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Millwall 3-1 Sheffield United

Jake Cooper
Jake Cooper's first goal of the season sealed the win for Millwall

Millwall produced a strong performance to beat promotion-chasing Sheffield United and end a six-match winless run.

The Lions took the lead when Steve Morison set up Lee Gregory to turn and finish on the counter-attack.

David Brooks equalised brilliantly with a volley from a tight angle, but defender Mahlon Romeo finished one-on-one to restore the hosts' lead.

Jake Cooper headed in Jed Wallace's free-kick to seal the win and condemn the Blades to a seventh league defeat.

Millwall were without a win since 21 October and had failed to score in three previous games against top-six sides, but started brightly and deservedly took the lead through Gregory's smart finish.

Brooks equalised in dramatic fashion, but Chris Wilder's side were disappointing in front of goal, managing just two shots on target as they slipped to a third game without a win.

Gregory's through ball allowed Romeo to score his first Championship goal in his first league start for the Lions this season and Cooper's towering downward header made sure of the points.

Defeat means the Blades now trail second-placed Cardiff by six points, while leaders Wolves can open up a 10-point gap in the automatic promotion places if they beat Birmingham on Monday.

Millwall manager Neil Harris:

"We had a conundrum at half-time. Do we leave it as it is and hope that we get a back in the game and our 4-4-2 shape dictates play, or do we change it?

"We made a brave decision to change to a 3-5-2 to match them up, and you've got 10 minutes to do it and try and get messages to players.

"They're never going to let me down on effort, determination, desire to play for this club, and there were some real moments of quality as well."

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder:

"The blame 100% totally lies with me and the team. We haven't done enough to win but they have.

"This game wasn't won tactically, in my opinion. It was won because they got to more first and second balls from the off.

"When we got to grips with that, we didn't punish them when we were on top."

Line-ups

Millwall

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Archer
  • 12Romeo
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 35Cooper
  • 3Meredith
  • 14J WallaceSubstituted forO'Brienat 90+3'minutes
  • 18Tunnicliffe
  • 23Saville
  • 11FergusonSubstituted forCraigat 86'minutes
  • 20Morison
  • 9GregorySubstituted forThompsonat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Craig
  • 8Thompson
  • 13King
  • 19Elliott
  • 21Twardek
  • 22O'Brien
  • 25Mbulu

Sheff Utd

Formation 3-5-1-1

  • 27Blackman
  • 16Carter-Vickers
  • 19StearmanSubstituted forSharpat 73'minutes
  • 5O'Connell
  • 6Basham
  • 7LundstramSubstituted forDonaldsonat 82'minutes
  • 21Duffy
  • 4Fleck
  • 3Stevens
  • 36BrooksBooked at 10mins
  • 9Clarke

Substitutes

  • 1Moore
  • 10Sharp
  • 11Donaldson
  • 13Wright
  • 23Heneghan
  • 24Lafferty
  • 44Carruthers
Referee:
Andy Madley
Attendance:
12,669

Match Stats

Home TeamMillwallAway TeamSheff Utd
Possession
Home37%
Away63%
Shots
Home11
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Millwall 3, Sheffield United 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Millwall 3, Sheffield United 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Leon Clarke (Sheffield United).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Millwall. Aiden O'Brien replaces Jed Wallace.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Cameron Carter-Vickers (Sheffield United).

  7. Post update

    James Meredith (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Tony Craig.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Enda Stevens (Sheffield United).

  10. Post update

    Steve Morison (Millwall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Millwall 3, Sheffield United 1. Jake Cooper (Millwall) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Jed Wallace with a cross following a set piece situation.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Mark Duffy (Sheffield United).

  13. Post update

    Jed Wallace (Millwall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Millwall. Tony Craig replaces Shane Ferguson.

  15. Post update

    Offside, Sheffield United. Enda Stevens tries a through ball, but Clayton Donaldson is caught offside.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield United. Clayton Donaldson replaces John Lundstram.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jed Wallace (Millwall) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Steve Morison with a cross.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Steve Morison (Millwall) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Shane Ferguson with a cross following a set piece situation.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Jack O'Connell (Sheffield United).

  20. Post update

    Ben Thompson (Millwall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

As It Stood

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1Wolves19142340172344
2Cardiff20134330141643
3Bristol City20107332211137
4Sheff Utd2012173324937
5Aston Villa20106429181136
6Derby2010553021935
7Ipswich2010283530532
8Leeds209383025530
9Middlesbrough208572520529
10Preston207852321229
11Brentford206953127427
12Sheff Wed206952523227
13Nottm Forest2090112833-527
14Reading207582624226
15Fulham206862627-126
16Norwich206681826-824
17Millwall205782221122
18QPR205782229-722
19Barnsley2055102431-720
20Hull204793437-319
21Bolton2037101937-1816
22Birmingham1944111028-1816
23Sunderland2028102638-1214
24Burton2035121238-2614
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