npower Championship
Saturday February 23 2013
Middlesbrough v Millwall
Kick-off 5.20pm

THIS will be the 36th league meeting between the two sides. The previous 35 have seen 16 Boro victories compared to Millwall's 12, with seven draws.


Injuries and suspensions

Stuart Parnaby will miss the game with a torn hamstring, while Lukas Jutkiewicz (ankle), Jonathan Woodgate (calf) and Seb Hines (knee) are also missing. Ishmael Miller and Andy Halliday both had ankle strappings on after the draw at Burnley but should be fine. Scott McDonald is training again after a back problem but this game could come too soon for him.


In Opposition

Millwall manager Kenny Jackett is in his sixth season with the Lions, having taken them back to the Championship after relegation in 2006. He is the Championship's longest-serving manager.

Kenny Jackett - Photo-Getty Images

The Lions were promoted to the Championship through the play-offs with a 1-0 win over Swindon Town in the final after finishing third in the 2009/10 season.

The south-east London club finished 16th in the Championship last season, having amassed 57 points and finishing the season with a seven-game unbeaten run, dropping only four points.

But they did end last season with the third-worst disciplinary record in the Championship, behind Portsmouth and Watford.

Millwall currently sit 14th in the Championship, eight places and 10 points behind Boro in sixth.

Millwall have a 26-man squad from only six countries, five of them on loan. They have used 31, an average figure in this season's Championship.

Liam Trotter - Photo-Getty Images

Their leading scorers are still Chris Wood, with 11, and Darius Henderson with seven, who both left the club last month. Liam Trotter, above, and Andy Keogh are the best of the current squad, with six each.

They have the second-worst disciplinary record in the Championship, with 57 yellow cards and three red (Boro have 43 and one), and only Bolton have more cards and fouls.

Shane Lowry has been shown more yellow cards than any other player in the league (11)  and also one red card, picked up on Tuesday, which will make him miss this game. Only Lowry and three others have had more than James Henry's eight.


Head-to-Head

Click on the scores in red to read the match report

2011/12 - Championship
15-10-2011: Boro 1-1 Millwall

2010/11 - Championship
20-11-2010: Boro 0-1 Millwall

1994/95 - Division One (Ayresome Park)
01-10-1994: Boro 3-0 Millwall

1993/94 - Division One (Ayresome Park)
06-02-1994: Boro 4-2 Millwall

1991/92 - Division Two (Ayresome Park)
17-08-1991: Boro 1-0 Millwall

1990/91 -Division Two (Ayresome Park)
13-10-1990: Boro 2-1 Millwall


Diary Dates

5 years ago - Jeremie Aliadiere's unhappy slappy red card at Anfield after Boro lead through Tuncay but go down to a Torres hat-trick, despite Stewart Downing's late goal.

10 years ago - A double Derby double as Chris Riggott scores twice and Malcolm Christie once on his full debut in a 3-0 win at Sunderland.

15 years ago - And the Mackems are again on the receiving end, 3-1, as a Riverside record 30,237 see Marco Branca make it three goals in two games and Alun Armstrong the other on his debut.

40 years ago - Alan Foggon's first goal, Nobby Stiles' second and last in a 3-0 home win over Portsmouth. And still no manager.

45 years ago - Peter Wilson's only Boro game, a 1-1 home draw with Charlton. But he would go on to captain Australia in the World Cup.

60 years ago - A 3-0 defeat at West Brom means 16 goals against in four games and two points from nine games. Boro drop to 19th in a warning for next season.

65 years ago - Better days at Anfield with Micky Fenton scoring the only goal five minutes from time.

80 years ago - As ever, cup defeat to Birmingham, this time 3-0 at St Andrews in a replay.

85 years ago - A second goalless game for George Camsell, and the rest of the team, in a 3-0 defeat at Blackburn. That's seven goals against and none scored in two games.

100 years ago - Boro still can't win at Burnley, going out of the FA Cup 3-1.

105 years ago - Sammy Cail makes it seven goals in seven games but Boro crash 4-1 at Woolwich Arsenal.


