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The Den (ATT 11,207) 4th December 2004 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: I Williamson

Millwall Millwall vs Sheffield United Sheff Utd

Blades bounce back

By Paul Higham.   Last Updated: 04/12/04 1:35pm

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Sheffield United's first win at Millwall in two decades was an eventful affair with The Blades coming from a goal behind in the second half without a goalkeeper.

Blades keeper Paddy Kenny was sent off by referee Iain Williamson along with Millwall captain Kevin Muscat during half time.

The two players were involved in a scuffle inside the tunnel and neither man resurfaced on the pitch for the second half.

Neil Warnock rarely keep a spare custodian on the bench and defender Phil Jagielka was forced to don the gloves to keep goal for the second period.

The stand-in keeper was exposed, as The Lions took the lead with Mark Phillips heading in his first goal for the club.

Peter Sweeney's free kick from the left exposed Jagielka's lack of goalkeeping experience and Phillips rose to nod in the opener from the far post.

United rallied, however, and substitute Andy Liddell (pictured) scored with a superb free kick on 77 minutes that was too good for on-loan Arsenal keeper Graham Stack.

Diminutive left back Derek Geary then popped up with six minute left to become an unlikely hero for The Blades.

Geary chested the ball down before unleashing a thunderous 30-yard volley that flew past Stack, as the former Sheffield Wednesday stopper to grab his first goal for Warnock's side.

United's first win at Millwall for 20 years showed their great fighting spirit, and it will go down as one of their most eventful matches in recent times.

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Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 27 51
2 Derby County 27 51
3 Middlesbrough 27 50
4 Ipswich Town 27 50
5 Brentford 27 49
6 Watford 27 47
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 27 44
8 Norwich City 27 43
9 Sheffield Wednesday 27 38
10 Blackburn Rovers 27 36
11 Birmingham City 27 36
12 Nottingham Forest 27 34
13 Cardiff City 27 34
14 Fulham 27 34
15 Huddersfield Town 27 34
16 Bolton Wanderers 27 33
17 Charlton Athletic 27 32
18 Reading 27 31
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 27 29
20 Leeds United 27 29
21 Rotherham United 27 29
22 Millwall 27 24
23 Wigan Athletic 27 21
24 Blackpool 27 17

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