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Leeds United 3-2 Millwall: Patrick Bamford scores twice in comeback win

Patrick Bamford scores
Leeds striker Patrick Bamford had gone five games without a goal before Tuesday's victory

Leeds United scored three times in 15 second-half minutes as they came from two goals down to beat in-form Millwall and move to the top of the Championship.

The visitors went ahead through Shaun Hutchinson's close-range header and sent shockwaves around Elland Road when Jed Wallace doubled their lead from the spot after Jon Dadi Bodvarsson was brought down by Ezgjan Alioski.

Home fans vented their frustration towards referee Darren England at the break after they felt some decisions went against them, but Patrick Bamford soon tapped home a rebound to pull one back.

Leeds piled forward and a deflected Pablo Hernandez strike saw them level before Luke Ayling crossed for Bamford to power home a diving header and seal a first victory in 2020.

Defeat for West Bromwich Albion at Cardiff City means Marcelo Bielsa's side are two points clear, despite recording only their second win in eight league games, while Millwall's first defeat in six sees their play-off ambitions dented.

Gary Rowett's Lions started with purpose, Ryan Woods shooting over before Hutchinson was allowed to nod home at the back post, with Leeds goalkeeper Kiko Casilla rooted to his line.

Stuart Dallas forced two smart saves from Millwall keeper Bartosz Bialkowski - in his first game since sealing a permanent move from Ipswich - before the game's most controversial moment.

Leeds players thought Woods had run the ball out of play but no whistle was forthcoming, with Iceland striker Bodvarsson drawing a foul from Alioski - starting in place of the suspended Kalvin Phillips - and Wallace drilling home his 10th goal of the season.

With no goal in three matches and new striker Jean-Kevin Augustin only watching from the stands, there was a feeling the hosts may struggle to recover, but Bamford stood up to lead a high-intensity revival.

The former Boro man was on hand to net after Bialkowski saved brilliantly from Jack Harrison and an equaliser was inevitable, though there was a hint of fortune about Hernandez's 20-yard effort, which crept into the corner.

Leeds kept pushing forward in the closing stages - Helder Costa curling against the bar and Mateusz Klich somehow blazing over from eight yards - as their opponents ran out of steam.

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa said:

"It's not what I said which provoked the change. Maybe the match looked like it was strange, but it's a copy of all our matches.

"A lot of chances to make three goals, the opponent goals were similar to what we normally concede.

"We played very well in attack. It is similar to most of our matches. In the second half it was easier when we were playing in more space."

Millwall manager Gary Rowlett said:

"I'm disappointed, but overall we've been given a lesson. They (Leeds) were thoroughly deserved winners.

"Ten days without a game has probably benefitted Leeds which you saw with the running and energy.

"We knew this was a tough place to come. To get in at half-time 2-0 up, we didn't perform well enough after that."

Line-ups

Leeds

  • 13Casilla
  • 2Ayling
  • 5White
  • 6Cooper
  • 10Alioski
  • 43Klich
  • 17Hélder Costa
  • 15Dallas
  • 19HernándezBooked at 64minsSubstituted forShackletonat 90+4'minutes
  • 22Harrison
  • 9BamfordBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 1Meslier
  • 7Poveda-Ocampo
  • 11Roberts
  • 34Struijk
  • 46Shackleton
  • 48Stevens
  • 49Casey

Millwall

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 15PearceSubstituted forFergusonat 72'minutes
  • 5Cooper
  • 12Romeo
  • 16Molumby
  • 19WoodsBooked at 26mins
  • 3Wallace
  • 7Wallace
  • 9BradshawSubstituted forSmithat 83'minutes
  • 23BödvarssonSubstituted forMahoneyat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Smith
  • 11Ferguson
  • 21Mahoney
  • 22O'Brien
  • 26Skalak
  • 31Sandford
  • 42Mitchell
Referee:
Darren England
Attendance:
34,006

Match Stats

Home TeamLeedsAway TeamMillwall
Possession
Home70%
Away30%
Shots
Home28
Away11
Shots on Target
Home11
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home12
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Leeds United 3, Millwall 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Leeds United 3, Millwall 2.

Booking

Patrick Bamford (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for dangerous play.

Dangerous play by Patrick Bamford (Leeds United).

Bartosz Bialkowski (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Jamie Shackleton replaces Pablo Hernández.

Hand ball by Jed Wallace (Millwall).

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Liam Cooper.

Attempt blocked. Jed Wallace (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Matt Smith with a headed pass.

Attempt missed. Murray Wallace (Millwall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Jack Harrison.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Connor Mahoney.

Jack Harrison (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Mahlon Romeo (Millwall).

Attempt blocked. Pablo Hernández (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Patrick Bamford.

Attempt missed. Patrick Bamford (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Stuart Dallas with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Matt Smith replaces Tom Bradshaw.

Attempt missed. Mateusz Klich (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jack Harrison.

Foul by Jack Harrison (Leeds United).

Mahlon Romeo (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Pablo Hernández (Leeds United) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jack Harrison.

Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Connor Mahoney (Millwall).

Attempt saved. Hélder Costa (Leeds United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Mateusz Klich.

Attempt missed. Pablo Hernández (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Liam Cooper (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Bradshaw (Millwall).

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Connor Mahoney replaces Jón Dadi Bödvarsson.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Shane Ferguson replaces Alex Pearce.

Attempt saved. Jón Dadi Bödvarsson (Millwall) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jake Cooper.

Goal!

Goal! Leeds United 3, Millwall 2. Patrick Bamford (Leeds United) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Luke Ayling with a cross.

Attempt missed. Tom Bradshaw (Millwall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Mahlon Romeo with a cross.

Booking

Pablo Hernández (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Pablo Hernández (Leeds United).

Jayson Molumby (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Leeds United 2, Millwall 2. Pablo Hernández (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

Jack Harrison (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Shaun Hutchinson (Millwall).

Attempt saved. Jack Harrison (Leeds United) left footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Pablo Hernández with a cross.

Attempt missed. Patrick Bamford (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ezgjan Alioski with a cross.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds29167646262055
2West Brom291411451331853
3Nottm Forest29149640281251
4Fulham29147842301249
5Brentford291451044222247
6Bristol City2913884340347
7Preston2913794234846
8Swansea2912983433145
9Millwall29111173835344
10Blackburn29127104236643
11Sheff Wed29126114033742
12Cardiff29101274142-142
13Hull29116124138339
14QPR29115134753-638
15Reading29107123533237
16Derby29910103139-837
17Middlesbrough29811102936-735
18Birmingham2997133546-1134
19Huddersfield2988133345-1232
20Stoke2994163642-631
21Charlton2979133741-430
22Wigan2968152744-1726
23Barnsley2959153554-1924
24Luton2973193763-2624
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