Leeds ended a turbulent week off the pitch with a first win in seven matches in all competitions to leave Millwall in the relegation zone.

Massimo Cellino's proposed takeover at Elland Road was left in doubt on Tuesday when the Italian was found guilty of tax evasion.

But a first-half header from Matt Smith and Ross McCormack's low finish gave the hosts reason for cheer.

Blackburn loanee DJ Campbell scored from 25 yards for the visitors.

The Lions have now won only twice in 15 outings since the start of the year and remain in the bottom three.

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Millwall have won only one of their last 15 away games in all competitions. Their only win on the road since September was 1-0 at Derby earlier this month.

Leeds United's owners are still waiting for a decision from the Football League on Cellino's proposed takeover of the club.

Cellino heads Eleonora Sports, which agreed to buy a 75% stake in Leeds from Gulf Finance House Capital in February.

Leeds had shown little threat in the opening half on Saturday when the impressive Connor Wickham launched a long ball into the box, and Smith's well-placed header gave him a 10th league goal of the season.

McCormack then scored his 25th league goal of the campaign when he cut in from the right wing before slotting an effort between David Forde's legs.

Millwall manager Ian Holloway brought on strikers Campbell, Stefan Maierhofer and Simeon Jackson in search of a way back into the match, and Campbell provided it in the 72nd minute by sending a 25-yard strike into the top corner.

Jackson fed Maierhofer two minutes later, but Jack Butland kept the Austrian's low effort out with his feet as Leeds held on for a welcome victory.

Millwall boss Ian Holloway:

"Leeds were on their knees.

"I've never sensed this place like that. They need to back their manager, get their life sorted out.

"They're a wonderful club but that ain't right.

"Stop causing havoc, support your manager who's a great bloke, and sort your life out.

"I've never been to Leeds and they (have) felt that wobbly. And that hurts, because they were there, and they slipped out the bag."

Leeds manager Brian McDermott:

"We're fighting for our lives as a club with the ownership situation. We want to get it sorted out as quickly as possible.

"We've had a run of form that has been difficult to say the least, but you have to remember how many young players are in this team.

"We needed to win and we're delighted that we've hung on. We need an owner that really wants to carry this club forward and that's the most important thing.

"This place is uncertain; fans pick up on it, players do and staff do.

"We want the uncertainty to go away and once we've got a decision and the owner comes in and someone who has got clout and can carry us forward, it gives

us a chance to put this club back to where it belongs."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Leeds United

  • 30 Butland
  • 25 Byram (Wootton - 91' )
  • 16 Pugh
  • 06 Murphy
  • 04 Lees
  • 05 Pearce
  • 36 Mowatt (Tonge - 84' )
  • 08 Austin Booked
  • 44 McCormack
  • 20 Smith
  • 09 Wickham (Hunt - 86' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 10 Hunt
  • 15 Warnock
  • 18 Tonge
  • 22 Wootton
  • 26 Poleon
  • 28 Stewart
  • 33 Cairns

Millwall

  • 01 Forde
  • 02 Dunne
  • 12 Lowry
  • 29 Garvan
  • 05 Robinson
  • 16 Beevers
  • 11 Woolford
  • 15 Upson (Campbell - 59' )
  • 32 Marquis (Maierhofer - 58' Booked )
  • 27 McDonald
  • 34 Onyedinma (Jackson - 59' )

Substitutes

  • 14 Fredericks
  • 19 Jackson
  • 22 Campbell
  • 26 Abdou
  • 36 Powell
  • 42 Maierhofer
  • 43 Bywater
Ref: Stuart Attwell
Att: 23,211

Match Stats

Shots

13 14

On target

3 6

Corners

3 8

Fouls

14 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Leeds United 2, Millwall 1.

90:00 +6:14 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Leeds United 2, Millwall 1.

90:00 +6:03

Attempt blocked. Michael Tonge (Leeds United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

90:00 +5:59

Attempt blocked. Ross McCormack (Leeds United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

90:00 +5:33 Booking

Booking Noel Hunt (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +4:56

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Owen Garvan.

90:00 +4:13

Attempt missed. Scott McDonald (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Owen Garvan with a headed pass.

90:00 +2:15

Foul by Simeon Jackson (Millwall).

90:00 +2:15

Danny Pugh (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:41

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Tom Lees.

90:00 +0:49 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leeds United. Scott Wootton replaces Sam Byram.

89:42

Owen Garvan (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

89:42

Foul by Michael Tonge (Leeds United).

88:18

Attempt blocked. DJ Campbell (Millwall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

85:17 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leeds United. Noel Hunt replaces Connor Wickham.

84:59

Foul by Mark Beevers (Millwall).

84:59

Ross McCormack (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

83:22 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leeds United. Michael Tonge replaces Alex Mowatt.

82:09

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Rodolph Austin.

81:08

Attempt blocked. Simeon Jackson (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Stefan Maierhofer.

79:44

Foul by Shane Lowry (Millwall).

79:44

Matt Smith (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

77:55

David Forde (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:55

Foul by Jason Pearce (Leeds United).

77:23

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Owen Garvan.

75:31

Attempt missed. Owen Garvan (Millwall) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

74:11 Booking

Booking Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

74:03

Scott McDonald (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

74:03

Foul by Rodolph Austin (Leeds United).

