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Elland Road (ATT 19,002) 2nd March 2013 - Kick off 12:30 Ref: M Jones

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Championship: Leeds beat Millwall 1-0 at Elland Road courtesy of Stephen Warnock's penalty

Last Updated: 06/03/13 11:32am

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Stephen Warnock: Celebrates his winner against Millwall

Stephen Warnock: Celebrates his winner against Millwall

Stephen Warnock's second-half penalty gave Leeds United an important 1-0 win over Millwall in the Championship at Elland Road on Saturday afternoon.

Warnock spared Ross McCormack's blushes as his second-half penalty helped Leeds keep their play-off hopes alive.

Seventy-two minutes had gone when the former England international drilled a spot-kick down the centre of David Forde's goal, with the goalkeeper unable to replicate the first-half penalty save he had made from McCormack.

In the opening stages, Martyn Woolford pushed two half-volleys just wide and with 13 minutes gone, the winger's flick put James Henry clean through on Paddy Kenny's goal six yards out, but he side-footed against the post.

Henry then wasted the chance to put John Marquis clean through, and the home side grew into the game after that, starting with a 17th-minute penalty appeal when Forde appeared to clean up Luke Varney's head as they went for a Warnock cross.

A spot-kick was awarded in the 28th minute, though. The decision came when Byram - through after a superb pass from Paul Green - was hauled down by Woolford, with Mike Jones immediately pointing to the spot. The official was not done however, and halted McCormack's taking of the penalty to order a re-spot. The Scotland striker was far from happy but, after obliging, stepped forward and hit low to Forde's left, with the keeper getting down to save.

Desperate to redeem himself, McCormack retrieved possession and dug out a chip-cross that evaded everyone and floated onto the right post before bouncing back across the line.

If it was starting to seem as though his luck was out, then it was confirmed when he slipped as he tried to tuck in from six yards after a Varney cross, and he was grateful to some errant close-range finishing from Shane Lowry at the other end as the teams went in at the break all square.

The first half had been lively if without goals, but the second half's quality was summed up by Forde's save from a deflected Michael Tonge effort in the 65th minute being the first act to catch the eye.

With the game there for the taking, Millwall tried to seize the initiative and threw on two strikers in the form of Andy Keogh and Nathan Tyson, and the duo nearly combined to open the scoring with 68 minutes gone.

The former, twice an ex-Leeds player, cut in from the right and crossed for Tyson, but Lee Peltier was on hand to deny him and then Keogh on the rebound.

It would prove an vital contribution too as just two minutes later, Dunne tripped McCormack and Warnock made no mistake with an emphatic drive down the middle.

Millwall could have had a penalty of their own after that - Byram looking guilty of handling a Dunne flick - while Varney was denied by Forde, but there would be no more goals.

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2 Norwich City 43 82
3 Watford 43 82
4 Middlesbrough 43 81
5 Derby County 43 75
6 Ipswich Town 43 74
7 Brentford 43 71
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 43 71
9 Blackburn Rovers 42 59
10 Nottingham Forest 43 58
11 Sheffield Wednesday 43 58
12 Charlton Athletic 43 57
13 Cardiff City 43 55
14 Birmingham City 42 54
15 Leeds United 43 52
16 Huddersfield Town 43 52
17 Bolton Wanderers 43 50
18 Reading 42 47
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 43 46
20 Fulham 43 46
21 Rotherham United 43 44
22 Millwall 42 39
23 Wigan Athletic 43 36
24 Blackpool 43 25