Orient Express Comes off The Rails

Leyton Orient lost 1-0 to local rivals Bromley as Bondz N’Gala was sent off in the 4th minute to ensure that the O’s finished the year with a defeat.

In what has been a dismal year all in all with more managers than good performances new man in the hot seat Justin Edinburgh has Orient playing in a far more positive style. On a decent run and facing a Bromley side on a 5 match streak without a win, Orient had gone into the match as favourites with the bookies for pulling off another 3 points for the former Spurs player.

However an incident as early as the 4th minute when Dagenham loanee Bondz N’Gala picked up a straight red card for bringing down George Porter as the last man. As a contest the game changed dramatically with forward David Mooney coming off to be replaced by Happe after just 8 minutes meaning Orient reverted to a much more defensive outlook.

Despite the defeat Orient played well with renewed belief in the last month and could easily have snatched a draw but Bromley held out as Josh Coulson had three opportunities to bring the O’s level in the game.

An attendance of 5,227 packed into Brisbane Road for the last game of the year in east London with the home team looking for revenge  following Bromley’s 6-1 stuffing of the O’s on August 15, currently Orient’s worst defeat in the National league.

The games first focal point came early as Joe Widdowson attempted to pass the ball back to Brill for the home team, but didn’t get anywhere near enough pace on it and Porter nipped in. N’Gala back from being ineligible for the hosts against Dagenham his host team looked to get back at the Bromley attacker, yet appeared to swing his legs around Porter and referee David Rock bought out a straight red. Bromley did nothing with resulting free kick however.

With the O’s down on numbers Bromley dominated the early part of the game unsurprisingly and took the lead when Louis Dennis notched his 10th goal of the season after 22 minutes to make the most of Bromley’s advantage.

Orient came back though and won a free kick in a decent position in the 33rd minute when Sutherland, who had recently been booked, brought down James Dayton. Dayton picked himself up and whipped in a brilliant delivery which Josh Coulson headed against the post before Bromley cleared.

Josh Coulson went close once again as Leyton Orient rallied further seeing an effort cleared off the line while Alex Lawless forced a fine save out of Bromley goalkeeper David Gregory.

It was another opportunity gone for the O’s, but Bromley were looking particularly dodgy from set-pieces as more chances appeared and for a side playing against the ten men, Neil Smith’s Ravens were not showing enough ambition and Orient’s confidence was growing by the minute.

Craig Clay hit the bar as Leyton Orient pushed hard for an equaliser and with 9 minutes left Clay curled the ball in and Bonne, unmarked, headed over from six yards with only Gregory to beat. Then Dayton missed an opportunity with 5 minutes to go as the visitors held on to see out the victory. Despite Orient’s second half dominance.

Defeat sees the O’s drop down to 19th in the table as Fylde climbed a number of places with a surprise 2-1 win against Maidenhead. Defeat makes no change for Orient in the points difference to the bottom four as that remains at 9 points. Despite the loss the omens are looking up and Orient will simply be looking to consolidate for the remainder of the season. Edinburgh has bought in a hunger that was missing and a solidity in the back four that just hasn’t been there for well over a year. So you could say this is just a blip in the recuperation of the O’s and Edinburgh seems to be the right man to lead them back to better days.

So despite the loss it’s a Happy New Year for Leyton Orient who showed tremendous guile in a game they played almost entirely with ten men.

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Harry Kane will not score another goal in 2017..

..vows to be even better in 2018!

Harry Kane has beaten Alan shearer’s record number of goals in the Premier League. Kane elevated his already lofty profile in world football to almost God like status by ending the year with consecutive hat tricks against Burnley and Southampton. His 39 goals during 2017 ends Alan Shearer’s 22-year record of 36 goals achieved in 1995.

