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Leeds United 2 - 0 Millwall: Quick fire double from Snoddy sinks Lions as Leeds remember a club legend.

Two moments of class from Robert Snodgrass ensured Leeds paid tribute to Gary Speed with a win at home in an emotional day at Elland Road.

Simon Grayson went with the same starting eleven that demolished Nottingham Forest in midweek, but there was no sign of Ross McCormack on the bench as his partner was giving birth to their first child.

The home side started brightly with Luciano Becchio going close with a header early on. On the right hand side Snodgrass was causing havoc as always for the opposition defence. For eleven minutes the action seemed irrelevant as the chants for Gary Speed echoed around Elland Road. Within that time both Leeds and Millwall went close but both keepers were on hand to keep the game all square at 0-0.

With 15 minutes to go in the first-half United's team started dropping like flies. First it was Howson who after flying into a challenge had to be replaced with a knee injury, with Lloyd Sam taking his place. Moments later Michael Brown hobbled off and was replaced by Andy Keogh. The rest of the half was dull and boring to say the least. Millwall one of the worst footballing sides in the country were making life difficult for Leeds, drawing them in to play the long ball.

Early on in the second-half Millwall were given a debatable free-kick just outside the box, which Alex McCarthy saved well down to his right. The Whites were still being pushed hard by the visitors, but were building pressure as the games ticked by. Lloyd Sam was looking dangerous down the right and Danny Pugh was settling things down within the centre of the park.

On the hour mark Leeds took the lead thanks to a sublime finish from Robert Snodgrass. The Scot lined up a free-kick just outside the box and left the Millwall keeper with no chance. The game then fired into life and Leeds doubled their lead two minutes later and Snodgrass picked up his second of the afternoon. Lloyd Sam provided a inch perfect pass for Snoddy to head low past the hand of Mildenhall. Leeds played out the final 20 minutes with ease and threatened through Becchio and Sam put the game stayed at 2-0 and the Whites moved into fourth for the time being.

The game itself was a poor one, Millwall don't play football and when exchanges don't go there way they decide to kick people at ease. Robert Snodgrass' double was enough to snatch all three points in a game where the result seemed irrelevant due to the emotion running through Elland Road.

Lloyd Sam looked very dangerous on the right hand side of midfield, and for me he did enough to warrant a starting place away at Watford next week. Jonny Howson looks a doubt for the game, but Danny Pugh looked solid and composed in his place. Patrick Kisnorbo was much better at the back, due to his headband returning after an earlier clash of heads.

After saying goodbye to Speedo the club can move forward with the league fixtures in the run-up to Christmas, and although the tributes won't be there every week the club will never forget today in what was a historic day for everyone involved.

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