Report: Millwall 1-5 Middlesbrough

RAMPANT Middlesbrough scored five on a humiliating afternoon at The Den.

Boro's early pressure finally told when Jelle Vossen hit a stunning dipping volley to open the scoring before Patrick Bamford drilled in a second.

Vossen made it 3-0 before completing his hat-trick with a simple finish from inside the box on the stroke of half time.



With the points in the bag, the visitors eased off in the second half but, seconds after Scott McDonald pulled one back, substitute Kike slammed in a fifth.

This defeat was Millwall's heaviest under Ian Holloway and leaves them two points above the relegation zone ahead of next Friday's televised trip to Brighton.

Holloway made three changes to the side that started at Bournemouth with Ricardo Fuller, Jack Powell and Andy Wilkinson coming into the side.



Millwall lined up in a 3-4-1-2 formation with Shaun Williams dropping back into defence alongside Alan Dunne and Byron Webster.

Holloway had called for a high-tempo, energetic performance but his team were miles off the pace from the first minute.

Boro thought they'd taken the lead in the fifth minute when Vossen's header hit the inside of the post but David Forde prevented the ball from crossing the line.

Forde denied Vossen again from close range before Adam Reach shot wide at the far post as the visitors came forward at will.

And they broke the deadlock in the 21st minute when Vossen controlled Daniel Ayala's pass and lofted a half-volley over Forde.

Bamford was given far too much lexapro without prescription time and space inside the area to make it 2-0 and Vossen was totally unmarked when he tapped in the third.

It got even worse for Millwall before the break as Bamford's shot deflected into the path of Vossen, who rolled the ball into an empty net to complete his hat-trick.

The half-time whistle prompted a chorus of boos from the home fans, many of whom headed straight for the exits with their side 4-0 behind.

Holloway brought on Magaye Gueye and Danny Shittu at the break and the Lions, who could hardly have been any worse, improved marginally in the second period.

Bamford, though, missed a sitter 60 seconds after the restart, firing wide after intercepting Scott Malone's attempted header back to David Forde.

Lee Gregory hooked a rare Lions chance over the bar before Gueye's goal-bound shot was deflected behind for a corner in the 52nd minute.

Bamford spurned his second good chance of the half when he inexplicably spooned Albert Adomah's centre over the bar from close range.

After Shaun Williams had a shot saved, McDonald pulled a goal back when the ball sprang loose in the box and he fired high into the roof of the net.

But conceding brought Boro back to life and they went straight down the other end and restored their four-goal advantage, Kike scoring off the post from 20 yards.

Bamford and Emilio Nsue both wasted chances to make it 6-1 in the closing stages but Boro emphatically cemented their position in the top six.

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24 thoughts on “Report: Millwall 1-5 Middlesbrough

  • December 6, 2014 at 17:43
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    Should have scored 10. I said it before that these comebacks were merely papering over the cracks and what a massive crack it has turned out to be. Holloway has to go, 11 months in and he's still clueless as to what formation/team to play. Pathetic. Feel for those who went.

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    • December 6, 2014 at 18:32
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      @Alan.F: There is no doubt that today is a low but sacking Holloway is not the answer! You cannot polish a turd and some of the sh*t Holloway was left to work with last season it was a miracle we avoided relegation. How quickly people forget and the same people that moan today, moaned when Kenny lost games. Olli despite today is one of the best managers we have had at the club in years. Yes a Very bad day at the office but not the end of the story, and you don't change things quickly unless you've got millions to spend.

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      • December 6, 2014 at 18:47
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        @TURBO_COYL: you say "Olli despite today is one of the best managers we have had at the club in years." What is this based on? He has a lower win percentage than Lomas! Anyone can say the right things but it takes someone who knows what they're doing to make real positive changes. 11 months he's had and nothing has changed despite over half a million in transfer fees and wasted wages (Marquis, Easter and Ranegie).

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        • December 6, 2014 at 19:03
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          @Alan.F: On the basis of his past record. You can't have a long career in football without experiencing some failure but on the whole the chap does a good job and always builds teams that play attractive attacking football. Plenty of work still to do on the basis of today's performance! Yet, despite the recent losses he is light years apart from Lomas who's win ratio was getting worse every week before he left and I have no doubt would have had us on the way to being relegated from two divisions had he been in charge still today.

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          • December 6, 2014 at 19:30
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            You've really got to judge him on what he achieves here at Millwall and so far he must surely be one of the worst managers we have had.

            Yes he's done well in the past at other clubs but if an unknown man had come in or someone with a rubbish record and they had picked up great results you wouldn't argue that they should be sacked based on past failures.

            On current form he will get us relegated (as much as I hope he does well for us) and his past promotions at Blackpool and palace will mean sweet fa as far as I'm concerned.

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          • December 6, 2014 at 19:30
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            @TURBO_COYL: being a good manager elsewhere doesn't automatically make you guaranteed to be a good manager here. Look at Lomas, he was a God up in Scotland yet s*** here. Ollie has taken teams down to League 1 before.

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    • December 6, 2014 at 19:38
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      Ollie is the right man for the job look at what he has been given to work with Lomas left him with crap. What would be the point in sacking Holloway?

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  • December 6, 2014 at 17:56
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    Bring on January and bring in a quAlity striker and a centre back or stick with Malone beepers Webster and wilkinson and leave them to gel for a few weeks a settled back four is needed and a quality strike partner for Gregory is essential. So woeful today holloway let this be the catalyst to kick out the deadwood and kick start our season.

