Championship
Leeds2Millwall1

Leeds United 2-1 Millwall

Brian McDermott Leeds manager

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.

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."

Line-ups

Leeds

  • 30Butland
  • 25ByramSubstituted forWoottonat 90+1'minutes
  • 16Pugh
  • 6Murphy
  • 4Lees
  • 5Pearce
  • 36MowattSubstituted forTongeat 84'minutes
  • 8AustinBooked at 75mins
  • 44McCormack
  • 20Smith
  • 9WickhamSubstituted forHuntat 86'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

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

Millwall

  • 1Forde
  • 2Dunne
  • 12Lowry
  • 29Garvan
  • 5Robinson
  • 16Beevers
  • 11Woolford
  • 15UpsonSubstituted forCampbellat 59'minutes
  • 32MarquisSubstituted forMaierhoferat 58'minutesBooked at 68mins
  • 27McDonald
  • 34OnyedinmaSubstituted forJacksonat 59'minutes

Substitutes

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

Match Stats

Home TeamLeedsAway TeamMillwall
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home13
Away14
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away8
Fouls
Home14
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Leeds United 2, Millwall 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Leeds United 2, Millwall 1.

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

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

Booking

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

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Owen Garvan.

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

Foul by Simeon Jackson (Millwall).

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

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Tom Lees.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Scott Wootton replaces Sam Byram.

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

Foul by Michael Tonge (Leeds United).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Noel Hunt replaces Connor Wickham.

Foul by Mark Beevers (Millwall).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Michael Tonge replaces Alex Mowatt.

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Rodolph Austin.

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

Foul by Shane Lowry (Millwall).

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

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

Foul by Jason Pearce (Leeds United).

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Owen Garvan.

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

Booking

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

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

Foul by Rodolph Austin (Leeds United).

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.

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.

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

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

Booking

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

Foul by Stefan Maierhofer (Millwall).

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

Hand ball by Stefan Maierhofer (Millwall).

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

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

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester36256569343581
2Burnley372113362313176
3Derby37199965432266
4QPR37199946321466
5Wigan361881050351562
6Reading3716111058421659
7Nottm Forest37141585546957
8Brighton361511103930956
9Ipswich371412114842654
10Blackburn361311124445-150
11Bournemouth371310144552-749
12Watford3612121253431048
13Leeds36138155052-247
14Middlesbrough371015124541445
15Sheff Wed371112144643345
16Huddersfield37128174751-444
17Bolton37914144854-641
18Blackpool371011163252-2041
19Doncaster371010173354-2140
20Birmingham37910184453-937
21Charlton34711162544-1932
22Millwall37711193364-3132
23Yeovil37710203557-2231
24Barnsley36611193163-3229
View full Championship table

Top Stories