Millwall's surge up the Championship table continued as they scored two second-half goals to beat Leeds and earn a third straight league win.

After a slow opening both sides had chances, Leeds's Alex Mowatt denied by keeper David Forde, before Martyn Waghorn hit the post for the hosts.

Millwall seized the initiative in the second half, Martyn Woolford slotting home from the edge of the area.

Scott Malone's low finish sealed the win after he linked with Liam Trotter.

Millwall failed to earn maximum points from any of their opening six league games this season as Steve Lomas endured a torrid start to his managerial reign at The Den.

Millwall milestone

Millwall's victory against Leeds was their 600th victory in second-tier football

But his team's fortunes appear to be changing with this victory, which lifts them up to 16th, coming after wins against Charlton and Blackpool.

Leeds, meanwhile, are heading in the other direction, a third straight Championship defeat sending them sliding down to 15th in the table.

Before the hosts eventually took control, Leeds ought to have gone ahead through Ross McCormack, but he failed to connect with a left-wing Mowatt cross.

They were punished midway through the second half, Woolford's smart finish giving Leeds keeper Paddy Kenny no chance.

Leeds brought on Sam Byram and Matt Smith as they searched for an equaliser, but the game was all but over when Malone exchanged passes with Trotter before producing a measured finish.

Waghorn forced a fine save from Kenny soon after, then Woolford missed the rebound as the Lions came close to adding a third.

And in the dying minutes, Woolford's chip over Kenny struck the post as Leeds were spared any further punishment.

Leeds boss Brian McDermott:

"The second half went wrong. We didn't turn up, we didn't do the ugly stuff well enough. It's the first time that's happened with me.

"The second half came as a shock. I'm bitterly disappointed with the players we've got who are decent but are not at the level at this moment.

"If you let runners go at your goal or get the wrong side of players, then that's what happens.

"We need to turn this round as quickly as we possibly can and I have faith in the players they can do it.

"If the fans see another second-half performance like we did then we're going to have a problem. We need to keep the fans with us."

Millwall manager Steve Lomas said:

"The two goals we scored were worthy of wining any game.

"They were two good pass-and-moves and they underrate themselves sometimes. They are good players and I believe in them.

"Those two goals were as good a pair of pass-and-move goals as you're likely to see in the Championship this season.

"Scott Malone's goal was great and he nearly got another one. He's a young man but you see he has got the natural attributes to be a very good player."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Millwall

  • 01 Forde
  • 02 Dunne
  • 03 Shittu
  • 05 Robinson
  • 28 Malone
  • 06 Trotter
  • 10 Bailey
  • 26 Abdou
  • 08 Easter (Martin - 51' Booked )
  • 11 Woolford
  • 29 Waghorn (Keogh - 83' )

Substitutes

  • 43 Bywater
  • 15 Connolly
  • 22 Osborne
  • 13 Martin
  • 17 Derry
  • 18 Chaplow
  • 20 Keogh

Leeds United

  • 01 Kenny
  • 02 Peltier
  • 05 Pearce
  • 15 Warnock Booked (Green - 80' )
  • 22 Wootton
  • 06 Murphy
  • 08 Austin
  • 18 Tonge (Byram - 70' )
  • 36 Mowatt
  • 11 Varney (Smith - 70' )
  • 44 McCormack

Substitutes

  • 33 Cairns
  • 07 Green
  • 21 Diouf
  • 25 Byram
  • 10 Hunt
  • 20 Smith
  • 26 Poleon
Ref: Foy
Att: 13,063

Match Stats

Shots

11 8

On target

3 2

Corners

2 1

Fouls

11 13

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:32 Full time

Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.

90:00 +4:06

The ball is delivered by Scott Malone.

90:00 +3:50

Free kick taken by Patrick Kenny.

90:00 +3:36

The referee blows for offside against Andy Keogh.

90:00 +3:30

David Forde takes the free kick.

90:00 +3:11

Foul by Ross McCormack on Danny Shittu, free kick awarded.

90:00 +2:12

Scott Wootton manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +1:52

Paul Green produces a cross.

90:00 +0:22

Sam Byram makes a clearance.

88:22

Clearance made by Scott Wootton.

87:00

Shot by Alex Mowatt cleared the crossbar.

86:06

Clearance by Paul Robinson.

85:11

Clearance by Luke Murphy.

85:05

Martyn Woolford takes the chance to get an effort at goal and strikes the post.

84:47

The ball is sent over by Luke Murphy.

83:04

Rodolph Austin has an effort at goal. David Forde parries the effort to safety.