Taking Shearer’s Premier League record alone is a magnificent achievement, but with 56 goals in all competitions he eclipsed even the great Lionel Messi. Messi could manage only 54 goals during the year but still holds the record of 91 goals in top flight competition in 2012. However, let’s take nothing away from the Spurs number 9, to leave players of the quality of the Argentinian wizard and the Portugese superstar Ronaldo in your wake is an awesome achievement.

Kane has been plundering defences in the Premier League and Europe throughout 2017. He has amassed eight hat tricks in 2017. What is more, he has been doing all this at a rate of more than one goal per game! This bodes well for the 2018 World Cup where England fans will be hoping for more of the same. Fitness and form of course are fickle creatures, but should Harry Kane maintain both he could be the man to right past injustices that have befallen England in previous tournaments.

See the latest 2018 World Cup betting markets here….

Here at EnergyBet we take a good deal of interest in the career of Harry Kane. As a youngster and just beginning his journey as a professional footballer with Tottenham he had two loan spells, one with Leyton Orient (now sadly in the Vanarama League) and one with Championship side Millwall. Both these sides are now officially partnered with EnergyBet. Unfortunately, the chances of either of these sides getting Harry to come back as part of another loan deal seems to have faded, but we can still dream here at EnergyWorld.

Everybody here at EnergyBet will be lifting a glass of Champagne in Harry Kane’s honour on New Year’s Eve and let us all hope that 2018 will prove to be every bit as successful as 2017 was for the Spurs superstar. Stay fit and stay super Harry!

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Everybody here at EnergyBet and EnergyWorld would also like to take this opportunity to wish all our players a very happy new year. May all your dreams (and your bets) be successful ones.

New Year’s Tip of the Day:

EnergyWorld’s first tip for 2018 is for the game Stoke City v Newcastle. A £20 wager on Stoke City to win and both teams to score will return £92. Stake £20 on Newcastle to win and both teams to score will return £114. You can check either of these bets out under the ‘Specials’ tab by clicking the link to the right of the match odds, which can be found at the link above. Good Luck!

Millwall Salvage Draw In Entertaining 2-2 Game

A 72nd minute goal from Millwall’s Jake Cooper gave Millwall a deserved 2-2 draw against top of the table Wolves at the Den in an exciting game down in South London.

This was a great result for the Londoners against the top team in the division by a country mile and Millwalls doggedness and eagerness saw them over the line. Definitely a home point gained than two lost for Neil Harris’s team.

It was a lusty affair with tackles flying all over the arena. Yet with only 37% of the possession the home team held on to thwart the visitors who certainly looked ready made for the Premiership next term. A victory in South London would have seen them floating a massive 10 points clear of nearest rivals Cardiff City, however the Welshmen came a cropper with a 4-2 home defeat by Fulham whilst Bristol City took second position with a comfortable 2-0 win over Reading.

Reading’s defeat and Millwall’s plucky draw saw the two teams change positions in the table with Millwall up to a lofty 16th place.

Millwall did it the hard way caming from behind to claim a point as Wolves failed to win in the capital for the third time this season.

Former Wolves player Jed Wallace’s led a counter attack and his pass set up Lee Gregory to put Millwall in front on 17 minutes. I’m surprised teams haven’t learnt this from Millwall in the last month or two as Millwall are so heavily reliant on the ever running Gregory usually up there alone in attack. The fact the away team had 63% of the possession does suggest Millwall’s defence are standing up well to everything thrown at them and Wolves are the best in breaking down barriers in this division.

Recalled Helder Costa for Wolves then set up Diogo Jota’s first half injury time equaliser before supplying the pull back for Romain Saiss’ magnificent 25-yard strike before Jake Cooper levelled with a close range header on 72 minutes.

Wolves failed to deal with a far-post corner, as Shaun Hutchinson was allowed to direct a looping header back across goal and Cooper got there first to bundle in a header.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolves are now on a 10 match unbeaten run since losing to QPR at Loftus Road in late October – and they were also held to a goalless early season draw at Brentford. So the midlanders aren’t fond of popping down to the capital.

