Leeds United v Fulham preview, fixture played at Elland Road

Leeds United 3 Millwall 2 – Leeds United fightback

A game of two halves.

The first half was everything you wouldn’t expect after a 10 day break. We were slow, chances were squandered and Millwall took full advantage.

Going 2-0 down within 23 minutes it seemed all over, here we go again. The familiar chants of  “Leeds are falling apart” echoed from the travelling Millwall fans and no doubt the majority of the footballing world.

Millwall’s lead didn’t come through sheer skill alone, they have the match officials to thank for their first half dominance. An extremely poor performance on their part and questions have to be asked over their actions last night. It will be very interesting to see which division they officiate in at the weekend.

The second half was a different story. Marcelo Bielsa worked his magic at half time and the players came out fighting. I expected changes, but there were none, it was a chance for those players to prove they have what it takes.

It only took four minutes for the comeback to start, with Patrick Bamford getting the first. The players stepped up their intensity and so did the supporters, Elland Road was energetic with everybody’s heart rate increasing rapidly! After we got one back, I thought we would win, possibly blind faith but I just had a feeling.

On 60 minutes we were level, Pablo Hernandez struck and it was game on.

Four minutes later, Bamford headed in a Luke Ayling cross to take us 3-2 up. Cue limbs, scenes of relief, belief and awe. Bamford was back. Leeds were on fire and we were on our way back to the top of the Championship table.

Further chances followed and it looked like a fourth was on the cards with shots from Costa and Klich however somehow the ball avoided the net. 

This is Leeds however and they like to give us a scare in the dying moments, a few defensive mishaps allowed Millwall a last throw of the dice but it was to no avail.

I felt like I had played the 90 minutes myself and I’m sure most Leeds fans will agree judging by the emotion at the final whistle.

Last night we showed character when needed and so long as the players don’t get another bout of vertigo, promotion is back on track.

So let’s enjoy the fact we are top of the league, two points clear of West Brom in second and edging closer to our fairy tale ending.

17 games to go.

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