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Report: Reading 3-2 Millwall

MILLWALL fought back from 2-0 down but left the Madejski Stadium empty-handed after Simon Cox's late winner.

The Lions made a disastrous start to the game and were staring down the barrel just 15 minutes in after a long-range strike from Cox and Nick Blackman's penalty.

But Ricardo Fuller pulled one back before half time and Mark Beevers' towering header made it 2-2 after the restart.

The visitors created the better chances after that but Cox bundled in a corner after a flick at the near post to break Millwall's hearts right at the death.

Ian Holloway made five changes to his starting XI following Saturday's disappointing defeat at the hands of Ipswich Town.

Shaun Williams was ruled out with a dead leg while Martyn Woolford, Jermaine Easter, Jack Powell and Mathias Ranegie were all dropped.

Into the line up came Richard Chaplow, Ricardo Fuller, Fred Onyedinma, Jimmy Abdou and Byron Webster as Holloway shuffled his pack.

As they had done at Portman Road, Millwall missed a golden chance in the opening exchanges – and were then made to pay for it at the other end.

In just the second minute, Onyedinma wrapped his foot around a teasing left-wing cross and Fuller's powerful header was tipped over by Adam Federici.

Webster headed over from the resulting corner but the hosts broke the deadlock moments later when Cox got the better of Abdou before drilling into the corner from 30 yards.

Th Lions were rocking on their heels and Glenn Murray twice went close to adding a second goal during a spell of Reading dominance.

First, the striker drilled wide after intercepting Carlos Edwards' loose pass and then headed over from point-blank range when it looked easier to score.

But when Webster tripped Blackman in the area, the frontman took the penalty himself and sent Forde the wrong way from the 12 yards to make it 2-0.

Federici denied Millwall a goal back when he made an inspired double save first to deny Scott Malone and then keep out Scott McDonald's follow-up.

Holloway responded to his side's poor start by introducing Martyn Woolford from the bench, with Webster coming off, and the Lions looked a lot better after the change.

The winger was involved in the action straight away, stinging the palms of Federici with a low drive from the edge of the box.

The Lions halved the deficit in the 39th minute when Malone controlled Dunne’s inch-perfect diagonal pass, fed the ball inside to Fuller and the striker finished hard and low into the bottom corner.

The summer signing almost grabbed the equaliser moments later when he spun on a pass 20 yards out and unleashed a rocket which Federici palmed over at full stretch.

The half-time interval didn’t halt Millwall’s momentum and they hauled themselves back on level terms within ten minutes of the restart.

Woolford swung over a right-wing free kick and after Federici made a rare error, jumping under the ball instead of catching it, Beevers nodded into an empty net at the far post.

Roared on by the travelling fans, the Lions continued to create chances, passing the ball with pace and purpose in-between Reading’s midfield and defensive lines.

McDonald blasted over from 25 yards and Malone’s delicious cross narrowly evaded Fuller in the box as the home crowd grew increasingly restless.

Reading’s players were on edge and McDonald nearly capitalised when he charged down an under-hit back pass, only for Federici’s clearance to cannon off the Australian and go behind for a goal kick.

On the next attack, substitute Ed Upson caught hold of a sweetly-struck half-volley which the goalkeeper did well to hold onto at the first attempt.

But then came the dagger through the heart.

Beevers did well to cut-out a cross to Murray but from the resulting corner, a flick-on at the near post flashed across the face of goal and was turned in by Cox, lurking inside the six-yard box.

Woolford’s searing drive flashed inches wide of the post in the final minute of normal time but Millwall were unable to dig themselves out of a hole again.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

31 thoughts on “Report: Reading 3-2 Millwall

  • September 16, 2014 at 22:09
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    Speechless.

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  • September 16, 2014 at 22:11
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    Beevers Fuller Cox

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  • September 16, 2014 at 22:12
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    Things we learned: Edwards could throw to the moon if he wanted to!

