Lions roar into third
Millwall have put themselves firmly into the automatic promotion race following a fine 2-0 win at Leeds.
Last Updated: 23/03/10 1:27pm
Millwall have put themselves firmly into the automatic promotion race following an impressive 2-0 success over slumping Leeds United.
The Lions set their stall out from the off and got an early breakthrough when Steve Morison's back-post shot eluded Andy Hughes and Casper Ankergren.
Leeds were woeful for the remainder of the first half and while they finished strongly David Forde in the visitors' goal had very little to do.
Simon Grayson's side continued to huff and puff through the second half before their hopes of a comeback were extinguished late on.
Substitute Shaun Batt ghosted past the would-be challenges from Hughes and Leigh Bromby before strinking home.
The three-point haul for in-form Millwall moves them into third in the table just three points behind Leeds, who travel to leaders Norwich on Saturday.
Morison steered an early shot wide after breaking clear of Patrick Kisnorbo but made amends after 10 minutes when he steered in Liam Trotter's cross from the right at the far post.
Leeds took their time to get going but improved as the first half wore on and Jonny Howson had their best chance of the first period when he beat Jimmy Abdou but dragged a right-foot shot from the edge of the box wide in the 44th minute.
The east Londoners almost added a second in first-half stoppage time when Paul Robinson's header following a corner clipped the top of the crossbar, before Robert Snodgrass blasted over a good opportunity for Leeds 10 minutes into the second half.
Morison fired into the side-netting after a swift counter-attack in the 66th minute, and with 10 minutes to go substitute Batt made the result safe. He evaded some weak challenges as he cut in the left before his low right-foot shot beat Leeds goalkeeper Casper Ankergren at the near post.