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Duncan Watmore receives stick from teammates over hilarious dugout mix-up at Middlesbrough

Duncan Watmore receives some stick from his fellow teammates over a hilarious gone viral dugout mix-up of his at Middlesbrough.

The 29 year old was subbed off in the game against his former club on Saturday, and after creating multiple opportunities for Millwall in their impressive opening day win at the Riverside Stadium.

But hours after the game, he was views thousands of times on social media after he was seen heading to the wrong dugout following his substitution.

Watmore played 97 times for Middlesbrough between 2020 and 2023, going on to sign for Millwall in January.

Lions boss Gary Rowett joked, as per Southwark News: “It was either genius from Dunc so he would get a rapturous applause from the home fans or he genuinely thought he was still playing for Middlesbrough.

“I saw it at the time and I certainly reminded Dunc of it later. It was a bit of fun. It’s habit sometimes when you’ve been at a club for a long time, it’s an automatic reaction.

“He got a bit of stick from the other lads but, in a strange way, it showed how important he felt his period at Middlesbrough was. I thought he was incredibly respectful [throughout the afternoon].”

Watmore’s teammate Shaun Hutchinson told NewsAtDen: “He’ll probably get a bit of stick for the rest of the week on that. Obviously he was used to going to that dugout and it became a habit to him.

“It was a funny one and social media loves that sort of stuff.”

A late goal from 18-year-old Romain Esse helped Gary Rowett’s Millwall to a good start in the Championship.

The second-half substitute had only been on the pitch for five minutes before getting on to Aidomo Emakhu’s low cross and produced an excellent first-time finish into the top corner.

Middlesbrough’s Michael Carrick:

“It’s disappointing. We came here to try to win the game, but in the first game of the season, sometimes you don’t really know what to expect. I think we had good players on that pitch, who were capable of playing in a good team and playing well. They were capable of scoring goals and creating goals.

“Just because we lost the game, it doesn’t always mean what people might label it with. The players are definitely good enough. It doesn’t stop us from wanting to improve, but it’s an easy throwaway thing to say that because we didn’t win and we didn’t score, we need (new) players to get to where we want to be. I would like to add players, but I’m really happy with the players we’ve got in the squad.”

Millwall’s Gary Rowett:

“It doesn’t bother us – we enjoy that underdog tag. We’ve had four seasons where we’ve been very, very close to the play-offs, and the last two seasons have gone to the last game. If people write us off, maybe that’s people who haven’t looked at our squad. I think we’ve strengthened well and I think we’ve got a good squad. If you look at this division, it’s always easy to pick the big-name teams or the teams that have come down from the Premier League, and I understand that. Nine times out of 10, those teams bounce back up because they have the quality and the resources.

“I’d expect a club like Middlesbrough to be ahead of us in people’s thoughts of what’s going to happen at the end of the season, but that doesn’t stop us from being what we are. People label Millwall a certain way, but if you look at today, yes we defended diligently, yes we transitioned well, but we actually played some really good football as well and we’ve got some talented players.”

Middlesbrough: Dieng, McNair, Fry, Lenihan, Coulson (Silvera 69′), Barlaser (Howson 76′), Hackney, Forss, Crooks (Jones 87′), McGree, Rogers

Subs: van den Berg, Gilbert, Coburn, Payero, Glover, Akpom

Millwall: Sarkic, McNamara, Hutchinson, Cooper, Wallace, Mitchell, De Norre (Saville 64′), Watmore (Esse 73′), Flemming (Emakhu 73′), Bryan (Leonard 90′), Nisbet (Bradshaw 90′)

Subs: Bialkowski, Evans, Voglsammer, Harding

Here’s how fans reacted as Duncan Watmore receives stick from teammates over his hilarious dugout mix-up at Middlesbrough…

@chickenparmos: Lovely bloke, all his ex team fans still love him 👌👌👌👌

@johndenuk: Even claps a Millwall hand on the way over there 😂

@andrewstevo39: 🤣🤣 was class, best part of the game for us 🤣

@JamesHu30795923: Top man Dunc always gives 100%. Arguably best player on the pitch yesterday.

@davidgberry: Welcome to Millwall

@evanpolak123: What a performance from him!

@ScottyGB77: 🤣 class, we love Watmore. UTB

@RobRoySLO: That’s a fine surely 🤣🤣🤣

@EssexLions1: 😂😂 Boro probably still wish he was on their bench. Quality player

@BGW6719: Love that team spirit 🦁

@TonyMcDonnell3: We love Duncan at Middlesbrough!!

@mitchell_spence: He’s a great bloke. Was the only player that took the time to come over and talk to my kids at the Charlton game . It made their day , won’t forget it .

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