Millwall’s Leonard glad Lions fans rewarded with last-minute joy at Sheffield United

RYAN Leonard believes the scenes of celebration at Bramall Lane after Jake Cooper’s last-minute equaliser underlined the connection between the squad and Lions fans.

After nodding home the rebound following Dean Henderson’s save from Tom Elliott, Cooper raced towards the away end, leaping a pitch-side barrier before being embraced by jubilant Millwall supporters.

Cooper was joined by his team-mates – with goalkeeper David Martin racing the length of the pitch to get involved.

Millwall had trailed to Gary Madine’s 51st-minute opener, and seemed to have missed a chance of a point when Ben Marshall hit the crossbar from a penalty awarded when John Egan used his hand to prevent Elliott’s header from Shane Ferguson’s cross going over the line.

After the final whistle, Blades Chris Wilder confronted the referee over his failure to award a free-kick when Leonard – whom Wilder signed from Southend – made contact with David McGoldrick.

But Leonard wasn’t worried about any complaints United may have had.

"I think it was a fair result,” Leonard said. "I think obviously first half we tried to contain them, and the longer the game went on they started to drop a bit deeper and we started to really create some chances.

“We missed the penalty but deserved to get something out of the game.

“I think it shows the togetherness and character of all the lads, the team spirit between the fans and the players.

"They travel up and down the country all season and to get a last-minute equaliser at the very end of the game shows what it means to everyone.

"Every point is massive at this stage of the season. Obviously Rotherham came from two down [at Stoke] and we have managed to get one in the last minute.

“It's a massive point for us, there are no guaranteed results at this stage of the season – it throws up strange results.

"Missing a penalty, everyone would think the game is over, but we have managed to get something with the last kick of the game, which is nice.

"The team spirit between the lads has been brilliant all season. I said during the week that no matter where we have been, the result we have had, everyone has stayed very positive.

"And I think it is starting to show this week. We have had a tough run of five or six games and we have managed to get quite a few points out of those.

“If we can take it into the last four of five games then we can stay in this division."

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John Kelly