The night Leeds United came within a whisker of silencing the Lions roar

"I thought we'd go on and get the winner, but now I'll sit down with the chairman," reflected manager Simon Grayson.

Thursday, 27th May 2021, 4:30 pm
Luciano Becchio celebrates after scoring the opening goal against Millwall during the Coca Cola League One play-off semi-final second leg at Elland Road. PIC: Getty
Luciano Becchio celebrates after scoring the opening goal against Millwall during the Coca Cola League One play-off semi-final second leg at Elland Road. PIC: Getty

Leeds United came within a penalty save of beating Millwall and reaching the League One play-off final in May 2009. Having found themselves a goal down from the semi-final first leg in south London the Whites went all out to turn round the defecit. Elland Road was treated to a full bloodied entertaining 90 minutes. Jermaine Beckford missed from the penalty spot before Luciano Becchio scored after 53 minutes to set up a frantic finish. But it was Djimi Abdou who broke Leeds hearts after he poked home Lewis Grabban's cross to level the game after 74 minutes and win the tie overall. "I've got to say the Leeds crowd were magnificent. Walking back myself, they were first class, congratulating us and although it's no consolation they were a credit to their club," said MIllwall manager Kenny Jackett. READ MORE: 16 of the most iconic Leeds United photos of all time LOVE LEEDS? LOVE NOSTALGIA? Join Leeds Retro on facebook

Robert Snodgrass battles for the ball with Millwall's David Martin.
Jermaine Beckford's penalty was was blocked by Millwall goalkeeper David Forde, who also smothered Fabian Delph's follow-up effort.

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Richard Naylor holds off a challenge from Millwall's Gary Alexander.
Striker Luciano Becchio scores the opening goal.
Luciano Becchio celebrates with Robert Snodgrass after scoring the opening goal.
Robert Snodgrass celebrates with goalscorer Luciano Becchio.
Millwall's Jimmy Abdou celebrates after scoring his goal.
Millwall's Jimmy Abdou celebrates with striker Neil Harris who had just been substituted, and others from the bench.
Leeds United goalkeeper Casper Ankergren joined the attack as Leeds pressed for a second goal.
"...we'll get over it, start again and give it a real good go for automatic promotion next season," said Leeds United manager Simon Grayson
"To overcome Leeds, who are a very good team, over two legs is a very good achievement," said Millwall manager Kenny Jackett.
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