Report: Leeds United 1-0 Millwall

ALEX Mowatt's deflected free kick was the difference between Leeds and Millwall during a tight encounter at Elland Road.

The Lions will rue a poor first-half in which they were overrun by the hosts, who deservedly took the lead five minutes before the break.

Millwall improved in the second period and Martyn Woolford, a January target for the Whites, shot wide when clean through on goal.

Sub Ricardo Fuller brushed the post with a low drive before Alan Dunne denied former-Den forward Steve Morison a certain goal with a last-ditch block.

The Lions saw enough of the ball and created enough openings to deserve an equaliser but Leeds will feel they should have scored a second on the break.

Defeat leaves Ian Holloway's side one point worse off in the table following fourth-bottom Brighton's goalless draw at Sheffield Wednesday.

With Michael Tonge ineligible to face his parent club, Millwall's starting line up showed one enforced change from their midweek win at Birmingham City.

Angel Martinez was handed just his fourth start for the Lions – and his first since the 6-1 thrashing at Norwich City on Boxing Day – in Tonge's place.

On the bench, Aiden O'Brien came in for Magaye Gueye, who was left out altogether.

Leeds, who picked up three points at Reading on Tuesday, were fast out of the traps and forced a string of early corners.

They should have taken the lead in the 8th minute when Mowatt fed Charlie Taylor, whose low cross into the box was hooked inches wide of the post by Sam Byram.

Stefan Maierhofer tested Leeds keeper Marco Silvestri for the first time with a long-range half volley before flashing a shot across the face of goal when a pass to a teammate was the better option.

After Diego Fabbrini won a corner in the 18th minute, Lee Martin's delivery was met by Jos Hooiveld and his glancing header looped just over the angle of post and bar.

Fabbrini then drilled into the side netting from Maierhofer's knock-down but Leeds, who had looked far the better side in general play, took the lead in the 39th minute.

The goal came from a set piece after Shaun Williams' trip on Byram led to a free kick 20-yards out.

Mowatt stepped up and, with the aid of a deflection, curled a shot inside Forde's near post.

Leeds could have scored again before half time but Forde made vital saves first to deny Rudy Austin and then foil Morison after the striker pounced on Hooiveld's lapse.

At the interval, Holloway withdrew Maierhofer and brought on Yorkshireman Lee Gregory, who offered a more potent threat as Millwall's lone striker.

Both sides had half-chances in the early stages of the second period but neither Martinez nor Morison could guide their efforts on target.

The Lions were enjoying their best spell of the match when, 18 minutes after the restart, Woolford spurned a gilt-edged chance to draw the scores level.

Gregory won the ball 30 yards out and picked out the overlapping run of the winger, who was clean through on goal but skied his shot over the bar.

Desperate to make amends, Woolford twice went close from distance – drilling inches wide of Silvestri's far post before sending a half-volley whistling over the bar.

As Millwall pushed forward, Leeds became more and more dangerous on the break but both Morison and Marco Antenucci failed to convert good openings.

In the 88th minute, sub Fuller rode two challenges on the edge of the box before shooting into the side netting as the Lions' hopes of an equaliser faded.

Morison should have made sure of the points for Leeds but, with the goal at his mercy, Dunne slid in to snuff out the chance.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

43 thoughts on “Report: Leeds United 1-0 Millwall

  • February 14, 2015 at 17:11
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    well done boys , tried there best , thats all u can ask , 1.0 TO THE YORKSHIRE POLICE, how can we get a result without our fans , how many would we have took if none of this voucher b*******, two big home games now must win games , COME ON U LIONS

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  • February 14, 2015 at 17:11
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    GET A STRIKER OR TWO NOW HOLLOWAY !!!!!!!!!! Get rid of that useless lump up front, & I'm afraid Gregory needs to be rested cos he's just not adjusted to championship football as yet, no new strikers then I'm afraid we're down .

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  • February 14, 2015 at 17:12
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    We have to try and get a goal scorer in on Loan - AND NOW.
    With 2 Home games coming up and our Home form so bad it is a must.
    We cannot afford to mess around with Hoff,just not good enough.

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  • February 14, 2015 at 17:15
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    1 shot on target todaty is laughable, two strikers up front next week against a fulham side who are pony at the back is a must!

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  • February 14, 2015 at 17:19
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    Never wanted Holloway, still don't, but not going to get on his or teams back for a one-nil defeat away to Leeds. We're in a relegation battle so we're going to lose a few but we need some points on the board from these next two home games because we are fast heading toward the Great Escape clause and we cannot be relying on sixteen points in our last eight games like last season.