Vital Statistics

Boro have had all three possible results in their last three games, coming on the back of five straight league defeats.

Mowbray's men have lost six of the last eight Championship games, winning one and drawing one, meaning they've picked up just four points from a possible 24.

Boro have lost just three of the last 14 games at the Riverside, winning 10 and drawing one.

Boro now have the Championship's second best home record after Cardiff and are the fourth-highest scorers at home.

The clean sheet for Boro at Burnley on Tuesday night means its two shutouts in the last three games.

They will be trying to keep successive clean sheets for the first time in 22 games. Their current run of one goal scoerd in three games is the worst for 13 months.

Millwall have lost their last five Championship games, conceding 12 goals along the way. They have, however, picked up FA Cup wins over Aston Villa and Luton Town during that period.

Millwall celebrate scoring at Luton - Photo-Getty Images

Millwall have taken over from Boro as the team on the worst current run in the Championship - six games without a win and five successive defeats, culminating an Tuesday's 5-1 home hammering by bottom club Peterborough.

Jackett's side have won just one of their last 10 league games, 2-1 at home over Bristol City on New Year's Day - a run that has seen them drop from sixth to 10th in the Championship.

The Lions have gone six away games since recording victory on the road. A 1-0 win at Wolves was a result that rounded off four straight wins in November.

Boro have failed to hold a lead eight times but every time they have led at half-time they have gone on to win - eight times so far, the best record in the division. In the 10 games they have been behind at half time they have won just one - and lost the other nine.

Millwall, on the other hand, have only taken six points after going behind, with just one win, again, the third-worst record, and have yet to win after being behind at half-time, managing just two draws.

Boro have never beaten Millwall at the Riverside, but they have only played twice - their last victory at home was in Ayresome Park's last season, in October 1994.

Millwall's win at the Riverside in October 2010 was only their second on Teesside - the other was in 1967. Those are the only times they have kept a clean sheet.

 


Last time out

September 1 2012
Championship

Millwall 3 (Trotter 25, Keogh 34, 86), Middlesbrough 1 (Emnes 42 (pen))

Two goals from Andy Keogh helped Millwall to three points in a keenly-contested affair in south-east London.

Millwall: M Taylor; Dunne, Osborne, Malone, Wright, Trotter (Capt), Lowry, (Henry 83), Abdou, Henderson (Batt 46), Keogh. Subs: Forde (gk); Shittu, Racon, C Taylor, Marquis.

Middlesbrough: Steele; Hoyte, Hines, Woodgate (Capt), Friend, Zemmama (Ledesma 55), Leadbitter, McEachran, Haroun (Smallwood 62), Emnes, Miller (L Williams 72). Subs: Ripley (gk); McManus, Arca, Reach.

Referee: Fred Graham, Essex.

Bookings

Millwall: Henry
, 32, unsporting behaviour; Abdou, 41, foul; Lowry, 76, foul.
Middlesbrough: Steele, 32, unsporting behaviour; Haroun, 33, foul; McEachran, 51, foul.

Attendance 9,576 (768 Boro)

Conditions: Warm and overcast

Website Boro Man of the Match: George Friend

Possession: Millwall 50% Middlesbrough 50%

Shots

Cards

Goals

On target

Off target

Blocked

Corners

Yellow

Red

Millwall

3

5

7

1

3

3

0

Boro

1

6

10

6

4

3

0



Referee: Michael Naylor, South Yorkshire.

Michael Naylor - Photo-Getty Images

Mr Naylor will take charge of his 24th game of the season, his previous 23 bringing a total of 59 yellow cards and two red.

The South Yorkshire official was last in charge of Boro in the 2-2 home draw with Derby County on October 3, awarding a penalty for the Rams in the 16th minute.

He was last in the middle for a Millwall game in the Lions last away win, 1-0 victory over Wolves on November 27.



Weather

A cold, dry, night is forecast with the temperature around two degrees for the game. A 10mph north-easterly wind will make it feel a little colder.



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