Wolves had not conceded a goal in four matches prior to this game but it was end to end stuff with Millwall always looking dangerous and speedy on the counter attack but Wanderers, who boast one of the best home records in the bottom half of the Championship deep in the Lion’s half for great periods of time.

The game turned round in the space of 11 minutes either side of half time yet Neil Harris’ team had the fight and strength of character to grab another point on a ground where they have lost just three times in 12 matches this season. Away from home this season is another story of course.

Wolves almost snatched it at the end and were close to claiming all three points in the third minute of stoppage time when Millwall keeper Jordan Archer pushed away a decent Barry Douglas free-kick.

Millwall manager Neil Harris was in fairly upbeat mood for the post match interview:
“Against good teams, if you switch off you’re going to get punished. We switched off about three times, probably, in 90 minutes. We gave it a right go and our second goal was well earned. I’m really pleased with a point – no one was short-changed in the crowd, that’s for sure.
“It was an excellent game of football, end to end. In some ways David Livermore – my assistant – summed it up when he said ‘that’s a Millwall performance’.”

Wolves boss Nuno Espírito Santo also seemed fairly happy:
“It’s not an indifferent result, 2-2 against Millwall away from home. I knew that Millwall would be like they were. They’ve got 21 of their 27 points at home. It’s a tough environment to play in. We showed a lot of character and we can be proud of ourselves.
“I enjoyed my first experience of playing on Boxing Day. We are professionals. We are ready to play in every game, everyday”

Hail The Revolution: Orient March On

Justin Edinburgh’s Leyton Orient revolution continued as the east Londoners beat local rivals Dagenham & Redbridge by 2 goals to 0 at Brisbane Road to maintain their excellent recent form.

Goals from Coulson and Bonne were enough for Leyton Orient to beat a Dagenham team looking for a top 3 place themselves if they had won. Instead Orient showed plenty of resolve and this was a scalp worth taking as the O’s shone in the turgid conditions to earn Orient a fourth successive win in all competitions, having previously gone 15 league games without a victory.

Well what an upside down season the O’s are having and Edinburgh’s appointment last month really couldn’t have come at a better time for the O’s fans and this win was a major shot in the arm for their National League survival hopes. They saw teams around them hit the canvas on Boxing Day to climb two places to 18th but more importantly leave a nine point gap between themselves and Guiseley and Chester City the healthiest of the four teams in the relegation zone both on 21 points. The O’s have hit the 30 points mark and leapfrogged both Barrow and Fylde into the bargain.

Leyton Orient continued their resurgence with this success over an in form Dagenham with two second half goals as James Dayton played another Man of the Match performance. In many peoples eyes Dayton has been the outstanding O’s player for the year 2017.

A whopping crowd of 5,125 crammed into Brisbane Road to see a high flying Dagenham come over to play in the local derby with the just getting off the ground home team and they were treated to a solid, sturdy win.

Yet Dagenham had their chances and bossed the first half but a superb second half performance from Leyton Orient saw them home and dry with two goals in ten minutes. For John Still’s Dagenham & Redbridge team, it was a third straight defeat and damages their hopes of an automatic promotion place.

This was the third game between the two clubs this season with Orient edging their local rivals in the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup in October. The first meeting at Victoria Road ended in a nil nil draw, but O’s triumphed 1-0 in the replay and it turned out to be Steve Davis’ last victory as head coach of the E10 outfit as they then went eons without a win.

Dagenham almost scored in the 25th minute as Dan Sparks got in down the left side and looked to pick out Whitely or Ferrier, but Coulson made a timely intervention and the chance was thwarted. In fact although Dagenham took the upper hand the game was a bit dull in the first half.

Orient had a chance as Alex Lawless had an attempt bu saw a shot deflected out to James Dayton and the nippy winger cut inside and let fly towards goal, but it went wide and the teams went in to the half time break all square.

