Millwall finally got their first win away from home this season as they beat bitter rivals Leeds United in a seven-goal thriller at Elland Road.
The Lions were first on the score sheet after 18 minutes when Steve Morison whipped a dangerous cross in to the Leeds’ box, which was met by the head of Aiden O’Brien.
19 minutes later, The Whites’ Liam Cooper received a straight red card, the team’s third in as many games, for a high tackle on Millwall’s George Saville. This led to a small bust up between the Millwall and Leeds benches, which resulted in a member of staff from each side being sent to the stands.
In the 42nd minute Millwall doubled their lead. Morison put yet another cross in to the box and this time it was bundled over the line by Lee Gregory, giving him his fifth goal of the season, and ensuring the Lions went into half-time with the advantage.
The second half started in the worst possible way for Millwall. After just 23 seconds Pierre-Michel Lasogga pulled a goal back for the hosts with a powerful and controlled strike from the middle of the penalty area.
Nine minutes later, Leeds drew level with a goal from Kemar Roofe. Laurens De Bock put a cross into the box which looked like a simple one for Millwall’s goalkeeper Jordan Archer. However, Archer made a mess of the situation and eventually the ball was put over the line bringing the game level.
Things then went from bad to worse for Millwall as Lasogga was left on his own on the edge of the Millwall box. His left footed strike was out of Archer’s reach and nestled in to the bottom corner.
Despair to Euphoria
Three minutes from time, substitute Tom Elliott drew the visitors level after a long ball was headed down by Jake Cooper on to Elliott’s chest who calmly finished it into the bottom corner.
The Millwall fans were sent in to jubilation in the second minute of stoppage time. Jed Wallace charged forward with the ball and his shot from outside the area hit the back of the Leeds net, putting Millwall in to a 4-3 lead and the game beyond Leeds United’s reach.
Speaking to the official Millwall website after the game, Harris praised his team’s attacking ability: “Some of our attacking play was excellent. We’ve been that good at times on the road this season. The link-up play and the aggressiveness were outstanding at times. We played through them and went direct – Leeds didn’t have the answers.”
Millwall will return to The Den next week when they host League One side Rochdale in the FA Cup.