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Elland Road (ATT 25,067) 21st August 2010 - Kick off 12:30 Ref: C Webster

Leeds Leeds United vs Millwall Millwall

Leeds 3

L Sam (32)
D Somma (79, 90+4)

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Millwall 1

R Naylor (og 15)

Somma brace downs Lions

Leeds bag first Championship win against Millwall

Last Updated: 21/08/10 2:50pm

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Somma: Hero off the bench

Somma: Hero off the bench

Substitute Davide Somma was the hero as his brace off the bench gave Leeds United a fully-deserved 3-1 success over Millwall at Elland Road.

The Lions drew first blood with defender Richard Naylor's own goal putting the visitors in front with 15 minutes played in West Yorkshire.

Lloyd Sam maintained his scoring streak to bring Leeds level and the score remained the same until Somma's (79, 90) late brace clinched Leeds' first Championship success since promotion.

The defeat ended Millwall's superb 100 per cent start to the campaign while Simon Grayson's Leeds now have four points from their opening three league games.

Kenny Jackett's men arrived in fine form after impressive 3-0 and 4-0 wins over Bristol City and Hull, but Leeds offered the greater goal threat for much of the game and nobody impressed more than Sanchez Watt.

The on-loan Arsenal winger, 19, was pivotal throughout and had already had three attempts on goal by the time Millwall hit Leeds with a sucker-punch.

Top corner

Steve Morison's high cross from the right was hopeful at best but Naylor, under minimal pressure from Kevin Lisbie, headed the ball straight into the top corner past Kasper Schmeichel.

Yet Leeds fashioned an impressive response, with Watt and homegrown midfielder Jonathan Howson at the heart of their best moves.

In the 23rd minute, Howson teed up Luciano Becchio for a shooting chance from 10 yards but the Argentinian could only blaze wildly over the crossbar.

Three minutes later Howson burst into the box and showed some delightful footwork to engineer the space to rifle a low shot against the outside of a post as Millwall survived.

The Lions' goal began to lead a charmed existence and after Sam had a shot cleared off the line in he 27th minute, he drew Leeds level five minutes later.

Watt drifted across the face of Millwall's penalty box before finding Becchio. He kept the move flowing with a neat touch into the path of Sam, who struck a fierce low right-footed shot past Forde and into the bottom right-hand corner.

The goal poured confidence into Leeds and they could have been comfortably ahead by half-time.

Fine save

Defender Neil Collins headed wide when he should have hit the target, Watt shot weakly wide at David Forde when well placed, and he then produced a fine save to tip Howson's 20-yard strike around a post.

From the resultant corner by Neil Kilkenny, Collins headed the ball against a post as Millwall were again rescued by the woodwork.

Millwall improved vastly after the break but genuine chances were scarce for both teams. Leeds always looked the more likely to claim maximum points and so it proved as Somma struck with 11 minutes remaining.

More intelligent play by Watt saw him drive a low cross across the face of goal and Somma was perfectly placed to smash the ball into the net from 10 yards.

Schmeichel then produced a fine stop at the other end to preserve Leeds' advantage before Somma reclaimed centre stage in added time.

Somma showed brilliant footwork to engineer the space to hit a superb left-footed shot past Forde from 12 yards.

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Derby County 14 26
2 Watford 14 26
3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 14 26
4 Bournemouth 14 24
5 Middlesbrough 14 24
6 Norwich City 14 23
7 Nottingham Forest 14 22
8 Blackburn Rovers 14 22
9 Charlton Athletic 14 22
10 Ipswich Town 14 21
11 Cardiff City 14 19
12 Sheffield Wednesday 14 19
13 Brentford 14 19
14 Reading 14 18
15 Millwall 14 17
16 Rotherham United 14 17
17 Huddersfield Town 14 17
18 Leeds United 14 16
19 Wigan Athletic 14 15
20 Fulham 14 14
21 Brighton and Hove Albion 14 13
22 Bolton Wanderers 14 11
23 Birmingham City 14 11
24 Blackpool 14 6

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