73:15

Attempt saved. Stefan Maierhofer (Millwall) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Simeon Jackson.

72:02 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Leeds United 2, Millwall 1. DJ Campbell (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Stefan Maierhofer.

70:56

Offside, Millwall. Paul Robinson tries a through ball, but DJ Campbell is caught offside.

68:54

Offside, Millwall. Shane Lowry tries a through ball, but Stefan Maierhofer is caught offside.

67:31 Booking

Booking Stefan Maierhofer (Millwall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

67:22

Foul by Stefan Maierhofer (Millwall).

67:22

Jason Pearce (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:37

Hand ball by Stefan Maierhofer (Millwall).

64:51

Attempt missed. Ross McCormack (Leeds United) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Luke Murphy.

61:40

Attempt missed. Luke Murphy (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

61:31

Attempt missed. Matt Smith (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ross McCormack with a cross.

59:29

Attempt blocked. Matt Smith (Leeds United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Connor Wickham.

58:48

Offside, Millwall. Alan Dunne tries a through ball, but Stefan Maierhofer is caught offside.

58:21 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Millwall. DJ Campbell replaces Edward Upson.

58:07 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Millwall. Simeon Jackson replaces Fred Onyedinma.

57:38

Fred Onyedinma (Millwall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

57:38

Foul by Danny Pugh (Leeds United).

57:09 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Millwall. Stefan Maierhofer replaces John Marquis.

56:17

Foul by Martyn Woolford (Millwall).

56:17

Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

55:40

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Sam Byram.

51:43

Mark Beevers (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:43

Foul by Sam Byram (Leeds United).

51:05

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

50:16

Delay in match John Marquis (Millwall) because of an injury.

50:00

Attempt saved. John Marquis (Millwall) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Owen Garvan with a cross.

47:22

Attempt missed. Matt Smith (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Alex Mowatt with a cross.

45:40

Attempt saved. Mark Beevers (Millwall) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Scott McDonald.

45:00

Second Half begins Leeds United 2, Millwall 0.

45:00 +2:19 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Leeds United 2, Millwall 0.

45:00 +0:42

Foul by John Marquis (Millwall).

45:00 +0:42

Sam Byram (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

44:00

Attempt blocked. Tom Lees (Leeds United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

43:27

Foul by Mark Beevers (Millwall).

43:27

Alex Mowatt (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

42:50

Alan Dunne (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:50

Foul by Ross McCormack (Leeds United).

40:40 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Leeds United 2, Millwall 0. Ross McCormack (Leeds United) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tom Lees.

37:44

Attempt saved. Mark Beevers (Millwall) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Owen Garvan.

36:59

Scott McDonald (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

36:59

Foul by Rodolph Austin (Leeds United).

36:01

Attempt saved. Martyn Woolford (Millwall) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Edward Upson.

34:47

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Alan Dunne.

34:44

Attempt blocked. Ross McCormack (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alex Mowatt with a cross.

34:01

Foul by Mark Beevers (Millwall).

34:01

Alex Mowatt (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

33:22

Owen Garvan (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:22

Foul by Luke Murphy (Leeds United).

32:19

Offside, Millwall. Mark Beevers tries a through ball, but Fred Onyedinma is caught offside.

30:02

Foul by Martyn Woolford (Millwall).

30:02

Tom Lees (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:33

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Tom Lees.

29:30

Attempt blocked. Scott McDonald (Millwall) right footed shot from long range on the right is blocked. Assisted by Alan Dunne.

28:26

Scott McDonald (Millwall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

28:26

Foul by Rodolph Austin (Leeds United).

27:08

Attempt missed. Connor Wickham (Leeds United) right footed shot from long range on the left is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Alex Mowatt.

26:15

Edward Upson (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

26:15

Foul by Rodolph Austin (Leeds United).

23:19

Foul by Fred Onyedinma (Millwall).

23:19

Connor Wickham (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:56

Attempt blocked. Edward Upson (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by John Marquis.

19:37

Fred Onyedinma (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

19:37

Foul by Luke Murphy (Leeds United).

18:15 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Leeds United 1, Millwall 0. Matt Smith (Leeds United) header from the left side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Connor Wickham.

14:40

Hand ball by Danny Pugh (Leeds United).

13:59

Foul by John Marquis (Millwall).

13:59

Sam Byram (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:30

Offside, Leeds United. Rodolph Austin tries a through ball, but Ross McCormack is caught offside.

9:35

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Tom Lees.

8:15

Foul by Edward Upson (Millwall).

8:15

Connor Wickham (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

7:02

Attempt missed. Fred Onyedinma (Millwall) header from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Edward Upson with a cross.

6:37

Edward Upson (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6:37

Foul by Ross McCormack (Leeds United).

4:43

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Jack Butland.

3:27

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Jack Butland.

2:50

Scott McDonald (Millwall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

2:50

Foul by Rodolph Austin (Leeds United).

1:25

Offside, Millwall. Paul Robinson tries a through ball, but John Marquis is caught offside.

0:21

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Alex Mowatt.

0:15

Attempt blocked. Edward Upson (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by David Forde.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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