82:03 Substitution

Substitution Andy Keogh is brought on as a substitute for Martyn Waghorn.

79:48 Substitution

Substitution Paul Green comes on in place of Stephen Warnock.

78:46

Lee Martin has an effort at goal. Patrick Kenny parries the effort to safety.

77:13

Ross McCormack takes a shot. David Forde parries the ball away.

76:00

Assist on the goal came from Nadjim Abdou.

76:00 Goal scored

Goal! - Scott Malone - Millwall 2 - 0 Leeds Scott Malone slots the ball left footed into the goal. Millwall 2-0 Leeds.

75:12

Shot by Alan Dunne. Matt Smith gets a block in.

75:07

Scott Malone restarts play with the free kick.

74:43

Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott Wootton on Martyn Waghorn.

73:31

Alex Mowatt crosses the ball in from the free kick.

73:27

Clearance by Liam Trotter.

71:38

Lee Martin receives a caution.

71:38 Booking

Booking

71:23

Lee Martin concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen Warnock.

70:59

Luke Murphy makes a clearance.

69:55

David Forde takes the free kick.

69:30

Alan Dunne fouled by Ross McCormack, the ref awards a free kick.

69:18 Substitution

Substitution Matt Smith on for Luke Varney.

69:04 Substitution

Substitution Michael Tonge goes off and Sam Byram comes on.

68:30

Scott Malone crosses the ball in from the free kick.

68:20

Unfair challenge on Nicky Bailey by Rodolph Austin results in a free kick.

66:37

Stephen Warnock restarts play with the free kick.

66:12

Lee Martin concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Tonge.

65:59

Jason Pearce manages to make a clearance.

65:45

Clearance made by Scott Wootton.

65:20

Stephen Warnock delivers the ball.

64:16

The assist for the goal came from Lee Martin.

64:16 Goal scored

Goal! - Martyn Woolford - Millwall 1 - 0 Leeds Martyn Woolford grabs a goal with a right foot finish. Millwall 1-0 Leeds.

63:27

Scott Wootton manages to make a clearance.

63:08

Stephen Warnock manages to make a clearance.

62:53

Patrick Kenny restarts play with the free kick.

62:25

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ross McCormack by Scott Malone.

61:33

Clearance by Lee Peltier.

61:15

Lee Peltier makes a clearance.

61:12

Clearance by Lee Peltier.

61:06

Centre by Martyn Waghorn.

60:27

Clearance by Stephen Warnock.

59:02

Shot by Paul Robinson went over the net.

58:58

Corner taken by Martyn Waghorn from the left by-line.

58:46

Rodolph Austin manages to make a clearance.

58:43

Clearance made by Alex Mowatt.

58:33

The ball is crossed by Scott Malone.

58:21

Clearance made by Scott Wootton.

55:56

Clearance by Luke Murphy.

53:58

Free kick taken by Liam Trotter.

53:53

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Liam Trotter by Luke Murphy.

53:27

Luke Murphy crosses the ball in from the free kick.

52:47

Alan Dunne challenges Ross McCormack unfairly and gives away a free kick.

52:26

The ball is delivered by Michael Tonge.

51:20

Scott Wootton manages to make a clearance.

50:38

Scott Wootton manages to make a clearance.

50:17 Substitution

Substitution Lee Martin comes on in place of Jermaine Easter.

48:46

Free kick taken by Scott Wootton.

48:31

Foul by Jermaine Easter on Scott Wootton, free kick awarded.

47:55

Shot by Ross McCormack went wide right of the net.

47:53

The ball is delivered by Alex Mowatt.

46:44

Clearance by Scott Wootton.

45:57

Shot by Liam Trotter cleared the bar.

45:45

Clearance by Jason Pearce.

45:14

Scott Wootton manages to make a clearance.

45:01

The match restarts for the second half.

45:00 +1:25 Half time

Half Time The first half comes to an end.

45:00 +1:00

Lee Peltier manages to make a clearance.

45:00 +0:27

Shot by Jason Pearce cleared the bar.

45:00 +0:11

Michael Tonge crosses the ball.

45:00 +0:08

Luke Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

45:00 +0:03

Handball decision goes against Jermaine Easter.

44:41

Alex Mowatt crosses the ball in from the free kick.

44:19

Scott Malone concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee Peltier.

42:25

David Forde restarts play with the free kick.

42:00

Luke Varney is flagged offside by the assistant referee.

41:42

A cross is delivered by Stephen Warnock.

