Millwall 1 Middlesbrough 0 - player ratings

Middlesbrough's play-off hopes appear to be evaporating after a disappointing defeat at Millwall.

The hosts took the lead in a disorganised first-half by Boro, and were able to sit on it.

Chief football writer Stuart Rayner assesses how the individuals performed.

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Marcus Bettinelli – made some very good saves to keep the damage down 8

HOOKED: Chuba Akpom was withdrawn at half-time

Dale Fry – had his work to cut out in Boro's biggest problem area 6

Grant Hall – scored the only goal – in his own net 5

Marc Bola – the space in behind him was a real problem in the first half 6

Djed Spence – unable to deal with the problems down his side, though he could have done with more support 5

Jonathan Howson – the formation made his life difficult in the first half but he was much better once it was balanced 6

Marvin Johnson – carried a threat on the wing 7

Paddy McNair – forced a decent save shortly before being substituted, but not the quality of performance you expect from him 6

Marcus Tavernier – Boro were unable to get the ball to him 5

Yannick Bolasie – under pressure, he missed the one good chance his team created in the first half 4

Chuba Akpom – ineffective 5

Substitutes:

George Saville (for Tavernier, 45) – had a couple of good chances against his old club 7

Duncan Watmore (for Bolasie, 46) – had Neil Warnock in his ear throughout 6

Ashley Fletcher (for Akpom, 46) – one excellent link-up with McNair but not enough else 6

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (for Spence, 46) – another attack-minded change 6

Neeskens Kebano (for McNair, 80) – N/A.

Not used: Morsy, Archer, Fisher, Coburn.

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