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    • February 14, 2015 at 17:30
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      @lion.ie: I don't like keep critisising our manager either, but we do need someone that can get the best out of his players – who over-achieves rather than disappoints. Let’s face it, Holloway’s had his chance but he's not exactly pulling up trees by anyone’s standards (even Lomas’s). For the good of the club I think we really do need to make a change.

      We missed out on Rowett and Lennon, whilst just this week Gillingham have snapped up Edinburgh. This proves young managers with something to prove are out there. Maybe we've left it too late in the season, but why don’t we see if Warburton will ditch Brentford for us. If not, how about a punt on someone lower down like Mellon at Shrewsbury.

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      • February 14, 2015 at 17:54
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        @Micky Lions: If he was gone in the morning nobody would be more delighted than me, but he's going nowhere Micky. He needs to shut up and get on with it now and stop all of this 'green shoots' bllx.

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        • February 14, 2015 at 18:00
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          @lion.ie: Bound to have some idiot on blaming Forde and Dunne for our defeat.

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          • February 14, 2015 at 19:25
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            @lion.ie:What worries me as much as anything is I can't see how the team has developed in the right direction. The answer to every problem seems to be to change tactics or sign countless new players. I just don’t see the foundations for stability or the future. Is our best starting 11 now really any better than under Lomas or at the end under Kenny? Even if Holloway keeps us up this year, I don’t expect anything different from him next season. That’s why I think the club needs to bite the bullet and act as soon as possible.

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  • February 14, 2015 at 17:27
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    Paul Merson on sky sports just summed us up after watching our game, he said we pass the ball well but light weight upfront, & the hoff was rubbish in so many words he said.

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    • February 15, 2015 at 09:04
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      @mfcjon: his answer? Sign another midfielder!

      Maggy can offer half a chance here and there dropped altogether for o brien who wernt even given a game anyway.
      It's just madness, these players don't know if there coming or going.
      He seems untouchable to me.
      We need a breath of fresh air. A young manager we something to prove rather than another journey man doing the rounds

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  • February 14, 2015 at 17:29
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    Paul Mersons comments were exactly what all Wall fans have been saying. Nothing up front, Hoff in effective desperate need of a sriker or two. The defence looked ok. Wake up Holloway. Mersons first look at us, didn't take him long to see our weakness.

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  • February 14, 2015 at 17:31
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    IH said the other day that he was encouraged with the recent performances attackwise. In other words we will not be getting a striker in on loan or any other way. To do so might mean IH has to hold his hands up and say he was wrong about his signings which he doesn't seem to do. Also why bother getting another striker when he continues to play one up front. I had enough of IH back in November and the writing has been on the wall. The odd win here and there might please some of his adoring fans who believe he walks on water, but personally I think he's wrecking this club. Still all to do next week. Big London derby against fellow strugglers

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    • February 14, 2015 at 17:35
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      @southlondon1885: just heard that Holloway has said we'd have a better chance if we'd had more fans there , unbelievable, playing 2 up front would have given us a better chance but that's probably a bit to radical for the Clown , get rid of the Hoff and get someone on loan who knows where the net is .

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      • February 14, 2015 at 17:38
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        @southstandview: never rated the Hof. A desperation signing if ever there was one. Why sign a 6'8" striker as a target man then play him up front alone? Why sign a 6'8" target man when you pride yourself on passing football? The guy is clueless. People still can't see it after a year of his management?

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    • February 14, 2015 at 17:50
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      @southlondon1885: Well said 1885,completly agree.The Hoff was more than desperate - it was a cry for help.

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  • February 14, 2015 at 17:42
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    forest lost their top scorer last week and got 4 goals today

    they have 10 in 3 - how long will it take us to score 10 goals?????

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  • February 14, 2015 at 17:51
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    lost to a bad team today but we are worst than them all down to a bad manager and dunne

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  • February 14, 2015 at 17:51
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    I love this site before the game everyone is COYL 2-0 today then as soon as the usual happens everyones c*** this and c*** that,have you not got it yet DIV 1 HERE WE COME.

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  • February 14, 2015 at 17:55
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    Forest...goal from mistake
    huddersfield. . Ball hits hoff and goes in.
    Birmingham. ... defender scores.
    Today 1 shot on target today.
    The team as it is will not score goals. Get a striker which should have done months ago, or hope we can get enough draws to somehow survive.

