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.”