Mark Beevers and Shaun Williams scored to give Millwall a 2-0 win as Leeds got off to a losing start under Dave Hockaday.

Defender Beevers slid in to convert Lee Martin's cross as Ian Holloway's side took an early lead.

The hosts added a second through Williams' second-half penalty after Lee Gregory was felled by Lewis Cook.

It meant a debut defeat for Hockaday, who was owner Massimo Cellino's surprise choice to take over at Leeds.

Hockaday arrived at Elland Road during a turbulent summer in which the Italian owner made sweeping changes in an effort to reduce the club's debts.

Last season's top scorer Ross McCormack, who scored 29 goals, was sold to Fulham for £11m, while 14 other first-team squad members were sold or released.

Hockaday was appointed as successor to Brian McDermott despite having no managerial experience in league football. Hockaday, 56, was in charge of Forest Green Rovers in the Football Conference from 2009 to 2013.

Leeds chairman Massimo Cellino (right) talks to manager Dave Hockaday

Massimo Cellino (right) appointed head coach Dave Hockaday (left) as Brian McDermott's successor

Leeds, who finished 15th last season, have recruited largely from clubs in Cellino's native Italy.

Marco Silvestri and Souleymane Doukara, signed from Chievo and Catinia, made their debuts along with striker Nicky Ajose, 22, who joined from Peterborough on August 5.

Leeds had won 11 of their previous 14 opening-day fixtures but they made a poor start to the 2014-15 campaign as Millwall, who finished 19th last season, took the lead in the eighth minute.

A short corner was worked back to Lee Martin and he crossed from the right to find Beevers sliding in to apply the finish.

David Pleat - BBC Radio 5 live

"Millwall looked solid and like they could really compete this season, but Leeds on the other hand did not really play as a unit. They had nothing up front and didn't test the Millwall goalkeeper once. Territorially Millwall controlled things for around 70 minutes of the play."

Millwall looked more settled than their opponents in the early exchanges and Beevers twice went close to doubling the hosts' advantage with headers wide from Martyn Woolford corners.

Leeds lacked fluidity but came close to levelling within seconds of the restart when goalkeeper David Forde's fumble gave the ball to Ajose. He played a square pass to Noel Hunt but Alan Dunne cleared the ball away from the empty net.

At the other end, Woolford forced a good save from Silvestri before Nadjim Abdou sliced the rebound over.

Fuller headed wide after Martin's free-kick from the right and Millwall had appeals for a penalty turned down when Woolford went down in the penalty area under pressure from Murphy.

The hosts were awarded a spot-kick with two minutes remaining when Cook, 17, conceded possession before bringing down Gregory, allowing Williams to fire an accurate shot beyond Silvestri from 12 yards.

Millwall manager Ian Holloway:

"We had double their shots on target and we have done that to Leeds United and I am really pleased for my team.

"People win 6-0 and 8-0 on the opening day and go on to have bad seasons so I just want to be consistent for my lads, if I was allowed a bet I would, because our odds to get relegated are a disgrace.

"I just want people to show me and my team some respect. Van Gogh is a decent painter now isn't he? But when he was alive he was just a bloke with half an ear."

Leeds United's Nicky Ajose (left) and Millwall's Scott McDonald battle for the ball at the New Den

Nicky Ajose (left) in action against Millwall's Scott McDonald on his Leeds debut

Millwall manager Ian Holloway

Millwall manager Ian Holloway steered Millwall to safety last season

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (6)

Millwall

  • 01 Forde
  • 16 Beevers
  • 02 Dunne
  • 28 Malone
  • 44 Edwards
  • 11 Woolford (Easter - 67' )
  • 26 Abdou
  • 07 Martin (Gueye - 67' )
  • 06 Williams
  • 27 McDonald
  • 19 Fuller (Gregory - 81' )

Substitutes

  • 04 Wright
  • 08 Easter
  • 09 Gregory
  • 14 Briggs
  • 17 Webster
  • 18 Gueye
  • 43 Bywater

Leeds United

  • 01 Silvestri
  • 15 Wootton
  • 02 Byram
  • 03 Warnock
  • 06 Pearce
  • 18 Tonge
  • 04 Austin
  • 07 Murphy
  • 16 Ajose (Poleon - 79' )
  • 29 Doukara (Cook - 64' )
  • 10 Hunt (Smith - 58' )

Substitutes

  • 09 Smith
  • 12 Berardi
  • 13 Taylor
  • 23 Cook
  • 25 Killock
  • 26 Poleon
  • 31 Benedicic
Ref: Oliver Langford
Att: 16,205

Match Stats

Shots

14 9

On target

6 3

Corners

4 5

Fouls

8 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Millwall 2, Leeds United 0.

90:00 +4:15 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Millwall 2, Leeds United 0.

90:00 +2:21

Matt Smith (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +2:21

Foul by Carlos Edwards (Millwall).

