Time for first Aid
Millwall ........ 1 Leeds ........ 0 ACE O’BRIEN ENDS WHITES’ RUN
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.”