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Championship: Millwall 2-3 Sheffield United

David McGoldrick
David McGoldrick's double earned Sheffield United a comeback victory and took his season tally to four goals

David McGoldrick's late double gave Sheffield United a comeback win after a frantic finale at Millwall.

Billy Sharp headed the Blades in front with his sixth goal of the season from close range, moments after Ben Amos had turned Sharp's penalty onto the bar following a handball by Shaun Williams.

Millwall turned the game on its head within the first five minutes of the second half, Cooper heading in the equaliser from Williams' corner, before Ryan Leonard - on loan from the Blades - set Lee Gregory clear to slot past Dean Henderson.

David McGoldrick levelled from the spot after Williams conceded a second penalty for a shove on Mark Duffy, and then tapped in a late winner.

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An unchanged United arrived in good form with five wins from seven, but with a poor record at the Den following 11 defeats in their previous 14 visits.

However, even without Sharp's penalty miss, the visitors held a deserved lead at half-time after creating the best chances and enjoying two-thirds of the possession.

Leonard was allowed to start for Millwall after a clause to prevent him playing against his parent club was not included in his loan deal, and inevitably, the midfielder had an impact by setting up the Lions' second as the hosts made a lightning start to the second half.

But Millwall could not hold on under increasing pressure for a precious second win of the season, with Sharp also seeing a headed goal disallowed for offside before McGoldrick snatched the winner from Duffy's assist.

United, who have lost just once in eight matches, remained fourth, but moved within a point of new leaders West Brom, while the Lions, who have lost six of their last seven in the league, drop to second-bottom.

Millwall manager Neil Harris:

"These late goals must be down to concentration in the group and a winning mentality.

"You can talk about bad luck or good goals against us, but these were poor goals and people not doing their jobs - that's what it boils down to.

"If they want to do their jobs properly, and they want to be considered for team selection, they need to show more leadership and more quality in themselves in key moments.

"We've thrown points away again. The table doesn't lie, it never lies. We have to do what made us so good last year. Ultimately individuals have to perform better than they are."

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"I am just so proud of the players the way they went about it.

"This was never ever going to be an easy place to come and get a result. For five minutes we were disappointed that we let them get back into the game.

"But what I am so pleased about is that we kept playing the way we want to play. We kept grinding them down and overloading and working the ball from side to side.

"I believe we fully deserved a win today."

Line-ups

Millwall

  • 13Amos
  • 12Romeo
  • 17Webster
  • 5Cooper
  • 3MeredithSubstituted forBradshawat 89'minutes
  • 7WallaceBooked at 34mins
  • 6Williams
  • 28LeonardBooked at 18mins
  • 22O'BrienSubstituted forFergusonat 80'minutes
  • 20MorisonSubstituted forElliottat 84'minutes
  • 9Gregory

Substitutes

  • 1Archer
  • 11Ferguson
  • 14Bradshaw
  • 18Tunnicliffe
  • 19Elliott
  • 25Wallace
  • 26Skalak

Sheff Utd

  • 1Henderson
  • 6Basham
  • 12EganBooked at 83mins
  • 5O'Connell
  • 18FreemanBooked at 55mins
  • 16Norwood
  • 4Fleck
  • 3StevensBooked at 12minsSubstituted forJohnsonat 75'minutes
  • 21DuffySubstituted forStearmanat 90'minutes
  • 10Sharp
  • 17McGoldrickSubstituted forClarkeat 90+3'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Lundstram
  • 9Clarke
  • 15Coutts
  • 19Stearman
  • 22Johnson
  • 25Moore
  • 39Washington
Referee:
Andy Davies
Attendance:
13,145

Match Stats

Home TeamMillwallAway TeamSheff Utd
Possession
Home34%
Away66%
Shots
Home11
Away15
Shots on Target
Home5
Away7
Corners
Home5
Away10
Fouls
Home11
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Millwall 2, Sheffield United 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Millwall 2, Sheffield United 3.

Foul by Marvin Johnson (Sheffield United).

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

Billy Sharp (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Shaun Williams (Millwall).

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Leon Clarke replaces David McGoldrick.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Richard Stearman replaces Mark Duffy.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Tom Bradshaw replaces James Meredith.

Goal!

Goal! Millwall 2, Sheffield United 3. David McGoldrick (Sheffield United) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mark Duffy.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by James Meredith.

Attempt blocked. David McGoldrick (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Tom Elliott replaces Steve Morison.

Booking

John Egan (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by John Egan (Sheffield United).

Lee Gregory (Millwall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Hand ball by John Fleck (Sheffield United).

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Shane Ferguson replaces Aiden O'Brien.

Offside, Sheffield United. Oliver Norwood tries a through ball, but Billy Sharp is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Millwall 2, Sheffield United 2. David McGoldrick (Sheffield United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty Sheffield United. Mark Duffy draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Shaun Williams (Millwall) after a foul in the penalty area.

Foul by Billy Sharp (Sheffield United).

Ben Amos (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Mahlon Romeo.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Marvin Johnson replaces Enda Stevens.

Attempt saved. David McGoldrick (Sheffield United) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Chris Basham.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Aiden O'Brien.

Attempt blocked. Oliver Norwood (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Enda Stevens (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lee Gregory (Millwall).

Enda Stevens (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Lee Gregory (Millwall).

Billy Sharp (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Byron Webster (Millwall).

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by John Egan.

Attempt blocked. Oliver Norwood (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. John Fleck (Sheffield United) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Mark Duffy (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Basham.

Chris Basham (Sheffield United).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1West Brom1062225141120
2Leeds105412081219
3Middlesbrough10541124819
4Sheff Utd106131813519
5Norwich105231413117
6Brentford104421812616
7Swansea10442106416
8Wigan105141412216
9Derby105141311216
10Bristol City104331512315
11Nottm Forest103611311215
12Sheff Wed104331515015
13Blackburn103611313015
14Bolton104331012-215
15Aston Villa103521615114
16Birmingham10172910-110
17Stoke102441418-410
18Rotherham10316816-810
19QPR10316718-1110
20Reading102351415-19
21Hull102261017-78
22Ipswich10064814-66
23Millwall10136916-76
24Preston101271121-105
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