Analysis of Millwall vs Leeds United
Leeds fell to their first defeat of the season at The Den on Saturday afternoon.
The league leaders came into the game top of the table, having won every away game and only having kept six clean sheets in a row. However, on Saturday afternoon that all came to an end and they were brought back down to earth with a bump. I am going to explain where it all went wrong for the Whites.
One huge factor when you go to play football at tThe Den is the home crowd. When they get going it can be very hard for the away team and trust me they were up for it this game. Leeds at home is one of their biggest games, their biggest rivals outside of London and one the fans love to have the bragging rights for. Leeds striker, Kemar Roofe, has since come out and said that the crowd 'were massive' on Saturday and his team could not deal with it.
Leeds were guilty of underestimating their opponents at the weekend. They looked at the table and the results so far and thought we can win this without producing a sweat. Wrong! They should have been prepared for the hostile reception and they weren't. They also weren't prepared for the impressive Jed Wallace. He tore Vurnon Anita to shreds through the whole game getting down that right ring and producing some great crosses and shooting from range as well.
They had no plan b. Plan a has worked so well for them so far this season and they have not had to switch to plan b and the performance on Saturday showed that they had been worked out and they had no answer to the pace and precision of Millwall's attacking play. Leeds like to play the ball into their playmaker Saiz as he is a key to them creating chances and that just didn't happen on Saturday. Millwall's two central midfielders George Saville and Shaun Williams mastered the defence really well not allowing the ball to get to Saiz, therefore, the chances created by Leeds were minimal and on the end the reason they lost the game.