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Watch: Darren Randolph And Aden Flint Combine For Almighty Boro Howler

A new season sees hope spring eternal for most in football not named Jose Mourinho.

After a spell in the Premier League for the 2016/17 season, Middlesbrough made it to the Championship play-offs, losing out to Aston Villa in the semi-final.

Tony Pulis’ side are well within their rights to be optimistic for promotion this season, and spent over £7m on Bristol City defender Aden Flint.

It was Flint however who almost helped cost the Boro their first game of the season in the Championship opener.

Aiden O’Brien got the scoring underway for hosts Millwall in the early going, but it was Lee Gregory’s strike to make it 2-0 that will cause concern for the usually defensively sound Pulis.

Flint had yards of space to compose himself when the ball came out of the air in midfield, but a panicked header back towards goal set up Millwall’s Gregory perfectly. The often solid Irish number one Darren Randolph also came unstuck.

Perhaps anticipating a chip with the ball bouncing, the Wicklow man jumped as Gregory knocked it beneath him, leaving a simple tap-in as the keeper scrambled back in vain.

A late rally from the away side would see them salvage a point.

Martin Braithwaite scored just before the end of the 90 minute period, before George Friend grabbed a last gasp leveller in the 97th minute.

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Author: Chris Kelleher

Student whose interests lie in sports ranging from Darts to MMA, with the likes of Golf, Boxing and Soccer in between. Closet wrestling fan and a lover of sports psychology and stiff jabs.