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Match Report: Millwall 1-3 Middlesbrough (Boro Fans Perspective)

Thursday 23rd February 2012
A Marvin Emnes brace and a fine late strike from youngster Curtis Main were enough to see of relegation battlers Millwall at the New Den.

The visitors saw talisman Barry Robson return to the starting the line-up in place of the suspended Kevin Thomson, while the home side made two changes from their FA cup tie at the weekend with Josh Wright and David Forde starting ahead of Alan Dunne and Steve Mildenhall.

The visitors started brightly and could of quite easily been two or three up within the opening five minutes. Lukas Jutkiewicz pounced on a long goal kick from Jason Steele and fired narrowly wide and the former Coventry man forced a smart save from Forde in the Millwall goal soon after when his scuffed effort looped goal wards.

Marvin Emnes produced one of the misses of the season from the resulting corner when he headed over unchallenged from two yards. Forde produced another fine diving save from Jutkiewicz minutes later when the Boro strikers' header looked destined for the top corner.

Boro were rewarded for their early attacking intent on 15 minutes. Barry Robson's deep corner was met by Rhys Williams and his effort took a lucky ricochet off Emnes and found the back of the net to give the Teesiders a deserved lead.

Millwall almost responded immediately when Andy Keogh found himself in space inside the Boro box, but Jason Steele got down well to block the former Leeds man's effort.

There was however nothing lucky about Emnes and Boro's second on 38 minutes. The Dutchman collected a pass from Robson 30 yards out, skipped past two Millwall challenges and riffled the ball past Forde in to the bottom corner.

Millwall got themselves back in to the game only five minutes later with one of their first efforts on goal. Scott Barron's free kick was headed across goal by Liam Trotter; Darius Henderson met the ball six yards out and looped his header over Jason Steele in to the net.

The visitors came out a different side in the second half and it was Millwall's turn to apply some pressure. Trotter fired over after a mix up in the Boro defence and Henderson nodded over soon after. Steele had to be alert to deny a sweetly struck effort from Kane as the half progressed, but it was the Teesiders that struck the final decisive blow late on.

Julio Arca played a neat pass to Main on the edge of the area who turned sharply and smashed an impressive strike past Forde in to the top corner for his first senior goal.

The win ensured Boro moved back in to the play-off spots and Millwall remain in 19th .
Matthew Nixon

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