Saturday, 19 April 2008

Rampant Lions slayed by Super Leeds

Striker Anthony Elding was named in the starting line-up, alongside Dougie Freedman, for Leeds United's penultimate away match against Millwall at the New Den. The injured Jermaine Beckford was not included in the 16.

Jonny Howson, the young player who has made an enormous impact over the past few weeks, was named as captain and David Prutton was in for the suspended Jonathan Douglas.

United had slightly more possession in a windy first-half but Millwall had more chances on goal plus four corners to United's one. A shot from Elding in the seventh minute was tipped around the post. A 24th minute shot, from 20 yards, by Frazer Richardson sailed over the bar.

In a flurry of action just before half time, United tried to make a breakthrough. Elding tried a shot from 18 yards, in the 44th minute, that whipped over the bar and a header from Howson, in the first minute of injury time, was saved.

It was Millwall who came out for the second half full of fire with three chances on goal in the first five minutes. United's first chance in the second half came in the 57th minute when Freedam shot wide from 20 yards out. Freedman tried a 30 yard shot in the 63rd minute which was saved.

Then on 69 minutes David Prutton volleyed a curving 30 yard shot from the right to put United in front against the run of play, 0-1.

Elding was replaced by Andy Hughes in the 72nd minute and in the 79th minute Hughes was there to side-foot a cross from Bradley Johnson into the net, 0-2.

Peter Sweeney came on for Johnson and Freedman was replaced by Tresor Kandol in the 88th minute.

United came to the New Den and withstood fierce pressure from the Lions, who had far more chances on goal but failed to make them count.

Brighton's win against the Pools means Leeds are still not guaranteed a play-off spot but a win at Yeovil on Friday can book our place.

Attendance 13,395 (1892 Leeds)

Millwall 0 Leeds United 2

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