39:51

Rodolph Austin makes a clearance.

38:52

Shot by Luke Varney cleared the net.

38:37

Luke Varney delivers the ball.

38:28

The ball is sent over by Stephen Warnock.

38:08

Scott Wootton manages to make a clearance.

37:51

The ball is swung over by Nicky Bailey.

37:11

Clearance made by Stephen Warnock.

36:50

Stephen Warnock manages to make a clearance.

36:10

Shot by Luke Murphy cleared the net.

34:25

The ball is crossed by Martyn Woolford.

34:12

Michael Tonge makes a clearance.

33:44

Clearance by Scott Wootton.

33:25

Clearance by Scott Wootton.

33:21

Scott Wootton manages to make a clearance.

33:15

Clearance made by Jason Pearce.

33:01

Scott Wootton manages to make a clearance.

32:16

Alan Dunne restarts play with the free kick.

32:04

Ross McCormack gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alan Dunne.

31:32

Shot by Paul Robinson went wide right of the post.

31:19

Corner taken by Martyn Waghorn.

30:55

The ball is delivered by Jermaine Easter.

29:49

Michael Tonge manages to make a clearance.

29:46

Clearance made by Jason Pearce.

29:15

Patrick Kenny takes the free kick.

28:49

Jermaine Easter concedes a free kick for a foul on Jason Pearce.

27:39

Martyn Woolford takes a shot and went wide left of the goal.

27:37

Martyn Waghorn takes a shot and struck the post.

27:28

Centre by Jermaine Easter.

27:25

Clearance made by Stephen Warnock.

27:12

Clearance made by Jason Pearce.

27:02

Alan Dunne restarts play with the free kick.

26:29

Rodolph Austin challenges Alan Dunne unfairly and gives away a free kick.

25:29

Alex Mowatt takes the free kick.

25:25

Alex Mowatt fouled by Nadjim Abdou, the ref awards a free kick.

25:14

Clearance made by Jason Pearce.

24:58

Alex Mowatt delivers the ball.

24:33

Scott Malone takes the free kick.

24:10

Michael Tonge concedes a free kick for a foul on Martyn Waghorn.

23:20

Corner taken by Alex Mowatt.

22:54

Clearance made by Scott Malone.

22:53

Lee Peltier delivers the ball.

22:03

Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.

21:59

Unfair challenge on Paul Robinson by Luke Varney results in a free kick.

20:46

Scott Wootton makes a clearance.

20:35

Stephen Warnock sends in a cross.

20:17

Centre by Ross McCormack.

20:09

A cross is delivered by Michael Tonge.

19:59

Luke Varney delivers the ball.

19:47

Ross McCormack takes the free kick.

19:21

Liam Trotter gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ross McCormack.

19:10

Clearance made by Rodolph Austin.

18:23

Alex Mowatt restarts play with the free kick.

18:14

Free kick awarded for a foul by Liam Trotter on Jason Pearce.

18:00

Clearance made by Scott Wootton.

17:49

Scott Malone restarts play with the free kick.

17:26

Stephen Warnock booked.

17:26 Booking

Booking

17:09

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Martyn Woolford by Stephen Warnock.

14:47

Clearance made by Jason Pearce.

13:39

Patrick Kenny restarts play with the free kick.

13:15

The assistant referee flags for offside against Jermaine Easter.

12:26

Clearance made by Jason Pearce.

11:22

Scott Wootton makes a clearance.

9:59

Scott Malone takes the free kick.

9:54

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Liam Trotter by Rodolph Austin.

9:21

Clearance made by Scott Wootton.

8:20

Clearance by Lee Peltier.

7:27

Clearance made by Lee Peltier.

7:22

Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.

7:01

Luke Murphy concedes a free kick for a foul on Nicky Bailey.

6:49

Jason Pearce manages to make a clearance.

6:33

Shot by Paul Robinson went wide right of the target.

6:27

Free kick crossed by Scott Malone.

6:04

Unfair challenge on Scott Malone by Lee Peltier results in a free kick.

6:04

Clearance made by Jason Pearce.

5:22

Jason Pearce manages to make a clearance.

4:24

Rodolph Austin takes the free kick.

4:21

Liam Trotter gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rodolph Austin.

3:19

Scott Wootton manages to make a clearance.

2:28

Rodolph Austin manages to make a clearance.

1:57

Rodolph Austin takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the net.

0:50

Jason Pearce makes a clearance.

0:45

Clearance by Stephen Warnock.

0:08

Clearance made by Lee Peltier.

0:00

The referee gets the game started.

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