Sheffield United 2 Millwall 1
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
In a disjointed match it was the hosts that always looked likely to take the points despite being forced to weather a late storm from the visitors.
The opening half was punctuated with stoppages for injuries and the breaks in play did not help the flow of the game.
Andy Marshall made sure the score remained deadlocked on the half-hour when the Millwall keeper smartly denied Ashley Ward an opening goal.
Despite failing to create many chances, the away side could well have gone in at half time in front but Tim Cahill scuffed his shot from six yards out straight into the grateful arms of Blades keeper Paddy Kenny.
The second half did not start much brighter but the first goal eventually came after 56 minutes when good work down the right between Phil Jagielka and Michael Tonge allowed Ward to bundle the ball home from close range.
Ward was soon back in the thick of things as he appeared to react to a heavy tackle from Millwall namesake Darren sparking every player on the pitch to come running in.
United were strangely given the free-kick after the incident and Michael Tonge's effort was palmed out by Marshall for Andy Gray to tap home his second in as many games since joining from Bradford.
Millwall suddenly found some urgency and cut the deficit in half when Paul Ifill superbly volleyed home after Danny Dichio had knocked the ball down.
The Lions tried desperately to get a late leveller but Neil Warnock's side held firm to take all three points.