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Sky Bet Championship: Millwall boost survival hopes with 2-1 win at Middlesbrough

Two Stefan Maierhofer goals gave Millwall a huge boost in their bid to stay in the Sky Bet Championship as they won 2-1 at Middlesbrough.

Boro went into the game after four wins on the bounce but put in a lacklustre display as the Lions grabbed three precious points to climb out of the relegation places.

Twice Maierhofer took advantage of poor defending to head home in the first half before Emmanuel Ledesma clawed one back with a free-kick after the break.

Boro almost drew first blood in the sixth minute. Grant Leadbitter flicked inside to Danny Graham who nodded it back then peeled off towards the box and when Leadbitter played it into his feet the striker stabbed a long shot that sent keeper David Forde full length to push it onto the post.

Millwall built up a head of steam as crosses from Lee Martin on the left caused trouble in the Boro defence and first Alan Dunne headed wide then Maierhofer put one into the side netting.

And the pressure told on 16 minutes as Martin curled another cross to the far post for the unmarked Maierhofer to power home.

Boro had chances to level but Millwall goalkeeper Forde first blocked a Jacob Butterfield shot from inside the box then dived to smother a downward header by Graham.

But Millwall got a carbon copy second goal on 30 minutes as Martin crossed from the left to the far post where Maierhofer stooped to head home.

Boro stepped up a gear after the break and had plenty of possession without troubling the Millwall keeper.

Millwall had a golden chance to seal it with a third as they broke out on 72 minutes.

Alan Dunne knocked a long ball forward out of defence to send substitute striker Steve Morison storming forward with defenders in pursuit - but his low shot from 20 yards was easily saved by Dimi Konstantopoulos.

And they went closer still a minute later as Dunne sent Morison surging down the right and when he cut it back into the box Martyn Woolford stabbed it goalwards but Konstantopoulos went full length to push it away at the far post.

Boro clawed a goal back on 79 minutes as Graham was fouled on the edge on the edge of the box and Ledesma chipped over the wall and under the bar.

Millwall almost had a third in stoppage time as former Boro striker Scott McDonald drilled in a low 20-yard shot that Konstantopoulos blocked and Lee Martin poked home the rebound but the offside flag was already up.


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  • Sky Bet Championship: Millwall boost survival hopes with 2-1 win at Middlesbrough


  • Two Stefan Maierhofer goals gave Millwall a huge boost in their bid to stay in the Sky Bet Championship as they won 2-1 at Middlesbrough.

  • Championship: Ian Holloway hails Millwall after 2-1 win at Middlesbrough


  • Ian Holloway hailed his Millwall team after a 2-1 win at in-form Middlesbrough lifted the Lions out of the bottom three of the Sky Bet Championship standings.

  • Championship Chat: Bowyer job on line


  • James Dixon praises the clubs for the Hillsborough tributes, slams Blackburn, talks up QPR's promotion chances and tips Millwall to stay up.

  • Transfer news: Richie Smallwood still hoping for chance at Middlesbrough


  • Richie Smallwood is hoping he can return to Middlesbrough in the summer and push for a first-team spot.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Middlesbrough hope to have Kei Kamara back before end of season


  • Middlesbrough striker Kei Kamara has undergone a successful hernia operation and could be back in action before the end of the season.

  • Regional Rumours in the Press: United eyeing Reus


  • Manchester United are reportedly considering a move for Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus, while Gus Poyet is determined to stay at Sunderland.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Dimi Konstantopoulos targets new Middlesbrough deal


  • Middlesbrough goalkeeper Dimi Konstantopoulos has set his heart on a new contract after establishing himself as Aitor Karanka's number one.

  • Transfer news: Middlesbrough eye deal for Dimi Konstantopoulos


  • Middlesbrough are set to open talks with Greek goalkeeper Dimi Konstantopoulos over a new contract.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Promotion hopefuls Burnley lose at home to Middlesbrough


  • Burnley's Premier League party was put on hold after Jacob Butterfield's strike condemned the Clarets to a 1-0 defeat against Middlesbrough at Turf Moor.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Decisions disappoint Burnley boss Sean Dyche against Middlesbrough


  • Burnley boss Sean Dyche could not fault his side for their efforts but he was less complimentary about the referee as the Clarets' hopes of automatic promotion to the Premier League suffered a setback with a 1-0 defeat against Middlesbrough.

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