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Leeds   0 - 2   Millwall

By Sean Chaney

Millwall's Sean Batt (r) and Leeds' Leigh Bromby (l)

Leeds 0-2 Millwall

In-form Millwall blew the race for second place and automatic promotion in League One wide open with a stunning win over Leeds at Elland Road.

Steve Morison made it six goals in four games on 11 minutes when he fired in at the far post after fine build-up play.

The home side were on the back foot in the early stages as the rampant Lions pushed forward looking for a second.

Leeds settled and had chances either side of half-time but substitute Shaun Batt wrapped up the win on 80 minutes.

Batt latched on to a throw in and cut inside from close to the corner flag, beating two men before firing a low shot that somehow squeezed past Leeds keeper Casper Ankergren at his near post.

Leeds were without their 21-goal top scorer Jermaine Beckford who missed out with a hamstring injury and they needed to be at their very best to cope with a Lions side who have now won 10 of their last 12 league games.

Millwall were 21 points adrift of Leeds in January but are now three points behind in the race for second place, with both Charlton and Swindon only one point behind the Lions.

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The Yorkshire club have been in the top two since August but four wins from their 13 league games in 2010 means the prospects of being dragged into the play-offs, where they lost last year to Millwall, is now very real.

Batt's goal was a blow for Leeds who had created opportunities as they recovered from an uncharacteristically shaky start.

Leeds's slow start got worse when defender Patrick Kisnorbo exited on a stretcher after collapsing in agony in the build-up to the opening goal.

The Australian defender suffered a suspected Achilles injury and is likely to face a long period on the sidelines.

Kisnorbo's injury seemed to throw the Leeds defence and Millwall could have gone further ahead as they laid siege to the Leeds goal.

The home side held firm and grew into the game as the half wore on.

Jonny Howson had their best effort of the first period just before half-time but he dragged a right-foot shot from the edge of the box wide in the 44th minute.

Millwall always looked dangerous on the break and Paul Robinson's header clipped the top of the crossbar in the last action before the home team were booed off by a sizeable portion of the 21,348 crowd.

Richard Snodgrass could have done better on 54 minutes when he blazed over from 15 yards, after a fine cut back from Paul Dickov.

But Millwall remained a threat on the break and the lively Morison could have added in a second after 66 minutes from a swift counter attack, but he sliced his shot into the side netting.

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Monday, 22 March 2010

Npower League One

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Leeds 0-2 Millwall FT
(HT 0-1)
    • Morison 11
    • Batt 80

    Leeds

    • 01 Ankergren
    • 03 Kisnorbo (White 8)
    • 06 Naylor
    • 26 Bromby
    • 04 Doyle (Kilkenny 63)
    • 14 Howson
    • 16 Johnson (Gradel 69)
    • 22 Hughes
    • 07 Dickov
    • 10 Becchio
    • 23 Snodgrass

    Substitutes

    • 12 Higgs,
    • 02 Crowe,
    • 32 White,
    • 08 Kilkenny,
    • 15 McSheffrey,
    • 28 Gradel,
    • 13 Grella

    Millwall

    • 01 Forde
    • 02 Dunne
    • 05 Robinson
    • 15 Craig
    • 18 Ward
    • 07 Schofield
    • 12 Hackett
    • 26 Abdou
    • 40 Trotter
    • 09 Harris (Batt 74)
    • 20 Morison

    Substitutes

    • 13 Sullivan,
    • 03 Frampton,
    • 16 Barron,
    • 21 Smith,
    • 24 Laird,
    • 25 Batt,
    • 30 Obika
    Ref: FoyAtt: 21,348
    LEEDS
    MILLWALL

