Leeds went to South London today looking to extend their unbeaten streak while Millwall were looking to move up the table and get out of the bottom half of the table. Leeds were able to rescue a point as Jack Harrison scored his first goal for Leeds in the 89th minute. While Leeds dominated possession, with the number of injuries that the Whites have and the history of stumbling away at the New Den, almost every single Leeds fan will be happy to leave with a point.
Leeds United started with a few decent attacking ideas in the first half, as Millwall always seemed to want to make this match a physical contest. Leeds came close, but the ball was just beyond both Roberts and Alioski.
Millwall won a few corners and a few
CHANCE: Superb pass by Klich over the top, Douglas brings it down with one touch and squares to Roberts who looks set to score with Amos out of position. Shot hits Murray Wallace. Corner. #lufc— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) September 15, 2018
Leeds came close in the 32nd minute, but Alioski took a touch instead of taking the ball first time, but it was blocked. Leeds earned a few more chances, with the best being a brilliant pass from Klich which found Douglas. His squared ball was shot on goal by Roberts, but he was unlucky to have it blocked with an open goal in from of him.
Roberts had another brilliant chance right in first half stoppage time, but once again, he just couldn’t put the ball into the back of the net.
CHANCE: Douglas plays the free-kick short and then takes a clever return pass inside the box. Volley flies straight into Amos' hands. 0-0 on 53 mins. #lufc— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) September 15, 2018
Leeds started the second half brightly, with a flurry of chances around the 50th minute, but after a corner kick and a free kick, Douglas’ well-taken volley could only find Amos.
Pretty much what Millwall have been looking for all game. Leonard launches the throw, Jake Cooper with the flick on, Wallace is completely unmarked at the back stick and side-foots it in off the near post. #lufc— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) September 15, 2018
And because this is Leeds at Millwall, the hosts took the lead from a lumped ball into the box. Jed Wallace knocked the ball in at the far post after he was left unmarked after a throw-in.
CHANCE: Douglas gets to a loose ball on the byline, cuts it back for Ayling who is at point blank range. Amos throws himself in front of it. Good save. 1-0 on 63 mins. #lufc— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) September 15, 2018
Leeds, once again, had a few great chances. to convert, but still couldn’t put the ball into the back of the net. Ayling had a chance, but again Amos had to play hero for Millwall. Saiz did great work to get himself free a few times, and he got a good pass into Lewis Baker, but Baker’s shot went into orbit.
CHANCE: Another one for Roberts. Saiz chip gets him in behind the offside trap but he gets a weak touch on it and Amos dives to save. Roberts could have had four today. 1-0 on 67 mins. #lufc— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) September 15, 2018
Roberts had yet another good chance, as he was all alone in front of the net, but instead of trying to control the ball, he took a weak header which never looked to challenge Amos at all.
Leeds made a few substitutions as Bielsa looked to freshen up the side, with Stuart Dallas coming on for Roberts, Lewis Baker on for Klich, and Adam Forshaw making his season debut coming on for Kalvin Phillips.
CHANCE: Douglas with a free-kick which flies to the back post, Cooper is at close range but slices the chance across goal. 1-0 on 88 mins. #lufc— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) September 15, 2018
Leeds came close from a free kick in the 88th minute, but Ayling could only hit the side netting. Things were starting to get a little nervy for Leeds and Leeds fans, as everyone assuming the worst.
GOAL JACK HARRISON FOR LEEDS 1-1 pic.twitter.com/zGb3gihNzX— AztecGodStreams (@AztecGodStreams) September 15, 2018
And then Manchester City loanee Jack Harrison struck with a minute left in regular time, scoring a late goal to level the score at one.
Saiz played a cross into the Millwall box, and while it was headed out by a defender, it could only go as far as Harrison, and his quick shot to the near post beat Amos, bring the visiting fans joy, and crushing the home fans who were already celebrating.
Got no finger nails left— Kemar Roofe (@roofe39) September 15, 2018
Stoppage time saw heroics from the Leeds defence, as Millwall kept putting the ball into the box and both sides took turns throwing themselves at the ball from headers and shots which were blocked and attempted clearances that could only go back in. Pulse-pounding stuff at the very death, but at the end, Peacock-Farrell fell on the ball and Leeds were able to see the match out with a 1-1 draw.
Missing four players, a goal down with a minute to go at Millwall, it's a great point.— john scannell (@john_scannell) September 15, 2018
A great point away from home sees Leeds go alone on top of the table, as Middlesbrough lost away at Norwich City. Both Brentford and Bristol City also sit one point behind Leeds with 14 points, with Leeds leading the way with 15 points. A great result with Leeds missing the EFL Championship player of the month for August in Roofe, the EFL PFA fans player of the month in Pablo Hernandez, Gaetano Berardi, who has been brilliant, and Patrick Bamford, who joined Leeds from Boro for £7 million this summer.
Not all draws are created equal, and this was a great point for Leeds.