Report: Middlesbrough 1-2 Millwall

STEFAN Maierhofer scored twice to lift Millwall out of the relegation zone.

The Austrian striker headed in two Lee Martin crosses to put the Lions in control at half time and they held on to win despite Emmanuel Ledesma's late goal.

Millwall's starting XI was unchanged following the draw with Watford last time out, although there was an alteration to the bench as Scott McDonald came in for Ryan Fredericks.



Fresh from his Player of the Year award, David Forde made another vital contribution to the Lions' season when he tipped Danny Graham's shot onto the post in the seventh minute.

Captain Alan Dunne glanced wide from a corner at the other end before Maierhofer headed into the side netting as Millwall found their feet.

And they took the lead just after the quarter-hour mark when Maierhofer rose above a flat-footed Boro backline to power home Martin's hanging cross.



Martin then cut inside from the left flank before sending a fizzing drive narrowly over the bar as the Lions grew in confidence after taking the lead.

Forde made his second crucial save of the afternoon to deny Jacob Butterfield from close range after Graham's flick on created a dangerous opening.

But Martin and Maierhofer combined again to double the visitors' lead with a near-carbon copy of the first goal, a close-ranger header from another perfect delivery.

Martyn Woolford nearly made it 3-0 after being picked out by a stunning Scott Malone pass, but Chelsea loanee Nathaniel Chalobah got back to block the winger's shot.

After half time, Emmanuel Ledesma's miscued cross nearly brought the hosts back into the game but his looping delivery landed on the roof of Forde's net.

In the 65th minute, Ledesma went for goal again but curled well wide of the far corner from 25 yards.

Substitute Steve Morison spurned a golden chance to make it 3-0 within minutes of his introduction, failing to make the most of being put through on goal by Dunne.

Morison then turned provider for Woolford, whose first-time shot was palmed to safety by Boro keeper Dimi Konstantopoulos.

But Boro halved their deficit with ten minutes to go and it was a case of third time lucky for Ledesma as he placed a 20-yard free kick into the top corner.

Martin had a goal disallowed for offside during four minutes of added time, but Millwall held onto their one-goal lead to claim a priceless three points.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

46 thoughts on “Report: Middlesbrough 1-2 Millwall

  • April 19, 2014 at 17:03
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    Well done to the players, well done to Holloway and well done to the fans who travelled up there, getting up at 5 in the morning - well rewarded. Results have gone virtually perfect for us this weekend but we're far from safe. Saying that, we're in as good a form as anyone else and I know whose position I'd rather be in Mr Dickov!! COYL F****** get in!!!

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  • April 19, 2014 at 17:04
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    The HOFF = Millwall legend! 😀 ... Brilliant win, well done lads and Mr Holloway! COYL!!!

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  • April 19, 2014 at 17:04
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    never had a moments doubt

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  • April 19, 2014 at 17:04
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    Half the Easter job done, well done to the travelling lions both players and fans, a few drinks drunk tonight on trains and coaches. Holloway you have found the real millwall lets not lose them again. Miiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiioo

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  • April 19, 2014 at 17:05
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    get in there you beauty. fantastic win, well done to all the boys and the brilliant lads and lasses who made the trip up to the land of single mums. WUBBLE U.

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  • April 19, 2014 at 17:06
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    F****** get in there...... well done to all the wall who made the trip. I'm as happy as a happy thing on a happy day right now.

    COYL!!!!!!!!

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  • April 19, 2014 at 17:07
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    Absolutely magnificent, let's make safety certain by not throwing it away against Doncaster.
    Well done Ollie and the team you have put"Pride" back into the Lions. Will 4 pts keep us safe?

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  • April 19, 2014 at 17:08
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    Back from the dead, looked doomed only weeks ago at the foot of the table with no sight of when the next win would come.

    Beat Donny on Monday and we may have saved ourselves with games to spare!

    Funny old game.

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  • April 19, 2014 at 17:09
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    The great escape is on course. Well done to the travelling support, the team and to Ollie. We are not there yet but the results in the last 5 games is not relegation form. My Lions are back.

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  • April 19, 2014 at 17:14
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    Well done Ollie and the lads, massive 3 points and a good run, Mondays a must win because it will put 6 teams below us with 2 games to go, also well done to all you traveling fans as well today, bet the trip home will be very sweet for you.
    Look forward to Monday, I hope there are not any injuries from todays game so he has a full squad to choose from once again well done from someone who has not been your biggest admirer.

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  • April 19, 2014 at 17:15
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    Invaluable win on the road, great guts and nearly got the 3rd as well. Really setting up for a ride in the future , hoffenfarter, wot a get!!

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  • April 19, 2014 at 17:21
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    All results yesterday and today have gone our way. Its in our hands now, every man to do their job on the pitch and in the stands.
    Big respect to those few hundred fans that made it up there today the train prices were outrageous. Safe journey home lads

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  • April 19, 2014 at 17:23
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    I was 100% certain and resigned to relegation 5 games ago, it was looking bleak to say the least, it just goes to show what a bit of belief can do. Carlos Edwards seems to have had an influence within the squad for me, he has said that a squad of our quality should be nowhere near the bottom and coming from a player of his experience at this level within some good squads I believe that could well have helped. Also not chasing slender 1-0 deficits early doors helps.

    I hope we see it through. Blackpool could well lose their last three games btw, or they take points from Charlton last game? Win win either way if that happens.

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    • April 19, 2014 at 17:37
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      @JonnyBanks: back in the pub a few bevuy's before we head back..brilliant win against a team who have won there last 4 home games..f****** argie stopped us going above donny..just have to sort em monday..

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  • April 19, 2014 at 17:33
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    Well done to all the supporters who made the trip & the team,(Bit of a brown trouser moment when boro scored though lol) Could be the result that keeps us up as long as we beat the donkey`s on Monday... COYL!!!