    Possession

    • Leeds 53%
    • Millwall 47%

    Attempts on target

    • Leeds 1
    • Millwall 3

    Attempts off target

    • Leeds 8
    • Millwall 8

    Corners

    • Leeds 2
    • Millwall 9

    Fouls

    • Leeds 8
    • Millwall 13
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:05 The match has reached full-time.
    • 90:00+0:11 Chris Hackett decides to take a short corner.
    • 89:47 Short corner taken by Chris Hackett.
    • 89:26 Short corner worked by Chris Hackett.
    • 88:51 The assistant referee flags for offside against Paul Dickov. David Forde takes the indirect free kick.
    • 86:42 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steve Morison by Leigh Bromby. Direct free kick taken by Chris Hackett.
    • 85:57 The ball is delivered by Robert Snodgrass, save by David Forde.
    • 85:08 Robert Snodgrass gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Hackett. Tony Craig restarts play with the free kick.
    • 84:17 Corner from the right by-line taken by Chris Hackett, Leigh Bromby manages to make a clearance.
    • 83:03 Jonathan Howson has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.
    • 81:31 Shot from deep inside the area by Shaun Batt clears the crossbar.
    • 81:00 Effort on goal by Luciano Becchio from inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 79:36 GOAL - Shaun BattLeeds 0 - 2 Millwall Shaun Batt fires in a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Leeds 0-2 Millwall.
    • 78:47 The ball is crossed by Robert Snodgrass, save made by David Forde.
    • 77:17 Shot from just outside the box by Steve Morison misses to the right of the goal.
    • 74:06 Corner taken by Chris Hackett from the right by-line played to the near post, Jonathan Howson manages to make a clearance.
    • 73:22 Substitution Shaun Batt replaces Neil Harris.
    • 72:36 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Richard Naylor by Neil Harris. Direct free kick taken by Andy Hughes. Max Gradel takes a shot from a long way out which goes wide of the right-hand post.
    • 71:07 Corner taken by Chris Hackett played to the near post, save made by Casper Ankergren.
    • 69:50 A cross is delivered by Steve Morison, Shot on goal by Chris Hackett from just inside the area goes over the target.
    • 69:17 Danny Schofield gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Howson. Jonathan Howson takes the direct free kick.
    • 68:09 Substitution Max Gradel is brought on as a substitute for Bradley Johnson.
    • 66:40 Unfair challenge on Tony Craig by Luciano Becchio results in a free kick. Alan Dunne takes the direct free kick.
    • 66:04 Chris Hackett fouled by Aidan White, the ref awards a free kick. Alan Dunne restarts play with the free kick.
    • 65:42 Effort on goal by Steve Morison from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
    • 64:13 The ball is sent over by Paul Dickov.
    • 63:45 Steve Morison is ruled offside. Leigh Bromby takes the direct free kick.
    • 62:29 The assistant referee signals for offside against Paul Dickov. David Forde takes the direct free kick.
    • 62:29 Substitution Michael Doyle leaves the field to be replaced by Neil Kilkenny.
    • 62:07 Effort from 25 yards by Jonathan Howson. Blocked by Paul Robinson.
    • 61:47 Centre by Tony Craig, Leigh Bromby makes a clearance.
    • 61:36 Alan Dunne sends in a cross, save by Casper Ankergren.
    • 60:50 Chris Hackett crosses the ball.
    • 60:42 Neil Harris delivers the ball, clearance by Leigh Bromby.
    • 59:11 Andy Hughes sends in a cross, outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Robert Snodgrass, clearance made by Steve Morison.
    • 57:22 Free kick awarded for a foul by Darren Ward on Luciano Becchio. Direct free kick taken by Robert Snodgrass. Andy Hughes sends in a cross, save by David Forde.
    • 56:57 The ball is crossed by Steve Morison, Liam Trotter produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the crossbar.
    • 56:16 The ball is crossed by Robert Snodgrass, clearance by Alan Dunne.
    • 54:26 Shot from deep inside the area by Robert Snodgrass clears the crossbar.
    • Correction - 53:47 The ball is swung over by Neil Harris, save made by Casper Ankergren.
    • 53:47 The ball is delivered by Neil Harris, save by Casper Ankergren.
    • 53:22 The ball is delivered by Andy Hughes, Nadjim Abdou manages to make a clearance.
    • 50:29 Bradley Johnson has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the goal.
    • 48:53 Corner taken by Robert Snodgrass, save by David Forde.
    • 48:32 Darren Ward gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luciano Becchio. Leigh Bromby takes the free kick.
    • 47:03 The offside flag is raised against Paul Dickov. David Forde restarts play with the free kick.