Orient came out for the second half all guns blazing and Edinburgh saw his team get some fortune in the 48th minute when Cousins sliced a clearance and Dayton let it roll out for a corner. Dagenham defended the set-piece well, but could only clear out to Lawless and he brilliantly picked out Dayton near the right touchline and he cut inside and chipped into the area where Coulson powered past Cousins to open the scoring in the 49th minute.

Orient were taking charge now and Dayton was again involved in the second goal. He threaded a fine through ball in behind the visitors defence and Bonne saw his first effort saved by Cousins in the Daggers goal but Bonne was able to latch onto the loose ball though and fired into the net to make it 2-0 with 59 minutes on the clock.

Dagenham had their chances from Michel Cheek who drilled wide from 12 yards and then volleyed wide when given more than a half chance.

Dayton nearly added a third for the O’s after 83 minutes but his shot went wide but it mattered not as the whistle blew and O’s fans celebrated a great Christmas thus far.

Lions Eaten Alive By Rams

Millwall succumbed to a 3-0 defeat following a frenetic, fast paced, furious first half five minute display from Derby County that left the visitors still clear of the relegation zone but sitting uncomfortably in 17th place in the Championship.

An in form Derby County demolished Millwall as the home team recorded their sixth win in the last seven games to move into the top three in the table as David Nugent scored a brace for the Rams.

Home fans would have been celebrating Christmas by the half time break as the visitors found themselves 3-0 down after 28 minutes and with no chance of a comeback. As it is Millwall’s away form this season has been dreadful and a hammering looked on the cards. However a resilient second half display meant the Londoners went home with at least a bit of pride at Pride Park intact.

No presents from the Derby back four who were stout in defence and Millwall will feel slightly aggrieved as for 85 minutes of the game they matched Derby tackle for tackle, shot for shot and man for man in a game where possession was almost equal (52% to the home side) and shot count was 14-13 to Derby.

In fact Millwall made more of the attacking opportunities with more corners than Derby (11 as opposed to 6) yet it was simply a couple of errors from Millwall where they fell asleep for 5 or 6 first half minutes and Derby tamed the Lions with those errors.

Pity any Derby fan that took a quick toilet break and went off with a nil nil scoreline and came back to find themselves 3-0 up as Nugent flicked in the opener from Chris Baird’s cross and Matej Vydra’s superb 25 yard shot made it 2-0. I have to say that from a reporters point of view I had this unfortunate situation happen to me once while reporting and came back from a toilet break where Aldershot had been winning 3-1 to find them 4-3 down. Cold January evenings in Hampshire beware!

David Nugent was all hustle and bustle and fired in the third before the break from Bradley Johnson’s pass and it was all over bar the mince pies for the travelling away support.

Millwall have now failed to win any of their 12 away league games this term, started well with Neil Gregory having an effort cleared off the line. This run had seen them fail to find the net in eight of their 11 previous fixtures.

Millwall had the better chances in the second half, with Scott Carson in excellent form making three or four world class saves most notably from Lee Gregory’s close-range strike.

Millwall manager Neil Harris was realistic about the afternoons action:

“We’ve had a lot of big moments on the road this year where we’ve not taken our opportunities at key moments and been punished. We made three or four errors and conceded three goals, we had numerous clear-cut chances and have not taken them and that’s the realism of where we are.

“I said to the players that anyone who was getting a little bit ahead of themselves after seven points in three games, that’s a reality check, so we’ll take it on the chin and move on.”

An elated Derby County boss Gary Rowett said:

“I’m really pleased with a clean sheet but we probably didn’t deserve one. Millwall deserved a goal but we could have scored a couple more and some of our attacking play was excellent. I know it sounds a bit cliched but I’m not really bothered about the other results, bothered where we are in the league or how many points we’ve got.

