Leeds United 1 Millwall 0: Whites will learn from Millwall experience - Gray

Alex Mowatt
Alex Mowatt
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THINGS got a bit nervy towards the end of Saturday’s game with Millwall but I think we deserved to win the game.

I thought we played well in the first half but then we let Millwall back into it.

But the pleasing thing is that we are on a run and it was good to win at home because the Elland Road form has not been great recently.

Winning will give them a lot of confidence.

I think the one thing Leeds will do the more experienced they get is become a bit more ruthless when they get on top of teams.

We should have had Millwall beaten off before half-time but we let them back into the game and if we hadn’t have taken the three points they’d have been sitting in the dressing room shaking their heads after the game.

Millwall could have got back into it – no doubt about that – and that’s just that little bit of inexperience on our part, I think.

I thought Charlie Taylor played well and the left-back position looks like his for the keeping now. The boy’s done very well since he came into the side and his year at Fleetwood has done him a lot of good.

And you’ve got to say that both full-backs have done well as Scott Wootton has impressed since he came back into the side.

Certainly, Taylor was very good on Saturday and he has really settled into the role.

Remember that Steve Warnock – who he has replaced – was one of the most consistent players and captain as well. To come in and replace him and do a good job says a lot about Taylor.

I thought the midfield players played well in the first half on Saturday but they just let it slip a little bit in the second half. I think we fell into the trap against Millwall of giving the ball away a bit too easily. But I think Luke Murphy did well and he is playing great for the side just now.

Upfront, Steve Morison is doing everything right – he’s leading the line well, he’s bringing people into the game and he’s strong and powerful. He’s making great runs and getting into good positions but he’s just not having any luck around the goals. Sometimes for strikers that can be a nightmare as the longer it goes on the more anxious they become. I just hope he gets a goal soon because his overall play deserves a goal.

But I think you have got to keep him up front – of course – as long as you are winning games.

Even Neil Redfearn mentioned after the Brentford game that the strikers have got to start scoring because we didn’t win the game.

But when you go away from home and win at Reading then it makes no difference who scores the goals. And on Saturday we won the game as well.

If we hadn’t then people would have been talking about Steve’s scoring record, but when he is leading the line as well as he is, he deserves to be playing.

I think all he needs is a change of fortune, a little bit of a change of luck around the goal. Hopefully that will set him off and he can go on a goalscoring run because everything else about his game he is doing well.

And I think you have got to give Neil credit for sticking with the same formation with Steve up there on his own.

You are always tempted to change it if your striker has not been scoring but the team overall looks more solid at the moment.

And I think we should stick with this same 4-5-1 formation as it suits us.

Once the players get a bit more experienced, especially the young boys in the midfield area, I don’t think Alex Mowatt will play on the left side in a five.

I think he will eventually play as a central midfielder with Lewis Cook.

But that’s for the future. For now we have had two great wins this week at Reading and then against Millwall and we are in a comfortable position in the league, but we’ve got to keep on winning.

If we go to Middlesbrough on Saturday and don’t get a result and Millwall beat Fulham at home then it’s back to five points between us and the dropzone, isn’t it?

If we win the game at Middlesbrough then the teams towards the top of the league are suddenly getting closer.