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The Den (ATT 9,576) 1st September 2012 - Kick off 12:45 Ref: F Graham

Millwall Millwall vs Middlesbrough M'boro

Millwall 3

L Trotter (25)
A Keogh (35, 86)

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M'boro 1

M Emnes (pen 43)

Lions roar past Middlesbrough

Last Updated: 01/09/12 3:22pm

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Keogh: Netted against Boro

Keogh: Netted against Boro

Andy Keogh scored twice as Millwall registered a first home win of the season in the Championship after sinking Middlesbrough 3-1.

The Lions, who had taken three points from their opening three games of the campaign, hit their stride against Middlesbrough from the off and raced into a two-goal lead after 35 minutes.

Skipper Liam Trotter got the ball rolling with a precise 20-yard effort in the 25th minute and Keogh got his first of the afternoon and the season 10 minutes later when he reacted quickest to his shot thundering into the post.

Boro, who started the day in the top six, gave themselves hope before half-time through Marvin Emnes' second of the season, but Keogh's second from close range in the final five minutes made sure of the points for the Lions.

Boro will have not appreciated the lunchtime kick-off in south-east London, having not arrived home from their midweek Capital One Cup victory at Gillingham until 4am on Wednesday.

And after another lengthy journey back down to the capital their weariness began to show as the Lions pressed and Keogh volleyed straight at Jason Steele before missing an even better chance when denied by the Boro keeper from close range.

But the home domination eventually paid and 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.

That goal changed Tony Mowbray's half-time team-talk and 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 as they searched desperately for a way back into the game.

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.

Friend immediately tested Maik Taylor in the Millwall goal, but the former Birmingham man parried the danger away as the hosts saw it out with ease and condemned Boro to a miserable journey home.

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Derby County 13 26
2 Watford 13 25
3 Middlesbrough 13 23
4 Wolverhampton Wanderers 13 23
5 Norwich City 13 22
6 Nottingham Forest 13 22
7 Charlton Athletic 13 22
8 Bournemouth 13 21
9 Ipswich Town 13 20
10 Cardiff City 13 19
11 Blackburn Rovers 13 19
12 Brentford 13 19
13 Sheffield Wednesday 13 18
14 Rotherham United 13 16
15 Leeds United 13 16
16 Huddersfield Town 13 16
17 Reading 13 15
18 Millwall 13 14
19 Wigan Athletic 13 12
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 13 12
21 Birmingham City 13 11
22 Fulham 13 11
23 Bolton Wanderers 13 8
24 Blackpool 13 6