“Once you start doing that, you then start making decisions and judgements based on other people and it’s about what we do. If we maintain what we are doing we will finish in a very strong position.

“The point is, we’ve got to keep trying to be better and the players are doing that. They are buying into what we are trying to do and everyone is working incredibly hard.”

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N’Gala And Bonne Win It For Orient

Leyton Orient made the short journey into Kent and came back with all the apples in England’s Garden of Eden as they beat Maidstone by a two goals to nil scoreline that gives them a little breathing space above the relegation zone in the National League.

That’s two wins from two from Justin Edinburgh’s east London boys and they look as if Edinburgh in his short term in charge has already instilled some self belief in a team that remain in 20th position in the table.

However they have pulled away from the bottom four and there is a gap of six points between them and 21st placed Chester City now.

Leyton Orient look as if they have a bit of bite in them and appear rougher and tougher around the edges something that has been desperately lacking for the last four months. Indeed they seem to have more bite going into the tackle as four players found themselves in the referees book for the O’s. Lawless, McAnuff, Bonne and sub Harrold all made Chris O’Donnell take out the yellow card as the O’s were superior to Maidstone in hunger, attitude and appliance.

This is the first time Leyton Orient have won back to back matches in the National League since September and a cracking attendance of 3,325 saw the home team cave in to an at times inspired Leyton Orient.

Maidstone reverted to 4-3-3 for the visit of an Orient side who were out to impress new boss Justin Edinburgh. The former Gillingham manager Edinburgh tasted victory on his return to Kent.

Dayton, Mooney and Bonne all started for the O’s in an attacking formation with Dayton again having a really decent outing. Indeed Orient took the lead in the 36th minute when Bondz N’Gala tapped home James Dayton’s in-swinging corner to grab his first goal for Orient as the visitors went into the break with a goal advantage.

Macauley Bonne doubled their advantage at the start of the second half after Jake Caprice found the striker, who turned and slotted into the bottom corner from inside the area.

Joe Pigott spurned a decent chance from a free-kick for the hosts but Orient held on for a valuable win to move them six points clear of the relegation zone.

Maidstone’s winless league run stretched to five matches after losing to Leyton Orient and although United tried and tried they simply couldn’t find a way back against a resolute Orient defence.

This was Orient’s first away win since August and the 600 O’s fans know that this victory to earn a valuable 3 points was better than a night out on the town with a red nosed Santa and a herd of inebriated reindeer.

The first opportunity fell to the visitors with Josh Coulson heading over after the second ball fell his way from Jobi McAnuff’s free kick, while David Mooney side footed wide after linking nicely with Craig Clay on the edge of the box.

For the Stones, Jai Reason went close after a one-two with Joe Pigott and Alex Finney’s header from a Joe Anderson free kick was held before Jamar Loza intercepted on halfway, exchanged passes with Pigott and ran in on goal only to fire wide when well placed.

Orient took the lead when N’Gala had one effort from James Dayton’s inswinging corner and while there were enough Stones bodies around to clear, the O’s defender managed to bundle home the loose ball. It wasn’t the best goal you’ll ever see but precious for the O’s.

Leyton Orient doubled their lead in the 52nd minute when Mooney fed Jake Caprice up the right, with Bonne turning on the defender’s cross and finding the far corner.

Maidstone had a big penalty shout turned down soon after, Reason’s clever back heel setting up Sam-Yorke who was bundled over by Coulson. Sam-Yorke then headed over before Pigott’s excellent 25 yard strike was held by Brill for the O’s.

Substitute Aaron Collins could have pulled one back for Maidstone from Hines’ cross but put the ball over.

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ENERGYBET PLAYER OF THE MONTH – November 2017

As principal partner, EnergyBet will be hosting the vote for Leyton Orient player of the month, so please head to @energybet_com and cast your vote on the poll which will be live at 4pm Monday (December 18).

