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FM of the Year 2007
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League One Play Offs '08 / '09 Semi-Finals:
Friday May 8 - 19:45: Scunthorpe United - MK Dons
Saturday May 9 - 12:45: Millwall FC - Leeds United

Thursday May 14 - 19:45: Leeds United - Millwall FC
Friday May 15 - 19:45: MK Dons - Scunthorpe United

League One Play Offs '08 / '09 Final:

Saturday May 24 - 13:00: ???? - ????

FM of the Year 2007
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Millwall FC - Leeds United

The New Den [London] - 09/05/09 12H45

Simon Grayson is hoping Leeds can finally banish their play-off nightmare when they take on Millwall in the semi-finals this week.

United were defeated in the inaugural campaign of the play-offs in 1987 and also suffered heartache in 2006 in Cardiff and 2008 at Wembley, but Grayson is hoping to turn their luck around and guide Leeds to the Championship.

"Of course I want to make it fourth time lucky," he told the club's official website.

"We've got two tough games against Millwall coming up now and that's our focus.

"We've lost one in 14 and that was a last-minute goal, so we have to be happy with what we're doing."

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Millwall 1-0 Leeds, Neil Harris the match winner.

Leeds will be too strong for them at home. Their home form is fantastic.

FM of the Year 2007
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Millwall 1-0 Leeds
Veteran striker Neil Harris struck a second-half winner to give Millwall a slender advantage after the first leg of their League One play-off semi-final against Leeds.

Harris controlled a low cross before creating a yard of space and drilling his strike past Casper Ankergren, who had earlier tipped a neat flick from the Lions striker on to the post.

The goal sparked a mini pitch invasion from a section of the home supporters and one fan was arrested on suspicion of assault after an incident involving Leeds keeper Ankergren.

But Millwall deserved their goal after a performance of tremendous desire and spirit that ensured their first play-off win in nine attempts.

Leeds showed in glimpses the form that had seen them lose just one of their final 15 games of the season, but they faded after the break and must now look to overturn the deficit during Thursday's return leg at Elland Road.

United striker Jermaine Beckford, with 34 goals this season, underlined the threat that he possesses in just the second minute, winning control of a long ball up field before forcing David Forde into action with a crisp strike.

It was probably the nearest we came to a goal in an opening half that was heavy on intent and endeavour but low on quality.

Millwall striker Jason Price, who went off injured after 15 minutes, headed the ball intelligently into the path of Andy Frampton but the full-back volleyed his effort wide. Veteran striker Harris replaced Price as the Lions persevered with their 4-3-3 formation and the substitute cut skilfully in from the right but saw his shot blocked.

Despite dominating periods of the half, the home team created few openings, while Fabian Delph with a long-range strike and Luciano Becchio with a limp header forced further saves from Forde.

David Martin and Robert Snodgrass had a meeting of minds while Neil Kilkenny and Adam Boulder tangled as emotions threatened to boil over, while Delph was perhaps lucky to escape with a booking after a scything challenge on Gary Alexander in first-half injury time.

Leeds were the first to threaten after the break, with Beckford's strike blocked by Frampton after the striker had linked-up brilliantly with Becchio to craft the opening.

But Millwall responded and finally started to open up the opposition. Zak Whitbread went close from a free-kick, Harris' inventive flick almost defeated Ankergren and Alexander drilled a shot wide from 20 yards.

But it was Harris who found the net, controlling Alexander's low cross from the right before slotting into the bottom corner from eight yards after 70 minutes.

The lead might have been doubled shortly afterwards but Frampton could not keep his header on target.

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thanks for the stream link Tom :thmbup:



* 01 Ankergren
* 04 Douglas
* 26 Sodje
* 36 Naylor
* 19 Parker
* 15 Delph
* 23 Snodgrass
* 14 Howson
* 08 Kilkenny
* 09 Beckford
* 10 Becchio


* 12 Lucas,
* 05 Marques,
* 13 Grella,
* 16 Johnson,
* 18 Robinson


* 01 Forde
* 07 Dunne
* 06 Whitbread
* 15 Craig
* 03 Frampton
* 11 Henry
* 26 Abdou
* 32 Bolder yellow card
* 21 Martin
* 08 Alexander
* 09 Harris


* 40 Pidgeley,
* 05 Robinson,
* 10 Grabban,
* 16 Barron,
* 24 Laird

Ref: Mark Halsey
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