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Match Recap: Leeds United 3-2 Millwall

Leeds United had hearts racing once again, with a wonderful second half comeback snatching all three points.

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Patrick Bamford and Luke Ayling celebrate the winning goal and Bamford’s brace.
Photo by George Wood/Getty Images

Leeds United pulled off another comeback in a night to remember at Elland Road.

Disaster struck early for Leeds, with a shaky start being converted into a goal for Millwall, typically, from a corner-kick. Hutchinson loses his man and Casilla couldn’t reach him, as the Millwall centre-half headed home with just five minutes on the clock.

Leeds dominated possession but looked one dimensional in the first half. Alioski and Klich had half-chances, while Stuart Dallas and Patrick Bamford had a couple decent chances saved.

But disaster struck once again, as Alioski conceded a penalty for a foul on Bodvarsson despite the ball looking out of play in the build-up. However, Jed Wallace converted from the spot and sent the teams into the break with Millwall on top.

But Leeds weren’t letting up, as Patrick Bamford scored from a corner of all things. Hernandez’s delivery met Jack Harrison in the six yard box following a flick-on. The keeper parried his strike, but couldn’t prevent Bamford from knocking the ball home from not even a yard from goal.

Leeds looked much better but Millwall remained a threat, as Wallace did brilliantly to turn swiftly and hit a great low strike across goal. Casilla was forced into an excellent save.

Bamford came close with a header from Alioski’s early cross, and two minutes later Harrison latched onto a cross at the back-post, with the keeper somehow keeping the ball out in a small scramble.

But soon enough, Leeds equlised through Pablo Hernandez. Leeds had been going after a dropping Millwall defence, and as the ball came out from a ball in the box, Hernandez volleyed off the arm of a defender, sneaking the ball into the bottom left corner.

And Leeds weren’t done there, Leeds continued to bully Millwall, winning every second ball and linking up brillaintly down the wings. It was like a different team in the second half. Some lovely build-up down the right side put Ayling into a crossing position, he found the diving head of Bamford, who has the whole net to aim for.

Leeds even came close to a fourth, first from Costa, who cut inside nicely before unleashing a curling strike which look destined for the net. The keeper pulled off a great save to get the ball onto the bar.

Klich should’ve scored as he had the goal at his mercy, as well as the game. Once again, some great link-up play (and a little luck) had Klich in open space with a simple finish from eight yards. This time, he could not convert.

But not to worry, as Leeds held on to leave the night with three points. The Whites return to top of the table by two points.