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  • December 6, 2014 at 18:01
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    i have had enough if this rubbish holloway you are clueless we never gave a stable back four and have no ideas i love you wall but this is embarassing i think we need a change and before any melt gets lemon i travel 11 hiur day to follow my beloved Millwall but where is the pride & passion?

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  • December 6, 2014 at 18:03
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    Anyone who thinks that Holloway has been good for Millwall needs is head examined. His record is abysmal, the players he has bought in lacking any quality and resolve. Holloway's tactics are a mystery as is the team formation. Is he living in a never never land playing three a the back against borough?

    Lomas was sacked for less, Holloway has to go and I hope is not the manager against Brighton next week.
    I also think the board have lot to answer for for their ineptitude in selecting a team manager.

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  • December 6, 2014 at 18:04
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    The thing I really noticed was if one of our men got the ball in an attacking position, there were two defenders sitting on him before the blink of an eye. If one of their men got the ball in an attacking position, it took us 10 seconds to work out what our defensive shape was supposed to even be, by which time they had usually lined up a shot and blasted it at goal. I know our players aren't the best in the world but that's a total absence of any organisation, and that's because it's a totally different defence every game.

    In attack Gregory looks bright when we get him on the ball, but in this division he's coming up against two brick sh*thouses every week and he's in their pocket. Ineffective without a strong target man, and Fuller can't do that job- he was only ever meant to be an impact sub, but after not getting Matt Smith we ended up with the blind panic buy that was Ranegie.

    I'd say Holloway should walk and take his personality cult with him but we were this bad for most of Jackett's last three years, we were this bad under Lomas, and we'll be this bad after Holloway is sacked. Everyone's hoping we can stay up on the last day again, get parasites like Chaplow and Bailey off the wage bill, but the only players we can recruit are bottom six standard. We're still giving new contracts to people like Martinez so it's no improvement whatsoever. Even relegation, when it comes, won't be the fix because it will have such a demoralising effect that we'll just be getting massacred by Port Vale and Walsall every week. The problem here is that we bought all season tickets to see Millwall play football matches, not Charlie Chaplin perform slapstick farce.

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  • December 6, 2014 at 18:05
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    OH DEAR...

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  • December 6, 2014 at 18:05
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    OH DEAR...

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  • December 6, 2014 at 18:07
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    Millwall you are ruining football for me, I gave up a couple weeks ago, this is the first comment I done in ages, but holloway is screaming for consistency but changes formation and players every week.

    Holloway how about 442? F*** sake, 442!! Any shape, diamond if you want, I don't care.

    I genially expect nothing from month, try to refresh the club a little January, hope for the best.

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  • December 6, 2014 at 18:10
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    4 words...holloway bircham go now !

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  • December 6, 2014 at 18:13
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    I know lets play 2 up front fooking hell

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  • December 6, 2014 at 18:18
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    Holloway to go for me, clueless!
    Get a career as a stand up comedian cos you are quiet funny!
    As for the football it was embarrising today and could of been double figures only for a few good saves and bad finishing.
    Too many bad players at MFC drawing a wage, this club needs to have a total overhaul in the summer, 24 players out of contract the only one worth a contract is Malone, the ones in contact I think are Forde, webster(s*** today) Williams, Upson, Martin, Gregory so a decent start there, bring some new players in with the promising youngsters we have and we can regroup, start again and come back stronger!

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  • December 6, 2014 at 18:27
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    We can't afford to sack him but for me he is not the right man for this job. Dunne and Webster was a disaster waiting to happen, add into the mix Wilkinson not up to speed after three matches out, Malone, who is better going forward than defending, a midfield with no width at all, poor Jack Powell, a great prospect but out of his depth against a quality midfield, no strikers signed - I've had enough. Please Ian, if you hold us in the affection you say you do, please, do the decent thing and walk away. I think that we actually have some decent players this time round, all we lack is someone to give them a formation, line up and tactics that they can understand.

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    • December 6, 2014 at 19:42
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      No manager would do a better job with a group of players that can't be bothered

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  • December 6, 2014 at 19:00
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    Because you lot are there every week we are were we are because we are millwall why do you s*** c**** get behind the team and turn up every week

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  • December 6, 2014 at 19:01
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    Because you lot are there every week we are were we are because we are millwall why do you s**c**ts get behind the team and turn up every week

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    • December 6, 2014 at 19:47
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      Nope, try again.

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  • December 6, 2014 at 19:49
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    I'm probably going to get stick for this but I'm going to say it anyway, All of you lot that are slating Holloway and giving him a tough time. Why don't you look at the team that played. everyone has been saying for weeks play two up front. last week we came from 2-0 down at Bournemouth (a team high flying) with that formation and that team. So how can you slate Ollie for starting with that team. They didn't bother bums today the only people that can get a bit of credit are Dunney because at least he tired, Forde because he made a few good saves and Shittu when he came on he did well but the rest need to take a good look at themselves.

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  • December 6, 2014 at 21:05
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    I've said before on here we're yards slower, thinking and moving than any of the teams that are beating us, are we mentally alert, physically fit, enough to compete at this level, I fear not. only two people out there this afternoon would be in my team next week, everyone else would be on jankers for a few weeks to look at their performance's this season, cause their total efforts are just not good enough for this division, I know we should be doing better

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