Report: Millwall 1-0 Leeds United

MILLWALL edged past ten-man Leeds United courtesy of Chris Wood's late winner at The Den.

The game looked to be petering out into a bore draw after Luke Varney was sent-off for the visitors, but Wood headed home Shane Lowry's deep cross in the 85th minute.

The win extended the Lions' unbeaten run to ten matches – their best run of form in the Championship since the late 1980s – and saw them move up to ninth in the table.

Manager Kenny Jackett was forced to make one change to his starting line-up after Jimmy Abdou returned to France for the birth of his child, meaning Josh Wright came into midfield.

The first chance of the opening exchanges came in the form of a Leeds free-kick which was fired straight into the wall by Michael Tonge inside the first two minutes.

The home side had a chance to take the lead in the 15th minute when Feeney dribbled deep into the final third before cutting the ball back towards Chris Taylor, but the winger was tackled by centre-back Tom Lees as he went to pull the trigger.

Another chance fell Millwall's way two minutes later when Taylor latched onto Lowry's inch-perfect through-ball, but his dangerous cross was hacked away by Lees.

Wood almost put the Lions in front in the 22nd minute but his touch to control Feeney's diagonal pass was too heavy and the ball span out of his reach.

Leeds chances were few and far between in the first period but Ryan Hall went close to putting the Yorkshire side in front when he cut inside onto his left foot and struck a low shot straight into the arms of David Forde.

Millwall then spurned two opportunities in quick succession; first when Wood powered a header over the bar from Taylor's cross and then when Mark Beevers' goal-bound header from a corner was cleared off the line by Lees.

In the 43rd minute, Andy Keogh exchanged passes with Wood before fizzing a shot inches wide as the Lions stepped up their search for the opening goal.

But on the stroke of half-time, Michael Tonge's shot was charged down brilliantly by Wright, before the ball was crossed back in and fumbled by Forde – but United failed to capitalise on the loose ball and the half finished goalless.

The second-half began with the sending-off of Varney for a deliberate elbow on Lions defender Adam Smith within minutes of the restart.

Millwall struggled to make the most of their numerical advantage but Wood manufactured space for himself to shoot on the edge of the box only to fire over in the 50th minute.

Keogh must have thought he had scored when he deftly flicked-on Taylor's cross towards goal, but his header flew straight into the arms of Kenny.

Millwall were reduced to a succession of long-range shots as they struggled to break down the ten men and both substitute James Henry and Wright tried their luck from distance, but to no avail.

With ten minutes remaining, the Lions had a goal disallowed after Wood's robust challenge on Kenny forced the keeper to spill the ball into the net, but the winning goal finally arrived in the 85th minute.

Sub Dany N'Guessan held up possesion, cut the ball back to Lowry whose superb cross was converted by Wood at the back post.

Leeds had a late chance to level things up with a free-kick on the edge of the area but Tonge blasted high and wide.

With the visitors pushing forward in stoppage time, Millwall counter-attacked and Henry hit the bar as they went agonisingly close to adding a second goal.

Millwall: Forde, A.Smith, Lowry, Wright, Shittu, Beevers, C.Taylor (N'Guessan, 82mins), Trotter, Keogh, Wood, Feeney (Henry, 59mins). Subs not used: M.Taylor, Malone, Racon, Osborne, J.Smith.

Leeds United: Kenny, Hall (McCormack, 65mins), Peltier, Byram, Lees, Diouf, Drury, Tonge, Green, Varney, Becchio. Subs not used: Kisnorbo, Ashdown, White, Norris, Gray, Pugh.

Conor Sefton

(@ConorSeftonNAD)

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

  • November 18, 2012 at 16:09
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    Jb please let kj sign woods use the lolly from sale of morrison? Coyl

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    • November 18, 2012 at 21:17
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      The Morison money and more has been spent by JB just to keep us where we are, but he is intent on trying to sign Wood permanently - 800k is the figure I have heard.

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  • November 19, 2012 at 00:22
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    3 more points job done. I'll take a point at Rovers next week then three at Wolves ta very much. Then bring on the trainspotters COYL

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