlesbrough struggled to test the visitors.

But when Daniel Ayala went down in a crowded goalmouth, Hugill kept his cool from the penalty spot, the fourth successive goal Neil Harris' side had conceded in the final four minutes of matches.

Revitalised Millwall went into the game on a run of three wins in four matches, but had picked up just six points on their travels all season ahead of their trip to Teesside.

Since winning their opening four home games, Boro have struggled at the Riverside this season, with just two victories in 10 matches.

And a shortage of goals, with just 14 at home this season and 31 in total, was underlined as Johnny Howson's header was their only effort on target in a first half in which Millwall were the better side.

Tony Pulis' men improved after the break, after he sent on Rajiv van La Parra, on loan from Huddersfield, but managed just one other effort on target before Hugill's last-minute penalty.

Middlesbrough stayed fifth, and Millwall, who have lost just one of their last five league outings, moved up a place to 19th, six points clear of the bottom three.

Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis told BBC Tees:

"I'm disappointed at the first half. We started slowly and looked nervous. The players have to play with the freedom they do away from home.

"I think some of them are a little bit affected maybe by the support but supporters pay good money to watch their team and they have a right to say what they want. You have to accept that as a player or a manager.

"The players kept going second half, kept at it. That's one defeat in six games now, we just have to be more productive and more positive at home."

Millwall manager Neil Harris:

"That was the best performance we have produced this season. We controlled the game on the counter-attack and it went exactly as we planned.

"There has been a lot said about research into the opposition recently, and we do our fair share, and we knew we had to deal with Boro physically and from set-pieces and second balls.

"It was a performance with energy, character, discipline, ability on the ball, you won't see many better away performances at Middlesbrough this season."

Line-ups

Middlesbrough

  • 23Randolph
  • 20Fry
  • 4AyalaBooked at 77mins
  • 6BatthBooked at 90mins
  • 3Friend
  • 8ClaytonSubstituted forvan La Parraat 45'minutes
  • 37BesicSubstituted forDowningat 69'minutes
  • 16HowsonBooked at 20minsSubstituted forAssombalongaat 61'minutes
  • 26Wing
  • 22Saville
  • 11Hugill

Substitutes

  • 1Konstantopoulos
  • 9Assombalonga
  • 17McNair
  • 18Fletcher
  • 19Downing
  • 24Flint
  • 29van La Parra

Millwall

  • 1Archer
  • 12Romeo
  • 4HutchinsonBooked at 53mins
  • 5Cooper
  • 25Wallace
  • 7WallaceSubstituted forO'Brienat 88'minutes
  • 6Williams
  • 28Leonard
  • 44MarshallSubstituted forFergusonat 73'minutes
  • 8Thompson
  • 9GregorySubstituted forMorisonat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Onyedinma
  • 11Ferguson
  • 15Pearce
  • 16Martin
  • 18Tunnicliffe
  • 20Morison
  • 22O'Brien
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
21,915

Match Stats

Home TeamMiddlesbroughAway TeamMillwall
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home16
Away7
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Middlesbrough 1, Millwall 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 1, Millwall 1.

Booking

Danny Batth (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Danny Batth (Middlesbrough).

Steve Morison (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Hand ball by Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough).

Goal!

Goal! Middlesbrough 1, Millwall 1. Jordan Hugill (Middlesbrough) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.

Penalty Middlesbrough. Daniel Ayala draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Steve Morison (Millwall) after a foul in the penalty area.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Mahlon Romeo.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Aiden O'Brien replaces Jed Wallace.

Attempt missed. Jed Wallace (Millwall) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ben Thompson.

Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Steve Morison (Millwall).

Attempt missed. Mahlon Romeo (Millwall) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ben Thompson.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Steve Morison replaces Lee Gregory.

Foul by George Saville (Middlesbrough).

Lee Gregory (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Mahlon Romeo.

Booking

Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough).

Shaun Hutchinson (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Shaun Williams.

Britt Assombalonga (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jake Cooper (Millwall).

Rajiv van La Parra (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jed Wallace (Millwall).

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Shane Ferguson replaces Ben Marshall.

Offside, Middlesbrough. Lewis Wing tries a through ball, but Britt Assombalonga is caught offside.

Foul by George Saville (Middlesbrough).

Jed Wallace (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Stewart Downing replaces Muhamed Besic.

Rajiv van La Parra (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Mahlon Romeo (Millwall).

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Daniel Ayala.

Foul by Muhamed Besic (Middlesbrough).

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

Foul by Danny Batth (Middlesbrough).

Lee Gregory (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Murray Wallace (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Shaun Williams.

goal

As It Stood

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1Leeds28166647301754
2Norwich28158552361653
3Sheff Utd28155846291750
4West Brom27138655352047
5Middlesbrough281211531201147
6Derby2813784035546
7Bristol City2812883529644
8Hull28117104135640
9Swansea28117103732540
10Blackburn28101083741-440
11Birmingham2891274033739
12Nottm Forest2891273932739
13Aston Villa2891275145639
14QPR28116113439-539
15Stoke2891183335-238
16Sheff Wed2898113345-1235
17Brentford28810104339434
18Preston2889114345-233
19Millwall2878133444-1029
20Wigan2885152841-1329
21Rotherham28510132746-1925
22Reading2858153143-1223
23Bolton2757151840-2222
24Ipswich2839162248-2618
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