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Millwall 0-1 Leeds United (Millwall Fan's Perspective)

Sunday 25th March 2012
Neil Warnock's men ran out 1-0 winners at the Den in controversial fashion, following their 7-3 thrashing at home to Nottingham Forest on Tuesday night.

Millwall had won the last four meetings between the sides at the Den but Leeds ended that run with a narrow win. The Lions have picked up only one point out of their last 24 available at home, as they extended their disappointing run at home to eight without a win. Millwall fans were left frustrated at the officials, not for the first time in recent weeks, as referee Lee Probert was at the centre of many key decisions throughout the match.

With only a few minutes on the clock, Leeds' Robert Snodgrass went in hard on Jack Smith but referee Probert only showed him a yellow as the home support felt he should've seen red. There were very few chances for both sides in the first period as Harry Kane went close with a header which was held by Andy Lonergan. Shortly after another headed chance for the home side came as Darius Henderson's looping header ballooned over.

At the other end, Adam Clayton saw his headed chance drift wide of the target following a Snodgrass corner. Millwall threatened again soon after as Kane and Henderson combined but the latter saw his left-footed strike saved at the near post by Lonergan. The visitors hardly tested Maik Taylor in the Millwall goal, who is on-loan from Leeds and was given permission to play in this game.

However, three minutes into the second half Taylor was called into action to produce a fine routine save from Ross McCormack. The next 10 minutes saw referee Probert turn down two stonewall penalty appeals from the Lions. The first, a challenge from Darren O'Dea on James Henry in the area. The referee immediately gave a free-kick to Leeds and showed Henry the yellow card for diving, when replay evidence showed that Henry was blatantly brought down by O'Dea's out-stretched leg.

Millwall saw another penalty appeal turnt down just three minutes later as Henry was at the centre of things once again. As he moved into the box, the ball struck the hand of Alex Bruce on the line with Henderson waiting to capitalise. The home crowd couldn't believe what they'd witnessed as the officials said no penalty. Once again, evidence showed that Bruce clearly handled the ball to prevent Millwall from scoring.

To make matters worse, Leeds opened the scoring not long after on 65 minutes. The visitors countered following a poor Millwall set-piece. Snodgrass turned the defence and knocked the ball into McCormack, who tapped it home from just a few yards out.

60 seconds later and the home side were finally awarded a penalty, but there was controversy surrounding this one too. As Andy Keogh found his way past the Leeds backline he was brought down on the edge of the area. Kane picked the ball up and curled it into the far corner, however the referee had already pointed to the spot.

Leeds players protested, arguing that Keogh wasn't even in the area when fouled. Kane's goal didn't stand, but Millwall had their penalty. Henderson stepped up looking for his 20th goal of the season, however Lonergan guessed right and palmed away the spot-kick. Moments later and Millwall almost found an equaliser as skipper Paul Robinson saw his thumping header smack against the crossbar. The home side continued to throw everything at the Leeds defence but they couldn't find that elusive goal.

With just 7 games remaining, the Lions find themselves just 5 points above the drop zone. With some tricky games coming up, things aren't going to get much easier. It starts next Saturday, as Kenny Jackett's men make the long trip up to Cardiff.
Liam O'Connor
Liam O'Connor is a Millwall fan through thick and thin. Since supporting the Lions he's experienced promotions, relegations, play-off success and heartache, he's even witnessed the club's first ever FA Cup final! His favourite Millwall player of all-time is Tim Cahill, the man who scored the winning goal at Old Trafford in the FA Cup semi-final back in 2004. Aside from football, Liam is in his first year as a sixth-form student at Coopers Technology College in Kent. He has a passion for journalism and has a number of projects on the go such as blogs, match reports and write-ups based on Millwall and football in general. Follow Liam on Twitter @MFC_Liam

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