Advantage Millwall as Bradford suffer setback
Millwall will take a 3-1 lead back to the Den after they came from behind to beat Bradford City in the first leg of their play-off semi-final.
It was all going so well for the Bantams, who took an early lead when Tony McMahon’s penalty punished left-back Joe Martin’s handball.
But by the time the half-time whistle blew, Millwall had turned the game around.
Two minutes after Bradford’s opener, the away side hit back through Lee Gregory. The forward’s 26th goal of the season was soon supplemented by strike partner Steve Morison, who headed home from a Shane Ferguson corner.
In the final minute of the half, Martin redeemed himself by curling in a free-kick from 25 years.
Portuguese midfielder Filipe Morais should have reduced the deficit eight minutes into the second period but he somehow shot wide after Jamie Proctor had robbed Carlos Edwards and teed him up.
Phil Parkinson’s side, who have not been in the second tier since 2004, dominated the second half and Nathan Clarke almost scrambled the ball home. Millwall offered little attacking threat after the break but their dogged defending was enough to ensure they take a twogoal advantage into the second leg.
In the Saturday fixture, Barnsley thumped Walsall 3-0 to take control of their play-off semi-final. Sam Winnall scored a brace to add to Jason Demetriou’s own goal.