Millwall 1 - 0 Leeds United: Late Header Sinks 10-man Leeds

Clive Rose

United's misery continues after a late header from Chris Wood gave Millwall all three points.

With morale in the squad and stands at an all-time low, Leeds United made the long trip South to face Millwall. With many fans setting off at 3am, it promised to be a long day for those who made the trip.

After some poor results and the on-going takeover still erm...on-going Leeds fans expected very little, with the in-form Lions looking to extend their unbeaten run to ten matches.

Winger Ryan Hall was given his first start since his loan move from Southend, while Ross McCormack returned to the bench following his long layoff following an ankle injury.

United started well and launched their first attack when Diouf went in on goal only to be upended by defender Mark Beevers who was given a yellow card. From the free-kick Tonge's effort hit the wall and Millwall settled down to make things harder for Warnock's men.

Midfielder Paul Green was showing some good form in the middle of the park and was doing his best to pick a pass instead of playing the long ball. Hall was causing problems on right flank and he was being supported well by the ever-improving Sam Byram.

With Leeds unable to make the early possession count, Millwall bounced back and were looking dangerous on the counter attack. Andy Keogh was a nuisance throughout and the big Chris Wood was causing all sorts of problems in the air.

Both sides had half-chances but it was Millwall who edged the first half and could have taken the lead on the stroke of half-time but Keogh's shot drifted just wide.

The second-half started and Leeds' chances of taking the three points vanished within two minutes after Luke Varney was dismissed. Mark Halsey adjudged Varney of using his elbow and although it was a soft card, Varney should have been smarter in that instance.

The game was turned on its head and United were on the back foot. Wood, Taylor and Trotter all went close from long range for Millwall but Paddy Kenny did enough to thwart the oncoming attack. With Millwall dominating, manager Neil Warnock introduced Ross McCormack after his spell on the sidelines.

The home side continued to dominate possession and they had a goal disallowed when Paddy Kenny was bundled into the back of the net by the charging Liam Trotter. Kenny was unable to stop next Millwall's next effort which came via the head of Chris Wood. Ex-Leeds loanee Shane Lowry found space on the left and his in-swinging cross was met at the back post by Wood to make it 1-0.

Leeds went on the hunt for that vital leveller and should have been awarded a penalty when Lowry prevented Tom Lees from winning the ball by bear hugging him. With Leeds chasing a goal, Millwall had one last chance to kill the game off but Keogh and Henry both missed from inside the box.

At the full-time whistle the anger on Neil Warnock's face was clear to see. An improved performance today, but against better opposition we'd have been beaten convincingly. There seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel. Too many injuries. Too many suspensions.

The looming emergency-loan deadline is fast approaching this Thursday. A few new faces could see a change in results and morale. A lack of new blood could see the Whites fall to the relegation places before Christmas.

Over to you GFH and Mr Bates,for the 200th time since May!!

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