Lions maul Leeds to aid Norwich cause

Paddy DavittNorwich City took another big step towards the League One title without even playing after closest rivals Leeds slumped 2-0 to in-form Millwall at Elland Road.Paddy Davitt

Norwich City took another big step towards the League One title without even playing after closest rivals Leeds slumped 2-0 to in-form Millwall at Elland Road.

Paul Lambert's table-toppers can now move 11 points clear of second-placed United with victory over the wobbling Yorkshire giants at a sold out Carrow Road on Saturday.

Leeds were booed off by an angry home crowd after Millwall hitman Steve Morison struck his sixth in the last four games before one time Canary trialist Shaun Batt sealed an impressive away win.

Simon Grayson's side remain in second spot. But they have won only twice in their last ten league games and are now just three points clear of Millwall with Charlton and Swindon a point further adrift in the scramble for the second automatic berth behind Lambert's runaway leaders.

Leeds also suffered a fresh injury blow ahead of their weekend trip to Norfolk after experienced defender Patrick Kisornbo was stretchered off inside the opening seven minutes with a recurrence of an Achilles problem.

Highly-rated United striker Jermaine Beckford sat out last night's defeat with a tight hamstring and is now a major doubt for a Norwich game Grayson admits Leeds have to win.

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'Every game is a big game at this stage and we know how vitally important it is,' he said. 'We need the players to look at themselves, to stand up and be counted and make sure we go to Norwich at the weekend with a real desire to succeed and put on a performance and get a result.

'It was disappointing to lose Jermaine for this game but we hope he will be fit for the weekend and it was disappointing to lose Paddy as well because he has been a major influence and hopefully he will be alright. We have to roll our sleeves up and get back on the training pitch and work hard. We've got to get back to basics and we make sure we don't lose our belief from what we set out to do last July.'

Lions' chief Kenny Jackett insists the Londoners can overhaul Leeds to clinch automatic promotion on the back of a stunning New Year run - they have lost only once since their Boxing Day defeat at Carrow Road.

'We'll just keep working and we won't particularly look at anyone else,' he said. 'We are going to need 85 plus to get into second in this league so this win puts us on 68. We need to be up there and competing for a good number of points in our last nine league games.

'It's an old adage but you take one game at a time and move on from the last one very quickly and focus on the next game. Millwall is a good underdog and the belief is there. We've got a nice settled side and a good bunch of players so we just need to stay in the groove now.'