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Preview | Millwall v Middlesbrough

A look ahead to The Lions' clash with Boro...

15 December 2017

Millwall's final pre-Christmas fixture at The Den takes place on Saturday afternoon as The Lions entertain Middlesbrough in the Sky Bet Championship (kick-off 3pm).

Following two solid results against a duo of high-flyers in Sheffield United (3-1) and Aston Villa (0-0), Neil Harris' side welcome another promotion-chasing outfit to south London in Garry Monk's Boro, looking to extend their unbeaten run to three matches.

Should the manager opt to remain unchanged from last weekend's stalemate at Villa Park, goalkeeper David Martin will be in line to make his home debut - however, Jordan Archer has trained all week and recovered from a virus in time to be in contention.

Shaun Williams, who returned to first team action last Saturday and played an hour of the Under 23s 2-1 victory over QPR on Monday, will also look to continue his progress back into the first team and is available for selection.

Fred Onyedinma remains a doubt, with next Saturday's trip to Derby County looking more likely, whilst Shane Ferguson will not return until 2018 after injuring his knee. Byron Webster is The Lions' only long-term absentee.

This weekend will see the 52nd meeting between Millwall and Middlesbrough, with the visitors leading the overall score 22-18. The two games during the 2014/15 campaign are a duo that The Lions would rather forget, as Boro won 3-0 at the Riverside Stadium after handing out a 5-1 drubbing at The Den.

Happier times were present in April 2014, however, as Stefan Maierhofer's double secured a priceless 2-1 win for Millwall on Teesside in their hunt to beat the drop from The Championship. The last win at The Den over this weekend's opponents came in September 2012, as Liam Trotter and Andy Keogh (2) were on target in a 3-1 success.

The Family Fun Zone returns this Saturday! Head over to the Lions Centre between 1-2pm for some festive fun, including a bouncy castle, table tennis and mobile bowling lane. Click here to learn more about the Fun Zone - which is FREE!

Matchday programmes will be on sale around the ground prior to kick-off, with our Junior Lions Christmas Card competition winner adorning the front. An in-depth interview with Lee Gregory features inside, whilst the life and times of Barry Kitchener is also profiled on what would have been his 70th birthday this week. Pick up a copy for just £3.

Those unable to make it to The Den on Saturday can enjoy full match commentary on iFollow Millwall from around 2.50pm. International subscribers can watch this weekend's encounter LIVE on iFollow. Click here for more details.

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Lions edge out Middlesbrough in nervy encounter

Our take on events at The Den...

16 December 2017

Goals from Jed Wallace and George Saville secured a 2-1 victory for Millwall over Middlesbrough in the Sky Bet Championship at The Den on Saturday afternoon.

Stewart Downing halved the deficit midway through the second-half, but The Lions held firm to claim another three points on home soil.

Lions boss Neil Harris made one change from last Saturday's goalless draw at Aston Villa, as Jordan Archer returned in goal at the expense of David Martin, who dropped to the bench.

The home side soaked up some early pressure and fashioned the first chance of the afternoon on 4 minutes, but Aiden O'Brien's shot sailed over the crossbar. Meanwhile, Patrick Bamford tamely fired wide in Boro's first opportunity at goal.

The visitors were dangerous on the break and could have taken the lead on 15 minutes, but Archer was well placed to keep Bamford's effort out. With 18 minutes on the clock, Shaun Hutchinson powerfully met George Saville's corner-kick, but his header was saved by Darren Randolph.

Four minutes later, the same combination nearly nudged The Lions in front, but after Randolph tipped the defender's header away from goal, Lee Gregory was unable to convert under pressure.

Boro had the ball in the net on 28 minutes, but Britt Assombalonga was correctly ruled offside. The striker had another chance to score just a minute later, but he was unable to meet Downing's dangerous free-kick.

On 31 minutes, The Lions - perhaps against the run of play - took the lead. Gregory's lay-off found Ryan Tunnicliffe, who expertly slid the ball into the path of Wallace, springing the offside trap to slot under Randolph.

Steve Morison's long-range effort on 37 minutes sailed straight into the arms of the goalkeeper, but just seconds later, the lead was doubled through Saville. Initially, it looked as though the midfielder had taken too long in having a shot on goal, but the leading goalscorer somehow danced past a couple of Middlesbrough defenders and fired home for his seventh goal of the campaign.

Millwall were now rampant and could have had a third on the break through O'Brien, but the Irishman's effort was blocked away for a corner-kick. 

In the final action of the first-half, Gregory's deflected shot was saved, whilst Boro found the CBL Lower tier with a shot that failed to trouble Archer.

On 56 minutes, Middlesbrough could - and should - have reduced the arreas, but Martin Braithwaite's deft header glanced past Archer's post.

On 67 minutes, with The Lions dominating, Boro got themselves back in the game, as Archer failed to stop Downing's powerful effort from hitting the back of the net.

Shaun Williams made his return to The Den with 74 minutes on the clock as he replaced Gregory, whilst four minutes later, Tunnicliffe had the chance to put the game beyond doubt, but the midfielder failed to make a proper connection with Steve Morison's cross.

Fabio struck over the bar with nine minutes remaining as the visitors looked for the equaliser, but it was Millwall who could have scored the fourth goal of the game through Morison as he latched on to a loose back pass - unfortunately, Randolph rushed out to save. Saville's weak shot then apologetically rolled into the arms of the stopper.

The Lions were throwing their bodies on the line in the final few minutes of the game, with a combination of Mahlon Romeo and Hutchinson blocking Rudy Gestede from equalising.

After surviving four minutes of injury-time, Oliver Langford blew his whistle to cheers around The Den - The Lions have now gone three matches unbeaten.

Millwall: Archer, Meredith, Hutchinson, Gregory (Williams 74'), Romeo, Wallace, Tunnicliffe, Morison, O'Brien (Craig 86'), Saville, Cooper. Subs not used: Martin, McLaughlin, Thompson, Elliott, Twardek.

Booking: Gregory, Romeo, Wallace, Meredith

Scorer: Wallace 31', Saville 37'

Middlesbrough: Randolph, Fabio, Ayala, Gibson, Leadbitter, Assombalonga, Braithwaite (Johnson 80'), Bamford, Howson (Gestede 59'), Downing, Christie (Traore 80') . Subs not used: Konstantopoulos, Shotton, Forshaw, Friend.

Booking: Braithwaite, Leadbitter

Scorer: Downing 67'

Attendance: 12,026 (1,590)

Referee: Oliver Langford

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Tickets | Millwall v Middlesbrough

On sale now...

13 November 2017

Millwall host Middlesbrough at The Den in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday 16th December (kick-off 3pm) - and tickets are now on general sale.

This game is a Category A match.

Don't forget that if you are a MSC member and purchase your ticket up until the day before the game, you will receive a £3 reduction. If you are a Junior Lion, you will receive a £2 reduction on your matchday ticket price.

To book Family Stand Tickets please call 0844 826 2004 and select option 2. Tickets for the Family Stand are not available online.

Group Bookings are available for this match. Please call 0844 826 2004 and select option 1.

Wheelchair/Ambulant Disabled supporters need to call 0844 826 2004 and select option 1 to book tickets.

There are three easy ways to buy tickets:
* Online at www.millwalltickets.com (Booking fees apply)
* By phone on 0844 826 2004 - option 2 (calls to this number will cost 7p per minute from your BT landline.  Calls from other networks may vary and from mobiles will be considerably more. Booking fees apply)
* In person at the Millwall Ticket Office

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