CHRIS Wilder felt disappointment at coming away from his first game in charge of Middlesbrough with just a point at the Riverside Stadium.

The game ended 1-1 on Teesside as Matt Crooks gave Boro the lead on 15 minutes with a back post header before a Sol Bamba own goal 12 minutes later brought Millwall back into the game.

The point for both sides see Boro stay in 14th place in the Championship and Millwall stay in 9th.

While Boro feel they deserved to come away with more from the game, Wilder did enjoy the welcome he got from the Boro supporters when he took his first steps into the dugout.

He said: "First and foremost I'd like to thank the supporters. It was quite humbling.

“Been 20 months out of it without supporters for me. The reception right the way through, even the week and going into today and before the game, the supporters there early, the reception we got was a humbling experience.

"Then it's game on. I'm a bit disappointed with the result but the performance was okay. We ran out of a bit of energy second half.

“Two or three things went against us which were out of our control.

"But the attitude was there. The players have had an incredible amount of information chucked at them in a short period of time. They tried to take in on board and there are certain bits and pieces that they will get better with.

“But it’s a good starting base.

"If you can't get a win against a really competitive side - you look at the balance of their side and the depth of their squad - they’re bringing experienced players on that could get into quite a few Championship sides.

“Gary's constructed a really balanced, competitive squad and I think that shows what this competition is all about.”

Boro will have to contend with an immediate turnaround when Preston North End make the trip to the Riverside Stadium on Tuesday night.