Football - Karanka happy to tame Lions

Aitor Karanka was delighted to register a clean sheet as his Middlesbrough side recorded a 2-0 victory at Millwall.

Emmanuel Ledesma broke down the right early in the second half, cut inside Paul Robinson and Nadjim Abdou and fired beyond David Forde from 20 yards.

The Argentinian was booked for his celebration after dedicating the goal to Stuart Parnaby, whose partner lost their child four weeks before it was due.

Albert Adomah wrapped up the points in the final minute, rounding Forde and tapping into an empty net.

Boro kept only their second clean sheet in six games under Karanka, who had also seen his side concede crucial goals late on in their last three matches.

He said: "It was very, very important for us because we are losing points in the last minute.

"Not conceding late was important for the squad. It's important for our defenders and for the 'keeper to keep a clean sheet.

"(Ledesma) played very well. He's the kind of player who deserves to play. He arrived at his opportunity and he took it.

"Boxing Day is my first one here. It's important for the people to come to the stadium to support us.

"The team is starting to take shape. I've said since the first day I'm very happy with this team. I can see them improve but we just need to win the points.

"I think this team deserves to win with a support that is always with us."

On the incident that saw Ledesma booked, he added: "It was horrible for us.

"We wanted to win the last game against Brighton for Stuart but could not make it possible. But our minds are on Stuart and for his family."