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Leeds United 3-2 Millwall: Pablo Hernandez double sends Whites second

Pablo Hernandez.
Pablo Hernandez's double was his second brace in three games after also netting twice in a 3-0 win at Reading on 12 March

Pablo Hernandez's double moved Leeds back into the Championship's automatic promotion spots as they twice came from behind to beat struggling Millwall.

The Spaniard's late winner took his season's tally to 12 goals as the Whites leapfrogged Sheffield United to go second, two points clear of their Yorkshire rivals.

A Ben Thompson strike and a Ben Marshall penalty twice put Millwall ahead but they were pegged back by Hernandez's first and a Luke Ayling header.

That meant Patrick Bamford's first-half penalty miss did not prove costly, while defeat dropped Millwall two places to 21st and they stay just a point above the bottom three.

On an afternoon that could foreshadow the twists and turns still to come in the promotion race, Leeds looked set to lose ground on their rivals for much of the day, only to end up back in the top two due to the Blades twice surrendering a lead to lose to Bristol City.

That they did so was down chiefly to Hernandez, who again stepped up for a Leeds side still missing injured top scorer Kemar Roofe.

He inspired Leeds' fightback after they fell behind early on, Thompson heading home Mahlon Romeo's cross for the Millwall midfielder's third goal in two games.

Lions keeper David Martin thwarted Leeds' initial retorts, saving Bamford's penalty with his legs after Jed Wallace brought down Ezgjan Alioski and denying Jack Harrison from Hernandez's through ball.

But he was left helpless when Hernandez clinically steered Ayling's pull-back into the bottom corner to bring Leeds level.

Marshall put Millwall back ahead from the spot after being fouled by Liam Cooper, and when Martin twice foiled Hernandez it seemed the keeper would redeem his recent FA Cup howler against Brighton.

However, Ayling headed home Barry Douglas' cross to bring Leeds level for a second time before Hernandez slid home Tyler Roberts' cut-back to win it.

Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa:

"Some days we have to spend more time than we usually would need to spend to get what we deserve.

"We never feel we are going to lose. We insist on trying to change the result by keeping our style. When a team has the skill to overcome so much adversity, they deserve admiration."

On Sheffield United's defeat by Bristol City: "Every game we play we can't be thinking about the result of any other team."

Millwall manager Neil Harris:

"It was probably a fair result on possession and chances created.

"We were leading twice in the game and for us to come to Elland Road, it was a good performance in so many ways.

"We can talk about how good we were on the counter-attack, with the ball, how well we defended at times and stood strong at a sold-out Elland Road, but ultimately we got nothing from the game.

"Leeds are a top side and we ran them very close today."

Line-ups

Leeds

  • 1Peacock-Farrell
  • 2Ayling
  • 18JanssonBooked at 65minsSubstituted forClarkeat 67'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 6CooperBooked at 55mins
  • 10AlioskiSubstituted forDouglasat 45'minutes
  • 23Phillips
  • 19Hernández
  • 11Roberts
  • 43KlichSubstituted forForshawat 75'minutes
  • 22Harrison
  • 9Bamford

Substitutes

  • 3Douglas
  • 4Forshaw
  • 15Dallas
  • 28Berardi
  • 46Shackleton
  • 47Clarke
  • 51Miazek

Millwall

  • 16MartinBooked at 82mins
  • 12Romeo
  • 15Pearce
  • 5CooperBooked at 30mins
  • 3MeredithBooked at 7minsSubstituted forO'Brienat 84'minutes
  • 7Wallace
  • 18TunnicliffeSubstituted forMorisonat 86'minutes
  • 28Leonard
  • 44MarshallBooked at 74mins
  • 8ThompsonSubstituted forElliottat 87'minutes
  • 9Gregory

Substitutes

  • 1Archer
  • 2McLaughlin
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 6Williams
  • 19Elliott
  • 20Morison
  • 22O'Brien
Referee:
Darren Bond
Attendance:
34,910

Match Stats

Home TeamLeedsAway TeamMillwall
Possession
Home69%
Away31%
Shots
Home18
Away7
Shots on Target
Home8
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home15
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Leeds United 3, Millwall 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Leeds United 3, Millwall 2.

Booking

Jack Clarke (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Luke Ayling (Leeds United).

Tom Elliott (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Patrick Bamford (Leeds United).

Ben Marshall (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Tyler Roberts (Leeds United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Patrick Bamford.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Tom Elliott replaces Ben Thompson.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Steve Morison replaces Ryan Tunnicliffe.

Foul by Patrick Bamford (Leeds United).

Mahlon Romeo (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Aiden O'Brien replaces James Meredith.

Goal!

Goal! Leeds United 3, Millwall 2. Pablo Hernández (Leeds United) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tyler Roberts.

Booking

David Martin (Millwall) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Patrick Bamford (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Pablo Hernández (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ryan Leonard (Millwall).

Attempt missed. Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United) header from the left side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Pablo Hernández with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by David Martin.

Attempt saved. Adam Forshaw (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt blocked. Pablo Hernández (Leeds United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked. Assisted by Jack Harrison.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Jed Wallace.

Hand ball by Lee Gregory (Millwall).

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Adam Forshaw replaces Mateusz Klich.

Booking

Ben Marshall (Millwall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Ben Marshall (Millwall).

Jack Harrison (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mahlon Romeo (Millwall).

Goal!

Goal! Leeds United 2, Millwall 2. Luke Ayling (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Barry Douglas with a cross.

Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ben Thompson (Millwall).

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Jack Clarke replaces Pontus Jansson.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by David Martin.

Attempt blocked. Pablo Hernández (Leeds United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jack Harrison.

Booking

Pontus Jansson (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Pontus Jansson (Leeds United).

Jed Wallace (Millwall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Pablo Hernández (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Patrick Bamford.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich39249678483081
2Leeds39237966412576
3Sheff Utd39228966372974
4West Brom392010975502570
5Aston Villa391515970551560
6Derby381611115245759
7Bristol City371610114840858
8Middlesbrough381513104032858
9Nottm Forest391415105445957
10Preston391512125952757
11Sheff Wed391414114851-356
12Hull39159155656054
13Brentford3813111460501050
14Stoke391018113742-548
15Swansea37138164648-247
16Blackburn391211165362-947
17QPR39128194661-1544
18Birmingham391214135552341
19Reading39913174257-1540
20Wigan391010194157-1640
21Millwall38910194358-1537
22Rotherham39715174167-2636
23Bolton3988232864-3632
24Ipswich39315213064-3424
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