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  • September 16, 2014 at 22:14
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    We were all over them, played some good football at times but no cutting edge up front. Some strange selections buy IH, woolford should of started and the ref was a complete c.unt . Should of won by a mile. Ill say it again we need a striker badly and with martin out till November a winger to. GUTTED.

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  • September 16, 2014 at 22:15
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    I don't like being right all of the time but I did say we would lose. The first goal was shambles and they were all over us like a rash.

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  • September 16, 2014 at 22:22
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    Eighteen shots , nine on target. They had nine shots . Three on target . Scored from three . Still pleased that the boys, showed a bit of fight, but think we need another frontman . Its a long way to go till may. Lets see what happens . COYL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • September 16, 2014 at 23:01
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      @DiggerWall: It was a better performance after Webster went off, but after our great start thats four defeats from five.

      Even more worrying was another strange team selection from Ollie who seems further from ever from knowing his best team.

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  • September 16, 2014 at 22:24
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    Same old b*****

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  • September 16, 2014 at 22:28
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    Come on! COYL!

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  • September 16, 2014 at 22:29
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    Gregory would have filled his boots tonight.

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  • September 16, 2014 at 22:44
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    He does have a bad hip though. Caused by carrying the water bottles since he arrived?

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  • September 16, 2014 at 22:52
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    If Gregory has to have a hip op it could be a rap.

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  • September 16, 2014 at 23:13
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    Bit 50/50 after tonight. Pleased with fightback we never come from 2 goals behind so thats good.. i am a holloway fan but i dont like all these changes constantly.. i know some games need changes but we cant lay any structured team week in week out.. playing fred tonight i hope he sticks with him for a couple of weeks now give him game time dont drop him again, not going to do the kids confidence any good and someone else will come in wondering when there going to next play.. i would also like to see a 4-4-2 but i know it wont happen..

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  • September 16, 2014 at 23:19
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    Shocking first 20 minutes defensively - just wrong selection and set up. Felt a bit sorry for Webster but at least IH changed things around. Just wished he'd got selection better from start. After we got to 2-2 we were only team in it until one bloody chance. Felt Fuller better tonight and at least he ran some channels - but still think we need someone up front with a bit of aggression, more pace and a willingness to actually get in the box. Missed Williams though Chaplow grew into the game. Fred stayed on 10 minutes too long - dead on his feet and left Malone exposed. Gutted tonight - and their bloody fans were beyond irritating. (And banana splits sodding music at end??!! Wtf?!). An hour's good performance. And a huge improvement on 2nd half at Ipswich. But we need a result on Saturday.

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    • September 17, 2014 at 12:31
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      @brendan1417: agree with your post. All I have to had is la la la, la la la. La la la, la la la

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      • September 18, 2014 at 07:08
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        Thanks for that! Still trying to get it out of my head. Still, when they come to our place their lot can have "here we are, here we are and here we go" running through their heads for the next week!

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  • September 16, 2014 at 23:40
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    We are mid table after 7 games and 2/3s through the toughest week possible. We have almost pulled it back from what would have been last season a 4/5/6 - 0 drubbing. The stats speak for themselves, we were the better team.

    I want to win every game, we all do. Honestly though what do you lads want in the grand scheme of things at this stage? Promotion? Our record transfer is 800k back in 88/89, we sell traditionally to Palace, or whoever asks (on the cheap). Let if build slowly. Let's be a mid table team this season and be realistic.

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    • September 17, 2014 at 00:45
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      @jonnybanks
      I think you just about summed things up jonny,i will settle for mid-table this year,i said i would be happy with three points from the ipswich,reading and forest game's so finger's crossed we get three point's against forest.

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    • September 17, 2014 at 13:36
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      @JonnyBanks: Exactly that. who on here wouldn't take where we are now for this point in the season, bearing in mind we deserved at the very least a point against arguably the one of the top 3 in the division at their gaff.

