Millwall 1 Leeds United 0

Whites defeated at The Den.

Sky Bet Championship 

Millwall 1 (O’Brien 73) Leeds United 0

Leeds United suffered their first defeat under head coach Thomas Christiansen, as Aiden O’Brien’s effort secure Millwall three points at The Den.

Millwall threatened inside three minutes, former Leeds striker Steve Morison struck wide on the half volley from long range.

The home side had the ball in the net four minutes later, Conor McLaughlin struck from distance and Wiedwald couldn’t hold it and Morison tapped home, but Leeds were saved by a late offside flag.

Millwall then played a good ball across the face of goal and Morison was again denied, this time by Conor Shaughnessy on the line.

Leeds struggled to muster a chance and were limited to a long range effort through Samuel Saiz. 

Wiedwald was again called into action just before the 30 minute mark, he got a vital touch on O’Brien’s cross, to stop Shaun Williams from heading home.

Jed Wallace was next to go close, he smashed just over the bar from just inside of the Leeds box.

Wallace then looked to turn provider, when he put a neat ball across the face of goal, but Morison was unable to prod home.

Williams struck a free-kick from 35 yards which deflected just wide, before Wiedwald was forced into saves by Morison and Byron Webster before the break, to keep the scores level.

Half Time: Millwall 0-0 Leeds United

Leeds looked to get back into the game as Stuart Dallas and Kemar Roofe were introduced at the break, but Millwall carried on from where they left off as Wallace broke down the right flank and his effort deflected goal-wards of Pontus Jansson and Wiedwald made another good stop.

The Whites almost took the lead against the run of play eight minutes into the second half, Dallas whipped in a free-kick and Kalvin Phillips’ flick-on went just inches wide.

Six minutes later, Wallace fired an effort from the edge of the box, which had Wiedwald beaten, but not the post.

Morison then went close from a corner, Shaughnessy was on hand to hook away Morison’s goal-ward header.

The Millwall striker then had another opportunity when he was picked out in the Leeds box, he shot on the turn, but couldn’t get the better of Wiedwald.

The Lions took the lead in the 73rd minute, after continuing to pressure the Leeds goal, Fred Onyedinma found O’Brien in space and he slotted past Wiedwald.

Leeds were reduced to ten men when Jansson was unable to continue and United had used all three substitutes and Millwall could have wrapped up the win when Morison set up Saville, but he skied his effort over the bar from close range.

United pushed for an equaliser in the closing stages, but Millwall held on to condemn Leeds to a first loss

Full Time: Millwall 1-0 Leeds United

 

Millwall: Archer, McLaughlin, Meredith, Hutchinson, Williams, Onyedinma (Tunnicliffe 90), Wallace (Cooper 90), Webster, Morison, O’Brien (Ferguson 81), Saville.  Subs not used: Martin, Craig, Romeo, Twardek.

Leeds: Wiedwald, Anita, Jansson, Shaughnessy, Berardi, O’Kane, Phillips, Saiz (Grot 72), Hernandez (Dallas 45), Alioski (Roofe 45), Lasogga.  Subs not used: Lonergan, Berardi, Vieira, Cibicki.

 

Referee: T. Robinson

Booked: Saville (Millwall), Shaughnessy, Saiz, O’Kane (Leeds)

Venue: The Den