Yesterday saw Leeds United visit Millwall for their eleventh Championship clash of the season with their record at The Den mediocre at best. The game was not the spectacle everyone expected, with the officials taking the headlines for the wrong reasons.

When Tom Bradshaw went through on goal in the fourteenth minute, he was engaged by Gaetano Berardi who appeared to challenge the striker in the box, bringing him down just inside the box and ultimately giving the opposition a penalty, but on closer inspection, there are grave issues with referee James Linington’s decisions.

On closer inspection, Berardi does not touch Bradshaw.. at all, and the striker goes down while no one is actually close to him, deceiving the officials who fell for his acrobatics hook, line and sinker, giving the penalty and even showing Berardi a straight red card… in the fourteenth minute of the game.

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Millwall eventually ran out 2-1 winners on the day, but without such a decision we will never know how good a spectacle the game would have been, eleven vs eleven. The man who tucked away the penalty was Jed Wallace, smashing the ball expertly into the top-left corner of the net leaving Kiko Casilla no chance and after the game the winger was complimentary of Leeds United.

Millwall Midfielder Jed Wallace shoots and scores to take Millwall into the lead 3-4 during the EFL Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Millwall at Elland Road, Leeds, England on 20 January 2018. Photo by Craig Zadoroznyj.

As reported by the YEP, Wallace had this to say on yesterdays visitors to The Den…

“Every time we play Leeds we play well,” he said of his own side’s performance, which helped bring a first win in nine outings.

“You look through the times we’ve played them.

“It was such a big game, if you’re playing for Millwall and you can’t get up for Leeds you need to have a word with yourself.

“It took care of itself, we had a right go and got what we deserved.

He continued…

“I always enjoy the big occasions. At this level it don’t come much bigger. There’s a bit of needle there. They bring a massive following. We’ve had some great games, today was another one.”

“They are an unbelievable side.

“I don’t know if when they went down to 10 men, they’d brought an extra two on – it felt like they were everywhere.

“Obviously they have a world class manager and loads of good players and that’s them without Hernandez, Cooper.

“They’re going to be right up there this season. We knew we had to be at it.”
Kind words from The Lions winger, but it’s easy to be complimentary when you win a game, I don’t think the words will cut much mustard with The Whites fans.

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