Millwall 0-2 Middlesbrough, Championship: report, ratings and verdict


Millwall 3-4-1-2



Middlesbrough 4-4-2

Half Time: 0 - 0 The Den ( Attendance: NA )
1 min

Millwall’s Championship Play-Off hopes took a controversial blow as they were defeated 2-0 at home to Middlesbrough.

In a low quality opening half, neither side looked like scoring although Boro did have a penalty appeal waved away when Millwall’s Murray Wallace went to ground to challenge Djed Spence.

Wallace then could have seen red for an off-the-ball incident with Spence where he appeared to elbow the Middlesbrough youngster.

Millwall had their best passage of play mid-way through the second-half with both Matt Smith and Connor Mahoney forcing saves from Middlesbrough keeper Dejan Stojanovic.

And they were made to pay in the 68th minute through Britt Assombalonga after Ashley Fletcher squared to him – though Fletcher appeared to clip Jake Cooper’s heels as he ran past him to latch onto the ball.

Middlesbrough then added insult to injury late on as Ashley Fletcher converted from the penalty spot after a foul by Cooper.

Key Points

Check out all the key talking points and reaction from London Football Scene below…

Key Moment

Britt Assombalonga’s goal was the boost that Boro needed to go on and claim all three points over a lacklustre Millwall side.

Moan of the Match

An unprecedented 3pm kick-off on a Wednesday afternoon made it even harder for fans to watch an already behind-closed-doors encounter.

Talking Point

How much damage did the suspension of the season to do Millwall’s Play-Off hopes after their 3-0 win away to Nottingham Forest before it?

Man of the Match

Ashley Fletcher – a constant thorn in the side of the Lions backline and deservedly got a goal his performance merited.

Tweet of the Match

Referee Watch

Tim Robinson (West Sussex) – awful performance, missed lots of obvious calls for both sides and Middlesbrough’s opener shouldn’t have counted.


No crowd noise was played, but both sides seemed up for the match.


Injuries meant that Millwall were again missing key players and they did not offer enough quality or strength in depth to win the match.

Line Ups

Millwall 3-4-1-2

Bialkowski; Hutchinson, Pearce (Mahoney, 63), Cooper; Romeo (Mitchell, 83), Woods, Williams (Molumby, 63), M. Wallace (Ferguson, 83); J. Wallace; Thompson (Bradshaw, 63), Smith

Subs not used:

Steele, Leonard, Burey, Skalak



Middlesbrough 4-4-2

Stojanovic; Spence (Dijksteel, 83), Fry, Shotton, Friend; Johnson, McNair (Clayton, 82), Howson, Saville; Assombalonga (Tavernier, 77), Fletcher

Subs not used:

Pears, Moukoudi, Coulson, Wing, Roberts, Nmecha


Assombalonga, Saville, Howson

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