A result and performance that may sound a few warning bells ringing around the Championship. Leeds took all Millwall threw at them and were ruthless on the break.
It was a near-perfect away performance and the biggest-ever margin of victory in this fixture, thanks to Joel Piroe’s double and Georginio Rutter’s strike. A first win at The Den in 11 years lifts Leeds up to 10th.
Plenty of work to do for Millwall, who have found the net just four times in seven games this season. The attacking changes just did not have the energy that was expected of them. They drop down to 18th, below Huddersfield that is because of the difference they have in goals scored.
For a Sunday lunchtime kick-off, the atmosphere was not half bad. The teams were ready like lions that were put out in a den to battle with each other, and after a minute’s applause for the Morocco earthquake victims, we were underway.
The XI Lineup
Lions boss Gary Rowett makes four changes to the side that drew at Birmingham, including between the sticks, where Bart Bialkowski returns to replace Matija Sarkic.
Ryan Longman, Allan Campbell, and Casper de Norre were in the starting XI for the absent Shaun Hutchinson and George Saville, while Zian Flemming dropped to the bench.
Millwall: Bialkowski, Wallace, Cooper (capt), Nisbet, Mitchell, Bradshaw, Longman, Campbell, Norton-Cuffy, Leonard, De Norre.
Subs: Trueman, McNamara, Flemming, Watmore, Emakhu, Saville, Eseh, Adom-Malaki, Harding.
Leeds United team:
Leeds boss Daniel Farke makes one change to the starting XI, which drew with Sheffield Wednesday before the international break. Sam Byram comes into the defense for Jamie Shackleton, who drops to the bench.
Leeds: Meslier, Ayling, Byram, Struijk, Rodon, Ampadu, Gray, Summerville, Gnonto, Piroe, Georginio.
Subs: Darlow, Cresswell, Shackleton, Gruev, Kamara, Poveda, Anthony, James, Gelhardt.
An Overwhelming Victory
Wilfried Gnonto takes the long ball forward; it was just then that he dashed through the left before putting it over to Georginio. He links beautifully with Joel Piroe, who fires a first-time low shot into the corner of the net. It was a super play.
Done and dusted for the boys to return home. The Millwall guys throw men forward but are caught by another rapid Leeds counter-attack.
A long ball out of defense finds Dan James, whose pass across the box takes the backpedaling Millwall defender into the path of Georginio Rutter. He lashes home to the top corner to score his second of the season. Yes! It was an Overwhelming 3-0 victory.
Who’s on Top of the Pile?
After another hectic weekend of Championship action, Preston ended it top of the tree after their narrow win over Plymouth.
The Lilywhites are just a single point of Leicester. Leicester became the top team for a short time on Friday night after beating Southampton well. And now, Ipswich is in the third position.
We know the teams at the top are really good guys who will make it tough and could change after a full midweek fixture list.