Middlesbrough 1-1 Millwall: Jordan Hugill's late penalty secures dramatic draw for Boro
Jed Wallace had given Neil Harris' Lions the lead after 22 minutes
Last Updated: 19/01/19 8:32pm
Jordan Hugill snatched Middlesbrough a point as his 90th-minute penalty secured a 1-1 draw against Millwall.
Boro were trailing for more than an hour after Jed Wallace rounded off a slick counter-attacking move with a precise first-half finish.
But despite toiling for most of the game, the Teessiders were handed a last-gasp lifeline when Millwall substitute Steve Morison bundled over Daniel Ayala in the box. Hugill converted from the spot to secure his side an equaliser.
Millwall travelled to the North-East buoyed by their festive form, and dominated from the outset.
With Wallace and Ben Marshall playing on either side of Lee Gregory, the visitors were able to boast plenty of attacking players breaking into the box whenever they pushed into the Middlesbrough half, and it did not take them long to start creating chances.
Gregory should have opened the scoring in the 10th minute, but while the ball fell invitingly for the Millwall striker after the Boro defence failed to deal with a corner, his close-range shot was smothered by an onrushing Darren Randolph.
Gregory shot into the side-netting shortly after, and the forward was a central figure once again as the visitors claimed the lead in the 22nd minute.
A swift counter-attack ended with the ball at Gregory's feet as he advanced in the Middlesbrough half, and with Ayala and Danny Batth both being drawn to the same player, Millwall's No 9 was able to slip a square pass to the unmarked Jed Wallace.
Wallace steadied himself, before slipping a crisp low finish past Randolph.
The goal was no more than Millwall deserved, and they almost added another when Shaun Williams delivered a dangerous cross from the left, only for Ben Thompson to direct his header straight at Randolph.
Middlesbrough hadn't created anything at that stage, but with the home supporters becoming increasingly discontent, Tony Pulis' side finally began to stir in the closing stages of the first half.
Lewis Wing shot wide from 20 yards and Jonny Howson finally forced a save from Jordan Archer as he propelled Adam Clayton's cross towards goal with a diving header.
Boro's players felt they should have had a penalty from the same move, with Shaun Hutchinson appearing to block off Hugill's run into the box.
Pulis introduced Rajiv van La Parra at the interval in an attempt to inject some pace into his side's attacking, and the recent loan arrival from Huddersfield Town almost had an instant impact, drilling in a deflected strike that Archer saved.
The Millwall goalkeeper was involved again shortly after, parrying a fiercely-hit shot from Wing, but he was powerless to prevent Boro levelling with virtually the last kick of the game.
Morison brought down Ayala after Stewart Downing crossed from the right, and Hugill rolled home the resultant penalty.
Tony Pulis: "The amazing thing with this group is that in the last two games away from home - at Birmingham and Derby, which are two very difficult clubs to go to - we've played exceptionally well, been the better team in both games and played with a lot of vigour and positive energy.
"Really and truthfully, we've taken four points from those games and should have taken six."
Neil Harris: "That was the best performance we have produced this season. We were outstanding from start to finish. We controlled the game on the counter-attack and it went exactly as we planned.
"Where we fell short was we were let down by the officials, but we should have been out of sight and had two very good chances just before that. It was a performance with energy, character, discipline, ability on the ball, you won't see many better away performances at Middlesbrough this season."