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Sky Bet Championship: Middlesbrough beat Millwall 2-0 to claim rare away win

Last Updated: 22/12/13 8:00pm

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Emmanuel Ledesma's second-half strike helped Middlesbrough to a 2-0 victory at Millwall - their first away victory since August in the Sky Bet Championship season.

The Argentinian, who came off the bench, opened the scoring before Albert Adomah added a second late on as the Lions saw a seven-game unbeaten run at The Den end.

Marvin Emnes had the first opening of the game when he made himself half a yard in a wide position - but Mark Beevers cleared his low cross.

In the 17th minute Lions goalkeeper David Forde had to be quick to hack the ball into touch after Emnes had chased down Alan Dunne's backpass.

Boro defender Daniel Ayala was booked for a lunge on Liam Trotter after half-an-hour, despite the defender receiving the free-kick having been tripped by Scott McDonald.

Liam Feeney provided Millwall with their best moment of the first half when he burst down the right, but his tame cross could only find Jozsef Varga.

Ledesma's curling free-kick then came off the head of Paul Robinson and landed in the arms of Forde after 40 minutes as a drab opening period came towards its close.

It took until 42 minutes for the game's first shot to arrive and it came through Lions defender Dunne who fired straight at Shay Given from 25 yards.

But four minutes after the restart Ledesma broke down the right, cut inside Paul Robinson and Nadjim Abdou and fired beyond Forde from 20 yards.

McDonald was booked for a reckless tackle on Dean Whitehead soon after, and the Boro midfielder was fortunate to escape without punishment as he squared up to the Australian.

Steve Morison forced on-loan Aston Villa goalkeeper Given into action on 69 minutes, with the Irishman having to dive to his left to palm the striker's header away.

Two minutes later Richard Smallwood should have made it two but he fired Ledesma's cutback over from 10 yards.

With 13 minutes remaining Trotter almost glanced Ledesma's corner into his own net when he touched it on at the near post, but fortunately for him the ball drifted just wide.

And, at the other end, the midfielder came close to levelling a minute later when he shot left-footed from 20 yards - but the effort sailed just over.

Ledesma then had the chance to seal the victory with four minutes left. He spotted Forde off his line and attempted a deft chip but the goalkeeper got his fingertips to the ball to prevent it finding the top corner, then scrambled it away from his own line.

However, Forde could do little to prevent Adomah wrapping up the points in the final minute as the Ghanaian rounded him and tapped into an empty net.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 39 73
2 Watford 39 72
3 Middlesbrough 39 72
4 Norwich City 39 70
5 Derby County 39 67
6 Ipswich Town 39 67
7 Brentford 39 66
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 39 65
9 Nottingham Forest 39 57
10 Blackburn Rovers 39 54
11 Charlton Athletic 39 54
12 Sheffield Wednesday 39 53
13 Leeds United 39 52
14 Cardiff City 39 51
15 Birmingham City 38 47
16 Brighton and Hove Albion 39 45
17 Bolton Wanderers 39 45
18 Huddersfield Town 39 44
19 Reading 38 44
20 Fulham 39 43
21 Rotherham United 39 40
22 Wigan Athletic 39 35
23 Millwall 39 33
24 Blackpool 39 23