Middlesbrough pay price for misses

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ANDY Keogh scored twice as Millwall registered a first home win of the season in the npower Championship.

The Lions’ pressure eventually paid and Liam Trotter gave his side the lead in the 25th minute when he latched onto a loose ball and fired into the top corner from 20 yards.

That became 2-0 10 minutes later as Keogh, who had been a constant threat throughout, was found in the penalty area and lashed a shot that beat Steele, but thundered into the post. However, the former Wolves striker reacted quickest and slotted the rebound home.

Middlesbrough were in danger of being blown away but they were given a lifeline two minutes before the break when Jimmy Abdou fouled George Friend in the penalty area.

Emnes coolly struck home from 12 yards to reduce the deficit.

Boro came out roaring after the interval, with Merouane Zemmama and Grant Leadbitter having shots blocked. Boro then had three opportunities to level but Leadbitter fired just wide, Friend’s shot was blocked and Emnes cleared the bar from the edge of the area.

And they paid the ultimate price with five minutes remaining as Keogh put the game to bed for the hosts when he was on hand to tap home Scott Malone’s cross from the left.

Millwall: M Taylor, Dunne, Osborne, Lowry, Malone, Henry (Feeney 83), Trotter, Wright, Abdou, Keogh, Henderson (Batt 46). Subs not used: Forde, Shittu, Racon, Marquis, C Taylor. Booked: Henry, Abdou, Lowry. Goals: Trotter 25, Keogh 35, 86.

Middlesbrough: Steele, Hoyte, Woodgate, Hines, Friend, Zemmama (Ledesma 55), McEachran, Leadbitter, Haroun (Smallwood 62), Miller (L Williams 73), Emnes. Subs not used: Ripley, McManus, Arca, Reach. Booked: Steele, Haroun, McEachran. Goals: Emnes 43 pen.

Att: 9,576. Ref: Fred Graham (Essex).