And to reward fans for following and entering the competition, EnergyBet will reward one lucky fan each month with pair of hospitality tickets and the chance to present the Player of the Month award on the pitch before a game.

Four players will be nominated each month for you to select the winner, and the November Player of the Month nominees are:

Macauley Bonne

While suspension restricted Bonne to three appearances in November, the forward’s work-rate ensured he was a constant threat and he was rewarded with the opening goal in the draw against Chester.

James Dayton

November saw the tricky winger add goals to his game, scoring in the 2-1 FA Cup Defeat to Gillingham before netting from distance against Ebbsfleet.

Jobi McAnuff

The winger captained the side on three occasions in November and was in inspired form in the draws against Dover and Chester, scoring an excellent long-range effort in the latter.

Joe Widdowson

The full-back has become a key member of the defence in recent weeks and continued his good October form in the battling 1-1 draw against the league leaders Dover Athletic.

So head to @energybet_com and pick your Player of the Month for November.

Voting closes at 10am on Thursday December 21 and the winner announced shortly after.

They think it’s all over and it pretty much is now

Manchester City beat Tottenham Hotspur in decisive fashion to put one hand on the Premier League title. The 4-1 scoreline suggests a comfortable victory for City. In reality, it was. Tottenham never looked like troubling the Champions elect and even their star men Kane and Alli rarely troubled City. Pochettino’s men really needed a win to give the rest of the Premier League some hope, but it wasn’t to be, and the Sky Blue machine just keeps rolling along.

Manchester United salvage some pride

United held on for a face saving if uninspiring victory over Premiership strugglers, West Brom. Back to within eleven points of the leaders sounds more and more hopeless every time you say it. United must keep on taking every match as it comes though and a strong showing in 2018 and maybe some new personnel during the transfer window and who knows.

Liverpool find their mojo and move up to fourth

Consistency. Liverpool have lacked any of this so far this season. Jurgen Klopp has urged his side to be more consistent performers and they do seem to be performing well just lately. Mostly this is due to the amazing form of their Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah who scored his 14th goal of the season at the weekend. Any player that can put Tottenham’s superstar Harry Kane in the shade with the form that he is in has got to be doing something right. Liverpool need to capitalise on this if they are to maintain their position in the top four.

Leicester City embarrassed at home by Woy’s boys

Leicester who had been on an impressive winning run of late and who have climbed to 8th in the league were soundly thrashed at home by Crystal Palace. Poor form and an unhealthy position at the wrong end of the table at the beginning of the season saw their manager Craig Shakespeare leave the King Power stadium. Since then they have shown the same sort of form that saw them win the Premier League title a couple of seasons back. A similar scenario now sees Crystal Palace, unbeaten in their last five games, steadily claw their way back out of the relegation zone and towards the safety of mid-table. The Roy Hodgson effect is clearly kicking in down at Selhurst Park.

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Millwall win at home, EnergyBet guests win the raffle, perfect day really

I just knew when I woke up on Saturday morning that it was going to be a good day. I’d like to say it was because the sun was shining, and the birds were singing, but let’s be realistic this is England and it’s December so that’s not going to happen. No, it was something else, an indefinable feeling that the day was going to pan out just the way I wanted it to.

I guess most football fans start their day with an air of indomitable optimism. We all want our team to win 3-0 every week. We all believe that the number nine is going to bang in a hat-trick and that the wife is still going to be pleased to see us when we arrive home shit-faced at four in the morning. It just never seems to happen that way though does it.

To be fair I am yet to witness Millwall lose at home this season, and even though we were playing another very good side in Middlesbrough, I still travelled down to the Den confident that the Lions wouldn’t do anything to affect my averages. They didn’t!

My day was made even more perfect by the fact that I was in the company of four gorgeous Energy Girls. Simona, Ariana, Jessica and Ina were helping me out in the hospitality suites, distributing free bets and winning smiles to Millwall fans. The Energy girls are frequent visitors to the Den this season so if you happen to see one of them where you are, don’t be afraid to ask them for a selfie and a free bet.

