Time for first Aid

Mill­wall ........ 1 Leeds ........ 0 ACE O’BRIEN ENDS WHITES’ RUN

Daily Star Sunday - - RESULT! -

AIDEN O’BRIEN’S strike con­demned lead­ers Leeds to a first de­feat of the sea­son.

Mill­wall con­trolled the con­test from start to fin­ish but for so long it looked set to be for no re­ward un­til they even­tu­ally broke the dead­lock in the 73rd min­utes.

The un­beaten Whites were hor­ri­bly off-colour at The Den hav­ing claimed top spot ear­lier in the week.

They were for­tu­nate not to be on the wrong end of a big­ger score­line as Cardiff joined them on 17 points af­ter eight games.

Leeds boss Thomas Chris­tiansen said: “I’m dis­ap­pointed by the re­sult, the first min­utes showed how the game would be, we didn’t come into the match in the right way to take the three points.

“We need to work and learn from our mis­takes.

“It is one bad re­sult, and not right to judge the team on this, we will strive to do bet­ter in our next game.”

Mill­wall thought they had a sev­enth-minute lead when for­mer Leeds striker Steve Mori­son con­verted the re­bound af­ter Felix Wied­wald fum­bled Conor McLaughlin’s shot into his path.

But the lines­man raised his flag for off­side.

The Lions con­tin­ued to con­trol the game but the fi­nal ball was prov­ing to be an is­sue for Neil Har­ris’ side.

Still the home side pressed for an opener, Shaun Williams’ lon­grange ef­fort was de­flected wide af­ter a free-kick was teed-up for him with Wied­wald left help­less. The Leeds goal­keeper con­tin­ued to be kept busy be­fore half-time.

First, he had to scram­ble across to keep out Mori­son’s header be­fore push­ing another Williams strike over the bar.

The sec­ond half be­gan with more of the same as the Ger­man stop­per was forced to palm Wal­lace’s de­flected cross be­hind be­fore us­ing his legs to keep out Shaun Hutchinson’s goal-bound ef­fort.

The one-way traf­fic con­tin­ued and Mill­wall came closer still in the 59th minute.

Wal­lace sent an ef­fort from the edge of the area crash­ing against the post with Wied­wald beaten this time.

The home fans were start­ing to de­spair at the num­ber of missed chances as Wal­lace’s cross reached Mori­son, who was free at the far post.

But the keeper was equal to the vet­eran hit­man’s ef­fort once again.

The break­through fi­nally came with 17 min­utes left as the ball broke for O’Brien to tap-in af­ter Onyed­inma looked to have been fouled in­side the 18-yard box. Ge­orge Sav­ille failed to make the game safe as he some­how blazed over late-on.

But the miss did not prove costly for Mill­wall.

Lions chief Har­ris said: “We’ve played a lot of games this sea­son where we’ve been as good as that but not got the points. So it’s very pleas­ing to play that well and win the game.

“We out-fought and out-ran Leeds and won ev­ery first and sec­ond ball.”

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