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Preview: Middlesbrough v Millwall

3 March 2015

All you need to know about tonight's game

Ian Holloway's Millwall side head to promotion-chasing Middlesbrough tonight looking to breathe fresh hope and belief into the club's aim of avoiding relegation to League One (7.45pm).

Defeat at relegation rivals Rotherham United on Saturday leaves The Lions six points from safety with 12 games to go, however Millwall have won two of their previous four matches away from The Den and will be looking to rediscover that solidity to secure three crucial points at the Riverside Stadium this evening.

Boro have not had the best of times lately, finishing on the wrong end of a 2-0 scoreline at Sheffield Wednesday last weekend, their second defeat in three games. They do, however, remain in second place just two points behind leaders Derby with Norwich - who Millwall host on Saturday - closing the gap between themselves and Boro just a single point.

What the managers say

Ian Holloway: "It looks very difficult but it's not, there's 12 games left. This time last year we had the same points as we have got now, with nine games left we dropped to rock bottom and stayed up. There's more than enough points for us. We need to get through this period where things are going against us. We have to win games that others do not think we can - and who is to say that we can't? It will take us working hard together, working for each other and producing some miraculous results but I managed to re-energise the squad last year and we can do it again." 

Aitor Karanka: "Our last performances have not been good for us. The best way to forget those matches is to beat Millwall. It's going to be a hard game because they are playing to stay in the Championship. If we go onto the pitch thinking it's going to be an easy game it will be a big mistake."

Team news

Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka has no fresh injury concerns ahead of tonight's game, but is still without central defender Daniel Ayala who is working his way back to fitness from a thigh injury.

Long-term casualties Damia Abella (knee) and Rhys Williams (Achilles) remain on the sidelines.

Millwall are waiting on the fitness of both Diego Fabbrini and Gary Taylor-Fletcher, both of whom sustained injuries at the New York Stadium on Saturday.

Midfielder Fabbrini limped off towards the end of the Rotherham match whilst striker Taylor-Fletcher had to be substituted due to a head wound.

Austrian forward Stefan Maierhofer (quad), Lee Martin (foot), Shaun Cummings (thigh) are all unavailable for Millwall.

Former Boro midfielder Nicky Bailey is closer to fitness after a calf problem but is unlikely to feature this evening having returned to competitive action for the U21s barely two weeks ago.


This evening's game is the 51st meeting between the two clubs, and to date it is Boro who hold the better head-to-head record with 21 wins in all competitions to Millwall's 18. 

The Lions, though, remain unbeaten at the Riverside Stadium and have won three of their four meetings, including a 2-1 success last time out on Teesside courtesy of a Stefan Maierhofer brace.


For a comprehensive list of odds on the game, visit Sky Bet.


Unable to make it to the Riverside Stadium? The Lions Player team will be bringing you full match commentary from 7.40pm.

You can also keep up-to-date with all the action via @MillwallFC, the club's official Twitter account. Have your say before, during and after the game by tagging your tweets with #MFCvMFC, this evening's match-specific hashtag.

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