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 Leeds United manager Simon Grayson.

Thursday, 27th May 2021, 4:30 pm
Enjoy these photo memories from Leeds United's play-off semi-final second leg clash against Millwall at Elland Road in May 2009. PIC: Getty
Enjoy these photo memories from Leeds United's play-off semi-final second leg clash against Millwall at Elland Road in May 2009. PIC: Getty

His Leeds United team came within a missed penalty of reaching the League One play off final in 2009. The play-off semi final second leg against Millwall proved a full bloodied affair as the Whites went all out to overturn a 1-0 first leg defecit. The Lions must have felt fate was on their side when striker Jermaine Backford missed a penalty just after the restart. But just minutes later Luciano Becchio put the Whites ahead after he latched on to Ben Parker's cross and slid in between two defenders to poke home. But Milwall's Djimi Abdou broke Leeds hearts after he poked home Lewis Grabban's cross to level the game after 74 minutes and win the tie. "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," reflected Millwall manager Kenny Jackett at full time. READ MORE: 16 of the most iconic Leeds United photos of all time

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

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Richard Naylor holds off a challenge from Milwall's Gary Alexander.
Luciano Becchio scores the opening goal.
Striker Luciano Becchio celebrates with Robert Snodgrass after scoring the opening goal.
Robert Snodgrass celebrates with goalscorer Luciano Becchio.
Sam Sodje rises above the Millwall defence to head towards goal.
Milwall's Jimmy Abdou celebrates after scoring.
Jimmy Abdou celebrates with striker Neil Harris, who had just been substituted, and others on the Millwall bench.
Leeds United goalleeper Casper Ankergren joined the attack as the Whites went all out for a second goal.
"I thought we'd go on and get the winner, but now I'll sit down with the chairman," reflected Leeds United manager Simon Grayson.
"To overcome Leeds, who are a very good team, over two legs is a very good achievement," reflected Millwall manager Kenny Jackett.
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