Millwall 2 Leeds United 0: YEP jury verdict

Alex Mowatt, is closed down by Millwall's Nicky Bailey, and Lee Martin, as he passes the ball onto team mate Luke Varney.
Alex Mowatt, is closed down by Millwall's Nicky Bailey, and Lee Martin, as he passes the ball onto team mate Luke Varney.
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The YEP provide their verdict on Leeds United’s 2-0 defeat against Milwall at the New Den.

JONATHAN FORD

The word I would use to describe Leeds United’s performance was pathetic – with the exception of a certain young midfielder – a typical Millwall away performance from Leeds.

Let’s not sugarcoat this and pretend that Millwall are a good team because they aren’t, but they have beaten us comfortably because in all areas of the pitch they had the desire and drive to win a game and all other factors didn’t bother them.

They didn’t let the atmosphere get the better of them but our players, except for Alex Mowatt and Paddy Kenny, seemed to crumble, and we could have played until today and still not scored.

Stephen Warnock lives a charmed life, sent off at Reading for two pathetic yellow cards, and most teams would have him on the bench but he got straight back in. We have a lot of left-sided players but none with enough quality to be as consistent as we needed.

Scott Wootton and Jason Pearce looked like they didn’t know each other and although Lee Peltier didn’t do much wrong, he didn’t really have an effect on the game.

Our midfield and forwards cost us the game in my opinion.

Rudy Austin was second best to everything for most of the game and never stamped his superiority on the game, so is consistency a worry?

Luke Murphy was like a headless chicken, and at one point I’m sure he was trying to play a through ball to one of the Millwall players! Michael Tonge may as well not have played because I don’t think he broke a sweat. We have lost four out of our last five games and this season is starting to creep away from us. We need all the lads to step up and work hard for the team, it’s easy to say the fans need to back them, but give us something to back. From minute one on Saturday we didn’t look like a team that could be bothered to be honest. Since Ross McCormack signed his contract he hasn’t looked too bothered about the badge and although I like Luke Varney and he works his socks off, he just didn’t have that in his game and was awful. Kenny didn’t have much to do apart from the goals and a few routine saves and didn’t do too much wrong.

The only shining lights were Brian McDermott and Mowatt. We have the right man in place in McDermott and his reaction proves it, with what we have or haven’t got he will get the best out of them.

Mowatt typified what a youngster at Leeds should be about, a desire to wear the shirt as any Leeds fan and local lad would, and he showed a lot of the senior lads up. He didn’t hide away, he fought on his own until the end and I can see only bright things coming his way.

Man of the match: Alex Mowatt.

KEITH INGHAM

The downward spiral of Leeds United continued as Millwall claimed a 2-0 win to make it four defeats out of five Championship games and a Carling Cup defeat as well.

These are not good times at Elland Road, however the manager talked up the defeat.

Lee Peltier, Luke Murphy, Luke Varney and Alex Mowatt came into the team as Brian McDermott sought to end the recent poor run.

Millwall took the lead after good work by Lee Martin and Martyn Waghorn, the ball was crossed for Martyn Woolford to score in the corner of the net from 20 yards.

Leeds brought on Sam Byram and Matt Smith to try and get back on terms but with 15 minutes left the home side doubled their lead when Scott Malone played a one-two with Trotter and curled a beauty into the Leeds net. They nearly made it three when Woolford beat Paddy Kenny but the effort came back off the post.

It was a poor second-half performance and three straight defeats means that tomorrow’s game against Bournemouth has added importance, maybe now the manager will give Ross McCormack a role up front with Noel Hunt.

The system needs to change, at home we need to be at teams from the start and without doubt the best striker at the club is McCormack and it’s time for the rest to step up and show the fans their mettle.

Man of the match: The Leeds United fans.

GARY NEWBOULD

Two second-half defensive slips gave the home side the three points on an afternoon where United produced their worst performance under Brian McDermott. We need a reaction tomorrow night or we will be looking towards the lower reaches of the division.

Man of the match: Alex Mowatt.

ELLIOT BRANSBY

We slipped to a third straight league defeat as two second-half goals gave Millwall the win in a very poor game lacking any sort of quality.

I normally try and stay positive but even at the end of September I am nearly writing the season off, if GFH Capital don’t help Brian McDermott financially.

We showed nothing going forward and we lacked any ideas in the attacking third of the pitch.

If no players can be added, El-Hadji Diouf and Dom Poleon really need to be given regular starts but something needs to change quickly and the responsibility for me falls on the owners.

Man of the match: Alex Mowatt.

STEPHEN CLARK

Once again a lack of a serious goal threat hampered McDermott’s side and Millwall proved too strong after the break. Whilst not a crisis, the fans’ patience is wearing thin and it is imperative that Leeds bring in someone to spearhead the attack so we can climb the table.

Man of the match: Alex Mowatt.

MICHAEL HEMSWORTH

It’s safe to say that the honeymoon is well and truly over, both for Brian McDermott and for GFH Capital.

Saturday’s performance was without doubt the worst so far of McDermott’s short reign. At the moment we are a side prone to defensive mistakes and lacking any creativity; a very dangerous combination.

The only positive from this match was the display of Alex Mowatt. The youngster looks set for a long spell in the side now. Something that can’t be said of Messrs Varney, Murphy and Warnock. Salah Nooruddin assured us on Twitter the club are trying to bring in a winger and a striker. That can’t happen soon enough.

Man of the match: Alex Mowatt.

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