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  • September 16, 2014 at 23:42
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    we gifted them two goals, their keeper pulled of a couple of top draw saves, we ran the show from 20 mins. felt we eased of after levelling, their fans know they nicked a game they should have lost. still we showed a spirit I've not seen in a millwall team for some time. football is a cruel game though.

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  • September 17, 2014 at 07:40
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    As everyone says very difficult after two down in fifteen.

    Ran them very close and deserved a draw though.

    If only etc!

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    • September 17, 2014 at 07:51
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      @wongo: gutted gutted gutted gutted and

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  • September 17, 2014 at 08:08
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    What is the coup with Gregory?
    Fuller worked harder but run out of steam
    Why did Ranegie not replace Fuller?
    Fred worked hard and plays better every game but should have come off earlier
    Webster was slow to pick up defender and Murray would have murdered him if he had stayed on
    Woolford made difference by being on although did not want to shoot

    I suppose in summary typical result for Millwall

    Should have won but reading did

    Did anyone find out if that reading fans wife was as fat as him?

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  • September 17, 2014 at 08:19
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    What is the coup with Gregory?
    Fuller worked harder but run out of steam
    Why did Ranegie not replace Fuller?
    Fred worked hard and plays better every game but should have come off earlier
    Webster was slow to pick up defender and Murray would have murdered him if he had stayed on
    Woolford made difference by being on although did not want to shoot

    I suppose in summary typical result for Millwall

    Should have won but reading did

    Did anyone find out if that reading fans wife was as f** as him?

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  • September 17, 2014 at 08:21
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    We do need an effective striker as the difference showed with reading - 3 attacks 3 goals

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  • September 17, 2014 at 09:50
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    I agree we need a decent striker, although I thought Fuller had his best game for us last night. But I think Ollie needs to sort out the defence first. Look at Readings stats, three attempts on target, three goals, I assume the penalty counts as a shot on target. First goal, the defence were too far forward and a punt up field and they were through, this is not the first goal we have conceded this way this season. Second, A school boy tackle in the box, ridiculous. The third was us unable to defend from a set piece, again how many goals have we let in this way. What worries me is that if we do not correct these mistakes when we play Forest Norwich etc we will get punished heavily.

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  • September 17, 2014 at 11:49
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    Full marks for the players for fighting back. Shame to concise tat corner. ( NOLU , WDC )

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  • September 17, 2014 at 12:02
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    On top of not having a clinical finisher, i think Ollie's finding out he not only has to work out how to beat the opposition every game, but the ref as well. Well done to all the travelling fans again, you didn't deserve that 82nd minute kick in the guts.

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  • September 17, 2014 at 12:43
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    Anyone who was there last night can't say we didn't deserve at least a draw.
    Felt sorry for Webster, gave away a penalty but was only put in that position by a terrible missed challenge by Dunne.
    Fuller is twice the player that Renegie is. He should never have been dropped against Ipswich . (This is from someone who thought we shouldn't have signed fuller). Works hard and wins his fair share in the air. Nice finish too.
    Malone had a good second half, but that was long overdue. One of our better players but not been his usual self the last 3/4 games!

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  • September 17, 2014 at 12:44
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    First things first well done to the travelling support, sounds like you was in full voice as always!! I think Gregory needs to be given another chance, regardless of what he has done or whats his attitude is like he is paid by Millwall to play football so why not give him 5 or 6 games. He is probably the closest person we have to scoring more than 10 goals a season. If it doesn't work out why not get Max Clayton?? Available on a free (with a reported 300k compo to crewe) and could definitely do a job for us i think. One thing we really need to be doing though is scouting the surrounding areas for up and coming players, I have said this a few times on here but how can we be missing out on some very good young talented players when they are so close to the London area, couple of examples being Erhun Oztumer and Daniel Carr from Dulwich Hamlet to Peterborough & Huddersfield, Johan ter Horst from Folkestone to Hull City and many others. These are players that cost little money that could turn out to be real talents in our league.

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