After the international break, it was game on for the whole of the top four leagues in English football. It was a game day that brought together bitter rivals Leeds United and Millwall at the latter’s New Den ground.

It was a game that the visiting Whites had to face with a growing injury list that contained £10million of injured strikers in Kemar Roofe and Patrick Bamford, as well as creative attacker Pablo Hernandez and dependable defender Gaetano Berardi.

Here’s the side that Leeds United sent out to face Millwall:

There were two changes to the Whites side with Welsh international Tyler Roberts starting up front and Pontus Jansson slotting in alongside Liam Cooper at the heart of the Leeds United defence. Other than those two changes it was a familiar Leeds United side for fans to digest, one that has driven them to the summit of the Sky Bet Championship.

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It was a nip-and-tuck first 45 minutes with both sides energetically looking for a foothold in the game. Early exchanges saw mercurial Spaniard Samu Saiz in the thick of the action, pulling the strings and looking to get Leeds United forward.

The early exchanges were pretty much of a likeness for both sides, likenesses where solid industry led to half-chances for the likes of Shaun Willams whose header for Millwall ricocheted off of Zlatan Morison and landed tamely in Bailey Peacock-Farrell’s hands.

With both teams pressing, it was Leeds United striker Tyler Roberts who had the best of the opening half’s chances. A superb pass over the top of the Millwall defence saw Barry Douglas control it, lay it across to the Welsh youngster whose shot hit Murray Wallace and went out for a corner. He also forced Millwall keeper Ben Amos into a smart save as half-time approached, shrugging his way past Wallace with Amos’ touch enough to stop the ball going over the line before it was cleared.

The early part of the second-half belonged to Leeds United, with the Whites creating the early chances as they looked to force the game somewhat. However, after those early flourishes, it was the Whites who conceded first with Jed Wallace (56′) finishing a flicked-on, long-throw courtesy of a touch on the near post.

Going 1-0 down sparked Leeds United in to life, the Whites creating three chances with Barry Douglas and Tyler Roberts the players coming closest and forcing saves from Amos. Luke Ayling was another who went close, his glanced header only just missing the target.

Millwall began to sit on their slender lead, allowing Leeds the possession but packing behind the ball to deny them clear-cut chances. That did mean that the Lions didn’t bare their teeth, more than once breaking down field and threatening the Leeds United goal. As the game ticked down to its ending, Leeds made their substitutions and threw everything into the final moments of the game.

That patience paid off for Leeds who equalised at the death (89′) through Manchester City loanee Jack Harrison. A long ball forward by the visiting Whites was headed out by Millwall defender Jake Cooper, Harrison lashing the ball low past Amos and into the back of the net.

Despite a late scramble at the other end where former Leeds United youngster Tom Elliott hit the post, and Conor McLaughlin almost rattling one in – the game ended in a 1-1 draw. It was a fair result where the one point sees Leeds United remain both unbeaten and at the top of the table.

Final result: Millwall 1 – 1 Leeds

The72 Reaction

It wasn’t a classic; in fairness, it was never going to be a classic. It was one of those typical blood-n-thunder games where the Whites from last season would have crumbled. It was also the type of game that Leeds United will face more than once this season. The positive for Leeds United fans is that they probed and prodded away for the full length of the game as they sought the equaliser that, on the balance of play, they deserved. It is also refreshing to see that, although they struggled at times, there is enough nous about Marcelo Bielsa to plot out a result. With their resources severely stretched due to injuries, it is also encouraging to see that the Whites can cope with difficult sides and that the likes of Tyler Roberts can step up and do a job.

Leeds United fans reactions

As you’d expect, from a fanbase deprived of football for two weeks, today’s result has been seized upon by Leeds United fans on Twitter. It is a forum where they are quick to comment, and that has proven to be the case today. Here’s what some of them have been saying:


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