Having missed the last two league games for personal reasons, I wasn’t really sure what to expect coming into this one. I caught the West Ham game online and have seen extended highlights of the 7-3 hammering against Nottingham Forest, but cameras don’t show you the off-the-ball movement of players and their workrate, nor can you see the body language of the entire team, or individual reactions when a team mate makes a mistake.

The biggest question for me was whether the team had allowed their heads to drop after a couple of early mistakes, or whether they were simply too tired from the efforts against West Ham to keep up with Nottingham Forest? To put it another way, did Leeds United lose psychologically or was it a physical problem?

The reason I felt this question was key is because the psychological problems of playing at Elland Road have been evident all season. It’s been a truly awful place to watch football for much of this campaign with a crowd full of self-proclaimed experts moaning relentlessly at every single player on the pitch. it’s not unusual for the collective volume of sighs to totally drowned out any chants.

For now, it’s a question that will remain unanswered however, because playing away from home offers an incredible contrast to the atmosphere at Elland Road. The sighing is replaced by a “chin up” “get in to them” mentality, and the players respond to that accordingly, which is why today’s result came as no real surprise – even if the manner in which that result came about was far from predictable.

The first half was one to totally forget. Seriously, nothing happened. Nothing at all. Passes were constantly misplaced – Michael Brown the biggest culprit for Leeds – no one seemed remotely interested in trying to get the ball down and play it around, and the only thing keeping the fans awake was the exchange of “pleasantries” on the terraces where Millwall were their usual classless selves, constantly taunting the Leeds fans with the deaths in Istanbul.

Quite why The FA seem so determined to keep Millwall in English football is beyond me? Their only claim to fame is a pathetic hooligan element which consists of thirty odd year old blokes that need to grow up and get a job, mixed with a younger generation of Chav’s who the English education system has clearly failed. It’s true that no one likes Leeds United, but at least our side has made a mark on English and European football. The same can’t be said of Millwall, they’re a pointless team with no history that attracts the absolute lowest class of football supporter – no one likes them, and no one cares.

Anyway, the second half remained just as scrappy, but improved in terms of goal-mouth action and controversy if nothing else. Leeds took the lead through Ross McCormack after excellent work from Robert Snodgrass, only to see Millwall head straight up the other end and have an equaliser ruled out by the referee who had already blown for a penalty.

This was Millwall’s third penalty shout of the afternoon. One was denied due to the most pathetically theatrical dive I’ve seen in some time – with the referee quite rightly booking the offending player – whilst the other would have been incredibly soft if given.

Nevertheless, those two previous shouts had turned the Millwall fans against the referee and in his eagerness to award the penalty, he’d failed to spot Millwall’s clear advantage and had no choice but to rule out the equalising goal and bring play back for a penalty – a penalty which Andy Lonergan quite brilliantly saved.

Millwall went on to strike the bar in a passage of play that was reminiscent of Leeds United’s own bad luck against Southampton earlier in the month, but for those of us watching on there was absolutely no sympathy for our opponents. It was almost like karma was conspiring to teach them a lesson.

Statistically speaking, Leeds United were the better team with more attempts on goal and a greater slice of possession, but in truth, the game was quite evenly balanced. Ross McCormack had a chance to kill things off for The Whites, missing from close-range by hitting his shot straight at Maik Taylor, but it didn’t matter. The game remained scrappy and with a one goal lead, Leeds United had no intentions of changing that, holding on for the remainder of the 90 and (a quite frankly ridiculous) 7 minutes of injury time to record a much needed victory and a fourth consecutive clean sheet on the road.

On and on…

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