88:20

Attempt missed. Lewis Cook (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Dominic Poleon.

87:08 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Millwall 2, Leeds United 0. Shaun Williams (Millwall) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.

86:20

Penalty conceded by Lewis Cook (Leeds United) after a foul in the penalty area.

86:20

Penalty Millwall. Lee Gregory draws a foul in the penalty area.

84:52

Attempt missed. Jermaine Easter (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Scott McDonald.

83:35

Attempt missed. Matt Smith (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Lewis Cook with a cross.

82:14

Attempt blocked. Michael Tonge (Leeds United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lewis Cook.

80:54

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by David Forde.

80:52

Attempt saved. Dominic Poleon (Leeds United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Matt Smith with a headed pass.

80:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Millwall. Lee Gregory replaces Ricardo Fuller.

78:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leeds United. Dominic Poleon replaces Nicky Ajose.

76:44

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Ricardo Fuller.

76:18

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Mark Beevers.

73:23

Foul by Matt Smith (Leeds United).

73:23

Mark Beevers (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:59

Luke Murphy (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:59

Foul by Jermaine Easter (Millwall).

72:06

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

71:07

Delay in match Shaun Williams (Millwall) because of an injury.

70:21

Michael Tonge (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70:21

Foul by Scott McDonald (Millwall).

69:40

Attempt missed. Scott McDonald (Millwall) right footed shot from long range on the left is just a bit too high. Assisted by Scott Malone.

68:20

Attempt saved. Scott McDonald (Millwall) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Carlos Edwards.

66:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Millwall. Jermaine Easter replaces Martyn Woolford.

66:44 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Millwall. Magaye Gueye replaces Lee Martin.

66:19

Attempt missed. Matt Smith (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Sam Byram with a cross.

65:20

Foul by Matt Smith (Leeds United).

65:20

Mark Beevers (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:33

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Stephen Warnock.

63:41 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leeds United. Lewis Cook replaces Souleymane Doukara.

62:27

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

61:25

Delay in match Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) because of an injury.

60:24

Souleymane Doukara (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:24

Foul by Shaun Williams (Millwall).

58:14

Attempt saved. Michael Tonge (Leeds United) header from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Nicky Ajose.

57:28

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Stephen Warnock.

57:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leeds United. Matt Smith replaces Noel Hunt.

56:23

Foul by Scott Wootton (Leeds United).

56:23

Ricardo Fuller (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

54:13

Attempt missed. Ricardo Fuller (Millwall) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lee Martin with a cross following a set piece situation.

53:34

Foul by Stephen Warnock (Leeds United).

53:34

Martyn Woolford (Millwall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

52:51

Attempt missed. Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Luke Murphy.

51:05

Attempt missed. Martyn Woolford (Millwall) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

49:17

Attempt saved. Shaun Williams (Millwall) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

48:45

Foul by Michael Tonge (Leeds United).

48:45

Carlos Edwards (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

46:49

Attempt missed. Nadjim Abdou (Millwall) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

46:38

Attempt saved. Martyn Woolford (Millwall) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

45:59

Attempt blocked. Noel Hunt (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nicky Ajose.

45:00

Second Half begins Millwall 1, Leeds United 0.

45:00 +1:22 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Millwall 1, Leeds United 0.

45:00 +0:08

Attempt missed. Ricardo Fuller (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

44:03

Attempt saved. Alan Dunne (Millwall) header from very close range is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Carlos Edwards.

43:10

Foul by Rodolph Austin (Leeds United).

43:10

Scott McDonald (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

40:33

Attempt missed. Luke Murphy (Leeds United) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Sam Byram.

36:33

Souleymane Doukara (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

36:33

Foul by Shaun Williams (Millwall).

34:26

Foul by Rodolph Austin (Leeds United).

34:26

Nadjim Abdou (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:58

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Scott Malone.

32:37

Offside, Millwall. Shaun Williams tries a through ball, but Lee Martin is caught offside.

28:14

Foul by Luke Murphy (Leeds United).

28:14

Scott McDonald (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:27

Foul by Luke Murphy (Leeds United).

27:27

Shaun Williams (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:28

Attempt missed. Shaun Williams (Millwall) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

23:18

Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:18

Foul by Lee Martin (Millwall).

21:43

Nicky Ajose (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:43

Foul by Scott McDonald (Millwall).

14:39

Attempt missed. Mark Beevers (Millwall) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Martyn Woolford with a cross following a corner.

13:56

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Stephen Warnock.

12:10

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Alan Dunne.

7:09 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Millwall 1, Leeds United 0. Mark Beevers (Millwall) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lee Martin with a cross following a corner.

6:46

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Luke Murphy.

6:05

Carlos Edwards (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6:05

Foul by Noel Hunt (Leeds United).

5:01

Foul by Scott Malone (Millwall).

5:01

Nicky Ajose (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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