Leeds United 1 Millwall 0: YEP Jury give their verdicts

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Our YEP Jury have their say on Leeds United’s 1-0 victory over Millwall.

KEITH INGHAM

Alex Mowatt’s goal was enough to beat the team from Bermondsey.

And the win took Leeds into the top half of the Championship, such a happy sight when the table was shown on TV.

Neil Redfearn made only one change from the team that beat Reading, Rudy Austin coming in for the injured Tommaso Bianchi. It was Leeds that forced the run of play, backed by another 20-plus-thousand fans. Sam Byram was inches away with the first real chance before Millwall got into the game.

Maierhofer twice got behind the Leeds’ rearguard but his first effort was dealt with easily; his second went wide. Leeds came back and Sol Bamba’s header bounced just past the post.

The goal had to come and birthday boy Alex Mowatt’s free-kick was deflected past a stranded David Forde into the net. The relief around the ground. Then a moment that time stood still, a wayward back pass found unmarked Steve Morison but the quick-thinking Forde took the ball from the unlucky centre-forward and the chance was gone. Leeds were still good value for the slender lead at the break. Leeds continued to probe the Millwall back line and Morison’s headed effort cleared the bar. Silvestri saved Byram’s blushes from a misdirected header. A player Leeds were interested in the transfer window had a wonderful chance to equalise but Martyn Woolford blazed his effort over and into a relieved crowd. Antenucci was Neil Redfearn’s first change, replacing Austin and almost immediately he set up Sam Byram but the midfielder’s effort sailed high.

Antenucci also found the top of the South Stand when he was played in, while Scott Wootton should have calmed a few nerves with a near-goalline header. Morison was again played into a wonderful scoring position but Dunne thwarted the centre-forward, who held his head in his hands wondering what he needs to do to get the goal his displays deserve.

It was never going to be easy against a team struggling in the bottom three but Leeds have a resilience about them now and can battle it out with anybody and since the arrival of Bamba look a far better defensive unit. A tidy if unspectacular three points but they all count. MOT.

Man of the match: Alex Mowatt.

JAMES HARRISON

It was a really important win on Saturday against Millwall and three points that has set us well clear from the relegation zone.

It wasn’t the best performance but all that mattered was the win and the team showed some real resilience to ensure that.

Luke Murphy was the best player on the field.

He controlled the game and made some important tackles in vital areas.

Again, Steve Morison played very well but it is just not happening for him in front of goal.

I’d be more worried if he wasn’t getting in goalscoring positions but he is doing so and I’m sure he’ll slot one away soon.

This is a massive three points and now we can start looking up.

Neil Redfearn made the right decision sticking with the same formation that beat Reading.

However, I was very surprised to see Rodolph Austin come straight back in. Casper Sloth played very well last Tuesday and he was very unlucky not to get a starting spot.

Redfearn obviously trusts Austin a lot more than he does Sloth but there isn’t any other way Sloth can change his mind other than playing games.

Man of the match: Luke Murphy.

MATTHEW EVANS

A blistering first two minutes made it feel like it was going to be a rout against Millwall and it was our high energy and urgency that forced the away side into errors and gave United a host of chances.

Unfortunately that level of performance couldn’t be sustained as opportunities were squandered and penalties were denied.

Nevertheless the defence remained tight and Millwall, despite growing into the game, began to waste chances of their own. Alex Mowatt’s deflected free-kick was a worthy winner as he put in his best performance of 2015 so far alongside his former academy colleagues Byram, Taylor and Cook.

An important win.

Man of the match: Alex Mowatt.

GARY NEWBOULD

a 1-0 victory and three points courtesy of Alex Mowatt’s freekick just before half-time was just what the doctor ordered. United were well worth their lead and dug in after the break for a win that took them into the top half of the table.

Man of the match: Luke Murphy.

STEPHEN CLARK

Leeds eased to a 1-0 victory over Millwall which was far more comfortable than the scoreline suggests.

Alex Mowatt scored the winner with a deflected free-kick which capped an impressive return to form for the talented United midfielder.

The victory lifted Neil Redfearn’s side eight points but, perhaps more importantly, nine places clear of the relegation zone.

For now, Leeds fans can breathe more easily and look forward to the sanctuary of mid-table mediocrity.

Man of the match: Alex Mowatt.

JONATHAN FORD

It wasn’t the prettiest game, but it was crucial to get the three points and that is exactly what we got.

We started brightly and when we took the lead should have looked to get more, but we seemed to huff and puff to victory. This was a game we would have lost two months ago, so all positive.

Man of the match: Charlie Taylor.

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