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Leeds defeats Millwall 2-0

Leeds returned to the winning column with a 2-0 victory over Millwall at Elland Road. With the win Simon Grayson's side edges within two points of a playoff spot. Leeds however does haves it work cut out as Oldham, Peterborough and Millwall are all tied with fifty points but Posh has one match in-hand and Millwall two.

With Robert Snodgrass in the starting eleven along with Lee Trundle and Jermaine Beckford paired up-top, Leeds went on the attack early and was clearly in-charge of the match. However while in directing the run of the match, finishing for Leeds was less than desirable and Jermaine Beckford miss at least three chances. Twenty two minutes after the opening whistle Millwall appeared to taken the lead with Gary Alexander's header but Richard Naylor cleared it before it crossed the line. Ten minutes later Leeds broke the deadlock as Andy Robinson and Robert Snodgrass linked up to provide Jermaine Beckford with the striker driving a left-footed shot into the far top corner. Leeds attacking prowess slowed to barely a trickle but combined with Millwall's attacking malaise and steady defending the hosts were barely threatened. Five minutes past the hour Jermaine Beckford was booked from an elbow to the Millwall keeper and after further review, disciplinary action is quite possible. With less that twenty minutes remaining Luciano Becchio and Bradley Johnson were brought in as it was clear pace and work-rate was dropping. In the final moments the Argentine maestro provided Jermaine Beckford a chance to put the match away but his effort went off into the stands. However only a few minutes later the Casper Ankergren's long ball was flicked on from Luciano to Beckford with last years League One Player of the Year sending the ball into the back of the net.

Leeds returns to action on Saturday against Huddersfield Town in another "must-win" match. It needs to be said that while they are playing "fine", they need to establish a more consistent pattern of play and squeezing out victories at home are unlikely to put them into place to win promotion. It is very clear that Simon Grayson is carving this out as "his team" and readying it for a playoff battle but they need to get there first.