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Report: Reading 1-1 Millwall

LIAM Trotter's stoppage-time penalty earned Millwall a richly-deserved point against in-form Reading.

The Lions fell behind to Sean Morrison's seventh-minute header but fought back doggedly, and thought they had equalised when Danny Shittu bundled in a corner, only for the goal to be disallowed for offside.

Jimmy Abdou was then sent off in the latter stages as hope faded for the visitors.

But after Adam Federici brought down man-of-the-match Scott McDonald, Trotter slammed the ball into the roof of the net from 12 yards to make it 1-1.

After fighting back to earn a 2-2 draw against QPR last weekend, Steve Lomas unsurprisingly named an unchanged starting line up at the Madejski Stadium, although Shaun Derry and Liam Feeney returned to the bench in place of Josh Wright and Andy Keogh.

Millwall carved out the first chance of the afternoon in the 5th minute when Martyn Waghorn took Liam Trotter's lofted pass in his stride and his deflected shot forced a corner.

But 90 seconds later the Lions were 1-0 behind. Nicky Bailey was booked for bringing down the advancing Chris Gunter and, from Jordan Obita's resulting free kick, Morrison headed in.

In the 21st minute, Scott Malone scampered down the left wing and pulled the ball back for Martyn Woolford, but his shot from the corner of the area was quickly charged down.

Waghorn will feel he should have done better shortly afterwards when he drilled into the side netting after a lung-busting run from the halfway line as Millwall grew into the game.

But they had goalkeeper David Forde to thank for keeping them in the contest with a vital save to keep out Alex Pearce's close-range effort from a corner just before the break.

Millwall were given a huge let off in the 47th minute when Obita got to the byline and pulled the ball back for Adam Le Fondre, who somehow poked against the post from inside the six yard box.

But the Lions almost hit back immediately at the other end when Liam Trotter played in McDonald, whose shot from a tight angle was kept out by the feet of Adam Federici.

The visitors thought they had equalised in the 55th minute when Paul Robinson flicked on Waghorn's corner and Shittu turned the ball in, but the linesman's flag was raised for offside.

Spurred on by a sense of injustice, Millwall poured forward in search of an equaliser but, despite forcing a string of corners, cleat-cut chances were hard to come by.

In the 73rd minute, Royals substitute Hal Robson-Kanu drew a comfortable save out of Forde before Jobi McAnuff rifled a shot into the side netting.

Millwall's task was made that much harder five minutes from time when Jimmy Abdou was shown his second yellow card of the afternoon.

But Trotter kept his cool in stoppage time to earn ten-man Millwall a draw.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

20 thoughts on “Report: Reading 1-1 Millwall

  • October 26, 2013 at 17:12
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    Sounded good to me. We deserved an earlier goal, but a penalty giving an away draw against Reading is good enough for me.

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  • October 26, 2013 at 17:16
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    Get in there wall. We'll deserved . 1 Liam trotter!!! Haha

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    • October 26, 2013 at 17:24
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      @Wardy10: Bloody great, well done Millwall and SL thoroughly deserved.

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  • October 26, 2013 at 17:23
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    Another never say die performance. Much more Millwall. Well done lads.

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  • October 26, 2013 at 17:30
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    Fantastic Millwall,great result.

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  • October 26, 2013 at 17:33
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    Two games in a row where we've fought back from a goal behind to snatch a well deserved point and against two of the best sides in the division.

    Good fighting spirit and more of the same against top of the table Burnley please.

    We have the making of a decent side trust me 😉

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  • October 26, 2013 at 17:37
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    I heard Reading comments on BBC Berkshire saying that it "feels like a defeat" and "credit to Millwall, they played decently in the second half". We must be doing something right.

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  • October 26, 2013 at 17:40
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    This is a great result, Reading are a quality side but its sounds like we gave them a real contest and were deserving of a point. Last two results show relisience and what's better we haven't just parked the bus as sounds like we created a fair few chances. Gutted I couldn't make todays game but will defo be getting my ticket for when Burnley come to visit. Well done Wall, same again next week!!!

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  • October 26, 2013 at 17:43
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    VERY PROUD STARTING TO LOOK LIKE A PROPER WALL SIDE! WELL DONE LADS. COYL!!!!!!!!!!

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    • October 26, 2013 at 23:27
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      @DiggerWall: coming round are we remember calling me stupid when i supported lomas when i said i thought he would be a success at millwall.

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      • October 26, 2013 at 23:48
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        @jim1222: Your right Jim.........

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  • October 26, 2013 at 17:45
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    Great result,And leaders Burnley next week.Does not get any easier with the fixtures,

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  • October 26, 2013 at 17:51
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    Good vibes get returns.............3 pts next game

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  • October 26, 2013 at 18:34
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    And another pretender to the promotion ran into us!
    COYL!!!

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  • October 26, 2013 at 18:37
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    well done boys, couldn't make it to Reading today- but great result. I heard we had a few injustices given by the ref/assistants again! Seems like it is happening regularly now, but important we don't feel sorry for ourselves about it. Well done Lomas- progress is showing now. Important we attack Burnley next week. Focus on winning, not showing them too much respect. (One small player thing to Lomas -is that Josh Wright can bring something to the side. He is one of the most comfortable on the ball in the squad, and he has not done himself justice this season. I know most people slate him off, but as we begin to pass, and keep the ball more- he will slot in nicely. Good passer, footballing brain and attitude. Just my opinion of course.) Who's backing Shittu to score in next few games? me for sure! Well done boys! D'angelo

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  • October 26, 2013 at 19:54
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    Superb fight back especially after the harsh sending off of Jimmy. Seems Millwall had the majority of the ball as well. Shame that Danny Shittu had a good goal disallowed. Nevertheless he like everyone else can be well happy with that result and it seems Liam Trotter is becoming the ace penalty taker!
    Thanks Millwall for making my Saturday for the second week in a row..plus I backed two winners at the races!!
    Well done !!

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    • October 27, 2013 at 18:02
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      @Peckhamlad: Harsh sending off? Dreadful challenge and lucky he ain't suspended for 3 instead of one

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  • October 26, 2013 at 22:09
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    Great result away but still have to many yellow cards are we just awkward or just a yard too slow?
    Jim's got to learn to stay on his feet. I read a lunge got him a second yellow thus a red.
    Well done everyone, lets get more point than just one out a game.

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  • October 27, 2013 at 10:33
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    Lomas and wall starting to work, tactics spot on, starting to gel. COYL

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  • October 28, 2013 at 14:44
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    coyl

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