Lions roar past Boro
Steve Morison and Liam Trotter struck first-half goals as Millwall beat Middlesbrough at the Den.
Last Updated: 24/08/10 11:31pm
Millwall booked their place in the third round of the Carling Cup with a 2-1 victory over Championship rivals Middlesbrough at the Den.
First half goals from Steve Morison and Liam Trotter left Boro with a mountain to climb, although they did respond through Scott McDonald's late effort.
Going into the game on the back of their first defeat of the season, against Leeds on Saturday, Kenny Jackett's side claimed victory in front of their home fans.
Former Stevenage striker Morison, who impressed throughout, opened the scoring from the spot, before Trotter capitalised on some poor defending to double their advantage.
McDonald pulled a late goal back after a David Forde clanger, but Millwall were worthy winners.
After a cagey opening period, the hosts had the first opportunity, but James Henry failed to trouble Forde.
That seemed to open the game up and, after both sides had half chances, the Lions took the lead courtesy of a generous penalty.
Matthew Kilgallon was the guilty man, bringing down Alan Dunne, allowing Morison to grab his second goal of the campaign.
Boro desperately tried to get back into the game with Tarmo Kink and David Wheater forcing saves from Forde.
But it was Millwall who got a second as Neil Harris headed Henry's corner back across goal, leaving Trotter with the easiest of finishes after the visitors failed to clear their lines.
Picking up where they left off, the home side made a lively start to the second period, with Morison and Henry impressing.
But, despite seemingly being unable to open up the Lions' backline, the visitors nearly fashioned an equaliser as Julio Arca's 25-yard strike struck the cross bar.
After Gordon Strachan brought on Kris Boyd in an attempt to galvanise his troops, McDonald grabbed a late consolation when Forde, thinking the ball was going over, bizarrely let the ball to go in.
But it did not matter as Millwall moved into the third-round draw.