Date:Thursday May 14 2009
Millwall condemned Leeds to another season in League One after coming away from Elland Road with a draw.
Leeds named an unchanged side for the second leg of the Play off semi final.
Millwall made two changes; Harris came in for Price whilst Henry replaced Laird.
In a frantic start to the game Millwall`s Adam Bolder was booked for an over zealous tackle on Robert Snodgrass in the first minute.
Neither team were able to take a strangle hold of the game in the early stages and we had to wait till just past the quarter hour mark for the first effort on goal. Robert Snodgrass cut in from the right but his weak effort was straight at Forde in the Millwall goal.
Leeds had their best chance of the half when firstly Beckford had his shot saved and the rebound fell to Delph who couldn`t make a proper contact and Forde saved again.
Snodgrass had another shot on goal on the half hour on his weaker side which was easy for Forde to deal with.
Leeds were dealt a blow just past the half hour when Neil Kilkenny was replaced through injury by Andy Robinson.
Robinson had Leeds last chance of the half when his free kick from a good position went harmlessly over the bar.
It was an even more frantic start to the second half, Robinson whipped in a free kick which was turn out for a corner,
Within minutes Leeds were awarded a penalty after Frampton had hold of Sodje in the box.
A nervous looking Beckford took the penalty but his poor effort was easily saved by Forde.
Leeds were soon back on level terms on aggregate though after some fantastic work from Ben Parker who went from his own area to supply an inch perfect cross for Luciano Becchio to slide in the goal.
Zak Whitbread suffered what looked a bad injury for Millwall on the hour which took quite a few minutes treatment, the delay seemed to knock Leeds out of their stride.
Millwall went back into the lead on aggregate with just under twenty minutes remaining when Abdou scored from close range after good work from Martin.
Leeds threw everyone forward in the last few minutes looking for the goal that would force extra time but they was forced into long range efforts.
Bradley Johnson came closest when his long range effort just went past the post.
Millwall hung on in over seven minutes of injury time to book their place at Wembley.
Ankergren, Douglas, Naylor, Sodje, Parker, Kilkenny, Howson, Delph, Snodgrass, Beckford, Becchio
Lucas, Marques, Robinson, Johnson, Grella
Forde, Craig, Dunne, Whitbread, Frampton, Bolder, Abdou, Martin, Alexander, Henry, Harris
Pidgeley, Robinson, Grabban, Laird, Barron
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Date:Thursday May 14 2009
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