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Leeds United 1-0 Millwall

Alex Mowatt
Alex Mowatt (right) rifled in a free-kick for the sixth goal of his career

Alex Mowatt's superb free-kick gave Leeds United victory over relegation-threatened Millwall.

The Whites eased their own relegation concerns and moved eight points clear of the drop zone as Mowatt struck in the 39th minute.

Steve Morison could have added a second, but lost out in a one-on-one.

And Millwall should have grabbed an equaliser but Martyn Woolford fired over, meaning the Lions are a point adrift of safety.

Leeds, meanwhile, can start thinking of looking upwards after a fourth win from five games that puts them 12th in the table.

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Harding on Leeds v Millwall

Millwall had only won once at Elland Road since 1988, so it was no surprise that the hosts started brightly with Sam Byram shooting wide.

And while Ian Holloway's side had periods of controlled possession, the closest they came to an early opening was a tame effort from Stefan Maierhofer.

Mowatt, a day after his 20th birthday, forced the breakthrough before half-time, rasping in a left-footed free-kick that took a slight defection on its way into the net.

And even though Morison had chances against his former club to score his first goal of the season, including a presentable header, Millwall could have left with a point had Woolford shot on target after Giuseppe Bellusci gave away possession.

Leeds manager Neil Redfearn:

"Steve (Morison) will score. I genuinely believe that. I thought he was outstanding today. He led the line well and worked so hard.

"The game was tougher than it should have been. I thought we were going to blow them away. It was as dynamic a start as we have had at home for a long time but they sucked us into a scrap at times.

"Other teams could go on a run but we are looking at some of the sides above us and maybe bridging that gap."

Ian Holloway
Ian Holloway's Millwall failed to win a third away game in succession

Line-ups

Leeds

  • 1Silvestri
  • 15Wootton
  • 3Bamba
  • 5Bellusci
  • 21Taylor
  • 7Murphy
  • 23L CookBooked at 84mins
  • 2Byram
  • 4AustinBooked at 45minsSubstituted forAntenucciat 70'minutes
  • 27MowattBooked at 76mins
  • 19Morison

Substitutes

  • 8Sharp
  • 9Oliveira Tavares
  • 10Cani
  • 12Berardi
  • 13Taylor
  • 33Sloth
  • 34Antenucci

Millwall

  • 1Forde
  • 4Cummings
  • 2Dunne
  • 5Hooiveld
  • 21Harding
  • 6Williams
  • 31Martinez CerveraBooked at 48minsSubstituted forUpsonat 60'minutes
  • 7Martin
  • 8FabbriniSubstituted forFullerat 60'minutes
  • 11Woolford
  • 42MaierhoferBooked at 35minsSubstituted forGregoryat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Gregory
  • 15Upson
  • 16Beevers
  • 19Fuller
  • 22O'Brien
  • 26Abdou
  • 27Archer
Referee:
Paul Tierney
Attendance:
24,000

Match Stats

Home TeamLeedsAway TeamMillwall
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home12
Away13
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home17
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Leeds United 1, Millwall 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Leeds United 1, Millwall 0.

Attempt blocked. Steve Morison (Leeds United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sam Byram.

Attempt missed. Ed Upson (Millwall) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Shaun Cummings with a cross.

Foul by Luke Murphy (Leeds United).

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

Attempt blocked. Steve Morison (Leeds United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mirco Antenucci.

Attempt missed. Ricardo Fuller (Millwall) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Scott Wootton (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Steve Morison with a headed pass following a corner.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Alan Dunne.

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

Foul by Ed Upson (Millwall).

Booking

Lewis Cook (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Lewis Cook (Leeds United).

Lee Martin (Millwall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Mirco Antenucci (Leeds United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Alex Mowatt.

Giuseppe Bellusci (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lee Gregory (Millwall).

Attempt missed. Luke Murphy (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Steve Morison.

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

Foul by Dan Harding (Millwall).

Attempt missed. Martyn Woolford (Millwall) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Booking

Alex Mowatt (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card.

Alex Mowatt (Leeds United) has gone down, but that's a dive.

Attempt saved. Luke Murphy (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mirco Antenucci.

Foul by Scott Wootton (Leeds United).

Ricardo Fuller (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Sam Byram (Leeds United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is too high. Assisted by Mirco Antenucci with a cross.

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Alex Mowatt.

Attempt missed. Alan Dunne (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ricardo Fuller.

Foul by Mirco Antenucci (Leeds United).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Mirco Antenucci replaces Rodolph Austin.

Attempt missed. Martyn Woolford (Millwall) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Shaun Cummings.

Attempt blocked. Martyn Woolford (Millwall) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ricardo Fuller.

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

Foul by Shaun Williams (Millwall).

Offside, Leeds United. Lewis Cook tries a through ball, but Steve Morison is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Shaun Williams (Millwall) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Rodolph Austin (Leeds United).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bournemouth31178665323359
2Middlesbrough30178548202859
3Derby30177658283058
4Ipswich31169650311957
5Watford31175963372656
6Norwich31158859362353
7Brentford31164114642452
8Wolves3113993840-248
9Blackburn30119104040042
10Nottm Forest311011104746141
11Sheff Wed3191392328-540
12Leeds31108133340-738
13Birmingham30911103241-938
14Huddersfield31108134153-1238
15Bolton31107144048-837
16Reading30107133545-1037
17Cardiff3099123743-636
18Charlton3171593141-1036
19Fulham31105164455-1135
20Rotherham30712112938-933
21Brighton31613123239-731
22Millwall3179152848-2030
23Wigan30410162742-1522
24Blackpool3149182760-3321
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