Battling 10 man Leeds fall to defeat.
Sky Bet Championship
Millwall 2 (Wallace pen 16, Bradshaw 45)
Leeds United 1 (Alioski 46)
Millwall: Bialkowski, Wallace, Hutchinson, Cooper, Molumby, Wallace, Thompson (Bodvarsson 80), Leonard (Williams 28) Ferguson, Romeo, Bradshaw. Subs not used: Sandford, Smith, Pearce, Mahoney, O’Brien.
Leeds: Casilla, Ayling, White, Berardi, Alioski, Phillips (Roberts 76), Dallas, Klich, Harrison, Costa (Douglas 45), Bamford (Nketiah 62). Subs not used: Miazek, Gotts, Davis, Clarke.
Booked: Ferguson, Molumby, Wallace, Bialkowski (Millwall), Ayling (Leeds)
Sent off: Berardi (Leeds)
Referee: J. Linington
Venue: The Den
Attendance: 16,311 (2,212 Leeds)
Leeds United suffered a third defeat of the season at the hands of Millwall in controversial circumstances, with the home side awarded an early first half penalty, resulting in a red card for Whites defender Gaetano Berardi.
Millwall had the first opportunity in the match inside two minutes, with Mahlon Romeo testing Kiko Casilla from a narrow angle.
Stuart Dallas then saw two efforts go wide, first a low 25 yards strike, before attempting a spectacular volley from distance.
In the 14th minute, Millwall were awarded a penalty which changed the game. Tom Bradshaw weaved his way into the Leeds box and appeared to dive when through on goal. Referee James Linington adjudged Gaetano Berardi had made contact with the Millwall striker and was shown a straight red card, despite Leeds appearing to have covering players. Jed Wallace stepped up and made no mistake from the spot.
The home side came close to a second three minutes later, with Wallace firing wide from 25 yards, before Casilla was forced into action again, this time denying Ben Thompson.
Thompson fired over from the edge of the Leeds box, whilst the home side threatened from a corner, with substitute Shaun Williams heading just wide.
On the stroke of half time, the Lions doubled their advantage. Shane Ferguson’s cross from the left flank was turned in by a combination of Bradshaw and Luke Ayling, leaving Leeds with an uphill battle in the second period.
Half time: Millwall 2-0 Leeds United
Leeds made a dream start to the second half, pulling a goal back within 16 seconds. Jack Harrison did well to reach the Millwall byline, before superbly pulling the ball back to Ezgjan Alioski to slot home.
Soon after, the home side went close through Romeo, with Casilla making a good save to deny his shot on the turn.
Mateusz Klich then fired just over from 25 yards, as 10 man Leeds pushed for an equaliser.
With 13 minutes remaining Bradshaw almost sealed it for the home side, turning a Romeo cross just wide.
Casilla was again called upon with five minutes remaining, making another decent stop, this time denying Wallace’s free kick from 30 yards, which was creeping into the bottom corner.
Leeds continued battling with a man less in the closing stages, but were unable to get another breakthrough, as Millwall held on for the three points.
Full time: Millwall 2-1 Leeds United