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  • April 19, 2014 at 17:38
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    on the way home.on the way forward on to next season.fair play hollaway

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  • April 19, 2014 at 17:39
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    Even if we did end up going down, holloway has shown glimpses of being able to get us playing, i am buzzing we have a attack minded manager who gets his teams in good games playing some decent football, hope he is with us for many years to come!

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  • April 19, 2014 at 17:39
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    Just looking at Monday`s fixtures, Brums home to Blackburn, Brighton home to blackpool, derby home to Barnsley, Sheff, wed`s home to chalton... Looking good as long as we beat Doncaster.

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  • April 19, 2014 at 17:39
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    Well done to the fans,manager and team.
    Superb form at just the right time.
    Roll on Monday. I can't wait.

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  • April 19, 2014 at 17:42
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    We can do I know we can
    Total turnaround from the lads
    COYL

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  • April 19, 2014 at 17:54
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    the Barnsley defeat was massive because we could finish above them with two draws 45 pts and that might be enough to be ahead of blackpool also at the end of the season - they had fans disrupting the match with tennis balls yesterday - do their players want to dig deep in those circumstances - it is v hard to see how they can win at Brighton so a draw against Donny now isn't necessarily a problem - takes a bit of pressure off - a win and that might be it - amazing in two weeks

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  • April 19, 2014 at 18:10
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    Raising a glass or two to the mighty lions tonight,well done all, COYL!!!

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  • April 19, 2014 at 18:20
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    We'll done, brilliant result, safe journey home one and all.

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  • April 19, 2014 at 18:21
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    Can't believe this.........and get those eggs ready Ollie to slam in my face.........unbelievable.

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  • April 19, 2014 at 18:30
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    what a weekend so far. fantastic result. Big factors here, at last a settled team, Bailley back, a very good right back (credit for that Mr H), and Dunney giving em all a kick up the backside! Jobs not done yet, bit fearfull the bubble might burst against Donny but really proud of em tonight. COYL

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  • April 19, 2014 at 18:45
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    3 points against donny should theoretically see us safe. However 6 out of 9 in the last three games will set the squad up for next season it's clear that once the disruptive forces have been weeded out we have started to play ten times better the players have bought into ollies methodology. I'm over the moon that the hof has come good he's what we have been missing this season something we haven't had since hendo a real big man to cause defences trouble if you look back to fash and cas for example they caused trouble wherever they went

    Special word for dunny millwall through and through fights against adversity every time we get a new manager pleased for him! Safe journey home lads

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  • April 19, 2014 at 18:49
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    Der Der Der de de Der da da da da Der Der Der da da da DA ,,,forget Steve Mc Queen ,,,, King Ollie
    WE ARE ON THE UP ,,,, Well done to all ,,team management & one big shout to you traveling support
    Same again Monday & job done ,,,, C O Y L ,,,KEEP THE FAITH ,,,,,

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    • April 19, 2014 at 20:36
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      @ascot lion: That was Macgyver music. Fitting given Holloway has made something functional out of scrap. If he gets us out of this, I'll keep my opinions to myself from now on.

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  • April 19, 2014 at 18:49
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    Fantastic result and performance well done to all involved including the travelling fans. Really pleased for the Big'un.
    Another happy Saturday. Really looking forward to my very large slice of humble pie.
    COYL.

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  • April 19, 2014 at 18:52
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    Just home superb team effort from the team and great support from the 325 made it sound like it was 5000 .

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    • April 19, 2014 at 19:32
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      My grandsons first match and what a first for him he loved it .i will drive down Monday for the Doncaster game well done IH and the team lets frighten Doncaster make like the den was when we beat Huddersfield in the playoffs .

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  • April 19, 2014 at 19:00
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    I thought holloway was s***

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    • April 19, 2014 at 20:17
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      @Borough wall: Many agreed and tbh the results suggested that was a fair assumption, what I will say is KJ had a knack of setting us on impressive runs of wins at times and that impressed me, but for IH to do it now when there is absolutely zero wriggle room, when the team was on its a*** and most of our own fans had conceded defeat, when the squad was divided for all to see... That is massively impressive, even if it goes tits up from here we have more points and more pride than any of us thought we would have at this point.

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  • April 19, 2014 at 19:05
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    If you haven't got ya ticket for Monday yet, can I suggest that you get ya backsides down the den or on line or phone and get them. We need a big noisy intimidating atmosphere on Monday.

    COYL!!!!!!!

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  • April 19, 2014 at 19:08
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    no excuses for the fair-weather fans not to show on Monday - let's hope no injuries emerge

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  • April 19, 2014 at 19:36
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    For anyone interested in betting, the lowest we traded to be relegated on betfair was 1-10 , we are now just over 3-1,extraordainary turnaround

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  • April 19, 2014 at 19:59
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    Any body need lift from the north east Monday and back let me know driving down

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  • April 19, 2014 at 20:28
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    Now , our recent results are exactly what Ollie was brought in for. Please god , we stay up , next season the possibilities are endless.
    Bring on Monday , I can't wait !

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  • April 19, 2014 at 21:19
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    voting for player of the year ended too early - I do not think it is an exaggeration to say that we could not have avoided relegation without Hof - Bring on KJ and Wolves a great day out at Fulham and Brentford - we beat Donny < Blackpool lose at Brighton- they are 4 points behind us and virtually down - simple

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  • April 19, 2014 at 21:43
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    Another great win away, against a form side no less. 3 more wins to finish off then can't wait for next season and Wolves at home. Ollie has come good and deserves a lot of credit for getting this group of players to perform come match day. COYL

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  • April 20, 2014 at 07:00
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    What a great next season of Local Derby we will have. That's what we do !

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