By Tom Maston
MILLWALL secured their first away win of the season in dramatic fashion as they came out on top in a seven-goal thriller against Leeds at Elland Road.
Aiden O’Brien’s fourth goal in three games and a brave finish from Lee Gregory put the Lions in the driving seat at half-time, particularly with the hosts at a man disadvantage following a red card for Liam Cooper.
But two goals from Pierre-Michel Lasogga and a scrambled Kemar Roofe finish helped turn the match on its head early in the second period.
Leeds looked to be hanging on for an unlikely win, only for Tom Elliott – who came through the youth system with the Whites – to smash home before Jed Wallace secured all three points two minutes into stoppage time.
Neil Harris made two changes from the side that drew with Preston North End last time, with Shaun Williams and Conor McLaughlin replacing Ryan Tunnicliffe and Mahlon Romeo.
Cheered on by around 1400 away supporters, the visitors were quick out of the traps, with O’Brien seeing a curling shot pushed away by Leeds goalkeeper Felix Wiedwald after just 15 seconds.
At the other end, the presence of Leeds striker Lasogga was causing the Millwall defence no end of problems.
The German forward twice nodded wide in the opening stages before wasting the best chance of the early exchanges as he headed straight at Jordan Archer when free in the centre of the box.
The home side continued to press for an opener, and Archer had to be quick off his line to again deny Lasogga after Wallace was robbed on the edge of his own box by Kalvin Phillips.
Those let-offs spurred Millwall into life, and Gregory should have done better having run through on goal, only for his left-footed effort to dribble wide of the far post with Wiedwald beaten.
Moments later Wallace thought he had given the visitors the lead as he volleyed in from the edge of the box, only for the linesman’s flag to go up following some consultation from the referee.
The celebrations that followed from the Leeds fans were short-lived, however, with O’Brien rising above Gaetano Berardi at the back post to head in Steve Morison’s right-wing cross.
From there the Lions dominated, and should have scored from set-pieces on more than one occasion as the Leeds defence capitulated.
O’Brien and Jake Cooper both headed over the top in quick succession before Shaun Hutchinson nodded onto the top of the crossbar after Leeds failed to clear a corner.
Things only got more difficult for Leeds as captain Liam Cooper saw red for a late challenge on George Saville, sparking ugly scenes on the touchline which saw Millwall assistant Dave Livermore and Leeds coach Paul Butler both sent to the stands.
Up against 10 men, Millwall poured forward in search of a second goal before the break and got their reward for an impressive first-half showing as Gregory turned in Morison’s low cross from close range.
It could even have been 3-0 before the break, with Wiedwald getting down well to his right to keep out Wallace’s effort from the edge of the box after another clinical counter-attack.
Perhaps thinking the game was already won, Millwall started the second half in a sloppy manner as Williams failed to cut out a simple pass, allowing Roofe to slide in Lasogga to pull one back seconds after half-time.
At the other end Gregory saw a header clawed away by Wiedwald before a shocking error from Archer allowed the home side to pull themselves level.
The Millwall goalkeeper failed to hold Laurens De Bock’s left-wing cross, with Roofe able to force the ball in after a melee on the goalline involving players from both sides.
Still in a state of shock, Harris’ side then fell behind as Lasaggoa rifled in from 20 yards following a cut-back from Pablo Hernandez, with the away side’s misery compounded by the news O’Brien could no longer continue having suffered a knock.
Shane Ferguson and Elliott were both thrown on as Harris looked to rescue a game his team should have had sewn up, and the latter did just that as he brought the ball down in the box before volleying into the bottom corner.
And there was still time for the Lions to find a winner as Wallace drove at the Leeds defence to fire a deflected effort past Wiedwald to send the away fans into raptures.
There was still time for Archer to redeem himself with a superb save to keep out Conor Shaughnessy from close-range with a great reaction save.
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