Ad­van­tage Mill­wall as Brad­ford suf­fer set­back

The Daily Telegraph - Total Football - - EUROPEAN FOOTBALL - By Tom Ough

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.

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