Ariana and Ina make one lucky Millwall fan’s day

 

Dinner was a fantastic pre-Christmas turkey dinner which I got to share with Twitter competition winners, Kevin and Emma and their guests. If there is one thing that they do well at the Den besides play scintillating football it is putting on a good feed. If you haven’t already experienced Millwall hospitality then you really should consider treating your family, your friends or your work colleagues when Millwall are playing at home. Better yet enter one of EnergyBet’s weekly Twitter competitions for the chance to meet me, some Millwall legends and maybe even one of the lovely EnergyGirls. Wouldn’t that be awesome!

 

EnergyBet guests win a Twitter competition, a FREE bet and the raffle

 

So yeah, another perfect day down at the Den. I got to see Millwall beat Middlesbrough 2-1 in the company of four amazing Millwall fans, some footballing legends and the beautiful EnergyGirls. Towards the end of the afternoon two of our guests won raffle prizes as well so the day was extra special for those guys.

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Two First Half Goals Win It For Lions

Millwall picked up another win as they overcame Middlesbrough 2-1 at the New Den to extend their unbeaten run to 3 games.

They could have won by more but let it slip in the second half as Middlesbrough came back full of fight but didn’t have enough in the tank to stop the Londoners from taking all three points.

First half goals from Wallace and Saville were enough to keep the Lions ahead of the north east team but a goal in the middle of the second half from Stewart Downing for the visitors ensured an edgy and nail biting last quarter of the game for the home team.

As in recent home Millwall games the visitors enjoyed much more possession than the home team, a massive 67% to 33% but couldn’t muster enough chances to go back on the long trip home with anything worthwhile point wise to show for their endeavours. In truth Millwall could have won the game with a bigger scoreline if it hadn’t have been for Republic of Ireland international keeper Darren Randolph holding the fort for an experienced Middlesbrough side who find themselves slowly sliding down the Championship table.

Middlesbrough had started well enough playing some decent football but conceded two goals in six first half minutes and fell apart after that and although they did pull one back to ensure a fairly frenetic finale to the afternoon it was never enough.

Teams can’t defend like the visitors did at Millwall and expect to get away with it and on this occasion they didn’t. The two goals Boro did concede suggest poor defensive discipline and organisation and the defence were lame.

Manager Garry Monk was left to face the flak and he needed his team to build on a promising win against Ipswich. Instead, it was a replica of a game once again as Boro went 2-0 down on the road, like they also did recently at Leeds and Bristol City.

In those games the hosts gifted Monk’s men a route back into the match and it was the same story at the New Den, with Millwall keeper Jordan Archer miscalculating badly and failing to keep out a fairly saveable Stewart Downing shot from 35 yards.

However, on each occasion Boro haven’t been good enough to take advantage and force an equaliser and the main difference between the teams was that Millwall came up with a system and a game plan that enabled them to punch above their weight.

For Millwall Jed Wallace fired the hosts in front after a swift counter-attack, before George Saville fired in from close range to double the lead.

Jordan Archer’s error gave Boro hope as he failed to keep out Stewart Downing’s routine effort from 35 yards out.

Despite huff and puff from Middlesbrough at the end they fell to a third defeat in their past four games and it was Boro’s Darren Randolph who made a smart save to deny Steve Morison when the Lions striker was played through on goal.

Millwall stay 17th but are more importantly are now nine points above the relegation zone.

A chuffed but realistic Millwall manager Neil Harris said:

“Top teams don’t particularly like coming here this season. We are what we are as a football club. We have to make it hostile, intimidating. We have to play aggressive football with and without the ball.

“We play very good football as well – you see that with the first goal in particular. We haven’t got players that are worth millions of pounds, but I think I’ve got a lot of players growing in reputation at this level because they are very good footballers.