    • 46:12 Richard Naylor concedes a free kick for a foul on Neil Harris. Free kick taken by Tony Craig.
    • 45:47 Neil Harris crosses the ball, Aidan White manages to make a clearance.
    • 45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+2:58 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
    • 45:00+0:58 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Chris Hackett, Paul Robinson takes a shot.
    • 44:50 The ball is swung over by Andy Hughes.
    • 44:16 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Doyle by Neil Harris. Free kick taken by Andy Hughes.
    • Correction - 43:06 Effort from the edge of the box by Jonathan Howson goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 43:06 Effort from the edge of the area by Jonathan Howson goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 40:45 Tony Craig fouled by Luciano Becchio, the ref awards a free kick. David Forde takes the direct free kick.
    • 37:17 The ball is sent over by Danny Schofield, save by Casper Ankergren.
    • 35:31 Unfair challenge on Richard Naylor by Danny Schofield results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Casper Ankergren.
    • 34:08 Foul by Liam Trotter on Leigh Bromby, free kick awarded. The ball is delivered by Robert Snodgrass, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Luciano Becchio misses to the right of the target.
    • 31:27 A cross is delivered by Danny Schofield.
    • Correction - 30:36 A cross is delivered by Robert Snodgrass, save by David Forde.
    • 30:36 The ball is crossed by Robert Snodgrass, David Forde makes a save.
    • 29:52 Chris Hackett gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Aidan White. Leigh Bromby restarts play with the free kick.
    • 29:30 Liam Trotter gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Aidan White. Direct free kick taken by Bradley Johnson.
    • 26:19 Robert Snodgrass produces a left-footed shot from outside the box and misses left.
    • 25:16 The ball is sent over by Bradley Johnson, save made by David Forde.
    • 24:42 Nadjim Abdou concedes a free kick for a foul on Robert Snodgrass. Richard Naylor restarts play with the free kick.
    • 23:59 Chris Hackett challenges Aidan White unfairly and gives away a free kick. Casper Ankergren takes the direct free kick.
    • 23:09 Corner taken by Chris Hackett, clearance made by Andy Hughes.
    • 22:16 Danny Schofield fouled by Jonathan Howson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by David Forde.
    • 18:22 A cross is delivered by Andy Hughes.
    • 17:51 The referee blows for offside. Casper Ankergren takes the free kick.
    • 16:21 The ball is swung over by Neil Harris.
    • 14:05 Danny Schofield takes a shot. Save by Casper Ankergren.
    • 13:14 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Chris Hackett from the right by-line, Jonathan Howson makes a clearance.
    • 13:03 The ball is sent over by Paul Dickov, save by David Forde.
    • 12:28 Steve Morison has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 10:10 Assist on the goal came from Liam Trotter.
    • 10:10 GOAL - Steve MorisonLeeds 0 - 1 Millwall A goal is scored by Steve Morison from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Leeds 0-1 Millwall.
    • 7:26 Substitution Aidan White replaces Patrick Kisnorbo.
    • 5:19 Steve Morison has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.
    • 4:51 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Richard Naylor by Paul Robinson. Casper Ankergren restarts play with the free kick.
    • 3:48 Neil Harris fouled by Patrick Kisnorbo, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Alan Dunne.
    • 2:45 Free kick awarded for a foul by Tony Craig on Luciano Becchio. Leigh Bromby takes the direct free kick.
    • 0:00 The referee gets the match started.

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    League One table snapshot

    As it stood on 22 Mar 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Norwich 37 39 79
    2 Leeds United 37 30 71
    3 Millwall 37 23 68
    4 Charlton 37 19 67
    5 Swindon 37 12 67
    6 Colchester 36 15 63
    7 Huddersfield 37 18 61
    8 MK Dons 37 -1 56
    9 Bristol Rovers 37 -1 55
    10 Southampton 36 28 50
    11 Carlisle 38 -3 48
    12 Walsall 36 -3 47
    13 Yeovil 38 -6 44
    14 Brighton 37 -7 44
    15 Brentford 34 -2 43
    16 Leyton Orient 37 -9 41
    17 Oldham 36 -13 40
    18 Hartlepool 36 -11 39
    19 Gillingham 37 -11 39
    20 Tranmere 36 -25 38
    21 Exeter 37 -14 37
    22 Southend 36 -16 34
    23 Wycombe 37 -25 31
    24 Stockport 37 -37 24


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    22 Mar 10 |  Leeds



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