Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

If You're a Purist, Please Beware - This Is Millwall; Boro Can Expect a Bruising Encounter with the Lions

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

If You're a Purist, Please Beware - This Is Millwall; Boro Can Expect a Bruising Encounter with the Lions

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Byline: Neil Cameron ? (0191) 201-6113 ? neil.cameron@ncjmedia.co.uk

MILLWALL Football Club are rarely associated with the nicer aspects of football.

So it should come as little surprise that Tony Mowbray sees them as more beast than beauty of a team.

Every game from now until the end of this season for Middlesbrough - and that may come at Wembley in the play-off final - is a must-win.

Today at the Riverside, in the Championship's evening match, Boro had better be ready to battle some brawn if they want to achieve just their second league victory of 2013.

Try saying that quickly. Millwall are going through a sticky patch, as are Middlesbrough, so as is the case with every Championship match this season, it's a hard one to call.

Boro boss Mowbray (pictured right) admitted as much and cautioned his team against taking their opposition lightly, as one thing they are not is light.

He said: "It wasn't so long ago Millwall won five away games on the bounce. They are powerful with big Liam Trotter and Nadjim Abdou in midfield.

"They are big guys, powerful running machines that can run right through your midfield.

"They have James Henry on the right wing who has great delivery and also Rob Hulse is now in their team who can score goals. So they are a threat.

"And never mind Danny Shittu playing at the back, when he gets forward at corners he is like a 6ft 6in monster who can head the ball.

"You have to give them every respect and yet you see the 5-1 defeat at home to Peterborough where everything went against them - hey, we've been there ourselves.

"Losing five goals is very much going against the grain of what they have been doing this season. So we won't underestimate them. Millwall have shown this season they are a capable team."

The Teessiders could start tonight's televised evening match in seventh place, if Brighton beat Burnley at home, albeit they would lose their play-off place for only a few hours if they themselves beat Millwall.

It's not a scenario that puts fear into Mowbray, who is more focused on the teams above him.

Mowbray said: "It is what it is. …

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