“The biggest credit I can give them is they are a very good team – as in, together. I thought we made a top Middlesbrough side look really ordinary today at times. The only disappointment is that we didn’t keep a clean sheet and we didn’t go and score four or five.”

A peeved Middlesbrough boss Garry Monk said:

“I’ve said it too many times this season. It’s never through a lack of effort within the group. It’s just comes back to naivety. I feel like a broken record at the moment.

“And you don’t expect that from the level of players we’ve got, but unfortunately it’s happening too many times this season. But we have no other choice but to work and try and come through it.”

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The Magic of Christmas Slots

Jingling bells, trees adorned with twinkling lights, snow blanketing the streets with a glittering carpet of a trillion crystals… and irate motorists haranguing each other for parking spaces at the local mall – yep, it’s nearly Christmas!

We say it’s probably best to stay warm and cosy inside, put your feet up, have a mince pie or two and enjoy the wonderful selection of magical Christmas slots at EnergyCasino!  Yes, that’s right, we’ve got a selection of the finest festive gaming fare, all wrapped-up and waiting under the Energy tree.

First up, warm your cockles with Stunning Snow, new from BF Games – its soooo snowy that even if you live in the desert, you’ll need a snowplough! With traditional fruit symbols like oranges, cherries, plum, melon, grapes and lemons, with ‘7’s and stars as a scatter, set in front of a Christmas tree and presents, it’s the perfect slot for this time of year!

If you’re one of those millions of people who consider the holidays to begin the moment the first TV commercials featuring the red trucks of a certain cola company hit the screens, then you’re going to love Secrets of Christmas from NetEnt. With colourful, nostalgic graphics that take you back to the childhood Christmases you wished you’d had, complete with gift stuffed stockings, wreaths, gingerbread houses and cookies with milk, this slot will overcome even the grinchiest of grinchy tendencies!

Not ready to go full-on Chrimbo cheesy just yet? No problems, because at EnergyCasino you can enjoy mildly Christmasified versions of two of our most popular perennial games from NetEnt, in the form of Fruit Shop Christmas Edition and Flowers Christmas Edition! Ah, ok, we’re just kidding, they are extra Christmasified! The Fruit Shop has a snowman AND a Christmas tree, and the flowers have been liberally sprinkled with the snow too!  Finally, hang out by the tree with Santa, in Jingle Jackpot – a merry treat bursting with presents, Christmas puddings and holly! Look out for the nicely gift wrapped wilds too!

So, don’t forget, take a break from the stresses of Christmas shopping and scraping ice off your car, by indulging in the magic of Christmas slots, at EnergyCasino. And, who knows, you might just win a nice sleigh full of money in time for the big day.

Can Tottenham Defeat ‘Barcelona’ of the North

City have now beaten every team around them except Spurs. Will Tottenham be the team to instil some doubt into the champions elect? Pochettino’s men certainly have the pedigree and having already beaten Real Madrid this season in the Champions League they will go into the game confident in their ability. However, some poor results recently have seen Spurs drop off the pace and they remain outside the top four. This could be a season defining game for both teams. Having recently beaten second placed United, City have already put plenty of daylight between their challengers. Victory for Tottenham though could just explode City’s air of invincibility.

Arsenal can’t afford to fail again

The Gunners take on Newcastle at the Emirates in a game that they really need to win having lost recently to Man Utd and only managed a draw against Southampton at the weekend.

Newcastle have been on a terrible run with no wins in their last five games and uncertainty surrounding the club’s potential take-over. Recent results certainly can’t have helped Mike Ashley’s negotiations as Newcastle’s value must be plummeting by the week.

Could Leicester City push for Champions League spot?

Leicester’s recent form has seen them move up to 8th in the league, just seven points off a Champions League spot.

This week’s game against Crystal Palace is another great opportunity to put some pressure on the teams above them and with many of the main title challengers apparently faltering, a top four finish is not as silly as it sounds.

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