The Chalkboard: Liam Cooper has chance to make up for 2018 Millwall horror show

Leeds United captain Liam Cooper has the ideal chance to make up for his 2018 horror show against Millwall at Elland Road this weekend.

On the chalkboard

The Whites host the south London outfit on Saturday looking to bounce back from their disappointing defeat at home to automatic promotion rivals Sheffield United before the international break.

Looking at the Championship table would suggest that a simple win for Marcelo Bielsa’s men is on the cards, but you only have to look back at the January 2018 clash between the two teams in Yorkshire to see what a difficult game this one could be.

While Leeds were in a different place under Thomas Christiansen at that time they found themselves 2-0 down at half-time against the Lions, and even though they completed a remarkable turnaround they still proceeded to then lose 4-3.

Cooper needs to make amends

He certainly does.

The experienced skipper wasn’t playing particularly well on that day anyway before he picked up a 37th-minute red card following a rash challenge on George Saville, leaving his side with 10 men for the remaining 53 minutes of action.

The 27-year-old has clearly matured under Bielsa this term and has arguably been the Yorkshire outfit’s best defender during the current campaign, and he needs to turn up again this weekend.

Leeds are in desperate need of the three points – as are the visitors in their battle against the drop – and they can’t afford for Cooper to lose his head like he did previously in what is always a feisty encounter.

Keeping a calm head and playing the match and not the occasion is the order of the day on Saturday, and the centre-back can redeem himself with a display that can help the Whites take the three points they desperately need.