|Beevers 8, Williams pen 87||Venue: The Den
GOALS from Mark Beevers and Shaun Williams gave Millwall a winning start to the new season at the expense of rivals Leeds United.
In front of a 16,205-crowd at The Den, Beevers converted Lee Martin's early cross to put the Lions ahead.
Leeds striker Noel Hunt had a shot cleared off the line by Alan Dunne after half time but Shaun Williams made sure of the points with a perfectly-placed penalty.
It took just eight minutes for Millwall to open the scoring and the goal came from a quickly-taken short corner that caught Leeds cold.
Martyn Woolford touched the ball off to Martin and the winger's cross was turned home by Beevers, who was totally unmarked inside the box.
Beevers nearly grabbed himself an unlikely brace with a close-range header from Woolford's corner, but the ball dropped a yard wide of the far post.
Leeds were being hassled and harried all over the park, notably by Martin and Woolford, and the visitors were edgy in possession.
It was Woolford's fine wing play, twisting and turning his way into a pocket of space, that nearly created a second goal, but neither Martin nor Ricardo Fuller could reach his cross.
Leeds' first chance was a golden one, but Luke Murphy opted to fizz the ball across the face of goal rather than shoot after getting goal-side of the back four.
On the stroke of half time, Carlos Edwards' clipped free kick found Dunne in space but the Lions captain could only head tamely at Marco Silvestri.
Millwall hadn't rammed home their advantage in the first half and were nearly punished after the restart when David Forde's lapse let in Nicky Ajose, who squared the ball to Hunt.
With Forde out of position and Lions defenders scrambling to get back, Hunt looked certain to equalise but drilled his shot straight at Dunne.
Ian Holloway's side quickly turned defence into attack and were on the front foot straight away, but Woolford's effort was palmed away before Jimmy Abdou put the rebound over the bar.
Williams' free kick was held by Silvestri before Rodolph Austin blasted high and wide as the sides traded opportunities.
Ricardo Fuller nearly grabbed a debut goal when he dived to meet Martin's low free kick in the 56th minute but his header flashed wide.
Millwall were then denied a stonewall penalty when Woolford was felled by a clumsy Luke Murphy challenge, much to the disbelief of Holloway on the touchline.
The Lions continued to create chances but a dangerous Martin cut-back was intercepted before Scott McDonald was foiled by Silvestri as the visitors hung in the game.
And Leeds again went close to levelling when substitute Dominic Poleon looked to have scampered around Forde, only for the 'keeper to smother the striker's shot from a tight angle.
But when substitute Lee Gregory was tripped inside the area, Williams stepped up to seal the victory from the penalty spot.
Millwall: Forde, Edwards, Dunne, Beevers, Malone; Williams, Abdou; Woolford (Easter, 66mins), McDonald, Martin (Gueye, 66mins); Fuller (Gregory, 80mins).
Leeds United: Silvestri, Byram, Warnock, Austin, Pearce, Murphy, Hunt (Smith, 57mins) , Wootton, Ajose (Poleon, 76mins), Tonge, Doukara (Cook, 64mins).