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West Brom loan star gives Millwall deserved victory over 10-man Leeds

Millwall loan striker Chris Wood. Photo credit: Stephen Pond/EMPICS Millwall loan striker Chris Wood. Photo credit: Stephen Pond/EMPICS

Sunday, November 18, 2012
3:15 PM

Championship: Millwall 1 Leeds United 0

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West Brom loanee Chris Wood’s goal five minutes from time gave Millwall a deserved victory over Leeds.

After a goalless first half, Luke Varney was shown a straight red card for elbowing Adam Smith with just three minutes of the second period gone.

That led to the Lions pressing and pressing and they finally breached the Leeds defence when Shane Lowry’s cross found the Lions frontman who headed home.

The visitors, looking to bounce back from their 6-1 mauling by Watford last week, made the better start at The Den.

Leeds were awarded a free kick in a dangerous position when El Hadji Diouf was brought down in only the second minute by Mark Beevers – the defender was booked for the tackle.

Michael Tonge was the man to take it and he went for goal but the Lions defence were able to deal with the threat.

After dealing with the early Leeds storm, Millwall started to venture forward themselves.

Shane Lowry produced a defence splitting ball for Chris Taylor to run on to but his cross was dealt with by the Leeds defence.

Liam Trotter went on a mazy run but his effort went comfortably wide midway through the first half.

Beevers came the closest after 35 minutes when his header was cleared off the line Tom Lees.

The Lions started to break the Yorkshire side down and Chris Wood teed up Andy Keogh but his shot just went wide of the far post in the closing moments in the first half.

Leeds would have to play the majority of the second half with 10 men after Varney elbowed Adam Smith in the face, with referee Mark Halsey having no hesitation in producing the red card.

From that moment on, it became wave after wave of Millwall attacks, but none of their efforts trouble Paddy Kenny in the Leeds goal.

Wood was the first Lions man to unleash a shot that rifled over Leeds crossbar.

Keogh was the next striker to have a go, but his flicked header went safely into the arms of the Whites stopper.

The Lions were practically camped in the Leeds half and Lee Peltier had to be alert to head over from Liam Trotter’s cross.

Taylor was the next to have a go just after the hour mark, but his curling effort went despairingly wide.

Substitute James Henry then also went close when his shot from the edge of the penalty area went over.

Millwall did get the ball into the net but the goal was disallowed for Wood’s foul on Kenny.

But with six minutes to go the Lions finally had the ball into the net. After some frustration from the home fans wanting their side to get the ball forward.

Millwall goalkeeper Forde played the ball out and Dany N’Guessan superbly won the ball in the penalty area. He played the ball back to Shane Lowry.

The former Aston Villa man produced a peach of a cross onto the head of Wood, who beat Kenny to give his side the lead.

Henry and Wood should have finished the game off in second half stoppage time with golden opportunities to make it two but it didn’t matter when the referee blew the final whistle.

Millwall: Forde, Smith A, Lowry, Beevers, Shittu, Feeney (Henry 59), Taylor (N’Guessan 82), Trotter, Wright, Keogh, Wood.

Unused Substitutes: Taylor, Racon, Smith J, Osborne, Malone.

Leeds: Kenny, Peltier, Drury, Lees, Green, Becchio, Varney, Tonge, Diouf, Byram, Hall (McCormack 65).

Unused Substitutes: Ashdown, Kisnorbo, White, Pugh, Norris, Gray.

Referee: Mark Halsey.

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