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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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2 Ipswich Town 23 44
3 Derby County 23 42
4 Middlesbrough 23 42
5 Brentford 23 40
6 Watford 23 38
7 Norwich City 23 37
8 Blackburn Rovers 23 34
9 Wolverhampton Wanderers 23 34
10 Nottingham Forest 23 31
11 Cardiff City 23 31
12 Charlton Athletic 23 31
13 Sheffield Wednesday 23 31
14 Bolton Wanderers 23 29
15 Fulham 23 28
16 Birmingham City 23 28
17 Reading 23 26
18 Rotherham United 23 25
19 Huddersfield Town 23 25
20 Leeds United 23 24
21 Millwall 23 23
22 Wigan Athletic 23 20
23 Brighton and Hove Albion 23 20
24 Blackpool 23 13