Cook’s play-off hopes fading

Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray blamed his side’s slack

defending for the 2-1 home defeat to Millwall.

The Teessiders slipped out of the play-off places after George

Friend headed into his own net and Martyn Woolford converted a

simple chance.

Boro staged a fightback after the restart and Curtis Main pulled

one back before having a second goal ruled out for offside in

stoppage time.

“They were poor, poor goals for us to concede from a defensive

point of view,” Mowbray said. “We made it very difficult for

ourselves.

“We gave Millwall something to hold onto and then we had to try

and break them down and we couldn’t do that. We had chances to get

back into it but we didn’t take them.

“We didn’t get the luck but we can’t keep saying that. It is

down to us to win football matches.

“Of course we are very disappointed and of course it has an

effect on confidence. And of course it is very frustrating for the

supporters here who have seen these results over the past few

weeks.

“But do we still believe we can make the play-offs? Of course we

do. We know we have what it takes and that we just need to stay

strong as a group and keep doing the things we did that won us 11

home games and got us in the top six in the first place.”

Cody McDonald headed the only goal of the game as the League Two

leaders set a new club record of 11 away wins this season.

Cook said: “We huffed and puffed and we did okay and certainly

in the second half I thought we could have gone on and win the game

but unfortunately for us it just didn’t happen.

“I can’t fault the effort or application and we created two or

three chances but it’s obvious that we are not scoring enough

goals. I thought we did our best and we knew it was going to be

difficult because of the way Gillingham set up but we lacked a bit

of quality.

“While it’s physically possible we will move heaven and earth to

do our best but it looks to be too much of an ask at the minute but

as a manager you have to keep believing.”