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      • February 14, 2015 at 19:24
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        Oh for the days when we could score four goals and sit back and enjoy a game.
        I think about 3 years ago Huddersfield and forest around the same week. Now it's guess which minute we will concede.

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  • February 14, 2015 at 17:55
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    Ironic ex strikers that score Grabban,those on loan Fred & Marquis, those we missed out on Van Veen, tells you all we need to know about the ambition the club has, not that I am saying that Marquis is any good at our level, but obviously somewhere other Managers manage to get the best out of these. IH will not get in another striker as he will have to eat his words. Chris Wood would be ideal as he is not playing regularly but where will you get a Forward that clubs will release that are prolific in front of goal ..........era no where because they will look after their own interests, also where the hell is Mick Harford and all this supposed scouting his meant to have done, surely on his travels he will have found someone. Would have been better searching over Hacney Marshes on a Sunday morning and pretty certain some fresh faced kid would love the chance to play professional football. Get rid of that useless lump Hoff and take the stupid talking manager with you. We only have a handful of cup finals to stay up and this fella won't not with defenders scoring the goals and nothing coming from the midfield. Do the decent thing please and resign, you couldn't handle it with the Eagles and you have not proved it with the Lions.

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  • February 14, 2015 at 18:05
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    palace have so many forwards it is ridiculous

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  • February 14, 2015 at 18:05
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    Same old, sounds like we were s*** aw usual!
    I wish this season would end, been horrible!

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    • February 14, 2015 at 21:29
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      @dpendet: You could have cut and paste that comment from either of the last two seasons. It's been dire for some time now and theres no sign of it getting any better.

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  • February 14, 2015 at 18:13
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    one step forward and one back - how can we go into Fulham game with any belief we can win despite them being in terrible trouble themselves - Fulham never keep a clean sheet - now is their big chance - it is getting boring again - the lack of pace and flair upfront makes us awful to watch so you don't even get the excitement of an attacking performance to see, even when we lose - we will be in serious trouble if we don't get at the very least 3 pts from the sheff wed and Fulham games combined

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    • February 14, 2015 at 18:26
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      @timchimes: I agree,we are boring to watch and cannot score.Not a good combination for bigger crowds JB ?

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  • February 14, 2015 at 18:15
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    Must admit this is the sixth game I've not gone: if you went please give your view did we look worthy of a point as you can't trust the IH reports

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  • February 14, 2015 at 18:23
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    Should of tried to win the game from the off,like other's have said play two up top from the start and if we are winning with say half hour left then tighten up or is that too difficult for an experienced manager to understand and with the trainspotting nerds winning it just gets worse.

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  • February 14, 2015 at 18:35
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    No excuses no we were unlucky no b******* holloway just get a striker in now as thats our only chance of staying up we have a chance as some poor teams around us yes we are poor but we have a chance its all or nothing now so pull your finger out holloway and sign a striker at least if we do go down lets at least go down fighting we have been very poor all season and deserve to be where we are no excuses, anyway anyone know how many wall were there today? I live near leeds but wud not go due to restrictiins first trip iv missed to leeds but sick of the way we are treated oh well bring on next sat be down new cross nice and early a few beers and hopefully 3 points its now or never wall come on at least fight

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  • February 14, 2015 at 18:44
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    He needs to be paid off, regardless if it costs JB £2 Million, if we go down then we will lose that revenue anyway plus even lower attendances. Strike now JB while we may yet still have a chance.

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    • February 14, 2015 at 20:42
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      @potty1: rather he gave Holloway £2m to buy a striker and keep us in this division.

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      • February 14, 2015 at 23:28
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        @MFC Lion: Fair point MFC, if that was guaranteed I would take that. But alas we dont know that.

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  • February 14, 2015 at 19:50
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    perhaps randy lerner can give fellow yank JB a bell and tell him how it should be done !

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  • February 14, 2015 at 20:56
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    Still got to believe we are gonna survive!! That's why I will be there next week, I've got believe or whats the use give in ? BOLLOXS !! Hurting badly but the belief is still in me

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  • February 15, 2015 at 23:12
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    lets face it ...we are going down under Holloway...this season has been so depressing and it wont get better..Holloway has mugged us all off including JB...I cant wait to get rid of this season its been torture...Fab and Jos will leave Holloway will leave and we will be in the same situation as this season exept one division lower probably with the new manager saying he needs his own players to get better results....

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