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Millwall find Friend when they need one

25 February 2013

What the Daily Mirror said

Kenny Jackett insist the Play-Offs are still within reach after Millwall finally got back to winning ways.
A George Friend own goal followed by Martyn Woolford's first goal since a January move from Bristol City snapped a five-game losing streak.
Curtis Main pulled one back in the 75th minute for Middlesbrough.
The Lions, who were a permanent top six fixture (sic) before Christmas, have fallen away from the promotion race.
But after cutting the gap on the Play-Off places to eight points, Jackett claimed: "I'm sure we can make it to the Play-Offs. It's take a fantastic run, but anything is possible in this division.
We need the kind of run we went on earlier in the season when we went 13 games unbeaten."
Boro are out of the top six for the first time in four months after taking just four points from the last 27.
Main gave them hope with a close-range finish from Friend's cross with 15 minutes left.
The young striker sliced wide with a late chance to level before Scott McDonald was denied by an off-side flag in injury-time.
Tony Mowbray must pick his troops up for Wednesday's FA Cup clash with Chelsea. He said: "We have to stick together with a dozen games left.
We have to galvanise ourselves. For 25 games we were two points off the top with real belief we could go on and win the league.
We showed enough in the second half that we can put teams under pressure.
As you can lose five on the bounce so you can win five on the bounce. It's a test of character now."
Millwall never looked back after taking a 25th-minute lead as James Henry swung a free-kick into the box.
Defender Karleigh Osborne came back from an offside position to put pressure on Friend, who with John Marquis also breathing down his neck sent a diving header past keeper Jason Steele into his own net.
Woolford doubled the lead five minutes before the break thanks to great work by Benik Afobe, who surged past Friend and into the box, before unleashing a low shot that Steele did well to even parry.
Woolford reacted first to the loose ball, rolling it home from close range.


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