On-fire Wood is hot property

FRED WOODCOCK
Last updated 13:17 19/11/2012
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WINNING GOAL: Chris Wood heads in the winning goal for Millwall.

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Four days after scoring for the All Whites in a 1-1 draw with China in Shanghai, Chris Wood has rattled in the winner for Millwall in a 1-0 English Championship victory over 10-man Leeds United this morning.

Wood's seventh goal of the campaign, a diving header with five minutes remaining, extended the east London club’s unbeaten run to 10 matches and has seen them climb to ninth in the 24-team second-tier league, with seven wins, five draws and five losses.

The game’s turning point arrived three minutes into the second half at The Den, when Leeds winger Luke Varney was shown a straight red card for catching Adam Smith in the face with his elbow. Millwall dominated from that point, but couldn't break through until Wood stuck the late blow.

Former Waikato youth star Wood is on loan from his English Premier League club West Bromwich Albion, his fifth loan stint at Championship level, and has won plenty of friends at Millwall who are keen to retain him long-term.

However, despite Wood being out of the picture at The Hawthorns, West Brom boss Steve Clarke appears reluctant to let him go of the price is not right.

"Chris has gone out for experience and to score a few goals out there,” Clarke told the Express and Star.

“And if Millwall want to buy him they’d better have a big wallet or a big cheque because goalscorers in the Championship cost a lot of money.”

Wood, who came through the West Brom academy and made his Premier League debut as a 17-year-old, is off contract after this season but the Baggies have not ruled out offering him an extension despite loaning him out to second-tier teams over the past couple of seasons

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