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Millwall 2-0 Leeds United

By James McMathBBC Sport
Millwall's Mark Beevers (left) is congratulated by Millwall's Nadjim Abdou
Millwall's Mark Beevers (left) is congratulated by Millwall's Nadjim Abdou after scoring the opening goal

Mark Beevers and Shaun Williams scored to give Millwall a 2-0 win as Leeds got off to a losing start under Dave Hockaday.

Defender Beevers slid in to convert Lee Martin's cross as Ian Holloway's side took an early lead.

The hosts added a second through Williams' second-half penalty after Lee Gregory was felled by Lewis Cook.

It meant a debut defeat for Hockaday, who was owner Massimo Cellino's surprise choice to take over at Leeds.

Hockaday arrived at Elland Road during a turbulent summer in which the Italian owner made sweeping changes in an effort to reduce the club's debts.

Last season's top scorer Ross McCormack, who scored 29 goals, was sold to Fulham for £11m, while 14 other first-team squad members were sold or released.

Hockaday was appointed as successor to Brian McDermott despite having no managerial experience in league football. Hockaday, 56, was in charge of Forest Green Rovers in the Football Conference from 2009 to 2013.

Leeds chairman Massimo Cellino (right) talks to manager Dave Hockaday
Massimo Cellino (right) appointed head coach Dave Hockaday (left) as Brian McDermott's successor

Leeds, who finished 15th last season, have recruited largely from clubs in Cellino's native Italy.

Marco Silvestri and Souleymane Doukara, signed from Chievo and Catinia, made their debuts along with striker Nicky Ajose, 22, who joined from Peterborough on August 5.

Leeds had won 11 of their previous 14 opening-day fixtures but they made a poor start to the 2014-15 campaign as Millwall, who finished 19th last season, took the lead in the eighth minute.

A short corner was worked back to Lee Martin and he crossed from the right to find Beevers sliding in to apply the finish.

David Pleat - BBC Radio 5 live
"Millwall looked solid and like they could really compete this season, but Leeds on the other hand did not really play as a unit. They had nothing up front and didn't test the Millwall goalkeeper once. Territorially Millwall controlled things for around 70 minutes of the play."

Millwall looked more settled than their opponents in the early exchanges and Beevers twice went close to doubling the hosts' advantage with headers wide from Martyn Woolford corners.

Leeds lacked fluidity but came close to levelling within seconds of the restart when goalkeeper David Forde's fumble gave the ball to Ajose. He played a square pass to Noel Hunt but Alan Dunne cleared the ball away from the empty net.

At the other end, Woolford forced a good save from Silvestri before Nadjim Abdou sliced the rebound over.

Fuller headed wide after Martin's free-kick from the right and Millwall had appeals for a penalty turned down when Woolford went down in the penalty area under pressure from Murphy.

The hosts were awarded a spot-kick with two minutes remaining when Cook, 17, conceded possession before bringing down Gregory, allowing Williams to fire an accurate shot beyond Silvestri from 12 yards.

Millwall manager Ian Holloway:

"We had double their shots on target and we have done that to Leeds United and I am really pleased for my team.

"People win 6-0 and 8-0 on the opening day and go on to have bad seasons so I just want to be consistent for my lads, if I was allowed a bet I would, because our odds to get relegated are a disgrace.

"I just want people to show me and my team some respect. Van Gogh is a decent painter now isn't he? But when he was alive he was just a bloke with half an ear."

Leeds United's Nicky Ajose (left) and Millwall's Scott McDonald battle for the ball at the New Den
Nicky Ajose (left) in action against Millwall's Scott McDonald on his Leeds debut
Millwall manager Ian Holloway
Millwall manager Ian Holloway steered Millwall to safety last season

Line-ups

Millwall

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Forde
  • 16Beevers
  • 2Dunne
  • 28Malone
  • 44Edwards
  • 11WoolfordSubstituted forEasterat 67'minutes
  • 26Abdou
  • 7MartinSubstituted forGueyeat 67'minutes
  • 6Williams
  • 27McDonald
  • 19FullerSubstituted forGregoryat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Wright
  • 8Easter
  • 9Gregory
  • 14Briggs
  • 17Webster
  • 18Gueye
  • 43Bywater

Leeds

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Silvestri
  • 15Wootton
  • 2Byram
  • 3Warnock
  • 6Pearce
  • 18Tonge
  • 4Austin
  • 7Murphy
  • 16AjoseSubstituted forPoleonat 79'minutes
  • 29DoukaraSubstituted forL Cookat 64'minutes
  • 10HuntSubstituted forSmithat 58'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Smith
  • 12Berardi
  • 13Taylor
  • 23L Cook
  • 25Killock
  • 26Poleon
  • 31Benedicic
Referee:
Oliver Langford
Attendance:
16,205

Match Stats

Home TeamMillwallAway TeamLeeds
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home14
Away9
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home8
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Millwall 2, Leeds United 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Millwall 2, Leeds United 0.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Carlos Edwards (Millwall).

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lewis Cook (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Dominic Poleon.

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Millwall 2, Leeds United 0. Shaun Williams (Millwall) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.

  7. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Lewis Cook (Leeds United) after a foul in the penalty area.

  8. Post update

    Penalty Millwall. Lee Gregory draws a foul in the penalty area.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jermaine Easter (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Scott McDonald.

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Michael Tonge (Leeds United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lewis Cook.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by David Forde.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Dominic Poleon (Leeds United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Matt Smith with a headed pass.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Millwall. Lee Gregory replaces Ricardo Fuller.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Leeds United. Dominic Poleon replaces Nicky Ajose.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Ricardo Fuller.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Mark Beevers.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Matt Smith (Leeds United).

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Luke Murphy (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.